Real Richmond Wedding: Meredith and Taylor’s Vintage Chic Wedding
Meredith and Taylor
November 11, 2017
How They Met
Meredith and Taylor met in their high school homeroom in 1998. Taylor sat in front of Meredith all four years, and they were always friends and enjoyed chatting together. But when they graduated, they went their separate ways, Meredith to Virginia Tech and Taylor to Christopher Newport University. They both found themselves back in Richmond in August of 2015. Meredith explains, “We both were at the BrewBQ Festival down at the 17th Street Market. We started talking and the rest is history.”
Taylor asked Meredith to be his wife on December 27, 2016. “We loved going to Pony Pasture with our two dogs, Millie and Ellie.” They would go there quite often and honestly, Meredith had a feeling that Taylor would propose somewhere outside and by the river. For about a month, every time they went to the river, Meredith would try and look extra cute, just in case he decided to pop the question. But on that morning, Meredith rolled out of bed and didn’t think about what she looked like. Little did she know, she was about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Taylor popped the question at their favorite spot with their dogs in tow, and Meredith said, “Yes!” Bedhead and all.
“We both attended the same church, Second Baptist, growing up. Taylor and I were even both baptized by the same preacher and pastor, Dr. Spence.” The church was a special place for both the newlyweds and their families. Dr. Spence even came out of retirement to marry them!
Meredith’s wedding ring, an heirloom passed down from her great-grandmother, was the main inspiration for the decor. “We wanted a shabby chic/vintage look. Traditions and family are both very important to us and that was how it began.” Thanks to Pinterest, and the help of her second-graders which she teaches, Meredith found the perfect color scheme. They chose navy, blush, gold, and gray complimenting their decor perfectly. For their florals, they used white hydrangeas with ranunculus and natural gray brunia.
The couple chose The Country Club of Virginia, James River for their reception because they wanted to be both inside and outside. Also, there was the added plus of being on a golf course, which Taylor has loved all his life. “We wanted a memorable ceremony, but we also wanted the guests to feel like they were at a party!” And with the help of the band, their guests were dancing and eating all night long.
Favorite Part of the Day
“My favorite part of the day was being surrounded by all of our friends and family at the church. I absolutely loved the ceremony and those special moments with Taylor.” Taylors favorite part? The moment the church doors opened and he saw his future bride for the first time. The two, who are admittedly not very good at keeping secrets from each other, opted to not have a first look, instead, they saved it for the aisle.
“The hardest part of us was the guest list! Both being local, and having all our friends and family be so important to us, it was VERY difficult!”
Best Piece of Advice
“Enjoy the planning process and combining your family and friends. Do take time for dates and try not to focus on the wedding all of the time!”
Guest Accommodations (2): The Jefferson, RW Vendor | Wedding Photography: Mike Topham Photography | Other Photography: Terry Brown Photography | Rehearsal Dinner: Brio Tuscan Grille | Wedding Consultant: Alexis Oshanick, CCV James River | Ceremony Site: Second Baptist Church, River Road | Officiant: Dr. Raymond Spence | Ceremony Music: Matthew Spangler | Reception Site/Caterer/Sweets: The Country Club of Virginia, James River | Shoes: Lilly Pulitzer | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy | Hair: Salon Van De, Corinne | Makeup: Stephanie Parker Makeup | Jeweler: Adolf’s Jeweler, Robin | Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse | Invitations & Stationery: Paper on the Avenue | Flowers: Tommy’s Garden | Lighting: Mosaic | DJ: Sam Hill Entertainment | Transportation: Richmond Limousine | Honeymoon: Deborah Knighton