The Commonwealth Club, Richmond Wedding Venue

April 10, 2021


The Commonwealth Club served as the perfect Richmond wedding venue for Erin and Ashby’s beautiful day. The elegance of this couple and the deep respect and love they have for one another is so evident in their lovely wedding photos.

A classic, lovely couple

Like so many couples, the two met through a chance turn of fate. Ashby happened to be consulting on a laboratory Erin was working on the design for, and, after the project was over, they decided to go out to get to know each other outside of work. Erin is creative, caring and passionate about things that matter to her, but also empathetic whereas Ashby is funny, intellectually curious and hard-working. They both share a light-hearted sense of humor that keeps them constantly laughing with each other. As you’ll see, their smiles really glowed throughout the wedding, the reception, and as the day came to an end.

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A day rich with tradition

The ceremony site was actually Erin’s family church, where her parents were married over 40 years ago! The reception site was The Commonwealth Club, a classic Richmond wedding venue setting that is equal parts formal and warm. Erin and Ashby ultimately wanted everything to have a classic feeling overall. Something that would last and not have a short-lived style to it.

They had this to share: “We made it personal by including some of our favorite things, like the oyster ornaments Erin painted with gold leaf because we love Christmas ornaments and oysters. Ashby is from the Northern Neck, and our first date was at Rappahannock where we collected the shells from!. We tied those around bags of Erin’s mother’s famous caramel popcorn and gave them out as our favors!

The wedding itself was close-knit because of Covid and the reception was designed to feel like an old fashioned fancy cocktail party. All resulting in a “classic and joyful” experience for the two and their friends and family.

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The high notes

Erin described to me how much fun getting ready with everyone, the build up to the ceremony was and how happy the reception made her. And you can see in their photos how much fun they all were having. It was great! The best part being, “Saying our vows to each other during the ceremony – it felt really powerful!”

It goes without saying that every wedding is a happy occasion but this couple, this wedding might take the cake for having the most smiles of any wedding I’ve been to. Every photos is filled with so much joy and revelry.

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Your wedding day

Whether your own wedding plans are classic like Erin and Ashby’s or something more new and modern, I’d be happy to help make your wedding photos special. Photos you can look back on as having fully captured the uniqueness and significance of joining your life with another.  Have a look at my IG for another look at my portfolio. Or you can reach out to me here to get the conversation started.

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Dress Designer : Rebecca Schoneveld

Dress :  Annalise Bridal

MUA : Stephanie Parker

Hair :  Avenue 42, Heather & Dianne

Florist :  Olivera Floral Design

Ceremony  :  Second Presbyterian Church

Reception : The Commonwealth Club

Entertainment : Adrian Duke Jazztet through Sam Hill Bands 

Cake :  Sugar and Salt

Bridesmaids Dresses : Bella Bridesmaids

Invitations : Paper on the Avenue

Officiant :  Reverend Doctor Alexander

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I see the beauty in imperfect things. As a Christ-follower, faith is central to my life, work, and connections. I am fueled by joy, known for my bubbly and sunny disposition, and always with a warm hug. Imperfect beauty inspires my love for all things vintage, abstract art, and real love stories. I love moments full of grit and emotion; life off the beaten path; stunning views along the shore; and the juxtaposition of New York grunge and laid back Cali-vibe. 

As a mother of two, I am very familiar with how quickly life’s most important moments fly by too quickly. I will calmly and seamlessly guide you through frames that will endure. I strive to capture your memories with one-of-a-kind images full of meaning. I cannot wait to connect with you! 

I bring all of these elements to my time with my couples. With over a decade of experience in the industry, I know how to gently guide you through poses that are natural and beautiful. The transition into this sentence doesn’t make sense. Throughout your day, you will feel the love from those there to celebrate
 you two. 
When I’m not photographing weddings, I enjoy long walks in the neighborhood with my husband, my kiddos Tuxie and Sunny, and my labradoodle Hokie.. Also, I am a huge dog-lover! I’m pretty sure heaven is full of dogs. I can’t wait to connect with you, and yes, your pup is always welcome here! 


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The Commonwealth Club, Richmond Wedding Venue

The Commonwealth Club, Richmond Wedding Venue

The Commonwealth Club, Richmond Wedding Venue

The Commonwealth Club, Richmond Wedding Venue

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