Our second wedding on this Memorial week end was Stephanie & Mhamed who were married on Saturday, May 23rd. Again, the weather was just perfect! Just like yesterdays wedding, Stephanie & Mhamed did something different during their ceremony. Being from two different cultures, they chose at the beginning of their ceremony to have guests stand up and greet the person next to them and embrace them with a hug if they were comfortable with that. Stephanie & Mhamed wasn't real sure how this would go over but it went better then they could of imagined. I saw families going from one side of the aisle to the other to introduce themselves and become one family at that moment. It was the perfect thing to do to break any cultural differences. Stephanie ended up wearing three different dresses which all had special meanings to her. Her first dress that she wore for her ceremony was the same dress her Mother wore at her wedding! How special is that? Her Mother-in-law brought her a yellow dress from Morocco to represent their family heritage. Finally, her third dress was one she could dance the night away in! Stephanie and Mhamed have such a loving and caring nature to them and it was evident by them donating to charities in their guests names versus having any favors for them. The orchids in Stephanie's bouquet and floral arrangements were amazing! My favorite part had to be the delicious sweet table created by Sweet Haus but my daughter really enjoyed the Henna artist that was their through out the evening for the guests. Thanks to the following vendors for making this wedding so special: Caterer & Event Planning by Roadside Chive, Officiant Julie Trump, Desserts by Sweet Haus, Photographer Eric Lee from George Street Photography, Hair & Make-up by Atlas Salon, Flowers by Verde Natural Florals, The Henna Lady and DJ Ran Henry.
Memorial Day week end is always a very busy wedding week end at Keswick Vineyards. Starting off our triple wedding week end was Lauren & Alex's wedding on Friday, May 22nd. Being from Texas, Alex had each of his groomsmen wear a Texas flag bow tie. Alex, of course, wore his cowboy boots as a true Texan would. Lauren and her bridesmaids looked so glamorous is their champaign colored dresses. Lauren & Alex chose the side lawn of Edgewood Estate at Keswick Vineyards to host their ceremony to take advantage of the whole view of the Estate, the fountain, the vineyard and the mountains. Truly the most spectacular view! Lauren & Alex did something really neat during their ceremony that I have never seen before. At the beginning of the ceremony the officiant took some time to introduce each member of the wedding party so the rest of the guests attending would know a little bit about them and how they new the couple. Really personalized their ceremony and the guests really enjoyed it. Another very personalized and touching moment was the father/daughter dance. Lauren's father had been writing a song since Lauren was born incorporating all those significant moments like birth, first day of school, college and then marriage into it. He and Lauren had prerecorded the song with the two of them singing it. At the end of the song it requested that everyone join them on the dance floor to celebrate this special day. Wow, hard to beat that one huh? Alex's father also had his moment to shine that evening. He took center stage to use a saber to open a bottle of champaign! It was perfect! Lastly, the groom and his groomsmen really stoled the night when they surprised Lauren with a perfectly choreographed dance finishing with the guys lifting her in a chair. Alex, you really did an awesome job! So, as you can see, this wedding was definitely done BIG but what else would you expect from some Texans? Congratulations and thanks to the following vendors: Wedding Planner Becca Bee's Events, Caterer Caroline Street, Officiant Charlie Parker, Photographer Rebecca Keeling, Hair & Make-up by Jeanne Cusick, Colonial Florist, Desserts by Sweethaus and Easy Riders for transportation.
Congratulations to Amy & Brent who were married amongst the vineyard vines for their wedding at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, May 9th. Nothing can be more beautiful then to have picture perfect weather for an all outdoor wedding. Amy & Brent had such luck! Taking full advantage of all the outdoor, landscaped areas surrounding Edgewood Estate, Amy & Brent rented furniture to create mini "living rooms" for guests to hang out and relax. To make sure the guests could continue to enjoy these social gathering areas in the evening, bistro lights were hung in the lawn area to create this beautiful "living" outdoor space equipped with a cigar bar and Carpe Donuts! Boy did their guests have a great time! Between the outdoor living spaces to the lively, non-stop dancing under the tent, what more could one ask for? Perhaps some delicious food? Yep, they also had that. C&O Catering did an outstanding job not only with delicious, gourmet food but with superior service. Topping off the night was a beautiful sunset that the couple took full advantage of by leaving their reception for a little while for some photos during that magical hour. Highly recommend that if your timeline will allow for it. How do you finish off a perfect wedding? By doing a sparkler departure into a vintage car with driver waiting for you. Amy & Brent really knew how to throw a great party and thank you for choosing Keswick Vineyards to be a part of it. Special thanks to the following vendors for doing such an amazing job: C&O Catering, DJ TD Layman of Sound Enforcement, Photographer Nikki Santerre, Hair & Make-up by Moxie Hair Lounge, Green Flamingo Florist, Carpe Donut Food Truck, Paisley & Jade for furniture rentals, Officiant Derek Straw, Luke Gray String Quartet, Albemarle Vintage Limousine, Buses by Easy Riders and Keswick Vineyards as Day Of Coordinator.
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Well, Stephanie & Dan definitely hit the lottery when it comes to gorgeous weather. On Saturday, May 2nd, Stephanie and Dan were married amongst the blooming vineyard at Keswick Vineyards. The skies were so blue with puffy white clouds scattered throughout providing just a little breeze to keep everyone comfortable in the sun. It has been a pleasure to work with Stephanie and Dan over the past year. They and their families were such a delight to be around and we all had such a great time at their wedding. Their ceremony was definitely one to remember. You definitely could tell that the Reverend had known Dan and his family for some time and he put that personal spin to it which makes it so much more touching and meaningful. Stephanie chose eggplant purple for her bridesmaids and Dan went with charcoal grey suits for him and the groomsmen. What a beautiful color combination accented with green & white bouquets. Dan had all his groomsmen wear matching patriotic socks which were a big hit. Thanks to all our wonderful vendors who week after week do such an amazing job for our weddings: Caterer Harvest Moon Catering, DJ T.D. Layman of Sound Enforcement, Photographer Tyler Corvin, Hedge Fine Blooms as Florist, Albemarle Limousine for transportation, Photo Booth of Charlottesville, Cake by Cake I Do!, Officiant Reverend Michael Catlett and Keswick Vineyards as Day Of Event Planner
On Saturday, April 25th, Catherine & Will said their I Do's to each other in front of family and friends at Keswick Vineyards. Unfortunately, the weather was less then perfect for their wedding day. Virginia was experiencing a cold front and rain that day:( So, what do you do when you have planned for an outdoor wedding and the weather doesn't cooperate with your plans? You make sure you have a good back up plan and at Keswick Vineyards, we do so the wedding went off and they were married and everything worked out at the end. If you are going to choose to get married outdoors, you need to make sure you have that personality that can just go with the flow if Mother Nature decides not to grant you perfect weather. As you will see from my photos, everything still turned out picture perfect. Instead of the ceremony being outdoors near the vineyard, it was brought inside under the Sperry tent. The dance floor is used to seat about 30 guests while everyone else takes a seat at a table set up for the reception. A formal aisle is present on the dance floor and the alter is set up as originally planned. On this day, the clear sides of the tent were kept on to keep the heat inside the tent since it was so cold outside. After the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktail hour under the tent while Catherine, Will and the rest of the wedding party went outside for photos in covered areas. While they were out for photos, the tent was arranged back to the "reception" lay-out and the rest of the evening went as planned. Special thanks to all the vendors that had to work a little extra for this wedding but I'm sure Catherine & Will appreciate it as much as I do: Caterer C&O, DJ John Garland, Photography by Tyler & Ashley of The Herrintons, Videography by Sarah & Justin of Lovell Productions, Blue Ridge Floral Design for flowers, Photo Booth of Charlottesville, Albemarle Limousine for transportation, Wedding Cake by Favorite Cakes, Officiant Reverend James Cobb and Musicians for ceremony/cocktail hour provided by Piedmont Chamber Players. Click here to see more photos by The Herrintons and read their blog.
I personally can't think of a better day to get married! Marianne & Tiko were married at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, April 18th, which is also my wedding anniversary, hence the best day to get married comment. I love that Marianne's song she walked down the aisle to was "our" wedding song also. Definitely brought back some memories. The weather was just perfect for their all outdoor wedding. The men wore black tuxedo's while the bridesmaids gowns were a soft blush color. Gold was an accent color used throughout the tent mixed with the soft blush color. Marianne looked amazing in her wedding dress! Instead of the traditional guest book, Marianne & Tiko had a board with the state of Virginia on it along with their wedding date for guests to sign and leave a note. What a special keepsake they will have to display in their new home. Special thanks to the following vendors for doing a wonderful job: White Birch Events with Cinda Hoege as wedding planner, Catering by The Local, Rentals by MS Events, Officiant Tom Leland, Wedding Cake by Sweet Fix, DJ TD Layman of Sound Enforcement, Photographer Tyler Corvin, Make-up & Hair by Rachel Schrader, Black Creek Florist, Photo Booth of Charlottesville and Ambassador Limousine.
Congratulations to Laura & Justin who were the first couple to get married at Keswick Vineyards for 2015! They really hit the jackpot with the weather that day. The skies were clear & blue with the sun shining and a slight breeze. Wish I could clone that weather for every wedding here. Unlike the beautiful weather they had, both Laura & Justin had the flu prior to their wedding day. For the past 4 days they really hadn't eaten and were kept away from everyone else. Everyone was feeling much better at the rehearsal but not so much the next morning. Laura's Mother woke up to the flu! Can you believe that? What horrible timing. I don't think anyone plans on that happening and how do you trouble shoot that? Her Mother rested that morning while everyone else handled the details for her. When she did arrive she looked amazing! She ended up going to the doctor that morning and got a shot to stop the nausea feeling, some other meds, and she was good to go! Thank God! Speaking of God, these two families have a very strong faith in God and it was present throughout the day. Justin's brother played the guitar during the ceremony while beautiful hymns were sung. I especially love how the men came together just before the ceremony to say a prayer for Laura & Justin. It's nice to witness a wedding that emphasis the importance of God in their ceremony. My favorite part of this wedding: I LOVE the bridesmaids bouquets! They were just baby breath and looked so elegant. What a wonderful idea. Special thanks to the following vendors for doing such a wonderful job: Eric Stamer Catering, Barb Wired Event Planning, DJ Andy Wolfing of Party Masters, Photographer Ali Williamson of Alisandra Photography, Floral Designs by Jacquelyn, Camryn Limousine, Rentals provided by Festive Fare, Officiant Chris Attwell, Desserts by Tamara Fare, Hair & Make-up by First Look Artistry & The Photo Booth Co.. Click here to see Alisandra Photography blog.
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Congratulations to Caitlin & Jack who, after 3 ½ years, were married at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, November 8th.
Mother Nature provided them with the peak of fall colors to enhance the beauty of this venue. Caitlin & Jack decided to hold their ceremony in front of Edgewood Estate, allowing the fountain, vineyard, and mountains to be their backdrop for guests to adore.
Inside the heated Sperry tent, guest cozied up for the evening and enjoyed some amazing food prepared by Richmond’s #1 caterer, Groovin Gourmets. Caitlin & Jack are foodies and it definitely showed by the menu they chose for their guests, including roasted lamb, Rockfish, braised pork chops & pumpkin sage ravioli. And if that didn’t fill you, a dessert bar followed with delicious sweet treats.
What I will remember most from this wedding is Jack’s never ending smile. I love the comment his Mother made of how all she could see when she looked at him was white from his white teeth shining so. Nothing could make us happier here at Keswick Vineyards than to see the happiness from our couples and I definitely could see that clearly from Caitlin & Jack.
Thank you and thanks to the following vendors who did a terrific job: Caterer: Groovin Gourmets, Photographer Alicia White, Flowers by Natalie, Pastry Chef Taylor’s Sweets, Officiant Joy Andreason of Whispers of Joy, DJ Ran Henry, Hair & Make-up by Sass Factory, Event Planner Taylor Verrel, Albemarle Limousine for buses, MS Events for rentals & Skyline Tent Company.
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Congratulations to Katie & Roger who were married at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, November 1st.
Katie’s brother was the officiant and it was such a personal and touching ceremony; one of my favorites to date. You could just feel the heartfelt message being said by her brother. What a treat to be married by your brother.
Mother Nature provided a very windy and cold day for us but no rain! The dramatic sky created some very dramatic photos that their photographer took and I can’t wait to share. My favorite thing from this wedding, besides her brother doing the ceremony, was the “logo” they created with their first name initials and how they had it displayed throughout the reception. I really love the cork shadow box they did and the awesome photo of the two of them (see in my photos below).
I definitely knew before this reception started that we were in for a fun, dancing night and I was right! I must say I have been really impressed with the dancing ability of my recent grooms. Speaking of dancing, one more favorite part for me was when Katie and her Mother did a dance together to Footloose. What a special moment that was to see the two of them having so much fun on the dance floor together. I will remember that forever and I’m sure their guests will also.
Special thanks to the following vendors: Caterer Groovin’ Gourmets from Richmond, DJ Mark Allen, Seth Roberts Photography, Colonial Florist, Hair & Make-up by Ruby Devine, Officiant Brent Cochran, Ambassador Limousine for transportation, Videographer Stephanie Sciarrino, Event Planner Maureen Monterubio, Skyline Tent Company and rentals by MS Events.
Lauren & David really hit the jackpot when it comes to weather. They had one of the most perfect fall days to be married outside to. On Saturday, October 25th, Lauren & David were married at Keswick Vineyards. The sun was out shining to keep everyone nice and warm while enjoying the spectacular fall colors in the vineyard and mountain side.
I love how they had their Yorkie dog in the ceremony. He was just adorable in his tuxedo! The wedding ceremony was extra special. Their officiant was very close friend of theirs that Lauren had asked to marry them even before she was ordained as a minister. Love the personal touch that adds to the ceremony.
After spending time out in the vineyard for photos, Lauren & David returned to the Sperry tent for their reception and enjoyed some amazing food by BBQ Exchange. The short ribs were out of this world! DJ John Garland kept the party going while guests danced the night away.
Thanks to the following vendors for doing such an amazing job: Caterer BBQ Exchange, DJ John Garland, Photographer Jen Fariello, Videographer Paul Hairston, Flowers by Hedge Florist, Pastry Chef Ashley from Charlottesville Cupcakes, Event Planner Angela Parker, Hair & Make-up by Amanda of Lou Stevens Glam Squad, Officiant Leslie Scanlon, Transportation by Albemarle Limousine, Rentals by MS Events & Skyline Tent Company.