Elegant Summer Wedding at the VMFA in June | RICHMOND

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July 16, 2019

bride and groom looking at camera standing on bridge at VMFA

Elegant Summer Wedding at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art Wedding in June :: Anna + Matt

Elegant summer wedding at the VMFA in June with the coolest crew, a Backstreet Boys serenade, and these [see below] glittery pink Betsey Johnson wedding shoes? We were in heaven. We met Anna and Matt at a Richmond Weddings Show at Main Street Station here in Richmond, and instantly connected. From their engagement photo session at Libby Hill Park and Church Hill in May to this totally elegant Virginia Museum of Arts wedding in the summer, it’s easy to see just how perfect these two are for each other. Anna and Matt, we had the best time being your Richmond wedding photographer and wish you years of happiness!

If you are looking for a few ideas to prank the bride or groom (We will explain more about that in a few!) or some light pink, cream, and grey wedding theme inspiration, you will love this post.

RVA florist bridal bouquet with pink and mostly white flowers and sparkly pink heels with glitter that tie in bows at ankle and teal blue soles by Betsey Johnson
hawaiian lei and wedding rings and engagement ring photo with flowers closeup by virginia wedding photographer Sarah & Dave Photographer

VMFA Wedding Details & Getting Ready Moments at Saint Joseph’s Villa in RVA

So, our groom is stationed in Hawaii in the military and our bride (ahem, Dr. Hutto, yay girl!) lives in Fargo. Having them in Richmond VA for their engagement photos was such a treat! Matt flew in a week before their wedding so that we could fit in an engagement session just two days before their wedding. Talk about a tight schedule! Despite that, they were so relaxed and excited to be with each other. Yet, there was also this sense of peace that just surrounded them the entire time.

pink and gold wedding invitation suite by vista print
bride and mother of the bride getting ready photo
betsey johnson bridal shoes with pink glitter and ribbons flatlay pre wedding detail photo
marc jacobs perfume "daisy" scent and closeup photo of stella york wedding dress in front of pink wall at the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts wedding in the summer
wedding ring and engagement rings laid on invitation with gold letters and pink ribbon
bride and mother of the bride getting ready photo
bridal bouquet by richmond florist
stella york wedding dress from tiffany's bridal in richmond and betsey johnson pink glittery heels with blue teal bottoms and closed toe shoes in pink with bows at ankle
lace garter embroidered in blue with flowers
marc jacobs "daisy" perfume with greenery and toile photo
bride and mother of the bride getting ready photo
wedding rings on flowers closeup photo

Their Wedding Colors: White, Gold, and Light Pink

We love all of the little pops of fun color throughout the soft white, gold and blush wedding color palette that our couple chose. For starters, her emerald and diamond earrings were so pretty! And, how gorgeous are these Betsey Johnson bridal shoes? Like, bows, pink sequin glitter, and teal bottoms?! We were obsessed.

bride getting ready with bridesmaid in purple gray azazie bridesmaid dress in richmond rva
green and diamond earrings with pink flowers photo
betsey johnson shoes in pink glitter and bows and wedding invitation trio photo view from the side - colors are in pink and gold with geometric shapes

From our time with this Richmond couple, it was easy to tell how family was really important to them. Anna and her mom have such a sweet relationship with each other.

bride getting ready in front of stained glass with mom at richmond wedding venue vmfa
stella york wedding dress in bridal getting ready room at the vmfa in richmond va
wedding ring trio on wedding invitations closeup triangle geometric modern wedding design
pink glittery heels with teal turqoise robins egg light blue soles and white bridal bouquet with light yellow and pink flowers
gold and pink geometric wedding invitation set with pink ribbon and white flowers and lace flatlay
pink and glitter sparkle close toed shoes with heels and blue teal light blue robbins egg color brand label inside and gold scalloped trim shoes
bridal portrait outdoors in the summer

Pre-Wedding Photos at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Garden

Oh my goodness, Anna, you made the prettiest Richmond bride! We found this spot right outside the VMFA in the garden. Instantly, we knew that it would make the perfect backdrop for wedding party photos. The grey bridesmaid dresses, Anna’s Stella York wedding dress, and creamy white peony wedding bouquets were such an elegant summer wedding combo.

bride and bridesmaids photo outdoors at virginia museum of fine arts
bride and bridesmaids photo in the summer
bride and wedding party formal portrait outdoors in va in june

Our bride’s first look with her father was priceless. We love both of their reactions in this one. They are so sweet!

bride and father of the bride first look
bride and father of the bride first look
bride and father of the bride first look
groom getting ready photo adjusting bowtie
groom detail getting ready photo wearing The Black Tux attire

We mentioned Anna’s bridal details as fun, but Matt’s were pretty fun as well. The groom and groomsmen’s tuxedos from The Black Tux were dark navy, nearly black. And, they had a pin dot pattern and satin collars. As if that weren’t cute enough, they also wore bullet shell casing boutonnieres and gray bow ties.

grooms flowers boutonniere with bullet casing in gold greenery and white
wedding party
groom getting ready photo indoors and outdoors on steps wearing dark suit with polka dots and velvet collar

This spot in the garden was the perfect location for Anna’s bridal party photos. So, of course, we had to get a few photos of the guys here. Looking sharp there gentlemen!

groom and groomsmen photo outdoors in the summer wearing dark suits and bowties laughing
groom and groomsmen photo outdoors in the summer wearing dark suits and bowties laughing

The Almost First Look at St. Joseph’s Villa Richmond

We mentioned a prank, right? Matt’s groomsmen pranked their friend with a fake first look attempt. Like, someone wore a wedding dress and held his hand and everything. It was really funny. Despite that though, our Richmond couple read letters to each other before their ceremony at Saint Joseph’s Villa. Their body language is everything in this next photo. These two are so happy and excited to be married. Also, Anna, thank you so much for wearing mint green nail polish. It really brought out the colors in the next photo. Hint: the very last photo in this section is the prank.

elegant summer wedding. couple reading letters instead of first look at wedding
couple reading letters instead of first look at wedding
couple reading letters instead of first look at wedding
Here it is!

Ok guys, it is time for their ceremony. Similarly to one of our previous Richmond couples with a Summer VMFA wedding, Anna and Matt chose to have their ceremony at Saint Joseph’s Villa.

bride and father entering ceremony - photo of long veil with lace cathedral length
wedding ceremony at Saint Joe's Villa in RVA
wedding ceremony at St. Joseph's Villa in Richmond
wedding ceremony at St. Joseph's Villa Church in Richmond
wedding ceremony at Saint Joseph's Villa in RVA
just married first kiss photo of couple in St. Joe's Villa Church in RVA

Yay, you two! As the guests headed to cocktail hour, we took a few minutes with our newlyweds to get some portraits of just the two of them. Aren’t they cute?

virginia museum of fine arts wedding photo

Formal Portraits in the Garden: Elegant & Totally Romantic

As Matt is stationed in Hawaii, he wanted to incorporate that into their elegant summer wedding day. So, our bride and groom wore leis. We love it when our couples add little meaningful touches like this throughout their celebration.

richmond wedding in june
summer wedding in june outdoor photo of couple by red sculpture
photos of bride and groom kissing and laughing
june wedding at vmfa in richmond with bride and groom outdoors in front of red flame sculpture
bride and groom on bridge in rva

We love it how our bride just melts into her hubby in this one. It really is moments like this that make our job as Richmond wedding photographers so meaningful.

black and white wedding photo of couple outside of vmfa
happy bride and groom portrait photo in richmond
couple wearing leis after wedding ceremony at virginia museum of fine arts in rva
wedding portraits outdoors
june wedding in rva
couple wearing leis at richmond wedding in the summer
june wedding at vmfa in richmond with bride and groom outdoors in front of red flame sculpture
photo of couple laughing at VMFA wedding venue in the summer
richmond wedding in the summer in virginia
vmfa wedding
couple outside with red and green backdrop
bride and groom with red and green museum sculpture art backdrop outdoors in virginia
june wedding at vmfa in richmond with bride and groom outdoors in front of red flame sculpture
june wedding in virginia at museum venue in richmond. elegant summer wedding photo ideas by sarah & dave photography, richmond wedding photographer
rva wedding venue in the summer
june wedding at the vmfa virginia museum of fine arts wedding. elegant summer wedding in june. stella york wedding dress. the black tux pin dot tuxedo. richmond wedding in june.
elegant summer wedding in virginia
couple smiling

Oh, and did we mention that we aren’t all serious and cute over here? Fun wedding party photo ideas coming right up!

wedding party photo
summer wedding party photo at the vmfa
elegant summer wedding in richmond with gray purple bridesmaid dresses

Did you catch the groomsmen playing rock, paper, scissors? Or, was that secret handshake?

june wedding in rva - formal portrait of wedding party
wedding party photo outside of vmfa in june
june wedding in virginia

VMFA Wedding Reception: Modern Decor in White and Pink at The Marble Hall

The Marble Hall at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is definitely one of our favorite Richmond VA wedding venues. In fact, it made our list of Top Ten Favorite RVA Venues. And, it was a perfect match for our couple’s light pink, gold, and grey wedding reception decor.

geometric pink and gold neutral wedding decor theme
white and gold seating chart wedding sign
globe guest book in gray and blue teal and geometric shape escort cards seating arrangement in gold
table centerpieces numbers and floral arrangements
elegant summer wedding. colorful wedding reception decor with nearly neutral theme
white and gold wedding cake from rva cake artist
mostly white wedding flowers centerpieces and globe wedding guest book decor at colorful vmfa wedding venue
modern wedding cake topper in gold and geometric design by richmond wedding cake bakery at the vmfa, marble hall

There is nothing better than a bunch of groomsmen serenading the bride alongside the groom. Their song of choice was totally from the Backstreet Boys, and it brought so many happy tears and 90s nostalgia.

elegant summer wedding at the virginia museum of fine arts by richmond wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. photo of groomsmen and groom serenading bride at wedding reception in the marble hall

What else makes a great wedding reception? A live band, of course! The Mashup Band with East Coast Entertainment had the dance floor packed the entire time. There was not a lull in the party the entire night!

elegant summer wedding photos. fun couple dancing photo
elegant summer wedding photos. fun couple dancing photo

Coordinator | Jessica Moneymaker Events

Flowers | Terry White

Hair | Leona Cooper

Makeup | Hertel Beauty

Wedding Dress | Stella York from Tiffany’s Bridal

Alterations | AG Alterations

Bride’s Shoes | Betsey Johnson

Perfume | Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Bridesmaids Dresses | Azazie

Groom & Groomsmen Attire | The Black Tux

Wedding Cake | Kadi Bakes

Videographer | Rob McKenney

Music | The Mashup Band

Invitations | Vista Print

Rentals | Party Perfect

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