The first time I spoke to Rory and Lane, I knew they were Our People. They are adventurers, dirt-bikers, crafty smarty-pants types who were actually planning TWO wedding celebrations: one in the woods that involved quirky costumes and wigs, and one here in Richmond. When we talked, though, they told me that they were tentatively planning to have the Richmond wedding at Quirk (a venue I know and love), but I asked if they had considered Studio Two Three, the artist co-working/co-making space that Carly Romeo & Co calls home. S23 had just started doing weddings in our new event space, and I knew Rory and Lane would be PERFECT for the space. I was thrilled when they told me later that they had decided to book S23!
Things just got more and more exciting from there. They hired my favorite florist, Amanda Burnette, and asked her to create a meadow-ish look inside the space with an “elevated rainbow” pallette (and damn, did Amanda deliver)! Then Rory and Lane added all their own touches to the event: origami cranes, a cat as a guest, pizza + fried chicken, mixed-gender wedding parties (my fave), hilarious + profanity-laced toasts, and loads of enthusiastic dancing. DJ Ant Boogie had everyone shaking it late into the night, and soon after Lane and Rory embarked on a 3-month exploration of southeast Asia (that I’ve been following intrepidly on social media).
We are always so grateful when our couples love to celebrate but also bring a spirit of silliness and joy to the whole experience — because weddings aren’t meant to be stuffy and uncomfortably formal, they are meant to be bursts of happiness and community. Rory and Lane nailed that feeling, and we’re so grateful that we were there to document it!