Congratulations Liz & Greg!
Congratulations to Liz and Greg who were married at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, September 28th. Liz and Greg really have a silly side to them as you will see from some of my photos. Really got to appreciate Greg's humor with his speech. He really could be a stand-up comic. Love how they added 30 Asian lanterns to hang through out the Sperry tent. This was one partying group of guests who couldn't get enough dancing that evening. Thanks for the following vendors: Catering by The Local, DJ Dennis Payne, Photographer Summer Gibbs, Pastry Chef Cakes Unlimited, Officiant Reverend Carolyn Barkley, rentals by MS Events, Hair & Make-up by Allison Harper, Musician Vernon Fischer, Floral Images for flowers and Skyline Tent for the Asian lanterns.
Way Too Cute Of A Couple!
Congratulations to Kelly & Will who were married at Keswick Vineyards on Sunday, September 22nd. It was hard to believe that Kelly & Will's wedding day was finally here. I still remember showing the two of them around last year and immediately hitting it off with them. The cuteness of this couple is sickening! Their love story and all their special little quirks they have for one another (even a secret language) is so adorable. 3:11 has a special meaning to them so it was only appropriate that the wedding ceremony start promptly at 3:11. Their hand written vows were so special and touching. Lots of tissue was needed for this one! As Kelly & Will would visit Keswick Vineyards through out the year leading to their wedding day, many discussions were about food. Barbecue Exchange hit a home run with the delicious food items including some sliders and Mac & cheese with bacon fried balls! To top off the evening, Carpe Donuts! I was in heaven along with the rest of the Keswick staff that evening. Special thanks to the following vendors for doing a superb job: Catering by Barbecue Exchange, DJ Derek Tobler, Event Planner Hope Jennings, Photographer Alicia White Photography, Paul Hairston Cinematography, Verde Natural Florals, Pastry Chef Sugar Box Bakery, Officiant Jacquie Joseph & Jean Joseph, Photobooth by Grinnin' Booth, rentals by MS Events & Hair & Make-up by Michelle & Associates. Click here to view photographer Alicia White's blog. Click here to view a short video by Paul Hairston.
Rain Not Ruining This Wedding!
Amazing what the right attitude can make when Mother Nature doesn't cooperate fully with your wedding day weather. Hats off to Caroline & John who were married Saturday, September 21st, at Keswick Vineyards. Caroline & John did all the right things to guarantee good weather for their wedding day. They did the old Southern tradition of burying a bottle of Jack Daniels, upside down, exactly a month before your wedding day for good luck. They even took it a step further and went to Kentucky to get their bottle of Jack Daniels and had it engraved! What could go wrong???? Well, their wedding day came and obviously Mother Nature was an issue for us. Everyone watched closing on dozens of radar projections trying to figure out what would be happening at 4:00. Radar was showing that the rain was going to change to a drizzle around that time so Caroline made the decision that she was determined to have her ceremony outside, even if it was raining. So, with that, everyone got to work in setting up the ceremony and having umbrellas for everyone. Caroline looked amazing in her wedding dress. She was just beaming with joy the entire day. You could feel the excitement between John and Caroline when John first saw her coming down the aisle. The ceremony was just beautiful with the fog in the background covering the mountains. After the ceremony guests enjoyed themselves under the Sperry tent for cocktail hour and the reception. No one seemed to be bothered by the weather. What amazed me the most at the end of the evening was the attitude Caroline had. Her and John were such good sports when it came to taking photo's. They even went out that evening in the rain to have a photo taken highlighting the rain drops. At the end of the evening Caroline said, "If it wasn't for the rain, I would of never gotten these amazing photo's". What a great way to look at the positive side of having it rain on your wedding day. If only there were more brides like Caroline! Special thanks to the following vendors: Event Planner Barb Wired, Photographer Seth Roberts, Videographer Chris Harris, Hair & Make-up by Jeanne Cusick, Hedge Florist, Paradox Pastry, Officiant Mr. Winn, DJ Dennis Payne, Catering by The Local, Musicians for ceremony Madison Trio and Albemarle Limousine. Click here to see some photos from Seth Roberts. Click here to view the wedding video by Chris Harris.
Dual Wedding Ceremonies: Indian & American
Keswick Vineyards got double the pleasure when Ash & Nathan got married on Sunday, September 15th. The day started with a traditional Maharashtrian Wedding Ceremony. Nathan arrived on horseback to the wedding location. He was escorted by his family and friends who announced his presence with dancing and music. Ash & Nathan were then separated by a curtain that was held by their parents until lowered so Nathan could see Ash for the first time. They then had their shawls tied together. Seven piles of rice were placed on the Mandap and every time they completed a circle, Ash would brush a pile off. They did that for 7 circles with each circle making a solemn vow to each other. It was then that Nathan gave Ash a necklace made of black beads and gold, which is the traditional Hindu jewelry worn by married woman. Final prayers were said to complete that ceremony. Guest then enjoy a cocktail hour while Ash & Nathan & the rest of the wedding party changed outfits to prepare for the American ceremony. Ash & Nathan chose to hold their American ceremony near the front fountain of Edgewood Estate. Ash was just as stunning in this wedding gown as she was earlier in the day. What a gorgeous couple these two are! After this ceremony guests enjoyed one more cocktail hour and then proceeded to the Sperry Tent for the reception. C&O did the catering and the food was delicious and beautiful in presentation with a plated dinner for all. Love the elephants that were on top of the wedding cake. And what else could of topped off this wedding but a colorful sky at sunset. What an amazing day filled with such beauty. Special thanks for the following vendors for doing such an amazing job: C&O Catering, Event Planner Cody from Amore Events, Photographer Katya from Story Motion, Videographer Jillian Video, DJ Mark Allen, Verde Natural Florals, Favorite Cakes, B2B Limousines and Albemarle Limousines, Hair & Make-up by Madison Hornsby of Moxie Hair & Body Lounge, Maharaj Sanjay Mahajan, Officiant Amy Kaminski and rentals by MS Events.
Congratulations to Anna & Massie!
Anna & Massie were married at Keswick Vineyards on Friday, September 13th. Once again, the weather was picture perfect for their outdoor wedding ceremony & reception. Anna & Massie chose to have their ceremony on the East Lawn area of Edgewood Estate under the magnificent 300+ year old oak tree. They tied a big wreath around the trunk of the tree to be the backdrop for their ceremony. Love how Anna & Massie really took the time during their ceremony to look at each person that was in attendance. They really were taking in their day. Thank you to the following vendors for providing such exceptional service: Caterer Barbecue Exchange, Event Planner Barb Wired, DJ Mark Allen, Photographer Aaron Watson, Charlottesville Cupcake, Officiant Ellen Sazekas, Ambassador Limo, rentals by MS Events, Guitarist Miles Pearce, Blue Ridge Floral and Hair & Make-up by Anne Kibler. Click here to view photographer Aaron Watson's Part I of his blog of this wedding or click here for Part II. Click here to see make-up artist Anne Kibler's blog.
Lauren & Nicholas's Wedding DayCongratulations to Lauren & Nicholas who held their beautiful Charlottesville wedding at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, September 14th. It has been a pleasure to get to know these two over the past year as they would frequently come to visit Keswick Vineyards with family & friends. Lauren looked so beautiful in her wedding dress with her bouquet of fall flowers. Nicholas looked very distinguished in his suit and I just loved his boutonnière. Skyline Tent Company did a wonderful job hanging Asian lanterns throughout the Sperry tent. Thanks to the following vendors for doing such a great job: Caterer C&O, DJ T.D. Layman of Sound Enforcement, Photographer Dominique Attaway, Florist Couture Design, Cakes Unlimited, Musician Jason Day & Company, Albemarle Limo, Skyline Tent Company, Hair & Make-up by Moxie Hair & Body Lounge. Click here to view photos from Dominique Attaway.
Congratulations Tristen & Ryan!Congratulations to Tristen & Ryan who were married at Keswick Vineyards wedding venue on Saturday, September 7th. What a beautiful day they had for their Charlottesville wedding! The sun was out, had a soft breeze and a beautiful sunset sky in the evening. Just perfect for an all outdoor wedding & reception. Special thanks to the following vendors: Caterer Harvest Moon, DJ Mark Allen, Event Planner Becca Bee Events, Photographer Rebecca Keeling, Florist Hedge Fine Blooms, Pastry Chef Cakes Unlimited, Officiant Dennis Ereso, Hair by Daphne Latham, Make-up by Kate Anastasio, MS Events for the photo booth and Ambassador Limo for buses. Click here to see this wedding featured on Borrowed & Blue. Click here to see this wedding featured on TwoBrightLights.
Congratulations Sarah & Matthew!Sarah & Matthew were married on Sunday, September 1st at Grace Episcopal Church in Keswick, Virginia. Sarah & Matt spent the afternoon getting ready at Keswick Vineyards. The guys relaxed watching football, playing pool and corn hole while the girls got their hair and make-up done. When the time came they were bussed to Grace Episcopal Church which is just a couple of miles from Keswick Vineyards. After the ceremony, guests returned to Keswick Vineyards for cocktail hour and the reception. The weather held to provide a beautiful evening for everyone to enjoy. Thanks to the following vendors for providing such expertise: 20 South Catering, DJ TD Layman of Sound Enforcement, Photographer Jamie Kay, Florist Hedge Fine Blooms, Chandler's Bakery, Camryn Limousines, Rentals by Festive Fare, tent by Skyline Tent Company and Hair & Make-up by Jennifer Mantua.
Going With The Flow
On Saturday, August 31st, Jennifer & Grant were married at Keswick Vineyards in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mother Nature has been giving this area a lot of rain this summer and she ran a little interference in the time line for this wedding. We all kept a close eye on the radar and it was unfortunately showing us that the ceremony time we would be hit with a thunderstorm. After speaking to Jennifer, she decided she would wait out the storm so she could still have her dream outdoor wedding amongst the vineyard. So, that is what we did. After an hour delay, the skies cleared and we were back on tract to having a beautiful outdoor ceremony! The positive to that storm was it cooled everything down and gave us a beautiful sky for a back drop. Just want to share my favorite part of this wedding. They had a custom wine box made that was engraved with their names and wedding date. Inside that wine box was a special bottle of Keswick Vineyards wine and love letters they wrote to each other. During the ceremony they nailed it close and will open it again on their 5th anniversary. What a great idea! Thank you to Jenni, Grant and all their guests for being able to just go with the flow of Mother Nature. The rest of the evening was beautiful! Thank you to the following vendors: Wedding Planner Cinda Hoege of White Birch Events, Photographer C. Tyler Corvin, Caterer Glorious Foods, DJ Dennis Payne, Musicians for ceremony Belle Arte, Hair & Make-up by Bristles Salon, Flowers by Natalie, Chandlers for the wedding cake, rentals by MS Events and buses by Agoff.