Real RVA Wedding: Johnny & Velvet

Johnny & Velvet

November 1, 2014

How They Met

While Johnny and Velvet were attending separate conferences at the same hotel in Maryland, a mutual friend hosted a reception where the two met.   They started dating two months later.

How He Asked

Johnny asked Velvet to attend a board meeting in New Orleans with him.   At dinner one evening, he proposed.   Immediately after, a quartet singing “Sweet Valentine” serenaded them.

The Perfect Place

Johnny is a University of Richmond alumni (and Spiders basketball star!) and long-time Richmond resident, so it was only fitting to have their ceremony at the Cannon Memorial Chapel.

Decor Details

Johnny and Velvet took over their reception space!   Velvet’s affinity for soft, cranberry red inspired their Autumnal Elegance theme.   The couple incorporated chocolate brown, antique gold and their own wedding logo to increase the elegance factor.   They had a formal reception room, dancing room, cocktail room complete with a photo booth and ice sculpture, and finally, a lounge room decorated with white sofas and pillows featuring their logo.

The Best Part

Johnny and Velvet truly enjoyed spending time with family and friends they rarely see, so they turned their wedding into a full weekend affair.   Velvet says, “The entire weekend was full of joy and laughter.”

RW Vendors

Wedding Photography & Videography: Mike Topham Photography

Bridal Bouquet: Vogue Flowers & Gifts

Photobooth Rental: Virginia Photobooths and More

Transportation & Guest Accommodations: The Westin Richmond

Additional Vendors

Wedding Design & Planning: Sharon Jarrett of Jarrett Affairs

Floral Design, Ceremony & Reception Decor & Rentals: Events by J. Avery

Engagement Photography: Abbey Domond Photography

Ladies Champagne Breakfast & Gift Baskets: Shevette Jones

Rehearsal Dinner: Hondo’s Prime Steakhouse

Ceremony: Cannon Memorial Chapel at the University of Richmond

Reception, Catering & Cake: The Country Club of Virginia

Officiant: Reverend James Newman

Ceremony Music: Ms. Lanell Lightfoot & Ms. Carlton Blount (soloists), Mr. Kevin Puller (organist) and Eric Stanley (violinist)

Gown: Kleinfeld

Custom Tuxedos: 707 Fine Clothing

Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade New York

Hair: Mr. Larry Johnson

Makeup: BTH Artistry

Bride’s Jewelry: Nadri

Wedding Rings: Cheryl Fornash Jewelers

Bridesmaids Dresses: Talbot Runhof Gold Mermaid Gown

Paper Goods: East Six & Sandi Spells Design

Music: DJ Reggie Mack of the Funk Brothers

Favors: Etching Expressions

Ice Sculpture: Ice Kristals, Inc.

Transportation: James River Transportation