Catherine (as she so rightly puts it) “call-me-maybe’d” Kevin while he was bartending at a restaurant in Richmond, Virginia one night. Fast-forward a couple of years and Kevin was whisking Catherine away to a winery in Williamsburg for a surprise wine-tasting, 5-star dinner and the proposal of a lifetime.
Kevin and Catherine’s wedding was inspired by the romance of Gothic cathedrals, the vintage glamour of The Beverly Hills Hotel and the magic of Havana, Cuba. It began at one of Richmond’s oldest churches, St Peter’s, with an emotional ceremony and finished down the road at Havana 59 with a Cuban feast and dance party.
Catherine is a very creative person who doesn’t like being restricted by a theme. Given this, the only constant throughout the day was striped décor – stripes for the ring bearer’s pillow, the table décor and the pillows on the patio. There was also an abundance of prayer candles and palms, all centred around a colour palette of black and white, with pops of red neon and sequins.
As a blogger, Catherine always gets asked her number one piece of wedding advice from her followers.
‘Practice meditation!’ says Catherine.
‘Inner peace will make this wedding planning journey process the utmost enjoyable. It was a game changer for Kevin and me.
‘Also, don’t confuse “cherish your wedding forever” with “like your aesthetic choices forever“. It’s an impossible amount of pressure. Don’t try to make everything classic, instead embrace the people you are today in the styling of your wedding,’ advises Catherine.
‘When you look back on these photos and moments in years to come, you’ll be transported in time to the people you were then and it will be nostalgic in the best way!’
Let yourself get whisked away to Cuba with Catherine and Kevin’s amazing wedding photos below.
Photography: Kaytee Lauren | Videography: Altamira Film Co. | Florals + Event Styling: For Love of Love | Styling: CathClaire | Venue, Catering + Drinks: Havana 59 | Cake: Pearls Bake Shoppe | Stationery: Minted | Wedding Gown: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Fame + Partners | Accessories: Catbird | Shoes: Saint Laurent | Suits: Alton Lane | Engagement Ring: Custom | Wedding Bands: Cartier | Hair: Mango Salon | Make up: CathClaire | Ceremony Venue: St Peter’s Catholic Church