Real RVA Wedding: Johnny & Velvet
Johnny & Velvet
November 1, 2014
How They Met
While Johnny and Velvet were attending separate conferences at the same hotel in Maryland, a mutual friend hosted a reception where the two met. They started dating two months later.
How He Asked
Johnny asked Velvet to attend a board meeting in New Orleans with him. At dinner one evening, he proposed. Immediately after, a quartet singing “Sweet Valentine” serenaded them.
The Perfect Place
Johnny is a University of Richmond alumni (and Spiders basketball star!) and long-time Richmond resident, so it was only fitting to have their ceremony at the Cannon Memorial Chapel.
Johnny and Velvet took over their reception space! Velvet’s affinity for soft, cranberry red inspired their Autumnal Elegance theme. The couple incorporated chocolate brown, antique gold and their own wedding logo to increase the elegance factor. They had a formal reception room, dancing room, cocktail room complete with a photo booth and ice sculpture, and finally, a lounge room decorated with white sofas and pillows featuring their logo.
The Best Part
Johnny and Velvet truly enjoyed spending time with family and friends they rarely see, so they turned their wedding into a full weekend affair. Velvet says, “The entire weekend was full of joy and laughter.”
Wedding Photography & Videography: Mike Topham Photography
Bridal Bouquet: Vogue Flowers & Gifts
Photobooth Rental: Virginia Photobooths and More
Transportation & Guest Accommodations: The Westin Richmond
Wedding Design & Planning: Sharon Jarrett of Jarrett Affairs
Floral Design, Ceremony & Reception Decor & Rentals: Events by J. Avery
Engagement Photography: Abbey Domond Photography
Ladies Champagne Breakfast & Gift Baskets: Shevette Jones
Rehearsal Dinner: Hondo’s Prime Steakhouse
Ceremony: Cannon Memorial Chapel at the University of Richmond
Reception, Catering & Cake: The Country Club of Virginia
Officiant: Reverend James Newman
Ceremony Music: Ms. Lanell Lightfoot & Ms. Carlton Blount (soloists), Mr. Kevin Puller (organist) and Eric Stanley (violinist)
Custom Tuxedos: 707 Fine Clothing
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade New York
Hair: Mr. Larry Johnson
Makeup: BTH Artistry
Bride’s Jewelry: Nadri
Wedding Rings: Cheryl Fornash Jewelers
Bridesmaids Dresses: Talbot Runhof Gold Mermaid Gown
Paper Goods: East Six & Sandi Spells Design
Music: DJ Reggie Mack of the Funk Brothers
Favors: Etching Expressions
Ice Sculpture: Ice Kristals, Inc.
Transportation: James River Transportation