One of my favorite trends I’ve seen this last year in weddings is a modern take on an intimate elopement. Many of my clients are choosing to get married in intimate ceremonies at meaningful locations (think the backyard of their first home together, or the location of their first date), and then having big celebrations with all of their family and friends on a different day. I LOVE this, because it gives the couple an opportunity to experience the intimacy of exchanging their vows in private, while still getting to enjoy a big party (and having them on two different days just allows the fun to last even longer!). I have had three weddings like this in the last year, which ultimately means working with and celebrating with these clients over the course of six days instead of just three….by the end we truly feel like a part of their family! It also allows for my brides to create the wedding day of their dreams, investing in vendors they truly want to work with by having the flexibility of choosing where to allocate their budget to what’s most important to them (for example, you can feed 30 of your closest friends and family at your favorite restaurant in Richmond for MUCH less than hiring a caterer for 300 people. And I would be willing to bet the food and ambiance would be more memorable as well!).
Sarah and Brett had two different wedding looks, one for their intimate ceremony and another for their celebration at The Boathouse the following day. I love Sarah’s chic modern look she went with in her first gown, contrasted by the glam of the second day. And of course, their pup, Leisel, stole the show in her flower crown by Amanda Burnette! Huge thanks to Studio Two Three for allowing us to use their space for indoor portraits when a nor’easter hit Richmond the day of the wedding!
Film Processed by Photovision
Dress: Mikaella purchased at Urban Set Bride
Florist: Amanda Burnette
Reception Venue: The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing
Wedding Coordinator: Alli Prato with The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing
Cake: Pearl’s Bake Shoppe
Hair and Makeup: Avenue 42
Band: Affirmative Groove
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