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Coral & Blush Plantation Wedding

Good news: looks like burying the bourbon works! This wedding at the sprawling Tuckahoe Plantation is nothing but sunshine and good times all around. We love the soft pink palette complemented with blooms by Mona Ray. Katie Stoop did a fabulous job documenting the day, so make sure to check out the full gallery, and don’t miss the seriously charming video from NazFilms below!


From the Bride…Favorite part of our day: Since Patrick and I opted not to do a first look, I really cherished the time we spent alone taking photos after our ceremony, soaking in the day and each other. When you asked to steal us away for a few minutes while everyone was enjoying dinner, we didn’t think twice about it. That drive down the long Tuckahoe Plantation driveway right before sunset, surrounded by nothing but trees and pristine nature, really gave us a chance to reflect on the excitement of the day. My other favorite part of the day was having all the girls over at our house the morning of for brunch while getting ready. We watched Gossip Girl, sipped on mimosas and relaxed in robes while being pampered with hair and make-up!

Why we chose Tuckahoe Plantation: Patrick and I toured four venues and the minute we walked around Tuckahoe Plantation, we knew it was perfect. It had its challenges, with our wedding scheduled mid-hurricane season and Tuckahoe being an outdoor venue, but we fell in love and didn’t look back.

Wedding planning details: I planned all the little details for our wedding and while I don’t have a creative bone in my body, I really tried to infuse the day with personal details that represented us as a couple. Some of my favorites were our wedding flowers, which included burgundy ranunculus and peach roses, a play on the colors of Virginia Tech where Patrick I first met in graduate school, a cork monogram “B” I made to display using corks I had collected throughout our engagement, two gorgeous vintage cars we were lucky enough to borrow from family friends to get to and from our venue that day and of course, getting married on our six year anniversary!

Other fun details: Patrick and I had so much fun incorporating meaningful details and celebrating small achievements during the months leading up to the wedding. We buried our bottle of bourbon the month before the wedding at the ceremony site in the pouring rain, which was such an adventure (and absolutely worth the beautiful weather we had on our wedding day!) We rented out one of our favorite local Richmond restaurants, Arcadia, for our rehearsal dinner so we could properly introduce our out-of-town friends and family to Richmond. We even scheduled cake tasting during my birthday weekend so we could indulge all weekend long.

Wedding Favors: different jams from my Grandmother’s recipes.

Photography: Katie Stoops Photography | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake: The Buttercream Bee | Invitations: Chelsey Emery | Ceremony Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation | Reception Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bari Jay | Hair & Makeup: Alison Harper & Co | Grooms Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Film: NazFilms | Florals: Flowers By Mona Ray

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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 | 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 | Transportation: Winn Transportation | Trolley: Richmond Trolley

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.


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 | 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 | Venue: John Marshall Ballroom | Wedding Collective: Blush On Berry

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