I have known Claire and her family for more than 25 years and, in fact, I still attend church with Claire’s parents! So when Claire and Carter were planning their wedding, I was so honored when Claire told me she didn’t want anyone but me to photograph it. The couple planned a fun affair at Deep Run Hunt Club in Goochland County outside of Richmond with delicious southern food, craft beer, lively bluegrass music and lots of friends and family that was lively until the very end!
Claire wore a remade version of her mother’s wedding dress in a chic tea length that was perfect for the swelteringly hot July day. Her bridesmaids also wore temperature-friendly knee-length dresses in coordinating floral prints. Claire wore her mother’s wedding veil — which she told me was bought on the day Elvis died! — and Claire’s engagement ring belonged to Carter’s maternal grandmother.
The bride’s brother-in-law both officiated the outdoor ceremony and drew the reception diagram to show guests where they could partake in all the delicious food and drink. The reception menu consisted of a seafood boil, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, sliders, and many other southern delicacies. In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, the couple cut into a very venue-appropriate derby pie! A number of other mini desserts were also served. The couple and their guests then danced the night away to bluegrass music from Gallatin Canyon.
Congratulations, Claire & Carter!
Dress | Bride’s Mother’s dress
Bridesmaid Dresses | DressLily
Hair & Makeup | Blackbird Salon
Ceremony & Reception Location | Deep Run Hunt Club
Catering | Cater 2 Events
Florals | Sam’s Club
Band | Gallatin Canyon Band