Real Richmond Wedding: Lynsey and Beau at Hanover Tavern
Lynsey and Beau
September 16, 2017
How They Met:
Lynsey and Beau first met in the fall of 2002, during their senior year of high school. The two were visiting colleges and both decided on The University of Virginia. But, despite even being in the same dorm Freshman year, their paths never crossed. It wasn’t until the fall of 2013, almost 10 years later, that the two reconnected in Richmond in Church Hill. Lynsey explains, “After Beau posted a picture of himself at the St. John’s Church Liberty or Death reenactment and I realized he was also in the Richmond area.” From there, they scheduled their first date.
Beau asked Lynsey to be his wife on December 17th, 2o16 on the (then) new T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge. Beau had been waiting for it to open. “We lived in Shockoe Bottom at the time and spent many weekends at Brown’s Island or Belle Isle, so the river was a special place to us.” Lysney had no idea the proposal was coming when Beau casually suggested we walk over the new bridge after the two had lunch in Carytown. They stopped in the middle of the bridge and, it being December, Lynsey suggested they go get hot chocolate. To which Beau responded, “Wait! I have something to ask you first!” Beau proposed and Lynsey said yes. The two went to Shockoe Espresso and Roastery afterward celebrate with that needed hot chocolate.
“We both love history.” Lynsey is an archaeologist and Beau is a trivia nut. So, when they visited the historically-rich Hanover Tavern, they knew it was a perfect fit. Keeping in theme, the couple went with rustic decorations. The accents of green were highlighted during their outdoor ceremony as they said their written vows against a backdrop of early fall trees.
Since Beau is an apiarist (or beekeeper), elements of honey and bees were incorporated throughout. The newlyweds used fresh local wildflowers and gave out native wildflower seeds as favors. They even asked for beekeeping equipment in their registry!
“I wanted to incorporate something old and familiar that we could keep after the wedding. So we came up with the idea of historic soda bottles that we purchased from local antique stores.” They kept the reception unique with a cookie table instead of a cake and instead of a guest book, guests signed two Adirondack chairs for the couple to add to their garden.
Lynsey and Beau handled most of the decorations themselves, transforming the room into a fresh and charming space filled with personalized touches from the happy couple.
Favorite Part of The Day:
“I think seeing Beau for the first time when the ceremony started, and being able to exchange our own vows (which we wrote) in front of friends and family. And the dance party!”
“Staying on budget and accomplishing all the details beforehand so they came together the day of.”
Best Piece of Advice:
“Buy local! And it sounds cliche, but don’t sweat the small stuff! We were able to handle most of the decorations ourselves and it was a fun experience for my husband and me to work on together, and for my bridesmaids and me to craft.”
See them in our latest issue here!
Second Shooter: Paige Stevens Photography (RW Vendor) | Officiant: Lindsay Bloch | Entertainment: DJs for Lovers – Alex Verno | Shoes: DSW | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung Bridesmaid Collection | Makeup: Phawn Lane, Elle Style Studio | Jeweler: Nine Roses | Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse | Invitations & Stationery: Etsy | Flowers: Wegman’s Floral | Cakes/Sweets: Red Eye Cookie Co. | Favors: Roundstone Native Seed Company | Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express and Suites Ashland, Hampton Inn Richmond-North/Ashland, Country Inn & Suites By Carlson | Honeymoon: Travelersjoy