A Virginia Bride
For anyone who reads our blog they know that I don't often post about a couples wedding - mainly because each journey we go on seems too personal to just fit into a few paragraphs and some pretty pictures. Danielle and P.J.'s wedding however was a little different, as I know, when your mother is the incomparable Angeline Frame, the Owner of Virginia Bride Magazine, you are already aware that your story will be told in full, and in full color. (Keep reading till the end for my favorite picture, a list of vendors, and Angeline's own review of the weekend)
This is also not a love letter to just a great weekend, but to one of the best, and most meaningful industry friendships Ben and I have been lucky enough to form.
I met Danielle at our very first bridal show. Her mother had organized it, and we did not put on a great face - we had no real wedding pictures, no real wedding experience, and no ballroom (it was still under construction). I'm still not sure why Danielle stopped by our booth before the show, but within a few minutes of enthusiastic chatting it became very clear that we would be friends. Our mutual love of horses, and our goofy, tall, sweet other halves meant that by the end of the show Danielle promised that if PJ popped the questions she wouldn't want to get married anywhere else. I'm not sure that Angeline was even 10% as sold!
Cut to a couple of years later, a few more shows, lots of weddings, and a couple of awards to back up the enthusiasm we never lost, I got a call from Angeline to tell me that in the pouring rain her daughter had officially become engaged to her long time love - and that true to her word she wanted to get married at Rixey.
To talk candidly, both sides were apprehensive. Angeline, I imagine thought we were quite a distance from Richmond, and hadn't worked with her chosen vendors before. We were also a little wary because we are always there to be advocates for our couples, and I was hesitant that a mother who had as much influence and experience not only running her own venue, but knowing almost every Virginia wedding vendor, she might find it hard to listen to what Danielle wanted, and so we agreed to meet in person.
Much like before, the chemistry was awesome between us all, and Angeline immediately made it obvious that she was there just to facilitate Danielle's wedding dreams and not her own - even supporting her in riding her horse to the ceremony!
From that moment on planning became the dream! Angeline introduced us to a whole area of Virginia vendors we had never even heard of (we can get a little stuck in the Culpeper talent, since there is so much of it) and because she trusted them so much she was actually a dream MOB (mother of bride) letting them do what they do best. Even more fun when we got to the weekend she sat back and just enjoyed the whole experience.
The planning itself settled into a normal wedding pattern - we met with some fantastic new vendors, nagged the lovely couple for the details, and helped them structure timelines and table layout's that made sense to everyone. It all was planned exactly to Danielle and PJ's liking (except for a tragic week of incident that meant Danielle would be walk, not riding down the aisle, which personally still makes my heart sad).
Thankfully the weather was sunny, with that typical mid-November chill, it was perfect for the guests to pet the animals drink hot chocolate and do all the things that Danielle had fallen in love with Rixey Manor for - and all the vendors (non of whom we had seen before) - did an amazingly flawless job. Everyone from the oldest to the youngest guest had a lot of fun.
It has also taken me a month or two to write this post because I didn't know where to begin, or have a ability to do it justice. I could write about it for ages, but it seems a short and sweet one made the most sense. We are very grateful to the whole Frame family for welcoming us both as a new business, and as new friends. On a personal note I cried like a baby when Danielle walked down the stairs, by no means something that happens every week. You can just see my hand in the corner of this picture, and Danielle is laughing at me.
Angeline couldn't review us online (as she has vendor accounts not personal ones) so she sent me an email with her thoughts to share.
We chose Rixey Manor for our daughter’s wedding and were thrilled with the venue and our experience working with Isadora and Ben.
Not only do you feel as if the manor is your own home, but Isadora and Ben make you feel as if you are family and so welcome.
Anything needed, was provided at the drop of the hat, to make the wedding go off without a hitch; warm blankets and a gourmet hot chocolate bar, that magically appeared for our guests on the chilly November wedding day, are just some examples.
The entire staff at Rixey Manor work to ensure that every detail is taken care of during the wedding and they execute it flawlessly.
The setting was the perfect backdrop for the most beautiful wedding imaged, our guests are still raving over what a lovely time they had at this perfect venue.
As the owner of Virginia Bride Magazine, and having been in this business for 25 years, I could not be more thrilled with our experience working with Rixey Manor.
I encourage anyone who is getting married to consider Rixey Manor for your venue.
You won’t be disappointed.
Angeline H. Frame
All photography by Tim Souza Photography
Venue for rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, weekend accommodations for bridal party and family members, brunch, hot chocolate bar, bar tending staff
Tim Souza Photography
Engagement, bridal portrait and all wedding photos
Something Blue Films
Rehearsal dinner and all wedding day events videoed
Music, Music, Music and More Music
Ceremony music, reception music, professional up lighting, signature gobo, master of ceremony, after party music
A Paper Wedding
Custom save the dates, invitations, and menu cards
All flowers for ceremony, reception, bridal party, family members
Appetizers, main courses, and drinks
Wine and champagne
Classic Party Rentals
Linens, chargers, glass ware, napkins
Bride and Joy Rentals
Lanterns for guest tables, display easels
Darling D’s Events
Rustic farm tables for head table, antique buffet for desserts, table signs
Sweets and Soirees
Monogrammed cookie favors, cupcakes, and wedding cake
Classic Hits Entertainment-
Rehearsal Dinner Music
Leslie Mitchell Salon
Hair styling for bridal party, mother of the bride and groom, grandmothers
Jolina Does Make-up
Make-up for bridal party
Essense of Australia designer wedding dress for ceremony and reception
That’s My Dress Bridal
Sophia Tolli designer wedding dress for bridal portrait and pre-wedding social media, David Tutera earrings and bracelets
Six Pence Bridal
Mother of the bride dress, bride’s maids dresses