Charming Summer Wedding at the Civil War Museum | RICHMOND

photography

July 23, 2019

charming summer wedding at the American Civil War Museum and historic tredegar ironworks in richmond by rva and central virginia wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography

Charming Summer Wedding at the Civil War Museum & Tredegar Ironworks :: Kit + Chris

This Charming Summer Wedding at the American Civil War Museum with Kit and Chris was basically all that our summer dreams are made of. Like, Black Eyed Susan florals and elegant white and light grey bridesmaid dresses. Indigo blue groomsmen attire with pale blue and yellow striped bow ties. Clean sweeps of tulle paired with old gray doors at Tredegar Ironworks to create pretty, yet simple ceremony decor. Literally, this venue is one of our favorite places in Richmond. Oh, and did we mention their banquet style reception? The long table settings create space for some of the best conversations between friends and family. Little twinkly bistro lights added to the summery atmosphere. Literally, if we had the time to plan the perfect outdoor June soirée, this RVA wedding would be our inspiration.

Kit and Chris, we loved being your Richmond Wedding Photographer. Being there to photograph all of your charming summer wedding moments was simply the best. We hope you enjoy looking through these as much as we do!

Getting Ready at The Jefferson Hotel | Downtown Richmond

wedding invitation suite flatlay with carly reed designs invites and lillian west wedding dress flatlay
lillian west wedding dress hanging at the jefferson hotel and richmond makeup artist with bride during getting ready photos
lillian west wedding gown at the jefferson hotel in richmond va and getting ready bridal photos at the historic rva wedding venue

So, did you know that Richmond VA can be a destination wedding venue location? If you or your fiancé loves history as much as our groom, it may actually be the perfect match for your I do’s.

We met our couple through their wedding planner, The Hive Wedding Collective. Remember Cait and Phil’s wedding at Seven Springs Farm? Yeah, they’re the magical brilliance behind that stunning day. Specifically, Heather led the show at Seven Springs and Noelle was the mastermind behind Kit and Chris’s Civil War Museum wedding here. Now you see why they’re one of our favorite wedding planners in the Richmond area.

Our Tredegar couple flew into Richmond VA from their Colorado home for a mid-October fall engagement session. Their historic Virginia wedding venue meant so much to them that we knew including it into their engagement photos was top priority. Fortunately, we were able to schedule it on a weekend when they had all their wedding meetings. As a result, their family was with them the entire time. So, we were lucky enough to get the chance to meet our bride and groom’s parents while photographing their Libby Hill engagement photos. It was extra special walking into their hotel room at The Jefferson on the morning of their wedding day. Because, not only did we already have the opportunity to have gotten to know our couple, but also their family.

elegant, untamed bridal bouquet of greenery, black eyed susans, creamy white, and pastel light blue by amanda burnette floral design - richmond florist
lillian west wedding dress, bridal shoes, and black and white getting ready photo at the jefferson hotel in downtown rva
bride and mother of the bride getting ready photo at the jefferson hotel in richmond rva
wedding invitations flatlay on lillian west wedding gown and photo of wedding rings and pink purple engagement ring on florals by richmond and central virginia wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
wedding ring set and colorful gold engagement ring on lillian west wedding gown by virginia wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
getting ready at the jefferson hotel, historic wedding venue in downtown richmond
getting ready with bride, flower girl, mom, and bridesmaid at the jefferson hotel in richmond va. her little curls are so cute in this one.

Kit’s Bridal Look

Oh my goodness, isn’t their little flower girl so adorable in this one? Her little curls and flower girl outfit that matched our bridesmaids were just too cute to pass up capturing this moment. Also, props to our gorgeous RVA bride for picking the most perfect neutral wedding color palette that matched the getting ready venue so well! You guys, we have seen some of the prettiest wedding dresses from David’s Bridal to Kleinfeld. And, this one from Urban Set is so pretty. The scalloped hemlines of Kit’s Lillian West wedding gown were just the perfect touch.

getting ready photos at the jefferson with bride, bridesmaid, and mother of the bride alongside bridal portrait photo - close up of yellow, white, light blue, and wild greenery wedding flower bouquet
bridal shoes - wedding detail photos at the jefferson hotel for kit and chris's charming summer wedding at tredegar ironworks
wedding ring trio and flower girl - wedding detail photos at the jefferson hotel for kit and chris's summer wedding at tredegar ironworks
bride's bouquet of black eyed susans and wild greenery with classy white ribbon handle by amanda burnette floral design and bride getting ready - wedding detail photos at the jefferson hotel for kit and chris's summer wedding at tredegar ironworks
cute bridal portrait with kit just outside of the jefferson hotel in richmond virginia

Wedding Florals Inspiration

Our bride’s one request for her Richmond wedding day flowers was to include Black Eyed Susans as a shout out to her Maryland roots. And y’all, Amanda Burnette Floral Designs delivered. Our totally cool Richmond bride greeted me at The Jefferson hotel that morning wearing old bay socks before she got ready. We were feeling the Maryland love and the Richmond love from the moment we got there!

black and white formal bridal photo outside of the jefferson hotel in richmond
bride and bridesmaids photo at historic tredegar ironworks
wedding party portrait at tredegar in richmond va - white and light grey revelry bridesmaid dresses were perfect for this charming summer wedding
wedding party portrait at tredegar in richmond va - white and light grey revelry bridesmaid dresses were perfect for this intimate summer wedding in june

Aren’t they gorgeous? We loved the light grey and white bridesmaid dresses from Revelry. They matched beautifully alongside the little pops of yellow in their wedding flower bouquets. Kit’s RVA wedding florist was Amanda Burnette of Amanda Burnette Floral Designs. She brought some killer vibes for this charming summer wedding! The untamed greenery and florals paired so well with our couple’s casual, yet elegant wedding day theme.

wedding party photo with bride and bridesmaids in front of brick facade laughing

The Guys

Speaking of gorgeous, our RVA groom and groomsmen’s attire from Meguin Tuxedos was also epically charming. Chris’s light yellow and white stripe bowtie and his guys’s light blue and white stripe bowties were the perfect accessory.

groom getting ready wearing menguin tuxedos outside of historic tredegar ironworks in richmond rva virginia
groom looking up buttoning shirt wearing menguin tuxedo in front of brick facade at historic tredegar in richmond rva virginia
getting ready photos with chris - richmond groom for historic tredegar wedding in the summer
closeup of elegant greenery and white boutonniere, indigo blue menguin tuxedos for groom, and pale yellow and white striped bow tie - chris's attire was perfect for his civil war museum wedding in the summer
wedding party photos outside of the civil war museum at historic tredegar ironworks in richmond virginia - groom and groomsmen photo

Oh, if walls could talk, we are more than positive that this historic brick facade at Tredegar Ironworks would have some great stories.

wedding party photo at civil war museum and historic tredegar ironworks in richmond rva virginia with our groom, chris, and his groomsmen - all are wearing indigo blue menguin tuxedos and pastel colored striped bowties
charming summer wedding at historic tredegar ironworks and civil war museum - photo of wedding party - groom and groomsmen in front of brick wall wearing indigo suits, brown leather shoes, and pale yellow and light blue and white striped bowties by richmond rva and central virginia wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography

First Look Photos at Historic Tredegar

Oh my goodness, y’all. You will love the first look photos. These two are just so in love and joy-filled! Oh, and can we talk about Chris’s light yellow and white bowtie again? We love this light and bright wedding color scheme.

first look photo at civil war museum wedding in june
first look photo at civil war museum wedding in june
first look photo at civil war museum wedding in june
first look photo at civil war museum wedding in june
first look photo at civil war museum wedding in june
first look photo at civil war museum wedding in june
first look photo at civil war museum wedding in june
first look photo at civil war museum wedding in june
first look photo at civil war museum wedding in june
first look photo at charming summer wedding at the civil war museum + historic tredegar in june by richmond rva and central virginia wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bride and groom formal portrait at historic tredegar and civil war museum wedding in the summer
bride and groom formal portrait at historic tredegar and civil war museum wedding in the summer
first look photo at charming summer wedding at the civil war museum + historic tredegar in june by richmond rva and central virginia wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography

Formal Portraits at Brown’s Island

Isn’t our Richmond couple totally cute? Let’s get away for some formal portraits for a few minutes. This little brick arch just outside of the American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar was a great spot to begin. Next, we headed across the museum toward Brown’s Island to get some fresh, greenery backdrop and water views of the James River. The old railroad bridge in the background added the perfect industrial inspired edge that we needed to match Kit and Chris’s charming summer wedding theme. Besides the Belle Isle Suspension Bridge, the Potterfield Memorial Bridge is another way to walk from RVA over the James River. And, we’ll take any excuse to include it in engagement and wedding photos.

fun - yet formal portraits at brown's island in richmond va with rva couple in june
fun - yet formal portraits at brown's island in richmond va with rva couple in june
fun - yet formal portraits at brown's island in richmond va with rva couple in june
fun - yet formal portraits at brown's island in richmond va with rva couple in june
fun - yet formal portraits at brown's island in richmond va with rva couple in june and their cute dog
charming summer wedding at the American Civil War Museum and historic tredegar ironworks in richmond by rva and central virginia wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography - our bride's veil in this one is GLORIOUS <3
kiss kiss - fun - yet formal portraits at brown's island in richmond va with rva couple in june
fun - yet formal portraits at brown's island in richmond va with rva couple in june and their cute dog with its cute little puppy floral crown necklace collar

Also, their dog Koozie was a part of their first look. And, she made an appearance on their wedding favors (which were koozies! Hahah).

fun - yet formal portraits at brown's island in richmond va with rva couple in the summer
fun - yet formal portraits at brown's island in richmond va with rva couple in the summer

Light and Bright Wedding Party Photos

Ok, so before we get to the wedding ceremony, let’s sneak in some wedding party photos right outside of our couple’s American Civil War Museum wedding venue. Rough, jagged lines, tiny brushes of green, and the industrial type look of Tredegar was a great backdrop for the crisp, clean lines of this crew. Also, the little flower girls and ringbearer’s reactions here are just too much! We’d be lying if we said we weren’t all smiles behind the lens.

outdoor wedding party photos with indigo blue menguin tuxedos and light grey and white revelry bridesmaid dresses attire at american civil war museum wedding at historic tredegar ironworks in richmond rva virginia by wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography "charming summer wedding with kit and chris in june"
outdoor wedding party photos with indigo blue menguin tuxedos and light grey and white revelry bridesmaid dresses attire at american civil war museum wedding at historic tredegar ironworks in richmond rva virginia by wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
outdoor wedding party photos with indigo blue menguin tuxedos and light grey and white revelry bridesmaid dresses attire at american civil war museum wedding at historic tredegar ironworks in richmond rva virginia by wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography - black and white photo

Elegant Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at the Civil War Museum

Kit and Chris’s entire summer wedding day felt so natural. From the couple to the wedding party and their guests, it was easy to sense how relaxed everyone was. Even their hotel room was full of laughter alongside all of those fancy dresses! Basically, we could not have asked for a more beautiful mild day in June.  Noelle at The Hive Wedding Collective, Urban Set Bride, Tredegar Weddings, Amanda Burnette Floral Designs, Mosaic Catering & Events, Rudy Lopez, and Rent-e-quip really worked their magic for this one.

wedding reception decor and details photos - welcome sign and wooden chairs with white upholstered seats and paper fan of wedding day schedule - list of events - and dark blue navy bows - super cute outdoor summer wedding decoration inspiration with so much southern charm
wedding reception decor and details photos -  photo of paper fans of wedding day schedule - list of events - and dark blue navy bows - one of our favorite decoration ideas for wedding ceremony with so much southern charm
charming summer wedding at the civil war museum and historic tredegar in june - richmond virginia rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography - photo of ceremony decor - wedding program + paper fan with wooden stick and cute dark blue ribbon bows and flower girls wearing flowy light grey skirts and white tops and ringbearer wearing indigo dark blue romper shorts outfit with suspenders and button up white shirt - so adorable!!!
charming summer wedding at the civil war museum and historic tredegar in june - richmond virginia rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography - photo of ceremony decor - flower girls wearing flowy light grey skirts and white tops and ringbearer wearing indigo dark blue romper shorts outfit with suspenders and button up white shirt - so adorable!!! - black and white photo
civil war museum wedding in the summer - bride walking down aisle at historic tredegar ironworks and groom smiling at his future wife - this is one of our favorite moments during the ceremony
richmond va bride walking down the aisle at tredegar wedding in rva in june in the summer. huge smile :)
richmond virginia bride walking down the aisle at civil war museum wedding and historic tredegar ironworks venue in the summer - june - with father dad
bride hugging father dad during ceremony - so sweet
charming summer wedding at the civil war museum + historic tredegar ironworks in richmond rva virginia - wedding ceremony - by richmond and central virginia wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
civil war museum wedding in the summer - june - at historic tredegar ironworks in richmond rva virginia - outdoor wedding ceremony
civil war museum wedding in the summer - june - at historic tredegar ironworks in richmond rva virginia - outdoor wedding ceremony - first kiss as married couple - groomsman laughing
civil war museum wedding in the summer - june - at historic tredegar ironworks in richmond rva virginia - outdoor wedding ceremony
bride smiling - outdoor wedding ceremony at historic tredegar ironworks in richmond rva virginia - black and white photo
just married photo of couple walking down the aisle at their outdoor wedding ceremony in richmond - the perfect moment
couple walking dog (dog is wearing cute floral + greenery garland crown collar necklace and looking down) - black and white photo

Outdoor Wedding Reception with Historic Vibes

Cool colors and crisp lines created the base for Kit and Chris’s historic, yet industrial inspired Tredegar wedding with southern roots. Bright Black Eyed Susans popped throughout the fresh greenery and light blue and white florals. Pale grey and white striped table cloths accompanied elegant table settings. And, tobacco boxes accompanied simple floral arrangements as centerpieces. Oh, and pie took the place of wedding cake and somehow Mosaic Catering snuck in pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes. Did we mention how much in heaven we were?

charming summer wedding at the American Civil War Museum and historic tredegar ironworks in richmond by rva and central virginia wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography - couple smiling and with hands raised walking into outdoor wedding reception
charming summer wedding at the American Civil War Museum and historic tredegar ironworks in richmond by rva and central virginia wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography - photo of wedding reception table settings, place settings, simple floral arrangements sitting on tobacco boxes, and catering menus on fancy plates
pies instead of wedding cake - GENIUS
fried green tomato salad, 4" light grey gray stripe table cloths, black eyed susans floral arrangement centerpieces and place settings - the perfect wedding reception decor for an outdoor summer wedding in richmond virginia
fried green tomato salad, 4" light grey gray stripe table cloths, black eyed susans floral arrangement centerpieces and place settings - the perfect wedding reception decor for an outdoor summer wedding in richmond virginia
fried green tomato salad, 4" light grey gray stripe table cloths, black eyed susans floral arrangement centerpieces and place settings - the perfect wedding reception decor for an outdoor summer wedding in richmond virginia
fried green tomato salad, 4" light grey gray stripe table cloths, black eyed susans floral arrangement centerpieces and place settings - the perfect wedding reception decor for an outdoor summer wedding in richmond virginia
yummy! pies instead of wedding cake are one of our favorite wedding catering ideas ever
high fiving the groom as he walks into the wedding reception smiling
our richmond couple's first dance - so sweet!
our richmond rva bride's first dance with her dad father - black and white photo

You guys, we were totally wiping away tears at this next photo. Parent – child dances cause teary eyes every single time. This moment with Kit and her dad was so, so sweet.

bride and father of the bride first dance - i can't lie; we totally cried behind the lens for this one
groom and mother of the groom dance during wedding reception - so sweet!
happy moments with the groom and his mom during their dance at the wedding reception
parents of the bride welcome the guests at the wedding reception
charming summer wedding at the american civil war museum + historic tredegar ironworks in richmond rva virginia by wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography - photo of couple during wedding reception
groomsman giving speech during wedding reception
photo of chic floral arrangements and table decor and place settings at outdoor wedding reception at the american civil war museum and historic tredegar ironworks in richmond rva virginia by wedding photographer sarah & dave photography - amanda burnette floral design was the florist
photo of chic floral arrangements and table decor and place settings at outdoor wedding reception at the american civil war museum and historic tredegar ironworks in richmond rva virginia by wedding photographer sarah & dave photography - amanda burnette floral design was the florist
photo of chic floral arrangements and table decor and place settings at outdoor wedding reception at the american civil war museum and historic tredegar ironworks in richmond rva virginia by wedding photographer sarah & dave photography - amanda burnette floral design was the florist
photo of couple laughing and talking during wedding reception speeches and toasts
photo of couple laughing and talking during wedding reception speeches and toasts
charming summer wedding at the american civil war museum and historic tredegar in richmond rva virginia by wedding photographer sarah & dave photography
charming summer wedding at the american civil war museum and historic tredegar in richmond rva virginia by wedding photographer sarah & dave photography
charming summer wedding at the american civil war museum and historic tredegar in richmond rva virginia by wedding photographer sarah & dave photography
wedding reception decor perfect for summer wedding outdoors in richmond rva virginia - talk about southern charm!
summer wedding at the american civil war museum and historic tredegar in richmond rva virginia by wedding photographer sarah & dave photography - photo of wedding reception - guests, decorations, table setting, catering, etc. banquet table.
photo of couple dancing and bride kissing smiling groom
photo of couple dancing at wedding reception
photo of couple dancing and bride dancing with friend at wedding reception
photo of father of the bride smiling at groom and talking to him
photo of people dancing, singing, and smiling at wedding reception
photo of bride and groom singing and dancing and woman dancing with hands raised
photo of bride and her dad smiling and hugging and someone taking a photo of them with their phone
photo of people dancing and hugging
photo of people dancing and twirling
photo of people dancing and singing
glow stick send off at the end of wedding reception
glow stick send off at the end of wedding reception - bride and groom kissing - bride is holding koozie wedding favor - charming summer wedding at the civil war museum by richmond va rva wedding photographer sarah & dave photography

Getting Ready Venue | The Jefferson Hotel

Ceremony and Reception Venue | American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar Ironworks

Planning | The Hive Wedding Collective

Wedding Dress | Lillian West gown by Urban Set Bride

Florals | Amanda Burnette Floral Design

Hair & Makeup | Brideface Richmond

Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music | Kari Smith Music

Reception DJ | Rudy H. Lopez

Catering | Mosaic Catering & Events

Bridesmaid Dresses | Revelry

Groom and Groomsmen’s Attire | Menguin Tuxedos

Pies and Groom’s Cake | Melissa’s Simply Sweet

Rentals | Rent – E – Quip

Invites | Carly Reed Designs

You May Also Like…

Classic New Year’s Eve Wedding at Monumental Church in Richmond

Woodgrain and Greenery Seven Springs Farm Wedding

Romantic Branch Museum and Saint Bridget’s Church Wedding

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *