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Birds of a Feather
Aimee’s love of dressing up sparked the wedding’s masquerade theme.
Photos by Katelyn James Photography
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Patience is the couple’s byword. They dated for 12 years before marrying, then delayed the honeymoon several months until Jamie graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Aimee’s bouquet, designed by Arielle Whitt from Vogue Flowers, included hydrangeas, roses, mini calla lilies and white ostrich feathers.
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Love at Last
Aimee and Jamie were engaged for five years.
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Tears and Tiers
Kara Buntin of A Cake to Remember made the four-tiered chocolate, almond, lemon and raspberry cake.
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On a 39-degree day, the newlyweds pose for quick photos with the bridal party in Libby Hill Park.
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Aimee and James leave The Renaissance to a fanfare of sparklers waved by guests. The couple, their friends and relatives celebrated the 12-year anniversary of their first date at midnight at nearby Popkin Tavern.
It felt more like the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond than early spring in Virginia when Scotland-born Aimee Reed married Richmonder Jamie Fauerbach. But inside The Renaissance, the atmosphere was warm and festive as the couple who’d met 12 years prior wed in front of 150 guests.
Brides typically want a perfectly scripted day, but Aimee received a surprise after she and Jamie exchanged vows. Bagpiper Tim MacLeod walked into the ceremony to play four Scottish ballads — a gift from Aimee’s mother, Lorna Boyle. “I burst into tears when he came out,” says Aimee, who lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, until moving to the U.S. at age 9.
Guests at the reception enjoyed a playful touch also orchestrated by Boyle and a bridesmaid. “They know I really like to dress up,” Aimee says. “When I picked out a dress with ostrich feathers on the bottom and beading on the top, that look made you think about ball gowns and Mardi Gras.” At each place setting was a mask that transformed after-dinner dancing into a masquerade ball. Photographer Katelyn James captured stoic images of the bride and groom in their distinctive, whimsical disguises — hers flirty and feathery and his, a golden beak. A photo booth caught guests in some wildly candid masked poses.
Aimee changed into a one-shoulder mermaid-style gown at the end of the evening, and the couple carried the party next door to Popkin Tavern. After the wedding, the newlyweds took off on a three-week honeymoon through six countries financed in part by guests who donated to their online travel fund.
To celebrate their first 15 marriage anniversaries, Aimee and Jamie plan to uncork a bottle of wine from each reception tables, with every label signed by the guests who sat there.
Catering: The Renaissance
Florist: Vogue Flowers and MARTIN'S Food Market
Reception Band: Larry Bernstein, Disc Jockey Services
Gown: Caryn’s Bridals
Hair and makeup: Faces by Joy
Photo Booth: MotoBooth