Poised & Pink VMFA Wedding | Emily & Matt

November 24, 2020


Emily and Matt’s wedding at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) was refined with touches of whimsy and tradition. Their VMFA wedding was certainly one to inspire.
Black and white photo of a bride and groom for their VMFA wedding

Meet the Couple!

Emily and Matt are both easygoing and enjoy being active, especially with their dog Penny. They both deeply value friendships and have close friends they have known most of their lives. The two began dating after meeting at a book club in Richmond only to discover later that they were next door neighbors! And then they each went to separate schools to pursue MBAs while dating long-distance for 3 years. Now, they are together in Richmond again and couldn’t be happier. Their love story is the cutest!

A Walkable Wedding with City Sights

Since neither of them is originally from Richmond, many of the family members and friends were visiting from out of town. As a result, the couple wanted all of the guests to be able to enjoy both the city and the wedding. They chose the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church as the ceremony location and the VMFA for the reception as they were within walking distance of each other. This way, the attendants had the opportunity to take in the city and have more time to enjoy the reception party. Emily described their wedding day as “relaxed, welcoming” and “traditional.

What Made the Wedding Special

“When we arrived at the reception we got to have time for just the two of us in the private upstairs wing overlooking the Marble Hall. We got to have that time with just the two of us to take a deep breath after the ceremony and also soak up a view of our reception and all our friends and family,” Emily said of her favorite memory from her VMFA wedding.

Incomparable details with every bit of elegance

Their wedding day was just breathtaking. And might I just say, I was gushing over the gold etching of their pup on the napkins! I can’t help but adore all of the dogs, wedding or not, and this couple was the same way.


The Dress

I’ll be honest. I loved photographing Emily’s dress. The sweetheart neckline and one-of-kind lace details were just stunning.

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Botanical Pink Wedding Bouquet

Emily’s bouquet was crafted with the ideal mix of pink, creamy white and forest green. It matched her personality perfectly — elegant and sweet yet down to earth!

Tradition & Whimsy

Their VMFA wedding was every bit of tradition and whimsy that a bride could ask for. Do you see those organ pipes?


Father walks bride down the aisle for their VMFA wedding

A VMFA Wedding With Poise

This wedding had all of the poise and pretty details. It was such an honor to work with Emily and Matt! Thank you both!

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Planner | The Hive Wedding Collective

Ceremony | St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Reception | VMFA

Dress | Tiffany’s Bridal

MUA & Hair | Caked By Cary, Immortal Beloved Salon

Florist | Nicola Flora

Entertainment|  Sam Hill Entertainment, The Finn’s Music

Cake | Incredible Edibles Bakery

Bridesmaids | Birdy Grey

Groom & Groomsmen |  Jos A Bank

Invitations | Paper on the Avenue

Officiant| Rev. David Niemeyer

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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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Poised & Pink VMFA Wedding | Emily & Matt

Poised & Pink VMFA Wedding | Emily & Matt

Poised & Pink VMFA Wedding | Emily & Matt

Poised & Pink VMFA Wedding | Emily & Matt

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