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Thatch Winery Wedding Giveaway

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our Dream Winery Wedding Giveaway, Myra Watkins & Mitch Carter!

We had 728 amazing entries and we thank everyone for sharing their stories of love, triumph and endurance. After much consideration, our independent Judges Panel selected our winning couple as Myra & Mitch. Please join us in congratulating them! ???
Several family members and friends nominated this couple and Myra’s sister Laura is allowing us to share part of her nomination below.
“At 35 years old – in March 2018 – my sister, Myra Watkins, received some devastating news. Cancer. Being so young and having no family history of the disease, saying she was shocked – is an understatement. Over the course of the past year, she has undergone chemotherapy, attended countless doctor’s appointments, and shed an immeasurable amount of tears. Her hair fell out, she lost her sense of taste, and had to undergo a major surgery – a double mastectomy. But, through it all, she has remained strong and fought hard to eradicate the cancerous tumor in her breast, whom she named Clarence. Her boyfriend, Mitch Carter, was with her every step of the way holding her hand, attending every chemotherapy infusion, and epitomizing the definition of love and support. Now, 13 months later, her hair is growing back, she can taste, and has recovered from her surgery. And most importantly, Clarence has been evicted – for good! So, in the midst of all of these health struggles, Mitch pledged his love for her and proposed Thanksgiving weekend 2018 – with quite a lot to be thankful for.” – Laura
The 2019 Dream Winery Wedding Giveaway entry period closed on
May 25, 2019.

Click HERE for more information on Weddings at Thatch Winery

won a Dream


Winery Wedding!

Charlottesville is an amazing location to tie the knot! We’ve partnered with some of thes best Charlottesville and Richmond-based vendors to create a Dream Winery Wedding Package that will be gifted to one lucky couple.

We want to hear why you or someone you know deserves to win a FREE wedding including the venue, event management, photographer, DJ, florist, cake and transportation.

The Giveaway opened on April 25, 2019 and all entries were due by May 25, 2019.

Thanks to our Partners!

A Thatch Winery Wedding (Valued at $16,823) which includes everything below:

Wedding Venue provided by Thatch Winery (up to $3750)

Photography by Don Mears Photography (up to $4500)

Event Management Services by Swoon Soiree (up to $1850)

Flowers by Hedge Fine Blooms (up to $3500)

DJ Services provided by DJ Rodney S (up to $1150)

Cake Provided by Melissa’s Simply Sweets (up to $725)

Transportation Services for Wedding Couple by Albemarle Limousine Company (up to $1148)

Gifts for Wedding Couple by Gifted RVA (up to $200)

Congratulations to our winning couple, Myra and Mitch. Please “like” ALL of the Facebook pages for each of our generous partners!

    1. Thatch Winery
    2. Swoon Soiree
    3. Don Mears Photography
    4. Melissa’s Simply Sweet
    5. DJ Rodney S
    6. Hedge Fine Blooms
    7. Albemarle Limousine
    8. Gifted RVA

Terms and Conditions

Win a Thatch Winery Wedding Package valued at over $16,000!


What You Could Win:

Wedding Venue provided by Thatch Winery for up to 100 guests (value of up to $3750)

Photography by Don Mears Photography (value of up to $4500)

Event Management Services by Swoon Soiree (value of up to $1850)

Flowers by Hedge Fine Blooms (value of up to $3500)

DJ Services provided by DJ Rodney S (value of up to $1150)

Cake Provided by Melissa’s Simply Sweets (value up to $725)

Transportation Services for Wedding Couple by Albemarle Limousine Company (value of up to $1148)

Gifts for Wedding Couple by Gifted RVA (up to $200)

Terms & Conditions:

No purchase is necessary to enter or win. Making a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Must be 21 years of age or older to enter.


  1.  How to Enter:
  1. Eligible entrants may either nominate themselves or another couple by submitting the short essay form on Thatch Winery’s website: thatchwinery.com
  2. Entrants must ”like” the following giveaway sponsor pages on Facebook:
    1. Thatch Winery
    2. Swoon Soiree
    3. Don Mears Photography
    4. Melissa’s Simply Sweet
    5. DJ Rodney S
    6. Hedge Fine Blooms
    7. Albemarle Limousine
    8. Gifted RVA


  1. Winner Selection: Winner will be selected by a panel of judges who are not affiliated with Thatch Winery or the sponsor vendors. Winner will be announced on May 28, 2019 via Facebook and Instagram. Winner will be contacted via email address provided in entry form.


  1. Contest Details: Contest will commence on April 25, 2019. Entries must be submitted by midnight EST on May 25, 2019. Wedding must take place on one of the following dates in 2020: Friday, May 22, 2020 | Friday, June 12, 2020 | Friday, July 10, 2020. Wedding date must be finalized within two weeks of being selected as the Winner. Failure to finalize date within two weeks of notification will result in a runner-up selected to receive prize. Wedding Guest Count must not exceed 100 attendees.


Thatch Winery reserves the right to amend this promotion due to unforeseen circumstances including but not limited to any significant weather event, war, fire, earthquake, strike, sickness, accident, civil commotion or any other such cause.


The prize is non-transferable to other dates, other events, other persons, or exchangeable for other goods and services and cannot be redeemed for cash. Winner may coordinate other services and/or products through additional licensed vendors of their choosing.


Thatch Winery owners and employees reserve the right in their sole determination  to enforce any rules of behavior/conduct at their facility as they deem necessary in order to protect all guests, employees, and property from damage or liability.


  1. Publicity: The Winner agrees to participate in any promotional activities associated with the prize such as public appearances, photo opportunities or media interviews. The Winner agrees to allow Thatch Winery to use the Winner’s likeness and image for any purpose related to the prize as well as any promotional use in advertising, editorial and trade publications without further compensation or notice, unless prohibited by law.


  1. Prize Details and Restrictions:
  1. Venue provided by Thatch Winery for up to 100 guests to include use of indoor and outdoor space for ceremony and reception as well as chairs and tables. Mandatory wine minimum purchase for weddings will be waived for Giveaway Winner, however any red, white or rosé wine served at the wedding must be Thatch Wine.
  2. Event Management Services provided by Swoon Soiree. Swoon Soiree will coordinate event with all vendors. They will assist couple through rehearsal, ceremony, and reception. Swoon Soiree will help with set up and break down of the event. Services included are as follows:
    1. Initial Consultation
    2. Unlimited phone and email starting 45 days from the wedding day.
    3. Access to Swoon Soiree’s Planning Software starting eight (8) weeks from the wedding day
    4. Construct detailed timeline for wedding rehearsal and wedding day activities
    5. Wedding rehearsal coordination (up to one hour)
    6. Wedding day coordination from set up to break down (up to 8 hours)
  3. Photography provided by Don Mears Photography to include 8 hours of photography with Don Mears and full copyright to the finished images delivered by web galleries and a custom branded flash drive.
  4. Wedding cake provided by Melissa’s Simply Sweet. The cake will be a three-tier buttercream wedding cake custom made to the design of the Giveaway Winner couple’s choice and will feed 75-100 guests. The wedding cake will include fresh flowers to match the florals used at the wedding. The couple will be invited to a cake tasting and consultation at the bakery. They will be able to choose four cake flavors and two icing flavors from the website to create their perfect wedding cake.
  5. DJ Services provided by Rodney Steppe, DJ Rodney S, to include the following: ceremony and reception or only reception music including MCing and a basic lighting setup, wireless mic for the ceremony officiant, wireless mic for the reception, travel to and from the venue.
  6. Flowers and services provided by Hedge Fine Blooms include personal, ceremony and reception florals up to a maximum value of $3500.
  7. Transportation provided by Albemarle Limousine Company to include the following:
    1. Vintage limousine getaway vehicle from venue to City of Charlottesville drop off location.  Based on availability at time of selection, couple can choose from our Pearl White 1940 Senior Packard Limousine, Silver 1946 Mark IV Jaguar, 1948 Midnight Blue Fleetwood Cadillac Limousine, and 1949 Jet Black Fleetwood Cadillac Limousine.
    2. 10 Passenger Sprinter Limousine for up to 3 hours of service to transport Bridal Party to and from a City of Charlottesville location and the venue. Should company be sold out of this style on the chosen wedding date, an attempt to offer an alternative will be made.
    3. See full terms and conditions for transportation at https://www.albemarlelimousine.com/weddings-terms-and-conditions.
  8. Gifted RVA will provide custom designed gift boxes for the bride and groom to exchange on the day of their wedding. These gift boxes will include locally made items selected by the couple.
  9. Catering, alcohol, any additional third party vendors and items not specifically indicated above are not included and are the responsibility of Winner, if desired.


  1. Liability Release

By entering the contest or accepting wedding giveaway, the participant agrees that the released parties, the wedding giveaway vendors and Thatch Winery will not be held liable by any and every participant for any damages, injury, loss to person or property related directly or indirectly, to the acceptance, participation, possession, use or misuse of prize giveaway, anything that is contest related, or any other claim or cause of action the participant may have against the released party. All entrants and winners will assume all liability for any injury or damages caused or claimed by participating in any and every aspect of the wedding giveaway. Winner will be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and/or release. IN NO EVENT SHALL THATCH WINERY BE LIABLE IN ANY MANNER FOR THE FAILURE OF ANY SPONSOR OR VENDORS FAILURE TO PERFORM OR FOR ANY ACT OR OMISSION.



Winners will be responsible for payment of any taxes related to winning contest. Sponsors/vendors will provide a 1099 to the winners for any prize valued over $600.00 however prizes worth less than $600 may still be subject to Federal or State Taxes.



All claims and disputes arising under or relating to this Agreement are to be settled by binding arbitration in the Commonwealth of Virginia or another location mutually agreeable to the parties. An award of arbitration may be confirmed in a court of competent jurisdiction.