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Classic Wedding at Bolling Haxall House in Richmond

1/06/2023

This classic wedding day at Bolling Haxall House was fun, lively, and planned with so much intention!

The Bolling Haxall House is a grand wedding venue in the heart of Richmond. Originally constructed in 1858, it’s a three-story Italian Villa-style dwelling created out of sandstone-colored stucco. Sounds pretty amazing right? Well, the interior is just as magnificent! There’s a winding staircase with a hand-carved walnut railing, and the stairs are covered with a bold red carpet. But where the magic happens at Bolling Haxall House is in the beaux-arts-designed auditorium. This space can accommodate up to 300 guests for an unforgettable wedding reception!

In fact, the grand design of Bolling Haxall House is the exact reason that my bride and groom, Mary Parker and Aritz, chose it for their wedding day. Their goal was to plan a wedding reception that blended together their two cultures while making it a full-on party for everyone in attendance. Mary Parker later told me that they danced so hard all night that they ruined their shoes. So, I say, mission accomplished!

The bride and groom were wed at St. John’s United Church of Christ. A place of worship with a staff and congregation that were ready and willing to help the couple plan the ceremony of their dreams. The interior of this church is absolutely gorgeous. You’ll get to see it in the photos below! But, its all-white walls with colorful stained glass windows created a picture-perfect setting for their late summer union. 

There were so many personal details & touches woven into this Bolling Haxal House wedding day!

The bride made all of the invitations and programs herself! The littlest members of the bridal party (the ring bearers & flower girls) flew in from different parts of the world. Isn’t that amazing? But it doesn’t stop there! The bride’s mom handmade ceramic wine goblets for the couple to use at their rehearsal dinner. While the groom’s Mom gifted the couple a set of vintage champagne flutes for their reception.

The caterer worked with Mary Parker & Aritz to create a custom menu that reflected food from both of their cultures. Their menu included a southern biscuit station, Spanish tapas, and churros. For their epic dessert station, several members of the Venezuelan community came together to bake & prep the desserts. The couple has such a loving circle of family and friends around them, and they wanted to say thank you in a big way!

They decided to finish out the night by treating their guests to a Hora Loca. If you’ve never heard of it before a Hora Loca is a Venezuelan tradition that translates to “crazy hour”. It’s an hour of absolute fun on the dance floor led by a Venezuelan DJ. The lights are strobing, the volume gets turned up on the music and the couple and their guests are handed wigs, and fun props to let loose on the dance floor. The bride and groom later counted it as one of the most fun moments of their day. Scroll through the blog below to see every moment!

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Are you planning a grand wedding at the Bolling Haxall House, or at another venue in Richmond? I would love the capture the joy-filled moments of your wedding day!

Click here to contact me. Or, to view even more of my work, you can find me on Instagram @nickimetcalfphotography.

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VENDORS

RICHMOND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | Nicki Metcalf Photography

VENUE |  The Bolling Haxall House

CEREMONY | St. John’s Church of Christ

PLANNER | Eliza Gallagher

PLANNER | Posh Parties RVA

FLORAL DESIGN | Vogue Flowers

CATERING | Champagne Taste

VIDEOGRAPHY | Hannah Drew

BRIDAL SALON | Global Bridal Gallery

HAIR & MAKEUP | Dianne Funes

GROOM’S ATTIRE | Suit Supply

FLOWER GIRL ATTIRE | Vintage Dresses

GUEST BOOK | Artifact Uprising

OFFICIANT | Jeff Simpson

ENTERTAINMENT | Bachelor Boys

CAKE | Nadezkha

RENTALS | Classic Party Rentals

LINENS | Classic Party Rentals

TRANSPORTATION | Winn Transportation

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