To me, one of the best parts of spring is seeing brides introduce aqua into their color palettes. Has there ever been a happier color? Shelley and Bryan sought a joyful wedding at Richmond’s Tuckahoe Plantation, where they brought along Emily March Photography and Your Day, Your Way Weddings and Events to make their wedding day everything they’d dreamed of and so much more.
From the bride, Shelley: Since Bryan and I had dated mostly long distance, I wanted our guests to know us better as a couple after attending our wedding and to feel at home. We wanted the whole day to be full of joy! More than anything we wanted our wedding and our marriage to reflect the Gospel – the unrelenting love our Heavenly Father has for his underserving people. We wanted our marriage to be rooted in the love of Christ and that to be made known on our wedding day. Our venue really set the theme for our wedding. Tuckahoe Plantation is the boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson. I am a direct descendant of good ol’ TJ so we knew it would be the perfect fit! It is just outside of our hometown of Richmond. The plantation is secluded, with a gorgeous plantation house and beautiful gardens.
Flower recipe: My bouquet had tulips, peonies and roses and some greenery! We had some flowers at the ceremony on the arboretum with spider mums, peach carnations with fern, pittosporum, Italian ruscus and larkspur tucked into trailing greenery. The flower arrangement for the tables including some tulips, carnations, wildflowers and greenery in mason jars.
The bridesmaids wore a mint/teal dress and the flowers were peach and pink! And wherever I could include a gold accent, I did! I love a little bit of glitter! My father-in-law built us the chalkboard where we listed the seating arrangements for the reception (my husband wrote all the names on the chalkboard!) and the shelves that included pictures from our childhood. We made our favors which were bookmarks with our favorite books. I also made our wooden table numbers–saw them on etsy and thought, ‘I could do that!’
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Soak it all in! I absolutely loved the whole wedding week! It was such a joyous celebration. I keep saying to my husband now, I just want to do it all over again – so simply enjoy it! I knew that some things were going to go wrong, but that nothing was going to take away front the overall JOY of the day. Every moment was so special and I did not want to leave at the end of the night! Oh and dance!! It is so easy to get caught up talking to guests (which is also important) but don’t forget to dance! I can’t help, but smile whenever I think of the dancing at our reception.
First Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight”
Father/Daughter Dance: “What a Wonderful World”
Mother/Son Dance: “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”
From the photographer, Emily March Photography: When I first met Shelley, we spent a solid two hours getting to know each other and talking about how excited she was to be Bryan’s wife. I left absolutely giddy to photograph her wedding and knowing that by the big day, Shelley would be a dear friend. I can’t play favorites, but I love this pair so much. Their wedding was stunning beyond all measure, from the plantation’s natural beauty to all those little jars overflowing with flowers to the tangible love expressed by family and friends throughout the day. I was in Heaven!
Wedding Location: Richmond, VA / Photographer: Emily March Photography / Wedding Coordinator: Your Day, Your Way Weddings and Events / Florist: Flower Design by Janet / Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Jack Rogers “Chrystie” / Earrings: Tejani / Hair: Avenue 42 / Makeup: Brideface Richmond / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse / Wedding Caterer: White House Catering / Wedding Cake: Westhampton Bakery / Cake Topper: The First Snow / Rentals: The Prop Shop / Sparklers: SparklersOnline.com / Band: The Bruce Swartz Band / Wedding Invitations: Olive Juice Stationery / Wedding Programs: How Lovely Paper / Videographer: Common Spark Media