Today’s bride has such a fantastic flair! Makes all the difference … to be confidant … to be happy … to have the time of your life! From Don Mears Photography ~ Leah and Dimitri’s Fourth of July wedding in Richmond, Virginia!

Leah and Dimitri were one of our most memorable couples of 2010. Minutes into our first phone conversation, we could already tell how dynamic and fun Leah and Dimitri were.

Leah and Dimitri are both talented performers of varied arts. Leah is a singer, dancer and actress who, from even the first phone call exhibited a very happy and cheerful disposition. Dimitri is a well-traveled and respected tenor and happened to be performing opera in Germany while the wedding planning was going on stateside.

Leah and Dimitri met in the summer of 2006 while working in Santa Fe, New Mexico. While walking towards each other on a one way street in the downtown plaza, she saved his life by pulling him out of the way of oncoming traffic behind him. The rest is history.

Flash forward to summer, we began to plan for their wedding weekend. They married during the July 4th weekend at the Mansion and as each detail was revealed during the planning, our excitement grew. A horse drawn carriage for Leah’s entrance, a beautiful hand-drawn Ketubah by celebrated visual artist Michael Downs, a mixture of ceremony traditions to incorporate their combined Greek/Jewish heritages; these were just a few of the wonderful little details that we were to experience. The wedding day itself brought even more surprises.

Two of their also-talented friends sang a beautiful piece during the ceremony. From Leah’s mother’s love of hats sprung a minor theme and there were many hats of elegant and fun design worn and hung carefully about the reception area (Mrs. Edwards prefers hats from Ignatius Hats).

It was a significant and meaningful day for all those in attendance- especially the bride and groom! -Don Mears Photography


Photography: Don Mears Photography/ Flowers: FloraCulture / Event Planning, Ceremony & Reception: Historic Mankin Mansion/ Catering: White House Catering / Invitations & Programs: made by the bride/ Dress: David’s Bridal / Suits: JoS A Bank/ Cake: Cakes by Graham/ Hats: Ignatius Hats/ Ketubah: Downs Arts

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