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Getting to know… wedding photographer Aaron Watson

Charlottesville has an abundance of talented wedding professionals. We are delighted to put a spotlight on one of our favorite photographers, Aaron Watson of Aaron Watson Photography.

One of our past brides put it perfectly…

“Aaron was a joy to work with. He captured our wedding day beautifully and perfectly. I can look back every day and feel like I’m there again!”

We are looking forward to seeing more of Aaron’s pictures in 2014. Be sure to visit Aaron’s Blog.

We sat down with Aaron to learn more about his background in the VA wedding industry.

How did you get started in the wedding industry?

I photographed my first wedding 10 years ago as an associate to another photographer, and 7 years ago I started Aaron Watson Photography. I don’t remember many details from the first few weddings, but I remember the feelings of excitement, nervousness, pride, and much more that endeared me to being a wedding photographer. There are few other careers that you can have such an impact on other people’s lives.

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How would you describe your style of photography?

My team and I are storytellers. Our pictures are timeless that will be enjoyed now, and years from now! We like the candid “Photojournalistic” moments as much as the directed “Fine Art” portraits, and we combine them together to tell the story of a wedding day.

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What is your favorite picture that you have ever taken?

My favorite picture is always changing. When I have a picture that I really love I will make a print and display it in our home studio. Recently I have been adding to our wedding pictures with some from trips I’ve done to South Africa and France.

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That said, my favorite picture is the one I will take tomorrow. After every wedding, portrait session, and adventure I always come back excited that I’ve captured my best picture that day. It happens over and over again, which is what makes photography so exciting to me!

 

What is your favorite picture you have taken at Keswick Hall?

One of my favorite pictures over this last year was taken during a reception at Keswick Hall. The couple chose to surprise guests with a fireworks show underneath the stars. To capture such a special moment is not only a welcome challenge technically, but made for some wonderful memories and beautiful pictures. Typically, my favorite pictures are always the ones that challenge me in some way and have an emotional impact on our couples.

Fireworks at a Keswick Hall Wedding, Charlottesville, Virginia

 

What can a bride and groom expect while working with you?

We are passionate about what we do, and want our couples to have the best experience possible! As a result we make ourselves available far beyond the wedding day, and create a genuine connection with our brides and grooms.

Charlottesville Wedding, Keswick Hall
Keswick Hall Wedding, Charlottesville, Virginia

 

What is your favorite part of a wedding to photograph and why?

All parts! That’s part of being a storyteller. We feel each part of the wedding day could be our favorite. Approaching every wedding in this way is important to achieve the best pictures possible throughout the day!

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Keswick Hall Wedding, Charlottesville, Virginia
Keswick Hall Wedding, Charlottesville, Virginia

 

We love having you at Keswick Hall, but what do you like about shooting at Keswick Hall?

I love the versatility and hospitality Keswick Hall provides! Between views of the mountains, to the beautiful golf course, and its old-world Italian charm, Keswick has lots of scenic locations for us to choose from for pictures. I also love the people at Keswick Hall. You have an amazing team that go out of their way to make each wedding the best possible!

Keswick Hall Wedding, Charlottesville, Virginia
Outdoor dining at a Keswick Hall wedding, Charlottesville, Virginia

 

What advice do you have for a bride and groom for pictures on their wedding day?

Always have extra “buffer” time allotted into your schedule, and let someone else worry about the details on your wedding day. Choosing an amazing planner from Keswick Hall’s vendor list is the perfect way to make sure this happens. We want our couples to be relaxed and enjoying themselves, and trust that someone else is taking care of things.

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As you know, we love going out on the grounds to take pictures of our beautiful scenery, do you have a favorite spot?

I find a new spot every time! That’s the beauty of being a horrible golfer, I hit a ball into the ruff, and I find a new beautiful spot for pictures! Here are a few of my favorite spots where we’ve photographed couples in the past year. I am excited about finding more spots this coming year!

Keswick Hall Wedding, Charlottesville, Virginia

Keswick Hall Wedding, Charlottesville, Virginia

Horizon Pool Ceremony, Keswick Hall, Charlottesville, Virginia

Keswick Hall Wedding, Charlottesville, Virginia

 

We wanted to share one of our favorite pictures of Aaron Watson’s. This was taken on the Archery Range at Keswick Hall!
Archery Range, Keswick Hall

 

We can’t wait to share more wedding stories with Aaron Watson in 2014 and beyond!

 

 

 

Happy planning!

Ronda and Hugo’s Keswick Hall Wedding

Ronda and Hugo were married on a beautiful August day last year! We were very excited to hear that they were recently featured on the blog, www.stylemepretty.com.

A big thanks to all of our partners for helping to create a truly magical day! Julianne Giuliano of Soiree, Jen Fariello of Jen Fariello Photography, Ditty Bags from Just A Little Ditty, Flowers by Floral Images, Blue Ridge Lighting, and Festive FareShaking Hands Productions created the fantastic movie below!

 

 

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Keswick Hall, photo by Jen Fariello

 

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Ditty Bags

 

Keswick Hall Ballroom

Keswick Hall Ballroom

 

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Keswick Hall Rose Arbor

 

Keswick Hall Vineyard

Keswick Hall Vineyard

 

Keswick Hall Gardens

Keswick Hall Gardens

Congratulations Hugo and Ronda! We are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

 

 

Happy planning!

Ashley & Bob’s Keswick Hall Wedding

Ashley and Bob were married at Keswick Hall over the holidays! We are thrilled to be able to share these beautiful images from Jen Fariello. The Hall’s existing holiday decorations, mixed with florals from Southern Blooms by Pat’s Florals, a stunning cake by Favorite Cakes, and linens from Wildflower Linens, created a beautiful setting for this very special bride and groom.

Keswick Hall Wedding at Christmas, Charlottesville Virginia

Keswick Hall at Christmas

The Rehearsal

Jen Fariello Photography

Jen Fariello Photography

The Rehearsal Dinner, in Fossett’s at Keswick Hall

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Fossett’s at Keswick Hall

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Jen Fariello Photography

Wedding Day!

The Details

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Jen Fariello Photography

Southern Blooms by Pat’s Florals

Southern Blooms by Pat's Florals

Southern Blooms by Pat’s Florals

Keswick Hall Ballroom

Keswick Hall Ballroom

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Jen Fariello Photography

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The First Look

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The Ceremony

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The Cocktail Reception

Jen Fariello Photography

Jen Fariello Photography

Keswick Hall Cocktail Hour

Keswick Hall Cocktail Hour

The Dinner and Reception

Jen Fariello Photography

Jen Fariello Photography

Jen Fariello Photography

We loved being a part of your winter wonderland wedding! Congratulations!!!

 

 

 

Happy planning!

Rebecca and Ian’s Keswick Hall Wedding

There is something about a cold winter day that makes us want to think back to a beautiful summer wedding! Rebecca and Ian celebrated their wedding in traditional Scottish style, complete with kilts, bagpipes and a stunning al fresco dinner! We were so excited to get to work with them in the planning of their wedding weekend and are thrilled to be able to share pictures taken by local photographer Aaron Watson. A big thanks to Julianne Giuliano of Soiree, Aaron Watson Photography, Anita with Maliha Creations and Sugar Magnolias!

Rebecca and Ian’s unique wedding has also been featured on Style Me Pretty and their cake was included in this great slideshow on HGTV.  To see additional images, visit the blog, Style Me Pretty as well as two of HGTV’s websites!

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For our bride and groom,  a traditional Scottish blessing:

A h-uile la sona dhuibh’s gun la idir dona dhuibh!

 

 

 

Happy Planning!

Erin & Brian’s Christmas Wedding!

T’was the night before their wedding, and all through the Hall

not a creature was stirring, as we were ready for quite the ball.

The stockings were hung, by the chimney with care,

In hopes that Erin’s dream wedding, would be ready to share.

 

The bridesmaids were nestled, all snug in their beds,

while visions of Erin in her gown, danced in their heads.

The groomsmen slept tight, they knew they needed their rest,

for Brian would soon be marrying, the very best.

 

We love December weddings! We had the privilege of helping Erin and Brian create their winter-wonderland-holiday filled extravaganza! A very big thanks to First Site Imagery for these beautiful pictures! Albemarle Limousine, Evergreen Florist, Grace Episcopal Church and Favorite Cakes all came together to make a terrific team!

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Reed-Douglas Send off

 

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As the evening came to a close, with Erin now Brian’s wife,

they knew this was just the beginning, of their amazing life.

The day they had been longing for, was all that she had wished,

It was surely a spectacular Christmas wedding, all sealed with a kiss.

 

 

Congratulations and we will see you soon!

Anne & Frank’s Keswick Hall Wedding

In October, we had the pleasure of hosting Anne and Frank’s wedding at Keswick Hall. With the help of Julianne Giuliano, of Soiree, photographer Aaron Watson, Southern Blooms by Pat’s Florals, make-up and hair by Jeannie Cusick, gift bags by Jenny Commins and Skyline Tents, Anne and Frank had the wedding of their dreams!

Thank you to Aaron Watson Photography for these beautiful images!

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Congratulations and we will see you again soon!

 

 

 

Happy planning!

 

 

Announcing… Elopement Packages!

e·lope (-lp)

intr.v. e·lopede·lop·inge·lopes

1. To run away with a lover, especially with the intention of getting married.

Keswick Hall is known for lavish weddings and grand affairs. For some brides and grooms, this might not be for them so we created new Elopement Packages! These unique packages were designed to create an intimate wedding experience while taking advantage of everything Keswick Hall, and Charlottesville, has to offer!

To learn more, check out this link to our website: Elopement Packages

 

 

Happy planning (whether large or small!)

Kate & Alex’s Keswick Hall Wedding

Kate and Alex’s wedding weekend at Keswick Hall was, to quote the bride, “perfect!”. On a Saturday in early Autumn, they were married at Grace Episcopal Church and after a country drive in an antique Rolls Royce, they joined their friends and family back at Keswick Hall for their cocktail hour, dinner and wedding reception!

A special thanks to Beehive Events, Festive Fare, Albemarle Limousine, Maliha CreationsScratch Weddings and Aaron Watson Photography for helping to make such a beautiful wedding day!

For additional pictures, visit Aaron Watson’s blog, http://www.aaronwatsonphoto.com/?s=kate+alex.

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Congratulations and we are looking forward to seeing you in the years to come!

 

 

 

 

Happy planning!

Photographer’s Favorites

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Our 2012 wedding season was spectacular! We thought it would be fun to ask some of our photographers to send us their favorite pictures from their Keswick Hall weddings, 2012. It’s been a great walk down memory lane and we are very excited to be seeing favorites from our 2013 weddings!

 

Jen Fariello

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Katie Stoops

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John Robinson

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Dominique Attaway

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Jodi Miller

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Tod Cohen

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 Don Mears Photography

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Happy planning!