The reactions I get when I tell people I’m a wedding planner crack me up. Most say something along the lines of “Oh wow, I wouldn’t want that job in a million years!” or “Goodness- that’s a tough job. How do you deal with crazy brides??” I laugh every time because they couldn’t be more wrong. Sure- wedding planning is absolutely not for everyone (hence the necessity for a wedding planner) and most people hate logistics, especially those surrounding weddings. I, on the other hand, actually think it’s fun!! 🙂 As for the “crazy brides” – that’s also very far from the truth. Especially for Keen Wedding Brides. I may end up jinxing myself by saying this, but I have the BEST brides (and grooms!). Seriously- becoming friends with the couples I work with is the highlight of my business. I sometimes go through post-wedding communication withdraw with my brides, which is something I JUST emailed Marcee about last week. Thankfully, she felt the same way so we scheduled a post-wedding meeting, which was really just an excuse for us to enjoy some time reminiscing about their amazing day! I think I need to establish a weaning process with my brides during the months following the wedding- I am not good at “cold turkey-ing” it.
Marcee and Garrett were an absolute blast to work with! Marcee is originally from Virginia and Garrett is from Texas. The two have been together for many years and are seriously awesome people. Marcee loves Rosé, while Garrett is a Scotch drinker. The two own a house in Richmond and gravitate towards modern decor and furnishings; however, they’d eventually love to move out of the city onto a nice piece of land. They have a very eclectic taste in music- loving everything from T-Swift and Beyonce to The Head and The Heart and Of Monsters and Men. The two also have the SWEETEST puppy, Georgia. Georgia is a standard poodle and is just the cutest. My heart melted when I found out they wanted her to be in the wedding! <3 <3 <3
What is super awesome, kinda crazy, and is likely the makings for a new sitcom- is that Marcee and Garrett share the same best friend, Joe. Joe was one of Garrett’s groomsmen, but Marcee said she found him first 🙂 Joe is super awesome and was, my go-to guy on the day of the wedding. It’s always nice for a planner to have someone to communicate with who knows just as much about the brides vision as she does- and in this case, I would argue that Joe often knew what Marcee wanted before she did. I love it when I have a Joe around 🙂
Marcee and Garrett picked Historic Tredegar Iron Works for their venue. This is a gorgeous venue in downtown Richmond with a unique historical vibe. In 1860, Tredegar was the third-largest iron manufacturer in the United States and continued production through the middle of the 20th century. My first visit to the landmark was when I went with Marcee & Garrett to do a site tour during the months prior to their wedding. The second I arrived- I could see exactly why the couple fell in love with this venue. It’s on the water, outdoors, a gorgeous piece of history, and is a stunning wedding venue.
As it always does- the planning process flew by and in a blink- we were at the Rehearsal! Marcee and I were a little nervous about the timing for her processional. Marcee wanted her and her bridesmaids to walk down the aisle to a string quartet playing an instrumental version of “Love Story” by Taylor Swift (told y’all she loved T-Swift!!). However, this was more complicated than it sounds. It had to be perfectly timed so that the bridesmaids could walk out of the trolley they were arriving in, the trolley could pull away from the ceremony aisle, the vehicle Marcee was getting out of (which was an absolutely STUNNING vintage Bentley) had to pull up to the aisle and still allow enough time for both Marcee and her dad to get out and start walking at EXACTLY 3 minutes into the song (where the key change occurs). Confused yet?? Well, I had every second planned out and even accounted for some buffer time, because you always need a little wiggle room!! We ran through the processional twice and were SO happy when our timing worked out perfectly- SCORE!
Finally, the wedding day arrived!!! I tell you what- we couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was a GORGEOUS day. Marcee and Garrett did a first look and Marcee did a first look with her dad. A lot of people debate between having a first look and going the traditional route by waiting until the Ceremony to see each other. Of course, it’s tradition to wait- but it REALLY saves SO much time and stress to knock out the majority of the pictures before the Ceremony. And I mean- how sweet and precious are these moments??
I truly think wedding days are shorter. Someone seriously needs to investigate the validity of “Wedding Day Time Warping” haha. It has to be a real thing. The venue looked absolutely gorgeous as did the entire bridal party and it was time for the guests to start arriving- YAY!!! I mentioned that Garrett was from Texas, right? Have you ever been to a Texas wedding? It. Is. Awesome. Cowboy hats, boots, and handlebar mustaches galore. So great. I loved it!
One super cute touch that Marcee and Garrett added to their Ceremony was a “Welcome Drink” for their guests to enjoy while they waited. Cute mini champagne bottles with custom wedding labels were available as guests entered the Ceremony site. It was super festive and guests loved being able to enjoy a little bubbly during the down time.
Like clock-work and just like we planned- the Ceremony went off without a hitch. Everything was absolutely perfect and they were married!! WOOHOO- Mission accomplished!!
(Georgia!! Isn’t she just the cutest!!!???!!! <3)
Now- after the Ceremony, the Caterers realized they didn’t have the jam for Marcee & Garrett’s signature drink- “Gin & Jam.” This drink is a southern cocktail and the couples friends and family even went berry picking and hand-picked the berries to specially make the jam for their wedding. Marcee realized it was still in her fridge and she was starting to panic! We had to get it…and fast. Thankfully, we were able to wrangle a bridesmaid’s fiance to snag it. In the meantime, I sent Marcee and Garrett off and enjoy some one-on-one shots with Kate, their photographer (who is EXTREMELY talented- am I right?!? Be sure to check out her website linked at the end of this post). This was a great distraction 🙂
Following their photography session, the jam arrived (SHEW- Marcee was so happy!!!) and the two enjoyed a private dinner together. This was the BEST idea ever. The number one thing I hear from couples after their wedding is that they didn’t have time to eat. This sweet and intimate dinner allowed the two a designated time to enjoy the food they paid so much for and a chance to spend some quality time together to let the fact that they’re MARRIED really soak in!
Now- I of course had to make sure the two were able to enjoy their signature drink during dinner, but when I walked in to drop it off they weren’t alone- Joe was with them bahahaha! This was so cute and so them. The 3 of them enjoyed their private dinner and they wouldn’t have wanted it any other way 🙂
I won’t get into too many details from the Reception- but I will tell you that everyone had an absolute blast! The food was spectacular, the dancing was fierce, and the cake was delicious 🙂 Here are some pictures that capture the evening better than my words can!
Yea…I have to tell you that after those moves right there- this hilarious groomsmen split his pants!!!! Bahahahahaha.
And there’s a little Texas for ya 🙂
Photographer: Kate Thompson, Betty Clicker Photography
Venue: Historic Tredegar Iron Works
Caterer: Chef by Design
Cake: Sweet Fix
DJ: Amanda Buckley, Fat Cat DJ and Karaoke
Florist: Amanda Burnette
Dress: Annalise Bridal Boutique
Hair & Make-Up: Elle Style Studio