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Real Virginia Wedding- Claudia & Boomer

By Brittany Tilley

This real wedding is featured in the spring 2020 issue of Virginia Bride.

The Scoop:

Bride: Claudia , 28, Wine Sales, Owner of Destra Designs

Groom: Boomer , 40, President/Co-Founder at West Creek Financial

Date: October 20, 2018

Location: The Historic John Marshall Ballrooms

Number of Guests: 165


On October 20, 2018, Claudia and Boomer said, “I do,” in front of friends and family in the ballroom at the Historic John Marshall Hotel in Richmond, Virginia.

The couple wanted to create an atmosphere inside the ballroom that made guests feel as though they were enjoying an evening at a winery. Wine barrels covered in greenery and flowers, plenty of twinkling lights, and a neutral color palette helped achieve their vision.

Claudia’s Madison James lace halter-neck, fit and flare gown were classic with a modern twist. She chose a simple white tulle veil to tie the look together. The bridesmaid’s black fit and flare gowns were a perfect complement to the groom and groomsmen’s classic black tuxedos.

Claudia knew she wanted her bouquet to feel loose and natural, so she chose a mixture of white flowers and a variety of eucalyptus to accomplish the relaxed look.

The aisle was lined in white petals and lanterns, creating a romantic ambiance as the processional began.

Claudia walked down the aisle and met Boomer under a circular wooden arch adorned in greenery and white flowers. The couple exchanged meaningful handwritten vows as a family friend officiated the ceremony. U2’s “Beautiful Day” played in the background as they made their way back down the aisle as man and wife!

During cocktail hour, a live band played music while guests enjoyed “ Muth Mules”,  the couple’s signature cocktail, and delicious appetizers.

After Claudia and Boomer shared their first dance to Bon Iver’s “8 Circle,” guests enjoyed the ravioli bar where they could choose from three different types of ravioli and a variety of sauces. The newlyweds favorite: the butternut squash and ricotta ravioli in a butter cream sauce! Yum!

Their three-tiered cake was truly a modern take on the classic white cake. A combination of marble fondant, white icing, and gold foil made the cake feel elegant yet fun. The surrounding flowers and greenery softened the presentation.

Playing off their love for wine, the couple sent their guests away with cheese knives that had cork shaped handles.

As Claudia and Boomer exited the reception, guests showered them with fresh lavender buds. They headed off to their Italian honeymoon in a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud; a classic choice!


CEREMONY AND RECEPTION SITE: The John Marshall Ballrooms, Richmond, VA, 804.775.2323

PHOTOGRAPHY: Peter Beliaev Photography, Richmond, VA, 804.357.3748

CONSULTANT: John Marshall, Amy Loving, 804.775.2355

DAY OF PLANNER: Teresa Starkey, Richmond, VA, 804.350.3161

OFFICIANT: Michael Ford, Richmond, VA, 804.363.2237

GOWN: Madison James, Klienfelds, New York, NY, 646.633.4300

VEIL: JJs House

SHOES: Badgley Mishka

HAIR: Elle Style Studio, Welsey Mourino, 804.716.4327

MAKEUP: Elle Style Studio, LaCretia Baskfield, 804.385.4072

BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Bridal Elegance, Wtoo, Richmond, VA, 804.747.5070

FORMALWEAR: Mens Warehouse Rental, Vera Wang tux, 804.346.0604; Groom- Custom made tux by Joseph Abboud


FLOWERS: Starry Night Events, Tanya Caldwell, Richmond, VA, 804.513.2347

RENTAL EQUIPMENT: Leap Light + Sound, Richmond, VA, 804.908.5327

CATERING: Suzanne, Richmond, VA, 804.775.2323

MUSIC: Dance Candy, Sam Hill Entertainment, Richmond, VA, 434.977.6665

CAKE: River City Sweets, Richmond, VA, 540.748.8597


TRANSPORTATION: First Class Limo, Richmond, VA, 804.422.5466


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.