It doesn’t get much more romantic than meeting across seas with the person you will spend your life with. For Emma and Will, they met in 2009 at the most romantic setting of all – La Rochelle, France. Even though they were both attending University of Richmond at the same time, they had never met prior to their trip studying abroad! Emma was actually dating someone else at the time, but Will developed a crush on Emma during their stay in France. Fortunately for Will, Emma broke up with that boyfriend 2 years later and immediately Will took his chance and pursued Emma. �
If meeting in France isn’t dreamy enough, their proposal gets even better! Will snuck Emma away on a celebratory getaway trip to Charlottesville, VA. They stayed at a beautiful farm and when he woke her up at sunrise, he proposed in the fields!
Ok, so by this point, Emma and Will’s story doesn’t seem like it could get more beautiful. But then! The day of their wedding!!! First, it took place at Tuckahoe Plantation in Richmond, VA where they’re from. Tuckahoe Plantation is Thomas Jefferson’s childhood home — it is absolutely magical! The multiple gardens of vegetables, herbs, roses, zinnias — had my heart right then and there! The entire wedding was outdoors, so having abundant plants and beauty surrounding the landscape was an incredible atmosphere.
The ceremony took place among the rows of crate and myrtles in the back with the sun shining through. Emma is a 4th grade teacher and invited her class to the wedding!!! They all sat on blankets at the very front. It was absolutely adorable to see their reactions! Even more adorable was the ring bearer – Emma and Will’s little fur baby! She stole the show!!
The reception was also outdoors – on the front lawn with string lights and chandeliers overhead. No tent, no ceiling, just the moon and stars! I loved that all of their vendors were local to the Richmond area including the caterers who brought their very best pizza, tacos, doughnuts and more! It was a lively bunch of family and friends, so the celebration was a festive one! Especially with the live band creating a joful atmosphere. What a wonderful evening!
We were so honored to be there to capture the moments of their day, and wish them the very best. Congrats Emma and Will!
Reception and Ceremony Venue-Tuckahoe Plantation | Wedding Coordinator-Colleen Cook (CCS Events) | Photographer-Nicki Metcalf | Desserts-WPA Bakery, Pearl’s Cupcakes, Sugar Shack Donuts, Smart Cookie Kitchen | Florist: Photosynthesis | Caterer: Boka Taco Truck, Sourdough PIzza Co Truck, Growlers to Go | Musicians: Ninja Strings (ceremony, cocktail hour) and Klaxton Brown Band | Stationer: Wedding Paper Divas | Officiant: Ernest Irby | Dress: Rue de Seine Bridal (from Everthine) | Tux: Indochino | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo