It’s hard to beat the beauty of a fall October day in Virginia. Anyone who works in the wedding business knows how crazy busy it is for us. On top of having triple weddings every weekend in October, I have numerous birthdays in our family. This year, our youngest was turning 16. I happened to mention it to this bride, Lyndsey, when she did her final walk thru. I mentioned how long her wedding weekend would be for me because not only did I have 3 weddings, but also had a Sweet 16 birthday to celebrate. So, what did Lyndsey do the day before her wedding as if she had nothing else to do? She baked my daughter her favorite flavor of cupcakes with whip cream frosting (her favorite again) and brought them to her rehearsal along with a card. Wow! Do I not have the best couples and families getting married here? I couldn’t believe she remembered something I just mentioned as small talk and then took the time to make my daughter’s birthday even more special. Thank you so much Lyndsey for your thoughtfulness! Its the sweetest thing!
Lyndsey & Rick were married on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Keswick Vineyards. The weather was something a couple would pray for. Simply perfect! Lyndsey and Rick chose to get married in what we call our “fall” location. We nick named it that because of the panoramic views you have and in the fall, they are hard to beat. Accentuating the view, Lyndsey’s father made these doors that were used as a backdrop for their ceremony. After the ceremony, they were moved to the reception to be placed behind the couple chairs.
Lyndsey & Rick decided to do the “wine box” tradition during their ceremony. Rick added his personal touch to what was included in the box. Most people place a nice bottle of red wine in it. Not Rick. He is a bourbon guy so besides the bottle of wine he also added a nice bottle of bourbon!
For the reception, a chandelier was hung just over the dance floor. This is one of my favorite looks because it is so pretty to see the couple do their first dance under it. A very long head table with farm tables was also used. And, one of my favorite little detail from this wedding, pretzels that were decorated to be a bride and groom were at each place setting. They are adorable!
Another successful wedding thanks to the magical team of:
Event Planners: Keswick Vineyards
Catering: Goodrich Gourmet Catering
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Rachel
DJ: DJ Fit (Nathan May)
Photographer: Nichole Haun and her husband Scott see their photos here!
Florals: Foxtail Cottage Floral
Hair & Make-up: Jennifer Saunders
Photo Booth: Grinnin Photo Booth
Transportation: Easy Rider Bus Company
Rentals: MS Events and Skyline Tent Company
Wrapping up our 3rd wedding for this weekend was the marriage of Melissa & Marcin on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Keswick Vineyards. The weather was just beautiful for them! With Marcin’s family visiting the United States for the first time from Poland, I was so happy they got to experience a beautiful Virginia fall day.
Melissa & Marcin had their dog Leo be their ring bearer. He did such a great job! Isn’t he adorable? I just love the “family” photo I took of them.
Melissa & Marcin had so much fun on their wedding day. I always love it when Photographer Robert Radifera is here. We have such a fun time working together. What I love about Robert is he will show the couple a sneak peak of some of the photos he has just taken of them. I always try to capture that moment. It is a great thing to do because the couple gets a glimpse of how beautiful they are looking and it just makes taking more photos so much easier because the couple is liking what they are seeing and want more. So, we gave them more by taking photos in the vineyard, in front of the Estate, by the pool, in front of the fountain, I could go on and on but I think you get the point. LOTS of photos with numerous back drops.
Guests were able to help themselves to a delicious buffet dinner prepared by Harvest Moon. Afterwards there were plenty of desserts to satisfy any sweet tooth! But for those that might not have a sweet tooth, no worries. The couple had a bourbon bar ready to go in the gazebo for the final night cap. And to finish out the evening guests dance the night away and then sent the couple off with a sparkler departure.
Special thanks to the following vendors: Day of Event Coordinator – Keswick Vineyards, Caterer-Harvest Moon, Officiant – Bhagavan Metro, Desserts-Cakes by Rachel, DJ-DJ Fit (Nathan May), Photographer-Robert Radifera, Hair & Make-up-The Spot Beauty Shop, Florist-Foxtail Florist, Tent Lighting-Skyline Tent Company, Transportation-Easy Rider Buses and Musicians-Charlottesville String Quartet
must say, I’ve done over 300 weddings at Keswick Vineyards and this ceremony was definitely one that I will remember. I always love it when the person marrying the couple has a personal connection to them. So, on Monday, October 9th, Ashleigh and Paul were married at Keswick Vineyards by the grooms father. Doesn’t get much better than that! The praise they were giving to God and his greatness was awesome! They Included scripture readings and hymns that just took the ceremony up a notch to me. Ashleigh and Paul wrote their own vows and the love these two share for each other was so obvious. The looks they would give each other were just adorable and they just couldn’t stop holding each other hands and kept whispering to one another throughout the ceremony. I don’t think there was a dry eye when they spoke of the love they had for each other. I am so blessed to be able to witness these moments weekly.
At the end of their ceremony they did something I had never seen or heard of. They did the salt covenant. The covenant of salt is an ancient covenant mentioned in the old testament. The couple puts salt in their spouse’s mouth to solidify their promise they made to each other and God. They will then keep the container the salt was stored in as a daily reminder of that promise.
And, as if the ceremony wasn’t beautiful enough, the reception and how the tent was decorated; over the top! This is the first time I have had a couple put greenery on the center support poles under the tent. Adding a chandelier over the dance floor and more greenery on each table; amazing! Pictures really don’t capture how beautiful it really was.
Thanks to the following vendors for helping to create this beauty:
Catering by The Catering Outfit
Katy Hood as their wedding planner
Maliha Creations for their cake
DJ Joseph Robinson
Ceremony music by Treesa Gold String Trio
Photographer Elisa Bricker
Videographer The Herrintons Click Here to see their video!
Hair by Brianna Adams
Make-up by Michandra Myles
Mallory Joyce for Florals
Skyline Tent Company for the chandelier.
What a beautiful fall day they had. They had just enough overcast to keep the heat down from the sun yet giving them the perfect lighting for the best photos with no shadows. There was no limit on where they could go for photos and they took advantage of that, doing a lot of photos in the vines!
Jennifer and Gregory enjoy video games so they found a way to add some of that to their wedding décor. Take a look at their guest sign in book; instead of the traditional book they had a canvas made that looks like the start of a video game! Each of the guests would then sign their names to each of the little hearts! Also, they had a wagon pulled for their ceremony that had some of “their children” in it. These children were stuff animals that obviously meant a lot to them. After taking photos, Jennifer changed out of her wedding dress and into a red formal dress. She looked stunning, and she definitely stood out on the dance floor!
Special thanks to the following vendors: Wedding Planner, Barb Wired; Officiant Dave Norris;
Caterer Hot Cakes; Musicians for ceremony, Quiet Fire; DJ Derek Tobler; Photographer Jeff
Gleason; Videographer Ian’s Creation; Hair & Make-up by Jeanne Cusick; Floral Designs by
Jacquelyn Collmus; Transportation Buses by University Transit Service.
I’m sure Lauren never thought when she was 15 years old that she would end up marrying the boy who sat behind her in French class that would put paper wads in her hood. But guess what? She did! And on Saturday, October 7th, Lauren and her high school sweetheart Cody were married at Keswick Vineyards.
They chose to be married in front of Edgewood Estate with the fountain, vineyard and mountains as their back drop. What a beautiful day Mother Nature provided them with a soft cloud cover and gentle breeze to keep every guest comfortable for this outdoor wedding.
During the ceremony they did a unity candle. With that, both Mothers come up to the alter and light individual candles. They then hand them off to their respective child (the bride or groom) and then the couple light one “unity” candle to symbolize the joining of two families into one.
After the unity candle the couple proceeded to do the wine box. For the wine box the couple picks one of Keswick Vineyards award winning wines to be placed in a box that won’t be opened for 1 or more years. Besides the wine in the box the couple write love letters to each other that neither have read before. They are sealed in this box. This wine box is to remain sealed until a designated time like their first anniversary or fifth or tenth anniversary. At that time, they will enjoy the bottle of wine while reading these love letters that they wrote on their wedding day. If the couple hits a bump in the road and are having some doubts about each other, they are to open that box at that time, have some wine, read those letters and hopefully that will re-lite the marriage.
Thanks to the following vendors for all their hard work: Southern Inn Catering, Pearls Bakery, DJ Fit (Nathan May), Photographer Tyler Corvin, Foxtail Cottage Florist, Albemarle Limousine and Rev. Bhani Moore.
Starting off our four day wedding weekend is Brittany & Joe’s wedding on Friday, October 6th. Thankfully, they did the old southern tradition and buried a bottle of bourbon to ensure beautiful weather for their fall vineyard wedding. As you can see by the photos, it worked again!
Brittany and Joe did a few unique things at their wedding that I haven’t seen before. Lets start with their flowers. Instead of each bridesmaid having a bouquet, Brittany had each bridesmaid “wear” their flowers. Some had a collar, a ring, a bracelet, hair piece, etc. No one had the traditional bouquet. For the boutonniere, the guys had shot gun shells to hold their flowers. Why shot gun shells you ask? Well, they love Guns –N- Roses and thought this was a great way to bring a piece of that rock band into their wedding.
For their guest book they had a hand drawn map of the local area featuring Keswick Vineyards and other favorite spots of theirs and had guests sign the matte around it. To continue the “map” theme was a framed map that had states that the couple had visited to assign which table each guests would sit at. Versus having table numbers, the tables were a state and had a picture of the couple at that state to give it that extra personal touch.
But the highlight for this wedding was definitely when the JMU mascot Bulldog arrived and helped escort the couple under the tent for the reception! The couple even got to share their first dance with the bulldog. It was just the cutest thing to see the mascot bulldog dance with one of their flower girls. Precious!
Thanks to the following vendors for making this night a night to remember for all who attended: It’s Your Day wedding planner, Officiant Josh B. Klotz, Caterer Roadside Chive, DJ Derek Tobler, Photographer Katie Lea Photography, Make-up by The Studio, Hair by Adrienne, Blakemores Flowers and A&A Limousine for transportation.
Wrapping up our third wedding this week end we celebrated the marriage of Lyndsay & Shawn on Sunday, October 1st. What better way to begin the month of October then to have florals just loaded with fall colors and using pumpkins as vases. The vibrant colors of the brides bouquet just popped against her dress.
I just loved what this couple used for their guest book. They had a canvas that had some silk grape leaves on it. Guests would sign purple wood circles and then stick them to the canvas to create a grape cluster. Afterwards the couple will hang this in their home. Pretty creative huh?
I also thought it was a great idea to have little cards that had the flavors of each cupcake. They were held up with corks like you would do escort cards. This way everyone knew which flavor of cupcake to take. I also like how they didn’t forget their dog Ginger. Ginger couldn’t physically attend their wedding so they had a ceramic piece of Ginger on display at their dessert table along with a photo of the three of them. I just love those little personal touches!
Finally, the food. You can’t go wrong when you have Exchange Events under the direction of Jaclyn catering your wedding here. I couldn’t pass on the shrimp and grits and I know the bride and her guests couldn’t get enough of the hush puppies! Also, each guest had a box of New Jersey taffy waiting for them at their table. And to finish off the night the couple had a s’mores bar for guests to help themselves to. What a great way to finish off the evening.
The following photos were taken by owner Cindy Schornberg, to see the professional photographer's photos check the link at the bottom of the page.
Special thanks to the following vendors: Keswick Vineyards as their day of coordinator, Officiant Dave Norris, Exchange Events Catering, Desserts by Passionflower Cakes, DJ Mark Allen, Photographer Jodi Gray, Hair & Make-up by Zaheda Rahman, Colonial Florist, Rentals provided by MS Events and lighting by Skyline Tent Company.
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