Real Richmond Weddings: Eve & Kyle

We have another wonderful blog-exclusive wedding to share with you!  When I think of a truly Richmond-inspired wedding, Eve & Kyle’s wedding day always comes to mind.  You’ll see why!

Eve & Kyle BLOG MAIN
 May 24, 2014

How They Met 

Eve & Kyle met on, but they like to think their paths crossed earlier when they were attending VCU at the same time. Eve says, “We found that we attended a lot of the same parties and knew a lot of the same people – it’s crazy that we never met back then!” Their first date was very Richmond-esque, just like their wedding day. Being a VCU alumni, Kyle was ecstatic about the rising of the Final Four banner and turned it into a first date on 11-11-11. Eve loves numbers, so she had a feeling that this first date was definitely something special.

Eve & Kyle BLOG 1 Eve & Kyle BLOG 2 Eve & Kyle BLOG 3

Eve & Kyle BLOG 15

How He Asked

From the bride:

It happened on the most gorgeous summer day, July 6, 2013. We planned to go to DC for a Nationals game followed by a free postgame concert by Thompson Square. That week, Kyle mentioned that we were going on a private tour of the park before the game. I was ECSTATIC!

We went on the private tour, and while I was taking pictures of the dugout, our tour guide, Bob, asked me to head out to the field. I went to stand on the field, and Bob threw me a Nationals Rally Towel. I felt something that I knew was a baseball. As I took the baseball out, I felt confused for a second. I wondered, “Why is he giving me this? Did I win something?” Then I read it, “Eve, baby, will you please marry me? I will love you forever. ~Kyle.” I turned to find Kyle on one knee, and he officially asked me. I said, “YES!”

Eve & Kyle BLOG 4 Eve & Kyle BLOG 5 Eve & Kyle BLOG 6

Eve & Kyle love their dogs so much that they made sure they both got to see them on their wedding day!

Kyle then surprised me by taking me to my favorite restaurant in Georgetown, Serendipity, where we celebrated with our close friends, Brian & Kelsey. Then, one of my best friends, Aimee, who I hadn’t seen in almost a year, surprised me by coming to the baseball game! I saw even more friends at the game, the concert was awesome and it was seriously the most perfect day for our engagement.

To continue the celebration the following day, we went to church and received a beautiful blessing from Father Dave Stanfill on our engagement and our future. After church, Kyle arranged a “Meet The Parents” brunch to celebrate with our parents at Water Coastal Kitchen in Carytown.

Eve & Kyle BLOG 7 Eve & Kyle BLOG 9 Eve & Kyle BLOG 10You may notice a groomsman here who stands out a bit.  Kyle’s Best Man, Will, was unable to attend their wedding due to his military duties in Australia, so the couple got a bit creative.  They had FastSigns of Richmond print a life-size cardboard cutout of Will.  Cardboard Will had a great time at the wedding AND the reception!

Richmond Rehearsal

Eve & Kyle’s rehearsal day was one of their favorite parts of their wedding celebration. After a flawless rehearsal luncheon at Stella’s, the couple and their troupe of family and friends headed to the ball park for a Richmond Flying Squirrels game where Eve and Kyle got to throw out the first pitch! The game announcer announced “Eve and Kyle are getting married tomorrow,” and the night ended with a fabulous fireworks display.

2014_05_23_Rehearsal_018 2014_05_23_Rehearsal_030 2014_05_23_Rehearsal_035

Location, Location

When Eve first toured VCU’s campus, she and her family made a stop at The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. She says, “My first thought as I walked through the doors was, ‘I’m getting married here one day,’ and I told my cousins that! It was booked three days after our engagement!”

Eve & Kyle BLOG 11 Eve & Kyle BLOG 12 Eve & Kyle BLOG 13 Eve & Kyle BLOG 14 Eve & Kyle BLOG 16

For their fun-filled reception, Eve & Kyle chose the Historic Miller & Rhoads building, also known as the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown. Their families used to shop at Miller & Rhoads, and Kyle grew up going to see the Legendary Santa Claus every Christmas. It was the perfect choice! The couple still can’t say enough about the way Kathryn & Map at the Hilton Garden Inn made every effort to ensure they and their families had nothing to worry about.

Eve & Kyle BLOG 17 Eve & Kyle BLOG 19 Eve & Kyle BLOG 23

Crowd Pleasers

Eve and Kyle wanted their guests to have an unforgettably fun time at their wedding.   They wanted to hear people saying, “Remembering at Eve and Kyle’s wedding when . . . “ so they focused their attention on creating a fun and beautiful atmosphere. The couple also wanted to incorporate Richmond history with modern touches. Over time and with their family’s help, the two collected Miller & Rhoads memorabilia to create a “history of Miller & Rhoads” table display. They even named their tables after some of their favorite spots in Richmond like The Byrd Theatre and Monument Avenue.

Eve & Kyle BLOG 20 Eve & Kyle BLOG 21 Eve & Kyle BLOG 22 Eve & Kyle BLOG 18

High Praise

When it comes to choosing their favorite parts of their day, Eve and Kyle cannot pick just one! Eve loved every bit of it, but she especially loves fireworks, so she was thrilled with the way Stephanie Yonce Photography captured their sparkler exit. She says, “Stephanie went above and beyond to capture so many moments during our reception. The images have so much emotion that I can look at them each time and feel exactly what was happening in each photograph.”

Eve & Kyle BLOG 24

The groom, of course, loved getting to throw the first pitch at a Squirrels game, but he also had quite an emotional time before the ceremony. Kyle says, “Moments before Eve walked down the aisle, I received my groom’s gift with a letter that touched me. I couldn’t believe that in the next few minutes, I would get to see my bride. Along with Eve’s letter and gift, I received a letter and special wedding prayer from my mother. That was a special moment for me.”

Eve & Kyle BLOG 25 Eve & Kyle BLOG 26

Thank you, Eve & Kyle, for sharing your gorgeous wedding and story with us!

Photography: Stephanie Yonce Photography

RW Vendors

Reception Site, Catering, Rentals, & Guest Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Richmond at Miller & Rhoads

Dance Instruction: Rigby’s Jig Ballroom & Dance Studio

Additional Accommodations: The Jefferson Hotel

Additional Vendors 

Rehearsal Luncheon: Stella’s

Wedding Coordinator: Dear Sweetheart Events

Videography: Stephanie Day Films

Ceremony Site: The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

Officiant: Father Dave Stanfill

Ceremony Music: Dr. Patrick Carlin and Michelle Orr

Gown, Bridesmaid Dresses & Reception Veil: Jingles Bridal Salon

Ceremony Veil: custom made

Bride’s Shoes: TOMS

Engagement Rings/Wedding Bands: Vera’s Fine Jewelers

Hair: Kreations by Kristin

Makeup: Jocelyn Riebe, Assistant: Brigette Edmonds

Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse

Invitations: David’s Bridal

Programs: FedEx Office

Bridal Party Bouquets: Black Creek Flowers & Sweets

Centerpiece Florals: Anne Vaughn

Lighting & Music: Fat Cat Productions

Photobooth: Main St. Mojo Photo Booth

Cake & Sweets: Frostings

Signage: Fast Signs of Richmond

Transportation: RVA Trolley and TNT Limousine



read more

Meet Our January 2015 Cover Couple!

When we saw PW Photography's photo of Julie & Tim on the steps of the Capitol, we knew it was the perfect cover image for our Spring 2015 issue!  Meet Julie & Tim, everyone!

June 28, 2014

How They Met

On Cinco de Mayo, 2012, Julie & Timothy were set up on a blind couple’s date by their friends, Chris and Liz. (Julie worked with Liz and Timothy with Chris.) They definitely hit it off – it was a twelve hour long first date! The four of them visited two different wineries and had a night full of dancing.

How He Asked

On July 19th, 2013, the day before Tim’s birthday, he asked Julie to be ready for a surprise outing by 10:00AM. When 10:00 came, Tim gave her a white envelope that said, "Julie Goode, you are about to go on a special mission. Gather the items that this letter indicates ...

read more

Real RVA Wedding: Amanda & Denny

November 1, 2013

How They Met

The two met in Daytona Beach Florida where Denny was working for the summer and Amanda was vacationing with two of her friends. As fate would have it, Denny was their server at dinner one evening. Amanda says, “We asked him if he lived nearby and what things were fun to do in the area since we hadn’t been there before. He replied, ‘Well, I don’t really live here anymore -- I actually live in Virginia.’ My next words were, ‘Shut up! I live in Virginia! We should be best friends!’ We realized that we were living about 15 minutes away from each other in Virginia and that Denny happened to be home for the summer working. I left a phone number on a $1 bill for Denny and told him to call me and the girls so we could hang out while we were on vacation and the rest is ...

read more

Real RVA Wedding: Yvonne & Sasha

June 1, 2013

How They Met

Yvonne and Sasha met through friends in high school. Yvonne was working at an ice skating rink where some friends brought Sasha along for a Friday night out. The two skated around a few times together as Sasha tried to charm Yvonne. Over the next eight years, they made a long distance relationship work as Yvonne pursued her medical education in Ohio and Sasha worked in Washington, D.C. and abroad.

How He Asked

Yvonne spent the summer before medical school in Washington, DC where Sasha was working. They had a great summer enjoying the nation’s capitol. One summer night, Sasha took Yvonne to a personalized Italian dinner (her favorite) and then over to the Jefferson Memorial. It was a beautiful night along the river as Sasha discussed his “pursuit of happiness” and how it included their future as husband and wife.

The Perfect Place

Knowing they wanted an outdoor wedding in a place ...

read more

Real RVA Wedding: Kharon & Jimmy

October 26, 2013

How They Met

Kharon and Jimmy met thirteen years ago in Southern California. They started talking in their apartment complex’s laundry room, and before they knew it, it was 3am! They decided to continue their conversation at a pancake house and kept talking until it was time for them both to go to work!

How He Asked

Jimmy told Kharon he wanted to take her to a nice restaurant near the beach. Little did she know, Jimmy had planned the evening perfectly. After dinner, the two took a walk down the beach to watch the sunset. Kharon says, “Right at sunset, he got down on one knee and proceeded to say some amazing things and asked me to marry him. I was in total shock! We turned and looked out over the ocean and there were dozens of dolphins jumping out of the water. It was like they were congratulating us. It was such ...

read more

Real RVA Wedding: Alex & Beth

Alex & Beth

October 12, 2013

How They Met 

Beth says, “Although it sounds cheesy, Alex and I met at the Cheesecake Factory in July 2010. I was waiting for take-out and he was also waiting nearby. Anyone who knows Alex knows he isn’t shy at all. I hadn’t been waiting long before he came right over to me. He and I started talking and hit it off right away. Before my meal was ready, he had asked if he could take me out later that week and I couldn’t say no!”

How He Asked 

Once Alex bought the ring, he could barely keep his secret, and he found it quite difficult to come up with a proposal plan.  Alex says, “Constantly I asked myself, ‘When are you going to pop the question?’ I wanted it to be special, something fun, and something that meant a lot to the both of us.”  On July 4, 2012, he knew it ...

read more

Real RVA Wedding: Erika & Rich

Erika & Rich

October 6, 2013

How They Met

When Erika and Rich connected on, their first two phone conversations were two hours long.  Erika says, “We decided to move our first date up because we were both so excited to meet one another. We met at Dave and Busters in Richmond, and then I took Rich to my favorite restaurant, Baja Bean. I then showed Rich around VCU campus where I went to college.”

How He Asked

Rich proposed on the evening of April 4th, 2012. Erika says, “We were in our first apartment together in Alexandria, VA, and I had just moved in the month prior. I was sitting on the couch, and Rich started talking about life and how he was so happy and content with me in his life. He got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. Of course I said ‘Yes,’ and it was a very special ...

read more

Richmond Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Cousiac Manor

We are proud to introduce our blog readers to Sydney and Stacy, the mother/daughter team who runs Cousiac Manor!  Read on to learn more about their gorgeous venue and how they turned a family home into a wedding venue!

Tell us a little bit about your company!

We are a waterfront wedding and event venue located between Williamsburg and Richmond.  We are a family-owned business -- the farm has been in our family for nearly seventy years.

How did you get started in this business?

I was inspired in planning my own daughter's wedding, an outdoor waterfront celebration. Also, as business owners in an entirely different field, we were interested in a new venture, especially one that would preserve our family heritage on the Pamunkey River.

What differentiates you from other businesses in your field? 

We are a family-owned business and a mother/daughter team.  We work very well together to provide the best experience for our clients.  Many of our clients ...

read more

Real RVA Wedding: Hailey & Justin

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 ...

read more

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 ...

read more