Real Richmond Wedding | Courtney + Austin at John Marshall Ballrooms
Courtney & Austin
February 8, 2020
Courtney and Austin were separately invited to a game night of Mega Monopoly during their freshman year at Virginia Tech. After more time together, the two decided to go on a date. Dinner, then bowling, then to a friend’s place to watch a movie. Courtney says, “This marathon of a first date was the beginning of what would become a lifetime of shared moments.”
For the proposal Courtney and Austin did things a little differently and proposed to each other! The day included taking in sights, then Courtney proposed over a picnic in Byrd Park and Austin at sunset in Hollywood Cemetery. Courtney recalls, “It was a perfect fall day in Richmond spent celebrating both our love for each other and for the beautiful city we call home!”
The wedding traditions the couple chose to incorporate included a ring-warming ceremony and sealing a wedding time capsule. At the beginning of the ceremony, guests took turns holding a wooden box containing the rings imparting well wishes. Toward the end, a time capsule was sealed with mementos collected from years together including love letters to one another with plans to open it on their 5th anniversary.
The couple chose The John Marshall Ballrooms for the reception. The chandeliers and elegant architectural style gave the timeless look Courtney and Austin wanted. Weddings by Vogue provided trumpet arrangements with classic white florals and heavy elements of greenery that served as the backdrop for the ceremony and as centerpieces for the reception. The other floral pieces followed the same green and white aesthetic. The soft gold and floral pattern in the linens added to the couple’s desired look.
“The main objective we had for our reception was to make it a party!” says Courtney. DJ Frank of Bunn DJ Company made that happen with high energy music and dance floor lighting. A ribbon wand exit on the way out to the trolley from Taylor’s Classic Travels capped off the perfect night.
Rehearsal Dinner: The Speakeasy Grill | Planner: Starry Night Events | Catering: Homemades by Suzanne | Officiant: Melody Porter, Living for Love | Alterations: AG Alterations | Gown/Veil: Bridal Elegance, Allure Bridals | Shoes: Bride – Stuart Weitzman, Groom – Clarks | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Hair: Joy Godfrey, 1213 Hair Studio | Jeweler(s): Engagement ring – Trumpet & Horn, Wedding bands – Lustre by Adolf | Formalwear: Generation Tux | Stationery: Minted, Wax Seals – Artisaire | Photo Booth: Richmond Photobooth | Cake/Sweets: Lark Baking Co, Whisk, Sugar Shack Midlothian | Accommodations: The Graduate Hotel
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