Real Richmond Wedding | Meredith and Chris at The John Marshall Ballrooms
Meredith & Chris
November 27, 2021
As the old saying goes, “It’s a long story.” That’s how Meredith and Chris describe how they met. The two originally crossed paths in 2013 when they sat next to each other at a mutual friend’s wedding. Several years later, in 2018, Chris tagged along with a couple of friends to a surprise party for Meredith. He was reluctant as he did not know Meredith well. Later in the evening, Chris ended up going out after the party with Meredith and her friends where the pair were drawn back together. Meredith jokes, “When I was standing on the table dancing, that’s when Chris knew I was the one for him.”
One evening in January 2021 after a nice date night at Lemaire, Chris lured Meredith to the backyard where she found the fence lit up with rope lights that read “Marry me?” Meredith was completely shocked and of course said “Yes!” While they were at dinner, Chris’ parents had come by to set out champagne and candles. Immediately after the proposal some family and a few close friends arrived to celebrate!
Since Meredith started her career at The John Marshall, this venue is near and dear to her heart. She knew right away that this is where they would get married. Thankfully, Chris agreed. It is also very special because her mom now works there. Although Meredith is no longer at the venue, she shared, “It was so much fun getting to plan everything there with her.” It was the perfect location for their timeless and elegant theme.
The ceremony was traditional, and the wedding party was large. “Family is so important to both of us, and it was so special to have them all play a part in our day.” The celebration continued through the reception, and everyone danced the night away on the dance floor!
Photography: Alex C Tenser Photography | Rehearsal Dinner: Julep’s | Video: Altamira Film Co. | Planner/Flowers/Rentals: Riverwood Designs | Catering: Homemades by Suzanne | Officiant: Charlie Fink | Band: Big Ray and The Kool Kats | Gown: The Lovely Bride DC, Vagabond Bridal | Alterations: Fariba’s | Veil: Tailored Tulle on Etsy | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids, Jenny Yoo Messina | Accessories: Earrings – BHLDN Leonor, Hair clip – Olive + Piper Hudson and Quinn | Hair/Makeup: Avenue 42, Jane Steele | Lighting: Leap Light and Sound | Formal Wear: Indochino | Stationery: Merrymaker Fine Paper | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Paisley and Jade | Cake: Pearl’s Bake Shoppe | Favors: Totally Promotional | Transportation: RVA Trolley
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