Meet Laura Silva, senior event coordinator at the Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing!

How did you get started in this business?

I was working as a server and bartender during college at VCU.  I had the opportunity to learn about weddings while working them.  I loved arranging wedding décor, meeting the couples and families, and sharing in the celebration.  After working my way up through the company, I was able to make it my career.

What’s your favorite wedding story?

I coordinated a wedding in 2012 for a couple expecting their first child a few months later.  They had decided to share the gender reveal during the wedding reception in front of all of their closest friends and family.  They sent the ultrasound results directly to their bakery (didn’t even look at them, they promised) and had the top tier of the wedding cake created to reveal the baby’s gender.  So, during their cake cutting ceremony even the couple was surprised to find out that they were having a baby girl when they cut into a pink cake!

Why do you like working with weddings?

I like getting to know engaged couples and their families on an intimate level prior to the wedding day.  We talk a lot and find out about each other during our planning meetings, on the phone, and via email throughout the process.  Then, once the wedding day comes I feel like I’m a part of their family and part of the exciting celebration.  I like that I’m a resource to my couples and hopefully save them stress during their wedding, allowing them to really enjoy their time together with their friends and families.  I usually stay in touch with my clients long after the wedding – connecting on social media or in person to find out about where their lives have taken them.

What is the most difficult situation you have faced with a wedding and how did you resolve it?

We had a water main break in the area right in the middle of cocktail hour for a large wedding rehearsal dinner.  This left us with no water for service, ice, drinking, cooking, or even restrooms!  Our team immediately sent out for large jugs of bottled water and contacted refuse services to have “temporary restrooms” delivered.  In the end our clients were thrilled, and we solved the issues before anyone noticed.

From a vendor’s perspective, what is the one best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?

Hiring professionals is my best advice.  It’s always easy to select your vendors based on price alone but working with companies who have experience with your style of event will ensure the details are executed to your wishes.  Also, take recommendations from the trusted companies you’ve hired.

Also, if you’re a bride selecting a dress needing to be bustled after your ceremony, be sure to have a close friend or family member at the wedding who has practiced the act of bustling your train.  I’ve seen many couples loose important time during their day dealing with a difficult wardrobe issue.

What inspired you the most/where do you find inspiration?

I’m always inspired by the talented vendor partners in our Richmond wedding and event market.  I also follow local and national brands on social media, I read blogs, listed to podcasts, read magazines, brainstorm with friends, and travel to find much of my inspiration.

What do you like to do when you are away from work?

One of my favorite activities is a drive out to western Virginia to go on a hike in the Shenandoah Valley and then to visit one of my favorite wineries and catch up with friends.

What would we be surprised to learn about you?

I do not like to speak on a microphone but a few times I’ve needed to act as the emcee for an event.   I promise you don’t want me as your wedding emcee!

Thank you, Laura, for chatting with us! If you’d like to learn more about The Boathouse at Rockett’s Landing, The Boathouse at Sunday, The Boathouse at Short Pump Town Center, or Casa del Barco, please visit www.BoathouseRVA.com.

Wedding Photos by Shalese Danielle Photography