I can’t even believe that I live within walking distance to this beautiful venue and this was my first time shooting a wedding there! The Branch Museum is one of the most incredible venues in Richmond, in my opinion! The architecture alone is stunning, but if you add in the gigantic windows, the lush, green garden, and the dark mahogany wood, it becomes spectacular. I love this venue as well because it’s compact while offering lots of space. This is great for me as a photographer (a lot less time spent walking all over the place), but it’s also wonderful for the bride & groom, bridal party, and the guests. They are able to enjoy every aspect of the wedding easily!
Elyse and Matt were married a few weeks ago on what was supposed to be a rainy Saturday. We did get a few drops here and there, but thankfully the rain held off for the first look, ceremony, and portraits! Elyse wore a custom designed lace gown made for her by Evelyn Battaglia and floral shoes by Betsey Johnson. Her bouquets and florals were all inspired by magnolia leaves. Her bouquet was all white with peonies and roses, speckled with greenery and magnolia leaves. Her bridesmaids carried bouquets with pops of cream and blush peonies and roses. Elyse designed her own invitations – and I especially loved the magnolia envelope insert!! Matt wore a custom suit made by Hickey Freeman. His dark green tie was such a nice touch to add to the green and white color palette of the wedding.
I love a reception with a band! There’s just something extra that a great band adds to the reception and Three Sheets to the Wind did NOT disappoint! Not only were they wonderful musicians, but they were also fantastic entertainers (see reception photos below!). They played everything from Paul Simon to the Fresh Prince remix! The guests had a blast dancing all night! Elyse and Matt were surrounded by 150 of their friends of family for a day that was so full of laughter and joy. I am so excited for them and their future together (starting with a dream honeymoon to Greece!!). Congratulations Elyse & Matt!
Venue | The Branch Museum
Planning | Sarah Taylor
Dress | Custom Made by Evelyn Battaglia
Shoes | Betsey Johnson
Hair & Makeup | Bombshell Salon
Florals | Strawberry Fields Flowers & Finds
Groom’s Shoes | Carmina
Bridesmaid Attire | Azazie
Invitations & Paper Goods | Custom made by the Bride
Ring Box | The Mrs. Box
Rentals | Classic Party Rentals
Band | Three Sheets to the Wind
Dessert | WPA Bakery
Catering | White House Catering
Second Shooter | Emily Bartell Photography