Williamsburg Winery Opens New Wedding Facility

Williamsburg Winery Opens New Wedding Facility

As we begin the 2017, wedding season here in Williamsburg, Liz Daley Events had the pleasure of working with Courtney Schultz who is the new Event Coordinator at The Williamsburg Winery.  Over the winter many changes took place, one of the biggest being the transformation of the former storage barn to the new event space, Westbury Hall.

New Wedding Venue at The Williamsburg Winery’s Westbury Hall

The new event space at The Williamsburg Winery is certainly something to behold. It’s very grand, as you can see, and much roomier than the cozy Susan Constant Room.

 

Beautiful New Amenities include separate Dressing Rooms for the Wedding Party

Above the new event space is the Bridal Suite, a private dressing and bathroom area for the bride and her bridesmaids.  It also has an in-house sound system and iPod connection so the bride and her ladies can enjoy music while they are preparing for the festivities.  They can also look out over the parking lot to see guests as they arrive.  Across the building, facing the Wessex Lawn, is the White Horse boardroom where the gentlemen can relax until its time to start.  Thanks to superb design, the bride and groom can avoid seeing one another prior to the ceremony.

Cocktail Area or Indoor Ceremony Area

 

 

 

The Williamsburg Winery, Wessex Hall Provides Elegant Winter Wedding Venue

Although the weather is usually pretty pleasant here in Williamsburg, we do have a few cold months. And sometimes it rains, making an outdoor ceremony rather unpleasant. That’s why Wessex Hall is the perfect ceremony location. It’s especially gorgeous when they hang the bistro lights.  It’s understated and elegant!

 

Rustic Elegance in Wessex Hall

Again, thanks to great design, following an indoor ceremony in Wessex Hall, guests will be invited into Westbury Hall for cocktails while Wessex is quickly transformed so the celebration can continue. The venue staff, along with your wedding planner, florist, cake baker and DJ work together effortlessly to make the “turnover” absolutely seamless. Below you can see Eric and Ashley sneaking a peak at the ballroom prior to the Grand Introductions as their photographers from Grain and Compass capture detail shots as final touches are done to the very large head table in the middle of the room courtesy of Jacob Howe, floral designer from The Flower Cupboard.

 

Williamsburg Winery Weddings with Ashley & Eric

Photo Booth at Williamsburg Winery

Photo Booths continue to be one of the highlights of many wedding receptions.  And again, thanks to the superb design at The Williamsburg Winery, you can have a Photo Booth near the dining room in the adjacent terrace.  This creates a fun activity area, seen below with Williamsburg  Photo Booth, that isn’t on top of guests as they enjoy their meal.

 

Photo Booth in Wiliamsburg VA

Wedding Venue provides New Food Prep Space and In-House Chef 

In the past, couples had to rely upon outside catering for their weddings at The Williamsburg Winery.  Now, with the renovations complete, they have added a full food prep space adjacent to Westbury Hall that allows everything, including catering, to be “in-house” thereby promising  a fantastic culinary experience to add to the rustic charm of a winery wedding.

 

Wedmore Place

After celebrating your wedding, it’s time to retire to your suite at the Wedmore Place, where all the rooms are appointed with European grandeur!  It will be the icing on the cake.

 

 

Plan your next wedding or corporate event:

Wedding and Event Planner:  Liz Daley, Liz Daley Events, 757-566-4530, Liz@LizDaleyEvents.com

 

Renaissance Wedding in Virginia Beach

Renaissance Wedding in Virginia Beach

Liz and Cujo’s Renaissance Wedding

Liz & Cujo got married at the Grand Affairs in Virginia Beach in a Renaissance Themed Wedding Ceremony and Reception!  The wedding was Halloween Weekend and everyone showed up in costume…including me.

Renaissance Theme Wedding Celebration

 

 

 

The Coolest Wedding Vows EVER, Renaissance Style!!!!


The Sword

 Lady Elizabeth, you are the most gracious and lovely one that Lord Casey has ever seen, for he understands the essence of thy true self. The beauty which radiates around thee can only be rivaled by the beauty which radiates from within thee. The pledge of his sword is a pledge of his soul. It is his prowess, his fire, his passion, his strength and courage. It is his ability to protect, defend and care for thee. With the strength of his blade and the endurance of its steel to represent what is in his heart, take from him now, as his beloved, the ring that rests upon it, and choose him to be your own.

The Chalice

Lord Casey, in the eyes of this woman thou art the only man in the world. Yours is the voice of sound reason and unwavering support. You are the spark to the bonfire of her passions and yours are the arms in which she wouldst lay down to rest. The pledge of her chalice is the pledge of all that is within her. Her felicity and devotion. The place in her heart where two souls can be sheltered and nourished, that they may grow together, ever closer, and flourish as the leaves on the trees and the fruits of the vine. As the depth and bounty of her chalice foretell the richness of your future together, take from her now the band that lies within, and do choose her as thy own.

Unity Candle

 Elizabeth and Casey, together as you light this candle of unity, you symbolize the flame of your own individual selves joining to ignite the partnership of marriage.

The Kiss

Click Here to see a Copy of the Complete Vows…Renaissance Style!

Crazy Cake Cutting…with a  Guillotine!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Renaissance Wedding

 

Kingsmill Destination Weddings

Kingsmill Destination Weddings

 

Renee & Joe get married in Williamsburg VA.

Kingsmill Resort and Spa is the location California residents Renee and Joe chose for their elegant fall wedding ceremony and reception, when they decided upon a destination wedding in Historic Colonial Williamsburg.

They knew it would be a challenge planning from across the country, so they knew they would be counting on their wedding professionals to get the job done right! And…being scientist by trade, they researched and found some of the best vendors in Williamsburg!

It was a beautiful day and everything was just about as perfect as it could be, thanks to a magnificent team lead by Wedding Planner, Liz Daley!

 

All Photos for this post are shared courtesy of Paul Harrison Photography and are protected under copyright law

Experienced Wedding Professionals

Of course we don’t want it to look this way to the casual observer, but great weddings don’t just happen by accident.  It takes lots of planning and lots of communication.  So much happens behind the scenes to make weddings look effortless.  Kaitlin Edwards was the point person, and Event Coordinator from Kingsmill, and she was integral in the over-all success of the wedding day and worked seamlessly with lead wedding planner, Liz Daley of Liz Daley Events as well as wedding designer, Tanya Frazier of Graceful Designs. And Paul Harrison of Paul Harrison Photography couldn’t have been more pleasant as he captured amazing photographs to enable family and friends to remember the celebration forever!

 

Southern Charm and Elegant Atmosphere at Kingsmill Resort

 

 

 

Wedding Vendors & Professionals

Venue:  Kingsmill Resort & Spa
Venue Coordinator:  Kaitlin Edwards
Wedding Planner:  Liz Daley Events
Wedding Decor & Design:  Graceful Designs by Tanya
Cake:  Kingsmill
Photographer:
 Paul Harrison Photography
DJ Entertainment: Liz Daley Events

 

 

All Photos for this post are shared courtesy of Paul Harrison Photography and are protected under copyright law

Jillian & Andrew’s “Lights Out” Wedding Celebration at Williamsburg Hellenic Center

 

Tornado Warning and Heavy Rain Kill the Power

The Stage was set at the beautiful Williamsburg Hellenic Center, a new facility that has been hosting wedding celebrations in Williamsburg, VA for over seven years without a hitch.  But…you never know what might happen.  That’s why it’s always important to have a “Plan B”, because sometimes mother nature is not cooperative.

If it’s an outdoor wedding, make sure you have a tent.  If your wedding is during hurricane season, and you live in Virginia…wedding insurance is a must!  Seriously!

You also want to make sure you surround yourself with seasoned wedding professionals who have lived through some wedding disasters, and are prepared to take care of you, in the worst case scenarios. As a Professional Wedding  DJ, sometimes it takes a little bit more than a backup speaker and amplifier.

 

Jillian and Andrew are both in the theatre, but unlike me, they spend the majority of their time “backstage”.  Andrew is a Stage Technician/Lighting Designer and Jillian is a Seamstress and Costumer.  And just as we were about to line up the bridal party and introduce everyone…THE POWER WENT OUT!  So as they say in the theatre, “the show must go on”…and my beautiful couple were ready to “go with the flow”.  Williamsburg  was under a tornado watch and the torrential rainfall was intense.

Husband and Generator to the Rescue!

After waiting for five minutes to see if the power would be quickly restored, I went into action!  I called my husband…who was at Lowe’s (his favorite place to be), and the very calm conversation went like this:

Me:  “Where are you?”
Him:  “Lowe’s”
Me:  “I need you to go home and get the generator, get gas and bring it to me as soon as you possibly can”.
Him:  “OK…be right there”

Once I knew we would have power shortly, we decided to serve salads while we waited for the generator.

Then, without aid of a microphone or amplification….I let the guests know that a generator was en route, and that we would begin the “celebration and dancing” shortly.  Everyone CHEERED!!!!!!

Be Prepared!

It’s not often that I need 100 foot, heavy-duty power cables, but when I do….I really do. As guests ate their salads with the rainfall as their soundtrack, my wonderful assistant, Peter Merry ran all the cables so that when the generator arrived, we could immediately be ready to go!

Let there be Music!

Of course it seemed like an eternity to me, but in actuality… the guests only sat in silence for about 30 minutes.
As my husband arrived in his big black truck, we fired up the generator and plugged in and….given the delay… decided to just “Go”!!!!! I knew the bridal party would hear me from their holding area as soon as I turned on the music….so I just went for it!  Evelyn, the Event Manager from The Williamsburg Hellenic Center was at the top of her game, because as soon as she heard the music, she quickly wrangled the bridal party from their holding room.  They weren’t lined up, but they were outside the ballroom ready to go.  I ran into the hallway to meet Evelyn, and  briefly told the bridal party “off mic” to just enter when they heard their names.  Fortunately, they already knew what to do when they got in the room, thanks to our briefing BEFORE the power outage.  Again, Evelyn showed her professionalism as she “read my mind” from across the room as we “slammed” into the Grand Entrance. And I must also mention that the photographer, Mike Dragon and Videographer, Delta Studio Productions were also completely in the moment and ready to go… capturing the “arrival” of the generator and all the slight craziness leading into the “official” start of the party!  Jillian and Andrew truly had a great team looking out of them.  The energy in the room was exhilarating!

History Repeats Itself

Turns out that 30 years ago, when Jillian’s parents got married in Long Island, NY….there was a hurricane and they also had to deal with power issues…and they’ve been happily married for 30 years!  So this rain and tornado watch was a good omen.

 

Dancing and Celebration!

Once the meals were served, I jumped on the opportunity to get the dancing started as soon as possible without ripping the forks out of people’s hands. My first song:  “The Power” by Snap! Everyone cheered!

All the older folks were hot…understandably so, the thermostat showed the room to be 97 degrees.  But the younger folks didn’t care.  So we went crazy with a lot of new music! (Then I went “old school” for a few ballads for the “parents”.)

As we progressed into the evening, I knew we probably wouldn’t get much past 8:00pm, because there were ZERO lights in the room, and once there was no “outside” light….it would become dangerous for everyone to remain in the building. So, I played all the “I’m a DJ god, solid gold,  crowd-pleasing songs”  much earlier than normal, cause I knew we were on a time constraint.  Here are two pictures showing the “age gap”, inside and outside.

 

I can’t wait to see the professional photos and video.  I will update this post as soon as they are available.  For now, you’ll have to be satisfied with my personal photos.

 

Congratulations to Jillian and Andrew, who are now safely enjoying their honeymoon!