People in these parts head to the Rivah to escape the everyday, relax and enjoy the cool breezes and water views in a laid-back environment. While the concepts of stress-free and weddings rarely coexist, when a bride decides to combine the two at the Rivah, magic can happen. Take a look at how one bride embraced her low-key style to create a beautiful and memorable wedding that suited her and her beloved perfectly.
When jBr offered to host her dear friend Katie’s wedding at their newly remodeled Rivah home, she had a feeling the bride and groom would appreciate the setting for the intimate ceremony and reception with close family and friends. The home’s redesign
by Janet Wright and Associates and
interiors by Janie Molster take full advantage of the sweeping Rappahannock River views
to the Chesapeake Bay and embrace all the simple pleasures of Rivah living. Having moved to the Tidewater area to be with her fiancé, Richmond native Katie was delighted not only with the water view but also that this Rivah home was centrally located for most of the wedding guests from both regions and who could be easily accommodated by the reconfigured layout of jBr’s second home.
When you have such a beautiful view, the ceremonial spot just needs a simple arch
adorned with some greenery and a few flowers, as well as chairs for the guests. Following the Southern
superstition tradition for insuring glorious weather on the wedding day that we described in Planning an At Home Wedding?, jBr and her husband buried a bottle of bourbon under the spot where the arch would stand one month in advance.
So far this tradition is 2-for-2 in our book as Katie and her groom were blessed with a picture-perfect day with the loveliest of cool river breezes.
Katie’s motto through the wedding-planning process was to keep it simple and budget-friendly. Her mother and sister mJg prepared the vast majority of the food served on
family silver. Garden-style in-season flowers
owned by the family.
The ceremony chairs were simply carried over
to the dinner tables afterwards. jBr’s talented son ARB even mixed the music throughout.
In keeping with the simplicity of the late-afternoon event, the newlyweds provided old-fashioned fun for their guests, including their personalized corn hole game
with hand-painted boards, and a photo-booth
where guests could play dress up. Special touches
at the bar included individually-made mojitos with
fresh-cut mint. Everyone left with
a signature coozie.
Because the covered porch was used for buffet tables, jBr had her porch furniture moved out into the yard to provide extra seating as guests lingered.
While they could have enjoyed the perfect setting all night, the bride and groom needed to make their getaway before dark …
by boat, of course!
Congratuations and best wishes to Katie and Burney! Thank you for sharing your special day with us and proving that a wedding doesn’t have to become a stress-inducer, especially when it happens at the Rivah.
July 6, 2016