Vendor Spotlight | Sugar and Salt!

When it comes to your wedding day it's perfectly acceptable to have your cake and eat it too, and we hope you enjoy every bite! We're here to introduce Sugar and Salt to the 2017 Richmond Wedding Crashers Tour. Leave your guilty conscience at the door and let them help you create the perfect sweet treat for you and your guests. 

From elaborate dessert tables to dazzling wedding cakes, Sugar & Salt can make dreams come true. We are a part of Richmond's premier custom cake scene and anticipate opening the storefront in the summer of 2017. Sara Ayyash, the artist and creator, has been whipping up amazing desserts and cakes for the past 9 years. 


We deliver and set up our cakes from Northern Virginia to down in Virginia's wine country. We are dedicated to making your wedding cake as easy and worry free for you on your special day. We have worked with the majority of caterers, wedding planners and florists in Richmond and are happy to collaborate so your event has a seamless flow from start to finish.


From wedding cakes, 3D custom cakes, and baked confections to mini dessert displays and wedding favors, we have done it all. All of our products are made from the finest ingredients and custom created for each bride, groom, and special occasion. Our design and decorating skills are only surpassed by the flavors and taste we are able to create and concoct. Let us make sure your event is one to remember!
 

Vendor Spotlight | Advanced Visual Production

Have you ever wondered, or even thought about, how important audio visual requirements are for a wedding or event? Advanced Visual Production is here to tell you and we guarantee you'll never want to be without after reading! We are pleased to introduce AVP to our 2017 Richmond Wedding Crashers Tour team- keep reading to learn about all the important things they can incorporate and focus on for your big day! 

Advanced Visual Production – or AVP – provides the technology behind special events. “But why,” you might ask, “would audio-visual technology be needed for a wedding?”

Traditionally, AV services have been understood to be a part of corporate meetings, presentations, and conferences. But we’re there, hiding in to the background of the wedding, our services transparent to the attendees: the vows can be heard clearly, without anyone spotting the mic on the groom’s lapel or hidden inside the wedding dress. The processional music plays on cue, yet there are no musicians to be found. The walls of the reception venue are lit to match the invitation colors, and the father of the bride shows childhood pictures on a screen as he offers his best wishes. When these elements are professionally executed, they go almost unnoticed; our goal is to blend seamlessly in to the event, providing the supporting technology and expertise to create a customized experience that is headache-free for the wedding party and enjoyable for the guests.

In recent years, though, styles have changed, and our services have been more front-and-center. Large flatscreens display photo montages of the couple’s love story, vibrant lighting designs turn ordinary spaces in to extraordinary event venues, and cakes come alive with projected imagery that fits perfectly in to the reception theme. 

At AVP, we pride ourselves on merging our technological expertise with a strong design sense and a deep understanding of the particular needs of these once-in-a-lifetime events. We work closely with our customers to understand and execute their vision, always with an understanding that we only have one chance to get it exactly right. When we do that, we fade in to the background, having created a unique and memorable experience for guests, all focused on the bride and groom on their special day.

  Wedding Light Shoot  Vibrant lighting design customizes traditional spaces.

Wedding Light Shoot
Vibrant lighting design customizes traditional spaces.

  Seminar1, Seminar2, Seminar3  Our seminar, “Décor Lighting for Wedding Professionals” introduced Richmond planners to the techniques and technologies of lighting design, bridging the gap between lighting technologists and wedding designers.

Seminar1, Seminar2, Seminar3
Our seminar, “Décor Lighting for Wedding Professionals” introduced Richmond planners to the techniques and technologies of lighting design, bridging the gap between lighting technologists and wedding designers.

 Lighting design concepts range from subtle to showy, depending on the tastes of the bride and groom.

Lighting design concepts range from subtle to showy, depending on the tastes of the bride and groom.

  Cake Looks  Projection mapping technology can be used to create animated themed imagery on wedding cakes.

Cake Looks
Projection mapping technology can be used to create animated themed imagery on wedding cakes.

Vendor Spotlight | Debonaire Entertainment

A great wedding night is all about the experience for not only the bride and groom, but their guests as well. Make your big day one to remember with Debonaire Entertainment! Their team of professional DJ's will do whatever it takes to customize their skills to suit you and your guests throughout the entire process! 

Debonaire Entertainment's mission is to do whatever it takes to provide our clients and their guests with a great experience and outstanding customer service. Our job is to understand your needs and expectations, and the best part is we'll make them happen.

We believe that a strict adherence to our guidelines will ensure 100% customer satisfaction.  We continue to raise the bar for all of our DJs, Bands & Photo Booths.  Our goal is to be the most trusted and reliable entertainment solution for any and all events.

Visit Debonaire Entertainment to learn more about all the services they offer!

Venue Spotlight | The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design

There's nothing that represents Richmond better than a beautiful, historic venue located on Monument Avenue! We are pleased to welcome The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design back to participate in the 2017 Richmond Tour. They've participated the past two years and their historic charm and appeal has been a fan favorite time and time again! 

 Mary Otanez Photography

Mary Otanez Photography

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design is pleased to be participating in the 2016 Wedding Crashers Tour!  Built in 1919, this marvelous Tudor Revival building sits on Richmond’s beautiful Monument Avenue. Guests can expect to see stunning architectural treatments that recall an era of sophistication and elegance, when the Branch Family’s celebrations for high-society Richmond were famous.  The tradition of entertainment and enjoyment continues, with The Branch now boasting its place as a premier museum of architecture and design.  Amidst a striking architectural backdrop and stylish galleries dedicated to cutting-edge exhibitions, The Branch is the perfect space to hold your wedding.  

Inside The Branch you’ll find sunny, expansive interiors with high ceilings and rich details.  This is truly a venue unlike any other in Richmond.  Our extraordinary museum galleries include: The Long Gallery with large windows overlooking Monument Avenue, opulent chandeliers, and an intricate plaster ceiling. The Library with built-in shelves, an elaborately carved fireplace, and an exquisite barrel vault plaster ceiling. The Great Hall with its dazzling expanse of diamond pattern gothic inspired windows overlooking the back terrace and garden, a masterfully carved medieval-style wooden screen, and a monumental fireplace.  The Social Gallery with its original marble floor, limestone fireplace, and massive timber-frame ceiling.  Outside, The Branch boasts a grand picturesque garden in the back and a more formal slate forecourt in the front. 

 Mary Otanez Photography

Mary Otanez Photography

 Mary Otanez Photography

Mary Otanez Photography

 Mary Otanez Photography

Mary Otanez Photography

Visit The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design to learn more about their beautiful property and all they offer!

Vendor Spotlight | Alex Tenser Photography

There are many important things that go into a wedding in order to make it memorable and special and making sure you find the right person to capture it all is crucial. From the hidden moments you might have missed to the must-have group shots, a photographer who really gets you and your partner is a priority that can't be overlooked. That is why we're super excited to announce our first photographer of the 2017 Richmond tour, Alex Tenser! 

 Photo by  Cassie Rosch

Photo by Cassie Rosch


My goal as a wedding photographer is to create raw and artful imagery for the modern romantic that dares to be authentic. 
Chic. Swag. Legit. Just a few descriptors of some of my favorite clients and some of my favorite images. I love taking a modern approach to such a classic and timeless tradition. I compose a natural and stylish record of the day hunting down those authentic moments that validate the truth in my clients and the truth in how they love. When you view my work, my hope is that you don't just see how the day looked, more importantly my wish is that the images evoke how the day felt. Simple and bold photographs that you will want to hang on your walls and in your heart. 
I love getting to know my clients beforehand so that we can create a level of trust on the wedding day. This ensures that you feel at ease and comfortable with me and produces the environment that allows the truest version of yourselves to shine through. I'm actively involved in helping to plan the structure and timeline of the day to make sure that nothing is rushed and that we are allocating enough time for creative portraits and a calm setting. For a majority of the day, I'll be a fly on the wall. Taking a photojournalistic approach to the more intimate moments that are occurring, only stepping in to swipe a stray hair from your face or to tell you to stand in a lovely pocket of light. I'll direct family formals to keep everyone looking their best and then move into my favorite part of the day, your newlywed portrait time and the long awaited dance party!
 
Some of the best parts of a wedding are the untraditional blips that my clients infuse into their day. Quirks that scream who they are and nods to memories that helped shape them. The nuances that frame your story. There is immense beauty in the in-between. All the little bits that lead up to what you have planned. Your Dad extending his hand as you get out of the car, the wind whipping your veil into the air, the flower girl yawning during the ceremony. Those are the moments that I strive to freeze forever. 
Above everything though, my objective is to capture the joy of the day. A wedding is a celebration of decisions after all, and a huge party is the best way to say '#nailedit!' The hugs, the dance moves, the happy tears. For a lot of people, this is one of the few times in their lives that all of their friends and family will be in one space together. I love handing over a tangible and epic reminder of that notion, memories that you can hold and substance that makes you say 'This is us.' 
xo
Alex

Check out more of Alex's work here

The Scout is Out!

You heard that right! Volume 5 of The Scout Guide is out and we couldn't be more excited to share that we're featured in it AND even more so, partnering with The Scout Guide for the 2017 Richmond Wedding Crashers Tour! Keep an eye out for more on their participation with the tour, but in the meantime we hope this sweet picture of an even sweeter couple puts a big smile on your face!

A Sneak peak into our Workshop and Wine Night at Upper Shirley Vineyards!

With the 2017 Richmond tour right around the corner, we couldn't be more excited to host our upcoming workshop and wine night at Upper Shirley Vineyards! The workshop is a great way to bring our Wedding Crashers Tour vendors together and give them a glimpse of what to expect in February. And to make it even better who wouldn't want an excuse to visit Upper Shirley Vineyards, where city meets country and the views (and wine) are never ending! 

Upper Shirley Vineyards is a charming Southern estate, winery, restaurant and wedding venue placed peacefully on the banks of the James River. Just 20 minutes from the heart of downtown Richmond, Upper Shirley is located in Charles City, Virginia along Route 5 and is enveloped in a long-standing history of classic low-country hospitality. We strive to honor our land’s heritage by crafting great wine that perfectly accompanies our culinary dishes and creating memorable experiences for our tasting room guests and wedding couples alike.

Upper Shirley Vineyards creates the perfect backdrop for a romantically rural wedding. Complete with waterfront ceremony locations and a built-in inclement weather plan, Upper Shirley couples receive exclusive use of the property and all event spaces for a blissful evening ceremony and reception, and access to our seasoned in-house culinary team. Prep the day-of in our bridal suite and groom’s den as your guests begin to arrive, and dance the night away in our 275-person banquet room.

  Stephanie Yonce and LK Events & Design

Stephanie Yonce and LK Events & Design

  Stephanie Yonce and LK Events & Design

Stephanie Yonce and LK Events & Design

Learn more about Upper Shirley Vineyards and all the beautiful things they can help you create for your big day!

Vendor Spotlight | Alyson Taylor Events

We're thrilled to debut our final planner for the 2017 Richmond Wedding Crashers Tour- Taylor Batt of Alyson Taylor Events! Her talent and attention to detail speaks for itself- from classic Southern charm to elegant and ethereal, Taylor has done it all.

 Nikki Santerre Photography

Nikki Santerre Photography

Alyson Taylor Events, led by Founder and Creative Director Alyson "Taylor" Batt, is a full service event planning and design firm focused on artfully crafted and well executed experiences. Taylor creates unique, one-of-a-kind weddings and events inspired by her deep southern roots, experience in the couture bridal fashion industry, and love for interior design.  Armed with strong vendor relationships and extensive expertise, we expose our clients to the art of fine hospitality and entertaining. Our objective for each event is for it to be relaxed and chic, showcasing the client's personality and flare.  Taylor and her team work closely with each client to deliver an unparalleled experience which is possible due to her extensive and varied background in the industry, strong vendor network, and an 'out-of-the-box' creative streak.  

 Carrie Coleman Photography

Carrie Coleman Photography

 Carrie Coleman Photography

Carrie Coleman Photography

 Allison Maxwell Photography

Allison Maxwell Photography

Visit Alyson Taylor Events to learn more and start planning your big day! 

Vendor Spotlight | Classic Party Rentals

From tables and chairs to linens and china, how could anyone pull off a successful event without these key elements? Classic Party Rentals of Virginia offers quality event merchandise to help perfect any look you're going for on your big day! 

We have been in business for almost 20 years and love being in central Virginia.  The business was started to help fill a need in the area for quality rental items.  We pride ourselves on our array of inventory--some things being very unique, so please check out our selections online..  Always striving to keep current with the trends in decor and event planning, we update our rentals often. The linen room is definitely a sight to see!  

Our sales team has a variety of experience and talent (some for decades and some just starting), but all of us with a can do approach to planning the perfect event.  Intimate dinners, bridesmaids' teas, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, weddings, galas, corporate events---no event is too small or too large for us!  Having been in the area for so long, we have worked with a variety of vendors in the industry, and know how to help you with their needs as well.  We all have a positive approach to planning and love making your vision come to life.

With our main warehouse and offices in Southside and a West End showroom--we are close to you.  We can schedule an initial consultation with you to start planning, and even come out to your venue to help give you a better idea of set up.  Do not hesitate to call on us (Southside  804-743-7980or West End  804-270-9544) to schedule an appointment to get your planning started

Visit Classic Party Rentals of Virginia to see more of their awesome inventory and learn more about what they do! 

Vendor Spotlight | Isha Foss Design

It's the small details embedded in an event that make the biggest impression, and that is precisely what Isha Foss Design is all about. She and her team pride themselves on custom designs that will bring all the pieces of your big day into one big success. From floral design to eventscaping they master it all. 

I LOVE details that make sense in a setting that is just right for them. It’s even better when we can incorporate elements that are drawn from things you love.  So you can look at them after the event and they are a constant reminder of the emotion of the day.  My team and I realize that the people and the feelings are paramount, but we create the backdrop that frames your joy.  

I started as a project manager for a Fortune 500 company.  After having planned my own wedding, I successfully planned and styled weddings for hundreds of couples over the course of ten years.  Eventually I devoted myself to the details to be sure that they were carried out in the way my couples planned and dreamed.  My business and focus for the last 5 years has been bringing fresh and interesting floral elements to events from around the globe or the farm down the road.  If it elevates the occasion, we can bring it. If it doesn't exist, we can make it. My team and I provide everything from custom draping, hanging installations, and wedding party flowers, to backdrops, flower walls and linens.   Simply beautiful or over the top, we do it all -  in-house.   Events are lush, chic, and rich with texture and details. 

Vendor Spotlight | Bunn DJ Company

It's not a party until theres some good music playing. That's exactly what Bunn DJ Company brings to the table; good tunes and even better times. We're beyond excited to announce their participation in the 2017 Richmond Wedding Crashers Tour.

Bunn DJ Company is a full time DJ service owned by Frank Guertler who has been professionally DJ-ing private and nightlife events in Richmond for years (including a current residency at The Tobacco Company Club). Frank and the rest of the Bunn DJ crew in Richmond love sharing their passion for music by rocking everything from corporate casino nights to weddings.

Bunn DJ Company is located in Richmond and is staffed with working professional DJ’s who have experience rocking all types of events in Virginia.  

The DJ’s at Bunn DJ Company live to provide our clients with fist-pumping, loud-singing, dance floor-bouncing weddings. Our team consists of young DJ's who have professional experience in rocking weddings and private events of all kinds around Richmond and beyond.

Well, really we can do it all. Need great music in your store on a busy shopping day? Boom, we have you covered. Need a great DJ to mix for your club or bar? Boom, we have a DJ for that, too! 

Bunn DJ Company offers professional DJ/MC services and lighting for weddings and private events of all types in Richmond, but we love to travel too! 

Q: I see there are various Bunn DJ Company locations, where will be my DJ's be coming from?
A: Unless we are completely booked all of our DJs are located in Richmond or the greater Richmond area.

Q: What types of services can you provide?
A: We have the equipment and personnel to cover your ceremony, wedding, private event and even have lighting services to make your event stand out.

Q: Is the person we talk to the person who will be DJing our event?
A: Of course! We aren’t a booking agency, the person you meet with will be your DJ, and will be available to meet you in person at our office, via phone/Skype/FaceTime, or can come to you depending on where you're located.

"I do what I do because to me music is life, it can set the tone for an event, link a memory or provide someone with their new favorite song. I love seeing people have a great time to the music I've chosen or introduced to them and I completely believe that the right music can create the prefect atmosphere for an event. “

-Frank Guertler 

Vendor Spotlight | Richmond PhotoBooth, LLC

Is there anything more entertaining than a photo booth at a wedding or event? With all the silly props and accents to play around with it's the best way to capture all the fun memories that are made on your big day- including the ones you never even knew about. We're excited to introduce you to Richmond PhotoBooth, LLC - your one stop shop for amusement and adventure at your next important event! 

Perfect for weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, or any social occasion.  Our open air photo booth is equipped with a high quality DSLR camera, capable of taking the highest quality pictures for you and your guests.We use the best backdrops in the industry and handmade props by a local Richmond artist to make your occasion unique and special.The 4×6 or 2×6 prints are fully customizable to match your event.  Whether it’s the color to match your wedding, your corporate logo, or just a specific date, we’ll make it fit you!

Book Richmond PhotoBooth, LLC for your next big moment! 

Vendor Spotlight | Belles and Whistles

We would like to introduce two of our extremely talented planners for the 2017 Richmond tour: Jennings Whiteway and Shannon Ontell of Belles and Whistles. These ladies will be teaming up at the historic Hofheimer Building and we can't wait to see all the classy elements they incorporate into this trendy, urban venue!

 Jennings Whiteway

Jennings Whiteway

 Shannon Ontell

Shannon Ontell

Belles & Whistles is an event planning company specializing in weddings, events and other social occasions in Virginia and beyond. 

At Belles & Whistles, customer service remains at the forefront of our business.   Grounded by over 10 years of experience, we pride ourselves in building strong relationships with clients & industry professionals.  

Committed to professionalism and fun, our team goes the extra mile every time.   We promise to deliver a can-do attitude and the highest caliber service, reaching above and beyond expectations to serve you and your guests.

From Ballrooms, to rooftops, to barns and Plantations, we've designed and orchestrated a variety of unique weddings and events. Whether you are looking to plan a social event for 25, birthday bash or wedding for 400, we are vested in providing the creativity, meticulous organization, and attention to detail required to produce your  unforgettable occasion from start to finish.  Lean on us for the guidance and support you need to make your dreams come to life!

Meet the Belles' Team:

Jennings Whiteway, President

Jennings discovered her talent for planning and executing events at George Mason University but was captivated even before that, as she experienced firsthand the many complex components of a planned vision transformed into the reality of an unforgettable occasion.  After graduating with a degree in Organizational Management with a focus in Special Events and Leadership, she went on to work events in the corporate and non-profit sectors for 10 years gaining significant knowledge and valuable experience in the field of event planning.

In 2013, she combined her skills of event planning, creativity, and organization to form her personal venture, “Belles and Whistles.”

Jennings draws her creative energy from the vast culture, charm and beauty in and around Richmond.  Her attention to detail and positive attitude are at the heart of each event.   Whatever the occasion may be, Jennings carefully listens to each client’s personal vision for the event, and doesn't miss a beat in working alongside them to create the reality of a beautiful, joyful, and memorable experience.

Shannon Ontell, Event Manager

Shannon grew up in Richmond and graduated from James Madison University.  Her passion for event planning comes from her love for bringing people together.  Years of organizing various social events and celebrations for friends, her church, and family ultimately led her to find a place in the event industry.   With a keen sense of style and commitment to understanding that of each client, she finds joy in directing and executing their event vision seamlessly.  As a master of logistics and organization, no detail goes untouched under Shannon’s watch.  

Visit Belles and Whistles to see all the things these ladies can do for you on your big day!

Vendor Spotlight | Rent-E-Quip

Rent-E-Quip is your premier wedding rental vendor in Richmond, VA and the surrounding metro and Tri City area. We offer an extensive selection of tents, tablecloths, chairs, tables, decor, dance floor, china, lighting and many other items! At Rent-E-Quip, our golden rule is quality: we strive to make every item we carry something that you would be proud of and show off to all of your friends and family. 

No matter the style of your wedding, we have you covered.  We stock a complete range of items that fit any style perfectly, including rustic, farm, glam, and vintage. Our event planning specialists will guide you through the process of selecting the items that fit perfectly with your special day!

With the best possible experience in mind, we also stock many specialty items that may be hard to find elsewhere such as being the premier vendor for Aurora sailcloth style tent in Central Virginia as well as actively stocking over 20 different patterns of linen with many different color options in each pattern!

Allow Rent-E-Quip to make your dreams come true by contacting our team of specialists- we are here to help! "If we don't have it, you don't need it!"

 

 

Venue Spotlight | The Hofheimer

Richmond is all about seeking out a meaningful, historic property and making it into something new and exciting, and these days anything with a rooftop bar is an added bonus. The historic Hofheimer Building is just that; a trendy venue in the ever so popular Scott's Addition neighborhood. You can count on this unique location being the "talk of the town" for many events to come! 

The Hofheimer Building is an iconic historic venue and rooftop bar located in Scott's Addition with stunning character and unforgettable charm. 

Whether you need a space for a corporate party, wedding reception, art show or photo shoot the Hofheimer Building is an incredible space that will impress your guests and clientele. The venue is like no other in Richmond with dramatic ceilings, hardwood floors, rustic exposed brick and stunning rooftop views of Scott's Addition and downtown Richmond. 

For more information and awesome pictures of the historic Hofheimer Building visit their website at http://www.hofheimerbuilding.com/ 

Vendor Spotlight | Kim Moody Design

We would like to debut our first event planning team, Kim Moody Design! They are one of three elite teams that will showcase their exquisite talent and design skills for the 2017 Richmond Wedding Crashers Tour! 

 Kerry Mills Photography 

Kerry Mills Photography 

Kim Moody Design's mission is to plan weddings tailored to our clients' tastes by giving them access to the most elite and professional event vendor team in Virginia. By consistently working with Richmond wedding vendors, we build relationships and can give our clients a guarantee that they've got the best team on-site come the day of their wedding. We like to think of the process in a circular way, as opposed to linear, giving our clients a seamless experience. Wth Kim Moody Design, all aspects of an event are personal and unique to the couple and foster a creative environment for planners and clients alike through our passion for all things beautiful. 

 Shalese Danielle Photography / Coordination and florals by Kim Mood Design (Voted Best Bouquet of 2016 at the RVA NACEY's)      

Shalese Danielle Photography / Coordination and florals by Kim Mood Design (Voted Best Bouquet of 2016 at the RVA NACEY's)

 

 

To learn more about Kim Moody Design and all that they do, visit their website at http://www.kimmoodydesign.com/