Flower Full Dover Hall Wedding | RICHMOND RVA

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February 18, 2020

dover hall wedding. christine and dallas. in january. in winter. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography

Romantic Dover Hall Wedding in January | CHRISTINE + DALLAS

I met Christine and Dallas through my sweet long time friend Amanda. Christine grew up loving fairytales and the classic Disney films, like Beauty and the Beast. So, it should come as no surprise that their romantic Dover Hall wedding was the epitome of a Disney movie fairytale. Lush pink petals and rose vines trailed the grand staircase of their Manakin-Sabot, Virginia wedding venue. Antique keys and dusty rose ribbon place cards escorted the way to a luxurious pink and cream table setting. Similarly, the gold bridal suite (aka: the color of Belle’s dress) where Christine got ready in at Dover Hall Estate was the icing on the cake.  Every aspect of their wedding day was just perfection, from the perfect 60 degree day in January, to the snowy send-off at the end of the night.

Sweetly Pink Pre-Wedding Moments in the Bridal Suite With Our Bride

What’s better than glamming it up in Dover Hall’s bridal suite with RVA hair and makeup artist, Jennifer Saunders? Y’all, there is so much to love about this wedding venue.

Our bride started off her wedding day with this gorgeous view and a champagne toast with her bffs right before spending some time with her mom and maid of honor sister getting ready.

badgley mischka shoes. bride getting ready photo. makeup and hair artist in rva. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
badgley mischka shoes. bride getting ready photo. makeup and hair artist in rva. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
badgley mischka shoes. bride getting ready photo. makeup and hair artist in rva. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bridal jewelry. prewedding day detail photo of hair accessory. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.
bridal perfume in a pink bottle and white beaded purse. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bride and wedding party in bridal suite at dover hall estate. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
wedding invites with pink, cream and sage wedding colors. vintage key. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bride getting ready with mom and bridesmaid in bridal suite at dover hall estate. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bride getting ready with mom and bridesmaid in bridal suite at dover hall estate. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
wedding dress and hair clip. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bridal perfume in a pink bottle and white beaded purse and bride getting ready. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
wedding dress in bridal suite at dover hall estate. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bride getting ready with mom and bridesmaid in bridal suite at dover hall estate. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bride getting ready with mom and bridesmaid in bridal suite at dover hall estate. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bride getting ready with mom and bridesmaid in bridal suite at dover hall estate. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bride getting ready with mom and bridesmaid in bridal suite at dover hall estate. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bride getting ready with mom and bridesmaid in bridal suite at dover hall estate. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
badgley mischka wedding heels in white. closed toe. with pink roses and rose petals. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bride getting ready with mom and bridesmaid in bridal suite at dover hall estate. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bridal perfume in a pink bottle and white beaded purse. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bride getting ready with mom and bridesmaid in bridal suite at dover hall estate. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
jeweled crystal hair accessory. hair clip. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bride getting ready and wedding ring set with flowers. side by side photos. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.
bride getting ready and wedding heels with flower bouquet. side by side photos. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bride hugging parent dad in bridal suite at dover hall estate. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bride getting ready photo beside photo of wedding dress hanging from chandelier in dover hall bridal suite. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography

Shhhh…. here comes the reveal!

surprising bridesmaids with a reveal. bridal reveal photo at dover hall. prewedding day detail photo. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography

Yay! You look so stunning, Christine!

romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.
bride and wedding party photo indoors at dover hall estate in rva in january. winter. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
bride and wedding party photo indoors at dover hall estate in rva in january. winter. by richmond va wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.

Bridal Portrait Session in the Bridal Suite: Classic, Timeless, and Romantic

The parlor room and the bridal suite at Dover Hall Estate have this great window light that’s just perfect for some classic, timeless bridal portraits. Our RVA bride’s floral bouquet and wedding theme fit in perfectly with this space. Oh, and we cannot get enough of the photo of her grinning really big on the yellow sofa. It’s definitely one of our favorites from this part of the day.

classic timeless bridal portrait at dover hall. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. winter. january. fairytale wedding. disney inspired theme.
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.
classic timeless bridal portrait at dover hall. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. winter. january. fairytale wedding. disney inspired theme.
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.
classic timeless bridal portrait at dover hall. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. winter. january. fairytale wedding. disney inspired theme.
classic timeless bridal portrait at dover hall. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. winter. january. fairytale wedding. disney inspired theme.
classic timeless bridal portrait at dover hall. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. winter. january. fairytale wedding. disney inspired theme.
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.
So cute!
classic timeless bridal portrait at dover hall. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
wedding rings. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
classic timeless bridal portrait at dover hall. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. winter. january.
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.
classic timeless bridal portrait at dover hall. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. winter. january. fairytale wedding. disney inspired theme.

Cool Getting Ready Moments in the Billiards Room With Our Groom

While the bridesmaids got ready in one section of the venue, the groomsmen got ready in another: the billiards room. You’ve got to see this space; it’s so cool. It has animal print, a sleek leather couch, and a huge pool table. It made for some really neat getting ready indoor type photos for our groom and his squad, which we followed up with more photos outside beneath the pergola. This day looked so stunning from every angle. Dave knocked these photos out of the park.

groom getting ready in the billiards room at dover hall estate for january wedding. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
groom getting ready in the billiards room at dover hall estate for january wedding. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
groom getting ready in the billiards room at dover hall estate for january wedding. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
groom getting ready in the billiards room at dover hall estate for january wedding. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
groom getting ready in the billiards room at dover hall estate for january wedding. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
groom getting ready in the billiards room at dover hall estate for january wedding. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
groom getting ready in the billiards room at dover hall estate for january wedding. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
groom and wedding party in the billiards room at dover hall estate for january wedding. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
groom and wedding party outdoors at dover hall estate for january wedding. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
groom and wedding party outdoors at dover hall estate for january wedding. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
Looking ready for GQ, y’all.
groom and wedding party outdoors at dover hall estate for january wedding. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.

Their Indoor Ceremony in the Ballroom

Dover Hall has this grand staircase into the ballroom that’s perfect for some formal portraits (check out the first image in this post). It also doubles as an entrance into the ballroom, where our couple’s ceremony took place. We love this view looking at the bride and her dad walking down the aisle and seeing everyone’s reaction.

classic timeless bridal portrait at dover hall. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
wedding ceremony in the ballroom at dover hall. walking down the aisle. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.
wedding ceremony in the ballroom at dover hall. walking down the aisle. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.

Oh my gosh, we mentioned that this day was straight romance, right? The trailing roses, towering florals, candles, and cream everything was just so dang beautiful.

wedding ceremony in the ballroom at dover hall. groom watching bride. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
This one is making us get all teary eyed.
wedding ceremony in the ballroom at dover hall. walking down the aisle. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
wedding ceremony in the ballroom at dover hall. groom watching bride walking down the aisle. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
wedding ceremony in the ballroom at dover hall. bridesmaids watching bride walking down the aisle. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
wedding ceremony in the ballroom at dover hall. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
wedding ceremony in the ballroom at dover hall. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
wedding ceremony in the ballroom at dover hall. lighting the unity candle. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
wedding ceremony in the ballroom at dover hall. saying vows. exchange of vows. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
wedding ceremony in the ballroom at dover hall. going in for the first kiss married. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
wedding ceremony in the ballroom at dover hall. saying i do. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
wedding ceremony in the ballroom at dover hall. married couple alert! by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
yayyyyy! by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.

You’re married; you did it! Congratulations to our newest #sarahanddavephotography newlyweds!

bride and groom walking down the aisle at dover hall estate. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.

Formal Portraits: Outdoors and Indoors

Dover Hall has a ton of great spots for photos. Because the weather was so awesome, we took full advantage outdoors and indoors and got some pictures in the ballroom, on the staircase, in the courtyard, on the lawn, on the balcony, and at the front entrance. Of course, we had to include the name of their RVA wedding venue in their formal portrait session. A funny moment that happened here was when Christine wanted to get one with all of the groomsmen swooning over her ring. Their reactions made us laugh so hard.

bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.
This one reminds us so much of Beauty and the Beast.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
So in love!
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.
bride and groom formal portraits with wedding party at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits with wedding party at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits with wedding party at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
bride and groom formal portraits with wedding party at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.
bride and groom formal portraits with wedding party at dover hall estate. by sarah & dave photographer, richmond rva wedding photographer.

Their Indoor Reception in the Ballroom: Romantic, Fairytale Inspired Wedding Theme

After the wedding ceremony, the ballroom was transformed into this romantic Dover Hall wedding reception that’s literally straight out of our dreams. Vintage decor, like mercury glass candle holders, silver trays for name cards, gold skeleton keys, and about a million roses filled all of the table settings. It was so pretty. The crew at Dover Hall Estate, Belles & Whistles, and Tourterelle Floral Design did an amazing job with this one.

romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.
fairytale wedding reception at dover hall in pink and cream. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.
fairytale wedding reception at dover hall in pink and cream. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
fairytale wedding reception at dover hall in pink and cream. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
fairytale wedding reception at dover hall in pink and cream. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
fairytale wedding reception at dover hall in pink and cream. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
fairytale wedding reception at dover hall in pink and cream. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
fairytale wedding reception at dover hall in pink and cream. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
first dance at dover hall wedding. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photographer.
first dance at dover hall wedding. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photographer.
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.
first dance at dover hall wedding. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photographer.
fairytale wedding theme decor at dover hall estate. by rva richmond wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
bride and groom first dance at dover hall estate in the ballroom. by rva richmond wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
fairytale wedding theme decor at dover hall estate. by rva richmond wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
bride first dance with her dad. by rva richmond wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
bride and her dad dancing in the ballroom at dover hall wedding in january. winter. by rva richmond wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
groom and mom dancing. first dance. in dover hall estate ballroom. by rva richmond wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
groom and mom dancing. first dance. in dover hall estate ballroom. by rva richmond wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. classic wedding theme. fairytale inspired. disney inspired at dover hall estate.
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography. pink rose and vintage key name cards. tablescape. table setting.
couple listening to speeches at dover hall wedding reception. by rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
couple listening to speeches at dover hall wedding reception. by rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
wedding cake at dover hall wedding reception. by rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
couple cutting cake. by rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
cake cutting. by rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
fairytale wedding theme. disney wedding theme. pink and cream. banquet table. by rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
dover hall wedding reception. by rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
people dancing at dover hall wedding reception. by rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
people dancing at dover hall wedding reception. by rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
people dancing at dover hall wedding reception. by rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
people dancing at dover hall wedding reception. by rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
people dancing. by rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
people dancing at dover hall wedding reception. by rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
people dancing at dover hall wedding reception. by rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
people dancing at dover hall wedding reception. by rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography.
romantic dover hall wedding in january. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
How epic is this one?! Y’all, they were like this the whole night. We love our #sdcouples so much.

The Grand Exit: Fake Snow Send Off

The temperature today was 60 degrees with sun, so of course, there wasn’t actual snow here. But y’all, the fake snow used here was so cool! It wasn’t real, so our bride wasn’t freezing as she and her HUSBAND made their grand exit. Oh, and we made sure to get the Dover Hall sign in the backdrop, because their Richmond venue is just the coolest. Dover Hall, we’ll be back in a month or so for another epic wedding day! And to our couple, y’all are the best. We wish you a life of fairytale moments and Disney dreams.

Fake snow send off. grand exit at dover hall. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
Fake snow send off. grand exit at dover hall. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography
Fake snow send off. grand exit at dover hall. by richmond rva wedding photographer, sarah & dave photography

Planning | Shannon Ontell and Honey Armstrong with Belles & Whistles RVA

Venue | Dover Hall Estate

Flowers | Lucia Evans-Morse with Tourterelle Floral Design

Hair & Makeup | Jennifer Saunders Bridal

Wedding Dress Designer | Martina Liana

Bridal Dress Shop | Elegance By Roya

Bridesmaids Dresses | Dessy from Brideside

Videography | Micah DeVries with DeVries Productions

DJ | John Lukehart with Black Tie Entertainment

Calligraphy | Victoria Oley with Pen and Chic

Wedding Cake | Jenny Peterson with Paradox Pastry Cafe

Bridal Shoes | Badgley Mischka

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