Thays and Clinton get married!
Congratulations to Thays & Clinton who were married at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, July 22nd. With most of the guests being from Miami, this wedding definitely had some “heat” to it. Thays looked exceptionally beautiful in her wedding dress. I just love the look she gave her father as they made their way to the alter. When Clinton laid his eyes on her you could see his eyes swell with tears as he was captivated by her beauty at that moment.
Speaking of moments, we all know how cute flower girls can be. I’ve seen those little ones walk on their own, be pulled in a wagon, have their parents carry them or I’ve even seen them run the opposite direction! What made this flower girl different was you had to add about another 90 years to the normal age of a flower girl. Yes, Thay’s 94 year old Grandma was her flower girl and was just thrilled with that role. All the guests were amused as she threw rose petals into the crowd versus onto the aisle.
Cocktails were held under Keswick’s 300+ year old oak tree. I just love the bar that they rented from Paisley & Jade. After a delicious dinner prepared by Goodrich Gourmet Catering, it was time to hit the dance floor. Thay and her father stole the show with their dance. I was told Thays was dancing disco even before she knew how to walk and it showed. The two of them did a father/daughter dance that just had everyone cheering. Definitely one of the best I’ve seen.
Lastly, guests enjoyed desserts with homemade pies, cake and donuts. The donuts were displayed on a pegged door so guests could just pull off the donut of their choice. And for those that wanted a different type of dessert, cigars and brandy were also on hand!
Thanks to the following vendors for doing such an exceptional job: Event Coordinator, Keswick Vineyards; Catering, Goodrich Gourmet Catering; rentals, Paisley & Jade and MS Events; Officiant, Moretta Henderson; Desserts, Sweethaus; DJ, Ty Russel; Harpest, Eve Watters, Photographer, Leah Hewitt Photography; Hair & Make-up, Carolyn Thombs & Malia Rafaie; Florist, Amy Dittmer; Video, Joseph Kim; and tent lighting, Skyline Tent Company.
Twins, Cupcakes, and a hot July wedding!
Congratulations to Sarah and Sean who after being together for six years tied the knot at Keswick Vineyards on Friday, July 14, 2017. Being a July wedding in Virginia, it can be hot. I remember when they toured the property pointing out to them a good shady area in front of the fountain that would be greatly appreciated by their guests if they ended up having one of those hot, July days. Well, they did have a beautiful, hot & sunny wedding day and remembered that spot and used it! I was so happy to see that and I’m sure their guests really were the happiest. This was a first for any of our couples to use this location. From the photos, I think you all would agree that it is just as beautiful as any ceremony location at Keswick Vineyards.
Sarah is a twin and had her sister walked her down the aisle. Another first for us at Keswick Vineyards. What a special moment for those two to share.
The evening sunset provided a beautiful backdrop as guest enjoyed a buffet dinner prepared by Blue Ridge Catering. I must say, the grilled chicken with pesto sauce was delicious! And speaking of delicious, those cupcakes from Paris Cake Company. I’m so happy the family let me keep the extras! After dinner and dessert, it was onto the dance floor for guests to dance the night away. Adding to the festivities the couple had glow sticks for their guests to grab and use while dancing and instead of a sparkler departure the couple was showered with bubbles as they drove away to their happily ever after!
Special thanks to the following vendors who make each of our weddings so special: Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering, Dessert: Paris Cake Company, DJ: DJ Ricky of Prime Time Sound, Phtographer: Megan Garrison, Officiant: Jay Ford with his wife Denise acting as wedding planner, Hair & Make-up: Judy Hayward of On Location Bridal.
What a beautiful day for a wedding! Saturday, July 8th was one of those perfect weather days in Virginia. To eccentuate the beautiful weather Aimee and Antonio chose our “fall location” to say their I do’s. What a view this location has. There just isn’t a bad view. Between Edgewood Estate, the fountain, the vineyard and then the mountains, how do you decide how to angle your aisle?
As guests arrive they were instructed to use a polaroid camera to take a photo. They then would tape that photo to the guest book and write a message. That certainly personalized that guest book for the couple.
During the ceremony, their officiant had them pause for a moment to take a look at their guests and to just say hi to everyone. It was just one of those prompt moments that just made everyone feel included in the ceremony. When the ceremony was completed guest waved wands that were made that had ribbons and bells on them.
As the couple left to do photos guests enjoyed beverages and appetizers prepared by Harvest Moon. Once the couple returned, guests went under our Sperry Tent for a delicious dinner including salmon as one of their entrees.
To finish the evening guests enjoyed cake and danced the night away under a disco ball!
Thanks to the following vendors for making Aimee and Antonio’s wedding a picture pefect evening they will never forget: Keswick Vineyards as their Day of Coordinator, Harvest Moon Catering, Officiant Claire Frances, Cake from Cakes by Rachel and One Creative Cookie, DJ Andy Wilfong of Party Masters, Musicians Classical Hillbillies, Meredith Coe Photography, Hair & Make-up by Avenue 42,Florals from Flowers by Zoie, Transportation by Albemarle Limousine and the Disco Ball from Skyline Tent Company.
Love was definitely in the air for these two coming all the way from France to have their Virginia vineyard wedding at Keswick Vineyards on July 7th, 2017. Arnita has to be my most energized bride I have ever had. She was so much fun to work with! As you can see, from the beginning of her wedding day with her bridesmaids, having a good time was what it was all about.
How cute was their first look? It played out like Romeo and Juliet! Matthieu was up on a balcony to turn to see his beautiful bride below. How creative was that? Speaking of being creative, Arnita refurbished her mother’s veil into her wedding gown. I just love when couples are able to do things like that. I think Arnita’s Mom had just as much fun at her daughter's wedding as Arnita did. She just had to get in every photo. It was evident how close of a relationship these two share.
Again, you can see from the photos how excited Matthieu and Arnita were when they exited their ceremony. They were definitely “gettin' down”! Their entire wedding was like that from start to finish. Just tons of happiness, joy and celebration!
Of course, when you live in France, who better to have cater your wedding than l’étoile Catering? Their service and flavor of food was top notch. I look forward to having them back!
Once again, special thanks to all the vendors for doing what they do best; making weddings at Keswick Vineyards perfect! l’étoile Catering, Robert Radifera Photography, Foxtail Cottage Floral, MS Events for Rentals, Wedding Planner Pamela Harris, Celebrant Keith M. Hoyle, DJ TD Layman of Sound Enforcement and Make-up Artist Kimberly Bazemore.
Check out some of Robert Radifera's photos here!
Travis and Julie were wedding number two over our 4th of July weekend. They channeled their country roots and showcased that during their beautiful Charlottesville vineyard wedding on Sunday, July 2nd.
Every detail of their event was carefully thought out and carried along with the same theme. The bridesmaids wore short blush colored dresses with cowboy boots and the guys all sported their boots with boot-cut jeans. Attire aside, they kept the country wedding theme going with their detailed décor. We loved the wooden cupcake tiers that surrounded their main wedding cake. It brought the perfect amount of rustic into that portion of the night! Before they made their way to cake though, dinner had to be served! Hank’s Smokehouse served delicious hand pulled pork with a variety of “fixin’s” on the side. Guests loaded up their plates and hardly an ounce was left behind. That’s when you know it’s good!
Wedding coordinator, Real Southern Accents. Catering, Hank’s Smokehouse. Desserts, Cakes by Rachel. DJ, TD Layman. Hair & Makeup, Juli Schaffer. Florist, Willow Branch. Officiant, Pastor Gabe Turner. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company. Rentals, MS Events.
Huong Up on Eddie
Eddie and Huong came and kick started our 4th of July weekend here at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, July 1st. The two were once upon a time Charlottesville locals and after recently making the move to Northern Virginia they were excited to come back for their wedding!
Pairing this couple together was an obvious choice. Eddie likes to think he knew from early on that the spitfire southern bell he met on the Downtown Mall was the one for him. Huong tells a different version, but nonetheless, almost 10 years later they walked down the aisle together as husband and wife after they said their I do’s!
Following their beautiful vineyard ceremony, they were ready to party. The couple and their wedding party snuck away for some quick photos and then they were ready to roll. They had the perfect summer night to enjoy with fine wine and amazing views. In true Huong and Eddie fashion, they needed to spice things up and end the night with more than just a sweet treat. They had custom poptarts made by the wonderful Wonderment of Charlottesville and brought in another local favorite, Benny Delucas pizza, to send guests off into the night fun and full!
Thank you to all of our vendors.
Event coordinator, Angelica Laws with Keswick Vineyards. Catering, Harvest Moon Catering. Photography, Sarah Goodwin Photography. DJ, Dennis Payne. Hair & Makeup, Jennifer Saunders. Florist, Cville Blooms. Transportation, UTS Charter Services. Desserts, Wonderment. Officiant, Fr. Antoninus Niemiec and Fr. Nguyen Viet Hung. Lighting, Skyline Tent Company.