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: katie + ralph

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

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Katie and Ralph were married just a few weeks ago at The Mill at Fine Creek. Despite the sweltering July heat, Katie couldn’t have been more beautiful, carrying a bouquet designed by my good friend Janie Medley (the brides cafe & jm flora).

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Favors made by petites bouchees, dressed up with “merci” flags we made with this stamp from paper source. We also bagged favors in simple, white bags I found at a craft store and stamped them with the larger merci stamp, also from paper source.

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Congratulations Katie and Ralph! I loved working with you! xo And thank you so much to Jennifer Colina Photography for sharing these images!

{the full list of vendors: photography by jennifer colina photography; venue & catering – the mill at fine creek; flowers by janie medley flora design; planning by merriment; macarons by petites bouchees; dj – alan boyle; paper design by the girl tyler; videographer - humanstory; makeup by stephanie parker; hair by susan at salon 23; baker – the desserterie; ceremony music by chris lucas}

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

classic richmond wedding wednesdays

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
This board just feels right for a mini-destination wedding. It makes me think of the Hope and Glory Inn in Irvington, Virginia. Or, how about this vacation rental that my friend Katie found yesterday?

Bride and Groom photographed by Eleise Theuer; Cake from Martha Stewart
on Frances Palmer; Dress from JCrew; Tablescape from {frolic!};
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by Atelier Isabey; Tablecloth, originally from MS Living,
via Absolutely Beautiful Things; Sailboat photographed by Richard Marigolis;
photographed by Gemma Comas; House via Snippet & Ink

richmond wedding wednesdays: nichole & derek at the poe museum and havana ’59

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

richmond virginia weddingI just love this Richmond wedding shot by my dear friend Katie Stoops. Nicole and Derek were married in the garden at The Poe Museum (a beautiful location in downtown Richmond); their reception was just a few blocks away at Havana ’59 (check out those cafe lights…love!).

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belated richmond wedding wednesdays

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

There’s a space at Tuckahoe Plantation…a pretty vine-covered trellis…where I’ve always wanted to design an event. {see below} The event would have to be small. Really small. Like twenty people max, but it could be so, so beautiful.

{first & third image, top row designed by duet weddings, photographed by corbin gurkin via grey likes weddings; woman in dress photographed by polly wreford; flower girls photographed by punam bean; table design by oh how charming photographed by elizabeth messina; flowers}