The A-List 2022 -

The A-Listing 2022 –

You made your voices heard as soon as once more, voting in 94 classes to your favourite wedding ceremony professionals. This yr, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the A-Listing survey, we’re honoring repeat winners who’ve topped their classes yearly. In 2012, the primary survey included 32 classes, nevertheless it has grown to almost 100, together with extra native distributors and repair suppliers. Listed here are this yr’s better of the perfect, offered in an prolonged version of the A-Listing.


New Marriage ceremony Venue: Jolene Household Vineyard

Simply east of Richmond in Quinton off the Pocahontas Path is one in every of Virginia’s latest wineries — and this yr’s finest new wedding ceremony venue. “We’ve solely been open for a yr, so this implies a lot to us,” says Taddy Mikelaites, artistic director and occasions supervisor. “We now have some lovely ceremony spots, whether or not it’s overlooking the vineyards or the lake, and our wines are very nice, too.” 

2. Widespread Home Richmond 

3. The Property at River Run

Lodge Venue: Quirk Lodge

{Couples} and their friends are tickled pink with Quirk Lodge, housed inside a circa 1916 constructing that previously served as a luxurious division retailer. The boutique lodge in downtown’s Arts District is understood for its stylish decor, with pops of pink. {Couples} can select to host their reception outdoors within the marble-tiled courtyard, inside within the fashionable foyer mezzanine or above town on the rooftop bar. 

2. The Jefferson Lodge

3. Linden Row Inn

Honeymoon Getaway in Virginia: Charlottesville

Set in opposition to the attractive foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, however solely about an hour’s drive from Richmond, Charlottesville’s mixture of historical past, tradition and out of doors experiences makes it a preferred cease for honeymooners on the lookout for a getaway and not using a lengthy flight or driving journey. Wine nation is an enormous draw for {couples} — there are greater than 40 wineries inside a 25-mile radius of Charlottesville. And with mountain climbing, {golfing}, horseback using and distinctive procuring, there’s lots to do.

2. The Jefferson Lodge

3. The Omni Homestead Resort

Place for Engagement Photos: Maymont 

Perched on a hillside beside the James River, Maymont is one in every of Richmond’s most picturesque locations for engagement portraits. The 1893 mansion and 100-acre property present a variety of breathtaking backdrops. Select from the serene Japanese Backyard and its waterfall, the Italian Backyard’s stonework and statuary, or one in every of a number of different websites that embrace options equivalent to magnificent stone stairways, centuries-old timber and gazebos in-built quite a lot of architectural types.

2. Historic Mankin Mansion

3. Libby Hill Park 

Native Web site to Pop the Query: Libby Hill Park 

One of many metropolis’s most Instagrammed spots can be one in every of its hottest for proposals. Notably magical at sundown, Libby Hill Park gives panoramic views of the James River and the downtown skyline. This view is credited with inspiring town’s title — when gazing down on the James River from right here in 1737, planter and surveyor William Byrd II was reminded of the Thames River in Richmond Hill, England. 

2. Maymont

3. The James River

Barn/Farm Marriage ceremony Venue: The Barns of Kanak

{Couples} love the bucolic setting of The Barns of Kanak, 30 miles south of Richmond in Prince George County. Because the title implies, this 200-acre farm consists of rustic barns and scenic out of doors areas, in addition to a cottage and farmhouse for in a single day stays. “We attempt to make it as simple as doable, so the couple and their households actually benefit from the day,” says Diane McCormick, who runs the venue along with her husband and daughter.  

2. Oakdale

3. Alturia Farm

Multicategory Winner: Lunch and Supper

{Couples} may give their friends a style of Richmond at Lunch and Supper, voted a favourite for bridal luncheons, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. Positioned within the hip space of Scott’s Addition and full with a patio backyard and personal occasion house, Lunch and Supper serves up Southern consolation meals, native beer and craft cocktails.

Rehearsal Dinner Location 

1. Lunch and Supper

2. The Jefferson Lodge 

3. Historic Mankin Mansion 

Bridal Luncheon Location 

1. Lunch and Supper

2. The Jefferson Lodge 

3. Historic Mankin Mansion 

Place to Maintain a Bridal Bathe  

1. Lunch and Supper

2. The Jefferson Lodge 

3. Historic Mankin Mansion

Multicategory Winner: Historic Mankin Mansion

Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, the icing on the cake for Historic Mankin Mansion is sweeping 14 classes on this yr’s A-Listing survey. Paula and Martin Ramirez, co-owners and proprietors, observe love in the whole lot they do, from restoring the 1900s property to internet hosting occasions on the property. The staff prides themselves on consideration to element and behind-the-scenes work to make everybody really feel the love. “We notice we host greater than a marriage,” Paula says. “Our occasions carry collectively two households, some who’ve by no means met, and others who haven’t seen each other in years.”

Outside Marriage ceremony Web site 

1. Historic Mankin Mansion

2. Cousiac Manor

3. Maymont 

Most Romantic Ceremony Web site  

1. Historic Mankin Mansion

2. Dover Corridor 

3. (Tie) Linden Row Inn; The Mill at Positive Creek; Virginia Home 

Hidden Gem Marriage ceremony Ceremony Web site  

1. Historic Mankin Mansion

2. Virginia Home 

3. (Tie) The Barns of Kanak; The Property at River Run; Historic Polegreen Church; Lakeside at Welch Property; Linden Row Inn; Tredegar Iron Works; Wilton Home Museum 

Marriage ceremony Venue With Distinctive Persona  

1. Historic Mankin Mansion

2. Dover Corridor 

3. (Tie) The Property at River Run; Linden Row Inn

Marriage ceremony or Reception Web site at a Historic Museum or Location  

1. Historic Mankin Mansion

2. Virginia Museum of Positive Arts 

3. Tredegar Iron Works 

All-inclusive Venue 

1. Historic Mankin Mansion

2. The Jefferson Lodge 

3. Amber Grove 

Reception Venue for a Small Marriage ceremony 

1. Historic Mankin Mansion

2. Lunch and Supper 

3. Linden Row Inn 

Greatest B&B in Virginia for a Marriage ceremony 

1. Historic Mankin Mansion

2. (Tie) The Clifton; Linden Row Inn 

3. The Virginia Cliffe Inn 

Most Finances-friendly All-Inclusive Web site 

1. Historic Mankin Mansion

2. The John Marshall Ballrooms 

3. (Tie) Hollyfield Manor; The Mill at Positive Creek; The Renaissance 

One-stop Marriage ceremony Weekend Location 

1. Historic Mankin Mansion

2. The Jefferson Lodge

3. (Tie) Dover Corridor; The Property at River Run 

Greatest Place for an Elopement in Virginia 

1. Historic Mankin Mansion

2. Libby Hill Park 

3. (Tie) Charlottesville; Linden Row Inn; Quirk Lodge

Reception Venue for a Massive Marriage ceremony

1. Historic Mankin Mansion

2. The Jefferson Lodge 

3. (Tie) Dover Corridor; The Property at River Run; The John Marshall Ballrooms 

Underneath-the-radar Reception Web site  

1. Historic Mankin Mansion

2. Linden Row Inn 

Location for a Microwedding 

1. Historic Mankin Mansion

2. (Tie) The Property at River Run; Linden Row Inn 

3. (Tie) Blue Bee Cider; Texas Seashore/North Financial institution Park; Higher Shirley Vineyards

Repeat Winner: The Jefferson Lodge

The Jefferson Lodge, Richmond’s solely AAA five-diamond lodge, has hosted weddings since 1895, and it has been voted finest for farewell brunches and newlywed suites because the classes have been launched in 2013 and 2014, respectively. This yr, it was voted a best choice for welcome receptions as nicely.

Tobacco businessman and philanthropist Lewis Ginter commissioned Carrère and Hastings, two of essentially the most distinguished architects of America’s late Nineteenth-century Gilded Age, to construct the Spanish Baroque-style lodge. Through the years, quite a few well-known friends have stayed at The Jefferson, together with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, James Brown, and Elvis Presley, in addition to 13 U.S. presidents.  

“The Jefferson is particular as a result of with so many wedding ceremony providers and breathtaking occasion areas all beneath one roof, our skilled staff of planners can create a very distinctive expertise tailor-made to every couple and their friends,” says Jennifer Crisp, director of communications.  

In 2013, the lodge reworked its 262 visitor rooms into 181 rooms and suites, that includes entry foyers, dressing areas and marbled baths that characteristic TV screens inside self-importance mirrors. For {couples} on the lookout for an opulent and pampering newlywed room expertise, the Jefferson Suite encompasses 1,400 sq. ft and features a grand piano, hearth and balcony.  

The on-site eating places and intimate ballrooms are perfect for farewell brunches with shut family and friends, whereas the rotunda gives an awe-inspiring setting for a welcome reception, with its grand staircase, stained-glass ceiling, huge columns and gold-leaf ornamentation.  

“From engagement events to farewell brunches and the whole lot in between, The Jefferson gives a chic backdrop, distinctive service and memorable meals and beverage for each event,” Crisp says.

Newlywed/Bridal Suite 

1. The Jefferson Lodge

2. Historic Mankin Mansion 

3. (Tie) Dover Corridor; Linden Row Inn 

Place to Maintain a Welcome Reception 

1. The Jefferson Lodge

2. Historic Mankin Mansion 

3. (Tie) Linden Row Inn; Quirk Lodge; The Tobacco Firm Restaurant

Farewell Brunch Location: (TIE) The Jefferson Lodge; Lunch and Supper 

Farewell brunches have gotten an increasing number of in style, as {couples} need bonus time to rejoice with out-of-town family and friends. Richmond Bride readers gave prime honors on this class to Scott’s Addition’s Lunch and Supper and downtown’s Jefferson Lodge. Whereas Lunch and Supper is understood for informal consolation and The Jefferson for refined class, each exude Southern hospitality and attraction.  

2. Historic Mankin Mansion

3. Linden Row Inn/Parterre Restaurant


Multicategory Winner: Pressed in Books

Kellie Tuohy of Pressed in Books has been making jewellery since 2015, however as her shoppers started requesting {custom} items utilizing their wedding ceremony flowers, she needed to develop a singular line of preserved-flower presents. Now she dries bride’s bouquets, boutonnieres or a collection of particular person flowers, preserves them in resin, and varieties delicate ring dishes or 20-inch wall hangings with custom-built frames. “Folks give me their bridesmaid bouquet or sneak flowers from the marriage,” she says, “after which shock the bride later.”

Regionally Made Merchandise for Bride’s Reward (From Companion) 

1. Pressed in Books

Place to Buy Personalised/Monogrammed Presents  

1. Pressed in Books

2. Tweed

3. Pencraft + Put up

Regionally Made Merchandise for Groom’s Reward (From Companion) 

1. Pressed in Books 

Native Maker for Customized-made Marriage ceremony Presents

1. Pressed in Books 

2. Huger

Native Store for Groomsman Presents: Mongrel 

Co-owner Stan McCulloch says they did not wish to fill Mongrel’s cabinets with simply any product. “It [should be] one thing we might wish to give as a present or obtain from someone.” McCulloch says the store’s hottest males’s gadgets embrace whimsical socks, bourbon-scented candles, Texas Seashore Bloody Mary Combine, and Fulton & Roark’s stable cologne in a pocket-sized tin.  

2. (Tie) Development; Tweed

Place to Buy Celebration/Reward Packing containers: Gifted RVA

By way of Gifted RVA, Lindsay Pressure offers {couples} a one-stop-shop for Richmond items and presents. Snack bins with Three Sisters cheese straws, Navy Hill membership soda and Chocolate Cravings bars are all the time winners, particularly for these with smaller budgets. Pressure then provides in a memento, like a Richmond postcard or journal, and types the bins to coordinate with the couple’s invitation. 

2. Etsy

10-12 months Repeat Winner: Tweed

After graduating from Randolph-Macon Faculty, Kate Stottlemyer cherished the concept of working in her household’s house decor retailer, however she didn’t wish to return to her small New Jersey hometown. So she stayed in Richmond, bought married and began a household. By 2003, she realized town was the right place for a second location of Tweed. 

Stottlemyer set her sights on Quick Pump — which was largely farmland on the time — as a result of she noticed a chance to determine a presence in an space that may quickly be rising. 

“So we form of simply took the template that my mother had constructed [in New Jersey], and opened it right here,” Stottlemyer says. “Fairly rapidly, we realized this was a distinct market. Folks have been having extra enjoyable, and it’s a much bigger market.” 

They pivoted to concentrate on presents for all celebrations and pursuits, from weddings and infants to collegiate-inspired, house decor and entertaining.  

“We needed to be a retailer the place you will discover that good reward for everyone in your listing — together with your self,” Stottlemyer says. 

Tweed has been voted No. 1 for bridesmaid presents all 10 years of the A-Listing survey by readers of Richmond Bride. Its choices of significant mementos might have contributed to the achievement. The store carries quite a lot of traditional bridesmaid presents, like photograph frames and drinkware. Stottlemyer and her staff additionally work to forecast coming developments, equivalent to weekend baggage full of occasion requirements and keepsakes. However she says their personalization choices — equivalent to vinyl, embroidery or engraving — enable brides so as to add a memorable contact that turns any merchandise right into a memento. 

“My hope is that individuals, after they are available in, they really feel like they’ve a connection, and that we care about what we’re doing,” she says. “That we care about their wedding ceremony, and we love to listen to the small print. By the point their occasion is occurring, we really feel like we’re a part of it.” 

Native Store for Bridesmaid Presents  

1. Tweed

2. Development

3. Mongrel

Style & Magnificence

Multicategory Winner: Avenue 42 Salon

Nationally acclaimed full-service salon Avenue 42 Salon has specialised in wedding ceremony day hair and make-up styling because it opened in 2012. A full-time bridal coordinator works with every bride to put them with the artist who will finest obtain their desired fashion. “We now have a staff of artists who really get pleasure from bridal styling,” says proprietor Natalie Gordon Dunton. “It’s not for everybody, so having a gaggle of artists who’re completely satisfied and having enjoyable actually makes an influence on the consumer.”

Salon-based Hair and Make-up 

1. Avenue 42 Salon 

2. Nicole Laughlin Make-up Artist and Co. 

3. (Tie) 1213 Hair Studio; Cam Carson & Co.; Elle Model Studio; FBJ Weddings; Sara Parker/Tigers Eye Hair Studio 

On-location Hair and Make-up Providers  

1. Avenue 42 Salon 

2. FBJ Weddings 

3. Amanda M. Perry 

On-location Hair Stylist  

1. Avenue 42 Salon 

2. FBJ Weddings 

3. Amanda M. Perry

Bridesmaid Attire: Bella Bridesmaids Richmond

This boutique gives one of many largest collections of bridesmaid attire from the world’s main designers. Shoppers can go for an in-person or digital appointment with an professional stylist who will information them by means of the materials, colours and types to seek out the right look. “We like to work with brides to carry their wedding ceremony imaginative and prescient to life whereas making every particular person bridesmaid really feel particular of their gown on the massive day,” says Elizabeth Rand, proprietor of Bella Bridesmaids Richmond.  

2. Tiffanys Bridal

3. (Tie) David’s Bridal; Lex’s of Carytown

Multicategory Winner: Males’s Wearhouse

With 4 areas within the better Richmond space, Males’s Wearhouse has been providing high quality merchandise and customized service for practically 4 many years. Lease, purchase or go {custom} with a range of go well with and tuxedo types, suits, and colours from prime designers. Then obtain {custom} alterations from the shops’ in-house grasp tailors. Along with a big collection of equipment, Males’s Wearhouse additionally gives groomsmen presents that may be customized and bought individually or in units.

Groom/Groomsman Attire  

1. Males’s Wearhouse  

2. Alton Lane  

3. (Tie) The Groom’s Nook at Tiffanys Bridal; Jos. A. Financial institution 

Groom/Groomsman Equipment  

1. Males’s Wearhouse 

2. The Groom’s Nook at Tiffanys Bridal

Marriage ceremony Jewellery Different Than the Rings: Emily Warden Designs 

Proprietor Emily Warden’s handcrafted wonderful jewellery is {custom} made utilizing conventional metalsmithing and fabrication strategies with ethically sourced supplies from all over the world. “Our purpose is to mix the shopper’s imaginative and prescient with our artistic aesthetic,” Warden says, including that Emily Warden Designs plans to launch new, one-of-a-kind items for the 2021 vacation season.  

2. (Tie) Cowardin’s Jewelers; Tiffanys Bridal

Multicategory Winner: Diamonds Direct

Diamonds Direct practices a “vertically built-in idea” that permits it to be concerned in your complete diamond course of, says regional advertising supervisor Nicole Rubino. The showroom options free and mounted diamonds, engagement ring mountings by prime designers, diamond and gemstone trend jewellery, wedding ceremony bands, pearls and extra. Merchandise are backed with ensures and warranties, together with the corporate’s signature 110% lifetime improve.

Engagement and Marriage ceremony Rings 

1. Diamonds Direct 

2. Solar & Selene 

3. Fink’s Jewelers

Customized-designed Rings  

1. Diamonds Direct 

2. Emily Warden Designs 

3. (Tie) Cowardin’s Jewelers; Fink’s Jewelers; Solar & Selene

Manicures: Escape Nails & Spa

Brides can select from one in every of three Escape salons in Quick Pump, Midlothian and Tuckahoe. Every gives greater than a dozen manicure and pedicure providers and a handful of spa packages, that includes top-of-the-line merchandise served in an upscale, tranquil atmosphere.    

2. (Tie) ATiR Pure Nail Care; Carytown Nails and Spa; Holy Stylish + Co 

3. (Tie) Fusion Nail Spa; Notion Natural Spa

Spa Therapies: Luna Aesthetics and Spa

Luna Aesthetics and Spa gives shoppers with customized skincare remedies and at-home routines. “We take a holistic method that takes our shoppers’ bodily and psychological well being, together with their way of life, into consideration,” says proprietor Chelsea Martin. Luna’s employees have experience in each the integumentary and lymphatic methods, providing connective tissue facial massages along with pores and skin remedies starting from microdermabrasion and dermaplaning to chemical peels.  

2. Sugar & Hive Magnificence Bar  

3. Scents of Serenity

Pores and skin-care Providers: Sugar & Hive Magnificence Bar

When this open-concept magnificence bar was pressured to shut in the course of the top of the COVID-19 pandemic, the employees used the time to plan for the longer term, says founder Summer season Layton. “We got down to modernize the way in which remedies are delivered,” she says. “Now, we now have a staff of pros with a powerful medical background, together with a number of grasp estheticians.” Up to date choices embrace laser facials, injectable remedies and physique sculpting along with mainstays equivalent to spa facials and HydraFacials. 

2. (Tie) Anyplace Magnificence by Shae; Luna Aesthetics and Spa

Repeat Winner: Bombshell Brazilian Waxing & Magnificence Lounge

For the reason that “finest pre-wedding and honeymoon tanning” class was added to the A-Listing survey in 2015, Bombshell Brazilian Waxing & Magnificence Lounge has taken the highest honors yearly. This candy-colored salon with pinup fashion has areas in Carytown, Quick Pump and Midlothian, and in addition one in Las Vegas. Co-owners Melissa and Scott Black began the enterprise in 2009, establishing a full-service salon providing a variety of pampering, grooming and tanning choices. Providers embrace waxing; haircuts, coloration and blowouts; sugaring hair removing; skincare; and manicures, pedicures and nail artwork.  

Bombshell gives skilled airbrush tanning. The high-quality HVLP spray tan prevents creasing and streaking and has no dangerous UV ray publicity. Tanning periods are additionally customizable so shoppers can select what fits their wants, equivalent to choosing a half-body service for only a contact of coloration on their legs or arms.  

Melissa Black says her employees has centered on upholding distinctive customer support regardless of the challenges offered by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re continually striving to offer five-star service to our shoppers whereas constantly coaching our staff on why it’s so necessary,” she says. “All through the pandemic, it has been key for us to guarantee that the whole lot at Bombshell feels the identical, from the second the consumer is available in till they depart. It is a place to loosen up and revel in your self as we follow the very best ranges of sanitation and security with out [it being overwhelming for the client].”  

The lounge plans to launch new heated spray tan machines, first at its Carytown location, providing shoppers optimum consolation as they obtain their service. “No extra dreading the primary few sprays of chilly answer in your again,” Black says. The lounge has additionally expanded its tanning answer picks with extra pure colours and organic-based elements. 

Pre-wedding and Honeymoon Tanning 

1. Bombshell Brazilian Waxing & Magnificence Lounge 

2. Cam Carson/Cam Carson & Co. 

3. NudeFX

Alterations: Seams Alterations

Seams Alterations proprietor Claudia Villegas has 20 years of expertise as a grasp seamstress, having labored with premier bridal outlets within the Richmond space together with the previous Jingles Bridal Salon. “I make an effort to know every of my brides,” she says. “Making a {custom} expertise helps me to intuitively make solutions or give them choices that they could not have been conscious of earlier than their appointment.” Villegas not too long ago moved her enterprise to a spacious new studio close to Midlothian’s Brandermill neighborhood.

2. Fariba’s Bridal Alterations & Customized Design 

3. AG Alterations

Multicategory Winner: City Set Bride 

City Set Bride is an appointment-only bridal robe boutique in Church Hill that gives an intimate, curated procuring expertise. Co-owner Christine Haines Greenberg says her all-woman staff goals to be genuine, clear and informal in regards to the gown procuring course of. “Many bridal outlets create manner too many hurdles [for brides] to see their stock, make an appointment and perceive who the house owners and staff are,” she says. “We all the time have each pattern robe we stock listed on our web site and social media. Our shoppers should have a heat, no-pressure procuring expertise.”

Bridal Robe Salon  

1. City Set Bride 

2. Annalise Bridal Boutique 

3. Tiffanys Bridal 

Bridal Headpieces 

1. City Set Bride 

2. (Tie) Annalise Bridal Boutique; Tiffanys Bridal

Native Store for Marriage ceremony Visitor Apparel: Mod & Soul 

Mod & Soul proprietor Jasmina Zulic opened her brick-and-mortar storefront in 2016 within the coronary heart of Richmond’s Arts District. An extension of Zulic’s on-line retailer, the comfy store sells fashionable, boho-inspired clothes, equipment and residential accents from native and small boutique manufacturers. “Our clothes options curated, traditional types that work for a number of seasons, have flattering silhouettes and could be dressed up and down,” Zulic says. Mod & Soul is within the means of increasing its special-occasion clothes picks and styling providers.  

2. Macy’s 

3. (Tie) Lex’s of Carytown; Tiffanys Bridal

Multicategory Winner: Tiffanys Bridal

The oldest still-operating bridal retailer in Richmond, Tiffanys Bridal maintains excessive requirements of buyer care whereas preserving the wants of the trendy wedding ceremony get together in thoughts. “Busy prospects can rapidly make an appointment on-line, however upon arrival, our private stylists take the time to get to know them and assist them discover precisely what they’re on the lookout for,” says Ashley Townsend-Simons, advertising supervisor. She provides that the store is all the time getting in new attire and sometimes has trunk exhibits, both in individual or nearly. “We now have fashions of all sizes and shapes displaying how these robes look on actual girls,” she says.

Mom of the Bride Attire  

1. Tiffanys Bridal  

2. Macy’s 

Flower Woman Attire  

1. Tiffanys Bridal 

2. David’s Bridal

Pictures, Movies, Music & Lighting

Multicategory Winner: Ashley Dorton Pictures

Whilst a toddler, Ashley Dorton cherished being behind a digicam, documenting life’s necessary moments. Whereas she makes use of a variety of images types, Dorton is understood for her private ardour. “What units me aside is my dedication to spreading positivity and creating real lifelong connections with the {couples} I serve,” she says. “Expertise are low-cost, however ardour is priceless.”

Bridal Portraits  

1. Ashley Dorton Pictures 

2. Carbone Photograph Co. 

3. (Tie) Aurelia Studios; Kenzi Flinchum Pictures (previously Kenzi Creates Co.) 

Engagement Photograph Session 

1. Ashley Dorton Pictures 

2. Carbone Photograph Co. 

3. Aurelia Studios 

Bridal Boudoir Pictures 

1. Ashley Dorton Pictures 

2. Carbone Photograph Co. 

3. (Tie) Joanna Hartsook Pictures; Kenzi Flinchum Pictures (previously Kenzi Creates Co.)

Occasion Lighting: (TIE) The Lighting & Sound Co.; Lease-E-Quip

The Lighting & Sound Co.’s classically skilled designers, skilled technicians and operators have arrange 1000’s of occasions throughout the nation. They perceive the significance of lighting at a marriage. “Good lighting brings out the easiest within the meals, the friends, the decor and, in fact, the couple,” says Logan Adams, director of operations. It’s a sentiment mirrored by Lease-E-Quip’s David Darby, a marriage and occasion specialist who says they work with shoppers to supply distinctive lighting providers utilizing state-of-the artwork gear. 

2. Lighting Professors 

3. (Tie) Leap Gentle + Sound; Social gathering Excellent

Marriage ceremony Day Pictures: Carbone Photograph Co.

Stephen Carbone based his images firm, Carbone Photograph Co., in 2019 and has made it a household affair, assisted part-time by his spouse Jennie. “Most would describe our fashion as photojournalistic, capturing moments as they’re with a eager eye to element and emotion,” Carbone says. “Our work captures the pure components of the scene, permitting our shoppers to cherish and relive these moments for years to come back.” 

2. Ashley Dorton Pictures                  

3. Aurelia Studios

Multicategory Winner: Shelley Greene/Concord of Virginia

Harpist Shelley Greene based Concord of Virginia in 1999 and has been bringing lovely music to weddings ever since. Greene obtained a bachelor’s diploma in harp efficiency from Johns Hopkins’ prestigious Peabody Institute, and she or he says she was the primary African American girl to take action. “I began enjoying professionally at age 17, and have in all probability performed at greater than 2,200 weddings,” Greene says.

String Instrument Group, Duo or Soloist  

1. Shelley Greene/Concord of Virginia 

2. Somerset Quartet 

LGBTQ-Pleasant Vendor 

1. Shelley Greene/Concord of Virginia 

2. Lease-E-Quip 

3. Historic Mankin Mansion

Multicategory Winner: Mod Movement

Proprietor Morgan Robertson combines her passions for love and filmmaking by means of her firm Mod Movement. For the previous seven years she’s been preserving {couples}’ huge days on movie within the Richmond space. “There are numerous old-school wedding ceremony movies on the market, however I’ve a contemporary, stylistic method,” Robertson says. “It is necessary to maintain up with the most recent developments and expertise.”


1. Mod Movement 

2. RVA Productions 

3. (Tie) Derek Fowler Productions; Mark Yeattes/Yeattes Productions 

Native Pictures/Videography Supplier Providing Occasion Streaming Providers 

1. Mod Movement 

2. The Lighting & Sound Co.

Marriage ceremony DJ: DJ Large Leisure 


Roy “DJ Large” Richardson is all about making the massive day memorable for his shoppers. “I get the possibility to be part of a particular couple’s life, even when it is only for a brief time frame,” he says. “I completely love interacting with the couple and their friends. The laughs and the fun-filled spirit that takes over is priceless.” 

2. Historic Mankin Mansion 

3. Sean McNamee/Xtreme Disc Jockeys 

High Band: Bachelor Boys Band

The Bachelor Boys have topped the class for finest wedding ceremony band once more this yr. {Couples} love the excessive power and talent to customise the setlist, which incorporates classical, rock ‘n’ roll, Motown and High 40 choices. Select from the three-piece band that is match for ceremonies or smaller receptions, as much as the 14-piece band that may maintain the dance flooring going all night time lengthy.  

2. The Adrian Duke Venture 

3. Dance Sweet 

Photograph Sales space Firm: Richmond Photobooth

Marriage ceremony photograph cubicles have been an more and more in style development, offering a particular memento whereas entertaining friends with good old school enjoyable. On the onset of the pandemic, proprietor Andrea Maradiaga began brainstorming new and improved props that have been simpler to wash. “Our new prop assortment is numerous enjoyable,” she says. “We’ve been very grateful to be busy with back-to-back occasions whereas persevering with to develop much more props in our assortment.” 

2. Badass Photograph Sales space

3. (Tie) Hott Shotz; Pix R Us

Decor & Particulars

Repeat Winner: Paisley & Jade

The furnishings leases class was added to the A-Listing survey in 2013, and Paisley & Jade has been voted finest every year. Co-owned by buddies Morgan Montgomery and Perkins Morgan, Paisley & Jade gives classic and hand-built specialty furnishings.   

“We have been each working in occasions, and we noticed a necessity that led to an attention-grabbing area of interest,” Morgan says. “9 years in the past, we took a leap of religion and began our personal enterprise.” 

Morgan says typically white folding chairs and conventional tables work simply wonderful, however many consumers are on the lookout for a singular contact to their occasion. Morgan and Montgomery began amassing classic gadgets to hire to shoppers. They’ve gone from a storage unit with simply the 2 of them to a warehouse of furnishings, decor and equipment with round 20 workers. 

Paisley & Jade scours native property gross sales and artsy Instagram teams to seek out items, from Victorian settees and midcentury chairs to farmhouse tables and Bohemian rugs. “We love creating that wow issue for friends after they first arrive,” Morgan says.  

Paisley & Jade not too long ago launched a workshop and employed artisans to construct {custom} items, from altars to whimsical cocktail bars that may simply be assembled and match by means of slim doorways generally present in historic venues.  

“However our bread and butter has been in creating intimate lounge areas which might be heat and alluring,” Morgan says. “Once we see the photographs after the marriage, the lounge areas are all the time full. Family and friends are reconnecting, stress-free and catching up. That, to us, is what it’s all about.”

Furnishings Leases

1. Paisley & Jade 

2. Lease-E-Quip 

3. Traditional Social gathering Leases

Multicategory Winner: Donnie Newton 


Prior to now six years, Donnie Newton has officiated practically 300 weddings, from conventional ceremonies in out of doors gardens to themed weddings at The Poe Museum. “{Couples} at present typically wish to write their very own vows and make their ceremonies actually private,” Newton says. “I’m open to serving to them with a set script or incorporating their very own needs. I’ve seen all of it.” 


1. Donnie Newton 

2. Mary Lee 

3. (Tie) Jeremiah Dillon; Anne Joyce Heath 

LGBTQ-Pleasant Officiant  

1. Donnie Newton 

2. (Tie) ElopeRVA; Anne Joyce Heath; Hollie Woodruff

10-12 months Repeat Winner: James Limousine

James Limousine has topped the limousine class all 10 years of the A-Listing survey. Offering high-end transportation providers since 1992, the Richmond-based enterprise delivers a variety of chauffeured choices for weddings, together with getaway automobiles, airport transfers for family and friends, and rides for bachelor and bachelorette events.  

“The corporate has seen loads up to now 30 years, however nothing fairly like COVID,” says Hope Newcomb, co-owner and CEO. “{Couples} are making up for misplaced time now, and we’re not solely reserving weddings each Saturday however on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, too. We’re glad to be again to 30 workers once more.” 

The James Limousine fleet consists of Lincoln stretch limos, Mercedes vans, Yukons, Suburbans, Expeditions and extra. Private touches embrace bottled water, ice and a marriage day emergency equipment, full with a stitching equipment, toiletry merchandise and first-aid gadgets. 

“Our drivers are identified for his or her service, punctuality and professionalism,” Newcomb says. “Every should undergo chauffeur coaching and move background checks — it’s extra concerned than you assume.” 

Newcomb says she’s relieved to see weddings again in enterprise following the height of the pandemic. “We’re doing extra bachelorette events to Virginia’s wine nation, driving wedding ceremony events to group dinners, issues like that,” she says. “After all, we’re doing the whole lot with COVID-19 security and well being precautions in place.” 

James Limousine has been there for its shoppers by means of the most important moments of their lives, from proms and weddings to company occasions and funerals.  

“We actually satisfaction ourselves on the standard of our automobiles and our drivers,” Newcomb says. “We hearken to our prospects and customise the whole lot to satisfy their wants.”  

Limousine Firm

1. James Limousine 

2. Richmond Limousine

Multicategory Winner: Faye Avenue Studios 

Emily Ripka is a one-woman store, turning out {custom} invites and place, desk and save-the-date playing cards by means of her enterprise, Faye Avenue Studios. Although Ripka has a watch for stationery design, she believes compatibility with shoppers is equally necessary. She says she’s honored to land once more on this yr’s A-Listing survey. “Richmond has some crazy-talented wedding ceremony professionals, and being acknowledged amongst folks I look as much as is wonderful.” 

Stationery/Invitation Store  

1. Faye Avenue Studios 

2. Kara Anne + Co. 

3. Merrymaker Positive Paper 

Regionally Designed Invites/Native Invitation Designer 

1. Faye Avenue Studios 

2. Kara Anne + Co. 

3. Merrymaker Positive Paper

Greatest Different Transportation Service: (TIE) James River Transportation; RVA on Wheels, Trolley; RVATukTuk 

In terms of the perfect various modes of transportation for weddings, Richmond Bride voters are break up between James River Transportation, RVA on Wheels’ trolley service and RVATukTuk. James River Transportation gives luxurious buses, vans and sedans to move {couples} and their friends. “Somewhat than a celebration bus, we wish to present greater class, secure and dependable automobiles,” says Stephen Story, president. There’s nothing like a traditional trolley automotive to conjure previous romance and nostalgia, and RVA on Wheels has white or inexperienced choices which might be nice for photographs. “Our trolleys have social seating, the place some rows face one another, making it actually enjoyable for transporting friends or the marriage get together,” says Operations Supervisor Hendley Davis. RVATukTuk gives three-wheeled, all-electric, open-air limo service in downtown Richmond. “We do visitor transports, getaway automobiles, and even microweddings, the place our driver can officiate the ceremony,” says co-owner Lyndsi Austin. 

2. James Limousine

Multicategory Winner: Lease-E-Quip

Household-owned and -operated since 2000, Lease-E-Quip gives the tent, dance flooring and the whole lot in between. “We’re within the enterprise of serving to folks on some of the necessary days of their lives,” says David Darby, wedding ceremony and occasion specialist. “We take the gravity of that into all we do, from how we clear and put together our stock to how we hearken to our shoppers and assist them make the fitting picks.”

Service Supplier for Small or Yard Weddings  

1. Lease-E-Quip 

2. Lunch and Supper 

3. Social gathering Excellent

Tent Leases  

1. Lease-E-Quip 

2. (Tie) Traditional Social gathering Leases; Social gathering Excellent 

3. Commonwealth Occasion Co. 

Linen Leases  

1. Lease-E-Quip 

2. Traditional Social gathering Leases 

3. (Tie) Paisley & Jade; Social gathering Excellent

Audiovisual Supplier 

1. Lease-E-Quip 

2. RVAV 

3. The Lighting & Sound Co.

Multicategory Winner: Pencraft + Put up

A favourite once more this yr, Pencraft and Put up creates hand-lettered place playing cards, chalkboards, indicators, {custom} balloons and extra. Proprietor Deirdre Gill has loads of artistic concepts, however she’s open to something. “We are saying sure loads,” she says. “We’re all the time all the way down to be taught, develop and take a look at new issues to carry our shoppers’ visions to life.” 

Regionally Owned Etsy Store to Buy Equipment or Decor  

1. Pencraft + Put up 

2. Pressed in Books 

Calligraphy or Hand-Lettering Artist

1. Pencraft + Put up  

2. (Tie) Faye Avenue Studios; Letterful 

3. Kara Anne + Co.

Floral Design: Tommy’s Backyard

Tommy Autry of Tommy’s Backyard says brides are getting extra artistic when choosing their blooms. Widespread selections this yr embrace Gerber daisies, narcissus, hydrangeas, orchids, tulips and peonies. Over its 23 years in enterprise, Tommy’s Backyard has sourced flowers from virtually each continent, however Autry loves partnering with native farmers. “Virginia particularly has a number of the most attractive dahlias,” he says. “Brides love supporting our farmers and are open to utilizing extra native varieties, colours and textures, which has been actually cool.”  

2. Vogue Flowers

3. Pappy June’s Bouquets

Multicategory Winner: Colleen Prepare dinner/CCS Occasions

Colleen Prepare dinner has been serving to {couples} plan and execute their wedding ceremony visions for 20 years. “{Couples} need their day to emulate their character or beliefs, and so they wish to share that with their family and friends,” Prepare dinner says. “We assist personalize the occasion to symbolize what makes them them, whether or not it’s enjoyable, formal or a fusion of cultures.” 

Occasion Designer/Planner 

1. Colleen Prepare dinner/CCS Occasions 

2. The Hive Marriage ceremony Collective 

3. (Tie) Glint Occasions; Marylee Marmer Occasions

Day-of Marriage ceremony Coordinator  

1. Colleen Prepare dinner/CCS Occasions 

2. The Hive Marriage ceremony Collective 

3. Historic Mankin Mansion

Meals & Beverage

Virginia Beer to Serve at Your Marriage ceremony: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery  

For {couples} trying to showcase RVA at their wedding ceremony, Hardywood’s domestically sourced brews match the invoice. The standard American-style Richmond Lager is clear and crisp, interesting to hopheads and informal drinkers alike. The brewery’s canned Suncrush glowing ales are additionally crowd pleasers in flavors equivalent to tangerine, ginger lime and black cherry.  

2. Triple Crossing Beer 

3. (Tie) Middle of the Universe Brewing Co.; Devils Spine Brewing Co.; The Virginia Beer Co.

Bartending Service/Mixologist: One for the Highway

To craft an ideal cocktail, Brittany Nicole Jones and Ryan Wirt of One for the Highway mix a pair’s palate with peak seasonal elements. No wedding ceremony is identical, however bourbon typically steals the present. “I’m undecided if that’s as a result of bourbon continues to be taking the world by storm,” Jones says, “or if Ryan and I like whiskey a lot that we find yourself guiding friends in that path.” 

2. Cocktails With Class 

3. (Tie) Groovin’ Gourmets; Mosaic Catering + Occasions; The Sugar Dice Cellular Bar Co.; The Watering Gap

Multicategory Winner: Pearl’s Bake Shoppe

Laurie Chapman-Blakey of Pearl’s Bake Shoppe says wedding ceremony desserts have been taking a extra rustic flip with developments like textured frosting, contemporary wildflowers, and touches of gold. However she says one in every of her most unbelievable items was a groom’s cake for her godson — a pirate’s chest full of gold cash that includes the bride, and a treasure map displaying their path to like.

Marriage ceremony Truffles  

1. Pearl’s Bake Shoppe 

2. Louisa’s Homemades 

3. (Tie) Fats Rabbit Truffles; The Mixing Bowl Bakery; Sugar & Salt; Candy Repair 

Marriage ceremony Cake Different 

1. Cupcakes/Cake Pops from Pearl’s Bake Shoppe 

2. Doughnuts from Sugar Shack 

3. (Tie) Dessert Bar by Louisa’s Homemades; Tres Leches Cake from Kuba Kuba 

Groom’s Cake  

1. Pearl’s Bake Shoppe 

2. (Tie) Fats Rabbit Truffles; The Mixing Bowl Bakery; Sugar & Salt 

10-12 months Repeat Winner: Mosaic Catering + Occasions 

Whereas eating developments come and go, Ryan Traylor, director of catering for Mosaic Catering + Occasions, says conventional consolation meals proceed to face up to the check of time. The identical could possibly be stated for Mosaic. For the tenth yr in a row, the corporate has been voted the perfect caterer within the area.  

When serving to a pair plan their menu, Traylor says the story of their relationship performs a vital position. Did they meet over a slice of late-night pizza in New York Metropolis? Go to highschool in South Carolina or fall in love within the Bahamas? Or is there a signature dish they’ve all the time made collectively?  

“That’s all the time the perfect half,” he says, “discovering out what a pair’s distinctive tales are and placing them on the menu.” 

Mosaic may also carry class to fundamental consolation meals. As an example, for somebody who loves corn canines, Mosaic cooks may take gourmand sausage, wrap it in a blue-cheese-and-bacon batter, and serve it deep-fried with Champagne mustard.  

“There’s all the time a method to take one thing foolish and make it cool and enjoyable and attention-grabbing,” Traylor says. 

Additionally they supply a one-stop manufacturing store with lighting, decor, draping, audio and visible gear, and furnishings. Whether or not a pair is on the lookout for a glamorous atmosphere with a crystal chandelier and white draping, or one thing extra rustic and stylish that embraces the pure environment, Mosaic’s staff could make it occur. 

In the end, the staff is what Traylor believes units Mosaic aside. “Each occasion is appeared over by a minimum of eight to 10 totally different folks to verify the whole lot we promise is correctly executed,” he says. “There are such a lot of folks {that a} couple might don’t have any contact with, however who play an integral half of their wedding ceremony.  

“Our persons are our largest asset.” 


1. Mosaic Catering + Occasions 

2. Lunch and Supper 

3. Cater 2 Occasions

Virginia Wine to Serve at Your Marriage ceremony: Jolene Household Vineyard 

From dry and daring wines to off-dry and candy, Jolene Household Vineyard has one thing for everybody. “Our Lakeview White, a mix of vidal blanc and chardonnay, could be very in style,” says Taddy Mikelaites, the vineyard’s occasions supervisor. “It is a gentle, refreshing possibility with tropical notes that may attraction to most friends. It’s full and flavorful with appreciable viscosity.” 

2. Barboursville Vineyards

3. King Household Vineyards

Meals Truck for the Reception: The Grateful Grill RVA

Barry Tatum of The Grateful Grill RVA has seen a rising curiosity in informal and out of doors weddings — and never simply attributable to COVID. “It’s a shift towards the far much less formal tradition of the present technology,” he says. The Grateful Grill’s artistic grilled cheese sandwiches — that includes elements like Carolina barbecue and sun-dried tomatoes with a balsamic glaze — positively match the invoice.  

2. Gelati Celesti

3. River Metropolis Wooden Hearth 

Regionally Made Spirits to Serve at Your Marriage ceremony: Belle Isle Moonshine

When that you must serve a crowd with mojitos, margaritas, frosé and sangria, Belle Isle Moonshine is flexible sufficient to deal with all of it. Kick it up a notch with a spicy mule utilizing their Honey Habanero infusion or take the simple route with a collection of ready-to-drink canned cocktails. 

2. Cirrus Vodka

3. Virago Spirits

Pre- & Put up- Marriage ceremony

Pre-Marriage ceremony Health Coaching: The Bar Technique Richmond

This boutique health studio gives difficult however safety-conscious barre courses led by educated academics. “All instructors take anatomy and physiology courses and are skilled in correct hands-on and verbal changes, which permits us to get shoppers into safer kind sooner,” says Nikki Davis, proprietor of The Bar Technique Richmond. Brides and their friends can benefit from a reduced charge of $135 per 30 days for 3 months of limitless courses.  

2. Orangetheory Health 

3. (Tie) American Household Health; BOHO Studios; Pure Barre; ReDefine RVA

Honeymoon Journey Consultants: Champagne & Cabanas Journey

Champagne & Cabanas Journey founder Ciera Pope makes use of detailed analysis and her private journey expertise to supply honeymoon planning providers which might be custom-made to go well with {couples}’ wants and visions. “I’m diligent to find choices that I really feel will exceed the expectations of my shoppers,” she says. “I follow clear communication in regards to the reserving course of and take a really clear and sincere method.”  

2. Journeys Inc.

3. AAA 

Robe Preservation: Puritan Cleaners 

Puritan Cleaners gives robe cleansing and preservation utilizing the most recent methods and processes. As soon as cleansing is full, the robe is packaged in a nitrogen-filled preservation field with a built-in window show so brides can take a peek with out inflicting any harm. “We perceive {that a} robe is not simply cloth,” says Puritan vp Norman Manner. “It represents a second in your life that deserves the easiest consideration to protect the reminiscence.” 

2. Tiffanys Bridal

Marriage ceremony Dance Teacher: Rigby’s Jig Dance Studio 

For {couples} who wish to wow the group with their dance strikes, look no additional than Rigby’s Jig Dance Studio within the Willow Place procuring middle. Select from the fundamental wedding ceremony package deal, which incorporates 5 one-hour personal classes, or the marriage plus package deal, which options eight one-hour periods. Each choices are supplied in-person and nearly for any talent degree. “We deal with our shoppers like household and welcome them by means of our doorways to affix our neighborhood of dance,” says proprietor Eleanor Robertson. 

2. Arthur Murray Richmond 

3. (Tie) Fred Astaire Dance Studios; Off and Dancing!; Veronica Nugent/Merely Ballroom Dance Studio 

First-Residence Neighborhood within the Richmond Area: Church Hill

The oldest neighborhood in Richmond, historic Church Hill overlooks town from its towering perch within the East Finish. It has a breadth of Queen Anne, Italianate, Gothic, Colonial and Greek Revival-style houses at a variety of costs. First-time homebuyers are drawn to the realm for its mix of neighborhood and its proximity to downtown, in addition to ample spots for out of doors recreation, native eating places and boutique procuring.  

2. Museum District 

3. (Tie) The Fan; Lakeside