A Stitch in Time

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

A Stitch in Time {which appeared yesterday on Once Wed} was inspired by the true story of an engagement. We took the real life story and ran with it, breathing more and more inspiration and texture into the shoot everyday as we concepted.

rustic wedding inspirationI usually start projects with an inspiration board. Not every designer works that way, but they help me to narrow and focus. I also wrote a story that gave us a narrative to concept around. Then we got to work.

rustic wedding inspirationKimberly at Chez Sucre Chez and Jen at Miss Pickles Press were the first people I called. I knew they’d be perfect for this project.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerWe found an amazing venue outside of Richmond called Amber Grove Inn. Amber Grove is a wedding venue operated by John McDermott. The barn {pictured above} was a dairy barn in a former life; now it hosts ceremonies and small receptions. There’s also a house on the property that John rents for events and a large tented area perfect for larger receptions.

rustic wedding Need Supply hooked us up with the coziest sweater for Jill to wear over her pink ruffle dress (found at H + M) and a pair of killer booties. We outfitted Chris with an assortment of things found, borrowed and purchased. His handsome bowtie came from Halcyon — an amazing vintage store in Richmond.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding Plannercross stitch weddingJanie Medley Flora The Brides Cafe Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerCheck out that headband. It was designed by Lyndzee Ellsworth at Lady Vintique. All of Lyndzee’s pieces are one of a kind.

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerJanie made the prettiest bouquets full of red dahlias, and Miss Pickles Press hand stamped muslin bags. Each bag contained a special memory our fictitious groom scribed for his bride-to- be, which she found on her way to him at the end of the string of yarn, where he was waiting to “propose.”

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerMerriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerMerriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerMiss Pickles Press made signs that read, “will you marry me” and “she said yes” printed on wood veneer. Rumor has it that Jen will be adding signs to her shop soon!

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerVintage spools of thread {found on etsy} along a fence at Amber Grove…

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerDrawer pulls collected at Anthropologie…wouldn’t this be a lovely way to display escort cards or pictures at a reception?

Merriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerMerriment Events Richmond, Virginia Wedding PlannerThe talented people who brought this shoot to life are truly amazing. Big thanks to…
Jen at Miss Pickles Press
Ryan and Kelly at Kellan Studios
Janie Medley at The Brides Cafe
Need Supply Company
The Yarn Lounge
Erika Nixon at Makeup on Demand (contact Erika at makeupondemand@comcast.net)
Kimberly at Chez Sucre Chez
John at Amber Grove Inn
Moore and Giles (who loaned us the leather chairs)
and our models, my dear friends, Chris + Jill

Marty + Nicole’s Richmond Wedding at Bankuet Place

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

We have a really special wedding today and the bride is here to tell us a little bit about it! But, first, a little background.

Nicole and Marty met each other working at a record store in Richmond. They played together in each other’s bands, so it’s only natural that music was a big part of their reception. They were married in Richmond on August 9, 2008 at The Bankuet Place.

Instead of rings, the couple got tattoos that read “true love cast out all evil,” a quotation from a song by Roky Erickson.
Buttons to match Marty and Nicole’s tattoos were passed out to guests.

A friend made the invitations based off the design of an obscure gospel LP. The key motif was carried throughout the reception, since Nicole’s husband’s last name is “Key” and because the party took place in an old bank building with a vintage bank vault.

Nicole found deposit keys that she spray painted and hung as garland.

The couple had a pom pom making party the morning of the wedding. Aren’t they beautiful?

Homemade cakes, tres leches cakes from Kuba Kuba, vegan cupcakes and cakes pops, all made by Nicole and Marty’s friends and guests! Nicole scanned fabrics and then added text in Photoshop to make flags identifying desserts.

A friend designed Proust Questionnaires that Nicole used in place of a guest book.

Guests were sent home with mix tape CDs and bags of Virginia peanuts tied with vintage skelton keys.
Nicole made a banner for the DJ table from fabric.


And, now more from Nicole.
Q. What was your budget and philosophy on wedding planning?
A. We focused on a budget between $6,000 and $8,000 and it came in under $8,000. A lot of this had to do with our resistance to spending a ton of money on things that society and family dictate we should spend on, such as expensive rings, a fancy dress and professional photography.

Q. Three most important things about your wedding day?
A. Food, Drinks, Music. There is nothing worse than being a hungry guest at a party with bad music. We wanted to set an environment where everyone was comfortable enough to have a great time. If you take care of these three things, good times will follow.

Q. Biggest savings?
A. We had many friends who helped us make our wedding affordable. If it was not for them, it would have been far more expensive. Also, the venue (The Bankuet Place) was a place no one I knew had heard of and was slightly newer to the venue circuit, so it was a great deal. It was in an area over the bridge from our hotels but in a very historic part of Richmond that is now experiencing a revitalization. It was important for us to invest in the community down there and I am so glad we did. The venue MADE the event. It is a wonderful relic of old Richmond…err Manchester… and a symbol of what is to come.

Q. One piece of advice you’d like to pass along to other brides?
A. If you are having wedding, you are throwing a party. Your guests are important, otherwise you would have eloped, right? So make the best party you can for you and your guests. If they are having a great time it’s easier for you to have one and that is the whole point. For us, that meant pooling all of our pals together and getting everyone involved in it. It made it more memorable for them and that much more meaningful for us.

Q. Biggest joys?
A. Our friends! So many of our friends commented to us that it was the most enjoyable wedding they’d ever attended! Can you imagine how wonderful that was to hear?

My other favorite part of the party was this: Instead of having a guest book, I decided to have guests fill out a “Proust Questionnaire,” (which a bandmate of ours designed for us). They are a joy to read to this day and a peek inside of all of our cherished friends and family. At one point the room looked like the SATs with tables of folks filing them out!

Thank you so much to Marty and Nicole! I hope you all enjoyed remembering and telling the story of your wedding day as much as we enjoyed hearing it!

Kelly + Pete, Richmond

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Kelly and Pete were married a year ago at Seventh Street Christian Church. The snow began to fall just before the ceremony and dusted the ground in a light blanket of snow.


Kelly wore a Melissa Sweet gown.

The ballroom at the Country Club of Virginia was transformed into a winter wonderland for the evening.
Kelly’s mother made a runner for the cake table using fabric and lace from her own wedding gown. Remnants of the gown also accented Kelly’s bouquet and the ring bearer’s pillow.

Since rain and snow made a visit on Kelly and Pete’s wedding day, they had a “day after” session at CCV with their photographers, Anne and Bill Holland of Holland Photo Arts.

Their sweet dog was delighted to be a part of the day after session!

Congratulations and best wishes to Pete and Kelly. And, a big thank you to Anne and Bill Holland of Holland Photo Arts for sharing this wedding with Little White Book!