Real RVA Wedding: Jen & Rich
Jen & Rich
October 17, 2015
How They Met
Jen says, “After graduate school in 2007, I moved to St. John, USVI for the summer and got a job at a local bakery. It was 6:30am on my first day working the counter when in walked a cute guy wearing a beanie. He ordered a Cuban sandwich and 2 Heinekens. I was very nervous when he introduced himself and asked if I might want to hang out sometime. He asked for my phone number and I said, “I don’t have a phone number because I just moved here.” Rich thought I was blowing him off and said “No worries.” It was out of my character, but I asked for his phone number and said I would call him. A week later, I did call and we hung out that summer. I moved to Alexandria and Rich was supposed to move to Alaska, so I never thought I would see him again.
A year later, I moved back to St.John. My friend, Karen, and I saw Rich’s colorful car parked outside Margherita Phil’s, so with Karen’s encouragement I walked into the restaurant. There I saw Rich and he gave me a big hug and we talked for a few minutes. Once again, I was very nervous, and I couldn’t believe he was still in St.John! It took a couple weeks and one late night conversation, but then we were inseparable. The rest is history!”
How He Asked
The bride tells us, “It was Tuesday morning, and we were still living in St.John. I was making coffee, and Rich was doing some work. I looked out the sliding glass doors in the living room and saw it was raining yet the sun was shining in the valley. I said to Rich, ‘There might be a rainbow.’ When I went out on the balcony, I saw this beautiful rainbow stretching across the entire valley. It was the most vibrant, full rainbow I had ever seen. I sent my mom a text with a picture, and then I looked to my left and Rich was down on one knee. At first I didn’t think he was for real, but he pulled out a black box. I started to cry and Rich asked the most important question of my life under the rainbow. He put the ring on my finger and about 20 minutes later he asked, ‘So is it a yes?’ In all the excitement, I forgot to say yes!”
The Perfect Place
We chose the Dominion Club for the friendly and helpful staff, amazing food, and beautiful location. We loved both the water element and the elegance of the indoor space.
I didn’t really have a theme per say. I loved the idea of keeping things simple yet elegant and natural. I didn’t want my wedding to scream “Fall” or any real theme, but if I had to pick a theme, it would have been along the lines of a romantic garden.
Guests were encouraged to sign rocks with well wishes for the couple and take home their own bamboo sprig!
The Best Part
There’s no way I can pick a favorite part of our wedding! There were too many unforgettable moments — my grandfather and mother walking me down the aisle, exchanging our vows and rings, having my husband break the glass, hearing my cousin’s wedding toast, saying ‘This is my husband’ for the first time, and so many more.
The amount of love and happiness that surrounded us was unreal and so special. It’s a feeling I’ll never forget.”
Gown & Veil: Tiffanys Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Lou Stevens Glam Squad
Invitations & Stationery: English Tea Paperie
Flowers: The Green Flamingo Flower Co.
Photography & Videography: Rebecca Keeling Studios
Rehearsal Dinner: The Tobacco Company Restaurant
Shower Location: Capital Ale House Downtown
Venue, Lighting & Catering: The Dominion Club
Officiant: Judge Laura Dascher (the bride’s aunt!)
Music: Celebrity Radio DJs
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Richmond
Groom’s Attire: Nordstrom
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Cake/Sweets: Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe
Transportation: Crown Limousine Service
Accommodations: Hyatt House Richmond West
Honeymoon: St. Lucia