Real Richmond Wedding: Christina and Michael’s Garden Wedding
Christina and Michael
September 29, 2018
How They Met
Michael and Christina met through his office manager, Tracy. Christina would visit Michael’s office and his adorable dog, Coco, and she caught Michael’s eye. Michael wanted to get to know her better and asked Tracy to set them up. Christina explains, “this led to Michael inviting me for frozen yogurt on his birthday, and we sat and talked over dessert for over an hour.” The two immediately connected and started dating soon after.
Michael chose Christina’s birthday to ask her to spend the rest of her life with him. The morning started out with Michael, who is not an early riser, waking up super early to make Christina a birthday breakfast. “Under the pretense of collecting fresh herbs for an omelet, he enticed me out into the garden in my PJ’s and slippers. Before I knew what was happening, Michael was proposing!” Christina said yes and the two celebrated in the garden in their PJ’s.
“This was a second wedding for both of us, so we had an ‘anything goes’ mentality going in.” They decided that their home would be the most special place to welcome all of their family and friends. They said their short but very sweet vows in their garden, the place where it all started.
“I wanted a garden wedding, classy, yet not too stuffy.” Thanks to their planner with Kim Moody Design, Christina’s vision came true. Along with planting some new flowers throughout, they brought in real chandeliers that hung from the trees. With rugs and unique furniture, they transformed their garden into a warm and inviting space, the perfect place to start a life together.
Christina and Michael used their food to portray a little bit about their love story. They had three main stations, Louisiana cuisine (where Michael had his fellowship and their first trip as a couple), Asian fusion (to highlight Christina’s Korean culture), and a gourmet taco bar (as they both travel to Los Angeles and La Jolla every month).
Michael and his son, Jack, ended the night by joining the band, playing guitar and singing along. As the sun set on their September night, Christina and Michael danced the night away, surrounded by everyone they love in the place they treasure the most. Lights hung from their trees, encasing the reception with a romantic glow. The perfect ending to the perfect night.
Favorite Part of the Day
“Dancing to the band…and seeing many of the people we love together having a great time.”
Christina explains, “Having it in our home meant pulling together many different vendors, and preparing the home to host such an event!” Their wedding planner with Kim Moody Design helped make it run smoothly.
Best Piece of Advice
“Embrace the day and whatever comes with it. Designate a feeder so that you HAVE to sit down and eat. You will feel compelled to speak to everyone, and you will be pulled in different directions. First, make sure you eat!”
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ADDITIONAL VENDORS: Photography: Alex C. Tenser Photography | Rehearsal Dinner: Willow Oaks Country Club | Ceremony/Reception Site: Private Residence | Officiant: The Honorable Bart Chucker | Ceremony Music: Clarke Hedgepeth | Gown/Veil: Urban Set Bride | Hambok: Custom made in South Korea | Additional Rentals: Paisley & Jade | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Groom’s Shoes: Shipton & Heneage | Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan | Hair: Salon 23, Jerod Jeffers | Makeup: Abegail Taylor, Chanel | Jewelry: Carrera’s & David Yurman | Formalwear: Ermengildo Zegna | Stationery: Minted | Ice Sculpture: Ice Art, Inc. | Band: Bart Chucker Band | Cakes/Sweets: The Mixing Bowl Bakery | Accommodations: Graduate Hotel Richmond | Dance Instruction: Rigby’s Jig Dance Studio