April 20, 2019 | Richmond, Virginia
Last week, we recapped Addie and Nasser’s intimate ceremony and dinner that was held on Friday, April 19 and today, we are giving you part two of their wedding weekend — the thematic wedding reception which happened the next day. When Addie began talking about everything she wanted, we were SO excited and thrilled to combine so many different facets of the couple infused into one party. Crystal has deemed it one of her most challenging designs yet – the goal was to combine over 10 different themes that reflected the bride and groom while still creating a beautiful event that worked with all of the various design components. In other words, we did not want it to look like an overwhelming circus of ideas. It needed intentionality and a very detailed design plan.
Addie and Nasser wanted their guests to step into their world. They wanted to include places, activities, animals, music, food. They decided to rent out the Country Club of Virginia and its multiple rooms and make it a true experience. There were three rooms for the main part of the reception that we decided would be great for their main favorite locations. The biggest ballroom played host to one of their fav travel spots – Paris. The next room, a tribute to the heritage of the groom – Morocco. The third room was modeled after their family ranch out in California.
From Addie, the bride: I loved that Crystal and Allie were on board from the get-go about having this ridiculous party. I’ll never forget Crystal telling me she had just gotten off the phone with our “camel guy.” The fact that she had found a “camel guy” was funny enough. We then learned that he was deemed a “non-denominational camel” and I about lost it.
The Country Club of Virginia knocked everything out of the park. The events and catering team there is one of the best we have ever worked with. At our tasting, the chef had signage, props, presentation exactly how it would be at the reception — the whole 9. The best part? We wanted something casual for the Ranch room, chicken fingers, smores and dips to reflect more of an easy mountain vibe. The Ranch Fountain was an all-time favorite something chef worked tirelessly on. He figured out how to take the heating element out of a chocolate fountain and fill it with Ranch dressing. A RANCH FOUNTAIN. It was incredible. Complete with various types of tater tots you could load up with extra toppings. We wanted the Paris room to feel like an open-air market and cafe. Menu items included an array of cheeses and fruits, a seafood tower of fresh shrimp and crab alongside Croque Monsieur and steak frites. The pastry chef created the tastiest and most beautiful macaron towers for our flower market area as well as sweet and savory crepes. Guests were also greeted with a few Beatles themed items (we had a mix of a Beatles tribute band in this space as well as a college favorite band that the bride and groom loved) like ‘I want to hold your hamburger’ and ‘Let it BLT’ sliders. The Moroccan room was a colorful boast of incredible cuisine. From the Moroccan souk station filled with fresh figs, dates, apricots, flatbreads and tomato salad to the tangine display with lamb, merguez sausage and variety of vegetables and cous cous. We also had a Maghrebi tea station with moroccan style tea glasses. I’ll share the after-party menu below and you will love it too!
Scroll through to see all of the incredible details from Addie and Nasser’s big day — part two!
From the bride: After a certain point we wanted a change to younger music so after the band was done we then got people to head down the hall to another venue. There, we had a DJ and included nods to our favorite TV shows, The Office and Friends. We had a Pretzel Day bar, a stapler in jello, Serenity by Jan candles, Dundee awards. We had a sign that said “The One Where Nasser and Addie Got Married,” late night coffee served by a sign for Central Perk and the famous orange sofa. We even had beer pong as a nod to our college days and a putt-putt hole to acknowledge Nasser’s love of golf.
From the bride: Southern Posies took every wild idea we had and brainstormed ways to add on to it, make it better, and then found all of vendors to supply all our needs. They found us a camel guy, a photo booth girl, a Beatles band, a Dumbledore impersonator, a DJ, a photographer, a videographer, multiple design and lighting companies, places to rent putt-putt holes and Eiffel Tower statues. The amount of time, dedication, and organization to pull this off must have been insane but on top of that they handled everything with such grace and never once lost it when we changed our minds or when things didn’t run as planned. I’m so grateful that I got to spend nine months planning with this team. I miss them all the time and want to get married again just so we can have an excuse to hang out and plan ridiculous themes while eating Chick-fil-a.
Vendors and Creative TeamPlanning, Design and Florals: Southern Posies
Friday Venue: Home of the Bride
Friday Afterparty Venue: Quirk Hotel
Saturday Luncheon Venue: Home of the Bride
Saturday Reception Venue: Country Club of Virginia
Photographer: Nancy Ray Photography
Videography: The Paperboys
Friday Stationary / Paper Products: Ink Sugar / Katie Blackwell
Saturday Stationary / Paper Products: Kara Anne Paper
Placecards (Friday): Sarah Burkeen
Friday Catering + Bar/Beverage: Commonwealth Club
Saturday Catering + Bar/Beverage: Country Club of Virginia
Saturday Luncheon Catering: Portico
Cake: Great American Cookie Company
Entertainment (Main Band): Otis Wedding
Entertainment (Beatles Band): Abbey Road
Entertainment (DJ): Eastcoast Entertainment / DJ Patrick Zurn
Entertainment (Photobooth): Eastcoast Entertainment / Richmond Photobooth
Entertainment (Sound Tech): Eastcoast Entertainment / Cruz Productions – Joel
Entertainment (Dumbledore): MSE Productions
Camel: Private Owner
Caricature Artist: Stage Right Entertainment
Rentals (French Cart): BD3
Rentals: Paisley & Jade
Rentals: CE Rental / Festive Fare
Rentals: White Glove Rentals
Rentals: Ampa Events
Rentals and Production Build Outs: Mosaic
Linens: Nuage Designs
Linens: La Tavola
Tent: Skyline Tent Company
Beauty: Lou Stevens
Brides Gown: Tiffanys Bridal
Travel: James River Transportation
Travel: TNT Limousine
Valet: DayStar Valet
Lodging: The Graduate
Camel Stir Sticks: Etsy
Hi friends! Happy April Fools Day! We don’t have any tricks for you today but we are making your Easter table completely fool-proof!
We are not ignoring the fact that this Easter will look different than pretty much every Easter before but we are trying to make it feel as normal as possible. It is my first married Easter and I am so sad we won’t be able to spend it with family but I am definitely going to put on a nice dress, get fully ready (for the first time in weeks) and we are going to make the most out of it.
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April 19, 2019 | Richmond, Virginia
Addie and Nasser’s Spring wedding in Virginia was one we will never forget. From our first conversation with Addie, we knew this was one we couldn’t miss out on. During our first day of meetings, Addie explained to us that she wanted a sweet intimate ceremony and then a big “ridiculous” (her favorite word to describe this) party for all of their friends and family. We’ll be sharing all about the most outrageous thematic reception you’ve ever seen on next week’s blog post so keep an eye out for that!
The intimate ceremony took place in the Bride’s childhood home backyard with 50 close family and friends. The spot they got married was surrounded by hundreds of the most gorgeous spring colored tulips and poppies. Oh how I wish you could see it in person! We worked with the sweetest garden club ladies coordinating our blooms with the natural landscape they were working with and planting. It was the most magical setting!
About 36 hours before the ceremony was set to start, we got word that there was the potential for tornados on the day of the wedding in our area. We watched the weather so closely for the next day and a half, refreshing constantly. The night before the wedding day, a call had to be made. Friends and family were called and told to arrive a little earlier than originally planned for some pre-ceremony cocktails and then we let them know that we would play it by ear and if there was a break in the weather, we would quickly set up outside and have their ceremony. We decided to set up two ceremony options, Plan A was in the garden and Plan B was setup in the foyer/sitting room of their home. As luck would have it, there was a break in the rain JUST long enough for their sweet ceremony and a few photos outside with their bridal party and family. They then moved into a gorgeous clear top tent for a seated dinner and toasts. (Fun Fact – Addie and Nasser did not want a traditional wedding cake. Addie had her heart set on a Great American Cookies Cookie Cake). After the dinner, we planned an after party at the cutest (and pink!) downtown Richmond hotel, Quirk.
Here are a few words from the bride and how she approached her wedding day. Intentional and Purposeful are two very important words to us when talking about weddings and we felt Addie and Nasser did just that. Something that was truly them.
From Addie: We vetoed any tradition we didn’t like – the procession of bridesmaids and groomsmen, all those first dances, the bouquet toss, the cutting of the cake. We didn’t even have a wedding cake. We wanted our favorite dessert – a cookie cake. We didn’t want this wedding to be about what you “should do,” we focused on what we “could do,” and Crystal and Allie never vetoed any wild idea we had. Spend a million back-breaking hours hanging roses from the ceiling? “Yeah, we can do that.” Find a camel to attend the party? “No problem.”
Scroll through the photos below of Addie and Nasser’s intimate Friday ceremony and dinner.
Planning, Design and Florals: Southern Posies
Photography: Nancy Ray Photography
Cinema: Paperboys Cinematography
Beauty: Lou Stevens
Bride’s Attire: Tiffany’s Bridal
Catering: Commonwealth Club
Groom and Groomsmen attire: Mr. Burch Formalwear
Officiant: Janie O’Connor
Ceremony Musicians: Friends of the Bride, Drew and Maggie
Tent and Flooring: Skyline Tent Company
Lighting, Drapery and Sound: The AV Company
Specialty Rentals: Paisley & Jade
Specialty Rentals: White Glove Rentals
Additional Hard Good Rentals: Festive Fare
Stationery: Ink Sugar Co.
Valet Service: Day-Starr Valet
After-Party Venue: Quirk Hotel
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