January 28, 2024

The Secret Garden

Maymont Atlas Ceremony

Atlas ceremony site

Floral ceiling installation

wedding pup

Maymont floral ceiling

reception reveal look

What do you do when a couple all the way in Texas calls about creating a ONE of a kind look at Maymont?! You say YES and you make that vision happen. When Rachel and Luke first contacted me about planning their wedding I knew this would be just the beginning. They fully trusted me to hire amazing vendors to execute their Secret Garden vision. We were going to do something that had not been done yet at Maymont.

Maymont is a highly popular wedding venue in Richmond, Virginia. It has multiple ceremony sites and reception spots but the Atlas ceremony spot was important to Rachel and Luke. We began to create the vision of what the Atlas site would look like. We brought in Grey Sol Designs and Wedding Lighting Co to make this happen. With many trips to Maymont as well as design calls through zoom this ensured we were all on the same page. As the date got closer, we were all so excited to just execute this to perfection! We all pride ourselves in delivering the best experience for our luxury clients.

The day before the wedding began with all the prep work. Wedding Lighting Co arrived to set up the structure needed to hold the ceiling installation. Grey Sol Designs arrived with more florals than I have ever seen just pallets and pallets of hanging florals. A full day’s work created the ceiling that we refer to as The Secret Garden. The excitement to bring this vision to life and to do something so unique at Maymont created such a buzz. Everyone wanted to sneak a photo and we had only just started bringing the vision to life.

Imagine walking into a space and florals in bright colors hang from the ceiling with rattan lanterns disbursed through out. Greenery hanging down from every corner and wrapping around tent poles covered in white. Farm style tables and pink and white tablecloths all around. Rattan chargers with napkins and greenery surround you. If you lift your plate a little surprise is underneath (scratch off tickets). The room completely envelopes you and you no longer are under a tent but inside a secret garden.

The evening continues under the tent with uplighting around and the dance floor packed while the DJ plays your favorite song. At one point the entire wedding was signing “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” at the tops of their lungs. It was at this moment that Rachel decided to change into her reception dress to be able to dance the night away! The entire night was just magical! It ended on a beautiful tribute to Rachel’s heritage by having a lantern exit. Everything about this day as so consciously thought through, every detail was to create something unique for Rachel and Luke and they were not disappointed!

I really love my job as a wedding planner but to do something that I was able to use my design experience as well as creativity is something I will forever be grateful for. Thank you Rachel and Luke for your complete trust in bringing this vision to life! It is one memorable event that will stick with me for a lifetime.

Vendors: Alyse Michelle Images, Wedding Lighting Co, Grey Sol Designs, Party Perfect, Bunn DJ Co, DJ Frankie-Bunn DJ, Radiant Reflection, Edward’s Catering

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