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Beauty and the Beast Wedding | Mill at Fine Creek | Richmond, VA

bride and groom walking arm in arm at the granite creek

The Mill at Fine Creek is the perfect wedding venue for nature-loving romantics. We were thrilled to be a part of Anna and Matt’s romantic Beauty and the Beast inspired celebration at this elegant venue this past May. Although the couple planned the wedding from a distance, the day turned out absolutely beautifully. You would never have guessed they were planning the whole thing from afar!

wedding rings sitting atop white and gold wedding invitations

“Karen is absolutely amazing! She was a recommendation to us from our amazing wedding planner (Greenery & Grace), and we couldn’t have been happier. I knew looking at the flowers and ideas she sent me that it was exactly what I was looking for and what I was envisioning. Karen really brought my wedding vision to life. The flowers, signage, and table settings were absolutely perfect. We got so many compliments on them. During the planning process Karen was super easy to work with and even sent us some of the sweetest gifts.”

bride in white robe touching her elegant wedding gown
bride smiling at her father outside the Mill at Fine Creek
bride and groom holding hands in front of ruins
bride surrounded by bridesmaids holding lush bouquets
groom in classic tux posing in front of ruins at the Mill at Fine Creek
bride smiling with two bridesmaids

Romantic Ruins

Anna and Matt were married in the ruins of the Mill, in front of beautiful old stone walls covered in ivy and greenery. It’s such a romantic setting, perfect for couples wanting the charm of nature, but still an elegant feel. The overgrown wisteria and other greenery of the ruins created such a lush, vibrant backdrop for their wedding photos. This is truly a dreamy venue for an outdoor spring wedding ceremony.

bride holding hands with maid of honor walking down a pathway
closeup of lush bouquets inspired by Beauty and the Beast
bride standing with bridesmaids outside the Mill at Fine Creek
bridesmaids and bride praying outside surrounded by greenery
bride and bridesmaid standing on stairs of the ruins
groom with groomsmen walking away from building with jackets slung over their shoulders
bride walking down the aisle with her father
bridal party standing together in front of the Mill at Fine Creek ruins
bride and groom at the altar waving to their friends and family
bride and groom kissing at the Mill at Fine Creek ruins
bride's parents smiling and walking down the aisle
bridal party walking outside after the ceremony
farmhouse tables set with dark red napkins and gold accents

A Beauty and the Beast Aesthetic

Muted pink florals with a pop of deep burgundy contributed to the Beauty and the Beast aesthetic. To achieve this look, we combined blush florals, including astrantia and roses, with burgundy roses and scabiosa. With added greenery and white florals, the bouquets were very romantic and fitting for the ceremony backdrop.

The Beauty and the Beast theme continued into the reception. The tables were adorned with taper candles atop gold candlesticks, set among a host of greenery and romantic florals. The head table featured the most obvious nod to the Tale as Old as Time: a stunning gold candelabra, accented with greenery, florals and votive candles.

Note: It’s important to keep venue rules in mind when planning your decor. Because the Mill at Fine Creek doesn’t allow open flames, we had to make sure the tapers were covered with glass sleeves. We also covered the candelabra votives with hurricane glass to comply with the policy.

bridal party walking together outside the Mill at Fine Creek
votive candles in long stemmed vases
Beauty and the Beast inspired candelabra decorated with green vines
bride and groom kissing with bridal party in the background
bridal party raising their hands as bride and groom share a kiss
bridal party walking around the granite creek outside the Mill at Fine Creek
bride and groom walking arm in arm near the granite creek

Planning from Afar

With the help of their wedding planner, Jenny Keen of Greenery & Grace, Anna and Matt planned their Richmond wedding all the way from Texas. Our team worked directly with Jenny to conduct the initial consultation and create the proposal. We then met with Jenny at the venue to discuss our ideas, and then presented the plan to Anna via video call.

Thankfully, technology has made it much easier for couples to plan their weddings from a distance. By utilizing video calling, digital inspiration boards and other technology, we are able to help couples plan their wedding florals, even if they can’t be there in person to do so.

Ready to chat about your special day? We’d love to hear from you! Send us a note here!

bride and groom putting foreheads together in front of the creek
bride holding her Beauty and the Beast inspired bouquet
bride and groom dancing together inside the ballroom at the Mill at Fine Creek
bride standing arm in arm with wedding guests inside the ballroom
bride feeding the groom a piece of wedding cake
bride and groom exiting the Mill at Fine Creek while guests hold sparklers
bride and groom kissing under romantic lights at the ruins


Venue: The Mill at Fine Creek  | Photographer: The Tuckers Photography  | Videographer: IYQ  | Dress: Weddings by Debbie |  Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie  | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse  | Caterer:  Cake Baker: Pearls Bake Shoppe |  Wedding Planner: Greenery & Grace  | DJ: Black Tie Entertainment  | Invitations: Copy Corner  | Makeup & Hair: Ave 42

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