another wedding story

The Secret Garden

September 2, 2023

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 the beginning. The fully trusted me to hire amazing vendors as well as executing their Secret Garden vision. We were going to do something that had not been done yet at Maymont.

Maymont is a highly sought after 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 started 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 and pallets of hanging florals. A full day’s work created the ceiling that we referred to as The Secret Garden. Florals in bright colors hung from the ceiling with rattan lanterns disbursed through out to create a very romantic and homey feeling. 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 begun.

Wedding day and the atmosphere is just full of excitement. The farm style tables, the chairs and linens all arrived on time. Now it was my time to shine! We took a blank space and created a Secret Garden and the final look (shown below) was stunning! So many beautiful florals fill the space as well as the ceremony site. The best part was surprising Luke and Rachel with the final look. The moment being captured by Alyse Michelle Images perfectly shows their astonishment. Maymont had been completely transformed and the guests were in awe. Taking a popular wedding venue and doing something no one else has done is exhilarating feeling!  The time and effort to create such a beautiful and unique space will not be forgotten. I am so grateful to be a part of such an amazing team to create such a beautiful space!


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

We highly recommend working with Karla when planning your wedding. We had a vision in mind and she worked tirelessly to bring that vision to life for us. With any hiccups along the way, she took the lead, kept us updated, and shouldered the stress for us. You can tell that she cares so much about her couples and will go the extra mile for them. When you work with Karla, you not only get an incredible wedding planner, but you also get a friend. We truly cannot say enough good things about Karla and her team. She was invaluable during planning with her vendor suggestions all the way up to our wedding day and making sure everything ran smoothly. Book Karla for your wedding - you will not regret it!!!