Vendor Spotlight | A Sharper Palate

To many people, the food being served at a wedding or event is one of the most important things and the service that goes along with it is just as essential. The polished team at A Sharper Palate is just that- exquisite, delicious food and exceptional, professional service that takes care of business from the moment you book them to the last bite and beyond! We were lucky enough to have them be a part of the Richmond Wedding Crashers Tour this year and after working alongside their team, we can only sing their praises! 

At A Sharper Palate, catering isn’t just our business, it’s our obsession. And this approach is what sets us apart from our competition. We believe that being "good enough" simply isn't good enough---both in terms of the quality of our foods and the relationships with our customers. We begin each journey with the first inquiry to our company, expanding upon the road to excellence by utilizing quality ingredients in our kitchen, revising our proposals until they are just right, and maintaining positive professionalism until the last guest has departed.

Our events team is extremely well versed in all aspects of event design and management. We work with other vendors to seamlessly integrate every detail of your event for a truly cohesive and memorable experience. While we are known as a fine off premise catering company, we can provide comprehensive event planning within and beyond the scope of Richmond as a sole service, exclusive of other services offered at A Sharper Palate.

At A Sharper Palate Catering, we believe that weddings are one of the most important events you will ever plan for. As you begin you planning journey, let us travel with you to help make your wedding day exceptional, stress free and above all, memorable.

Vendor Spotlight | Page Stationery

Receiving an invitation in the mail is typically the first glimpse you have into what that wedding or event will be like. It immediately sets the tone of the event, and allows guests the chance to envision what they think your big day will be like. The team at Page Stationery will be everything you need and more to make that happen, and we are very lucky to have them on the Richmond Wedding Crashers Team this year!

At Page Stationery, we consider it an honor to be a part of life’s monumental events, so we hold high standards for the quality of our work and the integrity of our customer service. We are artists, craftsmen and paper aficionados with high expectations of excellence when it comes to quality, service and good design. We value the strong relationships that we’ve built with our 400 retail partners who trust us to uphold high standards on every order, knowing that their clients will be happy with the end product.

Our master craftsmen run hand-fed, antique Chandler & Price platen presses, and an antique Heidelberg Windmill Press with artisanal care for all of our letterpress custom invitations, stationery, announcements and gifts. With our partners at our employee-owned parent company, Worth Higgins and Associates, we also print on state-of the art digital and offset presses combining the elegant simplicity that we are known for with rich colors, duplex printing and faster turnaround times.

Vendor Spotlight | Elle Style Studio

Every bride needs a little boost of confidence when it comes time to walk down the aisle and what better way to accomplish that then through a professional hair and makeup artist? They are there to make your day as stress free and fun as possible all the while making you look absolutely flawless when that moment finally comes and all eyes are on you. We trust the talented team at Elle Style Studio to do just that, and we are so happy to have them be a part of the 2017 Richmond Wedding Crashers Tour!

Every stylist at Elle Style Studio knows how important it is for you to look and feel beautiful on your wedding day. Our talented stylists not only make you look your absolute best, they also make you feel truly special. Elle stylists and makeup artists carefully listen to your ideas and apply their skills to achieve the look you envision for your wedding.

Bridal makeup styles range from natural, to bold, and even exotic. Hair styles vary from classic to modern trends. No matter the style, Elle will make you look absolutely gorgeous. You will have a wonderful, fun, and cheerful time with our stylists and makeup artists as they get you ready for your big day! 

Hope Taylor Photography 

Hope Taylor Photography 

Liz Fogarty Photography

Liz Fogarty Photography

Mary Otanez Photography 

Mary Otanez Photography 

Natalle Franke Photography 

Natalle Franke Photography 

Sean DeWitt Photography

Sean DeWitt Photography

Sponsor Spotlight | The Scout Guide!

Looking for local inspiration, or maybe a guide to your city’s most exclusive businesses and services? Well, look no further! The Scout Guide has everything you need to live life locally and luxuriously, and we’re so excited to have them be a part of the 2017 Richmond Wedding Crashers Tour! 

The Scout Guide (TSG) is a publication dedicated to living beautifully, living well, and living like an insider—wherever you are. We connect you with inspiration, as well as with makers and experts who can help you enhance your life, elevate your surroundings, and enjoy your community to the fullest.

In our print guides, we feature excellent independently owned businesses and business owners that both locals and travelers should know about in more than 60 cities.

Here, we share tips from our vast network of experts on everything from creating an inviting guest room to selecting personal stationery to planning a formal garden; offer inspiration for creating beautiful interiors, having a well-edited closet, giving thoughtful gifts, and entertaining in style; feature special and one-of-a-kind Scouted finds; provide travel tips from in-the-know locals; and tell in-depth stories about talented artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs.

We also offer you access to our Scouted artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs through our extensive TSG Directory, putting our carefully curated network right at your fingertips.

Michael Simon Photography 

Michael Simon Photography 

Michael Simon Photography 

Michael Simon Photography 

Michael Simon Photography 

Michael Simon Photography 

Host Venue Spotlight | Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Facility

For the past three years the Bon Secours Washing Redskins Training Camp has been one of the most popular attractions in town. And now, to add to all the commotion they have just recently opened their very own event space which we are proud to announce as our host venue for the 2017 Richmond Wedding Crashers Tour! 

The new event space at the Redskins Training Center provides a new backdrop in the Richmond Region for elegant weddings and events. Large windows overlooking the fields and also the City of Richmond skyline are an elegant feature of this beautiful space. With its urban feel and open layout the space is perfect for your guests to enjoy a wonderful day or evening at one of Richmond’s best kept secrets. On site parking is available and rarely found in the City of Richmond. Open in November of 2016, this space has already become a Richmond Favorite.

Catering provided through Mosaic,  Mama J’s Catering and Groovin Gourmets will provide the guests with a exceptional experience.  Rental includes round tables  and chairs for up to 250, while the total capacity for the space is 450.  The fields or park area located on site are also available for wedding ceremonies. Fun loving bridesmaids and groomsmen can even arrange to suit up in the locker rooms actually used by the Washington Redskins!

Conveniently located directly behind the Science Museum of Virginia with Downtown hotels nearby, the training center is easily accessed from 95 or Broad Street. Owned by EDA of The City of Richmond and proudly managed by SMG, a leader in facility management, we strive to make your day special in this truly unique venue!

Vendor Spotlight | David Abel Photography

There's nothing better than working with a group of vendors that go the extra mile to make you and your guests feel valued on your big day. And when you're working with a photographer you want to be sure they really "get" you and your partner, because their photos will be your memories for the rest of your life together. Allow David Abel Photography to be that person, his attention to detail and thoughtful intentions never go unnoticed and we're so lucky to have him as a part of the 2017 Richmond Wedding Crashers Tour!  

Since I began my business in 2006 I’ve photographed just about everything, but I always come back to weddings. The stories, emotion, and beauty of it all never cease to amaze me. I fell in love with documenting the stories of hopeless romantics like myself, people who believe that “I DO” and “for better or worse” hold meaning, and that love really does conquer all. In short I photograph weddings because it reminds me how I should love, and I want to live in a world filled with that kind of love. When my hours are not filled with my work, they are usually filled with lego towers, Disney movies, and chocolate kisses from my daughter; or planning the next great adventure with my wife (this year we’re thinking London).

Vendor Spotlight | Carly Reed Designs

Almost every bride struggles with trying to stay ahead of the latest and greatest wedding trends while also making a conscious effort to add their own personal touch. One of the easiest ways to make your big day super personable and unique is through your wedding stationery. Carly Reed Designs creates customized event stationery that allows you and your sweetheart the ability to express your personalities all the way from save-the-dates to thank you notes! 

Carly Reed Designs is a design studio specializing in wedding and event stationery run by paper fanatic, Carly Reed Walker.

My goal is to tell your love story through beautiful paper and design, with a one-on-one design process and customized attention to detail. Paper matters - your wedding invitations give guests their first look at your wedding and set the tone for the big day. I believe creating them should be a specialized experience. I offer everything from save the dates and invitation suites to day-of stationery, including programs and escort cards. My approach is to make your wedding stationery beautiful, meaningful, and original and the experience enjoyable (and maybe even a little fun)!

Katie Nesbitt Photography

Katie Nesbitt Photography

Courtney Bowles Photography

Courtney Bowles Photography

Imani Fine Art Photography

Imani Fine Art Photography

Courtney Bowles Photography

Courtney Bowles Photography

Stephanie Yonce Photography

Stephanie Yonce Photography

Imani Fine Art Photography

Imani Fine Art Photography

Courtney Bowles Photography

Courtney Bowles Photography

Vendor Spotlight | Mosaic Catering + Events

If there's anyone out there who does it all it's Mosaic Catering + Events and you can be sure they'll do it right. From catering, design and event rentals, to lighting, A/V and everything in between- these guys are your one-stop shop for all things weddings and events related. 

It is so important and often overlooked to book a caterer that understands your overall vision.  Here at MOSAIC Catering + Events, our goal is to make you feel like a guest at your own event.  We help make the process and logistics for a flawless wedding as easy as possible so that the only thing that you, your sweetheart and all of your loved ones have to think about on your big day is to enjoy each other's company and to soak it all in.  Planning your wedding should be an enjoyable and memorable experience ending with a cherished day.  We are here to bring anything you have envisioned to life!  If you have imagined it, we can create it.  

With our esteemed culinary team, we can create a memorable experience for your guests, transporting them through all of the senses.  Favorite family recipes or even restaurant dishes can be recreated in our kitchen and the customization is endless.  We will work with your wedding planner and any other vendors involved to create a seamless, fresh and beautiful event.

In addition to our outstanding culinary team, we are fortunate to have an incredibly creative production team. Anything from lighting to rentals to custom built pieces, our team can transform an entire space to create a full experience.  We offer services from simple lighting and rigging to full scale video and sound effects.  Our team here at MOSAIC will become a strong dependable ally leading up to your big day and ensure your wedding is unforgettably yours. 

Venue Spotlight | Hilton Richmond Downtown

History is never forgotten in this town, which is why we have such a soft spot for this next incredible venue. After just having gone through an 11.5 million dollar renovation the Hilton Richmond Downtown is the first of its kind in the downtown Richmond area and an excellent choice for hosting your wedding or event! 

The Hilton Richmond Downtown is housed in the former Miller & Rhoads department store, an iconic building with over 100 years of history. The building effortlessly blends modern amenities with charming historical touches like the original marble flooring and 30' ceilings. 

Our #TeamHilton vendors at Kim Moody Design, the Lighting Professors, and AFR Event Furnishings can create the gorgeous ceremony of your dreams while David Abel Photography captures every magical moment. Create a bouquet of locally-sourced flowers from Sneeds Nursery that's so beautiful you may not want to toss it to the bridesmaids! Design a custom cake with our friends at Sweet Fix and create the perfect wedding playlist with Black Tie Entertainment

David Abel Photography

David Abel Photography

With a fabulous 3,080 sq. ft. ballroom, seating up to 230 guests banquet-style, the hotel is also an ideal wedding venue in the heart of downtown Richmond. For outdoor events consider the open-air Atrium area, which can accommodate a variety of events - up to 150 theater and 200 reception. You can rely on the Hilton's professional events staff to take care of all the details, ensuring you have everything you need for a successful and memorable day. 

Vendor Spotlight | Sneed's Nursery

The gifts and services provided at Sneed's Nursery and Garden Center are just as enchanting as their flowers. It's there that you'll find the prettiest, most unique trinkets, holiday decor and knickknacks you've ever seen, and some of the friendliest people you'll ever work with. What really sets them apart from the rest though is their company's long, reputable history and genuine passion for horticulture. They encompass the true values of a "family business," and strive to make any event, big or small, one of upmost importance. You don't want to forget about these guys when planning the most important day of your life!

Flower shop philosophy:

In the summer of 2014, Sneed's was the venue for a simple, yet intimate wedding for a local couple looking to exchange vows in a unique setting.  One of our employees created a bouquet for the bride and opened our eyes to her hidden talents. Prior to Sneed's, Dana worked with well known floral designers in Charlottesville and Richmond for almost two decades.  She even operated a small floral business out of her home in Forest Hill for a few years.  Her first love has always been wedding flowers...an idea was born!  

It was written in the stars...

With the purchase of a floral cooler and a makeover for the greenhouse, our flower shop opened for business in January of 2015. Since then, we have provided flowers for weddings from Berkley Plantation in Charles City to Richmond and Charlottesville.  We have taken part in events for Borrowed & Blue at Quirk and Balliceaux, and created a hoppy arrangement for the ground breaking ceremony at Hardywood's Goochland expansion site.  

This venture opens a new door for us and allows us to serve RVA in a whole new way.   

Services provided by the flower shop found at this link:

http://www.sneedsnursery.com/services-vuku5

Flower shop philosophy:

Flowers are our business and our passion. Our love for the art of gardening is apparent in the nature inspired arrangements that we create. Relationships with our clients are at the root of our success. We want to understand your needs in order to ensure the best possible special occasion.

The flower shop is focused on providing American grown, if not locally sourced, flowers for weddings, special events, and walk ins.  Our commitment to sustainable practices means that we compost plant waste as well as recycle packing material. We limit our use of floral foam, and are always looking for new ways to reduce our environmental impact.

After Party Spotlight | Quirk Hotel

Richmonders are always on the prowl for the city's latest and greatest, and Quirk Hotel has had everyone buzzing since they opened their doors a little over a year ago! From their clean, modern decor to their hip, fun rooftop bar, it doesn't look like their trendy status is going anywhere. We were so lucky to have them a part of the tour last year and even luckier to have them return to be the official location of the 2017 Wedding Crashers Tour After Party! 

Quirk Hotel is in an ideal location in the heart of downtown Richmond’s dynamic arts and design district, surrounded by small galleries, unique boutiques, inspiring architectures and an explosive culinary scene. It’s a special neighborhood that’s convenient to downtown offices and close to all the city’s historic attractions, making this Richmond, VA hotel a perfect base to explore the city’s rapidly expanding cultural scene.

Your special day deserves an equally special backdrop. At Quirk Hotel, we provide some of the best authentic Richmond wedding venues to make your rehearsal dinner, ceremony and wedding reception everything you’ve ever dreamed. Choose from a variety of the most unique and memorable wedding sites and LGBT‐friendly locations in Virginia. Whether your wedding is small and intimate or large and grandiose, weddings here always come with perfect attention to detail, every step down the aisle.

Melissa Desjardins Photography

Melissa Desjardins Photography

We are the Mitchells Photography 

We are the Mitchells Photography 

Vendor Spotlight | Stephanie Yonce Photography

Choosing your wedding photographer is a lot like choosing your better half--the process can be agonizingly hard with lots of qualified candidates, only to find out they're not what you thought they were, or it's quick and painless and you often wonder how you got so lucky... At the end of the day all we really want is someone who can make you feel at ease and gets your sense of style, but knows how to take control. We couldn't come up with a better combination of both if we tried and are elated to welcome Stephanie Yonce back for another year with the Richmond Wedding Crashers Tour! Her infectious smile and vivacious personality are the perfect ingredients for any wedding photography experience. 

Hi! My name is Stephanie and my favorite color is rainbow (no lie - I had a rainbow wedding - it was awesome). I like to think of myself as high-spirited; I like to laugh, be silly, live generally by the mantra that life is pretty darn good. I love to work with good people, the kind of people who love others deeply, themselves confidently, and know that love comes to us all in unique, one-of-a-kind ways. 

I place a high value on my relationship with my couples and many past clients are now treasured friends. Those friendships are one of the many reasons I absolutely love my job. On the day of your wedding, I hope to show up as a dear and trusted friend rather than just your hired photographer for the day.  Can’t wait to meet each of you on the tour!

-Steph
 

Vendor Spotlight | The Proper Petal

Flowers are one of the easiest ways to bring your wedding to life. They add pops of color, elements of design and personality to your big day. We are beyond excited to have The Proper Petal joining us for another year at The Wedding Crashers Tour and showing off what they do best- taking your wedding or event to the next level and making it look absolutely stunning! 

Pattengale Photography 

Pattengale Photography 

Pattengale Photography 

Pattengale Photography 

At The Proper Petal, it's our greatest desire to provide you with exceptional floral arrangements that will take your special event to the next level. Whether it's a wedding, holiday party, reunion, fundraiser, or gathering with friends, we enjoy working with each and every customer to create a seamless, stress-free experience that will bring your vision to life. An itch for adventure, attraction to design, love for 80s tunes, and of course a passion for flowers are just a few qualities that have contributed to Kristen & Sarah's petal partner perfection. Our strength lies in our partnership. We each bring our own personal taste, style, and skills to the table and are truly able to create amazing work together. There is something invaluable about having two sets of eyes on every bouquet, bout, or centerpiece that walks out our door. We wholeheartedly believe in doing what we love and loving what we do. With that in mind, we are constantly inspired to create and explore new concepts keeping our combinations and concepts fresh and fun so that no two events will ever be the same.

Aster + Olive Photography 

Aster + Olive Photography 

Betty Clicker Photography 

Betty Clicker Photography 

Kate Ignatowski Photography

Kate Ignatowski Photography

Mary Otanez Photography 

Mary Otanez Photography 

Natalle Jayne Photography 

Natalle Jayne Photography 

Nikki Santerre Photography 

Nikki Santerre Photography 

Pinwheel Collective Photography 

Pinwheel Collective Photography 

Stephanie Yonce Photography 

Stephanie Yonce Photography