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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

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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 | Grooms Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna | Groomsmens Suits: Jos. A. Bank | Ties: The Tie Bar | 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 | Transportation: Richmond Trolley Company and Winn Transportation

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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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