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}

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
found
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;
Earrings
photographed by Gemma Comas; House via Snippet & Ink

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}

richmond wedding wednesdays: blandfield plantation

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Blandfield Plantation is a dreamy mid-Georgian Tidewater Mansion dating from the Colonial Period, in Essex County, Virginia along the Rappahannock River. Blandfield offers a few options for event rental, but I imagine this event would take place on the grounds outside of the mansion on an afternoon in the spring.


{left to right: image #1 saipua;#2 martha stewart; #3 unknown;#4 unknown; #5 romona keveza; #6 ribbons galore; #7 saipua; #8 unknown; #9 a practical wedding; #10 eventology blog; #11 parrot design studio}

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}

Classic Richmond Wedding Wednesdays: Tuckahoe Plantation

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
Bouquet via Style Me Pretty; Bride and Groom via Snippet & Ink photographed
by Jose Villa; Invitation via Hello Lucky;
Veil via Brides; Angel Sanchez gown via Brides;
Wrapped Sweets via Once Wed; Shoes via Snippet & Ink; Pillow via MS;
Martha Stewart Patterned Place cards via Ritzy Bee; Flowers via Southern Weddings
There are so many ways to imagine an event at Tuckahoe Plantation. It’s such a classic Richmond location, nestled along the James River. May is said to be the best month at the plantation — all of the flowers are in bloom then.

Some planning notes…

  • Tuckahoe typically can handle up to 250 guests for a wedding.
  • There is no indoor event space at the plantation. There is a changing room for the bride that can be rented for an additional fee.
  • The plantation offers both ceremony and reception locations (be sure to check pricing for both).
  • Most importantly: a wedding at Tuckahoe has to be built from the ground up. i.e. Renters must bring in tents, chairs, tables, lighting, bathrooms (for guest lists of more than 100), heating or air — basically all of the “mechanics” of the event. Be sure to do careful budgeting and research before you commit to any off-site event location.