Richmond Wedding Wednesdays: Amuse at VMFA

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

VMFA_Mod Cocktail Party_Merriment EventsOver the years, we’ve come to specialize in planning and producing large outdoor, tented weddings, but I’ve always had a special place in my heart for intimate, restaurant receptions. And Amuse isn’t just any restaurant — with excellent views into the museum and outside to the sculpture garden; a nearly neutral existing color palette (how many reception venues can say that?); exquisite furnishings (hello Saarinen tables!); and some of the best food in Richmond, Amuse is my go-to recommendation for small parties. Given free reign, I’d introduce lovely shades of blue and green; large tropical foliage; metallic-lined drum shades for accent lighting over a large, outdoor bar; and bright fuchsia floral here and there for punctuation.

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

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

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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

richmond wedding wednesdays: virginia center for architecture

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

The Virginia Center for Architecture is such an inspiring space. Built in the early 1900s and positioned prominently on Monument Avenue, the Tudor style mansion really is full of grandeur. Given the scale of the space, its soaring ceilings, ornate architecture detail and its strong features (dark wood, beautiful stone work), you really could go wild with the scale of decor at an event. Tall, focal floral arrangements would be very much at home here, along with colors that complement the space — shades of gray, lavender, green, creamy whites.

virginia center for architecture_weddingimage #1 via Ritzy Bee; #2 Virginia Center for Architecture; #3 Elizabeth Messina via Sponge Cake Press; #4 Amy Merrick; #5 Elizabeth Messina via Snippet and Ink; #6 Beehive Events

Richmond Wedding Wednesdays: a garden party at the Kent-Valentine House

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

It’s been such a long time since I’ve posted a Richmond Wedding Wednesdays inspiration board — there’s no better way to kick start the series again than with an inspiration board for a lush, afternoon garden party at the Kent-Valentine House. Also home to the Garden Club of Virginia, the Kent-Valentine House was built in 1845 and is located in the historic Monroe Ward district of Richmond. Whether you choose to host an outdoor tented event in the courtyard or a smaller, cocktail style event indoors, its southern beauty is sure to charm. I imagined a palette of light gray, green, white and off white — very classic, very Richmond.

image sources: (1) designed by Ariella Chezar; (2) photographed by katie stoops for southern weddings magazine; (3); (4) photographed by gia canali via style me pretty; (5) designed by calder clark for southern weddings magazine and photographed by a bryan photo via ritzy bee; (6) photographed by polly alexandre photography via style me pretty

inspired by maymont’s italian garden

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

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As we prep for this weekend’s wedding, it’s fun to look back at the inspiration we gathered for it!

{arrangement in terracotta pot via Design*Sponge; buffet by Sunday Suppers; bride & groom photographed by Carrie Patterson via Once Wed; black and white dining photo via weddingbee; place setting by Sunday Suppers: coral peony arrangement by Saipua; dahlia & peach arrangement by Ariella Chezar via Oh Happy Day; coffee – Sunday Suppers}

richmond wedding wednesdays: virginia center for architecture

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

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Richmond Wedding Wednesdays rerun, originally posted last July…one of my favorite boards for the Virginia Center for Architecture. Wouldn’t it be lovely for a winter soiree?

The idea for this post all started with the Schumacher pattern (top right) — the Pyne Hollyhock Print. I could live on the Schumacher website, but I digress.

This board feels to me like it should be named “frankly my dear.” I imagine a debutante gone wrong, challenging convention, throwing on a black wedding gown and some silvery pumps and heading on out to say “I do” in style at The Virginia Center for Architecture. Because, as we all know, VCA is like the most gorgeous wedding venue in  RVA.

{image credits: shoes by Sandra Lane via Sarah Kaye RepresentsPyne Hollyhock Print via Schumacher; pretty Emily styled by Joy Thigpen and photographed by Jose Villa; crystal knob and jewelry by Sandra Lane via Sarah Kaye Represents; bouquet via Style Me Pretty styled by Viola from Chewing the Cud & photographed by Blonde Tulip; The Virginia Center for Architecture; and the signature invitation by Linda & Harriett}

richmond wedding wednesdays: tuckahoe plantation

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

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I’ve always thought it would be so much fun to plan a small wedding or engagement party at Tuckahoe Plantation’s stable. Before the thought of hosting a party in a stable turns you completely off, rest assured the stable is no longer a working stable. It has beautiful wide plank wooden beam floors, a large lawn in front (perfect for oyster roasts or s’mores), and plenty of rustic charm.

{images: stag invite by Chocolate Butterbean; stag horn flatware via Neiman Marcus; bride photographed by Lisa Pyden via Island Weddings; mint juleps via Matters of Style; bouquet from Brides via Snippet & Ink}

richmond wedding wednesdays: amuse restaurant at vmfa

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

There are so many ways you could design a really beautiful, modern reception at Amuse Restaurant at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. This week, though, it’s all about fun. A short modern dress. Maybe a smile booth? Jonathan Adler salt and pepper shakers as cake toppers. Bright yellow pomanders. And a sleek cocktail party for, oh, about 150.*

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Sweet ways to accessorize this event in Richmond…

Jenny Yoo “Bacall” bridesmaid dresses from Bella Bridesmaid

Yellow macarons from Petites Bouchees

Dabney Lee invitations from By Invitation Only

Jonathan Adler S & P shakers available locally at Quirk Gallery

{image of Amuse via RVANews; white dress via Fab Sugar; tablescape via once.daily.chic; yellow dress – J.Crew; little boy with bow tie by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty; mr. and mrs. salt & pepper shakers by jonathan adler;  boutonniere via Wedding Bee; bouquet photographed by Jose Villa via Green Wedding Shoes}

*Amuse caps out at 150 for cocktail receptions

richmond wedding wednesdays: a luncheon at Balliceaux

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

I’m planning a bridesmaids’ luncheon for a client at Balliceaux, a very hip un-Richmond-like restaurant in The Fan. Here are a few things that are inspiring me for the party…Dandelion Ranch (forever in love with their work), billy buttons, and silhouettes.

Balliceaux’s back room is great for small cocktail parties and luncheons (think 50 guests for a cocktail party or 15 for a luncheon). The design of the restaurant is so inspiring, the menu is adventurous and the heirloom-style cocktails are to die for (my favorite is The Hemingway).

{flowers by dandelion ranch; silhouette escort cards for the not wedding 2009 photographed by our labor of love; billy buttons via my favorite color is shiny}

richmond wedding wednesdays: crittenden studio

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Crittenden Studio is one of my favorite places in town for events. Because the design of space is so minimal, there are lots of possibilities for event design. Look back to Emily’s wedding for more ideas…

Crittenden is located in the Manchester district of Richmond in the Corrugated Box building. Ellie of Savor Cafe is right next store (she also does amazing catering). The capacity of the space is 200, and the current rental fee for Friday and Saturday night events is just a little over $1,000.
For more info, click here.

{image credits: flowers by Saipua via Design Sponge; Anthro letters; invitation by Linda & Harriett; bride & groom via Green Wedding Shoes; library card catalog via Poetic Home; arrangements by JL Designs}