Cinco de Kentucky Derby | Rebecca & Jesse

What an eventful weekend we had! Rebecca and Jesse, who got married at Keswick Vineyards on the 5th of May, 2018, incorporated so many fun and new ideas into their wedding day! They decided to get married near the vineyard where our beautiful wooden pergola was adorned with blue and white hydrangeas. A tradition that we had yet to see this wedding season was the wine box ritual, which the couple also incorporated into their wedding day. Rebecca and Jesse wrote letters to each other prior to their ceremony and placed them in the “time capsule” wine box. Along with the letters was a bottle of wine that they will open a year from their wedding day. With so many couples saving the top layer of their cake to enjoy a year from their wedding day, we thought that this was such a refreshing idea that other couples might, also, enjoy.

While the day was obviously all about Rebecca and Jesse, they also made sure that their guests didn’t forget that it was also the Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby Races! They ensured to incorporate both “holidays” into one day by serving both a mint julep and a margarita to their guests during cocktail hour and the reception. Goodrich Gourmet even had an immaculate tray of mint juleps and margaritas waiting for the couple as soon as they finished with their ceremony! After all, you can’t celebrate the Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby without a margarita and mint julep!

As guests were enjoying their holiday-inspired drinks during cocktail hour, they came across the corkboard seating chart that Rebecca’s mother, Kay, made. It was such an intricate and stunning piece that looked like the wine corks were interwoven. Drinking wine was definitely encouraged in order to make such a large and beautiful piece of art!

Another new idea that we loved was the use of our wine barrels with a vintage door placed upon it in the gazebo. Rebecca and Jessie used the “table” as their cupcake display and also placed a silver “R” and “J” to make the display even more alluring. Bazzle’s Bakery baked five different cupcake flavors and decided to display it in a symmetrical way that left us stunned. As you passed by the cupcake display, you could smell the aromas of key lime pie, German chocolate cake, salted caramel, raspberry, and carrot cake. Everyone couldn’t wait to get their hands on those cupcakes!

After the reception ended, everyone said their goodbyes to Rebecca and Jesse while they drove away in their getaway car. Rebecca will be graduating from UVA’s medical school, so we’re sure that her busy weekend didn’t stop at her wedding. Congrats to the happy couple and to Rebecca for graduating from UVA’s medical school!

Thank you to the following vendors for all their hard work:

Event Planner: Keswick Vineyards, Catering: Goodrich Gourmet, Makeup: Rouge 9, Hair: Top Knot, Photographer: Ward Photography, Videographer: Silver Streak Weddings, Bakery: Bazzle’s Bakery, Florist: M Henry Designs, DJ: Andy Wilfong, Officiant: Bhvani Metro, Rentals: MS Events, Transportation: Ambassador Limousine, Lighting: Skyline Tent Company.