Loyal blog viewers will definitely recognize this fun couple! We finally got to do Kelly & Pete’s wedding this past weekend in Richmond. We had so much fun with them on their extended engagement session back in October, starting out at Maymont Park and ending up at Shockhoe Slip for some night-time portraits. A year before their engagement session, Kelly caught the bouquet at Laura & Jeff’s wedding just outside of Richmond. When Pete popped the question, Laura suggested Kelly give us a call, and the rest, they say, is history.
We knew then that their winter-themed celebration was going to be blast, and it certainly was. As if on cue, the afternoon of the wedding it started to snow and covered everything outside in a thin, yet beautiful white blanket. Luckily the temps hovered right around freezing, so it didn’t stick the roads too much, though. Despite the weather and some minor early delays, planner extraordinaire Windy Jennings kept everyone happy and on schedule. Kelly donned her Melissa Sweet gown just prior to some in-church portraits and looked stunning. We can only imagine how Pete felt when he first saw her walking down the aisle toward him, being escorted by both of her parents. Family friend and officiant Dan Mannen led the very personal, humorous, and touching ceremony held at the beautiful Seventh Street Christian Church.
After the ceremony, everyone headed to the gorgeous Country Club Of Virginia for the reception, organzied by their in-house coordinators Amber and Leighanne, who we had met originally at Kelly’s bridal session (more on that later). The ballroom was literally transformed into a sparkly winter wonderland. Kelly’s mom, Judy, who was deeply involved in helping to plan her daughter’s wedding was enthralled with everything. It was just gorgeous and Kelly & Pete loved seeing how the plants and lights were arranged throughout the room to set just the right mood. Kelly’s mom surprised her with several special thouches throughout the day as well. Judy had her lace wedding dress reincarnated as the table topper on the cake table, which was lit from beneath with white holiday lights. The dress was also used as a ribbon tie on Kelly’s all-white bouquet and on the ring bearer’s pillow, which definitely added to the smiles that day.
The band, named Casper, started the evening going on a high note with a highly energetic performance. Nary a soul was sitting in their seats surrounding the times set aside for heart-felt toasts by their Maids-of-Honor and Best Men. Everyone danced until the very end, when they braved the cold and subsiding snow flurries to head outside to see off the happy couple with bright, long sparklers. It was an energetic ending befitting an energetic celebration, and we were thrilled to have been a part of it. Thanks, you two!
View a slideshow of our favorite images from their wedding.
Previously unseen, lest Pete see them on our blog (yes, guys, we know you look!), here are a few of our favorites from Kelly’s bridal portrait session a few months ago. Judy arranged to have one of them printed as a beautiful Giclée print and framed at the entrance to the ballroom.