A little rain was not about to put a damper on the wedding of Marie & Michael, who recently tied the knot at beautiful Keswick Hall in Charlottesville. A half-hour before the ceremony was to begin, the clouds darkened and thunder bellowed, and rain started spattering the patio overlooking the golf course. Keswick’s staff quickly pulled the chairs and floral pieces inside to prepare for an indoor ceremony. Undeterred, the bridal party waited a short while to see if the showers would pass, and sure enough we ended up back outside with their 100 guests and the ceremony starting close to its original start time anyway. Chalk one up to patience and good luck.
Lisa Hazell, Marie’s easy-going planner and Julianne, Keswick’s on-site manager, kept things rolling along despite the early uncertainty about the weather. They helped keep everyone’s nerves calm and made sure guests were well taken care of. During the ceremony, Marie’s cousin Rachel sang a lilting rendition of Ava Maria while Rachel’s little sister Carolyn served as a slightly shy flower girl. She clearly felt it insufficient to throw rose petals in the air only during the processional, so she enjoyed the opportunity to do it again after Marie & Michael’s kiss and recessional. Later in the evening, Anne got a wonderful shot of Marie and Carolyn dancing by themselves on the dance floor during dinner. It was clear there was a wonderful connection between the two.
We’ve begun noticing more of our clients coming to their weddings sporting custom-designed drinks for their guests during cocktail hour. Marie & Michael’s sparkly blue cosmo kept everyone chattering happily while we did some family portraits. Then we headed off in a golf cart to one of the gorgeous willow trees down the hill with the Hall in the background. The reception couldn’t have been more fun, what with some very expressive dancing moves on the part of their friends (as well as parents!) which kept our flashes firing all night long. It was just a fun, relaxed wedding, and we were thrilled to have been a part of it. Congratulations, Marie & Michael, and thank you for having us out!
Marie had also contracted us for a formal portrait of her at Keswick Hall, and we were happy to oblige. The first image is one she had printed as a 20×30 Giclée for display at the wedding. She was gorgeous, so you can imagine how many people commented on it.