I have designed for many brides. I have been to many wedding receptions. The Maffett reception will stand out in my mind for all of my life.
Wedding photography by Allison Kuhn.
In past blogs, I have written about Brielle and Alex's wedding photographer, Allison Kuhn. What I have learned as I have journeyed through publishing this blog, is that her photography work is more than just great photographic style. She has actually made my task of putting this blog together quite difficult. She and her husband, Travis, took over 1200 photos. All were poignant and worthy to post. Together, they captured so many micro-segments of the day. Allison's full photo gallery is so incredible it could actually be made into a time lapse video and we could relive the day through her still shots.
The gorgeous grounds of Historic Mankin Mansion were meticulously prepared for the arrival of the Hunt and Maffett guests.
Don't be fooled by this seemingly tranquil great looking bunch! Mankin Mansion will never be the same after celebrating with the Maffs! "The time to be happy is now!"
Brielle and Alex's wedding theme centered around "Richmond". It all began with this one idea! Brielle wanted the tables to be marked with Richmond street names and not traditional table numbers.
I always say the secret to happiness can be found on the dance floor. That is if you have the right music... and the right dance floor!
David said, "I loved everything about this wedding...the Richmond theme, University of Richmond, the dance floor--just everything!"
"One of the things that stood out for me as a DJ was one of the first things on their suggestion list. I remember it said that if I had a remix or a mashup of any of the songs on their list to 'go for it'. Being able to take a few risks and use everything in my arsenal, really made it fun to perform as a DJ, and I'd like to say it showed on the dance floor!" ---David Sporn
You instantly knew from bridal party introductions where this night was heading.
There were no warm-ups! Alex and Brielle entered the room to "I Want To Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston. The party was on!!! Everyone was on their feet and ready to hit the dance floor!
It was F.A.M.I.L.Y. time. Forget About Me I Love You.
After a year of searching, Brielle and her Dad chose the song they would dance to just one month before the wedding. It would be Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman.
There were no speeches this night, but only words spoken from the heart.
"Alex, I know you to be helpful, cheerful, hardworking, and a great guy. The fact that you are smart, talented, successful, driven, and good looking doesn't hurt either. The fact that you own all of those attributes is not the true test though. Brielle "chose you" and that's "Case Closed! Please join me in raising your glass to an amazing couple and special union...to Brielle and Alex Maffett" ---Jeff Hunt
The words spoken from Brielle's other parents meant so much to Jeff and me. Carsten and Marianne traveled from Copenhagen to come to the wedding. They were Brielle's host parents when she studied abroad at the University of Richmond. They made her feel welcome in Denmark and made us feel at ease in the U.S.A.. For this, they will always be true family.
As the night neared its end, love was found on every inch of the Mankin Mansion property...love of dance, love of friends, love of sweets, love of drink, love of Richmond!
No sooner had this day begun, it was time to turn out the light.
Zach Boyd owner of Something Blue Films provides the Grand Finale for our wedding blog. I have seen many wedding trailers in my career as a bridal designer. Zach's talent is exceptionally unique in the world of wedding videography.
Zach, received his bachelor's degree in Cinematic Arts from Liberty University in Virginia. His company has filmed weddings all along the east coast. Couples love Something Blue Films for their craft and the personality of their crew. Zach has "personally tied many bowties, helped carry many brides trains, taken Iphone photos, and provided snacks." Helping to preserve memories through film is his passion.
Enjoy this amazing wedding trailer by Something Blue Films and watch Brielle and Alex's wedding day come to life!
Many of my clients and followers have asked---what's next for the "Fourteenth" wedding blog now that Brielle and Alex's wedding day is over.
We have so many future blogs already planned and in the works. Next month, will be my final thoughts, memories, and secrets about my design creations for the Maffett wedding. The March blog will be one of the most informative blogs yet for any bride! I will document "When Your Dress is a Mess!" We will follow brides, stylists, and creatives on the Fourteenth of every month in our own unique and engaging way. So we hope you continue to follow us and our love of design. <3 --- Marie