Jefferson Hotel Downtown Richmond Wedding

Today we are sharing Connie and Adam’s Jefferson Hotel downtown Richmond wedding day. They just got married here in Richmond at the Jefferson Hotel with their ceremony at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, which is downtown right off Monroe park. 

We absolutely love getting ready at the Jefferson. The Jefferson Hotel suite is one of the greatest places to get ready on the wedding day. It has a ton of room if you have a large bridal party and the most beautiful balcony for portraits. We’ve gotten to use this twice this year for portraits and it’s amazing each time. 

If you’re looking to splurge on yourself on the wedding day. This is the best use of your money. It will just make you feel pampered and give you lots of space and it’s so beautiful.

It’s also so nice to get it for two nights.  Then you can stay with your bridesmaids.  Then have a fun place for an afterparty AND an amazing suite for you to stay the night of your wedding. 

Jefferson Hotel downtown Richmond wedding – ceremony at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

Then we went to the for the most beautiful place to get married. It just doesn’t get more beautiful than this church.  It has lots of light, gorgeous high ceilings, amazing stained glass.  It’s absolutely amazing. AND they have fairly lenient rules for photographers compared to other formal churches. 

They actually decide to block off a row of pews. That let us get the bride as she walks down the aisle and the reaction from the groom. There’s also a lot of outside perimeter space for us to be able to walk around to take pictures during the ceremony without getting in the way. 

After the ceremony, we took pretty much all of their portraits because they did not do a first look. We did their family at the church, before doing their bridal party outside of the church and outside the Jefferson. Then finished with portraits of just the two of them at the front of Jefferson. We also got a few in the Jefferson suite at the hotel.

Then they really got to just party for the rest of the night. 

They had the most fun reception and great dance party. Connie and Adam are just our ideal couple.  They are so fun and laid back. It was such a great time. 

Three things you should steal from Connie and Adam’s Jefferson Hotel downtown Richmond wedding day.

I guess we can’t say to just the other venues. But seriously get married at the Jefferson with your ceremony at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. You will not regret it.

Engagement guestbooks – Jefferson Hotel downtown Richmond wedding

We’ve said this one before, but they did an engagement guestbook. I love when couples decide to put their engagement pictures into an album for their guestbook. I’ve never been a big fan of some sort of wall hanging as your guest book. 

I just think that you don’t know how neat your guests are going to be when they sign it. Also, are you really gonna wanna hang on your wall? And then also you don’t really know the aesthetic of what your home is going to be in 5 or 10 years. So you don’t really know if that something that you’re going to want to hang forever.

And having your engagement pictures in there it will be something that’s fun to flip through and read everyone’s notes to you. There’s something to be said about being able to close it and have it just look nice and neat on a book shelf in your living room or whatever.

1 – rent a fun backdrop for photo booths

We almost did this as a DIY for Connie and Adam but then they found a really easy rental. They rented a beautiful faux floral wall and created a DIY for a photo booth using a ring light and iPad. Everyone loved it they had a neon sign with their name on it. People were using it all night and it was a really nice feature for the reception.

The Richmond based photo backdrop rental company: 

2 – Dance floor photo

Quickly before we left for the night, everyone stopped on the dance floor for a quick photo of the whole group. We’ve done lots of taking pictures of all the guest photos at other weddings but I thought this was a fun one. 

A lot of times will do it at the end of the ceremony or during cocktail hour but this kind of made it a really fun exciting dance end of the night shot. Especially fun because they didn’t decide to do any sort of grand exit because we left before the reception was over. And because their dance floor was PACKED the whole night. 

So this is going to be a really fun and different picture to book end their album.

3 – Champagne Pop

In leu of us staying in extra hour to make it to the end of the reception and have some sort of ‘end of the right’ picture. Connie and Adam chose to go outside with us and do a quick champagne pop before going back to the party. It’s a great way to utilize your photography coverage time in the beginning of the day and still feel like you got all of the pictures that you want of the party.

We just stole the two of them, but we’ve also done it where we steal the full bridal party, or just a couple close friends for more of a group picture. 

These two are just absolutely stunning and so much fun.  We absolutely loved their wedding day. It was the perfect mix of so classic and so much fun. 

Enjoy a few of our many favorites from this Jefferson Hotel downtown Richmond wedding.

Congrats you guys! 


The Vendor Team
The Creative Team
VENUE | The Jefferson
CEREMONY | Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
FLORIST | Designs by Ron
BAKERY | Sugar & Salt RVA
DJ | DJ Will Gralley
HAIR | The Honeycomb Collective
MAKEUP | Makeup by Shirin
VIDEOGRAPHER | Brandon Mitchell
SUITS | Jos A. Banks
PHOTOBOOTH BACKDROP | @bloomingbackdropsrva

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