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

pretty pink & orange flowers…

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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…designed by Janie Medley and photographed by Adam Barnes for a June client. So lovely! Congrats Megan & Daniel!



tuckahoe plantation

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

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We’re so lucky to have so many beautiful venues in and around Richmond. Katie Stoops recently took these pictures of Tuckahoe plantation in the wintertime. It’s one of our favorite locations.

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If you’re looking for more Richmond wedding inspiration, click over to Aisle Dash where Shayna Walker and I contributed an article about the top ten reasons to get married in and around Richmond!

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!};
Invitation Suite
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

Lisa’s bridal portraits at The Bolling Haxall House

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Lisa, who will be married in just a little more than two weeks, is here today to share her bridal portraits, some of her wedding plans and the story of her engagement.

“For Christmas, my fiance,Will, gave me a three-hour brunch tour of Manhattan. We had been to NYC several times, but always to visit friends and had never done the typical site seeing. On Sunday, December 30, 2007, we headed to the brunch cruise leaving from the Chelsea piers. About 45 minutes into the cruise we passed by the Statue of Liberty. As we were sailing away, Will got down on one knee and surprised me! I am not easily surprised, but he pulled it off successfully, and we spent the rest of the holiday in NYC celebrating with friends. When we returned to Northern Virginia, we continued the celebration by sharing our news with friends at an Italian restaurant in Ballston. It was a great way to start 2008!”

“What I’m most looking forward to on our wedding day is having all of our family and friends present as we join in marriage and celebrating with them afterward in an historic Richmond site (The Bolling Haxall House where these pictures were taken). We wanted to be married in Richmond – I grew up there and Will went to college there. We’ve planned special and memorable events throughout the weekend that celebrate Will and my union and the union of our families.”

“Our wedding will be classic with a hint of contemporary flare. It’s a black and white theme with a hint of light Carolina blue. We are providing guests with a printed history of the historic Richmond house and other Virginia related items, like Virginia peanuts and Virginia is for Lovers pencils.”

“Will’s only niece is our flower girl and turns two on our wedding day. My only nephew (and our godson) is the ring bearer and he turns one the day before! Will and I are throwing a joint birthday party for the little ones with family members on Friday afternoon before our rehearsal.”

Best wishes to Lisa and Will. Thank you so much for stopping by little white book to share your story, and thank you to Jennifer Colina who photographed these beautiful images.

Lindsay’s invitations + The Bowe House Press

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Lindsay, a reader and fellow Richmonder, is here today to share how she made her own letterpress invitations at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Bowe House Press, a restored letterpress studio at VCU’s School of the Arts operated by professor Jamie Mahoney.

“I recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, and I realized this was probably my last chance to take advantage of the amazing opportunity the graphic design department offers – a letterpress class with Jamie Mahoney at the Bowe House Press. She has transformed the shop from an almost unusable disarray of metal type pieces to a working shop, full of learning, experimentation and inspiration. This is when I decided that my wedding invitations just had to be letterpressed.”

“We decided at the beginning of our engagement that we would aim for a “enchanted forest” feel for our wedding. The graphics on the invitations were actually a free vector I found and altered myself to achieve many variations to spread across the different inserts. If you’re doing your invitations yourself, then be sure that your imagery and your chosen fonts complement each other. We used Bauer Bodoni and the script Bellevue because they have dramatic thick and thin lines that went well with the flow of the flowers.”

“When it came time to print the invitations, I bought some luxurious paper and envelopes from Paper Source and had the designs made into custom letterpress plates via Boxcar Press. The process is pretty cool — the plate has photo polymer chemicals on it and you expose it with the design on top to leave behind a raised image. The invitation liner was found at Paper Mojo, and I hand cut them using envelope templates from Paper Source.”

“The days we printed, we had to have an assembly line – Jamie helped set up the plates and align them to where they needed to be on the paper, I pulled the roller across the plates to make the impression, and my fiancée transferred the printed paper to the drying rack. If you ever wonder why letterpress costs so much, it’s because of the manpower needed! I’m so happy with how they turned out, they are to be mailed out this week!”

Thank you for stopping by Lindsay! We loved hearing about your invitations. Best wishes!

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!