Last wedding for this seasonOn Sunday, November 20th, Keswick Vineyards hosted its last wedding for the year with the marriage of Laya & Stephen. When Laya & Stephen booked their wedding I wondered who would do an outdoor wedding in Virginia towards the end of November? Who would imagine that on their wedding day the weather was warmer then it had been for the past few week ends. Laya and Stephen were so blessed to have such a beautiful, fall weather day. There was an overcast of clouds which the photographers love since you don't have to worry about harsh shadows on anyones face. Laya and Stephen had a traditional Christian ceremony. Stephen's father, who is a pastor, officiated the ceremony along with their church pastor. Beautiful hymns were sung by Stephen's sister while musicians played. You really could tell that religion was a very important part for this wedding. Laya's family is Persian and I found out that her grandfather had a winery in Iran and that is why getting married at a vineyard was very important to them. Keeping with some Persian customs, Laya & Stephen did this photo of them looking into a mirror and you take the picture of them looking into the mirror. You will see below my attempt at capturing this tradition. It was beautiful to see Laya and her parents do some Persian dancing as the evening went on. I can't think of a more wonderful wedding to end our season this year. Thank you to the following vendors which help make this wedding a success: Catering by Anderson Carriage House, Festive Fare for party rentals, Pastry Chef Lisa Sheih, guitarist Andrew Walker and cello player Judah Goverman, Pastor Steve Aaron Sr., photographer Brian Tropiano, videographer Jillian Video Productions. Enjoy some of my photo's below and stay tuned for April when our 2012 wedding season will begin!
Samantha & Jake say "I DO"
On Saturday, November 12th, Samantha & Jake were married at Keswick Vineyards. Thankfully the weather was about 10 degrees warmer then the day before and what a difference that made outside. Samantha, Jake and their entire wedding party are performers so this wedding was very animated. It was a challenge to get some traditional wedding photo's from this group. Guest had a wonderful evening enjoying cigars by a fire pit they brought. It was a beautiful evening still lit by the full moon. Guest got an extra treat that evening with a singing/dance performance from the guest who are the "Celtic 5" that perform at Busch Gardens. They were incredible and the crowd loved it! All of us at Keswick Vineyards wish Samantha & Jake all the best and a special thank you to the following vendors who participated in their special day: Photographer Ashley Whitlow, DJ Gregory Vinson Jr., The Early Katering Company, flowers by Hedge Fine Blooms, officiant Danni Burnette and wedding cake by Buttercream Dreams.
A beautiful fall weddingKristi's favorite color is orange so she must of been in heaven on her wedding day when the fall foliage was at its peak. On Saturday, November 5th, Kristi married Darren on the grounds of Keswick Vineyards located just outside of Charlottesville, VA. It was a brisk fall day with the sun shining which provided warmth for the guest as they witnessed the ceremony amongst the vines in the vineyard. With the backdrop of Edgewood Estate surrounded by mountain and vineyard views accented with a burst of fall colors on the trees, could it get any better? Kristi had her bridesmaids wearing beautiful dresses in a salmon orange color. The bouquets in fall colors really popped against Kristi's beautiful white wedding dress. I couldn't take enough photo's capturing this beautiful fall wedding day. The natural fall colors everywhere made it a photographers dream. See below some of my photo's from their wedding day. Click here to read the blog from Ward Photography and to view some of their professional photograph. Kristi and Darren's wedding day could not of been a success without the help of the following vendors: Catering by The Event Company; Ward Photography, Pat's Floral Designs, Favorite Cakes, DJ Rick Ripley, guitarist Travis Elliott, Minister Jay Carey, Barb Wired Event Planner and hair/make-up by Jeanne Cusick.
11-11-11 Such a popular day to get married!
Congratulations to Leah & David who were married at Keswick Vineyards on one of the most popular wedding days for this year. This wedding was extra special to Keswick Vineyards since Leah's parents, Debbie & Gregg, have been part of the "Keswick family" for several years. They are both wine club members and barrel owners. Debbie & Gregg purchased their wine barrel as a gift to each other for their 30th wedding anniversary. Gregg made sure that his love for Keswick Vineyards was obvious to all the guest by having their barrel with plaque under the reception tent and then wearing a tuxedo shirt that appeared to be just that until he took off his jacket to reveal this wine theme tuxedo shirt. (see photo's below) I have to get one of these for my husband Al! It was an honor to be chosen as the venue to host their daughters wedding and we sincerely thank them for that. Now, onto Leah & David. What a delightful couple they are. David & Leah were such good sports, along with their photographers, to brave the chill in the air and ride around in the golf cart to capture all the different backdrops for photo's. I think they will see that it was well worth it. Leah & David chose to do a "1st look" before their ceremony which I think is a great idea. It allows the photographer more time to take all those wonderful portrait photo's of the couple before the ceremony which allows them more time with their guests. Leah & David got married at 4:15 pm. It struck me kind of strange that they would choose that time versus 4:00 or 4:30 but then Leah's father explained to me the significants of that time. Apparently on April 15th (4-15) Leah & David realized that they had found their soul mate and knew they would be getting married so they used that date as their ceremony time. How sweet is that? This entire wedding was full of special meanings. Every time I walked around I would notice something cute that I hadn't seen earlier. Leah and some of her family and friends had made Monster Cookies and Pumpkin Bread from old family recipes. Her Grandmother in California couldn't make the trip so her presence was felt by having these goodies for everyone to take home with them. I got to sample both and they were delicious! Guest enjoyed themselves by dancing the night away under a full moon. Thanks to the following vendors who made Leah & David's wedding so special for them: catering by 20 South, Katie Jett Walls of Red Turtle Photography, musicians The Madison Trio, Pastor Renee Teague, make-up artist Karen Lanquette, DJ Mark Allen of Class Productions DJ Services and Pastry Chef Porter's. Below are some of my photo's capturing the beauty of their wedding. Click here to view the professional photo's by Katie Jett Walls.