Over 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.
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