Real Richmond Wedding | Audrey and Mike at the VMFA
Audrey & Mike
August 14, 2021
Audrey and Mike both went to Virginia Tech, but that is not where they met. Audrey says, “I’ve always been very drawn to tall guys, and Mike is 6’7″! I can’t believe our paths never crossed.” Eventually the two connected at a mutual friend’s birthday party and immediately clicked. “We bonded over our love for primetime TV shows, pasta, dogs, and good humor. From that night on, we never looked back!”
Mike planned the proposal by dropping “some fake hints” according to Audrey. Self-admittedly not being one who is easily surprised, she knew “Mike had to pull off something major to catch me off-guard.” Mission accomplished as a fake kidney stone removal and help from friends led to Mike making a lovely speech and getting down on one knee in their apartment, where Audrey happily accepted. “It was a night I’ll never forget!”, recalls Audrey.
Being a lifelong artist and art lover, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) was a natural choice to hold their wedding. Per Audrey, it was important to support her hometown, and Marble Hall boasted the beautiful and formal vibe they were going for.
Due to Covid, the couple ended up having four wedding dates. When the day finally did arrive, the weather was hot and rainy, but the VMFA has many options and the ceremony was held in the lobby “with subtle booms of thunder in the background”, according to Audrey. “It was actually incredibly beautiful and powerful, and I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Indie music, family readings and personal vows played a big role in the ceremony, “which might have been my favorite part of the whole day”, says Audrey.
A seven-piece band and Social Party Booth with their full-length mirror photobooth kept the guests entertained all evening. Everyone danced all night, having the time of their lives all the way to the last song, “Shout”. Admits Audrey, “It is extremely cliché, but is Mike’s favorite part of any wedding.”
At the end of the night, a ribbon wand send-off and an epic afterparty finished the celebration!
Rehearsal Dinner: Urban Roost | Wedding Photography: The Smiths Photography | Engagement Photography: Ray Photography Co. | Videography: C.Y. Wedding Films | Day of Coordinator: Dear Summer Events Jessica Henderson | Ceremony/Reception/Catering: VMFA | Officiant: Living for Love – Melody Porter | Band: Bachelor Boys | Gown/Veil/Accessories: BHLDN | Alterations: Fariba’s Bridal Alterations & Custom Design | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie | Hair: The Veil Company | Makeup: The Highlight (bride + MOB, MOH), The Veil Company (bridesmaids) | Formalwear: The Black Tux | Stationery: Minted | Calligraphy: Erin Petty | Flowers: Riverwood Designs | Rentals: Paisley & Jade, Classic Party Rentals | Cake: Incredible Edibles Bakery | Favors: Etsy – For Your Party | Transportation: James River Limousine, Winn Bus, RVA Trolley | Add’l Accommodations: The Commonwealth
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