Real Richmond Wedding | Breanna and Alex at the VMFA
Brenna and Alex
April 30, 2022
Brenna and Alex met through mutual friends in 2016 at a local sports bar. Alex, who was living in DC at the time, was in Richmond visiting a friend. Their first official date was at a wine bar in DC but their first date in RVA was at Lemaire. Alex eventually moved to Richmond for a job, and the two have been together ever since!
Alex proposed in September 2020 at a winery in Charlottesville. He knew that Brenna did not want to be around a lot of people when that moment came, but she did want a lot of pictures. Alex pulled it off to perfection as he invited four of their closest friends to a quiet overlook and also had her parents on Facetime so they could see it. As Brenna states, “It was a fantastic surprise!”
For the reception, Alex and Brenna chose the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). Brenna actually met Alex’s parents there for the first time – so it has always been a special place for the couple. As Brenna recalls, “When we lived closer to the VMFA at the beginning of Covid, we would walk there and sit in the grass and talk – it was a great way to spend time together.”
Brenna knew she wanted a simple, elegant, timeless, and neutral color palette. The VMFA’s Marble Hall was ideal as “you do not need to add too much decor because the room itself does all the talking for you.” Vogue Flowers suggested adding apricot hues to the florals which really brought out the color of the walls. Brenna loved that idea!
It was important to Brenna and Alex to have a casual atmosphere where guests could eat, drink, and dance whenever they wanted. The two opted for a “never ending cocktail” type reception where food was passed, and stations were available all night long. There was also a table at the front with family wedding pictures. According to Brenna, “I loved being able to have our family members involved in the wedding in that way – especially those that are no longer with us. It was a beautiful touch!”
What is your best piece of advice for couples reading this? Make sure you take the time for each other and remember what the day is all about! At the end of the day it’s about you and your partner and the wonderful life you have built and will continue to build together.
Any other info/news since your wedding day you would like to share? We have moved to the Fort Worth/Dallas area! Alex was relocated for work so we are just settling in and exploring our new city!
Rehearsal Dinner: Postbellum Restaurant and Bar | Ceremony Site: St. Benedict’s Catholic Church | Officiant: Father John David Ramsey | Organist: Joel Kumro | Gown: Lea-Ann Belter, Annalise Bridal Salon | Alterations: Seams Alterations | Veil: Sara Gabriel | Shoes: Jessica Simpson, DSW | Hair: BRIDEface Richmond, Lara Bridger | Makeup: BRIDEface Richmond, Aaron Ellerbrock | Formalwear: Groom – Peter Blair Men’s Clothing / bow ties and ties Jos A Bank | Stationery: Shutterfly | DJ: All About the Music | Transportation: James Limousine Service | Accommodations: The Commonwealth Suites, Hilton Richmond Downtown
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