Circus tents are definitely not just for circuses, everyone, and Katie and Billy proved that to us. They had the most vibrant jewel-toned wedding, and I’m so thrilled they had Nessa K Photography photograph all of the stunning details all over Tuckahoe. LK Events and Design and Photosynthesis partnered up and beautifully brought a crazy-good boho feel to the day, with elements like dip-dyed cloth napkins, a to-die-for lounge area with a couch you have to see to believe, and floral crowns that rival any you see at Coachella. This wedding is that good.
From the bride, Katie: For the past 6 years we’ve lived in both Austin and then Los Angeles, and decided to be married in Richmond, VA, the city where we met. Since we’re both from Virginia, we were excited to be surround by so many loved ones and knew it would be a family/friends reunion of sorts. We envisioned a relaxed and intimate outdoor wedding with farm tables, BBQ, vinyl spinning and dancing under the stars.
We didn’t necessarily have a “style” or a theme – we drew inspiration from the different cities we have lived in and wanted the day to reflect us and our time shared together so far. The stunning landscape of Tuckahoe served as the backdrop for the day. We basically had free rein of the property and we enjoyed the freedom and creativity that came with having so much space to explore. The grounds featured a long driveway through overgrown fields with cows and horses grazing, mature gardens and trees, a river view, and crepe myrtles arched over the ceremony. We complemented the landscape with vintage furniture and rugs, a sailcloth tent, bistro lights, farm tables and x-back chairs. A lot of the decor we already had – the brass table pieces, the rug we stood on during the ceremony came from our bedroom, my grandma’s crochet dollies, books on the places we’ve lived in- all these elements made the day seem more personal. The color scheme was a little loose, mostly warm colors like orange, coral, and blush with navy and pops of gold. The colors were well balanced against the late spring landscape and luckily beautiful blue skies!
Billy and I were really hands-on with a lot of projects and I think everyone noticed! We are both in the art and design world, so we were pretty much like “we got this” when it came to tackling creative projects. We painted, designed and printed our invitation suite and created the printed goods/signage for the day. We also complied welcome gift bags full of yummy treats from various places we have lived. As far as the table décor goes, we kept it somewhat minimal with white table linens and kraft paper table runners with painted numbers on the side. We also painted gold table numbers onto the tall candles and vintage brass pieces glammed up the table a bit. Topo Chico, our favorite sparkling mineral water, adorned the table and rocks collected from California beaches served as place setting cards. Family and friends helped with the dip dye ombre napkins for the head table. Our awesome florist, Photosynthesis, created the loveliest bud vase arrangements and laid fresh herbs on each place sitting.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Make sure to take a moment during the wedding day for just you and your spouse. During dusk, we took some photographs around the property just the two of us. I’m so grateful for the time we shared together taking pictures, walking back to the party, and overlooking everyone laughing and dancing under the tent. We really felt the love.
Processional: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power
Recessional: “Someday,” The Growlers
First Dance: “Harvest Moon,” Neil Young
From the photographer, Nessa K Photography: Katie and Billy had a circus tent, ombre dipped invitations, dye dipped cloth napkins at the tables, and a ceremony nestled in between a row of giant trees. There were flower crowns, reds and golds, and calligraphy stones as place settings. The DJ played vinyl the entire night. I can’t remember the last time I felt so in love with a tent that was minimally decorated with wooden chairs and eucalyptus draped everywhere, but it was stunning.