Old World Romance Wedding

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My name is Sarah Seckman. My husband, Mike and I were married at the Virginia House which is located in Richmond,Virginia on April 22, 2023. We would love to be considered for a submission on Virginia Living

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Upon finding and falling in love with the venue from the moment we walked inside, we immediately saw a vision of an intimate garden wedding with a grand staircase entrance. Given that the Virginia House has been mostly used for smaller weddings, we wanted to do justice to this historic timeless beauty and hidden gem located in Richmond and bring the place back to life. Nothing else had the authenticity like the Virginia House had to offer. A true castle deconstructed and shipped over from England in the 1100’s and Biltmore inspired gardens. This place makes you forget you are in Virginia and takes you back in time to a European escape. The home was donated to the Historical Society in the 1940’s and has been preserved in its original condition ever since.

Staying true to the venue, our theme was heavily inspired by old world European, grecian gardens, with vintage antique decor to give guests an immersive experience as if they are taken back in time. As a lover of music, there were many fine details of great works of art ranging from a variety of musical instruments, composers, famous authors, and also including a live artist for guests to enjoy throughout the evening.

No detail went unseen and every design aspect throughout was very thought out. Our Invitation Suit was custom designed to reflect highlights of Virginia House Gardens. Pink Magnolias bloom each spring in the gardens for approximately two weeks out of the year. It is pure magic! Vintage stamps on outer envelopes reflect themes seen throughout the day of the wedding with a few touches given our date fell on earth day and we care so much for the planet. We included a gelato cart for dessert served in vintage tea cups. I scouted and sourced 100 tea cups from local antique stores leading up to the wedding. Breadbaskets were all vintage sourced antique pink depression glass passed down from the family or found local antique stores. Antique silver was sourced for a british inspired charcuterie spread during cocktail hour. Signature drinks included, pre-prohibition old fashions, bee knees with bourbon, blackberry lemon spritz, and espresso martinis after our Bernese mountain dog Charlie. Champagne bottles were hand painted by the bride. A custom stone fountain installation was used behind the bar with florals cascading down. Cameo lockets passed down from the family were used in our bouquet with pictures of my father and grandfather that couldn’t be here today with us. Gramophones, violas, and record players surrounding the DJ booth near the dance floor. Our guest book was custom made to replicate the style of a record album. Custom engraved pocket watches and firefighter ranking lapel pins were worn by the groomsmen as all have served time in the fire department or hold a chief ranking. Groomsmen had tie clips of vintage skeleton keys, while bridesmaids had skeleton key bracelets. Vintage Key accents were used for the guest seating chart that doubled as a bottle opener as a favor with hand calligraphy every angle you turned. Vintage books or famous authors or love stories were used as table decor accents. Flower Seed packets celebrating earth day and helping give back to the planet were offered along with honey jars for guests to take home with them. ( Bee’s are the brides favorite animal and can be seen on the envelope wax seals. Custom songs were learned and played by musicians that hold a special meaning with our immediate family and children.

With so much planning and extreme unexpected weather on the morning of, our vendor team worked some serious magic pulling everything off with such little set up time. I can’t rave about this wonderful team enough!

Event Details

Date & Time

Location

Virginia House

June 11, 2022

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Virginia Living Museum
July 9, 2022

Star Gazing and Laser Nights

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August 13, 2022

Star Gazing and Laser Nights

Virginia Living Museum