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Sunset Sweethearts: The bride and groom shared an intimate moment on The Boathouse pier as the sun set on the James River. (Photo by Carly Romeo of Two Spoons Photography)
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Sugar and Spice: Instead of a traditional cake, the couple had cupcakes from Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe in five flavors: Cookies & Cream, Jazzy Raz, Honey Bee, Lucy in the Sky and Strawberry Fields. (Photo by Carly Romeo of Two Spoons Photography)
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Boogie Nights: A guest initiated a dance-off during the reception, and Nicole’s 6-year-old cousin was declared the winner. (Photo by Carly Romeo, Two Spoons Photography)
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Guiding the Way: The ceremony aisles were lined with pastel-colored wooden hearts, which the bride and groom made themselves. (Photo by Carly Romeo, Two Spoons Photography)
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Family Matters: The couple posed with DJ’s extended family right after they made their first entrance as husband and wife. (Photo by Carly Romeo, Two Spoons Photography)
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Balancing Act: Nicole says the wedding party was a bit “lopsided” — she had eight bridesmaids, while DJ only had four groomsmen. (Photo by Carly Romeo, Two Spoons Photography)
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Keeping with Tradition: The bride’s veil was made from a piece of vintage lace she purchased in Italy with her mother, grandmother and two cousins/maids of honor. She also donned an antique jeweled pin that’s been worn in her family's weddings since the early 1900s. (Photo by Carly Romeo, Two Spoons Photography)
It all started with a napkin. Nicole Field and DJ Scruggs were each at a bar with friends one September night in 2007 when they first locked eyes. One of Nicole’s friends wrote, “Will you go out with me?” signed “Blonde Curls” on the napkin and gave it to DJ while Nicole wasn’t looking. They went on their first date several days later and became engaged on New Year’s Day 2014. Now, the framed napkin is hung on the wall next to their framed wedding invitation.
The laid-back couple opted for a DIY summer wedding with an “All the Colors” theme — handmade wooden hearts in a rainbow of colors lined the aisles of their outdoor lawn ceremony at The Boathouse at Sunday Park. The bride carried a bouquet of brightly colored wildflowers while her bridesmaids, wearing Nordstrom dresses in blue lagoon, kelly green and paprika, carried white daisies. The indoor reception featured tables set with navy tablecloths and colorful Mason jar centerpieces. “I didn’t want to overdo the décor because I thought the scenery itself was so stunning,” Nicole says.
At the reception, guests enjoyed specialty white mojitos and a hearty dinner selection including pork barbecue and steak and potatoes. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple offered tiers of different-sized cupcakes from Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe.
The bride wore a classic A-line gown with a lace-up back from Urban Set Bride in Church Hill. For her, a favorite moment came the night before the wedding. Dropping her off at her grandparents’ house, DJ stayed to briefly practice their first dance. “After that, he gave me a kiss goodbye and left right at 11:58 p.m.,” she says. “It was such a tender moment.”
Cupcakes: Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe
Catering: Provided by The Boathouse at Sunday Park
Wedding Coordinator: Susan Birkenheier from The Boathouse
Flowers: The Platinum Petal (Wellington, Ohio)
Makeup: Jonye Cordova, BRIDEface Richmond
Bridal Hair: Red Salon Organics