Real Wedding: Chris and Liz

A vineyard venue is transformed into a secret garden for this couple’s nuptials.

Liz and Chris sharing a kiss on their wedding day on May 10, 2013. All photographs by Liz Maryann Photography.

Liz Wegrzyn and Chris Jakubiec’s relationship milestones stretched across three states. The two met in San Diego at the Ivy Hotel, where Chris was executive sous chef at Quarter Kitchen and Liz was a front-desk agent and nightclub booking coordinator. A friendship eventually turned into romance, and they had their first date at San Diego’s Mission Beach. Five years later, Chris, now executive chef of Plume at the Jefferson Hotel, proposed to Liz, now a makeup artist, in New York’s Central Park. A stunning, vintage-inspired wedding full of DIY details and personal touches followed at Charlottesville’s Keswick Vineyards a year later.


Photographer: Liz Maryann Photography

Venue: Keswick Vineyards

Event Coordinator: Barb Wired and Sarah Park Events

Bride’s Gown: Sarah Jassir, Soliloquy Bridal Couture

Hair: Hair by Giselle for bride; Drybar’s Danielle Jackson for bridesmaids

Makeup: Wall Group’s Lauren Andersen for bride; Face Value Artistry for bridesmaids

Groom’s Tux: Men’s Wearhouse

Caterer: The Local Restaurant and Catering

Cake: Maliha Creations

Cake Flavors: Lavender cake with blackberry buttercream and lemon curd; almond cake with hazelnut buttercream and dulce de leche

Doughnut Truck: Carpe Donut

Cocktail: The Violet, made from blueberry vodka with blackberry purée, pomegranate juice, and lime

Florist: Katie Martin, Elegance and Simplicity

Flowers: Vintage roses, white freesias, pink astilbes, lavender, white and pink garden roses, pieris, and peach stock

Music/Entertainment: Derek Tobler, 20 South Productions

First Dance Song: “Candy” by Paolo Nutini

Invitations: Momental Designs

Favors: Chocolate truffles wrapped with lace and hand-dyed blush ribbon

Decor Details: Vintage silver teapots and cream and sugar cups as centerpieces found by the bride from thrift stores, eBay auctions, and Craigslist; potted lavender plants as centerpieces for cocktail tables; blush ribbon hanging from a tree with escort cards attached; and floral head wreaths for bridesmaids handmade by the bride and her bridesmaids

Bride’s Favorite Detail: “The bridesmaid dresses. Some were dyed with tea to create the blush shade, and some were sewn with lace. Also the vintage locket necklaces I got for each bridesmaid to wear as a gift. Each locket contained a picture of the bridesmaid and me. It was meant to hold close to their hearts, since they live across the country from each other and we don’t see each other enough.”

Biggest Surprise: “When my aunt and uncle cut a rug on the dance floor! Totally unexpected. Also the crazy storm that happened as soon as the music turned up and the guests kicked their shoes off and let their hair down! It was amazing,” says Liz.

Theme: Boho-chic, vintage, whimsical, elegant

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Dreamy, magical, fairy-tale, whimsical

Honeymoon Spot: Bali, Indonesia

Where They Currently Live: Falls Church, VA