Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Wedding | Jess and Kemper

Jess and Kemper met on Bumble, although Jess is pretty certain they had met 3 years prior on Bumble but never met up due to busy schedules! Crazy enough, the two also only lived a few blocks away from each other the entire time and most likely crossed paths unknowingly multiple times. The two moved to a different location in Richmond, walked their two dogs daily to the VMFA. Jess had a favorite bench about halfway between the museum and where they walked. On the day Kemper proposed they were on a walk with the dogs and stopped at the bench. As they got up to make their way back home, Kemper made the dogs sit and he proposed! The surprises weren’t over yet, as Kemper had also made reservations at Jess’ favorite restaurant, Stellas. He clearly knew how to plan an extraordinary proposal! They also had a trip planned to fly to Mexico the following day which Jess had assumed was just a vacation. Little did Jess know, until after the fact, that their trip to Mexico was actually a an engagement celebration- such a fun idea!

Jess and Kemper had a beautiful garden wedding at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. They were able to celebrate their love for each other surrounded by their family and friends. The gardens were in full bloom which made the absolute perfect backdrop for both their ceremony and reception. Their sage green bridesmaid dresses looked absolutely beautiful with the spring florals!! Jess did a first look with her father and Kemper. As you can see by the pictures below, both first looks were very emotional and sweet! Their flower girls were so excited to walk down the aisle before Jess walked down with her dad! It was a gorgeous day with a super fun exit of LED sticks and tambourines. Such a fun night, I just loved this wedding!!

Congratulations Jess and Kemper!!

Vendors:Venue: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens| Florals: Tommy’s Garden| Cake: Kuba Kuba and Publix| DJ: Black Tie Entertainment, Tony Cummings| Photography: Remy Photo| HMU: BrideFace Richmond| Catering: Meriwether Godsey| Gown: Chic Nostalgia| Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie| Shoes: Badgley Mischka| Jewelry: Diamond’s Direct| Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse| Transportation: James River| Stationary: Minted| Planner: Colleen Cox| Officiant: David Cleland

Boathouse at Rocketts Landing Wedding | Kara and Dan

Kara and Dan met through a dating app and “it was love at first swipe!” They spent 2 years as a long distance couple but they didn’t allow that to get in the way of their love for each other. They truly believe in the saying, “distance makes the heart grow fonder”. As a result, for Kara and Dan, this was more than true! After almost 2 years, Kara and Dan were finally able to go on the date they had both been dreaming of- the National Zoo in D.C. On this date, Dan surprised Kara with a proposal and it was the best surprise ever!! Kara and Dan feel unbelievably blessed that God chose them for each other. 

They had a gorgeous wedding at the Boathouse at Rocket’s Landing. They brought elements from the ocean, such as coastal blues and greens, seaglass and starfish. Everything from the ring dish, to the invitation suite, the cake, and the centerpieces.  The coastal wedding vibes were perfect for their water view reception and ceremony. Everywhere you looked, there was abundant love, laughter and happiness the entire day. Not only were Kara and Dan beaming with love, so were the rest of their family and guests! Kara even had a special tie made for her dad reminding him that she will always be his little girl. Despite restrictions due to COVID, all of their guests had such an amazing time dancing and celebrating Kara and Dan’s special day as you can see from the pictures below!  

Congratulations, friends! Wishing you all the blessings in your marriage!

Vendors: Venue: The Boathouse at Rocketts LandingFlorist: Flowers by Zoie Weddings and EventsCake: Incredible Edibles BakeryDJ: Rhythm of LoveHMU: FBJ Weddings| Catering: The Boathouse at Rocketts LandingGown: Avenir Bridal BoutiqueBridesmaid’s Dresses: Kennedy BlueShoes: Badgley Mischka Carter Beaded PumpJewelry: Blue NileSave the Dates: MintedInvitations: ShutterflyOfficiant: Pastor Josh Baird| Favors: Cake & Islands glass candy

Commonwealth Club Wedding | Morgan + James

Morgan and James met in college during their freshman year where they lived in the same dorm. They started as friends when they went to a sorority function until the following year when they officially started dating on September 14th! They had an amazing proposal in Pismo Beach at Smugglers Cave. James and Morgan were in the middle of a 10 day road trip in California across more than 12 spots, including San Diego, Malibu Ventura, Big Sur and so many more stunning West Coast locations. They spent 10 days traveling in their rented convertible chasing sunsets. Two strangers happened to also be admiring Smugglers Cave and James asked them to take a picture of them because he was going to propose. The couple caught the whole thing on their phones and a professional camera!

Morgan and James had a beautiful wedding at the Brandermill Church and the Commonwealth Club. The weather was absolutely perfect, every detail of the wedding was stunning, and everyone was such good energy to be around- it made the day go by fast and we had so much fun! I love that they chose to have their ceremony in the same location as her sister’s weddings and where Morgan grew up. That just makes it even more special! Morgan also planned the best surprise with her dad to celebrate the last of 3 of his daughters to get married in less than 2 years (you might remember Melinda and Meg from my past weddings, too!). The reception was amazing- just the right amount of emotional moments along with the biggest and best party ever. They closed out the night with an amazing confetti exit and it will forever be one of my favorites!

Congratulations to my sweet friends Morgan and James, wising you a lifetime of laughter, love, and blessings!

Vendors

Venue: Brandermill Church and Commonwealth Club| Florist: Black Creek Flowers| Cake: Jae’s cakes| DJ: Pete with BunnDJ| HMU: BrideFace| Catering: Commonwealth Club| Bridal Shop: Rosalin’s Bridal| Bridal Designer: Maggie Sottero| Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo| Men’s Attire: The Black Tux| Transportation: Richmond Limosuine| Stationary: Minted| Planner: Andrea with Marylee Marmer Events| Officiant: Jim Duncan