Lindsay + Clay: Richmond Garden Wedding

I first met Lindsay almost a year ago. She was in the market for a wedding planner, and was given my name by a mutual friend who had gone to law school with both Lindsay and my husband, Don. When we met for our first consultation, we hit it off immediately. Little did I know then how much I would love working with her over the next year. 

Lindsay and Clay met in undergrad at the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Chapel Hill. They first saw each other in class and later at a fraternity party and had this instant connection. They have been inseparable ever since. After graduation, Clay moved to Richmond to attend law school at The University of Richmond where Lindsay joined him a year later. They are now both practicing lawyers in Richmond. 

When thinking through the design elements for Lindsay's wedding, she wanted to keep it simple but incorporate a little of their Southern personalities and love for UNC. They were married on July 16th in the gardens by the Bloomendaal House at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (one of my favorite venues!). The flowers surrounding the house are so stunning, that a couple can make a big impact with simple details. The weather was looking ominous all day, but held off through the ceremony, announcements, and first dances. During dinner, a huge storm rolled through and everything had to be moved inside the house. But did this stop the party? Nope. The band moved inside and everyone cut loose. By the end of the night Clay and Lindsay told me that it was the best ending to their wedding and made them feel like they were back at a house party once again. So let's raise a toast once again to Lindsay and Clay (who should be finishing up their luxury 10 day Mediterranean cruise any day now - but it's okay I'm only slightly jealous!).

Fun fact: I designed their wedding programs and fun signage for the reception! 

Photos: Nicki Metcalf Photography

Homemade honey lip balm by Clay's aunt!

Lindsay's mom made these dessert stands from candlesticks and platters!

They had a print of the Blommendaal House made by Wallflower Company for their guests to sign as their guest book and to hang in the new house they just bought!

At the Blomendaal House you are very limited as to what you can use for your grand exit. No sparklers, confetti poppers, etc. are allowed and only live materials can be thrown. And since rose petals are pretty but a little overdone, I suggested Lindsay have her guests throw dried lavender. She used pages from her old law school text books to make the cones!

Clay loves classic cars, so Lindsay surprised him with this Packard White Swan Classic from First Class Limo as their getaway car at the end of the night. He absolutely loved it!

Photography: Nicki Metcalf Photography | Wedding Planning + Design: Maggie's Misc Events | Venue: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden | Catering: Meriweather Godsey | Cake: Kakealicious | Florals: The Proper Petal | Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Dress: New York Bride of Raleigh | Suits: The Black Tux | Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie | Hair and Makeup: Bombshell | Classic Car: First Class Limo | Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bloemendall Print: Wallflower Co | Officiant: Tiny Chapel Weddings