Caroline Moyer and Samantha Kardos | May 29, 2016
What’s the best way to ensure your big day feels special and personal? Enlist many helping hands, as Caroline and Samantha did for their spring nuptials. “A lot of our wedding felt DIY’d because we had so many amazing friends and family members who volunteered their talents to us,” says Caroline.
Her aunt custom-made Samantha’s vest, a family friend created the flower arrangements and bouquets, Caroline’s sister designed the wedding invitations and ceremony programs, a bridesmaid baked and decorated the wedding cake, Samantha designed the wedding favors and Caroline and her mom collaborated on the seating chart. The result? A wedding that looked polished but not over-the-top.
“We tried to keep the décor and attire as simple as possible,” says Caroline, in part because that’s an aesthetic they prefer but also because they were planning the wedding from Chicago—a 700-mile gap that they closed two weeks after getting married, when they moved back to Richmond. Says Caroline, “What can I say? We missed Virginia!”
THE DETAILS Day-of coordinator: Courtney Hildebrand of The Local Ceremony: The Haven Reception venue: Old Metropolitan Hall Officiant: Barbara Ambrose Catering: The Local Flowers: Arla Clapp Cake: Allison Burrell Music: Monica Björklund and Tiffany Meehan (ceremony); DJ Hoody (reception) Caroline’s dress and headpiece: BHLDN (Iva Crepe Maxi by Jill Jill Stuart) Samantha’s outfit: J.Crew Shoes: Steve Madden Rings: One Garnet Girl (engagement rings); Sparkles Fine Jewelry in Chicago (wedding bands) Bridesmaids’ dresses: Various Hair and makeup: Andrea Halco of Red Salon Organics (hair); Amy Bobchek (makeup) Videographer: Joshua Rainwater of That Rainwater Donuts: Carpe Donut Rentals: MS Events Initials banner: Of Our Youth Wedding favors: Love letter pins by Double Denim Dude Transportation: Albemarle Limousine