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Classic Richmond Wedding at The Jefferson Hotel

Traditional weddings are awesome, that’s a given.  But pair a plethora of classic details with just a touch of preppy chic and it’s an all-out pretty fest like you’ve never seen.  Think lush blooms from The Green Flamingo, the fab stylings of Fête Studio and a Jefferson Hotel setting that will seriously take your breath away.  See it all captured by Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography in the full gallery.

From the Bride… Brian and I are both from Virginia. I grew up in Richmond, and Brian in Alexandria. Both employed at law firms – Brian is an attorney and I work in business development. We actually have pretty similar upbringings – although our colleges were definitely different paths. Brian to a southern school and I went to school in the midwest. But I think we fit together well because we had an understanding about each other from the start. Its kind of crazy how similar our lives are and I think that helps us navigate all the bumps much more easily.

Brian and I were introduced through a close friend who went to law school with Brian and went to college with my brother. But we were actually set up about two years after we first met. Our first ‘fateful’ meeting was at a UVA vs. VATech game. Brian may have gotten the party started a little early that day, and ended up falling asleep in the middle of the football game sitting next to me. Needless to say, it took about two years for us to actually go out and I remember when my friend told me to go out with him, I said, ‘isn’t he the guy who fell asleep at the game?’ – it was hilarious fodder for all the speeches given at our wedding. Even our priest thought it was pretty funny.

I can easily say I knew early on that Brian was the one – I’m a bit decisive and I just felt it it my gut that he was the right person for me. We did long distance for a year after only being together for about a month and then he moved to DC. The reason I knew he was committed was how he began to love my dog – he was never, which is an understatement, an animal person, and I’m pretty sure at this point he loves Tupelo more than anything.

For our wedding, we wanted a classic, traditional Virginia experience. I loved the details, but I think the most fun for us was trying to plan something that our guests would enjoy and would get to see and learn a little bit more about where we are from. I really love Richmond, and I wanted to try and highlight that as much as possible through the weekend.

We had so many favorite wedding day details. I really loved my bouquet. Green Flamingo did it perfectly. And I just loved my dress. I felt so comfortable, and a bit different, but still classic. Walking into the ballroom and seeing the tables – the flowers, the place cards, the notes…it was a pretty fun experience to see all the ideas come together like they did.

Brian’s speech is something I’ll never forget. I still get goose bumps thinking about it. The morning with all my girls – I was actually really nervous, not about marrying Brian, but walking down the aisle in front of everyone (so silly!), but it was so nice to have that time in the morning to be with my best friends to calm my nerves. And walking the stairs of The Jefferson for our entrance (I was terrified) but it was a pretty amazing experience. Such an incredible place to celebrate our wedding.

My advice to other brides is to just stop every once and a while, take a deep breath and take it in. It allows you to take a moment to forget the planning, details, and greeting everyone, and appreciate all the people who’ve gathered to celebrate you and your husband.

Photography: Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography | Flowers: The Green Flamingo | Ceremony Venue: St. Benedict Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Jefferson Hotel | Hair And Makeup: Avenue 42 | Calligraphy: Ginny Rogan | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting Design | Ceremony Music: Terra Voce | Transportation: Winn Transportation | Food And Beverage: The Jefferson Hotel | Invitations & Paper Goods: Smock Paper | Misc Print: Fête Studio | Planning And Design: Fête Studio | Portraits: The Wilton House | Reception Music: Horizon Band | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Of Virginia | Trolley: Richmond Trolley

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Richmond Ballet Wedding Inspiration

Fact one: Cinderella is one of my all-time favorite fairytales.  Fact two: I have spent most of my life wishing desperately that I was a ballerina.  So this breathtaking collaboration between Blush On Berry: Richmond’s Wedding Collective and The Richmond Ballet?  Right up my alley.  It’s a crazy gorgeous theme with all kinds of fabulous details from Virginia’s finest vendors. See it all captured by Jessica Maida right here.

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From The inspiration for this collaborative style shoot with The Richmond Ballet and members of Blush on Berry: Richmond’s Wedding Collective was fashioned to showcase movement and grace and to highlight the Ballet’s new production of Cinderella. Set at the Historic John Marshall Ballroom in Richmond, Virginia, this classic wedding venue set a dreamy and elegant backdrop to the ballerina’s delicate artistry.

Richmond, a southern city located along the James River, is known for its rich history, architecture and accomplished performance art companies. These surroundings are of great influence to the city’s creative professionals and this style shoot demonstrates the beauty that can come from artistic collaboration.

Jessica Maida captures the dancer’s disciplined body control and composure. Photographer and dancer shared the unique opportunity to display composition in two forms; both in body and scene. Maids assisted this bride in getting ready for her big moment and showcased both the flowing fabrics and vintage styles of Pleiades Bridal Design Studio

Their Getting Ready moments were accented with toasts and laughter and the final transition into the stunning wedding and classic bridesmaid gowns by Bella Rosa Bridal. As stage performers, bold hues of makeup and traditional buns were inspiration for BrideFace Richmond Makeup and LGB Hair Design Studio.

The unique cake design by Sweet Fix, incorporated the slate blue pallet found in both the bridesmaid gowns and leotards, as well as details from the sites’ architecture. Details from many others contributing companies brought this classic story of Cinderella into a modern-day wedding story.

Photographer: Jessica Maida | Event Planner: Events By Elizabeth Palmer | Florist: Flowerama | Makeup Artist: BRIDEface Richmond | Hair Stylist: LGB Hair Designs | Venue: John Marshall Ballroom | Bridal Designer: Pleiades Bridal Design | Bridal Dress Shop: Bella Rosa Bridal | Cake & Dessert Display: Sweetfix | Linens: Glamour Linens | Model Bride: Valerie Tellmann, Company Member With Richmond Ballet | Model Bridesmaid: Elena Bello, Company Member With Richmond Ballet | Model Bridesmaid: Lauren Fagone, Company Member With Richmond Ballet | Rentals: Paisley And Jade | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Of Virginia | Stationery Designer: Design Corral | Wedding Collective: Blush On Berry

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All Out Classic Ballroom Wedding

As a lover of all things clean and classic (read: my ode to white wedding details), these Commonwealth Club nuptials speak straight to my heart. Think pomp and circumstance, ballgowns and bowties, and one pint-sized bridal party soooo cute I’ve turned into a big pile of wedding blogger mush. It’s all from the lens of Marta Locklear and you can have a peek at Shaking Hands’ film waiting down below.

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From Marta Locklear… Amanda & Thomas’ wedding was as classic as they come. Starting at the ever elegant Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Va and then to the picturesque St. Stephens Episcopal Church. After the ceremony we were greeted at the Commonwealth Club of Richmond by a Sinatra-esque lounge singer for cocktails. Then the ballroom doors were opened and white gloved waiters swirled around the room that was filled with crystal, lush pink and white peony arrangements and a full retro lounge style band.

Amanda and Thomas shocked us all with a very animated dance entry for their grand entrance and then whirled into a romantic slow song. It was apparent all night that they were madly in love and surrounded by friends and family.

Photographer: Marta Locklear | Videographer: Shaking Hands Productions | Event Planner: The Cordial Cricket | Floral Design: Flowers Make Scents | Ceremony Venue: St Stephen's Episcopal | Reception Venue: Commonwealth Club | Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting Design | Band: East Coast Entertainment | Getting Ready: The Jefferson Hotel

Richmond Wedding by Dominique Attaway Photography + Hart to Heart Media

To say I’ve fallen head over heels with this turn of the century inspired soiree from Dominique Attaway Photography is perhaps the understatement of the century. I’m completely smitten with the traditional details, especially as they are set against a vintage charm inspired by the old train station it was held in. Luckily, just when I was begging for more, Hart to Hart Media swooped in with a highlight film to propel it all to the next level.

Oh, Hart to Hart Media, you’ve done it again.


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From the beautiful bride… Chris and I met in 2007 while working as park rangers at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. We were friends first, and that friendship eventually blossomed into a strong relationship. Four year later, he proposed in the park at sunset at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.

Our love of history brought us together, and we wanted to highlight that shared interest in our wedding. We searched for venues in a 2-hour radius of my parents DC-area home and quickly fell in love with Main Street Station in Richmond, Virginia. The restored train station epitomized the turn-of-the-century architecture and history that we enjoy. Soon after, we chose the beautiful St. Johns Church for our ceremony site. The church is known for its role in the American Revolution, specifically where Patrick Henry delivered his famous Give me Liberty or Give me Death speech.

During our 18 month engagement, we made several trips to Richmond to plan our wedding. It’s a beautiful city filled old homes, wrought-iron fences, and remnants of industry are all around. We wanted our wedding to feel like a celebration from the early 1900s, rather than a train-themed party so we tried to choose decor that fit with the historic locations. We incorporated soft colors, china place settings, and vintage fonts on our invitations. Vintage postcards were featured throughout the wedding, including our save-the-dates, escort cards, table numbers, and even the ring bearer pillows. Additionally, we hired a historic open-air trolley to transport our guests around for the day. The electric trolley first began in Richmond in 1888, so it was another way to incorporate some of the city’s historic charm.

The morning of our wedding was a bit untraditional because the groom ran a 10k race! The Ukrops Monument Avenue race was booked earlier than usual this year, landing on our wedding day, and we decided to go with it. I loved the idea of running the race together as a metaphor for the vows we were going to make later that day. Due to an injury sustained during training, I ended up cheering Chris on from the sidelines. With 40,000 participants, the excitement and energy was incredible. We did not do a first look but still got to share this moment together before getting ready.

After the unique start to the day, we kept the ceremony very traditional. Keeping true to the rhyme, my something new was my beautiful Vera Wang ballgown, borrowed and old was the pin attached to my bouquet that was carved by my grandmother and blue was the monogram inside my dress. My bouquet was hand-tied and loosely mounded with a mixture of ivory and soft peach garden roses, peonies, lisianthus, tulips, and pieris. When the organ started to play, my dad walked me down the aisle to Chris. We recited the traditional vows from the Book of Common Prayer and 70 of our closest friends and family members vowed to support us. Surprisingly, I didnt shed a single tear- I was in a happy daze and marrying my best friend felt like the most natural thing in the world.

In between the ceremony and reception, we chose to walk around Church Hill for private
photographs. Even with the photographer and videographer there, it felt like it was just us. That time is my favorite memory of the entire day. After the photos, we arrived at Main Street on the trolley and entered to our first dance, “I Dont Want to Set the World on Fire” by the Ink Spots. We served a family-style dinner before inviting everyone onto the dance floor. At one point, a conga line formed and people from different parts of our lives were dancing hand-in-hand around the room. We were surrounded by so much love! Our wedding was exactly what we imagined and the perfect way to start our own history together.

Photography: Dominique Attaway Photography | Cinematography: Hart to Heart Media | Floral Design: Flowers Girls Inc. | Wedding Gown: Vera Wang, Hayley | Wedding Cake: A Cake to Remember | Invitations: DIY | Ceremony Venue: St. Johns Church | Reception Venue: Main Street Station | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: White House Catering | Hair and Makeup: Lara Bridger and Tracy Gilland of Richmond Hair and Makeup | Calligraphy: TucciCursive | DJ: Joe Bowman of Dynamite DJs | Ties: The Tie Bar | Grooms Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna | Groomsmens Suits: Jos. A. Bank | Transportation: Richmond Trolley Company and Winn Transportation | Bride's Hotel: Linden Row Inn | Brides Belt: Oscar de la Renta | Ceremony Veil: Vera Wang | Day-of Coordination: RSVP Consultants | Envelopes and paper: Envelopes.com | Groom's Hotel: DoubleTree Hotel | Invitation Printing: Catprint | Mothers and Maid of Honor Attire: Nordstrom | Rentals: Party Perfect and Festive Fare | Rubber Stamps: RubberStamps.net

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Richmond Wedding from Jodi Miller Photography

As we start a new week of swoon-worthy weddings, it only seems fitting to put our best foot forward. And with all the beauty and charm to knock your pretty little socks off, this Richmond affair is just what we need to make Monday morning sparkle. Set at the historic Virginia Center for Architecture, it’s a celebration centered on traditional elegance and classic design paired with the prettiest pale green palette you can imagine. Jodi Miller filled up an entire gallery with picture-perfect moments, and you can see them all right here.

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From the Bride…My husband is from Delaware, and I am a Richmond native. When we began dating, I made it my mission to introduce him to all the history, charm and great restaurants Richmond had to offer. As self-proclaimed food lovers, we made a list of restaurants we wanted to explore and literally ate our way through the city. Therefore, when Kevin proposed, we knew we had to have a seated dinner & a historical location. Kevin and I did extensive research before choosing our wedding venue. After touring several plantations, we felt we needed to be in the city where we had fallen for each other.

The Virginia Center for Architecture was perfect for us. Built in 1919, the all brick Tudor is magical on its own, but add a gated courtyard & a cobblestone street and I was love. I knew I wanted a classic, soft palate and crisp, clean décor. We chose pale green and white and anchored our palate with touches of dove grey to keep it feeling fresh. I have helped several friends with their wedding design and I knew how expensive details could be so I focused on DIY projects that would make a big impact for a small budget.  My biggest project was the lighting for the tent, it took an army of women four hours but in the end, we had gorgeous custom pendants that filled the tent with warm light. Our theme throughout was to keep it simple and let the space shine.

My husband and I do not like to be the center of attention so we struggled with embracing the traditional elements of a reception. In the end, we decided to host the reception we would love to attend. We made custom corn hole boards, had hula hoops & harmonicas for the kids, and a photo booth for the adults.  We danced with our friends and family into the night and as the party was winding down, we announced an impromptu after party at one of our favorite downtown restaurants. Our day was filled with laughter, love and most of all fun!  It was everything we wanted and more.

Wedding Photography: Jodi Miller Photography | Wedding Venue: Virginia Center for Architecture | Wedding Planning + Production: McBride Events | Floral Design: Flowers Make Scents | Sperry Tent: Skyline Tent Company | Catering: Champagne Taste Catering | Cake: Shyndigz | Cupcakes: Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe | Invitations: Bella Figura | Ceremony Musician: Thomas Coleman | Officiant: Pastor Webb, family friend | Hair: Courtney, Trilogy Salon | Makeup: Sara of Giorgio Armani Beauty at Saks Fifth Avenue | Wedding Dress: Wtoo (Liane Gown) from Bella Rosa | Shoes: Kate Spade | Getaway Dress: Ann Taylor

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Richmond Wedding from Don Mears Photography

Weddings at the art gallery tend to lean a little closer to the modern side of the romance spectrum, so when a wedding that leans the other way, with just the right amount of vintage to pop against the clean museum vibe comes along, we swoon. It’s the little surprises that get us. The unexpected juxtaposition of a lace veil and the contemporary white walls. The classic chiavari chair in lucite. The extra fluffy, pink bouquets set against a grey backdrop. Don Mears Photography used every trick in his back pocket and has filled a gallery with the most amazing wedding you’ll see all day. Click here to see it!

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From the sweet couple … We met through friends of friends and all things considered should never have met. Lisa thought Mike was not even interested in talking to her but he just couldn’t hear what she was saying at the bar. Mike must have been interested because he made sure Lisa had his card at the end of the evening after offering to walk her to the subway. We fell in love enjoying the same things including new restaurants, cocktails, exploring the city we love and people watching. We got married because we couldn’t imagine ever not being together and didn’t want to be parted.

We wanted our wedding day to be memorable, unique, and a good time for all of our friends and relatives who travelled to attend since so few of the guests were from Richmond.

The venue’s were important to the mood we wanted our guests to take away from the wedding. The food was also important to our big day; we wanted to make sure everyone was full of delicious food! Most importantly, we wanted everyone to have fun!

Photography: Don Mears Photography | Ceremony: St. John’s United Church of Christ | Reception: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts | Event Planning: McBride Events, Dee Kirchmeier | Day Of Coordination: McBride Events | Catering: FloraCulture | Cake Artist: Buttercream Bee | Hair + Makeup: Emily Hudspeth | Invitations: Ann Marcus Group | Programs + other paper: PaperFreckles | Calligraphy: The Ranelli Group | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids Attire: Amsale | Groom’s Attire: Zegna

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