Real Richmond Wedding | Erin + Elliott at The Manor House at Kings Charter
Erin and Elliott
October 13, 2018
How They Met
Erin and Elliott met at their alma mater, University of Mary Washington. After several encounters, including Erin’s 21st birthday party, they found themselves on the same couch one night, and it there was no looking back from there. Erin explains, “We instantly bonded and to this day we’ve been inseparable.” They had their first date at Chipotle, where they clicked over burrito bowls. They both knew they had found something really special.
After college, Erin and Elliott moved to Richmond, making it their home. On a whim one weekend, Erin booked a weekend in North Carolina, a few miles away from one of Erin’s favorite wineries. But unbeknownst to Erin, Elliott had a secret proposal planned. “He had coordinated with the B&B owner a candlelit table with a charcuterie board and a champagne toast on the private screened porch.” Except Elliott just couldn’t wait to make it our of the front door before getting down on one knee. “His nerves were charismatically obvious in the best way.” They spent the whole ride home as fiancés, giddy with excitement.
After touring quite a few venues, these two knew they found the perfect match when they toured The Manor House at Kings Charter. They wanted every aspect of their wedding to be in one location, and The Manor House fit the bill. With the help of their in-house coordinator, May Jane, their planning process was a breeze.
At their ceremony, they had vows with personal touches, officiated by their officiant who has known Erin and Elliott since the beginning of their relationship. Erin explains, “Perhaps the most touching moment was the prayer circle we and our parents shared in private…Not a dry eye in the gardens remained”
They wanted a simple, clean, and minimalist celebration, with gorgeous touches of blush, ivory, navy, and sage green accents.
They kept their food fun and served their guests cupcakes with delicious flavors like bourbon bacon chocolate, apple spice, and sparkling lemon champagne.
The two opted out of a seating chart, letting their 150 guests sit where they want. “We hardly added extra details to the natural beauty of the bistro lights surrounding the gardens in our backdrop.”
Their October night ended in a dance party, the dance floor FULL of their closest family and friends. Erin says, “Everything went on without a hitch!”
Favorite Part of the Day
“Walking down the isle as husband and wife, it really was a dream come true…The smiles on our guests faces said it all, I literally didn’t stop smiling ear to ear after that moment.”
As for Elliott, “Elliot would probably say his favorite moment was our surprise Horah chair dance led by his groomsmen, we had no idea what it was coming. Thanks Jared, we were honored!”
“Honestly, it was one of the funnest planning projects ever. The biggest challenge, sorry guests, but collecting correct addresses and receiving RSVPs on time…get it together guys. It’s a good thing we love you all!”
Best Piece of Advice
“Choose what aspects are most important to you, focus on making that moment shine. If your gut tells you to splurge on one thing, make it count! It was the best day of our lives because we stayed true to ourselves and each other. Also, sneak away from the party for a moment to yourselves, just the two of you. When you get ready to rejoin the crowd, bask in their happiness for you as well.”
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Rehearsal Dinner: McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill | Engagement Photography: Kim Lee Photography | Caterer: Edward’s Catering | Officiant: Glenn Murray | Ceremony Music, Photobooth, DJ: Black Tie Entertainment | Gown Designer: Mikaella Bridal | Gown Salon: PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com | Gown Alterations: SEAMS Alterations by Claudia | Veil: Handmade by Bride’s Grandmother | Shoes: Lulu’s | Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Hair: Crissi York | Makeup: REFeyeANCE | Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank | Invitations & Stationery: Woose and Willie Photography and Design | Flowers: Stems and Whims | Cakes/Sweets: Peggy Landgon | Transportation (2): James River Transportation | Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott Richmond North/Glen Allen