Richmond Virginia Wedding From Meghan McSweeney
November 10, 2010
By: eddye

If you're trying to figure out how to combine all that you are ... and all that he is ... and surround yourself with your favorite people in the whole wide world ~ Paul & Teresa's wedding will give you SO much inspiration! The sweet simplicity of family and tradition and a passion for each other. That's really all it's all about ... right? The wonderful Meghan McSweeney has shared a few pics from the day. Enjoy!

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Paul and Teresa met while she was at a University Northern Ireland, from which Paul hails. The couple wanted to make sure the wedding incorporated each of their cultures (with him from Ireland and Teresa with her Bolivian and American roots). They used the Irish “claddagh” throughout the reception (cocktail napkins, cake topper and thank you cards) as it’s a symbol for love, friendship and loyalty.

They had salsa dancing during the rehearsal dinner and reception for Teresa’s Bolivian side. For Southern flair, the couple hosted their wedding at Tuckahoe Plantation, which is the boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson. Their invitations incorporated dogwood (Virginia state flower) and their guests enjoyed Virginia peanuts in their welcome bags.

We asked Teresa her most memorable part of her wedding day and she said, “Our favorite part of the wedding day was when we were finally able to cut loose during the reception. With my husband being called Paul McCartney, one of the things we bonded over when we first started going out was a shared love of The Beatles. So our last dance of the night to "I've Just Seen a Face" was definitely a highlight and the perfect ending to the whole day.”

I also asked her to share any advice for future brides, now that she’s walked down the aisle herself and she said, “If you have your heart set on an outdoor wedding like I did, be ready for extreme weather (in my case it was the intense heat) and for bugs. I've never been a big fan of fondant but at the last minute we decided to add it to the cake just in case of flies and to guard the cake against melting in the heat. So when we were invaded by ants that climbed all over the cake, the caterers were able to just peel away that top layer when it came time to serve it!

Photographer: Meghan McSweeney Photography

Minister: Dean Pittman, Greenwood United Methodist Church

Event Planner: Courtney Spencer, Merriment Events

Tent Rental: Skyline Tent Company

Cake: Sweetest Thing Bakery

Flowers: Flower Girls

Ceremony/Reception: Tuckahoe Plantation

Catering: White House Catering

DJ: Cam DiNunzio

Ceremony Musicians: Classical Encounter

Hair: Salon 23

Makeup: Stephanie Parker

Transportation: TNT Limousine

Party Rentals: Party Perfect