Real Richmond Wedding | Katrina & Brandon at The Jefferson Hotel
Katrina and Brandon
May 31, 2019
How They Met
Brandon and Katrina locked eyes in the hallway of an investing workshop in Los Angeles in 2017. The two locked eyes and it was game over. They exchanged numbers and after their first date to a pop-up museum and their (now) favorite seafood restaurant, they were smitten.
Brandon, being the romantic, surprised Katrina with a birthday trip to New York in August 2018. She didn’t know where she was going until the airport! They started off the weekend with a romantic dinner for Katrina’s birthday and ended the weekend at The Statue of Liberty where Brandon popped the question. Katrina says, “New York will always hold a special place in our hearts.”
Their May wedding was held in the same church that Katrina’s parents were married and where her family has deep roots dating all the way back to Katrina’s great grandmother. They said their traditional vows then walked down the aisle to “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah. “It was absolutely beautiful.”
“We wanted our wedding to be elegant with a southern flair.” They tied in that Virginia charm with dark pink and gold with accents of ivory, some of Katrina’s favorite colors. Their colors were carried throughout, with ivory linens and arrangements, and their gold monogram printed on all their escort cards, invitations, thank you cards, and other printed messages.
Katrina and Brandon wanted their guests to have a good time while eating great food and dancing. The crowd loved their mirror photo booth by Social Party Booth, the perfect nontraditional way to capture some candid photos.
The couple’s advice for wedding planning? “Start planning early! Also, research vendors and make sure you choose what you want for your wedding based on your tastes and not the wishes of others.”
Other RW Vendors: The Jefferson Hotel Cakes The Jefferson Hotel Blooms
Additional Contributing Vendors | Photographer: Amy Anaiz Photography | Rehearsal Dinner: Big Mamma’s Events | Videography: Paperboys | Ceremony Site: 31st Street Baptist Church | Officiant: Dr. Alvin Campbell | Ceremony Music: Silverleaf String Quartet; Organist Ms. Juana Thompson | DJ’s: DJ Lonnie B and The Masters of the Ceremony, Danja Mowf | Gown: The Ivory Suite Bridal Boutique, Martina Liana | Alterations: Grace Bridal Couture | Veil: Saint Alexis Bridal | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Hair: Krown Beauty, O’Kiera P | Jeweler: Ricardo Basta | Formalwear: Groom – Tailoring by JB Clothiers; Groomsmen – The Black Tux | Invitations: Manhattan Repro | Transportation: RVA Trolley