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An Urban Wedding With a Pretty Pop of Burgundy!

When Jessica and Evan began planning their downtown Richmond, Virgina wedding they knew exactly the vibe they were going for – modern and urban yet thoughtful and intimate. They chose a color palette of blush, burgundy, and champagne to anchor their design, including the groom’s custom suit that fit the day to a T. Photographed by Shannon Moffit and filmed by Tristan Means, we’re pretty certain your Thursday just got infinitely prettier. Pssst: more in The Vault!

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From Shannon Moffit PhotographyJessica and Evan’s wedding day was a perfect reflection of their relationship and style; urban bohemian meets modern romance. Out of town guests got a great taste of Richmond; we started the day at the gorgeously renovated Quirk Hotel, attended an intimate ceremony at St. Joseph’s Villa, and concluded the day with reception festivities at The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing downtown. The color palette include classically romantic blush and champagne with a fun pop of burgundy. Overall, this wedding was a unique and lovely experience!

From The Bride…After living in Houston, TX for over a year, I decided that I was ready to be closer to friends and family. I packed up everything and relocated to Richmond, VA. During this time, I decided that I really wanted to focus on my career and experience true Richmond culture. To do that, I chose a restored apartment building, in the downtown area close to several restaurants. I had a very structured routine. Work. Gym. Dinner. Repeat. And then it happened serendipitously…three weeks into my routine I came home, changed into workout gear and made my way down to the gym.

In my head, I remember thinking today is going to be my cardio day so I’ll do some interval training on treadmill. While walking to the gym I passed through our residential common area that consisted of the usual recreational activities (pool table, billiards, etc.) and noticed that there was someone new shooting pool. That’s when Evan caught my eye. He must have noticed, or maybe it was just mutual because he came up and approached me to start a conversation. Nearly 30 minutes later we exchanged numbers and returned to our separate lives. I headed to the gym and he and his buddy resumed shooting Pool. Over the next couple of days we constantly ran into each other and decided that we should hang out.

Neither one of us was from the Richmond area so companionship was something we both craved. For our first date, we walked for hours downtown along the canal and then concluded on the steps of the Richmond, VA capital building. We both knew early on that this would be something different for us. Though the chemistry and attraction were undeniable, we also genuinely liked and had a mutual respect for the other person. Though we were both initially hesitant about the prospect of dating one another because we lived in the same apartment building, and as we all know that can either turn out to be really good or really….awkward. We figured that the consequence of not trying would fully outweigh the risk of trying and it not working.

Evan and I were dating for a year and a half before he proposed on Valentine’s Day 2015. About two months leading up to Valentine’s Day I remember Evan saying that we had to do something special this year. We drove downtown and he pulled up to the capitol (the site of our first unofficial date) and parked. I remember thinking, ok sir….well-played. Everyone loves a walk down memory lane. So we hopped out of the car and began walking. I remember the wind ferociously blowing in my face and thinking what is so important that we have to be out in the cold right now. And then it hit me. Butterflies. Sweaty palms. All of it at once. And I remember thinking to myself, “Jess, maybe he’s about to propose. Is this what it feels like for a woman before she gets proposed to?” And then I remember thinking to myself, “Nope, Jess that’s not it. It’s a holiday and he said he’d never propose on a holiday.”

He started talking and reminiscing on our first date at the capitol and how this was the place where he came to think after work months ago and realized that he was so in love with me and how today this place wouldn’t be the place of our first date or how he realized he was love in love with me but rather the place where he decided he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. As soon as we climbed the top of the stairs, he reached in his coat, got down on one knee and proposed. With sweaty palms and joyfully misty eyes, I accepted his proposal and jumped into his arms so excited to spend forever with my love and best friend. On the way back to his car, I couldn’t help but turn around and catch another glimpse at the stairs of the capitol building. The capitol has always held a special place for us.

Because most of our wedding guests were traveling to Richmond from other cities and states we really wanted to give them a taste of Richmond. For guest hotels we opted for Quirk Hotel which is a new rendition of the 1916 upscale department store and then the Courtyard Marriott located in historic Shockoe Bottom. For our ceremony we wanted to choose a location that would reflect our spirituality while also reflect our love of giving back to the community. The church at St. Joseph’s Villa seemed like the natural choice. Once a former orphanage, St. Joseph’s Villa now serves the Richmond area as a leading nonprofit by providing support and housing to those suffering with intellectual developmental disabilities, mental health challenges and homelessness. All proceeds from the church go to support their efforts. Lastly, we needed to secure a place for the reception. Here in Richmond, the James River flows aimlessly and effortlessly throughout the city. We wanted our friends and family to have an urban experience and a view of Richmond’s best landmarks so choosing to have our Reception at the Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing was the obvious choice. Nestled on the River, The Boathouse offered violet and pink sunsets, city skylines and river breezes. Finally our venues were done.

Our wedding color palette reflects our personalities: Blush, burgundy, and champagne. Evan opted for a custom made burgundy suit and I landed my ivory Casablanca dress from a boutique here in Richmond, Sealed with a Kiss Bridal. The bridesmaids wore blush with pops of burgundy detailed on lips, nails and bouquets. Similarly, the moms were champagne with pops of burgundy as well. Now that we had our attire we had to ensure that we selected the right person to capture images and to tell our love story. We met with and interviewed with quite a few photographers and once we met Shannon we knew she would be perfect. She has exceeded every single expectation and worked seamlessly with our videographer Tristan Means.

I was lucky enough to work with my future sister-in-law, Tomeisha Dean. Evan and I seriously couldn’t have pulled this off without her. She worked as our day-of wedding coordinator and worked with us during the months leading up to the wedding to discuss our wedding details and ensure that everything flowed seamlessly. She’s planned a number of events and her experience and at times wedding planning can be so overwhelming and it’s important to connect with your partner. Dates with non-wedding talk and quality time with friends and family really helped to keep us grounded and sane throughout our wedding process. Once our wedding day came, it was so AMAZING to see how everything came together and how our vision of a modern, urban, and intimate wedding came together!

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Photography: Shannon Moffit Photography | Cinematography: Tristan Means | Event Planning: Tomeisha Dean | Floral Design: Black Creek Flowers & Sweets | Wedding Dress: Sealed With A Kiss | Cake: Couture Cakes by Melissa | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph's Villa | Reception Venue: The Boathouse At Rocketts Landing | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup: Holly Byrd Miller | Hair: Kadouri | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Bridal Boutique: Sealed With A Kiss | Getting Ready Venue: Quirk Hotel

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Classic Rustic State Park Wedding in the Fog

If you thought sunshine was preferable on your big day, allow me to introduce you to the most romantic weather forecast every: fog. Because this sweet pair goes to show that a little mist can be totally magical. As captured by Karyn Johnson Photography, we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!

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From Karyn Johnson PhotographyYou plan and you plan and you plan for your wedding day. You buy a killer pair of baby blue heels, borrow your mother’s vintage veil, put on a gorgeous strand of pearls, and lace up your stunning wedding gown surrounded by your closest friends. The guys straighten their bow ties, tighten their belts, and button their coats ready for the day. But no one, no one can control the weather.

What Colby & Callie had planned for their outdoor Peaks of Otter ceremony overlooking a beautiful lake with a mountain view was erased by a thick, low layer of fog. And to everyone’s surprise the unplanned overcast skies and continuous mist added a unique element of romanticism to their day. Just as the day they met, when Colby locked himself out of his apartment during a snow storm and sought shelter and warmth from a nearby neighbor who would become his future wife, no one could have planned it more perfectly than as it happened.

The long light blue bridesmaids dresses gracefully flowed in the wind as Colby and Callie shared their vows and committed their lives to one another. Drops of water dripped from a nearby tree creating the sweet sound of rain without actually having a rain shower. Against everyone’s initial hopes and plans, this weather: the clouds, the fog, the chill, created a unique and unmatched atmosphere; something none of us had ever experienced before.

Guests drank pink champagne, danced, played games, and rejoiced over this new marriage at a rustic indoor ceremony with windows overlooking the foggy lake. DIY’ed wooden center pieces with vases of white hydrangeas adorned the hall as wooden beams towered between tables creating the perfect cozy, warm ambiance for such a chilly, wet day.

Colby and Callie exited their reception to a whirlwind of flower petals amidst the fog and drizzle. What a romantic ending to an already picturesque day.

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Photography: Karyn Johnson Photography | Floral Design: Jamie Mays | Wedding Dress: Celebration Bridal | Cake: A Great Cake Experience | Invitations: Vista Print | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Swoon Boutique | Catering: Peaks of Otter Lodge | Hair + Makeup: Bethany Jane Bell | Groom's Attire: JCPenney | Groomsmen Attire: JCPenney | Venue: Peaks of Otter Lodge

Colorful Rustic Chic Crimson Wedding

A couple that embraces color on their big day is right up our wedding alley, and this darling duo? They did just that. A crimson hued affair that’ll have you blushing, Michael and Carina Photography captured it all to share. From the bold bouquets to the bridesmaid gowns, every detail is saturated with rich tones that’ll make you totally happy. Soak up the entire soiree in The Vault!

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From Michael And Carina PhotographyCrimson is such a gorgeous color for florals and bridesmaids dresses that looks beautiful all year round – not just around fall! Different red and jewel tones add an unmatched depth to bouquets and centerpieces.

Lesley and Pat’s Charlottesville wedding was lovingly accented by luscious florals and personal details. The indoor ceremony created an intimate atmosphere and as the bride entered through the overhung archway, everyone gasped.

Lesley wore a delicate Claire Pettibone dress and a subtle greenery head piece to add to the organic feel of the wedding. The mountain view backdrop helped create stunning landscape portraits.

A lavish dessert table with a variety of naked cakes and pies made it impossible to pass up dessert!

From The Bride…Pat and I met on an online dating site back in 2011. We met up for a drink one night after work, and ended up laughing and chatting for hours until the restaurant finally kicked us out. Fast-forward five years, and here we are! We have a happy little apartment together in DC, and plan to buy our own place and get a dog (or three) soon. For his proposal, Pat surprised me with a fall sunset wine festival at Mount Vernon estate. Overlooking the moonlight on the river, he pulled out the ring box (upside-down out of nerves) and asked me to marry him.

We both love nature and the outdoors, so when we saw the mountain view at King Family, we were sold. And, even though Mother Nature brought rain on our wedding day, the indoor ceremony was just as perfect. Our theme was organic, moody, bohemian spring, with a focus on natural elements like wood, flowers, and garlands (which our florist rocked). For our color palette, instead of using traditional spring pastels, we went with more grounded, autumnal tones like marsala, navy, and blackberry, with pops of lighter colors and gold accents. Pat wore a suit from Banana Republic, and his groomsmen were in navy or grey suits that they already owned, with ties we gifted them from JCrew. My bridesmaids’ dresses were from BHLDN, and I wore a dress from Claire Pettibone, which instantly became my favorite piece of clothing I will ever own.

We incorporated lots of DIY and personal touches to make the day feel like “us.” I designed the paper suite with my dad, who painted the floral images. I also hand-lettered the envelopes and seating and table cards, and Pat and I hand-made all of the signs. We glued little notes we had written to each other over the years into our guest book so guests could read some of our love notes before leaving us their own. And, we bought and compiled most of the other decor ourselves, like the lanterns, votives, cake pedestals, etc., most of which came from Target or World Market.

Family means everything to us, so we wanted to include them in our day, too. I had two little fabric hearts from my mom’s wedding dress and my dad’s old pocket square sewn into the lining of my dress. I wore a bracelet of my mom’s and a necklace that my grandmother had gifted me as a baby, and Pat carried his dad’s handkerchief. We also put out photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days, and the photos of our grandparents who have passed on sat on the front row during the ceremony so they could be with us in spirit. Finally, for our father-daughter dance, our talented band learned a lullaby my dad had written me when I was born, and played it as a surprise for him.

We asked one of Pat’s closest friends to officiate, and worked with him to create a ceremony that really reflected us as a couple. We also wrote our own vows. It was a precious moment, to be surrounded by our family and friends while we made those promises to each other. Our amazing day-of coordinator ushered us into a room right after the ceremony where we could spend a few minutes alone together taking it all in, which is one of the moments both of us most treasure from the day. And then, we had the time of our lives dancing and singing and celebrating our love with all of our favorite people.

If I could give any advice to future couples, it would be threefold: 1. have a rain plan!, 2. hire some good vendors you trust, including a fabulous day-of coordinator (I promise, it will make your life so much easier), and 3. stop, breathe, and soak it all in with your partner on your wedding day. The day flies so fast, and there are so many details to take in, but the most important detail is your love!

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Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Cinematography: Kelsey & Nate | Event Planning: Cate Liverman | Floral Design: Petal Flower Co | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Cakes: Cakes By Rachel | Invitations: DIY | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: The Local | Hair + Makeup: Moxie Hair & Body Lounge | Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Ties: J.Crew | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Venue: King Family Vineyards | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Hair Accessories: BHLDN

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