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