Meet Marian DeAlto and Shelby Luiggi, Co-Owners of DeAlto & Evans Inc. trading as Buddy’s Restaurant. This is the perfect place to celebrate wedding festivities with your favorite people! Get to know the owners here…

How did you get to where you are now?
Through 40 years of hard work!!!

What makes you or your business stand out?
Buddy’s is a Richmond institution. We are unique in that many generations have passed through our door. We treasure the fact that we know most everyone that comes in here this is your spot! You may have met your significant other at Buddy’s. What would be more appropriate than to hold your wedding after party, bachelor or bachelorette party, wedding brunch or even your reception here.

What’s your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry?
Sharing in a wedding couple’s happy day and helping make it the best day ever.

What’s a unique tip you tell your couples?
Eat, drink and be merry!

What’s your best piece of advice for couples planning a wedding?
I think a well planned wedding takes all the pressure off. I am a fan of planning well in advance…then enjoy!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding?
Seeing the happy satisfied look on our guests faces.

Photo by Nicole Vance

What are your favorite wedding trends right now?
The sky is the limit as far as what, how and when you want to get married.

How do you de-stress?
By getting the job done.

What’s your favorite food/dish/cuisine?
Do we have to pick one?! I suppose I could not leave good old country ham biscuits off the list….we like smoked foods…

If you were to meet any celebrity, who would it be?
We have had to opportunity to meet numerous celebrities here at Buddy’s. Charles Barkley, Mr. Belding, Ralph Sampson, Bob Weir, to name a few!

What would your perfect Saturday be like?
A day with our grandchildren.

What are your top three favorite movies (or books)?
The Empire Strikes Back for Shelby….Shantarum

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on now?
Buddy’s new website

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Marian: Joni Mitchell at Red Rocks Colorado
Shelby: Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden

Do you love to travel? If so, what are some must-see destinations?
Marian: Machu Picchu, Peru
Shelby: Maui

Do you have a pet?
Marian: no…long time pet cat Wendy was the one and only!
Shelby: 2 dogs & 2 cats

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What is your favorite season of the year and why?
Marian: Fall…best weather in Richmond!
Shelby: Summer…hate the cold weather!

What’s your favorite family tradition?
Marian: Thanksgiving in Richmond
Shelby: Thanksgiving in Maine

Reach out to Buddy’s today to see how they can help you celebrate the best day ever!

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