Real RVA Wedding: Melissa & Joe
Melissa & Joe
July 13, 2015
Melissa and Joe met online while Joe was serving overseas. They communicated through letters, emails and phone calls before ever meeting. After a fairly disastrous first date (Joe got lost and arrived quite late!), Melissa gave him a second chance. Thank goodness she did, as they have been together ever since!
Joe proposed in front of their children on Melissa’s birthday at the Virginia War Memorial under the ruse of meeting some of his co-workers.
The couple chose James River Cellars Winery for the wedding venue because the wine is wonderful and the staff is even better! Melissa had always dreamed of a lavender wedding, so she filled the space with lavender lights and gorgeous florals with succulents, lavender, herbs, and lilies.
Melissa and Joe loved their first dance as husband and wife, and Joe especially loved looking into Melissa’s eyes as they said their vows before family and friends. Toward the end of their reception, the two surprised their guests with one last WOW factor . . . handmade ice cream from the Gelati Celesti truck! It was definitely a crowd pleaser!
Photography: Neilson-Hall Photography
Bachelor/Bachelorette Party & Dance Instruction: Havana ‘59
Rehearsal Dinner: Julep’s New Southern Cuisine
Gown: Tiffanys Bridal
Rentals & Catering: A Sharper Palate Catering Company
Lighting: Lighting Professors
Music: Choice Entertainment
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott Richmond Northwest
Wedding Consultant: Belles & Whistles, Jennings Whiteway
Venue: James River Cellars Winery
Officiant: Two Become One Ministry, Brian Purcell
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Hair: Parlor Salon, Tiffany
Makeup: Kristy Wingfield
Bride’s Jewelry: heirlooms
Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie
Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas
Floral Design: Sassy Snapdragon Florals
Favors: The Freckled Farm Soap Company