Exclusive: Modern "Bridgerton" Vibes Filled Sean Taylor's Ornate Wedding at Dover Hall in Richmond, Virginia

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Sean Taylor and Eric Carlstrom’s love story almost didn’t happen. “We had multiple missed connection moments and finally reconnected on Tinder years later,” Sean details. It was as though destiny was giving them a second chance to find each other. Their relationship faced its first major hurdle when they moved apart. Sean remembers, “We were long distance for two years when I moved up to NYC from RVA until Eric moved up with me.” On a magical Christmas morning in 2021, Eric surprised Sean at her family’s home. He popped the question with the perfect piece of jewelry. The bride recalls, “He knew I wanted a solitaire ring with a thin gold band and got exactly that!”

The pair’s wedding planning journey was a labor of love, inspired by their deep connection and desire for a celebration that reflected their unique personalities and shared history. Having hosted a smaller wedding prior to this celebration due to the pandemic, they were determined to make their special day an authentic representation of their love story from the beginning. The bride had the invaluable guidance of a close friend: an expert in the wedding industry. Sean enthusiastically shares, “One of my close friends, Anne Forbes, is a wedding planner with the Hive Collective in Richmond, VA, so she was our first call.” This early decision set the tone for a well-orchestrated and beautifully executed wedding.

To ensure Anne could fully enjoy the big day with them, the couple enlisted the expertise of an additional day-of coordinator. This thoughtful approach allowed Anne to relax and celebrate alongside Sean and Eric, making the day even more memorable. For the location of their wedding, Sean and Eric chose Richmond, Virginia, the city where their love story had initially blossomed. It held a special place in their hearts, and they were eager to share their affection for the town with their loved ones. They selected the enchanting Dover Hall thanks to its old-world charm and fairytale ambiance. “We chose Dover Hall because of its feel, despite being built in the 90s,” the bride reveals. “It’s truly a fairytale estate; there’s simply nothing else like it in the area, and it inspired the overall luxe, Bridgerton vibe of the wedding.”

Their wedding theme, which Sean describes as a blend of “Regency-chic, romantic opulence, rococo, luxe and royal elements,” set the stage for a day filled with love and grandeur. The color palette they settled on was initially envisioned as all white, but they eventually decided on white with dusty blues for the tablescape and florals. This ended up being the perfect choice. “I wanted something that would complement, not compete with, my bold, eclectic bridesmaids,” tells the bride. She took the time to style unique looks for each bridesmaid, aiming to make everyone feel comfortable while maintaining a chic and cohesive group appearance. The groomsmen, on the other hand, donned Calvin Klein tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse.

When it came to their own attire, Sean and Eric were committed to finding the perfect fit and style that represented their individual tastes. Eric stood tall at 6’7” and had his tuxedo custom-made at a local studio. Sean, on the other hand, had faced a set of challenges when trying to find her dream gown. “I had a designer turn me down for my size, but I ended up with my dream dress with Christian Siriano,” she smiles.

On the wedding day itself, the couple’s meticulous planning paid off. The florals took center stage, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of an overgrown English garden. The decor perfectly matched their theme, from asymmetrical pillars adorned with calligraphy at the entrance to baroque gold mirrors adding an opulent touch. Sean walked down the aisle escorted by her father, and the couple chose a Taylor Swift cover, “Duomo Wildest Dreams,” for their ceremony music, adding a touch of levity to the moment’s grandeur. The emotional high point of the day was undoubtedly when Sean and Eric exchanged their heartfelt vows. “We both wrote our own vows, and I’m so glad we chose to be vulnerable.”

Their reception in an opulent ballroom on a checkered dance floor under disco balls and suspended greenery was filled with dancing and revelry. As they reflected on their wedding, Sean cherishes the energy and love shared among their diverse guests, describing it as truly special. Instead of traditional wedding favors, they opted to provide a portrait photographer during cocktail hours, allowing guests to capture unforgettable memories.

Sean and Eric’s wedding day truly reflected their love and authenticity. Sean concludes, “I honestly wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding. Every bit of it felt so authentic to us.”

Bride in Casual Attire and Parasol, Groom in Casual Shirt in Engagement Photos
Bride in Robe With Oranges, Greenery Holding Champagne With Light Makeup
Bride and Bridesmaids in Robes With Oranges, Greenery in Luxurious Bedroom, Castle
Pink, Metallic Suit Jacket and Blush Open-Toe Heels With Bows Hanging Up
Bride in Light Makeup, Beauty Shot With Updo and Long Veil
Bride Holding Simple, Clean Bouquet of White Calla Lilies With Blue Ribbon, Ball Gown
Black-and-White Photo, Bride in Gown With Long Train Going Down Spiral Staircase
A bride in a luxurious, off-the-shoulder ball gown with light makeup and a unique calla lily bouquet with her bridesmaids and wedding party, all in different dresses and suits in different colors posing after getting ready at a castle-like estate venue portrait room with Regency-Era (or Bridgerton) vibes.
Artful Action Shot of Bride's Long Gown Around the Corner, Castle Estate
Bridesmaid in Pale Blue Gown With Sparkles, Floral Cape With Blue and White Flowers
Groom in Classic, Sleek Tuxedo Posing in Regency-Era Room at Castle-Like Estate
Ceremony Space in Castle Estate, Floral Fireplace Altar, Regency-Era Ballroom
Regency-Era-Inspired Invitation Suite With Wax Seals, Gold Details, Venue
Decorative Mirror With Gold Rim, Unplugged Ceremony Sign in Castle Estate
Vow Booklets and Groom's Accessories With Calla Lily Boutonniere and Venue Illustration
Bride in Luxurious, Off-the-Shoulder Ball Gown and Calla Lily Bouquet Down Aisle With Dad
Bride in Luxurious Ball Gown and Groom in Classic Tuxedo at Altar With Officiant
Bride Getting to Altar in Castle-Like Estate, Greenery Fireplace Altar and Chandeliers
Groom in Classic Black Tuxedo, Calla Lily Boutonniere Reading Vows to Bride
Bride in Off-the-Shoulder Ball Gown With Calla Lily Bouquet, Groom in Tuxedo, Calla Lily Boutonniere
Bride in Luxurious Ball Gown and Long Veil With Groom in Tuxedo in Sun Room at Castle Estate
Bride in Beauty Shot, Light Makeup and Gold Flower Earrings With Groom
Long Reception Table, Greenery Arch and Garden-Like Centerpieces, Pastels
Pale Blue Telephone Booth, Phone Guest Book Inside, Verdant Floral Cascade Outside
Bridesmaids, Wedding Party in Fashionable Attire Leaving Voice Messages, Telephone Booth
Guests in Long Dresses, Blush and Deep Red/Brown, on Lawn With Parasols
Bridesmaid in Lime Green Dress, Gold Rings Holding a Flute With Champagne
Table Number With Gold Frame, Bust Table Decor, Tea Light Candles, Candelabra, Low Pastel Centerpieces
Unique Black-and-White Checkered Seating Chart Display With Greenery
A three-tier, pale blue wedding cake with vintage-inspired, ornate white frosting details with Regency-era/Bridgerton vibes with fresh pastel flowers on a gold cake stand.
Delicate China Plate Chargers, Blue Designs and Lemons, Small Hors D'Oeuvres, Vintage
Guests in Formal Attire Mingling on Castle Estate Veranda at Cocktail Hour
Guest in Red-Orange Gown and Delicate Mini-Cape and Glassware in Regency-Era Room
Unique, Transluscent Pearl Purse on Dining Table With Different Cocktails, Verdant Flowers
Disco Balls Hanging From Castle Estate Ceiling, Greenery and Ivy With Candles
A black-and-white checkered dance floor in a castle-like estate venue featuring a Bridgerton or Regency-era aesthetic with tall ceilings and windows with heavy velvet red curtains and a fireplace decorated with greenery and candles, along with candelabras around the room with guests in formal attire dancing.