Richmond Weddings Magazine - Issue 63 - Spring/Summer 2022

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LETTER FROM EDITORS We hope 2022 is off to a fantastic start for all of you planning weddings for later this year and the ones ahead. Here at Richmond Weddings™ we continue to be amazed at the patience and

Issue 63 SPRING/SUMMER 2022

professionalism exhibited by couples and

Publishers: Amye & Scott Brunette

our clients who have had to deal with Hayes & Fisk Photography

rescheduling countless times over the past two years due to Covid. We appreciate all of you for using Richmond Weddings™ as a resource for one of the most important events and days of your lives. We will continue to provide inspiration and thoughtful

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material as it pertains to current trends and education through this magazine, our website and blog, RichmondWeddings.com, and our social media platforms. In January, we were able to hold our first winter show in three years at Main Street Station. Receiving so much positive feedback from the attendees and the vendors was priceless. It put huge smiles on our faces hearing how much everyone enjoyed the show. We look forward to seeing you at either or both of our next shows at Main Street Station on Sunday, July 17 and Sunday, January 8. You will not meet a finer collection of RVA wedding professionals anywhere who are eager to work with you. The same can be said for every one of the companies found in this magazine and on our website, RichmondWeddings.com. These fellow locals are the best in the business. Please remember to mention to them that you found them through Richmond Weddings™. They will greatly appreciate knowing their investment is paying dividends. Finally, we thank you for taking the time to read our publication. We love reading couples’

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

Carter Sutton Aines Rebecca Blackwell Teri Butler Terri Crowder Emilie Ellis Kim Goldstein Frank Guertler Ken Hansen Candice Hardy Shalese Higginbotham Marissa McCormick Jordan The Sales Team at Party Perfect Holly Peters Myriam Phiro Paula Ramirez Tatiana Sizemore Sharon Townsend Tommy Waters Victoria Zachary Jiza Zito

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stories and sharing them with our audience. We hope you feel the same. 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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in this edition 10

Wedding Planners

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Gifts, Favors & More

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10 | Hire the Pros!

134 Beauty & Health

134 | Five Ways to Enhance Your Smile 138 | Beauty Planning Tips for Your Wedding Day

14 | The Perfect Weddings Favors

140 | Relationship Foundation of Virginia Spotlight

17 | Trendy & Inexpensive Favors

142 | Agnihotri Cosmetic Facial Surgery Spotlight

Venues & Accommodations 20 | Your Wedding, Your Vision 22 | Main Street Station Spotlight 28 | Keys to a Healthy Forever After 32 | Oakdale Spotlight 46 | Five Ways to Destress

144 Honeymoons 149 Transportation

144 | Your Honeymoon Timeline

150 | The Grandest of Exits

152 Planning Tools 158 Vendor Directory

52 | You're Engaged, Now What? 60 | South View Farm Spotlight

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Venue Directory

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Attire

Caterers 72 | Choosing a Reception Style

Rentals 74 | Rentals - The Forgotten Checklist

88 | Something Old, Something New 90 | Five Things to Bring to Your Bridal Appointment

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Photography & Videography 100 | Is A First Look For You?

106 Flowers

featured weddings

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108 | Love Your Flowers, Love Your Florist

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Music 110 | Eight Questions for Your DJ 113 | The Do's and Don'ts of Hiring a Band

116 Featured Weddings 130 Invitations 130 | Wedding Invitation FAQs

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on the cover Brides: Ajah & Kayla Photography, Video and Coordination: Ashe Co Weddings, Venue: Oakdale, Flowers: Vogue Flowers, Stationery: Papeterie Fine Stationery and Gifts, Gown: Tiffanys Bridal, Rentals: Rent-E-Quip


MJ Mendoza Photography

By Jacqui Photography

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venues & accommodations

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beauty & health

Olive & Cypress Photography

Kirsten Guthrie Photography

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78 rentals

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behind the scenes When Amye with Richmond Weddings™ and Kirsten with Ashe Co Weddings spoke about their vision for the cover, Kirsten knew right away that Ajah (left) and Kayla (right) would be the perfect fit! Ajah was the former roommate of Karlo, one of the videographers with Ashe Co Weddings. Oakdale in Ashland provided a beautiful backdrop and Vogue put together the most stunning floral arrangement for the mantle. When we went to the gown fitting a few days before the shoot, Sharon at Tiffanys had some options pulled for us. The pant suit was the first thing Ajah tried on and it was the perfect fit. Then, when Kayla tried on the first gown we all knew immediately that there was no need to try on anything else!

Videographers Karlo and Zadie working together to get the perfect footage.

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Amanda and Tonna with Amanda M Perry – Hair and Makeup jumped right in to get the ladies camera ready!

The linens, flatware, plates and glasses combo from RentE-Quip were like a Pinterest board that came to life! Kirsten with Ashe Co Weddings pulled this look together and we were all obsessed!

Miki and Rose with Vogue spent hours installing the most stunning backdrop!

DETAILS: Venue: Oakdale | Florist: Vogue Flowers & The Flower Market | Stationery: Papeterie Fine Stationery and Gifts | Gowns: Tiffanys Bridal Pant Suit: 311-74562 Mori Lee $925.00, Over Skirt: $300, Belt - Essence: $280 | Dress: 105-74698 Sincerity $1300 | Wedding Coordination: Ashe Co Weddings | Photography: Ashe Co Weddings Lead: Kirsten Guthrie | Video: Ashe Co Weddings Lead: Karlo & Zadie Coloso | Fog Machine $100 per hour: Ashe Co Weddings Lead: Brandon & Kellie | Table Setup: Rent-E-Quip Chairs, Linens, Flatware, Plates, Glasses | Cake & Macaroons: Brick House Bakery R I C HMO NDW E D D IN G S.C OM

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Hire the Pros! By Tatiana Sizemore

Wedding budgets are a popular topic. There’s advice everywhere on how to save money and cut corners. But be careful. One thing to not cut corners on is hiring professional vendors. While friends and family may have all the best intentions with offering services for your day, if they are not actually licensed, insured, and experienced, you will potentially be in for a heap of trouble and may be held financially responsible for mishaps.

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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 wedding 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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by Jacqui Photography

Any professional business will show necessary documents including licenses and insurance certificates, and some planners and venues REQUIRE vendors to be insured. Their policies protect you from damage caused by their services. While probably super unlikely, if a guest gets hurt or there is damage done to your venue, insurance can save you (the client) from liability. Factors such as food safety are a huge concern if you decide to hire someone who isn’t a pro for your wedding. Keeping food at a safe temperature and ensuring it is warm for service is an art and skill and requires adequate equipment. Not having a professional vendor can result in less than appetizing cuisine and food borne illness. That would not be a good way to begin married bliss! For people such as coordinators and DJs, they are the glue that bind the day together. Hiring friends or family for these roles can result in a lack of care and at worst, a no show all together. The wedding industry runs on word of mouth and reviews and stories spread on social media. A professional business with a reputation to uphold and a contract to fulfill will not be a no show for your wedding without a backup plan in place, likely outlined in your contract.

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While friends and family may have all the best intentions with offering services for your day, if they are not actually licensed, insured, and experienced, you will potentially be in for a heap of trouble and may be held financially responsible for mishaps.

When hiring your vendors, ask for business insurance, reviews and a copy of their contract. Make sure there are explanations for what happens if they cannot make it on your day and how that would be handled. Hiring experienced professionals will guarantee less stress on your wedding day. And of course, a seasoned coordinator or planner will help with the process of vetting your vendor team! 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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P E R F EC T Wedding Favors! By Terri Crowder

Are your Pinterest boards overflowing with details for the dress, venue, photographer, and more? How about wedding favors? How will you show your guests gratitude for attending your special day? Here we’ll give ideas on how to say thank you for coming, along with something meaningful that will remind them of the experience they had at your wedding. The perfect favor can be the statement piece to your wedding.

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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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WHAT to give?

Here’s a fun list of budget friendly favor ideas as a starting point: • Succulent plants are all the rage right now • Customized candles • Customized coffee • Koozies with the Bride & Groom’s names and wedding date • Chocolate chip cookies in a cute tin with a darling label • A jar of your favorite hot sauce with a pretty tag tied on the side • A custom shot or wine glass • A mini bag of popcorn • A jar of honey • A small bottle of wine from a local winery Check with a florist for a small plant as a favor. Perhaps a local coffee shop may be able to do a special blend for you in a custom bag with your names and date. A bakery can put together cookies in similar packaging. Pick up a case of hot sauce and create a cute tag to tie onto the bottle with a piece of twine. A local popcorn shop could make a custom label based on your wedding theme and colors and create a custom favor with the flavor of your choice.

WHAT to say?

Favors can tie into the theme of your wedding with colors or flavor. Providing a copy of your wedding invitation to who is doing your favors will help them with ideas for customization. Here are some ideas for words to use to customize your favors:

HOW MANY do I need?

Depending on the budget, you may decide to give one favor per guest or one favor per couple. There are no rules here, just keep your budget in mind. The best favors are something that can be used again or eaten!

• Thanks for enjoying our special day • Thanks for being part of our day • Bride & Groom names and wedding date • An engagement photo and your date • With love from the Bride and Groom • Happily ever after • Thank you for making our day so sweet • A sweet ending to a new beginning

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Be sure to stop in and visit Northern Neck Popcorn Bag when visiting the Northern Neck of Virginia. Try the Salted Dark Chocolate Caramel and the Wedding Cake Popcorn. Shop for wedding favors in their stores located in Kilmarnock, Warsaw, and Gloucester, or online at www.northernneckpopcornbag.com.


Trendy and Inexpensive

WEDDING FAVORS

By Ken Hansen

Favors and custom giveaways can be the fun part of wedding planning, whether they are specialty can/ bottle coolies with your initials, custom-printed mints for the dessert table or a host of other possibilities. These aren’t the handful of wedding party gifts but, instead they are the giveaway items that enhance and personalize the wedding. The challenge is trying to buy them. While known as wedding favors, in the industry they are called promotional Items, and it’s important to be aware of hidden costs, minimums, and production time considerations. Before we discuss the ordering process and pitfalls to avoid, let’s talk about some popular favors. Each of the items below run less than $2 each and, in some cases, just pennies per piece.

Popular Favors CAN/BOTTLE COOLIES – In the last five years, this has been the number one wedding favor, and there is no close second. Fun customizations include wreath-circled initials, hashtags (#lotsofhashtags) and even images of the couples’ dogs. Normally these have a “fun” side and a “classier” side. Coolies come in normal and slim can sizes as well as stiff and collapsible designs. There are about ten color options for the coolies and almost unlimited color options for the imprints. CHOCOLATES – These tasty favors can be customized in a variety of forms. Foil wrappers on individual 1-oz. squares can have names, dates or any design you like. Less popular, because of cost, is an imprint molded directly into the chocolate. This can be expensive but really makes an impression. Individual chocolates are good for scattering on the dinner tables. Another option for dessert tables or the exit table is a tin or cardboard container, customized on the outside with your art, and containing 5-10 small treats. PERSONALIZED BAGS – A popular new trend is providing out-of-town guests with welcome bags at hotel check in. These may include some of the special couple’s favorite treats, locally made items, or perhaps a list of local attractions and a welcome note describing the contents’ significance to them. Bags are available in many styles, colors and sizes. Paper bags with handles, nylon string bags, and recycled cloth bags are popular, and the bag style dictates the design options (full color vs. 1-2 color, digitally printed vs. silk screened, etc.).

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STADIUM CUPS – These popular and timetested items are available in 12, 16, 20 and 24 oz. sizes, can be smooth or fluted, and come in a wide variety of colors. Most have one-color imprints that can be different on each side. Plastic cups are most common, but paper and clear plastic cups are also available. DRINK STIRRERS – This throw-away item is a great touch to help personalize your day. There are a few varieties, but generally they are about five inches long with personalized

signs on a little rectangle or heart at the top. Bartenders then put one in each drink. MINTS – Personalized mints with the couple’s names or the shared new name are a nice touch on a dessert table, the dinner tables or in the reception area. A recently popular idea is to place a basket of forgotten items in the bathrooms for guests, such as travel deodorant, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, and combs or brushes, and mints are a great addition.

Buying Wedding Favors

are a great choice because they carry these items and regularly handle lots of personalization. 2.

ART AND DESIGN can be a challenge. Unless you are a graphic designer, you will probably need assistance creating the final art. Most vendors are willing to help. All you do is decide initially what you want and then approve the final proof. There’s no need to be intimidated - the vendor is there for you.

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PRODUCTION TIMES vary depending on what company you choose. If you buy from a local store, most of these products will be manufactured overseas, then printed in the U.S., and production time is usually 1-3 weeks. If you buy through a website, these items are often made and printed overseas and, between production and shipping, delivery can run from three weeks to never arriving. Supply chain and shipping issues are very real in this sector. This is another great reason to find a local vendor.

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MINIMUM ORDER QUANTITIES vary, but a good rule of thumb is roughly $200 for each item. So, if you are buying $1.50 can coolies, the minimum will likely be around 150. If you are buying $20 custom umbrellas, the minimum will probably be 10.

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THERE WILL BE A SET-UP CHARGE, whether for silk screens or production, and it’s usually about $30-$50. This charge isn’t from your vendor, but from the manufacturer they use. If you are buying online and it says “no set-up charge,” rest assured there is a set-up charge. They are just adding it to the price of each item.

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SOME VENDORS MAY CHARGE FOR SHIPPING from the factory to the local store. Sometimes the shipping cost is broken out separately and sometimes it is included in the price of the item.

This is where wedding favors get tricky, so keep some things in mind: 1.

WHERE YOU BUY can make a huge difference in your experience. I highly recommend finding a brick-andmortar company in your area. With an overwhelming selection of options, art guidelines, and delivery times, having a real person you can meet with and call when necessary provides comfort and accessible answers. Local trophy shops

This may feel like a lot, but the vendors are there to help you decide on the right product, create a great design, and get the items in time for the big day. You get to create fun personal touches for your wedding without breaking the bank. Ken Hansen is the owner of Crown Trophy Richmond. He and Crown Trophy have been serving the RVA wedding community for 20 years and specialize in wedding favors and personalized gifts. Call Ken or any of the great people at Crown Trophy at 804-262-1000. 18

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By Paula Ramirez Many agree that vision boards help create the life of your dreams, so why not utilize this same theory for your wedding day? Here is a step-bystep plan to make that vision a reality!

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Set a date and remember to invite your besties to join in on the fun.

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Collect 5 to 10 magazines that warm your heart and ask your friends to do the same.

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Arrange to have scissors, glue, tape, and cocktails at the ready!

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Cut out gorgeous photos, inspiring words, and beautiful people having the time of their lives. Go to town!

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Collect them all on the wedding vision board to look at every morning leading up to the big day. Whether you believe it or not, your wedding day will be an absolute vision!

Paula Ramirez is the Proprietor of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding & Event Estate. Paula and her husband Martin have lovingly restored this National Landmark to its original grandeur and are honored to share the treasured estate for events. Paula, Martin, and the Mansion have been featured in Forbes, Orbitz, Travel Channel, MSNBC, Martha Stewart Weddings, Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, New York Times, and Apple TV.

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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

Main Street Station has been a landmark in Downtown Richmond since 1901. The station offers two event spaces, perfect for any size. For more information and booking inquiries please call: (804) 646-1862 www.MainStreetStationRichmond.com 1500 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219 R I C HMO NDW E D D IN G S.C OM

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By Rebecca Blackwell

You’re engaged! As you start checking things off your list, don’t forget to prepare for the part after the wedding day called marriage… Why are healthy marriages so important? The community is stronger when couples are fulfilled in their relationship, and children (when and if they enter the picture) are more likely to do well in school and life. Everyone hopes for happy, lifelong relationships and research shows that most people, regardless of background or economic status, eventually want to be married! In fact, around 40% of couples get engaged between Christmas and Valentine’s Day then immediately start focusing on their BIG day! Excitement takes over and the couple is off and running in a race that seems to go faster and faster until their wedding day arrives. Therefore, all new couples should pause, take note and prepare for their marriage together, not just the wedding day. Here are a few things to remember as you get ready for “I do”:

Make it Last a Lifetime

Get Pre-marital Coaching

Be Prepared for Wedding Stress

Did you know that couples who simply take an online assessment are more likely to show relationship satisfaction through their own discussions. Those who take it one step further and meet with a facilitator or coach decrease the likelihood of divorce by 30%. Your premarital coaching program should be fun and exciting while getting you to talk as a couple about important topics. So, as the big day approaches, be sure to take the time to make plans for your future.

Build in Fun & Grow your Friendship

Couples that play together, stay together. As you are preparing for the wedding, make it exciting for both of you through the entire process. Obviously, you want that day to be fun, just remember that it is only one day. You need to be playful and proactive when it comes to keeping the friendship alive for many years to come.

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How do you prep a meal? What steps do you take before a trip? Where are you going to live after the wedding day? In other words, you make plans for everything else in life, you should do the same for the marriage. If planning a wedding takes a lot, think about how much planning the rest of your lives together will take. Discuss and set long-term goals together as a couple. Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years? When will you have children? When do you want to retire? Real life happens and you need to be able to talk about everything, be willing to share thoughts/ feelings, and lean on each other when things change. You’re on the same team and the motto is now ‘We Over Me’ as you do life together.

our wedding is one day, but marriage is a lifetime. Stress causes a lack of connection between couples and planning a wedding can bring on a lot of it. Remember to consider the big picture when making choices. Discuss with your fiancé how they may feel about the decisions that need to be made. Healthy communication is a great tool for a successful relationship. If conflict starts to arise, don’t run from it; instead stop, relax, and discuss the issue that may be causing the conflict without letting emotions take over. Make sure you understand the issue before having an emotional conversation and say something you really don’t mean. If you are looking for even more tips on how to start your life together, talk to couples who are already married. They can offer great advice, sometimes without being asked. Finding a mentor couple is another way to gain different perspectives about being married. When you engage in conversations and a premarital coaching program, you will discover the playful and practical parts of being married and learn things that will impact the

relationship while enjoying spending time together. If you hit a speed bump along the way, it’s okay to ask for help. Many couples wait too long before discussing important issues, taking those unresolved issues with them into their marriage. Remember, there is great value in talking through things now, learning how to communicate effectively, finding efficient strategies to handle conflict, figuring out finances, discussing intimacy/affection and knowing how you each view the roles and responsibilities in the relationship before starting your life together. By being proactive, the marriage will start strong and continue to grow ‘til death do you part. Rebecca Blackwell, Marriage & Relationship Coach with Relationship Foundation of VA, has been working with couples for over 15 years to help strengthen marriages and relationships. Her passion for marriage and family is contagious as she so enjoys encouraging couples as they start their marriage journey, enter new stages of marriage, rare dating, or working through issues.

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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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OAKDALE The Slice of Heaven You’ve Been Looking For

By Shalese Higginbotham, POSH PR®

When he was driving past a beautiful farm property every day on his way to work as a police officer, Chris Stem never imagined that he would someday get to turn that property into a wedding venue. “I kept telling my wife that I couldn’t let it turn into a housing development,” Chris says. “I think she thought I was a little crazy, but here we are!” After surviving 2020 after just opening in 2019, Oakdale is now fully immersed in the wedding boom and booking well into 2023. When they chose to create the wedding space, one thing was completely clear to Chris and his partners, Jeff Sears and Eric Pair: they had to maintain the integrity of the land and its rich history. The first step? Choosing a name with plenty of personal meaning. The name Oakdale comes from Jeff Sears’ nearby family farm that has been passed down from generation to generation since 1902. Today, Oakdale still maintains its agricultural roots. It is the home of 75 head of cattle, pigs, sheep, and a booming hay operation. It is also Chris’s home and of course, a stunning wedding and event venue. Oakdale is the perfect combination of convenience and seclusion. The 100 acre property is perfectly quiet and idyllic, yet it sits just 10 minutes from Short Pump and Downtown Ashland. Options for rehearsal dinner spots and guest accommodations are plentiful! Plus, for your out-of-town guests, Oakdale is a quick 35 minute drive from the Richmond Airport. 32

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The jewel of it all, a modern black and white barn with giant picture windows, provides the perfect balance of rusticity and elegance. “It looks like a barn, but inside, it’s a blank slate,” Chris says. “Our couples can create a space that feels really elegant, or they can make it feel simple and cozy. It’s all over the map. We’ve seen everything from rustic themes to an opulent indoor garden theme. It’s a great space to create whatever dream you have for your big day.” The fully climate-controlled barn overlooks a glittering pond and open hayfield where couples can choose from multiple picturesque outdoor locations for their ceremony. Your cocktail hour can take place inside or you can use the two outdoor patios complete with a fire pit and outdoor bar for those pre-dinner drinks. With 4,000 square feet of indoor event space, Oakdale can host weddings up to 200 guests. You can choose to have your ceremony outside or inside, whichever you (or the weather!) prefer. There’s also an option to host a fully outdoor wedding under a tent or in the open air so you can enjoy a night under the stars. The venue is fully handicap accessible and of course, includes plenty of parking for guest vehicles

as well as limos and buses. Oakdale is the perfect venue for the couple who wants to keep the planning process simple. Your package includes 10 hours of venue access, a day-of coordinator, multiple outdoor ceremony site options, indoor event space, tables, chairs, linens, golf carts to shuttle your guests from their cars to the event, bartenders, set up, break down, and even a DJ if you’d like! “The building sells itself,” Chris says, “and we’re very laid back. We offer so much, so our clients are comfortable because we take so much off of their plates.” “When it comes to hosting a wedding here, all you have to do is bring in catering,” says venue manager Mary Jane Spagnolo. And it’s true! All you have to do is find your caterer, photographer, and florist, and Oakdale’s incredible staff will handle the rest. If you’re looking for a slice of heaven not too far off the beaten path, Oakdale is exactly what you need. Not only will you have a dedicated and experienced team by your side for all of your planning needs, you’ll also get to be a part of this beautiful property’s history.

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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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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CELEBRATE NEW BEGINNINGS AT HISTORIC WAVERLY ESTATE Our weekend wedding venue offers accommodations for 30+ including accommodations at Main Street Lofts by Waverly. 434-321-4032 · www.waverlyestate.com · waverlyestateevents@gmail.com Heather Chipps Photography

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Stay Calm and Plan On

By Paula Ramirez

It’s official, you’re engaged! Before jumping into the deep end of the wedding pool, be sure to take a breath and take your time getting your feet wet. Here are some helpful steps to keep from feeling overwhelmed while planning the nuptials.

· Count your blessings. Start your engagement on a positive note, quite literally! By each of you listing 3 things that you’re grateful for and then sharing with one another at the weekly dates, you are sure to keep things both joyful and in proper perspective.

· Utilize a digital platform. Tools for planning have come a long way! You’ll find everything in one place to track your progress, even see how best to lighten the load by delegating small tasks to trusted friends. Be sure to make it shareable without allowing for edits.

· Hire the best. Whatever your budget, be sure to factor in a wonderful planner. Finding a wedding planning team that has your back is truly priceless. Their expertise is a gift to yourself that you will never regret!

· Schedule a weekly date for you and your love! It’s important to spend time together during the planning process but with the caveat that the wedding cannot be discussed during the date. This will surely help you stay romantically connected as a couple.

Paula Ramirez is the Proprietor of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding & Event Estate. Paula and her husband Martin have lovingly restored this National Landmark to its original grandeur and are honored to share the treasured estate for events. Paula, Martin, and the Mansion have been featured in Forbes, Orbitz, Travel Channel, MSNBC, Martha Stewart Weddings, Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, New York Times, and Apple TV.

· Commit to an exercise plan. The best way to relieve stress is to work it out! Whether a 30-minute walk, a barre class or spinning, this one small act done consistently will make otherwise overwhelming situations more enjoyable.

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Our turn-key properties ensure that saying "I do" is a seamless and stress-free process. Celebrate your wedding at Dover Hall, Virginia's premier wedding venue, and host your rehearsal dinner at our sister property, Bartizan. Seven Lady Vineyards is the brainchild of two long-time friends and business partners who share the same passion for family, entrepreneurship, and of course, premium wines. Located on the 55 beautiful acres at Dover Hall, Seven Lady Vineyards will be Richmond's very first west coast-style tasting room. www.doverhall.com

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Time Out! 5 Ways to Destress Before the Wedding

MJ Mendoza Photography

By Paula Ramirez

Planning a wedding ranks highly on any list of life’s most intense experiences. Managing details, relieving family tensions, worrying about a budget – not to mention the enormity of launching a new life with a loved one! It’s easy to end up completely stressed. The constant pressure of wedding planning isn’t just inconvenient or uncomfortable, it can have negative consequences on your health, overall effectiveness, and even on your relationship. De-stressing is a matter of wedding survival! Luckily, there are many great ways to relax before a wedding!

Go Back to Nature

Leave behind the cell phones and devices, and plan an outdoor weekend. Try hiking a scenic trail or spending the day kayaking or paddle boarding on a local river. Time communing with the outdoors offers quiet reflection, a chance to observe the beauty around us, and endorphin-releasing exercise for a healthier feeling inside and out.

Find a Festival

Richmond is world-famous for its many arts, food, and music festivals. While it’s easy to feel like there isn’t the time when all of the wedding details are weighing heavily on your mind, it only takes a few hours of distraction to “reset” your attitude and allow you to let off some steam.

Plan a Night Out

When was the last time you got together with the girls for dinner at your favorite restaurant, or gathered the guys at a local sports bar or pub and just relaxed? It’s common for couples to go weeks, even months without checking in with friends outside of the wedding party. A night out could be just the break you need to start planning afresh in the morning.

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Do a Good Deed

One of the best ways to restore personal balance and feel closer to others is to perform some kind of service together. Help a local school revive its gardens in the spring, participate in a local river clean up, or offer to prepare meals for an underserved population at your house of worship. Maybe commit acts of random kindness – buy a stranger’s coffee, finish paying someone’s layaway account, or help an elderly lady cross the street. Giving to others has a unique way of healing one’s soul – and putting stress into a perspective that makes it feel manageable again.

Take a Weekend Escape

When stress hits an all-time high, it may be time for a weekend escape. A ski weekend, spa trip, or short cruise to nowhere is enough time for an escape, usually without breaking the bank. Head to the beach for some romantic walks on the shore, or check into a historic Bed and Breakfast for personal service, gourmet breakfasts, and local access to all of the best that a region has to offer. More important than how you find peace is accepting that wedding planning and stress go hand-in-hand. De-stressing helps restore humor and unity and allows you to enjoy what’s most important...a joyous wedding day! Paula Ramirez is the Proprietor of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding & Event Estate. Paula and her husband Martin have lovingly restored this National Landmark to its original grandeur and are honored to share the treasured estate for events. Paula, Martin, and the Mansion have been featured in Forbes, Orbitz, Travel Channel, MSNBC, Martha Stewart Weddings, Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, New York Times, and Apple TV.


Looking for vintage character? The Schoolhouse on Hawthorne is a city venue with a retro vibe. Rent the entire building for the day or the weekend. Guests can enjoy the teacher’s lounge, homeroom, detention, the library or music hall.

theschoolhouserva.com 804.321.1659

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The Dominion Club, located in the Wyndham community, has built a solid reputation as being the Wedding Capital of the West End, while also being inducted into The Knot Hall of Fame for consistently being voted as the best wedding venue in Richmond, Virginia. LAKESIDE CEREMONY SITE 220 GUEST RECEPTION SPACE FULL SERVICE CATERING

Contact our Director of Catering for your tour and wedding consultation Hope Barrett | 804.360.0091 hbarrett@heritagegolfgroup.com 6000 DOMINION CLUB DRIVE THEDOMINIONCLUB.COM Special Thanks to: Valerie Renee Luxe Event Design | Kimie James Photography | Marshall Arts Photography | Epic Sounds Entertainment | Burleson’s Events | Blue Sage Bridal | Truly Yours Bridal | Rhythm of Love, DJ and Lighting Services | Models Laura & Roth Carroll and Jennifer & Michael White



Old World Weddings are New Again By Paula Ramirez

Gilded & grand

Loads of candles mixed with oversized centerpieces, accented with the ever-classic gold chivairi chairs.

Lovely in lace

Pay homage to old world tradition by opting for luscious lace draped as a veil or even featured at your sweetheart and VIP tables.

European vibe

After the past two years, who’s not longing to travel? Take your guests on an old-world tour of Europe through your decor, even naming tables after your favorite European cities.

Formal & fun

Too often we associate formal affairs with stuffiness, not so! Combine your black-tie affair with lawn games…who says formal can’t be fun too!? Paula Ramirez is the Proprietor of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding & Event Estate. Paula and her husband Martin have lovingly restored this National Landmark to its original grandeur and are honored to share the treasured estate for events. Paula, Martin, and the Mansion have been featured in Forbes, Orbitz, Travel Channel, MSNBC, Martha Stewart Weddings, Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, New York Times, and Apple TV. 50

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You’re Engaged!

NOW WHAT? By Tommy Waters

One of the most-asked questions that wedding vendors hear from couples is, “What do I do first?” And it’s a very important one! Don’t worry. We’re here to help! Here are the top things to think about doing first:

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Choose your date.

Set a budget.

One thing you can count on is that whatever date you are thinking about…another couple is thinking about it too. Want to hear something scary? In the year 2020, across the nation, one of the most popular dates had over 10,000 couples thinking about it. Fortunately, that is not the case in any given region or area. But it’s still goes without saying that picking the date and zeroing in on a favorite is important.

If you haven’t already considered what you have to spend, now is the time to do it. Bring in anyone and everyone that will help with expenses to discuss and create the budget.

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Book the church and venue.

Create your wedding party!

For all the couples thinking of the same date, you can be sure that they are thinking of the same venues and churches too. Choosing a date and then booking the venue and/or church will certainly check off the big to-do items on your list and can quickly reduce stress. Most will only do one event per day, so booking early will make sure you get the one you want.

One of the most fun, but very stressful jobs on your to-do list can be deciding who will be in the wedding party. Generally, pick the names of friends and family who are closest to you and have the biggest impact on your lives. (PRO TIP: after choosing the party, sleep on it. Once you’ve asked someone to play such a big role, you can’t take it back!)

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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THE MUSEUM DOES WEDDINGS AT VIRGINIA HOUSE

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22 NEW – SPRING 20 The museum property has been completely renovated and reimagined. with many new indoor and outdoor options for receptions and ceremonies.

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The Wedding Venue with Heart By Shalese Higginbotham, POSH PR®

Just off I64 sits one of the most incredible wedding venues in our area. South View Farm, however, is far more than just a wedding venue. It is also the home of Adams International School, a Montessori school with an impressive resumé and even more impressive people at the helm.

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When you’re at South View Farm, you can feel the love, gratitude, and attention to detail that Tamra and her team have put into this space and the school.

Robbie Hickman Photography

Owner and Founder Tamra Adams has worked tirelessly over the past decade to create a beautiful, fun wedding space that also helps her students thrive. When you host your special day at South View Farm, you are dramatically decreasing the cost of tuition for the parents and children who love their school and excel here. In fact, rising AIS eighth graders Emma and Gavin (son of Richmond Weddings™ owners Amye and Scott Brunette) each scored 1230 on the SAT placing the pair in the 99th percentile for their age group and in the 80th percentile overall. Talk about impressive! “Our school is often described as a small school with a big heart,” Tamra says. “We teach students family-style, prioritizing their emotional and social needs. As seasoned practitioners, we are acutely aware that when children feel accepted, respected, and genuinely valued, they will challenge themselves academically and rise to the occasion.” South View Farm is perfect for the couple who is unpretentious, full of creativity, and ready to celebrate their marriage. The laidback atmosphere allows couples to truly make their wedding day their own. “We offer a lot of choices and give you the freedom of creativity to set the stage the way you see fit,” Tamra says.

When you choose South View Farm for your wedding, you have the option of using the classic Virginia Barn, a spacious red barn with grand doors and romantic string lights, for your indoor ceremony and/or reception. You can also choose to host your big day outdoors with an open ceremony and a reception on the large patio with a tent. Plus, with 131 acres of stunning property, there is no shortage of portrait locations for the dreamiest photos! The Little Red Schoolhouse is also available to rent for your wedding weekend. “Usually this is where the groom and his friends hang out before the wedding, playing cards and keeping busy,” Tamra says. What we love most about South View Farm are all the accommodations available. With a total of thirteen bedrooms in two separate homes on the property, your wedding weekend can truly be a family affair! The Manor House boasts ten bedrooms while the Classic Cottage has three bedrooms and a cozy den where your closest family and friends can stay with you all weekend long.

all of Tamra’s twelve children grew up in the Manor House, and there are little nods to each of them throughout. For additional accommodations, Short Pump and its many hotels and rehearsal dinner spots are just twelve minutes away! When you’re at South View Farm, you can feel the love, gratitude, and attention to detail that Tamra and her team have put into this space and the school. “If the pandemic is teaching us anything, it’s to pay attention to what matters most,” Tamra says. Here, on this unique property, what matters most is your marriage, your family, and the children you help just by celebrating here! To learn more about South View Farm and Adams International School, please visit www.southviewfarmva.com or call 804-784-0141.

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4240 Dominion Blvd Glen Allen, VA 23060 For more information, please contact our wedding specialists at 804.965.9500 or visit www.marriott.com/RICMW

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Timeless Victorian elegance and old Richmond charm located in the historic downtown district. Home of the most glamorous weddings since 1868. • Free parking • Tables & chairs on-site • Full catering kitchen with client’s choice of caterer from a pre-approved list • Historic ballroom & outdoor garden space • Separate dressing rooms for both sides of the wedding party

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MAKE YOUR SPECIAL DAY HISTORIC Exchange your vows inside a re-created 1600s church and celebrate on the bluff of the beautiful James River. Henricus Historical Park - a living history museum

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Learn Common Service Styles + the Pros and Cons to determine what is best for your wedding By Carter Sutton Aines

The food at your wedding is undoubtedly one of the key elements of the celebration. I mean, let’s face it, you are throwing the most extravagant dinner party of your life! You want the guests to have a good time, be well taken care of, and most importantly, leave with not only a full heart, but a full stomach too. 72

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caterers Let’s talk food! Your wedding menu is an extension of you and your sweetheart’s personalities. Whether that be a menu filled with your favorite foods or cuisine that matches the theme of your big day, our amazing caterers can help make it happen. Here we will help you brainstorm your dream menu and provide some mouth-watering inspiration along the way!

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Choosing a service style can be difficult. You may find yourself asking questions like; “How do we know what works best in our reception space?” “Are we limited in how many entrees we can select?” And of course, “What is this going to cost?” Once there is a better understanding of each, making this decision may be a little less daunting. So, let’s get to it!

PLATED AND SERVED Plated and served dinners tend to be one of the more traditional service styles and have become quite popular since the dealings of COVID-19. These may be executed two ways: A dual/duet entree: each guest receives two proteins, a starch, and a vegetable. Pre-selected guest’s choice: attendees select their entree when they submit their RSVP.

PROS: · Allows all the salads to be served (or preset) at once, and then the entree to be served on one plate with the accompanying vegetable and starch. · Sets the tone that the evening is formal. · You can work closely with the caterer on the plate presentation.

CONS: · A limited variety could pose a challenge to dietary restrictions. · One of the most expensive forms of service as a full set of utensils, china, and occasionally glassware is required to execute each course. · Requires a large overall staff for high-quality service.

TIP: Be mindful of vegan/vegetarian friends. Ask the caterer if they can provide a plated vegan/vegetarian option. It’s also great to ensure the salad option can be altered to accommodate any dietary restrictions/allergies.

FAMILY STYLE

Family Style dinners create a warm atmosphere at the table. Guests feel a sense of home as bowls and platters are passed around during conversation, giving the feeling of comfort, as if at their own dinner table. Servers bring salad, proteins, and sides to each table and replenish as necessary.

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PROS: · You can offer a larger variety, aiding to dietary restrictions and picky eaters. · No waiting for guests to finish going through a buffet or station line. · Encourages conversation between family and strangers alike.

CONS: · You will need large quantities of platters, bowls, and serving utensils which may mean a high rental cost. · Serving dishes take up a large amount of space. · Platters and bowls can be heavy. Be mindful of how the weight of these items may be for elderly guests to pass around the table.

Tip: Discuss table design ideas with the planner, florist, and caterer. It is important to all parties to have a clear understanding of what is being placed on the table. If elaborate table runners, florals, and votives are your tablescape vision, this is not the service style for you.

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Buffet dinners are the most common service style. They can be one sided or double sided, generally depending on guest count, to quickly move guests through dinner service. The coordination team, DJ, or catering captain can release tables, keeping the buffet organized and giving the catering staff time to replenish items that are running low.

PROS: · Buffet tables can be designed in several ways, be aesthetically pleasing, and incorporate elements of your wedding to create personal touches. · Guests have the ability to personalize their plates. · Generally, a smaller staff can execute successfully, but it will be based on the final guest count provided.

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questions the guests may have about the options presented. You don’t want the guests to “work” for their dinner.

STATIONS/HEAVY HORS D’OEUVRES

Stations/Heavy Hors d’Oeuvres are a great option if you have a crowd that likes to mingle and doesn’t like to sit still. Food tables are placed throughout the reception to eliminate long lines. When offering stations/ heavy hors d’oeuvres, you will want to have a variety of options for guests, from seafood and beef to vegan and gluten free.

PROS: · Food curious guests can talk with chefs at interactive spots, such as a carving station or an oyster shucking station.

· Can take guests longer to maneuver through the line.

· A great way to incorporate you and your partner’s favorite cuisines or foods.

· You AND your caterer are unable to control portions.

· Stations present an opportunity for stunning visual displays and photos.

· Guests serve themselves.

Tip: Ask the caterer to provide a menu at the front of the buffet and to have someone attend to help answer any

CONS: · Requires food to be open longer as guests tend to eat in a more casual, timeconsuming fashion.

· Cooking stations take longer as food is being made live. · If you have multiple stations, rental costs will be higher. You need plates, utensils, and catering equipment at each one.

Tip: You do not need to provide seating for the entire guest count. Consider seating for ¹⁄3 -½ of it. You can scatter cocktail tables around the reception space for additional surfaces for guests to pause and eat. As you journey through the planning process, the wedding and the service style should reflect you and your partner. If still unsure, don’t be afraid to ask family, friends, and of course, the caterer. They have years of experience, and have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. They will be able to help navigate through the decision-making process and throw a soiree that is sure to please. Carter Sutton Aines is the Staffing Coordinator and an Event Planner for A Sharper Palate Catering and Events, and the NACE Richmond Chapter Vice President. A Sharper Palate has been a premier caterer in the Richmond area since 1993 and services a variety of events including rehearsal dinners, weddings, private parties, galas, and corporate functions. To learn more, check out their website www.asharperpalate.com. R I C HMO NDW E D D IN G S.C OM

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The “To Do’s” Before the “I Do’s” Rentals – The Forgotten Checklist By The Sales Team at Party Perfect

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epending on where your reception is taking place, rentals may play an integral part in making sure you and your guests have a fantastic experience. Plates, glassware, utensils, tables, and chairs are among the most common items needed, but there are several other things to consider when making sure nothing is forgotten, especially if you are renting a tent. Ask yourself these questions and get your vendors involved to make sure everything is covered.

❑ Do you need electrical power? If you are having a beautiful outdoor wedding under a tent, you will likely need additional power sources. Many vendors will require it.

*TIP – Look into generator rentals.

❑ Do you have enough catering equipment? Check with your venue, caterer, or food provider to see what is included. You can always rent or buy additional items such as tables, linens, chafing dishes, serving utensils, beverage items, etc.

*TIP – Prepare for more than you think you need.

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❑ When you got to go, you got to go! Where is the restroom? Do you have access to restrooms, or do you need additional restroom facilities?

*TIP – Consider portable restroom trailers for outdoor weddings. They’re actually very nice!

❑ Do you have guests with special accommodations attending your wedding? Take into consideration your guests with dietary restrictions, handicapped accommodations, or even elderly family members.

*TIP – Talk to your food provider, pay attention to parking and terrain the venue, and provide your loved ones with a comfortable chair to enjoy the evening with you.

❑ Where will everyone park? Make sure there is ample parking for all guests.

*TIP – Do you need additional lighting for the parking lot? Rental companies can help!


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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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There are so many beautiful and affordable tent rental styles to choose from these days. Here are a few questions to answer and considerations to make:

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❑ If you are renting a tent, is the ground primarily a firm flat area? ❑ Is the location easily accessible for delivery and pickup with a large truck? ❑ When can the rental company deliver and install as well as pick up and break down? ❑ Will a venue contact, or coordinator be onsite during setup and breakdown? ❑ Do you need a catering/food prep tent? ❑ Do you have any gas, water, or sewer lines in the yard? Make sure to call the utility company if you are at a private residence. ❑ Do you need a permit? Make sure you have them for ABC and any tents over 900 sq. ft. We know that navigating your way through rentals can be a daunting task, but local rental agents are here to help! Reach out to one today and let them guide you through the process so you can focus other aspects of the planning.

Party Perfect has been specializing in Wedding and Event Rentals since 1996. Our Sales Consultants and Penguin Team are here to help you check off every box on your Wedding List. Contact us to book a Showroom Consultation and don’t forget to visit our online Rental Catalog at www.partyperfect.com!

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attire It's time to talk about what you're going to wear! Together with our tips, we'll help you find the perfect attire for you and your sweetheart.

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By Teri Butler “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe!” The objects recited in this Victorian era guide for bridal success were usually small trinkets of love that a mother, sister, grandmother or other relative gave to the bride at the eleventh hour, before walking down the aisle to her betrothed. Something “old” represents continuity and a nod to the past, while something “new” offers optimism for the future. Continuing the legacy of a wedding dress from a mother or grandmother will bring in that “something old” while restyling or redesigning it can be the “something new.” Doing this is not limited to brides, as grooms recently also have been known to have their mother’s or grandmother’s wedding gown included into the festivities. Brides considering incorporating some portion of a loved one’s gown into her own may be at a loss as to how to do it as the dress may not be a trending style. Here are a few stories of to help motivate and get you started.

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India’s grandmother, Frances, had her wedding dress designed and created in 1952. India’s mother, Cynthia, had restyled Frances’ dress for her own 1984 wedding to India’s father. Sadly, Frances had passed before India’s wedding, so it only seemed fitting to carry on her grandmother’s legacy. She chose to repurpose it to design the five flower girls’ dresses. What better way to celebrate loved ones no longer with us than repurposing a family’s wedding gown and creating flower girl dresses from the vintage fabrics and laces from multiple generations. Lindsey’s grandmother had been a New York designer in the early 1950s. When she became engaged, she designed the gown for her ceremony. Seventy years later, Lindsey chose to wear that dress as her rehearsal dinner ensemble. Repurposing a gown and carrying on a legacy is not limited to the wedding ceremony but can be an expression during any part of the celebration.

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When choosing to honor those who walked the aisle before you, there is no limit to your imagination to honor this wedding tradition! Speak with an experienced designer who will bring your vision to life. Inspired by the Dress is a design studio where inspiration meets creation and captures bride’s distinctive style and vision for “her perfect dress.” As Owner/Designer, Teri Butler translates her brides’ inspirations into bespoke couture wedding gowns.

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5 Things

to Bring to Your Bridal Appointment (Hint: They’re not what you think) By Sharon Townsend

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When one encounters a numbered list like this, the expectation is a shopping or packing one. Throw any expectations aside now because this isn’t a basic list. Don’t look for what kind of bra to wear or shoes to bring. For the record, go with the strapless and, yes, you can bring shoes, but it’s unlikely the gowns will be hemmed to your height (phew, glad that’s out of the way). The list below might be considered more of a mindfulness exercise in preparation for bridal gown shopping. Here’s what you really need to bring:

1. An open mind

You may think you know exactly what you want, but don’t be closed off to new ideas. Try on that heavily beaded ballgown you’ve been coveting, of course, but allow the stylist to pull a few wild cards. Try them even if you think she’s lost her mind when seeing it on the hanger. Bridal stylists do this every day and know the boutique’s gowns, so they know what suits certain body types and can unearth hidden gems. Trading in that blinged out ballgown for clean lines and a slim silhouette might mean leaving with your open mind…blown.

2. An open book

The book here, metaphorically, is you. Ad photos and Pinterest pics might provide the stylist with a wish list but explaining the way a gown makes you feel once wearing it will help tremendously. Let the stylist get to know you beforehand, and then give feedback about the details you do and do not like when trying on gowns. A little conversation goes a long way – helping find the perfect gown by chatting her up.

3. A minimalist approach

When it comes to guests, less is more. Bring no more than 2 - 3 people, as too many opinions can make gown selection confusing and often, unfortunately, unpleasant. Just like any good minimalist, choose quality over quantity; intentionally invite supportive and trusted friends and family to keep the focus on what you like and how you feel. You want the gown to reflect your style and taste, not that of the masses.

4. A realistic budget

Expectations need to align with what’s in your wallet. Think about overall priorities and factor in alterations as well as accessories like shoes, jewelry, veils and headpieces. If looking for beadwork and premium fabrics such as silk lace, you’ll need to have a budget that matches. Prices also vary widely by designer, so be sure the boutique carries gowns by designers that are in your price range. If budget and taste don’t match up, look for sales. A $2,000 gown may become $1,000 if you are willing to buy a sample off the rack. The stylist will steer you in the right direction if you are up front – the last thing she wants is for you to fall in love with a gown that’s far outside of the budget.

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5. A calming mantra

Brides are more stressed than ever due to the pressures of social media and the uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Something as simple as repeating “I am grateful for and loving this moment” or “I am here, I am enough” can reduce stress, clear your thoughts, and help you focus on this unique experience. Enjoy the moment, keep it light and fun with the stylist and guests, and put the phone down. Stay present.

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. Leslie Nichole Photography


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Is a “First Look” for you? By Jiza Zito

Do you know why it was once considered “bad luck” for the groom to see the bride before the wedding? The tradition has less-than-romantic origins. During the time when arranged marriages were customary, the betrothed couple was not allowed to see each other before the wedding. Marriage, for many families, was essentially a “business deal”. The father, who was the head of the household, would ideally marry off his daughter to a rich, land-owning male. Once the engagement was contracted, the parents would keep the couple apart, fearing that if the groom saw the bride before the wedding and found her unattractive, he wouldn’t go through with the marriage. While today we think of the veil as a beautiful bridal accessory, its original purpose was to keep the groom from finding out what the bride looked like until the last possible minute, when it was too late to back out of the transaction. Romantic, right? In today’s modern understanding of first looks, we are obviously past the whole notion of “It’s bad luck to see a bride before the wedding”. Go on social media, and one can easily see the many Instagram reels, TikToks and images on our feeds of emotional, unique, and beautiful first looks exchanged between couples. If you still wonder whether this is right for you, here are three reasons to consider having one, as well as three alternative ideas: 100

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Maximize your time for photos without sacrificing time at the reception. While you may have the photographer for 8-10 hours, it’s amazing how fast time flies on the day of the wedding, and how easily the timeline can get sidetracked. Most often, portraits with family and the bridal party take longer than expected, and then the next thing you know, there is less than 15 minutes to take romantic images of just you as a couple. When you make the first look a priority, it gives time for those special portraits without being rushed to the cocktail hour or reception. Having the opportunity to get more photographs of just you two together and in such a candid and special moment can definitely be worth it!

the only time you both will be alone until leaving the reception. It can also help set the tone for the perfect mood for romantic portraits. Images of just the two of you are also what you’ll decorate your home with and possibly pass down to family, so it makes sense to spend some quality time photographing them. Hayes & Fisk Photography

Diminish pre-wedding nerves. Some couples have a hard time showing emotion in front of a crowd, and understandably so. There are a lot of feelings mounting up to that moment of seeing each other for the first time. When you do a first look with just you and your spouse-to-be (with photographers and videographers discreetly in the background), it gives you both the chance to be yourselves freely while seeing each other for the first time, without a crowd of loved ones snapping phone photos.

Get some much-needed alone time with your beloved. The first look allows you as a couple to have some alone time before the day gets busy. Unless time is set aside for later in the day, it’s

Alternatives to First Look While a first look has its many perks, it’s not for every couple. Here are some alternative or additional photography ideas for your big day:

A First Look with a Parent or Loved One If you have a close and special relationship with another relative or adopted family, this is a lovely option to consider. Another idea is for this person to escort the bride to the first look.

A First Look with Your Bridal Party You have been through the engagement party, the bridal shower, and the bachelorette party. Now the bridesmaids are excited to see your completed look on your wedding day. Have the photographer catch their reactions as they finally see you dressed as a bride!

The First Touch Prefer not to see each other? A first touch is a beautiful and meaningful way for a couple to come together before the ceremony, while still avoiding the pre-wedding first look. You can hold hands around a corner or door and exchange prayers, intimate words, or even your vows. No matter what you decide for photographs on your wedding day, communicate with the photographer and videographer, and make sure there is enough time to capture images of just you and your spouse. These will be the images that will always be cherished. Olive & Cypress provides wedding & portrait photography that is relaxed, joyful, and refined. Owned and operated by Jiza Zito, she considers herself a contemplative soul pursuing all that is lovely with an affinity for nostalgia & poetry. Jiza believes photography is an expression of beauty she perceives in life and strives to preserve that through heirloom imagery. Visit oliveandcypress.com for more info. 104

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Flowers Love Your Florist By Victoria Zachary

Getting the right mix for your bouquet is oh so critical today. No one wants to talk about COVID anymore, but the fact is, everyone is still dealing with the long-term effects of fewer employees, fewer shippers, and fewer flights. This is true for those in the floristry industry as well. So what does this mean for brides who are looking for the perfect bouquet? How do you go about planning, when to order, and which to choose? The good news is availability is rebounding, and your florist knows what to recommend if it is necessary to replace a flower for another or add a new one to pull it all together.

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To get started, check for flowers that are in season. You will also want to know what is available year-round. Here is a short list of popular wedding flowers that may be found all year: Calla Lilies – white, blush pink, pink, purple, eggplant, yellow, red, orange and novelty items Dianthus – purple, pink, white Delphinium – dark blue, light blue, lavender, white Freesia – pink, white, purple, lavender, red, orange, yellow Hydrangea – white, blue, green, pink, purple Lilies – all types and most colors Lisianthus – lavender, purple, white, pink, apricot Orchids – all varieties, purple, white, pink, apricot, green Ranunculus – white, pink, peach, orange, burgundy, red, purple Roses of all types (standard, garden, and spray roses) – all colors The florist should be working on your behalf, checking availability as well as reasonable substitutes. Stay in touch but also be patient. Your florist is contacting a wholesaler, who is contacting a buyer, who is contacting a farmer or grower, so it may take a little time to get answers. If you haven’t heard back after 5 or 6 days, a gentle reminder is a good idea. Your florist wants the best possible outcome for you. Their most fulfilling moment is when they hear you say, “I love my bouquet!” or “My flowers were just what I imagined they would be!”

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John and Victoria Zachary have enjoyed sharing their love of flowers and plants for 45 years. The Zachary’s opened their specialty wedding business and retail shop 22 years ago when they returned to John’s home in the Commonwealth. They look forward to sharing their enthusiasm for the floristry industry as you plan your very special event.


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EIGHT QUESTIONS You Should (Or Shouldn’t) Ask Your Wedding DJ

By Frank Guertler

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f you do an online search for “Questions to ask your wedding DJ,” you’ll find an overwhelming number of articles with suggested questions. 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 YOU SHOULD ASK: 1) 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 a contract is signed. A professional DJ service will have an office or co-working space to hold a consultation at your convenience. 110

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2) 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 their equipment before guests arrive. No one wants to hear “check… check, one...two” during their cocktail hour.


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music The second best part of a wedding is the dance party that follows! We have a team of amazing DJs and musicians who know how to get everyone on the dance floor, yes EVERYONE! Get ready to bust a move!

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3) DO YOU HAVE LIABILITY INSURANCE? Any performer who takes their business seriously will have some type 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.

4) 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 they get 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.

WHAT NOT TO ASK: 1) 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 onesize- fits-all-playlist, and any DJ that shows up with one hasn’t taken the time to learn about you or your guests.

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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!

3) 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.

4) 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. 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.


The Do’s and Don’ts of Hiring a Band…

Brian David Photography

But Mostly the Do’s! By Myriam Phiro

The date is quickly approaching and every detail is meticulously planned to a T. Your dream wedding is coming to life, and you and your partner are buzzing with excitement. You have rehearsed the First Dance enough to offer anyone the performance of a lifetime. How about bringing everything to the next level by dancing your routine to live music? You are about to tell the world about your love story; it deserves some pizzazz! Whether that dream accompaniment is a serenade in the moonlight, a step back in time with an orchestra, or a pop concert at your wedding, live music will undoubtedly add that extra magical touch to an already special moment.

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Although many bands do, not every band plays a variety of different musical styles. A Jazz band might not be the best fit to perform Top 40 songs, and a Pop band might not be the best choice for a cocktail hour. If you have a musical vision, it’s important to share it with the band leader/agent and ask if it is part of their repertoire.

Often, people don’t realize the details involved with hiring live musicians for an event, such as the hours of travel or the number of musicians. Additionally, coordinating schedules and arriving to the location long before the guests do to load in and properly set up and test the sound equipment and instruments usually takes a great deal more time than the actual performance itself. However, when breaking

Be clear about the style(s) of music the band will play.

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this fee down between the amount of band members as well as the time & skills required to perform your music perfectly, the price tag soon reveals itself as being not so extravagant. Remember: these are professionals and having high level entertainment will require a certain budget.

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This would be particularly advantageous if you’re on a budget and would still enjoy having live music at your wedding. Many ensembles are often skilled in several musical styles and could potentially accommodate your ceremony as a duo, the cocktail hour as a trio, and the dinner portion of your reception as a quintet for example. This option would not only allow for more variety on your end, but by hiring the musicians in “bulk”, you may benefit from a substantial savings. Again, be sure to be extra clear when communicating the musical styles you wish to hear during the relative timeline; e.g. classical repertoire for the ceremony, gypsy Jazz for the cocktail hour, and Swing dancing for the reception.

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Feed the performers and plan for breaks accordingly.

Breaks are necessary for musicians to avoid hand and lip injuries as well as strained vocal cords. To ensure smooth transitions, break timelines and length can and should be discussed in advance. Additionally, if musicians spend over 3 hours at your event including travel and set-up, a meal of some sort is greatly appreciated.

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Use song requests sparingly.

Each couple has their song or a memory that’s attached to a soundtrack: it’s only human nature! Whereas it’s expected to accommodate for First Dances, Processionals and other songs that are uniquely tailored to your wedding, it’s important to keep in mind that you’re hiring a professional and well-rehearsed band with an established repertoire, not a jukebox. 114

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Don’t just grab any microphone for speeches.

Especially in times of Covid, it is important to follow appropriate guidelines when asking the band to provide microphones. Discuss alternate microphone allowances prior to the event to avoid bad surprises.

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Tip the band.

If you enjoy the music during your wedding or had a nice rapport with the band leader, the best way to show your appreciation is by tipping the band directly! Whereas it is not required, gratuity is highly cherished among the band members when delivering a satisfactory performance. As a good rule of thumb, musicians will reciprocate the energy they receive from you. They are entertainers at heart, and they’re passionate about what they do. Music is so connected to emotions: a skilled musician is in tune with this concept and can transmit it to their audience. There was a time when live music was a daily part of everyone’s lives, long before the stereo. In each home was a piano and, in each restaurant, would be live musicians. People would congregate around the piano and sing or play together

in their living room. Music was not just a vocation or a pastime but a common thread of communication. Hiring a band for a memorable occasion is ALWAYS a good idea. No matter what style of music, the band will bring either a heightened sense of sophistication or will make you feel like dancing with that certain joy that only live entertainment can bring. After all, isn’t that what your special day is about? So, begin your marriage with a live performance and show everyone the best time; you won’t be disappointed! Myriam Phiro is the band leader/ founder of “Nuage Rhythm”, a vintage French/gypsy Jazz band recently relocated to the RVA area from NYC. “Nuage Rhythm” specializes in blending Parisian & American Jazz of the Golden Age and Bossa Nova to accompany any cocktail hour, ceremony and/ or reception with sophistication & ebullience. For booking & inquiries, visit www.NuageRhythm.com.


More than 35 years of experience and pricing that won’t break your budget! Over 35 years of experience as a: • Radio Personality • Television Spokesperson • Nightclub Entertainer • Voice-Over Talent • More than 2,500 weddings and special events “Roger did a wonderful job at my niece’s wedding on July 11th! Great dancing music to keep the celebration going and great personality!!! I would highly recommend him!!!” “Everyone loved you and you did such an amazing job keeping the energy moving and fun happening. Thank you for adding so much joy to the celebration! If you hadn’t been there it would have been such a different experience.”

www.MoonlightVA.com | 866-969-3838

Lyric String Quartet Let us frame your picture perfect event with the elegant sounds of the Lyric String Quartet. Weddings, Receptions, Cocktails & Dinners

Jacquelin Spears 804.233.1642 lyricstringquartet.org

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FEATURED WEDDING

AUDREY MIKE August 14, 2021

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RW MEMBERS Ceremony/Reception/Catering: VMFA | Photobooth: Social Party Booth | Accommodations: Omni Richmond Hotel

ADDITIONAL VENDORS Rehearsal Dinner: Urban Roost | Wedding Photography: The Smiths Photography | Engagement Photography: Ray Photography Co. | Videography: C.Y. Wedding Films | Day of Coordinator: Dear Summer Events Jessica Henderson | Officiant: Living for Love - Melody Porter | Band: Bachelor Boys | Gown/Veil/Accessories: BHLDN | Alterations: Fariba’s Bridal Alterations & Custom Design | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie | Hair: The Veil Company | Makeup: The Highlight (bride + MOB, MOH), The Veil Company (bridesmaids) | Formalwear: The Black Tux | Stationery: Minted | Calligraphy: Erin Petty | Flowers: Riverwood Designs | Rentals: Paisley & Jade, Classic Party Rentals | Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery | Favors: Etsy - For Your Party | Transportation: James River Limousine, Winn Bus, RVA Trolley | Add’l Accommodations: The Commonwealth Hotel 118

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udrey and Mike both went to Virginia Tech, but that is not where they met. Audrey says, “I’ve always been very drawn to tall guys, and Mike is 6’7!” I can’t believe our paths never crossed.” Eventually the two connected at a mutual friend’s birthday party and immediately clicked. “We bonded over our love for primetime TV shows, pasta, dogs, and good humor. From that night on, we never looked back!” Mike planned the proposal by dropping “some fake hints” according to Audrey. Self-admittedly not being one who is easily surprised, she knew “Mike had to pull off something major to catch me off-guard.” Mission accomplished as a fake kidney stone removal and help from friends led to Mike making a lovely speech and getting down on one knee in their apartment, where Audrey happily accepted. “It was a night I’ll never forget!,” recalls Audrey. Being a lifelong artist and art lover, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) was a natural choice to hold their wedding. Per Audrey, it was important to support her hometown, and Marble Hall boasted the beautiful and formal vibe they were going for. Due to Covid, the couple ended up having four wedding dates. When the day finally did arrive, the weather was hot and rainy, but the VMFA has many options and the ceremony was held in the lobby “with subtle booms of thunder in the background,” according to Audrey. “It was actually incredibly beautiful and powerful, and I wouldn’t change a thing.” Indie music, family readings and personal vows played a big role in the ceremony, “which might have been my favorite part of the whole day,” says Audrey. A seven-piece band and Social Party Booth with their full-length mirror photobooth kept the guests entertained all evening. Everyone danced all night, having the time of their lives all the way to the last song, “Shout.” Admits Audrey, “It is extremely cliché, but is Mike’s favorite part of any wedding.” At the end of the night, a ribbon wand send-off and an epic afterparty finished the celebration! Guest Count: 150 | Budget: $35,000

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KENEIL LEKEISHA

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October 10, 2021

RW MEMBERS Makeup: Candice Hardy | Jeweler: Diamonds Direct | Rentals: Rent-E-Quip ADDITIONAL VENDORS Photography: Kimie James and Marek Kunicki for Kimie James Photography | Ceremony/Reception: Science Museum of Virginia | Rehearsal Dinner/Shower/Guest Accommodations: Graduate Hotel Richmond | Videography: Sam Anderson | Planner: The Hive Wedding Collective, Ciera Pope | Caterer: Lunch & Supper | Officiant: Hollie Woodruff | Music: DJ Whit | Gown: Fiona Gown by Maggie Sottero, Urban Set Bride | Alterations: Designs by Bagala | Shoes: Sophia Webster & Gucci | Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie | Accessories: Olive and Piper, Cuff links -etsy | Hair: Pretty Lady Locs & Styles, Breana Miller | Jeweler: Kay Jewelers | Formalwear: Custom by Henry Couture Paris | Stationery: Minted | Calligraphy: Letterful | Flowers: The Flower Guy Bron | Photobooth: Pix_R_US | Lighting: Leap Lighting | Cake: The Sweet Stop of RVA | Favors: Seed Wedding Favors 120

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eisha and Keneil met via mutual friends on homecoming weekend. Their friends lied to them both by stating they wanted each other’s numbers. (They found this out months later!) Sidewalk Café was where the two had the first date, which is still one of their favorite dinner spots, and where Keisha introduced Keneil to their hot fries! The proposal came at the beginning of the pandemic on Easter Sunday. Keisha surprised Keneil with a basket filled with Easter eggs and Jameson, one of Keneil’s favorite whiskeys. Keneil says, “There were three Easter eggs; the first one had the date we met, the second was filled with money, and the third and final egg had a sticky note that read, “Keneil D. Rainey will you marry me? 4/12/2020.” Through my happy tears I told her YES! I kept wondering why my friends wanted me to paint my nails before dinner.” Keneil, already in the wedding industry, had been to numerous venues around the city and beyond so she gave Keisha a list of her favorites. After going back and forth a few times and taking into consideration the fickle RVA weather, the two decided on a venue that had a mix of both indoor and outdoor options. As Keneil states, “There is nothing really traditional about Keisha and I and that was reflected throughout our wedding.” They wrote their own vows and had a few close friends be the flower guys. Since it was an unplugged wedding, they requested that everyone take a selfie, text it to them right before start of the ceremony, and then put their phones away to be present. Both Keisha and Keneil were very involved in the whole process as a united couple (much to Keneil’s surprise!). Both agreed that they wanted the vendors to be woman, minority, local or LGBTQ owned. “This was important to us because these are marginalized groups that represent us and the community we care about.” The couple offers this advice for anyone planning their wedding, “Remember this day is for you and bae. Don’t let anyone deter you from your love and why you are here. This is just the beginning of a new chapter in your life. You don’t stop here, you START here.”

Guest Count: 115 |Budget: $40-50,000

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JAMESE &5ROBERT October 23, 2021

RW MEMBERS Photography: J. Cameron Photography | Rehearsal Dinner/Ceremony/Reception/Catering: Hanover Tavern | Planner/Stationery: Simply Charmed Weddings & Events, Tatiana Sizemore | Rentals: Rent-E-Quip ADDITIONAL VENDORS Shower Location: Cooper’s Hawk Winery Orland Park, IL | Videography: Fourth Quarter Productions LLC | Officiant: Corey Goss | Ceremony Music: DJ Marc J | Gown: Pronovias, Kleinfeld Bridal | Alterations: My’s Bridal Alterations | Shoes: Sera Mia Shoes | Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie | Accessories: Aldo | Hair/Makeup: Makeup by Holly Partners & Chi Reed | Jeweler: Brilliant Earth | Formalwear: The Black Tux | Flowers: Grey-Sol Designs | Cake: CopyCat Cakes | Favors: Garrett Popcorn | Transportation: James Limousine Service | Accommodations: Hilton Richmond Short Pump Hotel and Spa | Honeymoon: Secrets Resorts & Spas

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amese and Robert’s first spark was at a friend’s going away party. Although they knew of each other, it wasn’t until this moment that the romance began. Numbers were exchanged and dating commenced. The couple enjoyed many happy hours, good conversations, and lots of laughs. Early in the relationship, Robert moved to Northern Virginia. Despite the distance, they still found time to see each other. A year later, Jamese was offered a job in D.C.! Robert planned the most special proposal. They were in Richmond for the weekend attending his fraternity’s charity gala. Robert suggested heading to The Beach House to grab a drink beforehand. This place was special to them, as this is where their first date took place. As the two were talking Robert asked, “Do you remember the three things I love about you?” Jamese responds, “Yes. Loyalty, attention-to-detail and loving.” It was on the word “loving” that Robert got on one knee and asked Jamese to marry him. After the proposal they danced as onlookers cheered. Afterwards, they headed to another location to find family and friends waiting to congratulate them. Hanover Tavern was the chosen wedding venue for a few reasons: the rustic feel, the <almost> all-inclusive package, and that having a wedding there supports a non-profit organization. Their short, unplugged ceremony concluded with jumping the broom and reading the custom script, then a dance down the aisle in joy and accomplishment! The theme of the night was their favorite saying, “I Love You To The Moon & Back.” This inspired the decor and special touches throughout. The colors were perfect for fall and Jamese’s love of wine: cabernet, silver, ivory and emerald green. Jamese and Robert offer this sound advice for couples planning weddings: “Planning in times of high uncertainty was no easy feat. You have to find the bright spots and remind yourself what you do and don’t have control over. Also, think about your must-haves and things that you aren’t willing to negotiate on. Always remember that this is your day, so have fun, be unapologetic, and make everlasting memories for years to come.” Guest Count: 140 | Budget: $20-25K

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JULIA

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October 30, 2021

RW MEMBERS Photography: MJ Mendoza Photography | Flowers: Flowers Make Scents ADDITIONAL VENDORS Rehearsal Dinner: Natalie’s Taste of Lebanon | Ceremony/Reception Site/Accommodations: Fairview Farm Events | Catering/Rentals: EAT Catering | Videography: Misganaw Mengiste | Planner: Illumination Events | Officiant: Brian Thompson | Ceremony Music: Mark Peters and Ben Peters | Gown: Sealed with a Kiss | Shoes: Dream Paris | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Hair/Makeup: Bobby Pins Bridal | Jeweler: Richmond Jeweler | Formalwear: Men’s Warehouse | Stationery: Paper and More | DJ: Dynamic DJ Services, Jamie Timberlake | Add’l Entertainment: MKH Dabke, Michael | Cake/Favors: Cakes Fun LLC, Rana Elahmad

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ulia and Jad met at VCU in 2016 where she was a freshman and he a sophomore through mutual friends. On their first date, he presented a bouquet of sunflowers to Julia, her favorite flower! A few years later in October 2020, they spent the day apple picking in Charlottesville with friends. After they left and as Julia started suspecting something was up, Jad showed Julia a video. Julia recounts, “It was a compilation of our years together, some very heartfelt words, and even a video of him asking my dad permission to marry me. He pulled over onto Raven’s Roost Outlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway and proposed to me under the iconic Raven’s Roost tree at sunset. Our friends and family were there, too!” The couple chose an outdoor venue for their guests where many came from out of state and other countries. Many parts of the wedding celebrated Julia’s family and Jad’s Middle Eastern upbringing. The couple displayed Julia’s grandparents’ cake topper with their wedding day picture. She also had their photo in a charm around her bouquet as well as a cuff from her grandmother’s wedding dress and a necklace made from the diamond from her wedding ring. During the ceremony they watered an olive tree together which represents peace, friendship and a new start and “was a nod to his family because his grandfather owned an olive tree farm.” Jad and Julia cut the cake made by Jad’s mother who is a licensed baker with a sword, a tradition started with Jad’s parents at their wedding. They also had an Arab drummer and performer at the reception that led everyone in the “Dabke”, a traditional Middle Eastern line dance done at joyous occasions. Julia says, “We think our guests really enjoyed this element of the wedding, and we believe it was a great way to incorporate and honor Jad and his family’s Middle Eastern roots.” Jad and Julia’s favorite part of the day? The dancing! “It was amazing seeing all our friends and family sing and dance with us at all parts of the night.” Guests: 125 | Budget: $30,000

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MEREDITH &5 CHRIS November 27, 2021

RW MEMBERS Ceremony/Reception: The John Marshall Ballrooms | Accommodations: Linden Row Inn ADDITIONAL VENDORS Photography: Alex C Tenser Photography | Rehearsal Dinner: Julep’s | Video: Altamira Film Co. | Planner/Flowers/Rentals: Riverwood Designs | Catering: Homemades by Suzanne | Officiant: Charlie Fink | Band: Big Ray and The Kool Kats | Gown: The Lovely Bride DC, Vagabond Bridal | Alterations: Fariba’s | Veil: Tailored Tulle on Etsy | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids, Jenny Yoo Messina | Accessories: Earrings - BHLDN Leonor, Hair clip - Olive + Piper Hudson and Quinn, Custom diamond necklace - Diamonds Direct | Avenue 42, Jane Steele | Lighting: Leap Light and Sound | Jewelry: Diamonds Direct | Formalwear: Indochino | Stationery: Merrymaker Fine Paper | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Paisley and Jade | Cake: Pearl’s Bake Shoppe | Favors: Totally Promotional | Transportation: RVA Trolley

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s the old saying goes, “It’s a long story.” That’s how Meredith and Chris describe how they met. The two originally crossed paths in 2013 when they sat next to each other at a mutual friend’s wedding. Several years later, in 2018, Chris tagged along with a couple of friends to a surprise party for Meredith. He was reluctant as he did not know Meredith well. Later in the evening, Chris ended up going out after the party with Meredith and her friends where the pair were drawn back together. Meredith jokes, “When I was standing on the table dancing, that’s when Chris knew I was the one for him.” One evening in January 2021 after a nice date night at Lemaire, Chris lured Meredith to the backyard where she found the fence lit up with rope lights that read “Marry me?” Meredith was completely shocked and of course said “Yes!” While they were at dinner, Chris’ parents had come by to set out champagne and candles. Immediately after the proposal some family and a few close friends arrived to celebrate! Since Meredith started her career at The John Marshall, this venue is near and dear to her heart. She knew right away that this is where they would get married. Thankfully, Chris agreed. It is also very special because her mom now works there. Although Meredith is no longer at the venue, she shared, “It was so much fun getting to plan everything there with her.” It was the perfect location for their timeless and elegant theme. The ceremony was traditional, and the wedding party was large. “Family is so important to both of us, and it was so special to have them all play a part in our day.” The celebration continued through the reception, and everyone danced the night away on the dance floor! Guest Count: 160 | Budget: $50-75,000

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GINNY &5 AARON December 4, 2021

RW MEMBERS Rehearsal Dinner/Ceremony/Reception/Lighting/Post-Wedding Brunch/Exit Car/Vintage Furniture Rental/After Party DJ/ Accommodations: Historic Mankin Mansion | Planning: Historic Mankin Mansion, Gillian Zehr | Rentals: Rent-E-Quip ADDITIONAL VENDORS Wedding Photography: Wedding: Ash Hobson Carr | Engagement Photography: Jason Collins Photography | Rehearsal Dinner: Sincero | Shower Location: Saude Creek Vineyards | Flowers: Marylee Marmer Events | Catering: Stella’s Market | Officiant: Kenal Hall | DJ: DJ Ant Boogie | Gown: Rebecca Ingram, Blue Sage Bridal | Alterations: Oksana at Fashion Design | Photobooth: Richmond Photobooth | Shoes: Volanda, Nina Shoes | Bridesmaid Dresses: Baltic Born | Accessories: Etsy - hairpiece from Artequeenshop | Hair: color - Susannah CraftPrism Salon, style - Ivy of Boho Braids by Ivy Perkins | Makeup: Gentry | Formalwear: Macy’s & JCrew | Stationery: Paperless Post | Dance Instruction: Catherine at Dance Masters | Sweets: Graeme Byrne | Accommodations: Sheraton Richmond Airport 128

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t happened just the way it was meant to, friendship first. Ginny and Aaron met through mutual friends and soon fell in love… “Aaron was the missing piece to the puzzle,” professed Ginny. Overcome with anticipation, Aaron popped the question on a random pandemic Monday. He dropped to one knee and blurted out, “I just can’t wait any longer.” In yoga pants, surrounded by their pups, Bru and Lyla, Ginny happily whimpered “Yes” through streaming tears. “Since we started dating, we knew Historic Mankin Mansion would be our venue. Essentially growing up there, I knew it would mean the world to Aaron to be married at his family home. It’s also the most beautiful venue in Richmond, so how could we not? We knew we would be so well taken care of by choosing the Mansion and we were NOT disappointed!” said Ginny. Guests came together from California, Utah, Arizona, Tennessee, and Mexico, along with Virginia locals, to celebrate Aaron and Ginny. The family was elated to see such loved and beautiful souls come together in marriage. Their dear friend officiated the wedding, the perfect blend of sentimentality and hilarity, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house! “My mom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s back in 2006 and dancing to ‘Shout’ with her and all my friends was such a fun and special moment that I’ll cherish forever!” ~ Ginny “Being at the altar and just seeing that it was finally all happening. I was so happy walking down the aisle with my mom, being up there with my best friends, and then seeing Ginny walk down the aisle. It was the best feeling.” ~ Aaron From the whimsical pampas grass and vintage gem tones to the mix of gourmet Greek and Mexican food to the Aston Martin getaway car, the entire weekend was absolute perfection and, most importantly, unapologetically Aaron & Ginny. Our advice to other couples… “Take in every special moment during the day - it goes by in a FLASH!! Don’t focus on the minuscule details, it won’t matter in the moment, just have FUN!!! Remember this day is about YOU and your love – make it what YOU want!!”

Guest Count: 135 | Budget: $55,000

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FAQ’s 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.

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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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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 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,

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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 in-person 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 costeffective, 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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5 Ways

to Enhance Your Smile on Your Wedding Day By Emilie Ellis

To prepare for your wedding day, it is encouraged to do an initial consult with an orthodontist or dentist approximately one year in advance. This allows enough time to know when to start each step and gives plenty of notice for preparation. Each procedure or treatment is easy to maintain, straightforward, and comfortable. Here are some common ones couples do to get their smile camera ready!

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beauty health

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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Invisalign®

Liplase™

Smoothlase™

An invisible and innovative way to straighten your smile without the restrictions of traditional braces. Most cases typically last six months or less.

A natural, non-surgical, and non-invasive method to plump and shape lips without the risks and discomforts of fillers. It is recommended to start Liplase 2-3 months before the wedding day.

Also a natural, nonsurgical, and noninvasive option, this lifts, tightens, and rejuvenates skin around the lips, mouth, and chin. Depending on your age it is recommended to begin Smoothlase treatments at least six months prior to your wedding day.

Premiere Whitening

A personalized experience to give a brighter, healthier looking smile. This should be started at least three months before your pre-wedding photos.

Smile Design Create and shape the stunning smile you have always desired. The initial consult should be anywhere from six months to one year ahead of the wedding day.

Each of these treatments can help to not only make you smile bigger and brighter, but also can keep the mouth healthy at the same time. They reduce cavity risks and tooth loss while giving the smile you’ve always wanted! Emilie Ellis is a Registered Dental Hygienist who has been practicing for 10 years. She works with Dr. Sarah Wilmer at Cosmetic and Laser Dental Spa of Richmond, serves as a leader in the Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association, and teaches at VCU School of Dentistry. For more info on how Dr. Wilmer and Emilie can help enhance your smile, please visit sarahwilmerdds.com.

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You’ve asked the big question, now let us ask one.

Who is doing your

Pre-Marital Coaching?

Let us start you on your path to

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BEAUTY PLANNING TIPS for your

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By Candice Hardy

BOOK A BEAUTY TEAM FOR BOTH YOU AND YOUR BRIDE TRIBE 6-12 MONTHS OUT

Hair and makeup artists are highly sought and tend to book FAST. Not only are they serving brides, they are also working in television & film, photography, teaching/coaching, business branding, fashion shows, events, and other areas in the beauty industry. So don’t delay on securing a beauty pro for your special day.

SCHEDULE A BRIDAL PREVIEW 2-3 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING

This is the fun part! Grab the Pinterest board, Instagram saves, Google photo collections and get inspired about looks that speak to you. Work with the beauty pro to curate a look just for you based on saved photos and your unique style, skin-tone, hair texture, length, etc.

AVOID HAVING BRIDESMAIDS DO THEIR OWN HAIR AND MAKEUP

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You’ve invested hard earned money on the best photographer and/ or videographer to capture the essence of your day. That includes capturing beautiful shots of you and your closest friends and family. Hiring a beauty team for them ensures that everyone is cohesive and camera ready. It also sets everyone at ease knowing that all their beauty prep is HANDLED! Plus, who wants to be the bridesmaid in the pictures who looks dry and washed out because they refused to get makeup professionally done?

CONSIDER THE GETTING READY LOCATION

If there is a bridal party, think about where you want to get ready. Make sure the space is comfortable and large enough for everyone to not feel crowded. If you are getting ready at the venue make sure to know in advance how early you can arrive. Ask for a tour to see if there is good lighting, places to hang the dress, areas to chill and eat, and even great photo backdrops. Overall, you want to relax and be at ease before the biggest day of your life, so select a prep location that brings the peace you need. If looking for a beauty team for your wedding day, reach out to Society 11:11 today. Our team of experienced beauty pros offer hair and makeup services for all hair textures and skin tones, so you don’t have to worry about looking and feeling your very best. Visit society1111.com to learn more!

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Building Stronger Relationships for the Common Wealth I n all the excitement of wedding planning, no one wants to think about divorce. Trust us, it’s not something we want to talk about in a wedding magazine either! But with roughly 50% of marriages ending in divorce or separation, it’s something we HAVE to talk about! After all, getting married is far more than planning a celebration — it’s planning the rest of your life. Now what if we told you that there is something you can do to cut down your chances of experiencing divorce by 30%? That’s a no-brainer! Studies show that attending premarital counseling as a couple will decrease your chances of divorce by a third. This is where Rebecca Blackwell and the team at the Relationship Foundation of Virginia come in. Relationship Foundation of Virginia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening communities through healthy relationships, marriages, and families. Whether you’re single, engaged, married, or in a long-term relationship, RFVA offers coaching and engaging programs that provide the practical tools for building strong and fulfilling relationships. 140

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“This is not your old-fashioned premarital counseling. It’s your opportunity to connect and talk about what WILL happen, what COULD happen, and the good and the bad of being married.” After chatting with Rebecca about premarital coaching and the other incredible programs RFVA has to offer, we were ready to sign up for a session ourselves! With 15 years of experience working with couples, certifications in several Marriage and Relationship Coaching programs, and her own 24 years of marriage, Rebecca has plenty of insight to share into what it takes to build strong foundations. She also has a clear passion for helping others form marriages just like the ones she grew up admiring. “My grandma always said, “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger,’” Rebecca remembers. As she watched her parents navigate 58 years of marriage, Rebecca learned the importance of family, faith, and solid communication. Though her father has passed, he left Rebecca with strong roots, and she continues to honor his legacy by finding the silver lining of every situation and helping others develop those same strong roots. “This is not your old-fashioned premarital counseling,” Rebecca says. “It’s your opportunity to connect and talk about what WILL happen, what COULD happen, and the good and the bad of being married.” Some of the topics Rebecca covers in her sessions include communication, problem solving, sex and affection, finances, children and parenting, spiritual beliefs, family, and friends. Not sure if premarital counseling is something you need? Ask yourself if you and your partner have had successful conversations about a few things: · How soon do you want children? · How many children do you want? · How will both families be involved in the marriage? · How would you handle job loss or a sudden move? · What type of roles and responsibilities do you see yourself taking around the house? If you haven’t discussed at least a few of these topics as a couple, you may not be setting up a strong foundation for your future! Your sessions with Rebecca will be a safe space to share your feelings, make plans, and grow as a couple. Those big topics seem a lot less scary when someone is guiding the discussion!

And speaking of date nights, RFVA hosts incredible events for couples! You’ll be invited to dances, movie nights, glamping trips, paint parties, and more! Whether you’re looking to connect with other couples or make memories together, you’ll learn a little bit and have a whole lot of fun. You can register for date nights at www.rfva.org. And they don’t stop there! RVFA also hosts Dad Bootcamp for new dads! This virtual half day event is hosted for dads, by dads. A veteran dad will talk you through what to expect as a new parent and what to expect throughout labor, delivery, and beyond. You can also register for Dad Bootcamp on the RFVA website. The best part? Four premarital coaching sessions with RFVA are ONLY $150! That’s a steal of a deal when you remember that the simple act of participating in premarital counseling means you’re 30% less likely to experience divorce. PLUS, mentioning RVA Weddings gives you $25 off, AND you can give these sessions as a gift! Who needs another set of mixing bowls when you give the gift of a strong relationship foundation?

Rebecca and the team at RFVA also counsel couples who are getting remarried and bringing two families together. Rebecca will help you learn from your previous relationships to create clearer communication and stronger foundations than ever before. Once you’re a part of RFVA, you’re a part of their community for even more of life’s big events. After the big day, you can join The Ring of Relationships, a monthly subscription service offering quarterly coaching, annual assessments, discounts on date nights, and more.

To learn more, please reach out to rebecca@rfva.org, visit wecoachcouples.org, or follow RFVA on Instagram at @getrelationalva.

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FLAWLESS WEDDING MAKEUP STARTS WITH

Healthy Skin! By Shalese Higginbotham, POSH PR®

It’s no secret that on wedding days, people want to look their absolute best. As a bride, groom, or parent, you’ve probably been dreaming of this monumental day for years. You’ll be seeing all of your closest family and friends, and the photos and videos will last a lifetime. That’s why there couldn’t be a better time to tackle those little insecurities you’ve been carrying around! 142

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That’s where Dr. Agnihotri comes in. Dr. A, as he’s known around his office, 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 invasive and intense surgeries that leave people looking plastic, Dr. Agnihotri is striving for the opposite. He explains, “We want to enhance your natural beauty with minor adjustments.” In fact, if Dr. A 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!” For the average person, seeing a doctor and undergoing a new procedure can be intimidating, but don’t worry — Dr. Agnihotri and his team make it easy. First, you’ll head to their pristine Short Pump office for a simple consultation. Dr. A will chat through what your goals are and the look you want to achieve while explaining the different steps he can take to get you there. Then he’ll create a personalized treatment plan that works for your timeline.

Want a Discount? We are looking for brides and/or grooms to share their cosmetic journey in the next issue of Richmond Weddings and on our social media! In exchange for your photos and reviews, we are offering deep discounts on cosmetic facial services. Contact us on Instagram at @acs_cosmetic or email alysew@oralfacialsurgery.com for more details! So, if your wedding date is your deadline, when should you start working with Dr. Agnihotri? For the more surgical 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 filler treatments 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,” Dr. Agnihotri explains. 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. With this non-invasive skin-clearing procedure, you’ll leave with glowing skin in just 30 minutes. “You get that healthy, dewy glow while your skin is infused with antioxidants, leaving your face hydrated and refreshed,” Dr. A says. Since it’s non-invasive, you can treat yourself to a HydraFacial the week of the wedding because after all, flawless wedding makeup starts with beautiful, healthy skin! Don’t wait to start your journey to a beautiful complexion! Contact Dr. Agnihotri at Agnihotri Cosmetic Facial Surgery and see their complete list of procedures on their website https://agnihotricosmeticsurgery.com or call 804.270.5028. R I C HMO NDWE D D IN G S.C OM

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YOUR HONEYMOON TIMELINE By Kim Goldstein

Wedding planning can be fun, but it also can be stressful at times. Let the honeymoon give you something to look forward to after the hustle and bustle of the big day. It’s the beginning of your new life together, and in many cases, this is the first large scale trip that the two of you have planned. It’s important to communicate expectations with each other. Relying on internet research alone can lead to disappointments upon arrival at the resort, as the pictures aren’t necessarily indicative of what the place truly looks like. Using a professional travel consultant who specializes in honeymoons will help ensure that you’re selecting a resort that matches budget and expectations.

10 MONTHS BEFORE

9 MONTHS BEFORE

· Create a wish list of what’s important for the honeymoon.

· Contact a professional travel consultant for guidance. Most don’t charge fees; it’s worth giving it a shot!

· Discuss the budget with your partner. · Determine travel dates and request the time off work. · Choose the top three locations and decide if any places should not be on the list.

· Request a complimentary honeymoon quote from your travel consultant. · Book the hotel and airfare. · Purchase travel insurance.

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3 MONTHS BEFORE

· Apply for a passport or renew it if it has expired.

· Book any tours, spa or dinner reservations that can be made in advance.

· Check to see if any visas or vaccinations are needed for the trip.

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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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· Shop for any clothes needed for the honeymoon.

· Ensure you’ve received travel documents and review all the provided information. Put the passports with the travel documents.

· Make sure to have a good camera to capture all those special moments!

· Double-check the seats on the airplane, and make sure your contact information is on the airline’s website in case they need to contact you for any last-minute schedule changes. · Scan a copy of the passports and email them to yourself and your travel consultant. · Exchange currency. · Pack baggage before you get too busy with the wedding!

1 DAY BEFORE · Check-in on the airline’s website and print boarding passes. · Ensure the passports, any medications, and valuables are in the carry-on bag

With our tips, we’ll help you have the perfect honeymoon with your new spouse. Staying organized is key! And with a professional travel consultant’s help, all you’ll have to worry about is enjoying a drink by the beach! 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.travelprochristine.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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Grandest

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OF EXITS By Paula Ramirez

The end of the night is your chance to go out with a bang. Let’s look at a few classic and creative choices to make your exit one to remember!

Flower petals

Sexy getaway

This classic exit never goes out of style. Offering guests lovely petals that match the wedding florals tossed during the exit is tradition at its finest!

Consider hiring an exotic car service, think Bentley or Aston Martin, to whisk you and your love away. You are sure to make a dramatic and lasting impression!

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Winter wonderland Fireworks show For those who opt for a winter wedding, add a little magic! Why not help out Mother Nature by having snow flurries as you exit? Snow machines are easy to find and will truly be the icing on the cake!

While getting permission can be tedious, the time will be more than well spent in the end. The most coveted of them all, a private fireworks show for friends and family will surely end the night in grand fashion!

Paula Ramirez is the Proprietor of Historic Mankin Mansion Wedding & Event Estate. Paula and her husband Martin have lovingly restored this National Landmark to its original grandeur and are honored to share the treasured estate for events. Paula, Martin, and the Mansion have been featured in Forbes, Orbitz, Travel Channel, MSNBC, Martha Stewart Weddings, Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, New York Times, and Apple TV. R I C HMO NDW E D D IN G S.C OM

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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.

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

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

6-9 Months Set up cake tastings

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

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

4-6 Months

Consult with a professional lighting company Select ceremony musicians Meet with your DJ about music for your wedding dinner & reception Consult your travel agent about honeymoon plans

10-12 Months

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. 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

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

Schedule appointments with bridal salons

Carefully choose & reserve rental items Visit the Planning Tools page on RichmondWeddings.com to find our free downloadable Rental Return Checklist!

Choose wedding party attire

Finalize floral design

Interview & choose a photographer Find the perfect florist

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

Schedule your engagement photo session

Reserve hotel room blocks for guests

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

Send local activity information to guests

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

Keep up with your gown fittings

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 Hire a hair and makeup artist or team Send out your Save the Date cards

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Make sure you have all of your travel immunizations

Consider dance lessons Set up an outing for your future spouse. 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

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.

2-4 Weeks

Make it official – secure marriage license Confirm wedding rehearsal time and address with participating parties Confirm transportation and arrival times Confirm hotel room blocks

Schedule hair & makeup trial

Arrange to professionally clean & preserve your gown after the wedding

Make sure your bridesmaids have chosen the right shoes

Write or choose your wedding vows

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 out formal invitations

1-2 Months

Make sure all written contracts with vendors are in place 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! Plan bridesmaid outing Confirm honeymoon reservations & be sure that your luggage meets current travel regulations.

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

1-2 Weeks

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 your future spouse and their wedding party members to pick up their attire Stock your bridal emergency kit Write vows/speeches Get excited! Your big day is almost here!

After the Wedding Ensure formalwear is returned

Record gifts as your receive them and write thank you notes

Review your vendors on RichmondWeddings.com

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

Preserve your dress Write thank you notes

Review your reception seating chart Get wedding license – it can be obtained from any courthouse in Virginia

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vendor directory ALTERATIONS Inspired by the Dress Richmond, VA (804) 513-9165 Ad page 89 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 137 Painting with a Twist 201 Towne Center West Blvd. #710 Richmond, VA 23233 (804) 447-2491 Ad page 19

Society 11:11 Society1111.com Ad page 137

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

Deep Run Roadhouse Catering 12379 Gayton Road Richmond, VA 23238 (804) 740-6301 Ad page 76

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

Get Cozy Mechanicsville, VA (919) 280-4260 Ad page 82

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Inspired by the Dress Richmond, VA (804) 513-9165 Ad page 89

Taylor’s Classic Travels (804) 767-6387 Ad page 151

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

BANDS

CALLIGRAPHY

Nuage Rhythm NuageRhythm.com Ad page 114

Papeterie 3048 Stony Point Road Richmond, VA 23235 Appointment recommended (804) 560-7955 Ad page 133

BEAUTY Amanda M Perry (804) 510-6720 Ad page 136 The Beauty Poodle Experience TheBeautyPoodleMUA.com Ad page 137 Cosmetic and Laser Dental Spa of Richmond Sarah C. Wilmer, DDS 27 Briggs Drive Manakin- Sabot, VA 23103 (804) 784-2386 Ad page 5 Mary Kay Cosmetics Kelly Shannon (804) 402-8672 Ad page 137

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Cater 2 Events 8534 Patterson Avenue Richmond, VA 23229 (804) 269-0359 Ad page 76

Papeterie 107 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23220 By appointment only (804) 560-7955 Ad page 133

OMO Catering (804) 432-3892 Ad page 77 The Place at Innsbrook 4036-C Cox Road Glen Allen, VA 23060 (804) 346-2100 Ad page 64 Roma Ristorante Italiano 7240 Bell Creek Road Mechanicsville, VA 23111 (804) 559-9200 Ad page 76 Tarrant’s West 11129 Three Chopt Road Richmond, VA 23233 (804) 205-9009 Ad page 65

CEREMONY MUSIC Lyric String Quartet (804) 233-1642 Ad page 115 Nuage Rhythm NuageRhythm.com Ad page 114

CATERERS

CHURCHES

A Sharper Palate Catering & Events 5511 Lakeside Avenue Richmond, VA 23228 (804) 553-0495 Ad page 75

Henricus Historical Park 251 Henricus Park Road Chester, VA 23836 (804) 748-1131 Ad page 66

Atlas 42 4032 Cox Road - Suite A Glen Allen, VA 23060 (804) 965-0420 Ad page 44

St. Joseph’s Villa 8000 Brook Road Richmond, VA 23227 (804) 553-3215 Ad page 66

Tiny Chapel Weddings Richmond, VA (804) 396-4245 Ad page 66 Unity of Bon Air 923 Buford Road Richmond, VA 23235 (804) 320-5584 Ad page 66 Waverly Estate 11586 Courthouse Road Lunenburg, VA 23952 (434) 321-4032 Ad page 36

CUSTOM ATTIRE Inspired by the Dress Richmond, VA (804) 513-9165 Ad page 89

DISC JOCKEYS Bunn DJ Company BunnDjRva.com Ad page 115 Moonlight Entertainment (866) 969-3838 Ad page 115

EVENT STAFFING The Coordinated Event (804) 344-0011 Ad page 18

FAVORS & GIFTS The Candy Lady Richmond, VA (804) 399-0516 Ad page 19 Crown Trophy 8111 Staples Mill Road Richmond, VA 23228 (804) 262-1000 Ad page 19 Flowers Make Scents 1272 Alverser Plaza Midlothian, VA 23113 (804) 897-6100 Ad page 109 King of Pops (804) 350-4400 Ad page 17


Northern Neck Popcorn Bag 41 South Main Street Kilmarnock, VA 22482 (804) 577-4200 Ad page 19 Northern Neck Popcorn Bag 6620 Main Street Gloucester, VA 23061 (804) 210-1511 Ad page 19 Northern Neck Popcorn Bag 132 Main Street Warsaw, VA 22520 (804) 250-2299 Ad page 19 Painting with a Twist 201 Towne Center West Blvd. #710 Richmond, VA 23233 (804) 447-2491 Ad page 19 Papeterie 3048 Stony Point Road Richmond, VA 23235 Appointment recommended (804) 560-7955 Ad page 133 Papeterie 107 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23220 By appointment only (804) 560-7955 Ad page 133

FLOWERS Blooms at The Jefferson 101 West Franklin Street Richmond, VA 23220 (804) 649-4676 Ad page 3 Designs by Victoria Floral 2801-A Hathaway Road Richmond, VA 23225 (804) 560-7700 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 Ad page 106

GOWN PRESERVATION

HOTELS

JEWELRY

Puritan Cleaners 13 Locations to Serve You (804) 355-5726 Ad page 86

Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Innsbrook 4050 Cox Road Glen Allen, VA 23060 (804) 521-2900 Ad page 62

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

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 136 The Beauty Poodle Experience TheBeautyPoodleMUA.com Ad page 137 Mary Kay Cosmetics Kelly Shannon (804) 402-8672 Ad page 137 Society 11:11 Society1111.com Ad page 137

HEALTH & WELLNESS Cosmetic and Laser Dental Spa of Richmond Sarah C. Wilmer, DDS 27 Briggs Drive Manakin- Sabot, VA 23103 (804) 784-2386 Ad page 5 Relationship Foundation of Virginia 2101 Maywill Street Richmond, VA 23230 (804) 288-3431 Ad page 137

HONEYMOON & TRAVEL Journeys, Inc. (804) 288-0188 Ad page 147 Modern Travel Professionals (804) 833-8050 Ad page 146 Ruth Stirling Travel (804) 746-1838 Ad page 146

Hilton Richmond Downtown 501 East Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219 (804) 727-2112 Ad page 56 The Jefferson Hotel 101 West Franklin Street Richmond, VA 23220 (866) 247-2305 Ad page 3 Linden Row Inn 100 East Franklin Street Richmond, VA 23219 sales@lindenrowinn.com Ad page 57 Marriott Richmond Short Pump 4240 Dominion Boulevard Glen Allen, VA 23060 (804) 965-9500 Ad page 62 Omni Hotels and Resorts 100 South 12th Street Richmond, VA 23219 OmniHotels.com/Richmond Ad page 62 Richmond Marriott Downtown 500 East Broad Street Richmond, VA 23219 (804) 343-6905 Ad page 63

INVITATIONS & PAPER GOODS Papeterie 3048 Stony Point Road Richmond, VA 23235 Appointment recommended (804) 560-7955 Ad page 133 Papeterie 107 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23220 By appointment only (804) 560-7955 Ad page 133

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

LUXURY RESTROOM TRAILERS Edmunds Waste Removal (804) 478-4688 Ad page 84

MOTHER’S APPAREL Inspired by the Dress Richmond, VA (804) 513-9165 Ad page 89 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 66

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

PHOTOGRAPHY & PORTRAITS Alexa Patterson Photography AlexaPattersonPhotography.com Ashe Co Weddings AsheCoWeddings.com Ad page 103 Ashley Hesse Photography AshleyHessePhotography.com Ad page 103 R I C HMO NDWE D D IN G S.C OM

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vendor directory Butler Portraits 4600 Millridge Parkway Midlothian, VA 23112 (804) 744-4700 Ad pages 102 & 104

SWEET TREATS

WEDDING GOWNS

The Candy Lady (804) 399-0516 Ad page 19

By Jacqui Photography (202) 670-2031 Ad page 102

Inspired by the Dress Richmond, VA (804) 513-9165 Ad page 89

King of Pops (804) 350-4400 Ad page 17

Hayes and Fisk Photography 1003 North Parham Road Richmond, VA 23229 (804) 740-9307 Ad pages 98-99

Northern Neck Popcorn Bag 41 South Main Street Kilmarnock, VA 22482 (804) 577-4200 Ad page 19

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

Northern Neck Popcorn Bag 6620 Main Street Gloucester, VA 23061 (804) 210-1511 Ad page 19

MJ Mendoza Photography MJMendozaPhotography.com Ad page 102 Olive & Cypress (757) 754-3305 Ad page 102 Sola Clix (540) 376-5786 Ad page 101

Northern Neck Popcorn Bag 132 Main Street Warsaw, VA 22520 (804) 250-2299 Ad page 19

TRANSPORTATION

RENTALS

Taylor’s Classic Travels (804) 767-6387 Ad page 151

Edmunds Waste Removal (804) 478-4688 Ad page 84

TUXEDOS & FORMALWEAR

Get Cozy Mechanicsville, VA (919) 280-4260 Ad page 82 Our Curated Design (540) 273-8460 Ad page 13 Party Perfect 2400 Magnolia Court Richmond, VA 23223 (804) 359-2400 Ad page 83 Pop Clink Event Decor PopClinkRVA.com Ad page 84 Rent-E-Quip 2600 Boulevard Colonial Heights, VA 23834 (804) 520-7100 Ad pages 80-81

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The Groom’s Corner (located inside Tiffanys Bridal) 1517 North Parham Road Henrico, VA 23229 (804) 273-6303 Ad page 95

VENUES Pages 68-71

VIDEOGRAPHY Ashe Co Weddings AsheCoWeddings.com Ad page 103 DreamClip Films (757) 771-0288 Ad page 105

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

WEDDING PLANNERS The Coordinated Event (804) 344-0011 Ad page 18 Lauren Bliss Events LaurenBlissEvents.com Ad page 13 Magnolia Collective (919) 307-7882 Ad page 13 Our Curated Design (540) 273-8460 Ad page 13 Simply Charmed Weddings & Events SimplyCharmedEvents.com Ad page 13


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