[NOTE: WHILE WE DON'T HAVE ANY PICTURES YET FROM OUR PHOTOGRAPHER (EXCEPT FOR THE ONE SHE CAPTURED ABOVE! I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE REST!), I'VE PIECED TOGETHER A FEW FROM FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND VENUE TO ACCOMPANY MY WEDDING DAY THOUGHTS. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED DOCUMENT OUR FAVORITE DAY. YOU CAN READ PART I OF OUR WEDDING HERE.]
I wanted to share a few snippets from our wedding reception which was held at Keswick Vineyards. When looking at venues last year, I felt turned off by a lot of places that approached us like we were simply another number to add to their tally. Not this place. The staff is so down-to-earth, friendly and welcoming....not to mention, incredibly organized and detail-oriented! We wanted our guests to experience the beauty that is Virginia in the fall, and the space and ambience felt like the perfect backdrop to make that happen. The owners of Keswick Vineyards have an interesting background; after surviving a plane crash in 1995, they felt inspired to leave their jobs at the time and follow their dream to open a winery and vineyard. Cindy, one of the owners, actually took many of the pictures below for which I am exceedingly grateful.
^^^ Our cake was made by the Kathy Watkins who is so sweet. When I told her our wedding day was also our caterer's birthday, she made her a separate birthday cake on the house! I absolutely love the edible flowers and ribbon, and how she incorporated our logo into the design. It was half poppyseed almond with almond cream filling and half white cake with pumpkin cream filling (dee-lish), and the cake topper has been used through the years in Patrick's family, starting with his grandparents.
Our gorgeous flowers were by Janie Medley, whom I adore. We met with Janie earlier this year and I could have sat and chatted with her all day long. I am so inspired by her talent and craft. (and Instagram feed!) I love her creative use of color and texture, and the ribbon she used on our bouquets that you'll see below.
And yes, I incorporated my own designs into the weekend which I hope to share at some point :)
our lovely bridal party ^^^
My sister was my matron of honor and Patrick's father was his best man. The rest of the crew included Patrick's brothers, brother-in-law, sisters, my oldest niece, and best friends from different chapters of our lives.
that view! ^^^
inside the tent ^^^
^^^ with Mimi and our signature cocktail, a dark & stormy!
Oh, and our florist put blooms in the pool as floating decorations. swoon!
I love a good selfie ^^^
a couple radiant couples ^^^ everyone looked so dashing!
Knowing we'd have a lot of UVA and Syracuse fans at our wedding, I wanted to incorporate something fun during the cocktail hour... orange & blue corn hole! My brother-in-law, Jim, made the boards ^^^ and my mom spray painted them. (She had blue toes for a few days afterwards, haha!) And those are bacon-wrapped dates...sigh, can I go back and eat all the food again? My favorite restaurant in Charlottesville catered everything.
How pretty are these snapshots of the sky? ^^^
my niece and sis with Patrick's youngest brother ^^^
I changed back into my sparkly dancing shoes (secret: I wore comfier shoes in our ceremony!) and we did our intros! We made a joke by playing the intro of this song at first and then changed to Return of the Mack :)
Then it was time for our first dance... ^^^ Let me begin by saying that Patrick and I decided to take dance lessons a few weeks before the wedding in hopes of choreographing a little number for the big day. We desperately needed it. And miraculously, I think we managed to pull it off! Only a few weeks after getting engaged, Patrick told me that he was thinking we should dance to James Blunt's Bonfire Heart. And after seeing Blunt perform it in concert, we agreed it was the one.
one of my favorite moments ever ^^^
patrick's sweet parents and his first dance with his mom to The Perfect Fan ^^^
My stepdad & I danced and twirled to A Wink and a Smile, our song. ^^^
I also realized I have zero pictures of/with my mother that day so here's hoping our photographer snagged a good one!
My old job introduced me to all of these fabulous women ^^^ I love them to pieces, each and every one. Oh, and there we are right after cutting the cake. That was my only bite of cake that night (sad!), but our pastry chef packed a to-go box that we devoured in our hotel room the next night, and we have a separate layer all frozen and waiting for us on 10/18/15 :)
patrick's siblings & dad ^^^
One of the reasons I'm so grateful we had a videographer is knowing that the touching toasts - by my stepdad, brothers, and Patrick's dad -- are all documented. I couldn't keep track of how many guests had nice things to say about them including, Um, I was bawling in my seat! (So was I.)
^^^ After an amazing sit-down dinner, it was time to boogie. We're probably dancing to T.Swift's Shake It Off.
speaking of, we danced...
and danced some more...
and kept dancing!
After we wrapped up with Sinatra's New York, New York (and everyone circled around us! It was amazing!), we had a sparkler send-off and kept the party going back at the pub where we had our rehearsal dinner. Patrick and I realized when we arrived at the bar that we had no IDs - zero money - nada. Ha! We thankfully were able to pull the we-just-got-married card and people didn't seem to mind. In fact, I vaguely remember a college student giving us a $20 bill so we could eat late night subs from Jimmy Johns before walking back to our hotel haha!
look! do you see the heart in that first sparkler? ^^^
Oh, Patrick. We're married..! I'm thinking back to meeting when we were teenagers. to chasing separate dreams. to breaking up twice. to long distance and heartache. to thinking i was losing my best friend. to fate bringing us back together. to getting through surgeries and moves and career changes and personal-life struggles. to the adventures. to living in such a magical city. to the countless giggles. to this moment above. Fairytales aren't all sunshine and rainbows, but they're full of love - and they do come true, they do!