Lesley & Brian

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lesley and Brian both grew up in Virginia, and two years after first meeting, they were set up at a UVA-Virginia Tech game that could hardly be called romantic. Two years later, the pair was finally dating and though it had taken them a long time together, they both knew in no time at all that they were meant to be. When Brian proposed, they quickly agreed that their celebration should highlight the best of their home state; luckily, Richmond-based planning and design co. Fête Studio was ready to help the happy couple host a spectacular celebration, starting with Ginny Rogan's elegant calligraphy on Smock Paper save the dates and invitations.

On her wedding day, Lesley donned an embroidered lace Lela Rose gown finished with a white satin sash. Embellished ballet flats, classic pearl studs and an elegant veil completed her timeless bridal look. Her maids wore French blue dresses with charmingly messy strands of ivory and coral beads, and their bouquets, featuring white hydrangeas and roses, coral ranunculus and tulips, and sprays of seeded eucalyptus, matched the bride's larger posy from The Green Flamingo. Brian and his groomsmen went for navy blazers and light colored chinos; Vineyard Vines ties upped the preppy quotient and added a charming pop of color.  

Lesley and Brian were married at St. Benedict Catholic Church in a traditional ceremony. After their first kiss as husband and wife, the newlyweds headed to The Jefferson Hotel, a Richmond institution, for a fabulous reception in their ballroom. Event planner and designer Fête Studio filled the sumptuous space with preppy details; navy place cards with classic white calligraphy were tucked into shotgun shells, and bits of navy and white striped ribbon festooned menu cards. After dinner, there was dancing to the music of Horizon Band, and even a slice of the couple's three-tiered wedding cake. The newlyweds made their exit in a classic navy and wood paneled Jeep Wagoneer (one of my favorite vintage rides), the last lovely scenes captured by Adam Barnes Fine Art Photography that evening.

Tell me, what's your favorite detail or photography from this classic celebration? I'm enamored with all the fall portraits in the bride's parents' yard!


  1. ohh i love that dress + cake! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  2. That dress is divine! Holy night so pretty!!!

  3. ...the getaway wagoneer...I can't even.

    1. Dana, I thought that might make you weak in the knees!

  4. She looks like such a happy bride and again, another beautiful bouquet!

  5. What a beautiful wedding, and that wagoneer is a riot!

  6. Obsessed with her dress. It's so perfect! We're going to a wedding reception at the Jefferson hotel this weekend. Such a pretty place.

  7. Beautiful! Love the cake and that wagoneer has my heart. xx.

  8. The managers were great and they were very detailed about what everything will cost. The view of banquet halls in Chicago was amazing and we had a great time.



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