September 16, 2016
How they met
Mary & Mike met late one evening at Lucky Buddha in downtown Richmond. Mary says, “I gave Mike my number and didn’t think he would call me back! A few days later, Mike did call, and we made plans for our first date. When the day came, I got a call from Mike, and he canceled (postponed)! We rescheduled, and one month later, we had dinner at Kitchen 64 and hung out at the James River at sunset.”
The couple chose Havana ’59 for their wedding venue. “When we thought about the type of wedding we wanted, the things that came to mind were great food, a laid-back atmosphere, and lots of fun! Havana 59 was the perfect venue because it was just a few blocks from where we met in downtown Richmond. The open-air second and third-floor patios provided the laid-back atmosphere we wanted and made for a unique venue that our guests loved.”
Being dog lovers, Mary & Mike included many sweet details – from dog breed table numbers and pup figurines as escort cards to Mary’s Dalmatian print Kate Spade shoes! With help from her artist mom, Mary made their own table runners by hand-dyeing about 15 yards of silk gauze fabric to match the French blue wedding theme while her mom painted watercolors for the save-the-dates and invitations. She also created ten watercolor paintings to tell the story of how Mary & Mike met for their guest book. At the reception, the newlyweds wowed their guests with a first dance that took a full year of lessons to perfect! They started with a waltz and then switched to a salsa, ending with a fun twirl and dip.
Favorite part of the day
“Our favorite part of the day was the time that we got to spend with each other! That sounds cheezy, but between all the guests, vendors, and activities on the wedding day, we could have easily been pulled in different directions. We built plenty of extra time into our schedule to allow for our first look, photos, and time to let it all sink in.”
The biggest challenge we faced in planning our wedding was definitely the budget! We paid for the wedding on our own, so we had to find ways to save money while still enjoying the big day. One of our priorities for the wedding was great photography, and we are so glad that we did not compromise in this area.
Our best piece of advice is to create a wedding day that will let you sit back and cherish the moment! Build plenty of extra time into your schedule so that you never feel rushed during the day. If you think something will stress you out, find someone else to take care of it! I knew that I did not want to deal with setting up and decorating our venue that morning, so I found a reliable friend that took care of everything as our day-of coordinator. Instead of having to pick up cakes or flowers, we had them delivered to our venue. Finally, turn off your phone or give it to someone in your bridal party! The more stress you can eliminate from your wedding day, the more you’ll be able to enjoy it.
CEREMONY SITE Havana 59|
Photography: Michael & Carina Photography | Rehearsal Dinner: Old City Bar, White House Catering | Getting Ready Venue: Kent-Valentine House | Gown: Wtoo | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Union Station | Hair & Makeup: Avenue 42 | Jeweler: Schwarzschild Jewelers | Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse | Invitations & Stationery: DIY | Flowers: The Proper Petal | Dance Instruction: Dance Masters | Cake/Sweets: Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe | Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott Downtown