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Real Virginia Wedding- Caroline and Edwin ( Richmond Weddings)

Featured in Virginia Bride Magazine’s fall 2019 issue

Bride: Caroline Rudolph, 28, Business Operations Director

Groom: Edwin Willis, 28, National Channel Manager

Date: September 16, 2017

Location: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, The Jefferson Hotel

Guests: 180


Weddings come with lots of gifts, but if you ask Caroline which was her favorite when she married Edwin, she would tell you that it was a card.  This special card came from one of her guests who wrote the exact time during their ceremony that the priest blessed the wedding. This just goes to show how much Caroline loves details, and her wedding in September 2017 certainly shows that!

After Edwin proposed to Caroline on a thoughtfully orchestrated overnight stay in Sonoma she began planning their big day!The invitations were first on her list! She carefully thought through all the details from ribbon, to paper type, to font! They turned out to be a perfect introduction to their elegant day.

Caroline may have forgotten to move her bridal suite breakfast delivery up to 7:00am from 5:00am (talk about an early wake up call!), but everything else was planned perfectly! She got ready with her maids and after stepping into her A-line taffeta gown, they hopped on the trolley and headed to Richmond’s Cathedral of the Sacred Heart were Edwin and his groomsmen awaited.

During the mass, the couple shared readings that they felt were applicable to their relationship and eventually kissed to seal the deal!

They jumped back in the trolley for champagne toasts and headed off to take photos.

The reception took place at the Jefferson hotel where no detail went untouched! From the show-stopping entrance flowers, to the custom lighting, to a three-table long cookie display.  They thought of it all! Their five-tier cake with blue velvet and champagne flavors was especially jaw dropping!

When it came time for their unique exit, they left under fun, multi-colored glow sticks that were personalized for the day and it was off to Santorini and Greece for Caroline and Edwin!

The Details:

Photography by Sterling Life Photography 





The Sources:

CEREMONY SITE: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Jayne Hushen, Richmond, VA, 804-359-5651

RECEPTION SITE The Jefferson Hotel, Ashton Hassan, Richmond, VA,  804.649.4613

PHOTOGRAPHY: Sterling Life Photography, Liz Seidel, Lynchburg, VA, 434-382-9680

VIDEOGRAPHY: ByDesign Video, Sherri Booth, National, 800-230-8749

PLANNER: Ashton Hassan, The Jefferson Hotel, 804-649-4613

OFFICIANT: Monsignor Golden, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond VA, 804-359-5651

GOWN: Hayley Paige, Apollo, Love Couture Bridal, Potomac, MD, 301-610-5683

VEIL: Bel Aire Bridal, Style No: B7250, Love Couture Bridal, Potomac, MD 301-610-5683

SHOES: Badgley Mischka

HAIR: Caitlin Shaw, Winchester, VA, 540-931-2036; Elle Style Studio, Desirae Marie, Richmond VA, 804-516-6447

MAKEUP- Elle Style Studio, Flora Shala, Elle Style Studio, Richmond, VA,804-516-6447

BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Jasmine Bridal, Bridal Elegance, Richmond, VA, 804-747-5070

FORMALWEAR: Enzo Custom, Washington DC, 804-516-6447

INVITATIONS: Invitation to Party, Kristen, Midlothian, VA, 804-897-1903

FLOWERS: Black Iris Florals, Virginia Beach, VA, 757-428-3045

RENTAL EQUIPMENT: Classic Party Rentals of Virginia, Richmond, VA, 804-270-9544

LIGHTING: Leap Light and Sound, Richmond, VA, 804-908-5327

CATERING The Jefferson Hotel, Ashton Hassan, Richmond, VA, 804-649-4613

MUSIC: Debonaire Entertainment Richmond, VA, 804-690-7682

CAKE :The Jefferson Hotel, Ashton Hassan, Richmond, VA, 804-649-4613

TRANSPORTATION: RVA Trolley, Richmond, VA, 804- 343-1850

ACCOMMODATIONS Omni Richmond Hotel, Richmond, VA, 804-344-7000; The Graduate Richmond, 804-644-9871

HONEYMOON: Alle Travel, Polly Hristova, 1-212-739-7822

If you are planning a wedding in Roanoke Virginia, Richmond VirginiaFredericksburg/Northern Virginia, The  Shenandoah ValleyCoastal Virginia or in Charlottesville/ Lynchburg Va, we can help with your wedding planning and ideas.


The author: Angeline Frame

Angeline is the owner/publisher of Palm Beach Weddings Magazine and Virginia Bride Magazine and the show producer for The Greater Virginia Bridal Shows. She has a degree in Public Administration and Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. A former model and wedding venue owner- she loves all things wedding , fashion and decorating. In her spare time she likes to write, travel and get new ideas to share with brides.