She walked right up to him at a bar one night and quite literally stole his drink. From that moment forward, Jess & Tommy became inseparable.
Their relationship started with a "stolen drink", endured a long hike on a broken leg during one vacation, became an engagement after a Libby Hill bike ride and finally brought us all to Colonial Heritage Golf Club yesterday for a warm and beautiful wedding!
After making the short drive from Richmond, we arrived at the club to find Jess in the BestFaceForward makeup chair surrounded by her bridesmaids, mimosas and plenty of JMU memorabilia. The men were found in the uber-manly billiards room listening to country music, playing pool and trading friendly jabs about the unlucky among them who were already sporting sweat stains on their Men's Wearhouse, charcoal gray suits.
With many hidden gem locations and a venue coordinator (Ms. Stacy -- the most amazing coordinator) that shared all the best secret photo locations, the Colonial Heritage Golf Club was made for weddings.
After some groomsmen photos on the putting green, Stacy shuttled Tommy and Brad to a secret Magnolia tree for the first look. With its many branches and a trunk only a giant could hug, this tree must have been at least a hundred years old! Tommy waited anxiously as his beautiful bride took her time making the long walk down the leaf-strewn pathway and softly tapped him on the shoulder. Instead of turning around, Tommy peaked over his shoulder and sported a smile only a groom truly in love could make.
After some couple and bridal party portraits, the ceremony took place on the green directly in front of the grand staircase of the clubhouse. Guests donned their sunglasses and braved the bright sunlight with most thanking the officiant, Mr. David Burns, for his brief but poignant message. The flower girls took advantage of the long walk between staircase and aisle to carefully place each petal with surgeon-like precision, causing lots of laughter and a quick nudge by a parent to scurry down the aisle. In the blink of an eye, rings were being exchanged and a romantic kiss was shared as they were announced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Blackburn.
After cocktail hour in the clubhouse lobby, guests were treated to a three-course sit-down dinner followed by an ice cream bar! Williamsburg Photobooth was on hand with props to keep the guests entertained all night. DJ Joe Bowman of Dynamite DJs kept the 70s golden classics, 90s R&B and boy band hits going all night. There were epic air guitar battles featuring the bride and her brother, the infamous Dirty Dancing "lift", and more dance-offs than you can count.
To end the night, Jess and Tommy shared a final dance alone in the ballroom as their guest waited for them along a sparkler lined path. Once their dance ended, Tommy and Jess quickly hurried down the path to their Black Car Richmond exit car that had been waiting for them.
Jess and Tommy make love look effortless, and the smoothness of their special day is a testament to their easy-going nature. A "go with the flow" attitude and their openness to adventure permeates every aspect of their life together and a perfect wedding day is just another notch in their unique and hilarious story. We love you guys, and we were honored to have been a small part of wedding story!
Creative Vendor Team
Photographers - Allie & Brad Strouse of Strouse Photography
Wedding Coordinator - Stacy Krick with Colonial Heritage Golf Club
Venue - Colonial Heritage Golf Club
Officiant - David Burns
Hair & Makeup - BestFaceFoward (Susanne - makeup | Bri - hair)
Floral - Williamsburg Floral with Elgin Morris
Catering - Colonial Heritage Golf Club
Cakes - Publix
Invitations - Caitlin Billeter with the help of paperlesspost.com and paperandmore.com
DJ - Joe Bowman with Dynamite DJs
Photobooth - Steve with Williamsburg Photo Booth
Exit Car - Black Car Richmond
Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses - David's Bridal
Shoes - New York Transit
Grooms & Groomsmen Attire - Men's Wearhouse
Rings - James Allen