Real RVA Wedding: Hailey & Justin

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October 5, 2013


How They Met

Hailey says, “Justin and I met in high school, but were never close friends.  However, because we had many friends in common, there became a joke about me being “Hailey Paley” and it stuck.  I was called Hailey Paley by multiple people LONG before Justin and I ever even considered dating!  Justin traveled after college and spent time in numerous places throughout the world including Australia and Asia.  I moved to Charleston, SC where I gained my graduate degree.  We both returned to Richmond around the same time and ran into each other at Gold’s Gym.  He lured me in with promises of a boat ride that never happened, but it got my attention and we have been together ever since!”

How He Asked

Justin proposed to Hailey at Momotaro Sushi in Carytown, which is also where they had their first date.  Hailey says, “We were the only customers in the restaurant when he did it, and I screamed and frightened all of the staff!”

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The Perfect Place

The two had been to many weddings in Richmond, so they wanted to find a venue that would be uniquely theirs. Justin loves the outdoors and Hailey grew up riding horses in Goochland, so the beautiful Clover Forest Plantation fit their styles perfectly.  Hailey especially loved the four antique crystal chandeliers that hung over the reception space and the ceremony altar.  She and Justin wanted soft colors and a romantic vintage feel, so they chose grey and blush pink for their colors.

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Décor Details

Hailey and Justin kept the vintage feel alive with their Polaroid station.  Each guests got to take Polaroids and leave notes on them.  There two also came up with a signature drink, the “Haypay.”  It was a cucumber and mint cocktail that was perfectly refreshing – their October wedding took place on a 90 degree day!

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Wedding Challenges

The bride says, “The biggest challenge was sticking to a budget and making sure that I respected Justin’s preferences, even though he didn’t always agree with what I wanted (i.e, having pink as a main color!).  Honestly, between my mom and my amazing wedding planner, Liz Singleton Palmer, I didn’t have too many challenges!  They took care of all of the tough stuff and my part was fun!”

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Congratulations on your one year anniversary this October, Paleys!

RW Vendors

Photography: PW Photography

Ceremony & Reception Site: Clover Forest Plantation

Wedding Coordination:  Events by Elizabeth Palmer

Hair & Makeup: Lou Stevens Glam Squad

Accommodations:  Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa at Short Pump

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Richmond Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Taylor’s Classic Travels

Happy Monday, everyone!  Today we're happy to introduce you to Joe & Terra Taylor, the owners of Taylor's Classic Travels.  Their trolly is a wonderful asset to the Richmond wedding community!

Tell us a little bit about your company!

Our elegant trolley comfortably seats up to 14 passengers & serves as an amazing photo backdrop. The cabin is ultra-clean & fully enclosed with both heat & air conditioning. Experienced & considerate drivers will take wonderful care of you & your guests. Envision the smiles of little children at your wedding when given the chance to climb aboard the same style vehicle "Daniel the Tiger" uses to get around the neighborhood! The trolley also serves as a private traveling "boardroom" for the wedding party (aka "The Executive Team"). We'll even keep the bubbly chilled & waiting in the champagne bar!

How did you get started in this business?

Joe’s parents operate a wedding services business back in our hometown in ...

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Real RVA Wedding: Claire & Jon, Our Cover Couple!

In honor of our NEW issue of Richmond Weddings magazine coming out in just ONE month, we're sharing the sweet story of our current cover couple, Claire & Jon!

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September 28, 2013

How They Met

Claire says, “I’m beaming just thinking about it! I work as the GIS Coordinator at an Army National Guard installation. Basically, I provide maps to soldiers in order to support their training on our post. Jon conveniently volunteered to pick up the maps requested by his unit while they were visiting for a training exercise in September 2012. Needless to say, in addition to picking up maps for his unit, he picked up his wife. That first map I gave him is now framed in our home.”

Claire's dad has done for her hair for all sorts of special occasions, from prom to her wedding day!

How He Asked

Jon proposed to Claire on Myrtle Beach at sunrise the morning of March 10, 2013.  ...

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Richmond Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Maggie’s Miscellaneous

Today, we're happy to introduce Richmond Weddings's newest wedding planner, Maggie Richard!  Maggie owns Maggie's Miscellaneous and is one of the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet.

Tell us a little bit about your company!

We provide wedding planning, styling, and design for couples who are madly in love with marriage, not just weddings ©.

Maggie's Miscellaneous is a wedding planning, styling, and design boutique located in Richmond. Founded by former corporate event planner, Maggie Richard, Maggie's Miscellaneous strives to help couples reflect themselves from the proposal to saying "I do."

We have created a variety of packages as each couple will have different planning and design needs. Couples can choose from full-scale planning, partial planning, day of coordination, and wedding design packages. Looking for a designer, but don't really need a planner? No problem. Need some help planning, but want to do a DIY design? We got you there too.

How did you get started in this ...

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Richmond Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Meadow Event Park

Happy Monday, everyone!  We're so excited that it's December now -- we are so ready for ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas movies!!  We're also excited to introduce you to Kristina Snyder, the event coordinator at Meadow Event Park.  You've probably heard about Meadow Event Park's Illuminate Christmas light show, but you should know that they also host weddings and events! Read on to learn more about their beautiful venue.

Tell us a little bit about your company!

Beautiful and serene, Meadow Hall is nestled amidst historic, rolling Virginia farmland. Whether your ideal wedding is an intimate gathering or extravagant affair, we look forward to helping you plan an event that suits your vision for an unforgettable day.

How did you get started in this business?

I moved here from Illinois with my fiancée to start a new chapter. While planning my own upcoming wedding, I realized how much I enjoyed the process and was able to make helping ...

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Reception Dining Guide Part II

By Stephen Coffelt and Lauren Settle

We're back with the second installment of Stephen & Lauren's Reception Dining Guide!  Last week covered three steps to take when planning and budgeting for the menu, so check back here if you need to refresh your memory!

While looking for the perfect venue, consider what format of food service you would like to see at your reception. The catering format can play largely into your budget and overall flow of the reception, so it is important to devote considerable thought to this planning step prior to signing a contract with a venue. The standard formats for you to consider are heavy hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinners, family style dinners and plated dinners.

Heavy Hors d’oeuvres

These typically begin with guests being offered butlered food items as they await the arrival of the bride and groom. Following the cocktail hour, a combination of multiple food displays open and your guests can enjoy a unique ...

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Richmond Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Ashton Creek Vineyard & Event Center

It's always exciting to introduce a new venue!!  Meet Rachel, the director of marketing and events for Ashton Creek Vineyard and Event Center!

Tell us a little bit about your company!

We are a family owned and operated event center located in Chester. We specialize in all types of events, and though we are currently under construction we have an anticipated opening date set for April 2015.  We are happy to announce that we are officially booking events for 2015!

How did you get started in this business?

It all started a few years ago as I was helping my sister plan her wedding. It was then that my family and I realized how few options we had in our area of venues to choose from. We thought, "Wouldn’t it be great if we could create a place where people could come together to celebrate all types of events?" At that time we had already planted a small ...

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Reception Dining Guide Part I

By Stephen Coffelt and Lauren Settle

Congratulations on your engagement! You have dreamed of the day when you get to share a lifetime commitment to your fiancé surrounded by all of your family and friends. There are many steps to consider in the planning process as you embark on your wedding journey. By considering these helpful menu tips, you will be able to create a beautiful wedding experience that you can be proud of and spend the rest of your life reminiscing about.

Step 1: Estimate a guest list of loved ones who will be invited to your wedding. This will assist with narrowing down your venue options and establish a realistic budget for the event. Richmond offers a great selection of beautiful wedding venues, but be aware of occupancy restrictions. Based on the number of guests you decide to invite, you may limit your options of the food service formats to choose from.

Step 2: Consider the ...

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Richmond Wedding Vendor Spotlight: DJ mFace

Today, we're pleased to introduce you to Matthew Davey, otherwise known as DJ mFace or the bow tie guy.

Tell us a little bit about your company!

I'm an entertainer one who brings both professionalism and a lot of energy to a wedding, all at a competitive value based on my experience and quality of service.

How did you get started in this business?

In high school, I had a lot of parties (some the parents probably weren’t proud of) and made mixtapes for friends. I turned that knack for entertaining and song selection into a career.

What differentiates you from other businesses in your field?

I approach every event from the viewpoint of the guest. Having attended many events in the past, I'm always taking mental notes as to what people think about how DJs control a party. I also wear a bow tie and was raised by a family who really like to party. That helps me do my job ...

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Lounging Around: Ways to Incorporate Upholstered Seating into Your Ceremony and Reception

By Morgan Montgomery

Planning a wedding ceremony and reception that is both practical and visually stunning can be an overwhelming task. There are always new trends to watch for, location considerations to keep in mind and the overarching desire to make sure that you have provided a comfortable environment for your guests. Utilizing upholstered seating options throughout your day is one of the newest ways that couples are personalizing their celebrations, and we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to do just that!

Ceremony Seating

One of the hottest new trends in ceremony seating is providing all upholstered pieces for your ceremony. Typically, a variety of sofas, armchairs and settees are set in rows just like chairs would be, but they provide a more intriguing overall picture. (and much more comfort!) Nervous about it being too mismatched? Work within a particular color palette to keep the scene from feeling too cluttered. Our favorite color combination is neutrals ...

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