Today I have a bright & colorful chapel wedding complete with a whimsical soirée brimming with romantic lighting and personality. Andrea Caresse Lewis Photography + Design captured the magic of Heather and Christopher‘s bright & colorful June wedding through her camera’s lens and is sharing some of those images with us today, as well as a little backdrop on their colorful event.
From the photographer: The bride and groom were a joy to work with and very relaxed and flexible throughout the day. The rain kept coming without a stop, but that didn’t keep these two from having a simply gorgeous wedding. The intended garden ceremony had to be moved inside to the quaint chapel due to the rain, but it still had a beautiful vibe and atmosphere, and the rose petals helped create the same great garden feel the bride was hoping for. The Old City Cemetery Chapel has hosted several weddings, and it’s always such a great venue for couples looking for a small chapel wedding…..
After the ceremony, the reception was held in the top floor of Tresca on 8th, a fabulous wedding venue in Downtown Lynchburg, Virginia. The rustic walls and large windows are always great backdrops for receptions and weddings, and the upstairs space was simply perfect for the size of this wedding. After eating some great food and cake, the happy couple had a beautiful sunset sparkler exit, and are living happily ever after in beautiful south side Virginia!
From the bride:
How did you meet?
We both work in the same building, he started a few months after me, we worked together on a project, starting talking, and the rest is I history!
Who proposed marriage and how did that proposal happen?
He proposed at a scenic outdoor spot outside of town, we were the only ones around. He gave me a photo album of pictures and ticket stubs from things we had done together over our years together, with a picture of a ring box on the last page, then got on a knee, held out the ring and asked me to marry him.
Describe your bridal attire & overall look:
I wore a gown with an illusion neckline and intricate beading on the bodice, and a long flowy skirt, from David’s Bridal. I wore my hair in a braided crown with flowers woven into it, and natural pink-toned makeup, with my hair and make up done by Emily Garbee Harris of Body Works Day Spa and Salon, Lynchburg VA.
What inspired the wedding day outfits? I wanted a simple but classic look.
How did you decide on your venue?
We wanted to get married outdoors, so we looked at a lot of outdoor venues. The Old City Cemetery where we got married has a lot of beautiful areas and history, including a garden area. However, after all our planning, it ended up raining so hard the day of the wedding that we had to move it at the last minute to the small chapel there, which worked beautifully as well.
Where did you get the inspiration for your color palette and design?
I like lots of bright colors, I don’t like monochromatic colors schemes, so I just incorporated as many bright colors as I could. I love blue, so we used that in some of the décor, but it’s harder to get blue flowers, so we had a lot of purples and pinks in the flowers, which matched our cake, which was bright blue, pink, and purple.
Describe your decor:
We used a lot of fuchsia votive candles in simple holders, LED string lights, and small whimsical centerpieces that were unique and reflected our personalities and interests. I wanted something I hadn’t seen at every other wedding, so we did terrarium centerpieces with different things in each, with small details from our personal lives. One had a miniature TARDIS (the time traveling phone box from Doctor Who), one had BB8 in the sand (the little droid from the latest Star Wars movie), and one had a little dinosaur that we call our “love dinosaur” because we got it when we were first dating and it grew when you put it in water.
One of his roommates (who is a good friend who helped with the wedding) jokingly said, “So it’s like a metaphor for your relationship” and since then it’s been the love dinosaur. I also bought brightly colored flower petals, which was the only actual decoration we had for the ceremony location, and several bouquets of brightly colored flowers from a local grocery store the morning of the wedding.
We made the terrariums mentioned above. Also, my best friend Courtney Lund arranged all the flowers for the reception, and she did an amazing job! It looked better than I had dreamed.
Three things you’re glad you did:
1. I’m glad I had my hair and makeup done professionally, since I usually stress about doing special occasion looks myself, and end up less than thrilled with the results because my hair can be difficult to deal with, so it took a huge time suck/worry off my hands and I was able to just relax while someone else did it.
2. This may sound crazy, but the reception venue told me when we arrived that the wedding the night before had thrown away a ton of flowers, so my best friend and I went down there and dug out a bunch of perfectly good flowers that were just sitting on top of the pile. They were all more white/pale colors than I wanted, but when mixed in with the bright flowers I had bought (at the hands of my talented best friend Courtney), they filled out the arrangements, brought a nice balance and looked beautiful. One brides trash is another bride’s treasure!
3. I’m glad we didn’t sweat the small stuff, or even the big stuff, like having to move the ceremony inside at the last minute. At the end of the day, all that mattered to us was that we were (legally!) married, and that our friends and family were there to see it. It helped us stay calm and not stress the whole day because we knew everything work out one way or another.
What are some of your favorite memories of the day?
Hiding in the car with my husband right after the ceremony because it was raining and driving around the venue so the guests could leave, it was the first time in several days we had been alone together and could talk and soak in everything that was happening. Also, walking into the chapel (which I was seeing for the first time as I walked the aisle because of the last minute change of plans!) and seeing everyone gathered, and the look on my husband’s face when he saw me.
Do You have any advice for other brides?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it, most of your friends and family are ready and willing as long as you point them in the right direction. Be nice, but firm, it’s your day, so your opinion should be the rule of the day, as long as it’s not an unrealistic expectation. Don’t be too wrapped up in a single detail or idea, because you never know what could happen, just know what is the most important to you and focus on that, as well as the person you are marrying because that’s the whole point of the day!
I had always dreamed of getting married outside, but despite all my planning and best efforts, I didn’t, and it was still amazing and perfect because of who was there (the chapel was gorgeous as well so having a backup option is also a solid suggestion for outdoor ceremonies). Also, make sure you take some time on the wedding day to spend with your husband and just be in the moment, because when the day is over, the pictures and memories are what you will hold on to, and it’s a good way to start your marriage by sharing a quiet moment together just the two of you.