Whitney & Dustin: Richmond VA Dominion Club Wedding
Whitney & Dustin
May 28, 2016
How They Met
Whitney tells us, “Dustin graduated from Bridgewater College in 2007, and I was a 2008 James Madison University grad. These schools are about nine miles apart, and had the same circle of friends yet never met during our college years. I met Dustin at my cousin’s wedding in 2009. I thought he was cute and very polite, but I had just moved to Richmond, so I really wasn’t interested in dating someone just yet. A couple of days later, I decided to send him a Facebook message with my phone number, and what initially started out as friendship quickly developed into a relationship. It was nothing short of challenging since Dustin lived in Baltimore and I lived in Richmond. This set the stage for many three hour road trips to see each other, but when you truly love someone, the distance becomes second nature!
How He Asked
We got engaged on December 12, 2013. At the time, Dustin was working every weekend, so it wasn’t unusual for him to visit me on a Wednesday or Thursday during the week. I’m a pretty tough person to surprise, so Dustin decided that he would catch me off guard when I came home from work that evening. Usually when I get home from work, I make a beeline for my bedroom, but that particular day, I walked in and chatted with Dustin for what seemed like forever. Little did I know he had spent most of the day (with the help of my cousin) plotting how to surprise me with the proposal, and I was anxiously making him wait by being a “Chatty Cathy!”
I finally went into my room and sort of stood in a state of shock when I saw rose petals in a heart shape with a little box on my bed. To say I was surprised is an understatement! I was truly at a loss for words! That’s when Dustin got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I said “YES,” and the rest is history.”
The Perfect Places
The bride says, “The two venues we decided on were St. Bridget’s Catholic Church and The Dominion Club. Dustin is Catholic, and I am Baptist, and after much discussion with our families, we decided to get married in the Catholic church. However, it was very important for me to have my pastor play a role in our wedding ceremony. It felt great being able to have our respective denominations blended that day.
We wanted to get married in a church that had an old and traditional feel to it, and of course one with a nice long aisle. St. Bridget’s was the perfect fit! In looking for a reception venue, we decided on The Dominion Club. On our initial visit, we were blown away by the gorgeous views and the natural lighting inside the clubhouse. The “all inclusive” package they offer which included catering, décor, and the overall reception coordination sealed the deal for us.
When picking the date, we were looking for a three day weekend since majority of our guests from both our families would be traveling about three hours to Richmond for the wedding. We decided on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, which also happened to be Dustin’s birthday!
I didn’t want to get caught up in planning our wedding around a theme because that seemed like too much pressure. Our colors were coral and gold, with hints of navy. I think a lot of brides forget that not everything has to be an exact match. For example, instead of the groomsmen wearing black or navy tuxedos, we opted for light grey suits which blended very well in the end. I wanted our wedding day to have a simple yet elegant feeling, and I think we did a great job of accomplishing that particular look.
The WOW Factor
Our favorite part of the day was the reception and seeing all of our family and friends have a blast out on the dance floor. It was like the party of the year we had all been waiting for!
We couldn’t have made this day so special without the help of our family and friends. We still can’t believe how much fun it was!
Richmond Weddings Magazine was helpful with practically everything! I also used Pinterest, and followed various wedding pages on Instagram.
Rehearsal Dinner: Mama Cucina | Videography: Louis Handler | Ceremony: St. Bridget Catholic Church | Reception: The Dominion Club | Officiant: Fr. Richard Zelik, OFM, Cap | Pastor: Rev. Raymond Ramsey | Gown: Urban Set Bride | Veil: Susan Edwards, Pearles Thimble | Shoes: DSW | Hair: Salon La Chic | Makeup: Nicole Laughlin Makeup Artist | Jewelers: Edward Arthur Jewelers & Haywood Jewelers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse | Save the Dates: MagnetStreet | Invitations: Zazzle | Programs: Gayle Dianne Fralin | DJ/Band: DJ Rob Stacks | Cake/Sweets: Apple Tree Cake Company | Accommodations: Comfort Suites Innsbrook, Residence Inn Richmond Northwest/Short Pump, Courtyard Richmond Northwest, & Holiday Inn Richmond I-64 West End