A Classy, Minimalist Wedding at Historic Tredegar in Richmond, Virginia

Alexandria Brown (27 and a cancer center coordinator) and Jonathan Ashe (26 and a teaching assistant at a school for autism) met while moving into the

Alexandria Brown (27 and a cancer center coordinator) and Jonathan Ashe (26 and a teaching assistant at a school for autism) met while moving into their dorms during their freshman year at the University of Richmond. Alexandria asked Jon for directions to her dorm. He fumbled the directions and she said something acerbic, so the next time Alexandria ran into Jon he ignored her. "Eventually I grew frustrated that this attractive guy wouldn't talk to me, so I went out of my way to make him notice me," says Alexandria. Whatever she did worked in her favor, and the couple dated for seven years and had a beautiful baby girl together. Jon proposed to Alexandria by having their daughter, Noah, present her with a ring box. With the help of Lovebirds Events, the couple had an intimate, classy wedding in white, mint and burgundy at Historic Tredegar in Richmond. The ceremony was held outdoors at the Civil War Center in Historic Tredegar, a private museum with ruins from the Civil War. String lights decorated the old tree under which they said their vows, and leaves were scattered across the aisle. The tented reception also had string lights to illuminate the farmhouse tables that were covered in mint tablecloths, gold runners and minimalist lantern centerpieces. Alexandria and Jon's fashionable wedding party dressed in black tuxedos and mint dresses with fur stoles. Guests were treated to yummy bites from local food trucks, including red velvet, cinnamon sugar and maple bacon donuts from Sugar Shack Donuts as dessert. Alexandria and Jon's stunning, minimalist wedding was heartwarming and intimate.

Alexandria and Jon chose Historic Tredegar as their winter wedding venue. The building once housed Tredegar Iron Works, which used to be one of the largest manufacturers of iron in the United States.
Alexandria's A-line wedding dress from Bridal Elegance featured an illusion neckline in lace. She also wore an elbow length veil on her wedding day.
The bridesmaids wore knee length dresses in different styles from Target. They wore gold heels with their mint dresses. Alexandria and the bridesmaids wore fur stoles for this chilly, fall wedding.
Alexandria carried a white bouquet with hydrangeas, lisianthus, roses, wax flowers, seeded eucalyptus and lamb's ear. Her bridesmaids carried white bouquets with one variety of flower from Alexandria's bouquet and red hypercium berries.
Groom in a Black Tuxedo at Historic Tredegar
Jon's groomsmen wore black ties with their black tuxedos, while Jon wore a black bow tie to distinguish himself.
The Wedding Party in Mint, Black and White at Historic Tredegar
Bride and Groom at Civil War Center Ceremony
Alexandria and Jon were married at the Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. The ceremony took place under an old tree next to the ruins and was decorated with string lights.
The tented reception was decorated simply with string lights and farmhouse dining tables covered in mint tablecloths.
Minimalist centerpieces of small white lanterns and votive candles were arranged on gold satin runners.
Happy Newlyweds with Their Daughter
Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Alexandria and John treated their guests to donuts from Sugar Shack Donuts. The donut flavors were red velvet, cinnamon sugar and maple bacon.
"Our first dance was hysterical," says Alexandria. "We took dance lessons from Dance Masters, but we were only able to go to two or three. We tried teaching ourselves via YouTube the day before the wedding. We forgot everything and kept stepping on each others' feet!  Noah saved us by running in, so a comical dance turned into a sweet moment with all three of us dancing."