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Wedding Vendors' Share Tales From the Field

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Olivia Limon-Kidd, Designer & Co-Owner, Luna Flora Bridal and Floral Salon

"I specialize in cultural weddings and enjoy helping people research their heritage traditions so they can add special meaning to their ceremonies. A Scottish bride, for example, will often wear a small horseshoe on her sleeve for good luck. She and her groom will also offer guests entering the ceremony a goblet to drink from that brings good luck. For added measure, small sprays of heather, which represent good luck, are pinned to the lapel of each guest.

A popular Mexican-American tradition is to include a wedding lasso in the ceremony. The lasso, which is usually two rings connected in the center with a cross, is presented to the bride and groom after the ring ceremony by a couple that has been married for some time. In doing so, the married couple, in their role as spiritual godparents, become mentors for the bride and groom. Another tradition is for the in-laws to present the bride and groom with a curio cabinet so they can display all their wedding memorabilia after the ceremony takes place. After the wedding, guests are invited to the newlyweds' house to see the curio and all its contents."

Linda Huband, Owner, Catering To You

One tried and true creed of many wedding caterers is to expect the unexpected. No matter how much planning and preparation they put into an event, there are some things that are just simply beyond their control. "One reception I'll never forget involved a frozen cake and an ambulance. The evening had been going well until the bride and groom tried to cut their cake, which had been made by someone else. Imagine my surprise when I went to assist them and realized that the cake was frozen solid. It wasn't much later that night when an elderly guest fainted while everyone was on the dance floor. It was a tense moment. The music stopped and the floor cleared as guests went to help her. By the time the ambulance arrived, she was sitting up and talking. Thank goodness she was okay."

Bevill Dean, Clerk of the Circuit Courts, City of Richmond

"One of my favorite recollections is that of a letter that was sent to our office. It was from a gentleman in a foreign country, who was writing to place his request for a bride. His letter was very honest and sincere as he went to great lengths to describe his preferences for his future wife (age, hair and eye color, religion, etc.). He asked that we send him a list of potential life partners as soon as possible. I'm sure he was a bit disappointed when we wrote back, explaining that our office doesn't match people; we simply join those who have already been matched.

Another time I received a call at home one Friday evening from a Rabbi in California who was traveling to Richmond to preside over a wedding the following day. While en route to Richmond, he happened to have a conversation with a fellow traveler who was a Baptist minister from Virginia. During their discussion, the Rabbi had learned of the requirement that anyone conducting a marriage here has to be authorized by one of the state's courts in order to perform the ceremony. The Rabbi was in a panic as our office was closed and he needed to be authorized before the wedding took place the next day. To help him out, I met him at the Richmond airport that night, bringing with me all the paperwork that was necessary for the court to authorize him. Within a matter of minutes, he became officially authorized at the Richmond International Airport to perform wedding ceremonies in

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