Time for Romans (At Lewis Ginter)

As most of you know, Isaac is a Montessori school teacher. He teaches 1st-5th grade, all subjects, all in one classroom. Ever since Isaac shared the news about our engagement with his students via Show & Tell, they have been really excited – particularly the girls. Apparently one of the hot topics is who our flower girl is going to be. Luckily I don’t think we’re having one so we won’t have to choose. πŸ˜‰

They’ve also had some fun ideas for how Mr. Isaac and I should tie the knot. Most of them involve us getting married at their school. One of them involves a baby piΓ±ata <– yeah… we didn’t ask anything more about that one.

Once Isaac told them we had other places in mind, he received this little note…

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How cute is that?

While I’m not sure we’ll be having our rehearsal at his school, I’m now 100% sure where we’ll be having the wedding! After many weekends of touring and countless hours of research, we finally signed the contract for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! The funniest part is that Lewis Ginter was the very first place we looked that day after we got engaged and it’s been one of our top choices. We thought it was going to be out of our budget but after realizing that many things were included in the cost (like a tent, chairs, tables, etc) it ended up being a viable option.

It’s not the cheapest place, but also not the most expensive and it’s naturally beautiful, which hopefully means we can spend less on decorations and flowers. We also love the location. It’s close to our house and to many hotel options. Lewis Ginter also has an exclusive caterer, Meriwether Godsey. I’ve read great reviews about the food, which is awesome considering the food is a big deal! And, it’s kind of nice that that we can already cross “choosing a caterer” off the list. πŸ˜‰

The ceremony will be outdoors in the Grace Arents Garden.

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This charming garden dates back to the era of its owner, Grace Arents. The center sundial, gazebo, and arbors offer romantic ceremony options. During blooming season, the garden features roses, peonies, and a variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, and small shrubs; sculpted juniper topiaries anchor the Victorian garden.

The reception will be at the Bloemendaal House.

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The top level of the house will be used for the bridal party to get ready and the rental includes formal rooms with fireplaces, cozy side rooms, indoor restrooms and a kitchen, which is where the food will be prepared and served (if we have it buffet style). The main party will happen outside under a tent on a brick patio.

I’ve been googling up a storm looking at photography blogs that have posted photos of weddings at Lewis Ginter. There are a ton out there, but here are a few if you’re interested:

So now that we have the venue, we also have a DATE set – May 11, 2013!!

I’m so excited that some of the big things are falling into place. It seems like it took us forever to choose the venue but I’m really glad we had the time to really explore and look at a bunch of different options before choosing because now we’re 100% certain this one is perfect for us.

As one of Isaac’s students would say, it’s “Time for Romans” (also known as Romance).


I absolutely love this – the palm trees, the sunset… looks like a honeymoon scene to me!

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  1. What a beautiful venue for a wedding! I love that you two will be getting married at Lewis Ginter πŸ™‚ And hooo boy did I laugh at all of the kid antics in this post. “Time for Romans” is a work of inspired genius!

  2. ahhhh “time for romans” hahahhaa i LOVE that pic!!! i am so excited for you two, i think this is the perfecttttttttt location for your wedding, it’s going to be amazing!! sharon also confirmed that the food from that caterer there is very very good, she was so happy to hear that you chose this place too!

  3. Ahh! I’m getting married at the Bloemendaal House this October so of course I highly support your decision. Jump in as early as you can and M-G hosts open tastings roughly twice a year (it costs money to do a private tasting) but I went to the one that was held in January and it was fabulous food. I’m doing a buffet style dinner there and opting to rent a second tent due to the month I’m choosing. Have lots of fun planning <3

    • Congrats Tiffany – that is awesome! I can’t wait to go to the M-G open tasting! I think we are going to do buffet style and rent a second tent as well. πŸ™‚

      Are you on pinterest or The Knot?

      • I’m on both! You can find me under flamboer on Pinterest (Tiffany T.) and I am on the Knot but I’m not as active there besides my wedding budgeter and website πŸ™‚ We opted to rent our second tent with lights from Topside after getting lots of quotes and I enjoy letting people have the flexibility of eating however much they want.

  4. Hello! I have been reading your blog for a bit now and love it! I’m also a born-and-raised Richmonder (although I live in Farmville now for my job) and am recently engaged. We just checked out Lewis Ginter last weekend and loved it (but it isn’t for us) so congrats on finding your venue!!! When I saw the links to weddings that have been there in the past I knew I had to comment-Kristen (from the link ‘Kristen and Ian’) is my sorority sister from Longwood University!! Anyway, just thought that goes to show you what a small world this is πŸ™‚ Good luck with the rest of your planning!!


  5. Isaac’s students are ADORABLE. I love those cards – especially Time for Romans. Amazing!

    Congratulations on picking a venue – and a date! May is my absolute favorite month – and I may be biased because my birthday is on the 9th. πŸ™‚ Seriously though, the location looks gorgeous and I can totally picture your wedding there. Can’t wait to hear more details! We definitely need a catch-up phone call soon!

  6. Your venue is gorgeous!!! How exciting! Now you’ll be able to finally have a mental picture of what everything looks like and where it will go.. let the daydreaming begin! πŸ™‚

    I went to a Montessori school when I was younger! I have really fond memories there. Those notes are hysterical!

  7. Great choice!! We had our reception in 2005 at the Bloemendaal House and it was perfect. I still have friends and family talking about how yummy the food was! M-G made everything easy and stress-free. Plus there are so many gorgeous spots to take photos. Congratulations!

  8. Kids are seriously the best! That is why I love being a Nanny/Babysitter. It is so rewarding! So excited for you and Isaac πŸ™‚

    PS, Other blogs that I comment save the comment info (name, email, website, etc..) & yours does not. I just wanted to let you know, because I am sure you don’t comment on your own blog- maybe you are just unaware πŸ˜‰

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