Julie & Tim’s Outdoor Vineyard Wedding: Keswick, Virginia

As a wedding planner, I really have been so fortunate and blessed to work with clients that I really connect with.  It seems that my clients and I always have something in common, and Julie and Tim were no exception.

I’m a very proud native of Southern Maryland, so when Julie contacted me and said that she was a native of Southern Maryland as well, I knew instantly that I wanted to work with her on her wedding day.  She and her fiancé, Tim, met years ago while both living and working in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.  Tim is also a Marylander and a Ravens fan, so more in common there!  And the fact that they chose to get married in Keswick, Virginia really made us a match made in heaven.  They literally got married on the same street that my husband and I did.  But enough about me!

Keswick Vineyards provided the perfect backdrop for Julie and Tim’s wedding ceremony and reception in May 2013.  The 90 guests were joined by countless cicadas on a sunny Friday.  The bride wore a stunning mermaid lace gown, complemented by her bridesmaid’s pale pink retro-inspired knee-length dresses.  All three ladies carried handmade bouquets, crafted from vintage broaches.  The gentlemen were in classic black and joined by Julie’s son at the altar.  The ceremony was touching and heartfelt; the love between the families was palatable.  I am always touched by wedding ceremonies, and especially enjoyed witnessing the joining of these two families because they seemed to truly welcome their new additions.

The wedding ceremony was followed by cocktail hour on the lawn of Keswick Vineyards, featuring wine from the vineyard and acoustic guitar music from Billy Caldwell.  Caterer 20 South did an excellent job with the passed hors d’ouevres and stations.  I don’t typically get to enjoy the food at weddings due to my hectic timeline, but I was able to sample the fare… and I’m glad I did!  Guests roamed and enjoyed lawn games as well as the stunning vineyard views before finding their seats under Keswick Vineyards’ own Sperry Tent.

Under the tent, mahogany chivari chairs off-set the mix of tall and short floral arrangements, which echoed the pale pink hues of the bridesmaid dresses.  The vintage theme was carried into the gazebo adjoining the tent where the candy bar was located.  The bride provided vintage cookbooks which I arranged near the cake risers, candy jars and plates.  A pennant banner reading, “Love is Sweet,” completed the scene.  The cicadas particularly enjoyed the gazebo!

The wedding reception seemed to flow perfectly, with music selections hand-picked by the bride and groom.  I could tell the guests really enjoyed themselves, but most importantly, everyone in attendance really embraced the couple and their marriage.  Congratulations to Julie and Tim, a most beautiful couple, inside and out!

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