An Intimate, Spring Estate Wedding

Mike and Lauren first bonded over breaks at work. What started as a spark between them quickly flickered to full flame. On their first date, Mike stole Lauren away from Washington, D.C. for the weekend to explore the growing world of Virginia wine. Fittingly, three years later, the couple became one in the heart of Virginia wine country at Keswick Hall. The natural ambiance of the venue matched their spirited, yet poised style, making wedding planning delightful.

The ceremony was officiated by a dear friend who delivered a truly profound sermon that spoke to Mike and Lauren’s admiration for each other. The couple said their vows silhouetted by the light of a beautiful gold chandelier before a picturesque flower wall—an exceptional twist on the traditional flower arch. The entire room basked in the abundance of love radiating from the alter.


Every detail of the event added to the timeless and personal atmosphere the couple envisioned. Blush, lilac and sage greens reflected the changing colors of the transition into early spring. With a touch of velvet, the gorgeous lilac invitations set the tone of effortless sophistication. The pairing of ribbon-bound old-fashioned lilac bouquets and cool gray faux fur stoles gave the bridal party a striking organic touch. 

Mike and Lauren’s comfortably elegant style shined during the reception, where friends and fathers gave light-hearted yet moving toasts to honor the cheerful newlyweds. Exposed wooden beams, fabric-swagged barrels and Capiz shell chandeliers transformed the dinner tent into a polished setting. The couple’s twist on the traditional white tiered cake expressed artistic flair and again accented their color palette. Thanks to a request from the father of the bride, an additional cigar tent was set up for post ceremony festivities. In honor of Lauren’s favorite drink, a champagne tower was available for guests to enjoy during the reception alongside a delicious assortment of desserts.

All of these magical touches culminated into an evening of love and laughter to be remembered and treasured forever. Celebrating this occasion amidst the place where their romance began added special passion and sparkle. The joyous affair was topped off with dancing into the late evening, a splendid way to commemorate the years of happiness to come.  ~

wedding vendors

Photographer: Kate Headley Photography

Venue & Caterer: Keswick Hall

Planning: Jamie Sears & Kate Harlan, Simply Chic Events

Rental Companies: La Tavola Fine Linen, Eventhaus Events, Skyline Tent Company & Frost Lighting Co.

Beauty Stylist: Nour Kazoun

Hair Stylist: Remona Soleimani

Floral Design & Décor: Beehive Events

Entertainment: Rhythm Collective via Elan Artists

Cake: Sweet Fix

Stationery & Calligraphy: Karla Lim, The Written Word

Transportation: Ambassador Limousine

Videography: Monachetti Weddings


Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in Virginia Wine Country. Wine & Country Life, a semi-annual life & style magazine, and Wine & Country Weddings, an annual art book celebrating elegant Virginia weddings, are complemented by the Wine & Country Shop in Ivy, VA—a beautiful lifestyle boutique featuring over 40 Virginian artisans with everything from tailgating essentials and Dubarry attire, to locally made foods and award-winning Monticello AVA wines, as well as craft beverages for your next event. Sister publications under the publishers of Ivy Life & Style Media include the Charlottesville Welcome Book, a bi-annual publication guiding visitors and newcomers on all of the happenings and businesses in the region, and CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom magazine, a bi-monthly parenting publication.

Wine & Country Experiences are now also available and include exclusive tours and hands-on classes with leading professionals in the local farm-to-table and vineyard scenes.

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