Real Richmond Weddings: Emily and Brandon’s Little White Church Wedding
Emily and Brandon
May 6, 2017
How They Met:
Emily and Brandon met during their junior year at Roanoke College. Despite both being accounting majors, their paths didn’t cross until Emily’s sorority sister decided to have a get together, inviting Brandon and his friends. Emily and Brandon ended up talking and playing games all night long. They exchanged numbers, planning to have their first date the following day, and the rest was history.
Emily and Brandon had relocated Gainesville, Florida so that Brandon could receive his Master of Law from the University of Florida. Upon graduation Brandon was offered a full-time position in St. Petersburg, about two hours South of Gainesville. The couple would work in Gainesville during the week, then on weekends travel to St. Petersburg to look for potential new homes. This stressful and trying process went on for about two months. Emily explains, “I couldn’t stop thinking about pros and cons of houses and making a plan.” Meanwhile, Brandon was making a plan of his own. In the midst of all the home buying chaos, Brandon suggested a trip to one of their favorite beaches to help let off some steam. As they walked out on the sand, Emily still had the house on her mind. “I kept babbling on about the house, what price we should offer etc. I finally turned around and Brandon’s on one knee!” All the pros and cons lists faded away, the perfect start to the rest of their lives together.
For the ceremony, Emily really wanted to get married at the Church of Our Savior in Montpelier, Virginia. “I have been going to the little white church since I was a baby, and I couldn’t think of a more perfect and peaceful place to have our wedding.” They kept in season with fresh spring color, grey formal wear and turquoise, pale green, and royal blue accents. The décor in the quaint church was perfectly simple, with natural touches and a hint of old southern country styles. Emily walked down the aisle to Brandon waiting with a smile spread across his face, happy that he was finally starting his life with her.
The ceremony flowed into their reception which was held right behind the church. “We wanted the reception outside where we could dance all night, smell the fresh air, and feel that Virginia breeze.” The natural décor continued to their reception with table centerpieces of various sized clear vases filled with baby’s-breath and freshly picked lavender. They passed on a seating list except for their two seats at a center table that any guests were welcome to come sit at. The newlyweds wanted most importantly for their guests to feel welcome. “I wanted [our guests] to fill their bellies with good barbecue so that they could dance all night…and that’s exactly what happened!”
Favorite Part of the Day:
“Our First Dance and dancing all night long! This girl loves to dance, especially with a good band, and the Bachelor Boys killed it!” Emily’s number one must-have for her wedding? An outdoor band with an amazing set-list.
“The guest list of course!”
“Let it all be exciting and fun, but don’t get wrapped up in the little things. Do whatever makes you happy, it’s your day and no one else’s.”
Engagement & Wedding Photography: Lauren Rogers | Ceremony & Reception Site: Church of Our Savior | Officiant: Reverend Herbert Jones | Gown: The Dressing Room | Shoes: Jack Rogers | Bridesmaids Dresses: Weddington Way | Hair: LGB Hair Designs | Makeup: Kirsty Wingfield | Flowers: Coleman Brothers Flowers | Rentals & Lighting: Commonwealth Events | Band: Bachelor Boys | Invitations/Stationary: Valley and Salt | Cakes/Sweets: The Cake Lady, Preston Gammon | Accommodations: Hyatt House Short Pump