Helen and Ali's Wedding Day!
Congratulations to Helen and Ali who had their vineyard wedding here at Keswick Vineyards on Sunday, July 24th. The couple came a long way away (all the way from cold, cold Boston) to celebrate with their family and friends here on a hot, hot July afternoon!
Despite the rising temperatures, guests stayed cool underneath of the shade of Keswick's many trees. Before ceremony they enjoyed the scenic sweeping mountain and vineyard views in front of the historic estate and mingled until it was time for the ceremony to start. Helen was the bell of the ball! The dress she wore took everyone by surprise. A long sleeve dress in July? Yes! The dress held a great deal of sentiment to her and her family. It was designed and handmade by her great, great grandmother over 100 years ago. It fit her like a glove and was a great tribute to honor past generations of her family and the traditions she'd bring into her new life with Ali.
Helen and Ali snuck away for photos after their ceremony as their guests were sent to cocktail hour to listen to the music of a blue grass ensemble. They were quite the hit! After the magic hour of photo taking, the couple joined their guests underneath of Keswick Vineyard's Sperry tent, which kept them significantly cooler with the breeze from our eight fans!
DJ Ricky kept the party alive throughout the evening once guests filled their bellies with Charlottesville's local wedding cater, C&O's delicious eats. A quick outfit change by Helen and a few streamers and cans tied to the back of their "Just Married" getaway car, and this couple was ready for their much anticipated sparkler send off! Away in the night they went as they continued to celebrate their life as the new Mr. and Mrs. wrapping up their memorable evening at one of Charlottesville's most picturesque vineyard wedding venues!
Thank you to the following vendors for making this day so great! Catering and Event Planner, C&O Catering. Photography, Justin Kunimoto Photography. Rentals, MS Events. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. DJ, DJ Ricky. Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music, Bellevue Rhythmaires. Hair and Makeup, Judy Hayward. Bouquets, Colonial Florist. Floral arrangements, Elena Day. Trees, J.W. Townsend Landscapes. Officiant, Tracy Wispelwey.
A White Wedding
Who doesn’t love a good White Wedding?! Katie and Carter, the new Mr. and Mrs. White were married here at Keswick Vineyards on July 16th. They shared the perfect Saturday with friends and family as they celebrated their love story with us right here in Charlottesville, VA.
It had been a long time coming. Katie and Carter had been together for so long that when asked it simply seemed like forever. Tying the knot for them was a no brainer. In fact, tying the knot was such a no brainer that they incorporated the knot’s symbolism into their ceremony. There were three individual ropes, all of which were braided together to make for an even stronger strand. Together they can do anything and their bond will not break.
After their ceremony, the couple and their wedding party snuck away for some unforgettable picture perfect photos. We caught one of the groomsmen sporting their matching Virginia Tech socks! The fun continued with dinner and dancing and one of our favorite ways to utilize our gazebo…a photo booth! It always is a crowd favorite.
But what’s a White wedding without the views? Katie and Carter were blessed with a bit of rain once guests were well under the tent enjoying their dinner and after it passed it led to an absolutely incredible (and colorful) Charlottesville sunset. They really lucked out!
Congratulations to them as they continue on with their forever!
Thank you to our vendors! Wedding planner, Megan Morgan. Caterer, Hanks Smokehouse. Photography, Dominique Attaway Photography. Florist, Rask Florist. Photo Booth, Star City Photo Booth. Transportation, UT’s and Camryn Limousine. DJ, Kendall New. Hair, Ulta Beauty Salon. Officiant, John McGowan.
Julianne and Adam's Wedding!
Julianne and Adam married here at Keswick Vineyards on July 9, 2016. They were the perfectly creative and witty couple that inspired clever decor for their wedding day. The couple have been together for years, so long in fact that when you ask their families they simply resort to saying "forever", which I guess is appropriate for their title together now as husband and wife!
Being the creative couple they are they had a few elements of their wedding that were personal and symbolic to them. Flowers were first and foremost on that list. Julianne and Adam (and their entire wedding party and family) spent the day before their wedding together at Irvington Spring Farm in Lynchburg. There they hand made bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces for the entire wedding. How fun! Not only was it a great coming together idea for the couple, but also a practical one. The combination of Irvington Spring Farm and this wedding party worked...because their flowers were beautiful, bright, and memorable. Well done!
The groom wanted to make a special treat for his bride and their guests. Adam handmade their "photo booth" where guests were able to capture photos of themselves for the couple to enjoy as a keepsake years to come. We often see photo booths, but never one quite like this personal hand made device by the groom himself. It made it all the more enjoyable and guests loved it!
We are so glad we got to celebrate such a momentous day with this couple, but our vendors truly helped! Catering, Southern Inn Catering. Photographer, Skyryder Photography. Florist, Irvington Spring Farm. Desserts, Sweethaus. Hair and Makeup, Briana B. Adams. DJ, Ricky Morris. Musician, Adam Carter. Wedding Planner, Cindi. Officiant, Evan Wolfe. Transporation, Albemarle Limousine.
It was no surprise when Berkley and Peter walked through our doors that Keswick Vineyards was the perfect place for their vineyard wedding. It was also no surprise that there was one key detail that would tie this wedding (and in turn this couple) together. What is that? The Navy.
Lieutenant Peter Maki married the love of his life Berkley here at Keswick Vineyards on July 3rd. They were our second couple to get married over the 4th of July holiday weekend. The timing of their vineyard wedding couldn’t have been better, with them naturally loving everything surrounding the good US of A and everything that fit within red, white, and blue realm. The military presence was very apparent in many aspects of their wedding, from their guests high ranks in multiple divisions of our armed services, to patriotic corn hole boards, a service dog, and the traditional sword arch initiation of the newly wedded Mr. and Mrs.
In honor of the Navy, white were a must for Peter. He proudly wore his whites as he stood at the fountain waiting to finally make Berkley a Maki. They sealed an engraved box containing three different Keswick Vineyards wines, all of which are meant to age perfectly (just like their love) throughout the years. For their 1st, 5th, and 10th anniversary they’ll open the box and read their vows in remembrance of the day they said “I do”.
When it came time to the reception, that’s when the fun started! We knew the military would know how to party, but we underestimated their moves on the dance floor! T.D. Layman kept them on the dance floor all night and everyone had an awesome time. When couples would break away from the dance floor they had a bourbon and cigar bar to enjoy in the gazebo…the perfect late night treat. Speaking of treats, what’s a Navy wedding without the infamous sword cake cutting?! For anyone else who witnessed this event, we all know to leave the sword play to Peter.
Huge thanks to the following vendors for making their Charlottesville wedding so wonderful! Day of coordinator, Keswick Vineyards. Catering, Exchange Events & Catering. Photography, April Bennett Photography. Florist, Ginger & Blooms. Hair & Makeup, The Spot Beauty Shop. Desserts, Sweethaus. Rentals, MS Events. DJ, T.D. Layman with Sound Enforcement DJ Service. Transportation, Albemarle Limousine and Blue Ridge Tours. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company and The AV Company. Officiant, Matt Goodrich.
Mark and Brittany's Food Truck Wedding!
Brittany and Mark started off our 4th of July weekend with their wedding on Saturday, July 2nd. With it being 4th of July weekend, they wanted to make sure their guests had as most fun as humanly possible. So, what did they do? They threw a “backyard bash”!
It’s typical to celebrate Independence Day weekend every year with friends, family, and loved ones relaxing, grilling out, laughing, and (of course) watching the fireworks. Brittany and Mark cleverly brought all of those aspects into their wedding day here at Keswick Vineyards. For fun guests played corn hole, ping pong, and jumbo jenga (one of my new favorite trends!) For food, they brought in food trucks! Who doesn’t love a good food truck? They had three that night, all contributing different flavors for their friends and family. Everything from pizza to bourbon glazed donuts could be ordered by guests. Whatever their hearts desired, they were able to walk up, order, and enjoy!
But what’s food without wine? Better yet…what’s food without Keswick Vineyards wine?! Needless to say, they had awesome assortment of Keswick Vineyards wines to go with their spread. Not a drop of deliciousness was wasted!
Thank you to the following vendors for a great event! Food, Blue Ridge Pizza, Spiked Food Truck, and Carpe Donut. Event Design & Planning, Valley and Salt. Day of coordination, Kaitlyn Hoy with KEH Designs and Amanda Troutman. Rentals, Paisley & Jade and Festive Fare. Photographer, Aster and Olive Photography. Hair and Makeup, Avenue 42. Florist, The Proper Petal. Officiant, Melody Porter. DJ, Greg Tutwiler with National DJ Connection. Desserts, Sweethaus. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company and The AV Company.