On an unusually warm October day, we shot the cover of our issue at the equally gorgeous and breathtaking Dover Hall. For our 57th issue, we were looking for a grand, elegant, and impressive shot, something that naturally comes with a venue like Dover Hall.

Richmond Weddings Behind the Scenes Magazine Cover

After a brainstorming session with photographer Sarah Mitchell with Sarah & Dave Photography, we found the perfect cover couple, Ansley and Tommy. The two, who are originally from Annapolis, MD, are newlyweds and had only been married a week when we shot our cover!

Richmond Weddings Behind the Scenes Magazine Cover

Prior to the shoot, the Richmond Weddings™ team headed over to Tiffanys Bridal and picked out a dress to match the venue. The princess-style gown had that combination of new and old and with the help of owner Sharon Townsend, we found the perfect Rose gold accessories to bring our look to the next level.

Richmond Weddings Behind the Scenes Magazine Cover

On the morning of the shoot, we solicited the help of Michelle Walters with Island Glow for makeup and Danielle Damiani with DND Beauty for hair. Together our wonderful team got the already beautiful Ansley picture perfect.

Richmond Weddings Behind the Scenes Magazine Cover

Thanks to Stephen Jenkins with Alton Lane, Tommy looked like a cake-topper in his custom Midnight Blue suit by Alton Lane. Stephen had Tommy looking sharp next to his new bride. (See both Ansley and Tommy’s full details below)

Richmond Weddings Behind the Scenes Magazine Cover

Finally, to tie our look together, Shari Hoyle with Flowers Make Scents made us a gorgeous and totally on-trend hoop bouquet. Draped with flowers of the season, the hoop fit perfectly in the shoot and looked oh-so-cool. Sarah, with help from her husband Dave, went all out to get that perfect shot, and believe us when we say, picking a cover photo was anything but easy! We finally settled on one of the last shots of the day, the sunset peaking behind Dover Hall and painting the sky that cotton candy pink.

We could not have pulled this off without the help of our wonderful models and the AMAZING team of vendors. We are so grateful and cannot thank you enough for your time and efforts!


Photography: Sarah & Dave Photography | Venue: Dover Hall | Makeup: Island Glow Sunless Studio, Salon and Beauty Bar | Hair: DND Beauty | Flowers: Flowers Make Scents | Gown/Accessories: Tiffanys Bridal | Tuxedo/Accessories: Alton Lane

BRIDE DETAILS

Richmond Weddings Behind the Scenes Magazine Cover

Gown: Style #6581, Minimal, yet chic with both a plunging V-neckline and V-back and a voluminous silhouette by Stella York, $1,250.

Richmond Weddings Behind the Scenes Magazine Cover

Earrings: Style #BL717ER-1, Rose gold with crystals chandelier style by bling!: $114.

Richmond Weddings Behind the Scenes Magazine Cover

Belt: Style: BBR 01, Rose gold with crystals and a satin tie by Rosebud Bridal, $160.

Veil: Style #EB9963, Heavy Rose gold bugle beaded wide edge veil by Edward Berger, $290.

*All items available at Tiffanys Bridal*

GROOM DETAILS

Richmond Weddings Behind the Scenes Magazine Cover

Tuxedo Details: Alton Lane Midnight Blue Tuxedo, starting at $795 | Alton Lane Premium White Tuxedo Shirt, starting at $99 | Alton Lane Black Silk Bowtie: $85 | Alton Lane White Pocket Square: $25

*All items available at Alton Lane*

FLOWERS

Richmond Weddings Behind the Scenes Magazine CoverThe hoop bouquet is a collection of cymbidium orchids, lisianthus, garden roses, snapdragons, feverfews, dusty millers, liriope, willow eucalyptus, nandinas, and clematis vines. Large hoop bouquet: $225  | Floral prices subject to change based on season and availability |

*Contact Flowers Make Scents for more information*