Christina & Tom’s Charlottesville Wedding

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Merriment Events | Beehive Events | Patricia Lyons PhotographyPatricia Lyons PhotographyPatricia Lyons PhotographyPatricia Lyons PhotographyMerriment Events | Beehive Events | Patricia Lyons PhotographyMerriment Events | Beehive Events | Patricia Lyons PhotographyMerriment Events | Beehive Events | Patricia Lyons Photography


patricia lyons photography

meet brittany!

Monday, August 3rd, 2015


You may have seen Brittany’s wedding on Martha Stewart Weddings recently, so I thought there’d be no better time than now to introduce her here! Brittany has been with Merriment since nearly the beginning, starting first as an intern, then moving on to become a planning assistant. Now she’s moving into a new role — lead production manager, where she will take a more active role in install and weekend coordination. Brittany is my right hand, and we just couldn’t do what we do without her calm spirit, gracious disposition and years of experience. She’s the best! Without further ado, more about Brittany, in her own words:

Favorite part of a wedding? I adore watching the bride walk down the aisle. There are so many aspects of that one moment I love — the mix of nerves and giddy excitement, anticipation. When the bride makes her entrance, I love to keep an eye on the groom. Such a sweet moment.

Best piece of advice for a bride? On the day of your wedding, be intentional. Be present with your girls as you prepare and get ready for the day. Take a moment before you walk down the aisle to look at everyone in the congregation. Spend some time with your husband before you join the reception. Then just enjoy! It will go by so quickly!

Most beloved item in our emergency kit? Pins! Of any kind. Bobby pins, straight pins, safety pins — they are all important to have on the day of the wedding. Also a seamstress kit. Have I told you about the time Courtney and I sewed a bridesmaid into her torn gown after a dance floor mishap (!) ?

Biggest mistake a couple can make on their wedding day? Getting hung up on little details; not being able to roll with the punches if there are slight glitches in the plan. While this is definitely easier said than done, especially coming from a Type A bride like myself, it’s your wedding day! Enjoy! You don’t get a do over.

One detail a couple should never forgo in order to save money? Aside from a planner, a good caterer! Hire one that is experienced with the type of party you’re hosting and one that has a reputation for providing great service.

What do you do on weekends when you’re not at a wedding? I love to spend free weekends with my family and friends. I might grab drinks with the girls on Friday evening. On Saturday you’ll probably spot me grabbing donuts (Sugar Shack – can’t resist!) after yoga or a run. My favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon is shopping with my mom or running errands with my husband — we love a good date to Homegoods. Throw in dinner at a new restaurant in town, a good concert or movie and that’s pretty much the perfect weekend!


photo by katie stoops

Brittany and Andrew featured on Martha Stewart Weddings

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015


Fall Wedding Inspiration


It was such a joy to help one of our nearest and dearest plan her wedding, which took place on a chilly day last November at Tuckahoe Plantation. Brittany has worked with me for more than five years as my lead production assistant, and as you might expect we’ve been planning her wedding for some time. (Maybe before she found the groom? shhh!) To see more of the details and get the full scoop, pop over to Martha Stewart Weddings!

{photo by Katie Stoops; Invitation Design by Parrott Design Studio}

Kelley-Harris wedding featured in the Summer issue of Martha Stewart Weddings

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

purple wedding inspiration


A year ago today, we celebrated the wedding of our dear friends and clients. We’re celebrating again as their beautiful wedding is featured in the summer issue of Martha Stewart Weddings! We were fortunate to work with a great group of talent, including Janie Medley and Katie Stoops, who both did so much to bring the bride’s vision to life and capture it beautifully. It’s always a treat to work with creative, fun-loving clients and talented wedding friends. xoxo

RVA News

Saturday, May 16th, 2015


Wedding Planning Richmond Virginia

Thanks so much to RVA News and my friend, Susan Howson, for the lovely interview this week! Hop on over to hear what I have to say and the wise words of other talented Richmond wedding friends.

Monday, March 30th, 2015

merriment events fun colorful wedding

fun, colorful virginia wedding merriment events

a wedding full of heart!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Katie and Max’s May wedding at home on the Northern Neck was truly full of heart. From the brightly colored heart confetti that accompanied their letterpress invitations, to the hearts throughout the reception — along the walkway to the ceremony on the waterfront, handmade muslin hearts on each place setting, brightly patterned hearts on escort card tags. So much love was put into this celebration.

heart wedding inspirationheart wedding inspirationheart wedding inspirationheart wedding inspirationheart wedding inspirationheart wedding inspirationheart wedding inspirationheart wedding inspirationrichmond virginia wedding inspirationheart wedding inspiration

photography by jodi miller

Happy new year!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

merriment events

photo by katie stoops

martha stewart weddings top wedding planners

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 9.15.05 PM











We’re just so over the moon about Martha Stewart Weddings’ announcement of the top wedding planners of 2014 (featured in the anniversary issue on newsstands this week); and we’re beyond thrilled to share the honor with friends Calder Clark, of Calder Clark Designs, and Maria & Kelly, of Ritzy Bee, as well as other luminaries in our industry whose work we’ve long admired. 2014 has been incredible. Merry Christmas, friends! xox

Flower Magazine

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Peach wedding inspiration


richmond virginia wedding

Spring wedding inspiration

Thrilled to see Megan and Will’s wedding in the current issue of Flower Magazine. We adore this couple and couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with us. To see more, pick up the current issue of Flower or click over to the online version of the story here.