Lauren & Nate | Vintage Musical Wedding in Virginia

Today’s wedding is full of sweet vintage details, special musical elements, all at a beautiful location. Lovely photos by Katie Stoops.

The bride wore her mother’s dress and veil.

DIY details included fans for during the ceremony and customized tambourine favors.

The musical bride and groom sang “If I Were a Carpenter” before cutting their pie at the reception. Pies included pecan, apple, apple berry, strawberry rhubarb, and peach. Signature drinks were The Mavis (lavender gin spritzer) and The Otis (old-fashioned).

Says Lauren about their band: “Because of how much we worried and schemed about the challenge of putting a 10-piece brass band in a fairly small barn building, the fact that the dancing piece of our reception felt so festive and not overly-crowded was a lovely surprise!”

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  My sister and I grew up playing with one of the daughters of the family who operates Tuckahoe, so we were familiar with it in an informal way. My sister and her husband were married there in October of 2010, which was my first chance to see the property as a fine outdoor venue. What I loved most about Tuckahoe was the freedom to decorate very little to large effect, because the grounds of Tuckahoe are already so lovingly maintained. I love the mix of formal and functional gardening spaces.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I enjoyed the chance to learn more about my mom and dad’s early married years together, by going through some of my parents’ rustic decor pieces. I was also jazzed when Nate suggested we include Johnny Cash’s “Flesh and Blood” in the ceremony music, because it really nailed down the “return to Eden” hopefulness of our commitment to one another (and the visible decor of the wedding day).

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  I will always remember the determination with which Nate took on arranging “Gimme Some” by Nina Simone – as soon as I got it in my head that it would make for a fun first dance. The fact that our wedding band ended up being a 10-piece brass band didn’t slow him down – Nate write lines for all of the members of the band!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Don’t try to please everyone! You can’t even guess what would please someone else, so just step away and figure out what your preferences are. Also, I was thankful for Pinterest, but only in moderation!


See more of Lauren and Nate’s simple vintage wedding in the gallery.

Vendor Credits

Photographer: Katie Stoops / Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation in Richmond, Virginia / Officiant: Erik Bonkovsky / Bride's Dress, Veil: vintage / Bride's Shoes: Camper / Groom's Vintage Suit: Bygone's Vintage / Bridesmaid Dresses: Carol Hannah / Floral Design: Hannah Warfield / Tent Rental: Skyline Tent Company / Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: The Bird & Her Consort / Reception Music: No BS! Brass Band / Caterer, Rentals: Harvest Moon / Pies: Well-Made Pastry Alliance

Select Vendors from this post


Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to toolbar