The Couple: Blakely
The Wedding: 12.29.12 - Monumental Church & Main Street Station - Richmond, VA
What adjectives best describe your wedding?
Vintage, southern, warm and inviting
What was your wedding color palette?
Winter Neutrals (blush, gray, ivory, taupe)
What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? Having a winter wedding played a large part in the decisions we made. We wanted to choose indoor venues that captured the historic essence of Richmond, VA. We absolutely loved the character of Monumental Church and Main Street Station. They are both located in the heart of downtown. We wanted our wedding to have a soft southern and vintage feel and incorporated subtle touches throughout, without taking away from the beautiful architecture and history of each venue.
Our wedding was somewhat traditional but had unique details. The bridesmaids wore skirts and sweaters rather than traditional bridesmaid dresses. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, we had a variety of cupcakes. Our bouquets and boutonnieres incorporated cotton bolls and pods along with fresh flowers, creating a soft, wintery mix. I wore my great grandmother’s platinum pin on the burlap wrap of my bouquet. This pin has been worn by many women in my family on their wedding days. I was thrilled to carry on this tradition.
Caleb and I both love creating things and working on projects. We did many of the wedding details ourselves. For example, Caleb carved stamps of our wedding venues and framed each print for our guests to sign the surrounding photo mats (guest book). He also created a stamp for our out of town guest bags. We stamped each bag to make them more personal. I decorated small mason jars with lace, burlap ribbon, and buttons to hold hot chocolate ingredients for our guests (favors). My mom, sister, and I used the DIY flower arrangement area at our local florist to create the reception table centerpieces and pew markers at the church. These are just a few examples of how Caleb and I took a hands-on approach. We loved working together as a couple and with family members to add these personal touches.
Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding?
Overall, our wedding was such a special day! We loved working together with our families to create a lovely wedding filled with personal details. We are glad that we decided to do a “First Look” prior to the ceremony. It gave us an opportunity to experience a more intimate moment. It calmed our nerves before the ceremony and allowed us to get to the reception quickly since most of the photographs had been taken earlier.
What piece of advice would you give to a bride planning her wedding today?
Count on your friends and family to provide support throughout the wedding planning process.
If you’re going to splurge on one thing, wedding photography is a good investment. We’ll have the photos to look back on for a lifetime! Our photographer, Alex Fagundo of Soul Echo Studios, did an incredible job capturing our wedding day.
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Soul Echo Studios
Ceremony Venue: Monumental Church
Reception Venue: Main Street Station
Catering: White House Catering
Florist: Vogue Flowers
Cake: Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe
Wedding Dress: Custom dress by Bridal Bliss Designs on Etsy
Bridal Accessories: Shoes - Nine West
Bridesmaids’ Apparel & Accessories: Sweaters and earings - Banana Republic, Skirts - Ann Taylor
Groom & Groomsmen Apparel & Accessories: Suits - Jos A. Banks, Ties - Tommy Hilfiger
Live Music: Klaxton Brown Band
Rentals: The Prop Shop
Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us, Blakely and Caleb!