{Real Wedding} Purple and Silver Virginia Wedding | Ashley Vanley Photography | Pretty Pear Bride

{Real Wedding} Purple and Silver Virginia Wedding | Ashley Vanley Photography

Raymond and Latrice are our couple of the day today. Their Richmond, VA wedding was full of such love and happiness. You can clearly see how happy the dynamic duo is with those gorgeous smiles! How about Latrice’s perfect bouquet of garden roses and calla lillies? One memory Latrice recalled fondly of her big day is her grandfather walking her down the aisle. So sweet!

Latrice and Raymond





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Vendor Love ~ Photographer: Ashley Vanley Photography | Videographer: Soul Live Media |  Wedding Planner:  Every Little Detail | Invitations & Calligraphy: Panache on Paper | Cake: Donna’s Baking Creations | Flowers: The Flower Guy Bron | Jewelry: Givenchy | Bride’s Attire: Mori Lee from Tiffany's Bridal | Bridesmaids Attire: David’s Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen's Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Ceremony and Reception Location: Meadowbrook Country Club | Transportation: James Limousine | Music/Entertainment: Ear Pleezers | Rentals and Décor: Glamour Linens | Officiate/ Minister: Dr. William Watson III How did the two of you meet? Raymond and I was introduced by my cousin in 2004, it was love at first site. Describe your engagement: Our engagement was very private, it happened at our home with just the two of us on New Year’s Day. We woke up talking about all we looked forward to in the upcoming year and before I knew it Raymond was on one knee. Personal or handmade details: I personally put together all the wedding favor candy bags. I also personally made the guest book to sign. Describe your Flowers: My flowers was absolutely beautiful my bouquet consisted of garden roses and calla lilies….the bridesmaids held calla lilies Memories and Stories about the Day: One memory stands out that I know I will never forget, I can remember coming out of my dressing room and getting ready to walk down the aisle when my florist hands me the most beautiful bouquet while my Grandfather is standing there waiting to give me away it was the happiest day of my life. Your first dance song: Eric Benet and Tamia (Spend my life with you) The thing that we would have done differently is? One thing I would have done differently is start to plan sooner, get your guest list together as soon as you can. Make sure you get addresses early that way you are not trying to get the information at the last minute. If we could have spend our wedding dollars differently, we would have: Honestly I set a budget and I stuck to it, I wouldn’t have spent my wedding dollars on anything else. Your advice for other plus size brides: My advice to other plus size brides would be to do what makes you happy and never let anyone change your vision for your day. What has surprised you most during the first few months of marriage? During my first few months of marriage it surprises most when people call me Mrs. Samuels.

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Shafonne Myers is a certified wedding and event planner who longed for bridal inspiration that looked like her. She has created a website and magazine that brings bridal inspiration to plus size brides. She does speaking engagements educating the world about plus size brides and self confidence.
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