RW Magazine Couple | Suzanne + Eric at Historic Mankin Mansion
Suzanne and Eric
April 27, 2019
How They Met
Suzanne and Eric went to the same high school together, but it wasn’t until a few years after graduation that they met through mutual friends. Suzanne says, “I always thought he was really cute, but could never find an opportunity to really talk.” One night, when they were both out to a bar for a friend’s birthday, she went for it. And the rest is history.
Eric popped the question five years later on Christmas morning. He had just gotten home from his overnight shift, and the two decided to have an intimate Christmas together before going to see their families. He asked Suzanne to marry him, with the help of their dog Georgia, and she said yes.
Both wanted to have an outdoor ceremony, but also wanted a venue with a backup plan. Immediately when they toured Historic Mankin Mansion they knew it was fate, plus it was dog-friendly!
They initially wanted their colors to be bright and cheerful, without it being too overdone. When trying to think of a theme that incorporated bright colors, the southern tradition of the pineapple came to mind, “We both loved how it represents warmth and hospitality, so we used that as a starting point for inspiration.” Having delicious food was important to both Suzanne and Eric, and their gorgeous spread by MOSAIC fit the bill.
Their night ended in a dance party as the sun set on their April night. With pineapples all around, and everyone appreciating the Southern hospitality, the two became one.
Favorite Part of the Day
“There are so many things it’s hard to choose! I’d say our number one on the list for sure, was having our dog as our flower girl. She’s just the sweetest thing. Having her there relieved so much tension and pressure (mostly for myself, but I think it helped Eric too) during the ceremony. We don’t really like being the center of attention, so having her there next to us was truly a wonderful distraction.”
“Compromising between Eric and myself. While there we never any major issues, we all dreamed of different things.”
Best Piece of Advice
“Here we go…. Breathe and ignore trends on social media. If I could do it all over again, I would pay close attention to how things made us feel as a couple. If it doesn’t bring you both joy, then nix it from the list and move on! Something else that really helped us was that we had a long(ish) engagement. We had about a year and a half to plan everything which took the pressure off a lot of things. We started early on with big items (venue, date, vendors, etc.) and went down the list from there.
Having a beautiful venue that was dog-friendly and a great photographer were both really important to us, so that’s where we splurged. It’s easy to get stressed out on little details and it’s even harder to ignore them all, but at the end of the day, all that truly matters is that you and your person are together to celebrate the start of your lives. Make a list of what’s really important to you both and rank the items. There are so many important questions to ask each other in order to prioritize things before planning begins. You should also have a general idea of your budget to get started, it’s far too easy to go over budget. And yes, we definitely went over our budget.”
*All information in our Featured Weddings is provided by the couple. Richmond Weddings™ is not responsible for discovering and adding vendors who were not on the submission form completed by the couple.* All photos courtesy of Kathryn Ivy Photography
Additional Vendors: Photography: Kathryn Ivy Photography | Shower Location: Casa Del Barco | Officiant: Joel Gregori | Gown/Veil: White on Daniel Island, Jodi Moylan | Alterations: Alterations by Nadya & Nordstrom | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulu’s and Nordstrom | Hair: Ashley Sanchez | Makeup: Nicole Laughlin | Jewelry: Lustre by Adolf Jewelers | Formalwear: Jos. A. Bank | Invitations: Blush Paperie | Flowers: Black Creek Flowers | Cake: Sweet Fix | Band: The Escorts | Dance Instruction: Rigby’s Jig Dance Studio | Favors: Momentos Events | Add’l Accommodations: The Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Airport