It was a rainy morning when we made the drive to Katie & Royal’s wedding at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA but that wasn’t going to keep this couple from celebrating like the sun was shining! We began the day with Katie and her bridesmaid’s while they finished makeup, exchanged gifts and got dressed in the lavish Governor’s Suite. The room was full of laughter as everyone prepared for the upcoming ceremony, and of course the Father of the Bride seeing his daughter for the first time is always a special moment we love to capture. This time though it felt even more special as you could tell Katie and her dad were trying their hardest to hold back tears of happiness.
Katie and Royal were married at Sts. Helen and Constantine Greek Orthodox Cathedral during a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony. Being a part of a wedding rooted in such meaningful traditions made for a special celebration. You’ll see pictures below of when the couple is presented with two crowns that are attached by a white ribbon symbolizing unity between the couple. Following this, the couple is led around the altar three times as a ritual dance representing the couples first steps as a married couple. We were honored to capture the beginning of Katie and Royal’s life together. Enjoy looking through Katie and Royal’s special day and be sure to check back for part two featuring their reception tomorrow!
We were thrilled to be able to use the balcony attached to the suite for pictures, which resulted in stunning bridal portraits of Katie, capturing her simple elegance! One of my favorite details was her lace dress with a keyhole back and cap sleeve that encompassed a 1920’s glamour!
Special thanks to each of these vendors for contributing to this beautiful wedding:
Photographer: Aaron Watson Photography
Venue: The Jefferson Hotel
Ceremony Venue: Sts. Helen and Constantine Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Officiant: Father Bacalis
Florist: The Jefferson Hotel
Wedding Planner: Lindsay Averette of LK Events & Design
Caterer: The Jefferson Hotel
Wedding Cake: The Jefferson Hotel
Invitations and Programs: The Dandelion Patch
DJ/Band: Hipshack of Sam hill Entertainment
Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm
Groom’s Wear: Brooks Brothers