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The couple poses in front of a sculpture by Richmond artist Demetrios Mavroudis, one of several on the property.
Photos by Kellan Studios
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Evelyn Glenn, for whom Emily was a nanny the year prior to the wedding, was supposed to be the veil attendant during the ceremony, but shyness got the best of her.
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The bride's bouquet, created by Dennis Brumback, was inspired by the Pacific Northwest.
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Emily’s dad, veteran broadcaster Tim Timberlake, walks the bride down the aisle. The veil, which has been worn by some of Emily’s cousins, was purchased several years prior on a trip to Belgium with the bride’s grandmother.
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Flowers by Dennis Brumback
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A selection of aguas frescas kept the guests cool
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Inger Rice, former owner of the Rice House, was a guest for the evening. She had always hoped that one day the house would host a wedding.
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It was about 90 degrees the day of the wedding, but a nice breeze coming off the James River and three large decanters of agua fresca kept the guests hydrated during the ceremony.
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Pearl's Bakery created this minimalist cake, and florist Dennis Brumback, who did the flowers for Emily’s parents’ wedding 35 years prior, was the mastermind behind the Portland-inspired flowers.
There are a lot of great venues in Richmond, but chances are you’ve already been to several weddings at each of them. So when Emily Timberlake, a Montessori preschool teacher, and Davis Hand, a computer programmer, stumbled upon a virgin site — the Rice House — they booked it without hesitation.
Australian Ambassador Walter Rice and his wife, Inger, were the original mid-1960s occupants of the house that overlooks the James River and is designed by famed architect Richard Neutra. The couple owned the home until 1996, at which time they donated it to the Science Museum of Virginia. The site’s international-style architecture, coupled with the fact that it was an actual home, gave Emily and Davis a familial setting for their summer wedding.
The couple, who met in 2004 on the first day of orientation at the University of Mary Washington, grew up in Virginia (her in Richmond, him in Northern Virginia), and they now live in Portland, Ore. After a relaxed breakfast at home with her parents, Emily and her bridal party got their hair done and readied themselves for the wedding. Then everyone, including Davis, met at the Rice House for photos and quality time together, which Emily said helped lower the stress level.
The nuptials were short because Emily and Davis were mindful that most of the guests would be standing in Richmond’s June heat. Emily walked down the aisle in an ivory Grecian-style Saja dress. The reception featured small, Southern-inspired plates by Mosaic Catering — chicken and waffles, sweet potato biscuits with ham, and jambalaya — a nod to the quick bites at food trucks the couple enjoys in Portland.
The cake, created by Pearl’s Bakery, also had personal symbolism. Moss and plants representing the woodsy Pacific Northwest covered a coconut cake, a tip of the hat to their Hawaii honeymoon. The decorations throughout the reception area were minimal so as not to compete with the clean lines of the Rice House.
Before the couple left for their honeymoon and subsequently returned home to Portland, they gave their guests CDs of love songs to remember the magical evening.
Photography Kellan Studios
Ceremony/reception Rice House
Gown Saja Wedding
Band Gypsy Roots
Caterer Mosaic Catering
Invitations Hatch Show Print