Real Richmond Wedding: Ingrid and Hamilton at Virginia Barn Wedding
Ingrid and Hamilton
June 17, 2017
How They Met:
“We met gazing into each other’s eyes,” Ingrid explains her first moment with her husband Hamilton, “we were both at a class our mutual friend was teaching about nonviolent communication and creating fulfilling relationships.” The class ended with a meditation circle with the intention of truly seeing each other in the room. When their eyes landed on each other, they couldn’t look away. “The connection was instant, electric and palpable…like seeing someone you haven’t seen in a long time.” But at that time in their lives, both Ingrid and Hamilton already had plans to move away from Richmond. Ingrid was heading to Atlanta to pursue her acting career and Hamilton was shipping off to Thailand to teach English. But they had two months. “We went our separate ways and considered those two months to be a ‘shooting star’ experience. Bright, hot, brilliant and fleeting.” Time passed and the two eventually rekindled that instant connection that neither could forget. They bonded over their sense of aloneness over a beer and a glass of red wine, and after Hamilton shared a beloved quote by the poet Hafiz, their brilliant relationship started up again.
“Hamilton proposed on our third anniversary after our spoken word poetry performance.” By this point the two had created a spoken word performance duo, Twin Soul Poets, and had seen success winning a National Posi Award in 2015 for their poem The Lovings. They had just finished their performance at the Unity of Bon Air, “as I was leaving the stage, Hamilton said he had something else he wanted to say and he got down on one knee as our families were cheering and crying.”
It comes as no surprise that poetry was the couple’s biggest inspiration for their early June wedding. They took the power of the words, as well as bohemian living, love, romance, and ethereal settings to help further convey their theme. Not to mention a little bit of help from Pinterest and the creative genius of Ingrid’s mother.
The two were married at Adams International School in front of a crowd of about 100. “We loved the idea that they invest the money from the weddings held there back into the school. It’s the kind of school we’d send our future children to.” Another deciding factor was the fact that they could have the ceremony and reception in the same place, maximizing the time the guests could enjoy the day. Ingrid further explains, “Right next to the adorable red barn, there is a beautiful patio that is already equipped with a tent, which saved literally thousands.”
The décor was simple, eclectic, and beautifully orchestrated through thoughtfully styled details. Rather than having a color scheme, the ceremony and reception was focused on the bountiful greenery and natural touches. Thanks to the mother of the bride and her friends, as well as their coordinator Marylee Marmer, the bohemian wedding came together perfectly. Elements of poetry were included throughout the ceremony, the expertly crafted words weaving themselves into the ceremony traditions, truly binding these two souls as one.
But the two were met with a surprise once they walked into the reception area. “We found a personalized book on each table featuring us! [Our family] had scoured to find vintage love stories and then replaced all the covers with collaged photos of us. It was simply incredible!” Just like the ceremony, the reception was just as inspired. “Hamilton and I sat in gorgeous vintage chairs during dinner and tables were draped with hand-placed flowers.” Continuing to follow suit the happy couple sat at a table adorned with Ingrid’s favorite quote from the poet Rumi, hand-painted on a banner by a family friend.
Favorite Part of the Day:
“We have so many but one that sticks out was a part of the ceremony where a quilt that I had made was wrapped around the two of us and our officiant invited all of our guests to speak blessing and affirmations out loud for our marriage. It was touching, heart-warming, and even funny at times. We also loved eating tacos, dancing, the original poem Hamilton wrote that he recited as I walked down the aisle, taking our wedding photos with our amazing photographer during the reception…and pretty much everything!”
“Staying organized!” Since the two were planning from out of state, it required an extra bit of coordination to make sure they were keeping track of everything.
“Remember at the end of the day the wedding is an outer expression of the love you two share. Try not to lose sight of that in all the craziness of wedding planning. After the wedding marriage begins! Let the biggest investment you make be in the relationship.”
Wedding and Engagement Photography: Emma Willich, Of Fate and Chaos | Videography: Vincent Cannizzarro | Caterer: Boka Tako Truck | Officiant: Lisa Rogers | Ceremony Music: John Stringer (managed by: Kathy Gates Stringer) | Gown: Ti Adora | Shoes: BCBG Generation | Makeup: Victoria Berkeley | Jewelers: Gabriel & Co. and Wallis Reid | Invitations & Stationery: Minted | DJ: DJE | Additional Entertainment: Andrew Alli | Cakes/Sweets: WPA Bakery | Honeymoon: The Rainforest Inn