A Very Southern Bell Wedding at the Valentine

Post on August 02, 2016 by Marla Rutherford

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Marla was awesome to work with. She put everyone at ease and made taking photos fun – even in the Virginia humidity. And I can’t even begin to describe how awesome our photos came out. They’re beyond what we could have imagined! They really captured the day perfectly. We had a hard time picking which ones to print and frame and which ones to put in an album – every photo Marla captured was phenomenal. 

  • Shonna

Whenever I’m asked to shoot weddings outside of Colorado, I try to make it possible. Different states hold different personalities so it’s really fun to take on that challenge. The South is no different. When Shonna and Nathan asked me to shoot their Southern bell wedding in Richmond Virginia I had to say yes. I mean they were getting married at a museum called the Valentine! It’s one of the few venues in Richmond “proper” that had a space outside for the ceremony. A space we were all worried wasn’t going to be utilized since it had been raining everyday for two weeks. However day of the wedding it was perfect. Despite the humidity (making my hair frizz like crazy), the clouds rolled in cooling things down and we had zero rain. So lucky.

Photographing weddings is always intense, but fun, cause precious moments are everywhere needing to be captured. Watching Nathan getting emotional when Shonna was walking down the aisle was a great shot and my 2nd photographer captured it so well.

“As soon as I started walking towards him a calm came over me and I was just ready to be his wife!”

It was one of Shonna’s favorite moments that day.

After the ceremony we took portraits on the street outside the Valentine. All the cars were very accommodating as they avoided driving down our street so we could take photos. Yep, that would be that Southern Hospitality we always hear about! We followed with photos inside the museum and then in the basement where we used side lighting for a more dramatic feel.

Overall the wedding was elegant, yet casual. They opted for appetizer stations vs a seated dinner and instead of a limo they ordered an Uber for the afterparty. They also made sure to keep it small and intimate. I asked Shonna if she had advice for future brides.

“Don’t be swayed by other people, wedding magazines or social media. If it’s what you want, then it’ll be wonderful.”

Well said. Personally I’d like to add, try to avoid too much “Pinterest”, it can just be overwhelming. A little is A-OK.

See something you like? Vendor information at the end of this blog. 




Final Wedding album. Designed by CakeKnife Photography. 


Ceremony Venue – Valentine Museum

Bride’s flower bouquet & Boutonnières (black/white) – Victoria Floral Design

Cake  – Westhampton Bakery

Catering – Mosaic

DJ – Choice Entertainment

Hair / Makeup – Avenue 42

Wedding Dress –  Maggie Sottero

Bridesmaids Dresses – Jenny Yoo

Bride’s Shoes – Badgley Mischka

Veil – Urban Set Bride

Tuxedo – Alton Lane

Wedding Rings – Diamonds Direct

Wedding Planner – Celebrations of a Lifetime

Save the Date invites – PaperlessPost

Invitation and Program – Minted

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