We are in the fortunate position of celebrating many couples’ happiest days of their lives.
So when Richmond Weddings recently featured their Best Wedding Story contest, you can imagine how difficult it may be to narrow down our submission to just one great story.
Then it came to us- Carrie and Scott.
You may remember this fun and vivacious couple from our shout out last year, as they were featured on James Linkowitz’s Photography Blog and were frequent staples of our Facebook Fan Page Wedding Wednesdays image of the week.
We could go on and on about the personalized details that really stood out- from the tables named after NFL Stadiums to the seating cards which were actual printed tickets which sent their guests to “Will Call” to pick up their table assignments. Not to mention the custom foam fingers for their exit.
With family from both the North and South, Carrie and Scott decided to customize a “North Meets South” fusion menu so the guests could enjoy a dinner featuring both of the families’ interested and backgrounds.
And let us tell you about the music- from the rousing rendition of “We Are Family” by their band Soul Expression and the traditional Polka dance to Scott’s surprise solo of “Only the Good Die Young” this wedding was full of memorable moments!
We loved how family was important to them. Scott boutonniere was worn in memory of his Nannie Bick and featured a purple flower, her favorite color. Carrie’s mom, who had passed away when Carrie was young, used to embroider table clothes so she had a corner of a tablecloth made into a handkerchief with the word “bride” stitched in blue.
When Carrie was asked about the most memorable part of the day for her, she shared this sentiment-
“Ever since I was young, I always had a special connection with my mom and wind chimes. She loved them and whenever I hear them, I still think of her. As a surprise, Scott purchased an amazing set of wind chimes and had the mansion hang them from the tree over the ceremony site. Right before the preacher pronounced us Husband and Wife, the wind chimes started blowing even though the air was perfectly still. I still get teary eyed when I think about it.”
If the story stopped there, it would be a great one. But what most didn’t realize is that their wedding day was a celebration for not only Carrie and Scott’s love, but for the amazing news they had recently received.
As Scott said,
“The most memorable part of the day for me actually came a few weeks before the wedding. We got word that Carrie’s cancer is officially in remission. What a wonderful blessing! We REALLY had reason to celebrate now, and we could go on our honeymoon without worries about missing her cancer treatments. It was the most amazing wedding gift a guy could have!”
So we hope you’ll take a moment or two to read more about Carrie and Scott’s story and cast your vote here. Voting ends on April 8.
Thank you for your consideration!
See you soon,
Paula & Martin Ramirez
Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Richmond wedding venue and Richmond Bed & Breakfast Historic Mankin Mansion, located just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.
Photo Credit: Linkowitz Photography