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lauren + casey, a very richmond wedding

Hi y’all! I’m bouncing off the walls excited to share Lauren and Casey’s absolutely incredible wedding with you! It is packed full of bright flowers, a touch of gold sparkle, and very Richmond details, of course.southern-wedding-tulle-dress

Lauren and I began planning this luxurious affair almost exactly one year prior to her wedding date, April 12, 2014. She came to our first meeting equipped with one wedding she had seen in a magazine. It was her only inspiration and truly what we centered our initial design palette on. About half way through the process, things started evolving with our design. I got to know the couple better and better and was able to develop a design that was just them, no one else–romantic, hospitable, colorful and, of course, very Richmond.

Lauren and Casey met while both attending the University of Richmond. Their first date was the Ring Dance at The Jefferson Hotel. So naturally, our two venues were picked! Two venues that are quintessential Richmond. Most of their guests were coming from out of town, so what a perfect opportunity to showcase the city they love. We started off by designing the Save The Dates with a city skyline outline. We welcomed guests to the hotels with goodie bags stuffed with local Hardywood Beer, Route 11 chips, Virginia peanuts and more!14901_10202136141821146_4461413522425749225_n10516629_10202136130500863_7688811912432973251_n10384464_10202136092859922_139839702487519078_n10420339_10202136096900023_1458780159684248270_n10443517_10202136095699993_3615870912979055307_nsouthern-wedding-halo-engagement-ring996134_10202136093619941_6085603361313598356_nsouthern-wedding-black-and-white-shoessouthern-wedding-tulle-ball-gownsouthern-wedding-cute-flower-girlssouthern-wedding-proud-dadsouthern-wedding-richmond-university-wedding10483857_10202136135900998_8561080366883768439_nsouthern-wedding-richmond-university-chapel10500373_10202136134340959_2141660400637025495_n southern-wedding-whitebox-photo10446583_10202136140781120_6673108741339034921_n10530917_10202136140461112_5536782641027159840_nsouthern-wedding-richmond-university-chapel-wedding southern-wedding-university-of-richmond southern-wedding-tulle-wedding-gown southern-wedding-jeweled-comb southern-wedding-black-bridesmaid-dresses 10514604_10202136147381285_2750212019203637107_nsouthern-wedding-pink-bouquet1 10511175_10202136133300933_1255676536673714583_n 10462877_10202136143461187_1765770590643135529_n 10458850_10202136099540089_9008461976035254501_n 1545720_10202136148021301_941928596645001159_nFood was at the top of the priority list, so their four course meal surely impressed. For cocktail hour and dinner, we pulled in Cuban influences as well as perfectly Southern dishes. Lauren and Casey both love Greek food, so you can bet that was on the menu as well. In addition to two flavors of cake served to each guest, we had an absolutely incredible dessert bar crafted by SweetFix.

Lauren loved gold and she loved bright color. No traditional, spring wedding here! We played up the opulence and elegance of The Jefferson Hotel with her overall design–a mix of different, colorful centerpieces, custom sparkle walls, a stage facade and gorgeous linens and china. It was truly breathtaking!southern-wedding-jefferson-hotel10458124_10202136179062077_5951120125234469287_n10537180_10202136178102053_128660506002431229_n10505613_10202136147661292_3293831604159348425_nsouthern weddings featuresouthern-wedding-ballroom-wedding10442518_10202136189902348_516312495598067037_n10436186_10202136194862472_3452228779859117712_nsouthern-wedding-jefferson-richmondsouthern-wedding-first-dance6southern-wedding-pink-macarons southern-wedding-mini-pecan-piessouthern weddings feature110489869_10202136214902973_7612260605721098700_n10432978_10202136195982500_5066520927659270673_n southern-wedding-laughter southern-wedding-chalkboard-sign2 10538645_10202136099500088_3652029013584480710_n 10537095_10202136184462212_4149273882578585597_nsouthern-wedding-hotel-exit 10349880_10202136169461837_8514793030136700680_nThis wedding was perfectly captured by White Box Photo! And we aren’t the only ones who thought this. Lauren and Casey’s wedding was featured on Southern Weddings Blog recently and we are thrilled! Go check out their feature!

I also encourage you to watch the lovely Ginger Topham’s film from their wedding day.

I truly enjoyed working so closely with Lauren and Casey for the last year.  They are wonderful people and the cutest couple! Not only were they just darling, I feel like I got to work with a “dream team” of vendors. If I can offer anyone a piece of advice for weddings–hire the good people. Hire the people you trust and connect with. They make your life and my job easier.

Cheers and thanks for letting me be a part of your planning experience and wedding day!

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Ceremony Venue: Cannon Memorial Chapel at University of Richmond |  Reception Venue: The Jefferson Hotel | Catering: Ashton Hassan with The Jefferson Hotel | Band: The Boomers via East Coast Entertainment | Photography: White Box Photo | Videography: Ginger Topham | Linen, China, Charger Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Sparkle Linen: La Tavola Linen | Cake and Desserts: Sweet Fix | Eclectic rentals and Lounge Furniture: Paisley and Jade | Dress: Lazaro From Chic Parisien | Bolero and Veil: Custom made by Chic Parisien | Jewelry: David Yurman | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair and makeup: Avenue 42 | Flowers: Blooms at The Jefferson Hotel | Lighting, Sparkle Drapes, Stage Facade: Blue Steel Lighting Design | Organist: Dr. Mary Bennett | Cellist: Dana McComb | Suit: Men’s Wearhouse | Bridesmaids dresses: Jenny Yoo via Bella Bridesmaid | Stationery: William Arthur via Paper on the Avenue | Save The Dates: Dear June | Guest Transportation: James River Transportation | Trolley: Richmond Trolley | Planning and Design: LK Events & Design