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LETTER FROM EDITORS 2020 was the most unusual year we’ve ever had. There have been many ups and downs in the wedding industry, but nothing could have prepared us for the complete halt starting last March. From

Issue 61 SPRING/SUMMER 2021

having to cancel both of our shows to

Publishers: Amye & Scott Brunette

the ensuing months trying to figure out Hayes & Fisk Photography

where we go from here, 2020 was the biggest challenge. Throughout it all, our goals remained the same, to provide the best wedding vendor directory in Richmond and maintain a strong social media presence to bring inspiration during the planning process.

@RVAWEDDINGS

We empathize with couples that have had to postpone/reschedule their special day (often more than once) after so many months of planning. Social gathering restrictions, coordinating all your vendors, and changing guest lists added extra layers of stress that often come with planning a wedding. While our wedding vendors continue to work hard to make up for lost time in 2020, please remember to tell them you discovered them in this magazine, on RichmondWeddings.com, or on one of our social media pages. They have made an investment with us, and it would be helpful to them to know you found them in one of these places. As a local small business, it is vital now more than ever to let vendors know

Editor-in-Chief: Amye Brunette Chief Operating Officer: Scott Brunette Art Direction & Graphic Design: E. Strategic Design Contributing Writers:

Amanda Cinfio David Darby Matthew Davey Tammy Edwards Mikey Fuller Kim Goldstein Frank Guertler Heather Hughes Marissa McCormick Jordan Monica Mendoza Kim Moody Amanda Perry Holly Peters Paula Clark Ramirez Tatiana Sizemore Sharon Townsend Kristen Walker Tommy Waters

how you found them. All of the Richmond businesses in the wedding industry have been devastated financially by the pandemic. Please hire RVA professionals who are eager to make your wedding the memorable event you deserve. For questions, comments or advertising information call 804-789-9110 or email info@richmondweddings.com

For those of you planning your 2021 and 2022 (and beyond!) weddings, we wish you all the best for a bright future and happy marriage. And don’t forget to follow along with us on our blog and social media (@RVAWeddings) for endless inspiration. Happy Planning!

Richmond Weddings Magazine is published by AB Bridal, Inc. All rights are reserved. Articles and advertisements are the property of AB Bridal, Inc. Reproduction of any part of this publication without the expressed written consent of the publisher is strictly prohibited. While the information in this magazine is believed to be accurate, AB Bridal, Inc. does not guarantee it. AB Bridal, Inc. is also not liable for the goods and services provided by the advertisers in this publication nor the information contained in the advertisements.

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Mickie Bowman began the business as The Wedding Guide in 1989. Since selling the business to Amye & Scott in 2005, she has been enjoying every minute of retirement!


Luxury. It means everything is taken care of for you.

Photos by David Abel Photography

Leave the details to us. The Jefferson offers everything from custom cakes and creatively designed floral arrangements to beautiful table settings and inviting accommodations for you and your guests. Of course, you will still have plenty of choices - but your dedicated planner will make sure it all comes together flawlessly, in a venue that is like no other. jeffersonhotel.com/weddings

To learn more, contact our wedding team at 866.247.2305.


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in this edition Hayes & Fisk Photography

J Cameron Photography

EmmiClaire Photography

Wedding Planners / 7

38 | Planning Your Reception

Rentals / 77

6 | The Key to Your Wedding Budget

45 | Elevate Your Planning Experience

80 | Go-To Guide: Booking Wedding Rentals

Gifts, Favors & More / 11

50 | Avoid A Wedding Day Disaster

Attire/ 87

Venues & Accommodations / 15

60 | After the Aisle

16 | Main Street Station Spotlight

Venue Directory / 64

22 | Make the Most of Your Venue Tour

Caterers /69

28 | Oakdale Spotlight 30 | Beyond the Wedding Party

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54 | Virginia Barn Wedding Spotlight

62 | Steps to Finding Your Dream Venue

68 | Finding That Perfect Bite

88 | Gown Countdown

Photography & Videography/ 95 94 | WOW Factor to Your Cocktail Hour 98 | Heather Hughes Photography Spotlight 100 | Five Reasons for a First Look


Paige Stevens Photography

Flowers / 107 Music & Dance / 111 112 | Eight Questions You Should (or Shouldn't) Ask Your Wedding DJ

Featured Weddings / 117 Invitations / 129 130 | Wedding Invitation FAQs

Beauty & Health / 133 132 | Go Pro for Your Wedding Day

Angel Expressions Photography

136 | Agnihotri Cosmetic Facial Surgery Spotlight

Sweet Treats / 139

Hayes & Fisk Photography

Planning Tools / 149 Vendor Directory / 154

138 | Cakes, Cupcakes, and Doughnuts, Oh My!

Honeymoons / 141 140 | Honeymoon Now or Later?

Transportation / 145 147 | Sample Transportation Timeline

on the cover Fredericks Photo & Films, Bunn DJ Company, Candice Hardy Makeup Artistry, The John Marshall Ballrooms, Linden Row Inn, Taylor's Classic Travels, Vogue Flowers Read their Real Wedding story on page 120.

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Angel Expressions Photography

THE KEY

to your

WEDDING BUDGET By Tatiana Sizemore

Yay! You’re engaged! Keep admiring that new ring! Your recently married friend added you to all sorts of wedding Facebook groups and you've picked up every wedding magazine, including Richmond Weddings™! Sound familiar? Before you get caught up in the details of planning your day, there is one thing that must come first…determining your budget.

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EmmiClaire Photography

wedding planners When it comes to planning, it's important to stay organized! We know how overwhelming it can seem, but that's why we have our awedding planners ready to help! They are pros when it comes to organization and bringing together the biggest day of your life, so BREATHE!

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Paige Stevens Photography

Weddings tend to come with a lot of sticker shock for couples. The average wedding in the United States costs around $30,000. That doesn't mean you couldn't do it for less, you absolutely can. No matter your budget, every couple's goal should be to have the wedding they can afford without debt and without losing their sanity. A budget plan for your wedding can save so much stress and heartache. (Even Meghan Markle had a wedding budget, just saying!)

Here are the steps to creating a realistic wedding budget

1

Figure out how much money you and your future spouse are able to set aside each month. Do this by discovering your joint income and subtracting monthly bills. And with the number you have left, figure out how much you want to save for your wedding. If that number is smaller than you would like, see what you can cut from your monthly expenses, such as daily Starbucks, eating out, weekly manicures, etc.

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Decide how much from your savings you’ll want to contribute to your wedding. Keep in mind, you are getting married and starting a LIFE with someone. That may mean buying a house, kids, or a trip around the world. Be sure to remember this when taking money from savings.

Consider your parents. Maybe they have been saving for your wedding day since you were born and have a generous amount to contribute or maybe they want to contribute to specific aspects.

Add all of these numbers together based on how long of an engagement you want to have. BAM! It's

a budget.

PRO TIP: Avoid loans or borrowing from a credit card. You do not want to begin your married life in debt and a wedding is just one day; you have your whole life together.


Now the real fun begins… Determine what is most important to help you allocate your budget. Maybe you have always dreamed of getting married at a particular venue or hiring a certain photographer. Figuring out your specific budget is important so you can delegate money accordingly. Something important to consider, without a venue, you do not have a date, so start booking that before anything else. Weddings are expensive affairs. Research your vendors and get an idea of what costs you are realistically looking at. There are many expenses couples tend to leave out of their budget as well. Dress alterations, stamps for invitations, and food and drinks for the wedding party to name a few. Ideally, leave a little cushion in your budget for the unexpected. At the end of it all, your wedding should be a reflection of you and your future spouse. Think about the things from weddings you have attended and roll with that!

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Awesomesauce Photography

Tatiana Sizemore is the owner and lead coordinator/planner of Simply Charmed Weddings and Events. SCWE specializes in everything from full planning to month of/day of management and coordination. Couples interested in learning more about Simply Charmed Weddings and Events should visit simplycharmedevents.com

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Come to the Richmond Weddings™ Show and meet with over 100 of RVA’s most experienced professionals in a relaxed and elegant atmosphere at the breathtaking Main Street Station! Plus, ALL couples receive a complimentary copy of the newest issue of Richmond Weddings™ Magazine upon entry!

Photos courtesy of RW Bagley Photography

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gifts, favors, more!

Favors and gifts have come a long way since your parents got married! From personalized gift boxes, fun bridal party ideas, sweet bars and more you can make a lasting impression on your guests and give them something they’ll actually use! The possibilities are endless, and we have some great ideas that will make your wedding perfectly YOU!

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Miss

STEP 1: OFFICIAL MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE

Mrs.

A GUIDE TO TAKING ON YOUR NEW NAME! The checklists and to do lists don’t stop after you say “I do!”

If you are planning on a name change here are a few tips

• Be sure to have a copy of your official marriage certificate (this will come in the mail after your marriage license is processed). • If you need another copy, you can request it from the Virginia Vital Records online and have it sent to your home: https://usvitalrecords.org/virginia/ ordermarriagecertificate.html

STEP 2: SOCIAL SECURITY CARD UPDATE Be sure to have in hand: □ An official marriage certificate □ Birth Certificate

and tricks to make it a smooth transition. We know you have

□ Driver’s License or Passport

already updated your Facebook and Instagram, but it’s now

□ Original Social Security Card

time to make it official!

• We suggest printing and filling out the application for a new Social Security Card before you arrive. You can find it online here: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/forms/ ss-5.pdf • Find the closest Social Security Office near you: https://secure.ssa.gov/ • Be sure to set aside at least two hours for the process. We suggest that you arrive when they open for a shorter wait time. • You can also mail everything in if you like, but keep in mind that you will have to send in all the original documents and they will be sent back to you.

STEP 3: DRIVER’S LICENSE Have in hand: □ Marriage Certificate □ Driver’s License □ If you are changing your address as well, bring a copy of a bill that has your name and new address on it. • Take all items to your closest DMV. Be photo ready because they will require you to take a new photo!

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You can also change your while you’re there!

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WE NOW PRONOUNCE YOU TRULY AMAZED. Jaws will drop. Wows will fill the room. And that’s before you even make an entrance. The grand Shed at Main Street Station will surround your wedding guests with a spectacular view of Richmond. Prefer a more intimate setting? The station’s iconic Headhouse is ideal for smaller gatherings. With its marble-clad columns, towering windows and intricate architectural details, this historic venue requires little embellishment. Call 804.646.1862 for details on either setting.

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venues accommodations Let's help you find the perfect venue. Whether you desire intimate and whimsical or grand and glam, your dream venue is out there! This section will help you plan everything from your rehearsal dinner to reception. It can seem like there is so much to do, but don't worry! We've got your back. Check out our handy Venue Directory at the end of this section to keep you on track and break down all the important info you need to know!

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The harmonization of new and old, perfectly coming together into a venue unlike any other. By Marissa McCormick Jordan When an engaged couple tours Main Street Station, it’s usually the same process. They come in curious to see the venue, then once they see the gorgeous bare bones and unique city feel, their jaws drop and they can picture their wedding vision immediately. It’s the middle of wedding season and the Richmond Weddings™ Team is sitting with Crystal Lowery, Events Manager at Main Street Station, the woman responsible for helping make city nuptial dreams come true. If you haven’t seen the shed of Main Street Station before, prepare to be wowed. Trains silently breeze by the glass box and are the perfect complement to the unique industrial feel. The concrete floors reflect the recessed lights above and give a dull reflection of the absolutely breathtaking ceiling. Exposed metal beams, the only thing left from the original building, harmonize with new wooden ones, creating that perfect balance of new and old. Alluding to the jaw drops of touring couples, Crystal explains, “The space really has that effect!” Bring in an experienced wedding planner, and it will transform into whatever vision you’d like. The train shed, roughly the length of two football fields can turn your wedding into a set of experiences. Break up the length by drapes, opening a section for each part of your celebration. Start with your ceremony at the front, then open a pair of drapes to high tops and a bar for your cocktail hour. Continue to your reception, eventually ending at the back of the shed with your band and dance floor. Dance the night away with your closest family and friends with the Richmond city lights as your backdrop.

While the shed of Main Street Station is obviously impressive, it’s the Head House, an event space at the front of the building that hosts most of their weddings.

team knew the lucky couple had to come to the Station. The couple had their date in the empty train shed and then sealed the deal with a kiss on the top of the clock tower.

The Head House, which can accommodate up to 200 guests, is where you feel Main Street Station’s history. The Renaissance architecture from 1901 transports you to an older time in Richmond’s history. With two side rooms with exquisite details, one gets that old city feel when climbing the stairs to the event space. Encased on the outside with brick, the Head House is superbly intimate, and just like the expansive train shed, can be transformed into anything you’d like. Crystal explains, “We had one wedding have their ceremony in the Head House, and then everyone came down to the lower level for the cocktail hour as the catering company switched the room over into a beautiful reception.” A quaint and almost secretive balcony sits adjacent to the room, the perfect escape for you and your guests to get that breath of fresh air while looking over Main Street.

Large floor to ceiling windows let in loads of light, giving you the feeling of being outside, without having to worry about the weather. Since the entire train station is climate controlled, it doesn’t matter if you’re getting married on a snowy February Saturday or the hottest day in August, your experience inside of Main Street Station will be just as spectacular. When getting married at Main Street Station, there’s the sense of being part of an integral part of Richmond. Known as “The Welcome Mat of Richmond,” Main Street Station is bringing an exquisite air to the River City. The harmonization of new and old, perfectly coming together into a venue unlike any other. Transport your guests to a wedding experience they’ve never had before without losing that sense of YOU on your big day.

Main Street Station, in all its parts, is beautiful on its own. You don’t really need too much decor, the space speaks for itself. Completely unique and unlike any other spot on the East Coast, you can create your wedding vision. From the highway, your guests will be impressed. The glass shed and original clock tower standing tall against the backdrop of Shockoe Bottom. The clock tower was the palate for the entire building and made an appearance on national television in 2018. When Richmond was named one of the cities in season 14 of ABC’s The Bachelorette, the Main Street Station

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Fulfill your dream of a

Perfect Wedding!

When you say I do at Adams International 
 School’s Big Red Barn, you support a 
 growing Montessori community of learning. Virginia Barn Wedding at Adams International School in Maidens, Virginia offers a number of
 ideal settings for casual and formal events. Our venue features beautiful open space that 
 is a blank canvas for you to fully customize.

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Make the Most of Your

VENUE TOUR By Amanda Cinfio

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Angel Expressions Photography

When planning your wedding, choosing a venue is usually the first place to start. The task may feel daunting and even overwhelming, but don’t worry! We are here to help make planning easier for you with the following things to know and to establish along the way. 1.

KNOW YOUR BUDGET. Be prepared for your venue to cost up to 40% of your total budget. Don’t be afraid to ask if venues have adapted their packages or minimums to meet current market demand and government-mandated restrictions.

2.

REQUEST A TOUR. When you make an appointment to visit a venue, be as flexible as possible. Oftentimes weekends are event days and tour staff may be limited. Most places do not allow walk-ins, so always call before visiting so the venue can fully accommodate you and your needs. It is always good practice to let the host know if you cannot make the appointment so schedules can be adjusted accordingly.

3.

COME WITH A LIST OF QUESTIONS. Be prepared to maximize your time during your tour. A list of must-haves or deal breakers would also be a good idea. Venues have an array of resources to accommodate most wants and needs.

4.

ASK ABOUT THE RENTAL PERIOD. Be sure to ask about the amount of time allocated for your event and be realistic about how long preparations and decorating may take, as well as clean up. Many places charge a fee for going over the allotted time.

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THE

PERFECT SPACE TO

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The Tuckers

Located between Richmond & Charlottesville, Madison at the Mill is a fully restored historic silk mill factory with original hardwood floors and gorgeous natural light.

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READ YOUR CONTRACT. Once you have found your dream venue, and you decide to book, get a hard copy of the executed agreement and read through it carefully. Bear in mind that due to COVID-19, there are specific conditions with regards to cancelling, postponing, adjusting guest count and more.

6.

KEEP AN OPEN MIND. Remember that all the venues you are considering may not work for your wedding, but they could be great options for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and bridal photo shoots!

Together with our help you can go into your wedding venue tour prepared! Happy Planning! Amanda Cinfio is Director of Marketing and Customer Relations at The Virginia Cliffe Inn. Amanda comes from a background in hi tech and computer games, and has spent time in the exhibitions industry earlier in her career. She can be reached at Amanda@vacliffeinn.com or by calling 804-382-0500.

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OAKDALE The Slice of Heaven You’ve Been Looking For

By Marissa McCormick Jordan

On a gorgeous spring day, the Richmond Weddings™ team traveled to Ashland Road to explore and discover one of Richmond’s hidden gems, Oakdale. We chatted with Chris Stem, Partner, and Mary Jane Spagnolo, Manager, and the one you will be working with during the wedding planning process. Driving onto the immaculate grounds, the overall ambiance of Oakdale is like something out of a storybook. A pristine white barn sits small in the foreground against the forest behind it. Trees that look like they’ve been there forever, sway in the ever-present breeze. The dark, lush green giving way to those signature Virginia technicolor leaves in the fall. The venue is set up to face the sunset, so you and your guests can watch the yellow sun settle on Hanover Vegetable Farm across the street. And in the corner of the picture sits a quaint and quiet pond with a landing, a magical place to say your “I do’s.” Chris explains, “You’ll have the trees in the background, lights, and power.” The breeze plays on the surface of the pond as light shimmers off of it, a little slice of heaven. And you’re not just limited to a pond ceremony. With your package you get the entire property, 28

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which includes 100 acres of farmland and the 4,000 square foot climate-controlled building. Just like its quiet surroundings, the building seems like it’s been there forever. While the exterior of it is quintessentially barn-like, the inside gives way to an industrial and totally on-trend space that can accommodate up to 200 guests seated. Vaulted ceilings enclose the stamped concrete, and the walls are suited with full windows, showcasing the countryside landscape. Along with a full bar and bathrooms, there is a bridal suite with enough sinks for all your girls to get ready. It also has a patio where Edison lights hang, the perfect spot for your cocktail hour or a socially distanced dancefloor. And their packages come with everything. Mary Jane says, “When it comes to a wedding here, all you have to do is bring in catering.” Along with


all the rentals (like chairs, tables, and flatware), you’ll also get a Day-Of Coordinator, golf cart service, bartenders, and even a DJ!

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And the cherry on top for Oakdale? Their prime location. Basking in the silence of the farmland, one would never know that you’re less than 10 minutes from both Short Pump and Downtown Ashland. It’s almost boggling to wrap your head around. Chris says, “The location of the property really meant something to us. You’re close to amenities, but you’re far enough out that you can have a beautiful, private, unique wedding.”

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When starting this endeavor, one thing was completely clear to Chris and his partners, Jeff Sears and Eric Pair, keep the integrity of the land and showcase its beauty as farmland. The name Oakdale comes from Jeff Sears’ family farm, a little down the way on Ashland Road. Passed down from generation to generation since 1902, it wasn’t just the name Oakdale that continued, but the importance of keeping agricultural integrity. Up until 2018, Oakdale was used to raise cattle and collect hay, leaving the resulting land completely groomed and manicured. “We wanted to stick to that tradition of farming and the fourth generation. Oakdale really ties in how we came together and still holds that family history. We wanted something that had some meaning to it.” Oakdale is staying safe during the pandemic that has affected weddings and events in 2020. Since they have both the indoor and outdoor space, they can work with couples and the necessary guidelines set by the Governor. Mary Jane says, “You’re welcome to move your dancefloor outside or even your whole reception!” Or maybe you have a few relatives that are uncomfortable sitting inside, “We can put their tables on the patio and open the doors so they’ll still be part of the day.” While 2021 is quickly filing up, Oakdale is offering weekday wedding packages at a discounted price. 2022, on the other hand, is completely open. There’s a nice sense one gets when coming onto the grounds of Oakdale. Suddenly the hustle and bustle of Richmond life fade away and a sense of serenity replaces it. There’s also the sense that you’re part of something bigger. A lineage of farm owners that are working to preserve the beautiful land that decades of grazing have led to. While some aspects of Oakdale are blatantly beautiful, there are other more subtle details that make this place unlike any other. The quiet moo of a cow in the distance, the rustling of the forest, the breeze playing through acres of wildflowers, the shade of a tree that was around since before you were born.  A slice of heaven and not too far off the beaten path, Oakdale checks off so many boxes as a setting for your wedding. And behind the venue is a group of dedicated families and an experienced team ready to make your wedding dream come true.

Oakdale is now taking bookings for 2021-2022 and beyond. Visit their website, www.oakdalerva.com, email info@oakdalerva.com, or call 804-629-1824 for booking inquiries or more information. 13497 Ashland Road, Ashland, VA 23005

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Beyond the Wedding Party: How to Include Loved Ones on Your Special Day By Paula Clark Ramirez

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When your wedding day arrives, you will surely be surrounded by family, friends, and other loved ones who came to celebrate your commitment. It’s common to want to include everyone who has shared in your relationship, but let’s be real – you can only have so many bridesmaids and groomsmen! For those who want to include people beyond the wedding party, there are plenty of ways to involve your loved ones throughout your special day. Remember: it’s your day and you make the rules! Here are some of our favorite ways of incorporating friends and family. Greeters

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When guests show up at your wedding, you’ll want someone to welcome them, right? Rather than having the venue staff do this or hiring greeters, ask friends or family to take their place. The role will free them of responsibilities by the time the ceremony starts but will provide them with a special place to be. Plus, they’ll feel very much included if you choose to invite them to the rehearsal dinner.

Ushers Similar to greeters, don’t hesitate to ask loved ones to be ushers in your wedding. Even if you’re not having assigned sides, it can help to have someone guiding guests to the ceremony spot. Ushers can play the part by helping grandma to her seat and ensuring the sides are balanced, and they will be able to enjoy the rest of the celebration after the ceremony starts.

Toasts Generally, parents, the maid of honor, and the best man give toasts at the reception, but there is no rule set in stone! Consider asking your grandparents, a beloved aunt, or a mutual friend to give a toast. In some cases, a friend may not be able to commit to the time investment of being in the wedding party, but they may be honored to give a speech on the big day! Of course, these are only three suggestions for including your loved ones. Every wedding is different, and it may even make sense to customize your day to include someone important in another manner, like a special dance or a meaningful speech to honor them. It's your day — have fun with it!

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Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed & breakfast. They have lovingly restored this national landmark to its original grandeur and are honored to share the treasured estate with couples and their families. For more information, please visit www.historicmankinmansion.com.

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RECEPTIONS • REHEARSAL DINNERS • BRIDAL SHOWERS ENGAGEMENT PARTIES • OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS The Estate at Independence is the effortlessly elegant venue to make all of your wedding dreams come true. The modern interior and impressive estate building nestled among expansive rolling hills with spectacular sunsets provides the perfect backdrop for any style bride. With numerous ceremony and reception sites, you are sure to find the perfect match. We provide everything you will need, and our experienced coordinators take care of all the details so you can focus on loving every minute of the experience.

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Planning Your Reception: The Key to Stress-Free Decision Making By Mikey Fuller

When planning the wedding reception, there is so much to think about. The venue, caterer, florist, baker, rentals, etc. At first glance, it can look intimidating, but with the following questions, answers, and suggestions, you will sweep through the decision-making process stress-free! How many guests will be invited? This will help you figure out the budget and the type of venue to look for.

Venue Considerations - When

planning the reception and décor, you will want to factor in the type of lighting, wall and carpet colors, and amenities offered. Some venues provide full-service with staff,

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food, set-up, tables, chairs, linens and place settings. Others are simply a space to have the event, and you are responsible for bringing everything needed. The venue may require you to work with a list of preferred vendors. In some ways this can be limiting, but in others, you will be working with someone who knows the space and has proven their worth to the venue owner.

When can vendors access the property to deliver the necessary items and setup?

Keep the budget in mind when choosing a venue. It may be a great price, but if there are lots of time-specific delivery requirements or after-hour pickups, these will all add to the overall expense. Additional questions


to consider are, how many guests will the venue hold, or if the venue is a tent, what do you want to fit under it? Under normal circumstances, for a formal reception, about 20 square feet per person is needed. For a stand-up style event, it is about six square feet per person.

Pro Tip: In this time of COVID-19, those estimates do not factor in social distancing recommendations, and would need to be at least doubled.

What are the wedding colors? Be sure your colors don’t clash with the venue. Keep this in mind when choosing tablecloths and napkins. No longer are you bound to basics like black, white, or ivory. There are hundreds of textures, patterns, and colors from which to choose. Not every table needs to be the same. The head table can feature a spectacular linen to draw attention to you. Copy this same linen to highboy cocktail tables to pull the “wow” factor around the room. Use a solid one on the cake table so the cake really pops. Can’t choose between many you love? Alternate them around the room. Fell in love with a pricy tablecloth or a busy pattern and don’t want to overdo it? Use it on a few tables and pick a more budget-friendly or subdued one for the remainder. Remember to know the table sizes when choosing linens.

What is the menu? Will there be a

meal or just appetizers? Will it be a buffet, waiter service, or family-style? Having the menu set before starting to design the place settings and tablescapes is a must. It will factor in what size tables are needed, how many guests that can be seated per table, and how many plates, glasses, and pieces of flatware each setting will need. A more formal menu requires a more formal place setting. Keep in mind this type of place setting will take up more space. For example, a 5’ round table comfortably seats eight adult guests, but if you are having a three-course or more meal, that size table can only accommodate six guests due to the additional flatware and glassware needed. A four-course meal with wine pairings, a champagne toast, and coffee with dessert will require one napkin, one bowl, one cup and saucer, two knives, three forks, three spoons, four plates, and five glasses per

person. That’s a lot of places to set. And don’t forget to consult with your wedding team to see who will be responsible.

For appetizers and passed hors d’oeuvres only, not having

formal seating for everyone becomes an option. This is also a great budget saver for any event. Be sure to provide cocktail tables and some bar stools. Seating for 25% to 50% of the guest list is adequate for a stand-up cocktail style reception.

For buffet service, you may opt to only set the table with the necessary flatware for dinner and dessert or have the guests arrive to a plated salad, then go to the buffet for their meal. For waiter service, guests could enter to a set table with a charger, necessary flatware and glassware for the meal, and each course will be brought to them. For family-style, think about the tables themselves as you will need lots (and lots!) of room in the center of them. On a standard rectangular banquet table, there isn’t enough space in the center for all the platters of food, so it’s better to choose a round table, king’s table, or farm style table as these give extra wiggle room in the middle to pass the potatoes.

Additional Considerations -

For the table setting, is the caterer providing disposables or will you need to rent these? Buffet service will require extra dinner plates and forks on the buffet. A rule of thumb is 1 ½ dinner plates and dinner forks per person. For a stand-up cocktail style reception, you will want smaller 6” - 8” plates and need 2-3 plates and forks per person. Glassware is another monster that can’t be forgotten. You will need a minimum of one glass per person per hour of the event, plus the glassware for the table setting. Have an extra 5% of everything just in case something gets dropped or broken. Don’t forget the vendors! While you don’t need to set a place for them, it is customary to offer a meal so have some extras. The caterer can help work out all the details. In fact, many will coordinate the china and glassware needed. PHEW! Yes, this was a lot of information to take in, but knowing what to expect upfront will take the stress out of planning your dream reception. Once all these questions are answered and the team of dream vendors is in place, all you are your sweetheart will have to do is relax and enjoy the day! Mikey Fuller is the Marketing Coordinator at Classic Party Rentals of Virginia. His photography, styling, and interior design work has been nationally featured. His quirky, yet elegant sense of style sets him apart from the rest. Reach out to him today for a consultation! ClassicPartyRentalsVA.com.

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your Planning Experience By Matthew Davey

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PICKING YOUR VENUE AND SETTING A DATE. This is usually the first step in the entire process. Your venue will need to embody the emotion and overall experience you envision for your wedding day. It will also determine your wedding date. Venues generally book about 18 to 24 months in advance, maybe even further out due to COVID-19. So, keep that in mind if your heart is set on a specific date.

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PICKING YOUR VENDORS. The next step is finding your dream team of vendors. Find a team of professionals that you’ll enjoy working with throughout the entire process. These individuals will be with you every step of the way, so make sure they are people you’d want to have a meal with when it’s all said and done. When selecting your vendors, make a priority list and book them accordingly. Plan on hiring your highest priority professionals about 12 to 18 months in advance. Do your research and get to know them. Schedule a phone or video call to find out what kinds of services they offer and what their personalities are like. Find out if they are involved in the community and what they do in their free time. Yes, it’s ok to get personal with them! Remember, you’re going to be working with them for over a year, or more!

Once you’ve picked the venue and your date, plan a date night every month on the same day as your wedding. Maybe even make a whole day of it and mark some things off your checklist at the same time. When you get to one month out, consider the timely tradition of burying the bourbon upside down at your ceremony site. It brings good luck and is supposed to keep the rain away.

you when proclaiming your “I do’s.” Whether it is your sibling or your bestie, these are your ride or die’s. These are the people that made bad decisions with you at some point, or maybe helped you make some really good ones. That’s your wedding party. Then there’s the rest of your guest list: your favorite aunt, your notso-favorite aunt, the fun uncle, the crazy cousins, and your beloved grandparents. These are the folks that you have known all your life, and you can’t wait to have them there when you say your vows. Don’t forget the friends you’ve partied with throughout the years, the ones that you’ve formed awesome relationships with or those you have worked with forever These are the people you plan on finding on the dance floor all night long. Big or small, make sure you invite those that are going to help you have the wedding day experience you want.

Once you have your core vendor dream team selected, have them all join you at the venue for a walk-through. This will ensure all of you are on the same page so everything runs smoothly on your wedding day. This could also coincide with you burying the bourbon at your venue one month out!

PICKING YOUR WEDDING PARTY AND GUESTS. You have your gorgeous venue and a dream team of vendors. Now’s the time to plan the details. Decide who you want standing next to

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FINALIZING EVERYTHING. At about a month out, you should have a walk-through with your wedding vendor dream team, clink a few glasses of wine, and enjoy the final stretch. You pretty much have most of the details planned, now you just need to cross the t’s and dot the i’s, specifically your seating chart. This is perhaps the hardest thing you’ll do. If you don’t have a professional planner to help you with this, you could invite your wedding party over for dinner and make it a fun selection process, like a draft day! Once wedding week arrives, finalize everything with your vendors, go over questionnaires to make sure everything is completed, and let your venue (or planner) know when the vendors and wedding party will be arriving. For those core vendors, consider meeting up with them in person before the big day. If you’ve become good friends by this point, you are going to appreciate how much just meeting up with them helps slow down the moment. Your wedding is going to blow by so fast, you have to find ways to slow it down. You have to enjoy a little bit of fun to make the most of your planning experience and your wedding day. Matthew Davey is the owner of Bow Tied Weddings, a high-end Wedding DJ service that operates in six states from Virginia to Florida. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, and Snapchat at @ bowtiedweddings.

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Avoid a Wedding Day

DISASTER

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By Heather Hughes

Everyone has heard a story or two about a wedding day gone wrong. And while it’s impossible for every single detail to go according to plan, you can still try, right? Here are five common wedding day snags and what you can (try to) do to avoid them.

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Wedding Day Disaster 1: VEIL TROUBLE

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Don’t you love those long, flowing, chapel length veils? They make for gorgeous wedding photos and are so dramatic. The super-short birdcage ones are cute, and the fingertip veils are the perfect inbetween. But, every veil comes with its own challenges. First, wait until you are done driving around (if you can) to put it on. Veil material clings to EVERYTHING. The longer it is, the harder it is to control (think wind, hugs, etc.). And be sure to ask for a few extra bobby pins from your hairstylist to anchor the clip to your head. That will help it stay put through all the hugs, or just in case dad steps on it while walking you down the aisle.

Wedding Day Disaster 2: THE DRUNK BRIDE OR GROOM Every bride or groom deserves a glass of bubbly to help relax and calm the nerves on their wedding day. It’s a celebration after all, so let’s celebrate! But with all those nerves, you might forget to eat, or worse yet, forget to drink any water. Besides, wedding dresses are not known for keeping you cool. So be sure to drink a few bottles of water, even in the cooler months, to help you avoid any embarrassing moments at the ceremony and reception.

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Wedding Day Disaster 3: TRIP DOWN THE AISLE Every bride fears tripping on the gown walking down the aisle. Even with the best seamstress and remembering to wear your wedding day shoes to the alteration appointments, those gorgeous heels can catch the edge of the dress. What you can do to help is practice kicking up a little when you walk, which will help the dress float up and away from your toes. Plus, it can actually look nicer in photos by adding a little float to your dress as you walk.

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Wedding Day Disaster 4: WARDROBE MALFUNCTION Whether you spend thousands of dollars, or get a bargain at a consignment store, we all want to look AMAZING on our wedding day. Here are a few things to watch out for when it comes to your carefully selected wedding attire. Grooms: Check your rentals at the store! So many times the sleeves are too long or the pants are too short. Or worse, the shoes are too tight. It only takes a minute. Be sure to relay this to your groomsmen too!

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Brides: Attempt to have your dress done months ahead of time so you can try it on beforehand and check how it fits. While not ideal, you will still have a little time to make adjustments a month or two before if necessary. If you have straps or sleeves, use the hanger strings until the last minute so you don’t stretch them out, and then be sure to cut off the strings before walking down the aisle. The last thing you want to see are white strings in your armpit! You can always have new ones sewn back in if you need them.

Wedding Day Disaster 5: WEAK BUSTLE For those of you new to the term, “bustling” is when the long train of the wedding dress is shortened. A bustle is created by sewing in a few hidden ribbons or loops and is typically used before the first dance to allow for tangle-free dancing. Most bridal shops would agree, ribbons hold much better than loops or buttons. So if you go with loops or buttons, MORE is better. And be sure to wait to bustle until after you are done climbing in and out of cars since scooting across the seat can tear them. Someone stepping on the dress on the dance floor can do the same thing though! For a lighter destination dress, at least three to five loops work best. For heavier dresses and longer trains? Go for the ribbons.

Heather Hughes is the CEO of Heather Hughes Photography. Williamsburg based, Heather Hughes Photography travels all over the Richmond area, from Washington, D.C. to the Outer Banks, NC and west to Charlottesville, Virginia, to capture stories of love and laughter for her clients. Contact Heather at 757-870-4006 or on her website: www.heatherhughesphotography.com.

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Realize Your Dream and Make a Difference By Marissa McCormick Jordan

In the rolling hills just west of Short Pump, peace and quiet replace hustle and bustle as you venture down US-250, a route that leads you to historic Goochland county. Then, there’s a collection of unsuspecting barns and houses, that from the outside looks like another property, but in reality, holds so much more. 54

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South View Farm, located less than 30 minutes from downtown Richmond and 45 minutes from Charlottesville, is home to Virginia Barn Wedding, The Manor House, and most importantly, Adams International School. On a rainy day, and only days before school started, the Richmond Weddings™ team sat down with Tamra Adams, School Director, and the one who, understandably, makes all the wheels turn. Pulling onto the property it’s hard to miss Virginia Barn Wedding, as it’s a giant red barn standing stark against its lush green surroundings. Although the outside looks like a classic barn, the inside was gutted and renovated, with the purpose of hosting celebrations. The pictures speak for themselves when it comes to the venue, and with 131 acres (on that side of the road, there’s another 125 on the other side) there is no maximum guest count. Additional buildings adjacent to the barn allow ample room for the couples and the wedding party to get ready. A charming and modern cottage is also available to rent for the newlywed’s first night as a married couple. Just walking distance from the barn is The Manor House. And like everything else on the property, there’s a story behind the house. Tamra explains, “The house was my children’s childhood home.” With 12 kids of her own, the Adams family needed the 11,000 square foot space. She continues,

100% of the profit from weddings is donated to the school. “But after they grew up, we didn’t need that much space and decided to downsize. Instead of having strangers live on our property, we thought it would be the perfect spot to dedicate to weddings and events.” The three-story building was completely renovated after they moved out and was designed with events in mind. It can sleep 10-20 guests and has a variety of amenities including a furnished patio that overlooks a pond, a giant kitchen, and even a movie theater and game room! Imagine your close family and wedding party staying under ONE roof! Turn your wedding into a weekend getaway and have your rehearsal dinner

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on the bottom level, or rent it out for an anniversary party later down the road. Being only 12 minutes west of Short Pump, it’s perfectly situated with easy access to I-64. Tamra and the rest of her team understand the guidelines and struggles of planning a wedding amidst COVID-19 restrictions. Tamra says, “We have plenty of room to social distance.” When couples are looking to book any of the properties, Tamra wants one thing to be completely clear. “Every decision that we make is with what is in the best interest of the child.” 100% of the profit from weddings is donated to the school. You see, attending Adams International School is different than a traditional route. Being a Montessori program, a child’s education is based on timeless core values, and instead of grade-chasing and hours of homework, they create an active community that encourages students to discover while learning. Their website elaborates, “We seek to plant the seeds of lifelong education. The soil is tilled, prepared, and cultivated, respectfully and individually.” With a commitment to host no

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more than 40 students, the gorgeous Virginia backdrop is the ideal place for education. Why not learn about biology from the goats and chickens on the property behind the school? Each venue has customizable, buildable packages to create the wedding of your dreams. Virginia Barn Wedding and The Manor House at South View Farm are hidden gems and have a story and family history to match. You and your sweetheart can find comfort in knowing your celebration will fund learning in an exceptional educational environment that celebrates individual gifts and needs. Tamra jokes, “You can get married here then once you have kids you can bring them back for school!”

Adams International School | Virginia Barn Wedding | The Manor House Tamra Adams 804-784-0141 adamsinternationalschool.org

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AFTER THE AISLE Tips for Planning Your Marriage By Tammy Edwards For months (or maybe even years) you’ve been planning the perfect wedding. You found the perfect dress, the perfect venue, and the most scrumptious food. It may take approximately 175 to 500 hours to plan a wedding. That is equivalent to working a fulltime job for two months! You have read magazine articles, scaled every website that exists, and spent hours on the phone with your planner. But how much time did you spend planning your marriage? There are four C’s to a loving and long-lasting marriage. Communication, Collaboration, Commitment, and Compromise. Communication is key to any good relationship. Women are generally very good communicators. They may talk with their friends for hours on end. Men on the other hand, may be of few words. It’s important to have open and healthy communication before the stroll down the aisle. Good discussions for you and your partner to have should include how many children you each want, if any, and how to raise them. Do you foresee a big house in the suburbs or a life in the bustling city? What about finances? Who is going to be responsible for which household expenditures and who will determine the budget? Don’t forget about holidays! They can be a point of contention, especially when you have been accustomed to spending them with your respective families. Spiritual and religious beliefs should also be discussed at length, especially if you and your spouse are of a different faith. Collaborate on everything. Work together on big purchases and projects. Most choices for the home should be made together, not in 60

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isolation. Once married, your spouse is your partner and teammate. Work together! Commitment, of course, has do to with staying faithful, but also means working with your spouse. Every day of the marriage will not be sweet songs and roses! You will disagree, but agree to disagree cordially and remain committed to working out any differences. This may require counseling after the wedding and into the marriage. No matter what, stay the course. And always in your conversations, try to see things from your spouse’s point of view. Last, but certainly not least, compromise. You cannot have your way ALL of the time. Marriage takes compromise. You can’t go to your parents every Christmas and leave your spouse’s parents out. You want a dining room set; your husband wants new golf clubs. Which is more important? It’s not the end of the world if he sometimes doesn’t put the toilet seat down. Just lower it yourself and move on. Marriage takes work, but it’s worth it. Many couples who have been married 20, 30, 60 years have stood the course because their love for each other pushed them to work through the difficult days and enjoy the fruits of marital bliss. These four C’s will make for a beautiful wedding and an even more wonderful marriage.

Tammy Edwards is the Owner/Operator of The Candy Lady. Tammy started her business after designing a buffet for her 30th high school class reunion. Buffets may include candies, cookies, popcorn, doughnuts, and anything sweet that you desire. She also creates customized gift baskets, boxes and favor bags for all occasions. Learn more here: http://thecandylady1.godaddysites.com. Always Custom. Never Duplicated.


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Steps to Finding your

DREAM VENUE By Paula Clark Ramirez

You're engaged! Now what? Finding your perfect wedding venue is the very next step after the engagement. Not to worry, there are many choices to suit every couples’ vision and dream space. Chances are you have imagined something very specific and may even have a Pinterest board at the ready. Before scheduling your first tour, here are some strategic steps to help guide you along the wedding way.

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Decide to be open in your exploration.

While you have most likely honed in on having a lavish outdoor wedding or a traditional church ceremony, begin your journey to find the perfect venue as openminded as possible. Who knows, you may fall in love with a space that is even better than you envisioned!

Create a budget with contingencies in place.

Knowing how much money you have to work with for your wedding is key. There are, however, some line items that will either be forgotten, changed, or even removed altogether once planning gets rolling. In any case, having a 5-10% contingency in your budget allows for unforeseen expenses and gives you a little wiggle room for something extra special.

Narrow your places down to the top three.

All venues are not created equal, and offerings can vary greatly depending on where you visit. Comparing “apples to apples” is your best bet. Put all three side by side with pros, cons, inclusions, and costs. One of the measurables should also be how much it warms your heart on a scale of one to five. Looking at your top three venues objectively will bring to light your personal favorite.

Choose your “must-haves.”

There are usually a handful of non-negotiable items or features that couples insist on having for their big day. Sit down together (perhaps with a bottle of wine) and come to a decision on what aspects of the day are most important to the two of you…is it food, music or the venue? Focusing your efforts and dollars on these items will prevent making costly mistakes.

Above all else, enjoy the process!

Planning a wedding can be super fun or extremely stressful; the difference is all in your attitude. This will arguably be one of the grandest and most exciting parties you will ever throw, so be sure to focus on what it’s all about…celebrating your love and having the time of your life! Paula Clark Ramirez is the Proprietor of Historic Mankin Mansion Private Wedding & Event Estate in Richmond, VA. Paula and her husband Martin have lovingly restored this National Landmark to its original grandeur and are honored to share this treasured landmark with couples and their families. The property features stunning architectural views and is the past recipient of countless awards and features in Forbes, Orbitz, The Travel Channel, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Huffington Post and Oprah Magazine.

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HILTON GARDEN INN RICHMOND INNSBROOK

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HISTORIC MANKIN MANSION

4300 Oakleys Lane - Richmond, VA 23223 804-737-7773 - Ad pages Inside Front Cover & 1

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When planning your big day, many things come to mind that you want to be memorable. The venue, the dress, the flowers, the music, and the delicious food! Choosing a caterer can be a lot of fun, but there are some tough decisions you might encounter when deciding which company to select. Here are some helpful tips when comparing caterers to help you make the right choice and to find the best fit for you and your sweetheart.

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1. Be thorough in your wants, desires, and preferences! The more information you can provide your caterer in the beginning, the better equipped they will be to offer the most all-inclusive quote. Are there favorite foods you want or is there a special concept you’d like to see? Don’t worry if you have never planned an event before or don’t know what information to ask. Caterers are there to guide you through the process and put all the pieces together for a seamless event.

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2. Pay attention to the customer service. When you call or email to get a quote, the response should be helpful, detailed, and make you feel at ease. You should also be given a timeframe to receive a proposal.

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During busy months, many catering coordinators have limited time at a desk to correspond with clients. Be prepared that it may be a couple of weeks before you get a proposal during these times and set your expectations, so you are not chomping at the bit the next day when you haven’t received a response. While it is difficult to be patient and wait for that proposal, it shouldn’t be viewed as a negative. It means this particular catering company is diligently taking care of their current clients and ensuring their events are a success, which is ultimately what you want them to do for you!

3. After you get the proposals Every caterer puts together proposals a little differently, which can make it challenging to compare them directly. The important key items to look for are the following:

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- Is the menu meeting your needs? - Does it reflect the foods you want to see? - Where is the food being prepared? Does it give specifics? - Are the details accurate? Are the start and end times for the ceremony and reception listed correctly? - Does it tell you who is providing what? Are you responsible for rental items? If so, which ones? - Have beverages been listed clearly? Do you need an ABC license with this venue? - Is there enough on-site staff to make your event a success? How many bartenders? How many servers and chefs? If your initial proposal doesn’t spell it out, always ask your catering contact to make sure your expectations are met in every way and all the details are covered.

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4. Now onto the tasting It’s time to move to the exciting part…tasting the food! Most caterers offer tastings for couples, but each one does it a little differently. Some may provide an assortment of items to showcase their style, presentation, or flavor, and some will provide the specific items that you are choosing for your event. When deciding on items to taste, pick dishes that you are trying to compare or that are not as obvious in the presentation. Don’t be surprised when you are charged for this opportunity, which ranges from $75- $150, mostly to cover the cost of the items and the chef’s time to prepare. Most caterers do this. You wouldn’t go to a restaurant and not expect to pay, right? Tastings are like eating a meal prepared just for you.

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Once you have selected and contracted the caterer of your choice, sit back and let them do the job you hired them to do. Caterers have seen it all and will guide and assist you in creating the best day ever! Their advice comes from years of experience, so trust them. Share with them as much information as you have: other vendors involved, plans for the wedding party before and after, favors, etc. They will have the largest staff on-site for the duration of the event and the more knowledge they have of the big picture, the better they can anticipate the next step and be an integral part of pulling it all together. It takes a team to make it all happen! Kristen Walker is the General Manager for A Sharper Palate Catering & Events. A Sharper Palate has been a premier caterer in the Richmond area since 1993 and services a variety of events including rehearsal dinners, weddings, birthday parties, galas, fundraisers, and corporate lunches and dinners for the office. To learn more, check out their website www.asharperpalate.com.

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“Feeding your vendors a hot meal during your wedding weekend is not only an etiquette courtesy, it’s really a requirement if you want them to give their all. Vendors rarely have time to stop to eat, but if they can have a 5-10 minute break for some nourishment, that will really enable them to give their dedicated energy to your celebration!” –Kim Moody with Kim Moody Design


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rentals You’ve booked your venue, now it’s time to fill the space. Rentals, amongst other things, are essential! Have you ever shown up to an empty wedding? No! In this section we share everything you need to know about finding the perfect lighting, tables, chairs, and more to bring your wedding to life!

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Booking Wedding Rentals By David Darby “How far in advance do I need to book my rentals?” might be one of the most-asked questions that rental companies receive. It’s the perfect question to start with! Some rental items are one-of-a-kind while others are stocked by the thousands, so with all this variation, when do you reserve what? First things first, season matters. If you are having your wedding in the spring or autumn in Virginia you are within “wedding season.” This is when the majority of couples get married and inventory is in higher demand than the summer and winter. If your date falls within this timeframe you may want to book further ahead.

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12 - 8 MONTHS OUT Beat the crowd. After you book your venue and caterer you are able to accurately assess what additional items you may need to rent. Does your venue have a fully stocked kitchen or do you need an oven? Is it an indoor venue or will you need tenting? Some venues are all-inclusive and only require minor aesthetic rentals, while some are more like a perfect backdrop in which you need to bring in the majority of the items. The rentals you should prioritize booking are specialty items that are only stocked in limited quantities. Lighting and tents are typically a top priority and should be something you lock in early. These items are essential to your space and the choice between different styles of lighting or tents can define the theme of your wedding. A sailcloth tent is going to create a vastly different mood than a clear tent, and many other services are going to depend on choices like this. You would typically use different lighting methods for each of these tents and each type offers different attachment points for both lighting and florals. This is also the time to book your statement pieces. Are you looking for that perfect archway? Or maybe custom manufactured wooden poles for your tent? Don’t forget the fabulous chairs that make the room pop! Get these booked before everyone else! Paige Stevens Photography

to choose your tabletop items and decor. Schedule an appointment with your wedding rental vendor, get in the showroom, and start mixing and matching! You’ll want to determine your ideal plates, flatware, glassware, linens, and napkins at this point in time. This is the perfect time to see your vision come to life and get a glance at how your full space is going to look and feel. It is also common to bring your planner and florist to these meetings to make sure the items you picked compliment the rest of your decor.

4 - 2 WEEKS OUT Your wedding is right around the corner! You have RSVPs back in hand and it’s time to refine your orders. Hopefully, this involves slightly lowering quantities of tables, chairs, and place settings. Remember, it is always better to reserve higher than your estimated guest count and reduce quantities than to reserve for less and scramble to find additional items last minute. At this point, you also want to further refine your delivery and installation time windows. Once that is done you can kick back and relax! We know it sounds overwhelming, but your rental professionals will be there to help. Getting these big decisions squared away early will leave you at ease and relaxed as you start your wedding planning. David Darby is a Wedding and Event Specialist at Rent-E-Quip, an awardwinning, full-service rental company based out of Colonial Heights and serving all of Central Virginia. Be sure to visit Rentequip.org, Instagram at @rentequipva, or call 804-520-7100 to get in touch!

8 - 6 MONTHS OUT Life is good! You have your guest count narrowed down to an approximate number and are working on your first layouts. At this point, you want to have a general style in mind. This is going to help when reserving tables, chairs, dancefloors, and all the other hard goods for your wedding. These items are going to be the core of your space, where your guests sit, where the food is served, and so on. Having a style in mind will help you make choices between various rental items. Would you rather have bare wood tables or beautiful linens? Would you want rustic-style chairs or something more modern? When determining how many tables and chairs to rent a good rule of thumb is to reserve for your highest estimate guest count and then back the numbers down after you start getting RSVPs.

6 - 4 MONTHS OUT It’s getting real! You’re just a few months out and your vision is coming together. Your Pinterest board is full and invitations are about to be mailed. By now you are refining your style and are ready

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Gown

C2ountdown What you don’t know about ordering a bridal gown By Sharon Townsend

Think it might be too early to start shopping for your wedding gown? It’s never too early in most cases! Five years before you even get engaged might border on too prepared, but many brides don’t realize that their dream gown might come with a long lead time. Here’s the truth about ordering a wedding gown: It can take up to six months for a special-order gown to arrive at a bridal boutique. True story. Many brides who’ve never been involved in a wedding are quite shocked when they hear this news. Plus, it’s best to have the gown arrive six to eight weeks before the wedding, not only for peace of mind but also to give you plenty of time for any alterations. This means the best scenario is to start shopping at least eight months before your wedding. Gasp! Do you only have 5 months until your wedding? Don’t panic! Let’s start by getting an understanding of the process. When you try on a gown at a special-order boutique, you are trying on the store’s sample. Once you choose the one and determine a size with your consultant, the store should contact the company within 24 business hours to order it. Generally, there’s not a warehouse with gowns waiting in each size to be plucked from the hanger and sent immediately. Yours is now on their “to do” list, and when you reach the top of that list they start cutting the fabric that will ultimately become your gown. They carefully hand-stitch the details and perfectly place each layer of fabric to ensure you get exactly what you saw in the store. It takes a bit of time, naturally. However, all hope is not lost if you simply don’t have the recommended eight to nine months before the big day. First of all, each designer will provide boutiques with estimated ship dates each week. So…don’t be shy! Come into the boutique with a positive outlook and let your stylist know exactly how much time you have. Often a stylist can match up your needs with a designer who gets it done faster (or is able to, for the moment at least, as lead times can change). Some designers have a select list of gowns that can be obtained in a shorter amount of time than the rest of their line, and you can ask to see those as well. Gowns may also be ordered on “rush” or “super rush” for many companies. Still worried? It is definitely stressful to have a gown arrive only a few weeks before the wedding, and although your stylist may reassure you that your gown is a priority and a seamstress is ready and 88

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waiting, some brides just can’t take the pressure. If you know cutting it close is not for you but you really want that couture look in a short period of time, ask to see the store’s sample gowns that are on sale! You might get lucky and find a sample with the price, style, and size that fits just like a glass slipper. Even if it’s not on sale, it never hurts to ask if they will sell a sample gown you love off the rack. From the hopeless romantic who can wait a whole year to get married to the bride whose groom will be shipping out soon, there’s almost always a way to help you get the gown. If you are pressed for time, it’s worth visiting a bridal boutique to discuss your options and at least seek their advice, and please avoid looking for knockoffs online. Many brides have received horrendous knockoffs that look nothing like the original designer’s photo that was used to sell the gown, and, sadly, some have received nothing at all.

No matter how much time you have, enjoy the process and know that your stylist is there to help. Of course, if you have the time, save yourself the stress and make an appointment nine months (or more!) before your wedding. You’ll be glad you did! Sharon Townsend is the Owner/Manager of Tiffanys Bridal & The Groom’s Corner, a Richmond tradition since 1969. To learn more, go to www.tiffanysbridal.com.


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Add a “WOW” Factor to Cocktail Hour! By Kim Moody The cocktail hour is typically immediately following the ceremony before the formalities of the reception begin. Usually, during this time, you and the wedding party will be taking pictures, so it’s important that there’s a sense of entertainment for the guests while they mingle and socialize. If the venue happens to be historically significant, architecturally interesting or has a fun history, the cocktail hour is the perfect time to highlight these unique elements. As your guests line up at the bar, give them a history lesson at the same time! Connect with your venue, and see if they can provide a docent to lead a couple of guided tours during the cocktail hour downtime. If a guide isn’t available, perhaps organize a scavenger hunt with fun facts about the property. Consider a bingo-style card to send your guests in search of items to help them connect the dots. Fun games like this encourage movement throughout the property, and it’s a fantastic experience guests are bound to remember. Every property has a story to tell and you can use that story as a tool to create a unique experience on your wedding day. At the very least, give them some fun facts about the property in their programs or on a cocktail napkin! Kim Moody is a Proprietress and Director of Events at The Estate At River Run, the area’s newest luxury venue in Goochland. Kim is also the Lead Wedding Planner at the award-winning Kim Moody Design™, a multi-planner design studio (since 2004!) that offers services exclusively to clients at The Estate at River Run. Learn more on their website: TheEstateAtRiverRun.com

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photography & videography One of the best wedding investments you can make is hiring a photographer. As years go on, the photographs from your wedding will remain a beautiful reminder of the happiest day of your life. It’s important to find one you connect with to capture your special day, and luckily we have plenty to choose from! When it comes to documenting your special day, having a videographer is of utmost importance. Trust us, there’s nothing like reliving those precious moments you shared with your other half and the loved ones who were there to celebrate with you.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: From Newspapers to Newlyweds By Marissa McCormick Jordan

When choosing a photographer for your wedding, clicking with them is the number one priority. Not only are you trusting them with capturing the big day, but they’ll also share almost every moment. More than family, and even your new spouse, your photographer will be with you, experiencing it in real-time. It was this connection, and the honor of capturing one of the biggest moments in someone’s life, that brought photographer Heather Hughes from the photojournalism world to a full-time wedding photographer in 2008. From her high school yearbook to her college paper, to eight years shooting for newspapers, Heather has always loved taking pictures of people. She explains, “The reason I wanted to get into photojournalism is because I liked to capture moments that are important to people to remember.” As a photojournalist, you have to learn how to be a part of someone’s life for a very brief moment, just long enough to capture the right photos to tell the story. Craving more connection and time with her subjects, Heather tried her first wedding in 2002, capturing her close friends’ wedding with her now signature candid posed style. As of 2021, Heather has shot around 450 weddings. And with this expansive and impressive experience, she’s learned the key to natural, candid photos. “Laughter is the key...I say things to help them relax and to laugh. I do whatever I can.” And her pictures

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speak for themselves. Gone are the forced, stiff, and posed pictures. Instead, Heather’s couples look totally relaxed. Heather says, “I want my portraits to have great smiles, proper posing is secondary for me.”

Looking at feedback from her previous couples, the words friendly, stress-free, and extremely professional are repeated. You know when you are in the presence of someone that’s been doing their craft for a long time? That’s what it feels like talking with Heather. She states, “Experience settles nerves.” No matter what happens on your wedding day, chances are she’s seen it before and can help you laugh through it. Along with knowing the secret to good pictures, there’s also an innate appreciation of photos and the impact they have. “Photos are our memories. They bring you back, they help you remember what you were doing. I love being able to relive moments and share them with others.” The significance of being your wedding photographer isn’t lost on Heather. If anything, having a background in photojournalism, she understands it better, that the idea of the perfect shot is fleeting, momentary, and waiting to be captured.

Heather is not only looking to create a relationship for one day, but for many years to come. Like her Client for Life program, which offers portraits of you and your family every year Heather is in business. Or her Military Elopement package, where she’ll capture quicker courthouse weddings, giving it the documentation and attention it deserves. And when the wedding gallery is ready, rather than sending you a link, she likes to invite couples to her office to celebrate, excitedly reliving the moments you both shared over champagne. And although she’s based out of Newport News, Heather will travel pretty much anywhere, including the Outer Banks, for those gorgeous beach weddings. Choosing a photographer for your wedding is easier said than done. It’s hard to find that needle in the haystack that you’ll harmonize with completely. With Heather, you’ll not only find a photographer passionate and experienced in what she does but a friend, genuinely interested in capturing one of the most important days of your life. Heather elaborates, “By the end of the wedding process, I feel like we’re friends, practically family.” Heather Hughes is booking for 2021 and beyond. Visit her website: www.heatherhughesphotography.com or email heatherhughesphotography@ gmail.com to book and find out more information! (757) 870 - 4006

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First Look By Monica Mendoza There are so many decisions to be made while wedding planning, and we know the excitement at the moment your partner sees you for the very first time. The feelings, the reactions, and all the excitement and emotions that come with it! More and more couples are opting to go with a “First Look” before the ceremony and it might be something worth debating. Here are five reasons why a First Look is so worth it and why it should be considered! continued page 104

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It’s the only alone time during the wedding day. You’re spending the morning with best friends and family, everyone except your partner. You’re both surrounded by people all day long. Once the ceremony is finished, it’s immediately off for portraits with family, the bridal party, and finally your new spouse. Phew! Then to the reception to mingle and greet all the guests. It’s a long day full of joy and fun, and at the end of the very it, finally time to be alone together. A First Look offers that special time to take in the precious moment.

Grooms can express their emotions more freely. While some brides want “tradition,” what they all REALLY want is their grooms to have a priceless reaction to seeing them in their dress for the first time. When waiting until the ceremony, the groom is standing in front of 150+ guests, all looking at him to react. He might be nervous, and he might not want to cry in front of everyone. But during a First Look it’s just you and him. You’re the person who can calm him down the best to make the nerves disappear. He’s able to express his emotions much more freely and without restraint since it’s an intimate moment. He can cry and you can be embraced, kissed, and told exactly how gorgeous you look in that moment! And don’t worry brides, most grooms who cry during their First Look, cry again when they see you walking down the aisle!

MORE portraits. Logistics wise, a First Look is AMAZING because the photographer gets to take care of all the pictures before the ceremony even starts! After the First Look, most photographers go right into the bride and groom portraits and then grab the bridal party for the fun! If families are already there, then those can be finished before the ceremony begins too. The majority are already knocked off before even saying, “I Do,” leaving more time to party or just relax.

Enjoy cocktail hour. You chose the details and appetizers and maybe even created signature drinks. Now that the hour after the ceremony isn’t spent cramming in all those portraits, there is time to enjoy one of those cocktails, eat some hors d’oeuvres and mingle.

The day is more relaxed. After the First Look, those nerves can fly out the window as there were a few moments spent with just each other. Your groom got to express how beautiful you look. There was crying and laughing together and now relaxation!

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First Looks have gotten so popular and for good reason. Wedding days can be nerve-wracking but choosing to spend most of the day with your best friend and sharing a quiet moment will not be a choice regretted. Monica Mendoza is the owner and lead photographer at MJ Mendoza Photography. From her first wedding in 2015, Monica loves to capture and celebrate joyful & genuine couples in love with a bright and colorful photography style. You can reach her online at www.mjmendozaphotography.com


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Eight Questions You Should (Or Shouldn’t) Ask Your Wedding DJ By Frank Guertler

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If you do an online search for “Questions to ask your wedding DJ,” you’ll find an overwhelming number of articles with suggested questions to ask your potential entertainment. Some of these questions are legitimate and will help you choose the right fit for your wedding, and others won’t give you the answers you need. We’ve scoured the online articles and compiled a list of eight questions you should (or shouldn’t) ask your potential DJ.


WHAT NOT TO ASK: How would you describe your style?

This is fine for a band, as live music groups generally have a genre they stick to. However, this is NOT a good question to ask a professional DJ. Unless you’re looking for someone like DJ Snake, Tiesto or Pauly D, a great wedding DJ will adapt their “style” to fit your crowd and your music tastes. There is no one-size-fits-all-playlist, and any DJ that shows up with one hasn’t taken the time to learn about you or your guests.

Can we see you perform at a wedding? Unfortunately, no. Put yourself in another couple’s shoes. Would you want their entertainment inviting strangers to your wedding?

If you want to see your DJ in action, ask if they perform at other events aside from weddings. Not all wedding DJs perform outside of private events, but the ones that do will have no problem inviting you out to an event they’re working and may even be able to get you on the guest list!

Have you done any events at my venue?

There are advantages to a DJ having worked at a venue before, as the DJ will know the layout, and some venues will have preferred vendors who are familiar with their facilities. A better question to ask is if the DJ is willing to conduct a free site visit before the wedding day if there is unfamiliarity with the venue. If your DJ hasn’t worked at your venue this shouldn’t disqualify them from doing an amazing job at your wedding or event. Any professional DJ won’t have an issue showing up to a venue that’s new to them and will be able to set up in a timely fashion and put on a party.

Do you have videos of you performing at a previous wedding?

Your wedding will be different than someone else’s, so viewing a video might actually dissuade you from choosing a versatile DJ. A great DJ should be able to spin all types of music and seamlessly go from genre to genre.

WHAT YOU SHOULD ASK: Can we meet with you in person before we book? You want to feel comfortable with the person who will be responsible for making sure you and your guests have an amazing evening, and one of the best ways to do that is a face-to-face meeting before you sign a contract. A professional DJ service will have an office or co-working space to hold a consultation at your convenience.

How early do you arrive to set up for an event? Venues can vary in their layouts and logistics for loading in, so you want to be sure the DJ will arrive early enough to load-in, set up, and most importantly test and soundcheck ALL of their equipment before your guests arrive. No one wants to hear “check…check, one...two” during their cocktail hour!

Do you have liability insurance?

Any performer who takes their business seriously will have some kind of event insurance and should be able to present a Certificate of Insurance, or in the case that the venue needs coverage, an Additional Insured Certificate for the day of your event.

Do you have a backup DJ or extra equipment?

A quality DJ or DJ company will have a plan in place if anything goes wrong. You should feel comfortable that if the DJ’s computer crashes or the DJ gets sick, that you won’t be left without music or an MC. Ask for details - you want to know that your wedding will be in good hands. Frank Guertler is the Owner and one of the DJs at Bunn DJ Company, a Richmond based wedding and private events DJ service. You can find him on Instagram @bunndjrva or @djfrankierva. To learn more visit www.bunndjrva.com.

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FEATURED WEDDING

GWENDOLYN JONATHAN

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RW VENDORS Ceremony/Reception/Catering/Rentals/Lighting: Dover Hall | Jewelry: Diamonds Direct, Verragio | Accommodations: The Jefferson Hotel ADDITIONAL VENDORS Photography: 88 Love Stories, James Lee | Planner: Chancey Charm, Alana Futcher | Florist: Cultivate Event Co, Casey Neeley | Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery | Entertainment: Black Tie Entertainment | Gown Salon/Designer: Silk Bridal Studio, Pronovias, Barcelona | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Invitations: Regal Cards | Makeup: Blush 757, Noelle Cahoon | Hair: LunaSea Hair, Katie Barnes | Formal Wear: Groom - Franco’s Fine Clothier Groomsmen Menguin | Rehearsal Dinner: Tazza Kitchen | Limo: Richmond Limousine | Guest Accommodations: Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump | Fireworks: Imperial Pyro | Honeymoon: Tibet, Nepal and Bali; GloboTours

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wen and Jonathan are a modern-day interethnic multicultural couple. Both are from NY, but did not meet until they were in Richmond, via a dating app. Gwen recalls, “My first date with Jonathan was hands down the best first date I’ve ever been on. From the moment he got out of his truck to give me a big hug and say hello, to dancing the night away, I didn’t want it to end.” It wasn’t long before Jonathan knew Gwen was the one. Two years later, on New Year’s Eve in 2017 in Las Vegas, Jonathan proposed. They celebrated by watching fireworks over the city while strangers all around them cheered in excitement. When the time came to start planning a dream wedding both were exceptionally busy. Gwen was a full-time hospital medicine attending and Jonathan was opening his own karate dojo. Early on they realized a professional planner was essential to pull it all together. The theme was love, and it was important that family and culture were at the center – incorporating Gwen’s Indo-Caribbean heritage and Jonathan’s Scottish side. “Our love story shows us in a time of the deep unveiling of racial injustice and prejudice that love prevails when we have the freedom to choose with our hearts.” Dover Hall was the perfect grand backdrop for their celebration and the tasting with Chef Lee sealed the deal! Throughout the day there were so many details personal to the couple. Jonathan’s brother officiated, each had a signature drink, and the seating chart had tables named after countries they visited or will visit. The beautiful day carried on into night with Gwen changing into a traditional Indian Lehenga and performing an Indian dance with her sisters. It was a perfect day from beginning to end.

Guest Count: 130 | Budget $75,000

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COURTNEY AUSTIN

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RW VENDORS Photography/Videography: Fredericks Photo & Films | Ceremony/Reception/Catering: John Marshall Ballrooms | Transportation: Taylor’s Classic Travels | Accommodations: Linden Row Inn | DJ/Lighting: Bunn DJ Company | Makeup: Candice Hardy Makeup Artistry | Flowers: Weddings by Vogue ADDITIONAL VENDORS Rehearsal Dinner: The Speakeasy Grill | Planner: Starry Night Events | Catering: Homemades by Suzanne | Officiant: Melody Porter, Living for Love | Alterations: AG Alterations | Gown/Veil: Bridal Elegance, Allure Bridals | Shoes: Bride - Stuart Weitzman, Groom – Clarks | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Hair: Joy Godfrey, 1213 Hair Studio | Jeweler(s): Engagement ring - Trumpet & Horn, Wedding bands - Lustre by Adolf | Formalwear: Generation Tux | Stationery: Minted, Wax Seals – Artisaire | Photo Booth: Richmond Photobooth | Cake/Sweets: Lark Baking Co, Whisk, Sugar Shack Midlothian | Accommodations: The Graduate Hotel 120

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ourtney and Austin were separately invited to a game night of Mega Monopoly during their freshman year at Virginia Tech. After more time together, the two decided to go on a date. Dinner, then bowling, then to a friend’s place to watch a movie. Courtney says, “This marathon of a first date was the beginning of what would become a lifetime of shared moments.” For the proposal Courtney and Austin did things a little differently and proposed to each other! The day included taking in sights, then Courtney proposed over a picnic in Byrd Park and Austin at sunset in Hollywood Cemetery. Courtney recalls, “It was a perfect fall day in Richmond spent celebrating both our love for each other and for the beautiful city we call home!” The wedding traditions the couple chose to incorporate included a ring-warming ceremony and sealing a wedding time capsule. At the beginning of the ceremony, guests took turns holding a wooden box containing the rings imparting well wishes. Toward the end, a time capsule was sealed with mementos collected from their years together including love letters to one another with plans to open it on their 5th anniversary. The couple chose The John Marshall Ballrooms for the reception. The chandeliers and elegant architectural style gave the timeless look Courtney and Austin wanted. Weddings by Vogue provided trumpet arrangements with classic white florals and heavy elements of greenery that served as the backdrop for the ceremony and as centerpieces for the reception. The other floral pieces followed the same green and white aesthetic. The soft gold and floral pattern in the linens added to the couple’s desired look. “The main objective we had for our reception was to make it a party!” says Courtney. DJ Frank of Bunn DJ Company made that happen with high energy music and dance floor lighting. A ribbon wand exit on the way out to the trolley from Taylor’s Classic Travels capped off the perfect night.

Guest Count: 70 | Budget: $35-40,000

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MARIAH &5BRANDON September 5, 2020

RW VENDORS Photography: J. Cameron Photography | Jewelry: Diamonds Direct

ADDITIONAL VENDORS Ceremony/Reception Site: Legacy Hall | Rehearsal Dinner: Carrabba’s Italian Grill | Planner: Beautifully Divine Events | Catering: County Grill | Officiant: Pastor Barbara Lemon | DJ: DJ Lorenzo | Gown/Veil: Truly Yours Bridal, Maggie Sottero – The Rebecca Ingram Collection | Alterations: Janie’s Tailoring | Shoes: Asos | Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal | Accessories: Olive + Piper | Hair: Styled by Ivy | Makeup: Simple Slay Makeup, Chantel | Formalwear: Better Menswear | Stationery: Zazzle | Flowers: I Do Weddings With Love | Rentals: Williamsburg Event Rentals | Caked: Sweet Memories Cakery | Accommodations: Marriott’s Manor Club at Ford’s Colony | Honeymoon: Marriott Cypress Harbour | Nails: Moxie Nail Bar | Barber: Moody’s Barbershop

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ariah and Brandon were co-workers when they first met in 2016. There was a mutual attraction, but sparks didn’t fly until Brandon left for another job. Mariah said, “In September 2018 he slid into my DM’s and asked me out on a date.” They went for sushi, talked, walked around the city, and saw a movie. The love story blossomed from there. Brandon proposed a year later on Mariah’s birthday weekend. They had a nice evening planned on a dinner cruise in Norfolk. Brandon asked a boat attendant to take a photo of them. He had Mariah turn around and when she turned back, he was on one knee. “I was shocked! I said yes, we kissed, other passengers applauded!” Their wedding theme was classic with hints of ivory, white, burgundy, gray and gold. The two spoke traditional vows, plus ones they wrote. Food was one way they wanted to “wow” their guests. Dinner consisted of pulled BBQ chicken, smoked beef brisket, smoked chicken wings, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, pit roasted vegetables and cornbread muffins with honey butter. The couple admits, “The biggest challenge was planning our wedding during a pandemic. We had to cut our guest list a couple times. We originally planned to invite 120 guests. We had to drop that number down to 80, then down again to 50. We also had to change our honeymoon location one month before our wedding because of the travel restrictions.” Despite these challenges, their best bit of advice is, “Know what you and your future spouse want and make choices that line up, because your wedding day is about the two of you. Also, a wedding is just one day, and your marriage is for a lifetime. Don’t stress over all the little things!”

Guest Count: 50 | Budget $15-20,000

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COREY&5JARRED September 12, 2020

RW VENDORS EmmiClaire Photography ADDITIONAL VENDORS Catering: Mission BBQ | Drinks: Port City Brewery Beer | Cake: Alexandria Pastry Shop | Officiant: Alice Langholt | Flowers: Sunflower Florists of Virginia, LLC | Formalwear: Menguin | Invitations: Judy Klock - Stamping with Krafty Klock | Add’l Stationery: Truly Engaging by Magnet Street | Favors: etsy | Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal | Hair: Best Barber Shop | Jeweler: Jewelry by Johan |

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orey and Jarred originally met about 8 years ago via mutual friends. Over the years the two would see each other out, but nothing came of it. After matching on Tinder they decided to go on a first date. Corey admits it was awkward at first, but both eventually relaxed, and it ended well! Corey proposed to Jarred in June 2019 in the Shenandoah Mountains on a weekend getaway with their dog, Koda. He carefully positioned his cell phone on the deck to capture the precious moment. Of course, Jarred said “Yes!” The couple originally planned a big wedding, but plans were derailed due to COVID and keeping the safety of loved ones in mind. Corey recalls, “To have to cancel the wedding that we worked very hard on was very tough on me especially. Jarred seemed to be more pragmatic about it, but he was being strong for both of us.” They decided to move forward on the original date with a large celebration with everyone later. So the two moved forward with an intimate backyard wedding at their home before an arbor made by good friends. The day started with first look pictures at a park down the street from their house. As they walked down the aisle, Corey first, then Jarred, each with parents by their sides, the opening songs from Jurassic Park played. Both recited personal heartfelt vows as guests from near and far (via Zoom) watched. The joyous ceremony ended when they walked up the aisle to the Jurassic Park closing song. Although it was not the wedding they originally planned, it turned out perfectly. The couple wanted everyone to know, “regardless of all the uncertainty going on in the world that love, and life goes on.” Guest Count: 18 | Budget: $3,000

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LINDSEY JONATHAN&5 December 17, 2020

RW VENDORS Photography: Leslie Nichole Photography | Ceremony/Reception/Catering: Dover Hall | Luxury Restroom Trailer: Ashland Posh Potties ADDITIONAL VENDORS Day-of Coordination: Water and Wine - Day-of Coordination | DJ: Hunter Omahundro | Gown: White Swan Bridal - Vienna, VA | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Accessories: BHLDN | Hair: The Veil Company | Formalwear: Suit Suppy | Stationery: Minted | Flowers: King William Florist | Favors: English Tea Paperie

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indsey was encouraged by friends to join a dating app. After some hesitation she finally gave in. She agreed to meet Jon at a local bar for a couple of drinks. Lindsey says, “And the rest is history!” Jon chose a special location for his proposal. Every fall the two of them head to Loudoun County to their favorite little hunt box cottage. In October Jon booked an overnight trip and proposed that evening. The next day, they continued their tradition of apple picking and visiting a local brewery and winery. The small intimate wedding was absolutely perfect. “We wanted simple and timeless. Our decor was beautiful, but not overdone. Because the wedding was in the winter and mostly at night, we wanted a lot of candles to create an intimate setting,” recalls Lindsey. The day started with mimosas and snacks in the bridal suite. Following the short and sweet traditional ceremony was a cocktail hour. The menu consisted of tuna poke, beef medallion crostinis, and basil bruschetta. From there they moved onto dinner with a choice of peppercorn crusted beef tenderloin, roasted chicken breast, or seared sea bass. After dinner came night caps and desserts! When asked about their biggest challenge, the couple stated, “As you can imagine, the restrictions in Virginia created the biggest challenge! We originally planned to have our wedding in June of 2020. Unfortunately, we were not able to have a gathering over the summer, so we shifted to December. When December came, restrictions were not much different. The party wasn’t the big event that we imagined, but thankfully we were able to have a small intimate setting with our closest family and friends.” As far as their best piece of advice – “Be flexible and don’t sweat the small stuff. Your guests will never know if a decoration is missing or if the schedule doesn’t go as planned. As long as everyone is smiling and having a nice time, then it’s a perfect event!” Guest Count: 18 | Budget: $20,000

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invitations Invitations are a sneak peek into your wedding, so be sure to make a great impression! This is a great opportunity to incorporate your colors and theme so your guests can have an idea of what your big day will be like. This section is full of inspiration and tips to create beautiful invitations your guests will want to keep forever!

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Wedding Invitation

By Holly Peters Your Save the Dates and Wedding Invitations are your guest’s first impression of your wedding and the primary way of informing them what they need to know for your celebration. Here are some frequently asked questions that stationers are asked when meeting with couples.

Do I have to send out a Save the Date? No, you don’t need to send out a Save the Date. This is a fairly new practice in the wedding industry over the last decade, but with the amount of time and expense that goes into a wedding, it is a great way to let your guests know the date and information ahead of time. Save the Dates are especially helpful for destination weddings since more planning is necessary. It’s always nice to give your guests extra time to make arrangements.

What information should be included on my Save the Date? The main points of the wedding day are what needs to be conveyed. The couple’s names and picture (optional), date, and city/ state. One of the most important pieces of information you can give your guests is your wedding website. Websites do not belong on the wedding invitation which makes the Save 130

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FAQs the Date the perfect place to give them this information.

When should I send my Save the Dates and Invitations? Save the Dates can be sent out six months to a year in advance of the wedding. If your celebration is a destination wedding or during a busy time of the year, such as during summer vacation or a holiday weekend, you may want to send them at least six to eight months ahead of time so they can plan around these dates and arrange for time off work. For wedding invitations, we typically recommend six to eight weeks. If you did not send a Save the Date, consider sending them out around the eight-week mark. Sending them out three months or more ahead of time has become a trend, but unfortunately, it hasn’t ultimately helped with people sending back responses.

Should I order invitations online? There are a few reputable invitation sites, but the customer service is historically lacking and you have little recourse if there is a problem, misprint, or wrong information. There is usually no proofing

with online companies so you are on your own for spelling and etiquette. Invitations are something that is best-chosen inperson by seeing and feeling the stock, the actual printing on the stock, and having a professional to help you with etiquette. There are a lot of rules of etiquette that are involved in the designing and wording of invitations that you may not be privy to. You can avoid future embarrassment and hurt feelings by going to a professional. The assumption that online invitation sites offer cheaper pricing is debatable, as most are digitally printed and mass-produced. Unfortunately, once you make the upgrades to the paper, envelopes, etc., the cost is very comparable to a local stationer’s pricing, sometimes more. You indeed get what you pay for, and fortunately for local stationers, a cottage industry of “fixing” online invitation mistakes has emerged but that is an added expense that you could have avoided in the beginning.

What is the cost of an invitation? Invitation pricing is determined by different factors. The printing process plays a large part. If you are looking for letterpress or engraving, these tend to be the higher priced invitation choices. Thermography and flat or


digital printing are typically less expensive options. Paper or stock can go from luxe, thick cotton papers to more cost-effective, thinner stocks. Another factor that will affect the price is the number of pieces you need in your invitation suite. Most people require an invitation with an envelope, a response card with envelope, and some need to add a details card or reception card as well. Keep in mind that a typical greeting card is around $5.00 each. A beautiful invitation can start anywhere from $4.00 - $5.00 each and go up from there.

Should I use a website for RSVPs? Websites are a convenient way to get information to your guests, and most offer a way to RSVP to the wedding as well. When trying to decide if you will do a mail-back response or have people reply online you need to think of everyone on the guestlist. Just because it is convenient for you and your friends to answer online does not mean your grandparents and older guests can respond this way. Some don’t feel comfortable with this method, and some may not have the equipment. In many cases, couples include

a phone number for them to call as well as the web address. In other instances, couples have printed enough of the mailed responses for those that would be more apt to answer in this manner. Either way, you want to be sure all your guests feel equally included and can easily respond to your invitation.

Where should I put our registry information? Information about your registry should NEVER go on the invitation itself…EVER. When you invite someone to an event, especially something as special as a wedding, you are requesting their presence, NOT their presents. Including registry information can be seen as presumptuous and ill-mannered. If you wish for your guests to have your registry information you can put it on your website, or you can add in another small card or on a details card in the invitation suite, or by word of mouth, but never on the actual invitation.

What postage costs should I factor into the cost of invitations?

Postage is often a forgotten part of the invitation process. The number of pieces you have in your suite, as well as the type of stock they are printed on, will affect the weight of the invitation, therefore, the cost of postage. Invitations typically require more postage than the average piece of mail. We always recommend taking a fully assembled invitation to the post office and let them weigh it so you know exactly how much postage is required. Response cards require less than the invitation, but be sure to put a stamp on the response card envelopes when assembling the invitations so your guests can reply promptly. When taking your invitations to the post office we always recommend that you ask to have them hand canceled. This will decrease the amount of machinery sorting your invitations will incur, which will also minimize the chances of damage. Holly is the Owner and Lead Designer of Papeterie Fine Stationery and Gifts in Bon Air, Virginia. With a lifelong love of design, she and her staff enjoy custom designing your ideas into beautiful invitations. Papeterie has been serving brides nationally and internationally for 30 years. For unparalleled design, wedding invitation etiquette, service, and one of Richmond’s favorite gift boutiques visit our website at papeterierichmond.com.

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BEAUTY

By Amanda Perry

Let’s set the scene: you’ve got all the major details locked down for your big day, including the venue, the photographer, the cake, and, of course, the dress. You are so excited because your “friend” is going to do your hair and makeup for you and you won’t have to factor in that cost. She’s the friend who’s always done your hair for prom, the one who just happens to have some talent and so she’s happily agreed to do your hair and makeup.

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Your wedding is the day you deserve to be treated like a queen. Not only should you be pampered, but having your hair and makeup professionally done ensures your look will be flawless all day long… even through all of the happy tears!

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Fast forward a few months before the wedding, your friend decides something better has come along and she leaves you in a bind. (You wouldn’t believe how many times a year this happens to brides!) Now you’re scrambling to find someone that can accommodate your 10 bridesmaids and the rest of your wedding party, which is impossible because every salon you call is booked with regular hair care clients on Saturdays! How dare they! Don’t they know it’s YOUR wedding day! This is one of the most important days of your life and all eyes are on you. The pictures will be hanging on your wall forever. Don’t you want to be as polished as you can be? When looking for hair and makeup companies, choose an established business that specializes in wedding day services. This will ensure a professional, organized team and will set the tone for the getting ready process to be smooth and fun. There are so many amazing companies in the Richmond area that will fit every bride’s style

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and budget. Make sure you are signed on with someone who has a contract to ensure they follow through on their end of the bargain too! You don’t want to be left again with someone who cancels.

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On-location hair and makeup teams come fully prepared with all the makeup, curling irons, bobby pins, and more to help you create the perfect look for your special day. Consider having a trial with your stylist to make sure you are both on the same page with your final look. Plus, at your trial, you’ll get to know your stylist better and you can connect about all the details of your celebration. They’ll get to know all about your groom, your wedding colors, your dress, and all those girly things that you have been itching to talk about with every single person you meet! Stylists love what they do and have a true passion for weddings. They take all the stress out of getting ready and let you relax and have fun in their chair, and when you get up and look in the mirror, you’ll see picture-perfect bride or bridesmaid (and you didn’t even have to put down that mimosa to hold a curling iron!) Amanda Perry is the owner of Amanda M Perry LLC, an on-location team of wedding hair and makeup artists. She spends her weekdays behind the chair doing cuts and colors, specializing in blondes! Amanda has been in the Richmond area working with brides on their hair and makeup for the last 13 years! Visit www.amandamperry.com to contact her and the team!

Making you feel beautiful inside and out on your wedding day. Professional and customized makeup services for brides and bridal parties.

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The Secret TO GLOWING WEDDING DAY SKIN

By Marissa McCormick Jordan

It’s no secret that on wedding days, people want to look the best they ever have. Whether you’re the bride, groom, mother, or aunt, you’ve dreamed of this monumental day for years. During the wedding planning process is the perfect time to hit refresh on a look, finally tackling that insecurity or dull skin you can’t seem to shake. The Richmond Weddings™ team sat down with Dr. Neil Agnihotri to talk about wedding day beauty and how his office, Agnihotri Cosmetic Facial Surgery, can have you looking and feeling the best on the big day and beyond. Dr. Agnihotri is an expert on the face. With an extensive and impressive background in oral and maxillofacial surgery, his specialty is anything from the neck up. But before you start picturing

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invasive and intense surgeries that leave someone looking plastic, Dr. Agnihotri is striving for the opposite. He explains, “We want to enhance your natural beauty with minor adjustments.” In fact, if he doesn’t think a procedure is right for a patient, he won't do it. “We’ll work together to create a treatment plan that is best. If we can’t achieve a safe, natural-looking result, I won’t do it. I have to be able to sleep at night!”


The journey with Dr. Agnihotri and the rest of his team at his pristine Short Pump office goes like this: First, there will be an initial inperson consultation. Then you’ll talk through goals and create a personalized treatment plan that works for your timeline. When browsing procedures Dr. Agnihotri offers, the sky really is the limit when it comes to enhancements. But just like everything else in wedding planning, sticking to a timeline is important. So when should you start? For the more surgical type options, like Eyelid Rejuvenation, Laser Skin Resurfacing, or a Face Lift, the process should begin a year to six months out. The earlier the better! The same goes for fillers like Botox and Dysport which are injections to reduce fine lines. “Six months is protocol so we can develop a treatment plan. If you were training for a 5k, you wouldn’t wear brand new sneakers the day of!” The recent trend of having glowing, bright skin is not lost on Dr. Agnihotri. That’s why his top recommendation for wedding day beauty is a HydraFacial. Through a non-invasive skin-clearing procedure, you’ll leave with glowing skin in just 30 minutes. “You’ll get that healthy, dewy glow and the skin will be infused with antioxidants, leaving your face hydrated and refreshed.” Since it’s non-invasive, feel free to treat yourself to a HydraFacial the week of the wedding. And everyone knows, the key to beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin!

“Feeling good in your skin should be for more than just one event, it should be for a lifetime.” Why not start the healthy skin/face journey on one of the biggest days of your life? Contact Dr. Agnihotri and Agnihotri Cosmetic Facial Surgery and see their complete list of procedures on their website https://agnihotricosmeticsurgery.com/ or call 804.270.5028. They are currently taking new patients.

Dr. Agnihotri is staying safe amidst the pandemic and their sterile, sanitized office is comfortable and private. And he’ll work with a potentially changing timeline. Dr. Agnihotri explained that he has a patient that had to postpone their wedding a whole year. No worries on his end, he just adjusted treatments accordingly, working with the new timeline.

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Westhampton Pastry Shop Richmond’s Sweet Spot Since 1952

Come visit our bakery! 5728 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23226

Complimentary tasting boxes provided upon request Tues.–Sat. · 10am–4pm

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Cakes, Cupcakes, and Doughnuts! OH MY! By Thomas Waters

It’s no secret that untraditional desserts are making a huge splash in the wedding industry lately. But despite what you might see on Pinterest, traditional wedding cakes aren’t going anywhere! If you dream of a seven-tier double-chocolate cake to cut into on your big day, you’re not alone! However, with the creativity of amazing bakers, couples now have so many more fun choices for their wedding day dessert. You can have cookies, doughnuts, pies, cupcakes…only your imagination is the limit. Here’s an idea, have a traditional cake to cut, to get those pictures for your album, but also supplement a fun dessert station with a variety of tasty treats for your guests to enjoy. For example, what about an ice cream, sorbet or frozen yogurt station? Offer delicious toppings so each guest can customize their dessert, just like an old-fashioned ice cream party. You could even have custom made bowls for the ice cream that the guests can take home as a favor. Or maybe you could add a cotton candy vendor? Add a sense of nostalgia to your big day! Your cotton candy vendor can customize the color to match your 138

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theme and even have untraditional flavors like Cookies and Cream or Cheesecake! Favors are another way to add a little something sugary to your reception. An example is having your favorite candy bar wrapped in a realistic wrapper that has your name and date instead of the candy name. Some couples are even providing entire candy stations with a variety of nine or more of their favorite candies for guests to take home with them. In “candy bar” situation, the bag that your guests would use to collect their candy could be the actual favor with names and date printed on them to remember the fun they had. Rest assured, cakes are here to stay, but why not think outside of the box for a little variety for your guests to enjoy. They (and their sweet tooth) will thank you for it! Thomas (everyone calls him Tommy) Waters is with The Renaissance, an all-inclusive wedding ceremony and reception venue based in downtown Richmond’s exciting Arts District. To learn more about The Renaissance, please visit www. renaissanceva.com.


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sweet treats Nowadays, cake isn’t the only dessert you can have at your wedding! Donuts, cookies, cupcakes, candy, and anything else you can imagine has become the norm. The sky is the limit!

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Now or Later? Traveling Safe + Smart During Uncertain Times By Kim Goldstein

Sometimes life doesn’t go exactly as planned and that impacts your travel plans. COVID-19 took the United States by surprise in 2020 and forced a lot of happy couples to reconsider their honeymoons and destination weddings and move them to a future date. When faced with this question, there are some important factors to consider:

• Are we comfortable traveling during this time? If you’re not, then you should postpone. You want your trip to be relaxing and if you’re nervous or anxious, then it won’t be as enjoyable for you.

• Is the time of year of my honeymoon or destination wedding a good time to visit the destination? For example, oftentimes couples want to go to the Greek Isles for their honeymoons; however, unless you’re traveling from MaySeptember, then it’s not a good idea due to weather and closures.

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honeymoons Once your wedding has come to an end, it’s time to focus on you and your other half. Your honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to travel somewhere you’ve never been. Luckily, our experienced travel agents will take care of the stressful bits of planning, so all you have to do is RELAX! RW Tip: Be sure to check the expiration date on your passport!

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• Is there a high level of advisory for travel to/from the United States to this destination? If there is, then you should reconsider your dates. Safety is the most important factor! Once you decide on your travel dates, it’s best to ensure that you’ve taken the appropriate steps to protect your vacation investment. Always purchase travel insurance to help protect you agaiwnst unforeseeable changes to your plans. Keep in mind, travel insurance, like medical insurance, doesn’t cover everything. Review your policy for your coverage limitations. Many credit cards offer a very low level of coverage, which isn’t adequate for international travel. The best protection you can get is to have a travel professional assist you with these plans. Should a major disruption like COVID-19 occur, this will be invaluable to you and your sweetheart. Trying to reach the airlines and resorts can be very challenging during times of weather issues, pandemics, etc. Travel Consultants will also be able to provide you with invaluable knowledge to help you make sound decisions about your travel plans. During times like this, it’s important to have a knowledgeable, trained professional on your side. Kim Goldstein is a Top 25 Travel Agent as awarded by Travel Agent Magazine, a Certified Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialist, as well as a Wedding Wire Couples Choice Recipient and Richmond A-List Winner since 2014. To learn more about how she can help plan your dream honeymoon or destination wedding, please visit www.journeystravelinc.com.

Destination honeymoons for every budget.

When the experience matters, it’s time to call a Professional. CHRISTINE HARDENBERGER

804-833-8050 | christine@moderntravelpros.com www.palmtreesandrum.com

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transportation If your wedding day is taking place at more than one venue, one of the best investments you can make is providing transportation for your guests! Not only will this keep your day on schedule, but it will also be a relief for your guests to not have to worry about parking…or having too much fun at the dance party after!

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TRANSPORTATION LOGISTICS There are so many logistics involved when traveling on your wedding day, especially if each event is in a different location! Leave the stress of getting from Point A to Point B to a professional! By hiring a licensed and insured transportation company, you can rest easy knowing your timeline will go off without a hitch. Also, remember to allow for enough time between each location, including potential traffic. You don’t want to be late to the altar!

Here is a sample timeline to use:

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

assuming a 5:00 pm ceremony start*

3:00 pm Pick up the bride and bridesmaids. 4:00 pm Pick up the groom and groomsmen. 5:00 pm The ceremony begins. 5:30 pm The ceremony ends. The average wedding lasts 25-35 minutes. (Adjust timeline accordingly if you anticipate a longer ceremony.) 5:40 pm The guests are gone and the ceremony site is cleared. 5:55 pm Pictures begin. It usually takes about 15 minutes to collect the bride, groom and entire wedding party. 6:40 pm Pictures are completed. Time to head to the reception!* 7:00 pm Arrive at the reception. * If your ceremony site is at a different location than your reception, you will need to budget more time. R I C HMO NDWE D D IN G S.C OM

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New Year's Day Martin Luther King Day Valentine's Day Presidents Day Daylight Saving (Start) St. Patrick's Day Good Friday Easter Sunday Mother's Day Memorial Day

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Father's Day Independence Day Labor Day Columbus Day Halloween Daylight Saving (End) Veterans' Day Thanksgiving Christmas Day New Year's Eve


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planning tools The key to planning a wedding is ORGANIZATION. To help you start and finish strong, we’ve created a countdown checklist to keep you on track! Everything is covered, from buying your dress to securing your marriage license, all in one place. This list is essential, so take as many notes on it as you like. That’s why we made it! We also have downloadable versions of these helpful tools on our website, www. richmondweddings.com!

This section sponsored by The Estate at Independence, a full service, elegant venue with stunning views and gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces for couples of any style.

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budget

The budget can be a stressful part of wedding planning. Let this worksheet help you navigate this difficult task.

ITEM

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ACTUAL

The Estate at Independence offers many breathtaking spots for portraits, ceremonies and receptions including these.

NOTES

Wedding Coordinator Wedding Rings Wedding Attire Gown Headpiece Veil Accessories Alterations

Reception Site Rental Caterer/Food Beverages Decorations Gratuities

Entertainment Ceremony Music Band/DJ

Photography Engagement Bridal Portrait Wedding Day Album Extra Prints

Videography Mother’s Apparel Stationery Invitations Reply Cards Thank You Notes Postage SUB TOTAL 1 RECEPTION SITE When choosing a venue, be clear on what is included in the rental fee such as chairs, tables, linens, etc. Plan on 50% of your budget going toward the reception because this will include your venue fee, food, beverage, rentals, etc.

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CATERER/FOOD/BEVERAGE Before you sign the contract, be sure to look at the food and beverage minimums. If you are looking to stay within a budget, limit the bar to beer and wine or add a little bit of personality with a signature beverage!

The Estate at Independence has lowered its rental fee to help ensure you have a fantastic meal at your reception!

DJ VS. BAND When making this decision, know the rules of the venue and the space available. A 5-piece band is going to need more space than a DJ!

Many places, like The Estate at Independence, welcome both.


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ITEM

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NOTES

Formalwear Groom’s Tuxedo Father’s Tuxedo

Flowers Ceremony Site Bridal Bouquet Attendants Parents Grandparents Reception Site

Officiant Marriage License Accommodations Wedding Night Other

Attendants Gifts/Gift Boxes Transportation Rentals Ceremony Site Reception Site

Miscellaneous Item 1 Item 2 Item 3 Item 4 SUB TOTAL 2 GRAND TOTAL FLOWERS Some ceremony sites speak for themselves and don’t need an abundance of flowers. You can then focus your floral budget on the reception space and really WOW your guests.

GRATUITIES For your caterer or food service, gratuity is always added into your bottom line, but you do have other wonderful vendors on the day of that you can treat. Keep this in mind when thinking about your budget. Be sure to arrange envelopes with each vendor’s name on it so your planner can easily handle it on the wedding day.

ACCOMMODATIONS Venues will often work with nearby hotels who can offer room block pricing.

Other venues such as The Estate at Independence offer custom onsite lodging for the newlyweds or family and the bridal party.

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wedding countdown checklist 12-18 Months

Determine the style of wedding you want – formal, semi-formal or casual

Hire a hair and makeup artist or team

Reserve hotel room blocks for guests

Decide how many guests you will be inviting before getting your heart set on a venue. The Estate at Independence can accommodate 300!

Set up cake tastings

Determine the order of the ceremony events. The Estate at Independence’s in-house coordinator will help you through this.

Send out your Save the Date cards

Start scheduling visits to wedding venues

Interview & choose a wedding coordinator

Figure out your budget & discuss who will be helping with which expenses

Choose & book a ceremony venue if separate from your reception location

Choose your wedding party

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Consult with a professional lighting company

Select ceremony musicians

Meet with your DJ about music for your wedding dinner & reception

Nail down your reception venue

*As soon as the venue is booked, get wedding insurance. If the venue was to burn down or be inaccessible, the couple would be covered.

Consult your travel agent about honeymoon plans

Schedule fittings for men’s formalwear

Talk with a stationer about invitations, programs & other paper goods

Pick & reserve your perfect honeymoon destination

Shop for your wedding bands

Set up your wedding registry at your favorite stores or set up an online honeymoon fund

Reserve wedding day transportation

Carefully choose & reserve rental items

10-12 Months

6-9 Months

Set up tastings with caterers unless you have a full service venue like The Estate at Independence with a highly experienced culinary staff.

Start working with your coordinator on the wedding day timeline

Schedule appointments with bridal salons

Choose wedding party attire

Interview & choose a photographer

Find the perfect florist

Schedule your engagement photo session

Peruse the portfolios of videographers & find the right person to document your day on video

Find an officiant & meet with him or her to talk about ceremony details

Talk with your officiant about pre-marital coaching

Make sure your visas & passports are up to date

Nail down your caterer

Interview & choose DJ and/or Band

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Visit the Planning Tools page on RichmondWeddings.com to find our free downloadable Rental Return Checklist!

Finalize floral design

Order your wedding cake & if you’re a traditional Southern bride, order the groom’s cake

Send local activity information to guests

Make sure you have all of your travel immunizations

Keep up with your gown fittings

Consider dance lessons

Set up an outing for your groom. The Estate at Independence offers golf, laser tag, zip lines and more!

If you are planning on coloring your hair, schedule the appointment now. This will give you time to color correct if you don't like it


2-4 Months

2-4 Weeks

Send a wedding announcement to your local newspaper with a photo

Arrange professional addressing of invitations

Select gifts for the bridal party and each other. This service is included with your package at The Estate at Independence.

Schedule hair & makeup trial

Make sure your bridesmaids have chosen the right shoes

Schedule final gown and men’s formalwear fittings

Make rehearsal dinner reservations

Consider planning a welcome party if you are having a lot of out of town guests

Schedule your bridal portrait session

Order favors or forgo favors & make a charitable donation on your guests’ behalf

Provide planner with welcome baskets for out-of-town guests

Think about adding late night snacks to your menu

Mail formal out formal invitations

Make it official – secure marriage license

Confirm wedding rehearsal time and address with participating parties

Confirm transportation and arrival times

Confirm hotel room blocks

Arrange to professionally clean & preserve your gown after the wedding

Write or choose your wedding vows

Finalize your wedding timeline and make sure a copy goes to all vendors. Another included service with The Estate at Independence!

1-2 Weeks

1-2 Months

Pick up wedding bands. Be sure to check sizes & engravings

Get your engagement ring cleaned so that it sparkles on your wedding day

Have final consultations with vendors. The Estate at Independence’s team will take care of confirmations and timing.

Send final guest count to caterer & venues

Remind the boys to pick up their formalwear & shoes

Make sure all written contracts with vendors are in place

Stock your bridal emergency kit

Go to your final gown fitting & be sure that your mom or Maid of Honor learns to bustle your dress. Or relax knowing the coordinator at The Estate at Independence will handle this!

Write vows/speeches

Get excited! Your big day is almost here!

Plan bridesmaid outing

After the Wedding

Confirm honeymoon reservations & be sure that your

Ensure Formalwear is returned

Review your vendors on RichmondWeddings.com

Preserve your dress

Write Thank You Notes

luggage meets current travel regulations.

Record gifts as your receive them and write thank you notes

Invite wedding party & out-of-town guests to rehearsal dinner

Review your reception seating chart

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vendor directory ALTERATIONS

BRIDAL REGISTRIES

CALLIGRAPHY

707 Fine Clothing 310 East Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219 (804) 643-0086 Ad page 93

Dillard’s Short Pump Town Center (804) 253-0182 Stony Point Fashion Park (804) 253-1860

Papeterie 3048 Stony Point Road Richmond, VA 23235 Appointment recommended (804) 560-7955 Ad page 131

Inspired by the Dress (804) 513-9165 Ad page 93

Macy’s Chesterfield Towne Center (804) 794-5800 Short Pump Town Center (804) 364-8209

Tiffanys Bridal Ridge Shopping Center 1517-D North Parham Road Henrico, VA 23229 (804) 273-6303 Ad inside back cover

BACHELORETTE PARTIES Mary Kay Cosmetics Kelly Shannon (804) 402-8672 Ad page 135

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Inspired by the Dress (804) 513-9165 Ad page 93 Tiffanys Bridal Ridge Shopping Center 1517-D North Parham Road Henrico, VA 23229 (804) 273-6303 Ad inside back cover

CAKES & SWEETS

Painting with a Twist 201 Towne Center West Blvd. #710 Richmond, VA 23233 (804) 447-2491 Ad page 13

The Candy Lady (804) 399-0516 Ad page 13

RVA Tuk Tuk 1113 West Clay Street Richmond, VA 23220 (804) 814-8690 Ad page 146

Northern Neck Popcorn Bag 50 Irvington Road Kilmarnock, VA (804) 577-4200 Ad page 13

Taylor’s Classic Travels (804) 767-6387 Ad page 147

Northern Neck Popcorn Bag 6620 Main Street Gloucester, VA (804) 210-1511 Ad page 13

TNT Limousine 10124-G West Broad Street Glen Allen, VA 23060 (804) 965-0990 Ad page 146

BEAUTY Amanda M Perry (804) 510-6720 Ad page 134 Candice Hardy Makeup Artistry CandiceHardyMUA.com Ad page 135 Mary Kay Cosmetics Kelly Shannon (804) 402-8672 Ad page 135

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Northern Neck Popcorn Bag 132 Main Street Warsaw, VA (804) 250-2299 Ad page 13 Westhampton Pastry Shop, Inc. 5728 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23226 (804) 282-4413 Ad page 138

Papeterie 107 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23220 By appointment only (804) 560-7955 Ad page 131

CATERERS A Sharper Palate Catering & Events 5511 Lakeside Avenue Richmond, VA 23228 (804) 553-0495 Ad page 73 Atlas 42 4032 Cox Road - Suite A Glen Allen, VA 23060 (804) 965-0420 Ad page 36 Cater 2 Events 8534 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23229 (804) 269-0359 Ad page 75 Deep Run Roadhouse Catering 12379 Gayton Road Richmond, VA 23238 (804) 740-6301 Ad page 74 Everyday Gourmet 6010 North Crestwood Avenue - B Richmond, VA 23230 (804) 651-7281 Ad page 75 Mama J’s 415 North 1st Street Richmond, VA 23219 (804) 337-7678 Ad page 75 MOSAIC Catering + Events 3001 Cutshaw Avenue Richmond, VA 23230 (804) 525-2190 Ad page 75

The Place at Innsbrook 4036-C Cox Road Glen Allen, VA 23060 (804) 346-2100 Ad page 52 Roma Ristorante Italiano 7240 Bell Creek Road Mechanicsville, VA 23111 (804) 559-9200 Ad page 74 The Savory Grain 2043 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23220 (804) 592-4000 Ad page 72 Taziki’s 4024-C Cox Road Glen Allen, VA 23060 (804) 588-3718 Ad page 74 Taziki’s 12643 Stone Village Way Midlothian, VA 23113 (804) 588-3718 Ad page 74 Taziki’s 14221 Hull Stree Road Chesterfield, VA 23832 (804) 588-3718 Ad page 74

CEREMONY MUSIC Lyric String Quartet (804) 233-1642 Ad page 114

CHURCHES Henricus Historical Park 251 Henricus Park Road Chester, VA 23836 (804) 748-1131 Ad page 52 St. Joseph’s Villa 8000 Brook Road Richmond, VA 23227 (804) 553-3215 Ad page 63 Tiny Chapel Weddings Richmond, VA (804) 396-4245 Ad page 63


Unity of Bon Air 923 Buford Road Richmond, VA 23235 (804) 320-5584 Ad page 63

Northern Neck Popcorn Bag 50 Irvington Road Kilmarnock, VA (804) 577-4200 Ad page 13

Waverly Estate 11586 Courthouse Road Lunenburg, VA 23952 (434) 321-4032 Ad page 35

Northern Neck Popcorn Bag 6620 Main Street Gloucester, VA (804) 210-1511 Ad page 13

CUSTOM ATTIRE

Northern Neck Popcorn Bag 132 Main Street Warsaw, VA (804) 250-2299 Ad page 13

707 Fine Clothing 310 East Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219 (804) 643-0086 Ad page 93 Inspired by the Dress (804) 513-9165 Ad page 93

DISC JOCKEYS Bow Tied Weddings BowTiedWeddings.com Ad page 110 Bunn DJ Company BunnDjRva.com Ad page 114 Moonlight Entertainment (866) 969-3838 Ad page 115

EVENT STAFFING The Coordinated Event (804) 344-0011 Ad page 12

FAVORS & GIFTS

Painting with a Twist 201 Towne Center West Blvd. #710 Richmond, VA 23233 (804) 447-2491 Ad page 13 Papeterie 3048 Stony Point Road Richmond, VA 23235 Appointment recommended (804) 560-7955 Ad page 131 Papeterie 107 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23220 By appointment only (804) 560-7955 Ad page 131

GOWN PRESERVATION Puritan Cleaners 13 Locations to Serve You (804) 355-5726 Ad page 86 Tiffanys Bridal Ridge Shopping Center 1517 North Parham Road Henrico, VA 23229 (804) 273-6303 Ad inside back cover

HAIR & MAKEUP Amanda M Perry (804) 510-6720 Ad page 134 Candice Hardy Makeup Artistry CandiceHardyMUA.com Ad page 135

INVITATIONS & PAPER GOODS

Journeys, Inc. (804) 288-0188 Ad page 143

Papeterie 3048 Stony Point Road Richmond, VA 23235 Appointment recommended (804) 560-7955 Ad page 131

Ruth Stirling Travel (804) 746-1838 Ad page 142

Flowers Make Scents 1272 Alverser Plaza Midlothian, VA 23113 (804) 897-6100 Ad page 109

Flowers Make Scents 1272 Alverser Plaza Midlothian, VA 23113 (804) 897-6100 Ad page 109

Vogue Flowers 1114 North Boulevard Richmond, VA 23230 (804) 353-9600
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Richmond Marriott Downtown 500 East Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219 (804) 343-6905 Ad page 59

HONEYMOON & TRAVEL

Blooms at The Jefferson 101 West Franklin Street Richmond, VA 23220 (804) 649-4676 Ad page 3

Crown Trophy 8111 Staples Mill Road Richmond, VA 23228 (804) 262-1000 Ad page 13

Omni Hotels and Resorts 100 South 12th Street Richmond, VA 23219 OmniHotels.com/Richmond Ad page 58

The Westin Richmond 6631 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23230 (804) 282-8444 Ad page 57

Modern Travel Professionals (804) 833-8050 Ad page 142

The Candy Lady Richmond, VA (804) 399-0516 Ad page 13

Marriott Richmond Short Pump 4240 Dominion Boulevard Glen Allen, VA 23060 (804) 965-9500 Ad page 58

Mary Kay Cosmetics Kelly Shannon (804) 402-8672 Ad page 135

FLOWERS

Designs by Victoria Floral 2801-A Hathaway Road Richmond, VA 23225 (804) 560-7700 Ad page 109

Linden Row Inn 100 East Franklin Street Richmond, VA 23219 sales@lindenrowinn.com Ad page 42

HOTELS Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Innsbrook 4050 Cox Road Glen Allen, VA 23060 (804) 521-2900 Ad page 58 Hotel Weyanoke 202 High Street Farmville, VA 23901 (434) 658-7500 Ad page 47 The Jefferson Hotel 101 West Franklin Street Richmond, VA 23220 (866) 247-2305 Ad page 3

Papeterie 107 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23220 By appointment only (804) 560-7955 Ad page 131

JEWELRY Diamonds Direct - Short Pump 11131 West Broad Street Glen Allen, VA 23060 (804) 967-0500 Ad back cover

LIGHTING DESIGN The Lighting & Sound Company 4204 Eubank Road - Suite G Richmond, VA 23231 (804) 893-5066 Ad page 85

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vendor directory MOSAIC Catering + Events 3001 Cutshaw Avenue Richmond, VA 23230 (804) 525-2190 Ad page 75

LUXURY RESTROOM TRAILERS Edmunds Waste Removal (804) 478-4688 Ad page 81

Daniel Marks Photography (804) 245-2631 Ad page 101 EmmiClaire Photography (772) 341-4070 Ad page 103 Erin Schrad Photography (804) 512-5162 Ad page 103

Classic Party Rentals of VA West 9127-B West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23294 (804) 270-9544 Ad page 83 Edmunds Waste Removal (804) 478-4688 Ad page 81

MOTHER’S APPAREL

Fredericks Photo & Films FredericksPhotoAndFilms.com Ad page 102

MOSAIC Catering + Events 3001 Cutshaw Avenue Richmond, VA 23230 (804) 525-2190 Ad page 75

707 Fine Clothing 310 East Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219 (804) 643-0086 Ad page 93

Hayes and Fisk Photography 1003 North Parham Road Richmond, VA 23229 (804) 740-9307 Ad pages 96-97

Party Perfect 2400 Magnolia Court Richmond, VA 23223 (804) 359-2400 Ad page 82

Inspired by the Dress (804) 513-9165 Ad page 93

Heather Hughes Photography 733 Thimble Shoals Boulevard Newport News, VA 23606 (757) 870-4006 Ad page 101

The Prop Shop Party Rentals 1512 Belleville Street Richmond, VA 23230 (804) 228-1100 Ad page 76

Heather Hughes Photography 5560 Foundation Street Williamsburg, VA 23188 (757) 870-4006 Ad page 101

Rent-E-Quip 2600 Boulevard Colonial Heights, VA 23834 (804) 520-7100 Ad pages 78-79

J. Cameron Photography (804) 867-8553 Ad page 103

TRANSPORTATION

Tiffanys Bridal Ridge Shopping Center 1517 North Parham Road Henrico, VA 23229 (804) 273-6303 Ad inside back cover

OFFICIANTS Tiny Chapel Weddings (804) 396-4245 Ad page 63

PHOTO BOOTHS

Leslie Nichole Photographer (850) 865-0669 Ad page 102

RVA Tuk Tuk 1113 West Clay Street Richmond, VA 23220 (804) 814-8690 Ad page 146

PIXRUS Photobooth (703) 261-9238 Ad page 84

MJ Mendoza Photography MJMendozaPhotography.com Ad page 100

Taylor’s Classic Travels (804) 767-6387 Ad page 147

Social Party Booth (804) 402-7397 Ad page 84

Paige Stevens Photography PaigeStevensPhotography.com Ad page 101

PHOTOGRAPHY & PORTRAITS

RENTALS

TNT Limousine 10124-G West Broad Street Glen Allen, VA 23060 (804) 965-0990 Ad page 146

Angel Expressions Photography (804) 252-8091 Ad page 102 Butler Portraits 4600 Millridge Parkway Midlothian, VA 23112 (804) 744-4700 Ad page 101

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Classic Party Rentals of VA Midlothian 14211 Midlothian Turnpike Midlothian, VA 23113 (804) 464-4825 Ad page 83 Classic Party Rentals of VA South 9313 Burge Avenue Richmond, VA 23237 (804) 743-7980 Ad page 83

TUXEDOS & CUSTOM SUITS 707 Fine Clothing 310 East Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219 (804) 643-0086 Ad page 93

The Groom’s Corner (located inside Tiffanys Bridal) 1517 North Parham Road Henrico, VA 23229 (804) 273-6303 Ad page 92

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VIDEOGRAPHY DreamClip Films (757) 771-0288 Ad page 105 Fredericks Photo & Films FredericksPhotoAndFilms.com Ad page 102

WEDDING GOWNS Inspired by the Dress (804) 513-9165 Ad page 93 Tiffanys Bridal Ridge Shopping Center 1517 North Parham Road Henrico, VA 23229 (804) 273-6303 Ad inside back cover

WEDDING PLANNERS AC Events (804) 513-4393 Ad page 9 The Coordinated Event (804) 344-0011 Ad page 12 MOSAIC Catering + Events 3001 Cutshaw Avenue Richmond, VA 23230 (804) 525-2190 Ad page 75 Simply Charmed Weddings & Events SimplyCharmedEvents.com Ad page 9 SimplySomethingSweet (804) 550-5241 / (804) 363-7427 Ad page 9


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