It was a dark and stormy night… no really. The night before Meg and Larry’s wedding we experienced one of the strangest storms ever, and I have seen a lot. No one saw it coming but it uprooted trees and knocked out power throughout the state for days. We knew we had a lot to do the next morning to get ready for the celebration, but we found the help we needed and got the job done. By the time the bride and bridesmaids arrived for hair styling and make-up at lunchtime, there was barely any visible signs of a storm. We carried the entire event with generator power, never missing a beat. Many of the guests never even knew the power was out that day. I asked Meg, who is a very unique kinda gal (Larry is a lucky guy!), is this bizarre activity happening because you are such a daring redhead? She just laughed and said “Perhaps so!” She was so lovely in her layered cream gown with a tan sash. The heat of the day did not phase her beauty and Larry could not wait as she came down the aisle. They both had a glow about them that made the day extra special and so very worth the extra efforts to make it perfect for them. Their families were also glowing with pride for the union they had witnessed and the anticipation of the many years of happiness they will share. Guests were escorted to the East Lawn as an alternate ceremony location for extra shade, and also had lovely parasols and fans matching Meg’s summer colors to help beat the heat. They feasted on tender beef and rockfish dishes served family-style by 20 South Catering, with an assortment of pies from Family Ties & Pies for dessert. The extra special touch to this wedding was the wine served. Meg & Larry had participated in Keswick Vineyards blending party and won! They were able to serve the blending wine they came up with called Consensus which featured their picture on the label. How’s that for bragging rights at your wedding? Then came the first dance – hot! Larry in his fedora and Meg had changed her tan sash for sassy black lace. They surely got the crowd going for the rest of the night. We also refined the plan on Keswick’s “magic umbrellas”. There was a chance of more storms in the forecast and Keswick Vineyards provides golf umbrellas, about 4 dozen of them, as needed. These seem to keep the rain away for the events and sure enough, Meg and Larry never got wet. Congratulations to Meg and Larry and welcome to the Keswick Vineyards family, as our newest wedding couple and winemakers! Special thanks to the following vendors: Barb Wired LLC Event Planners, 20 South Catering, DJ Derek Tobler, Blue Ridge Floral, Family Ties & Pies, Terra Voce, Ralph Alswang photographer, Virginia Glenn hair & make-up, Camryn Limo and Skyline Tent Company.
July 5, 2012 | Cindy Schornberg