Old Metropolitan Hall is a beautifully restored historic building in the heart of Charlottesville, Virginia.  With it as my backdrop and inspiration, I set out to create a feeling of timelessness and romance while keeping with the era-inspired decor of the building itself.  The venue showcases a lot of beautiful ironwork, so I knew we’d want to incorporate black into a palette of soft pastels and greenery. The architecture and interiors also informed our design: We mirrored the tin ceiling tile pattern in the table runner and even used crystal inspired by the chandeliers as the placecards.  Loose florals paired with rose gold and touches of metallic created an organic yet polished look.

Photography: Eric Kelley | Venue: Old Metropolitan Hall | Creative Direction & Styling: Mallory Joyce  | Florals: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs | Paper Suite & Signage: Rock, Paper Scissors | Gown: Chaviano Couture | Hair & Makeup: Lora Elaine | Shoes: Sergio Rossi Jewelry: Kira Kira | Tuxe & Shoes: Beecroft & Bull | Cake: Maggie Austin | Catering & Food Styling: A Pimento | Bench & Bar Accessories: Stonegate Event Rentals | Models: Ann Bladen S. and Dillon R. of MODELOGIC


Comments (20)

joey | Reply

Absolutely stunning Eric and Lora are one amazing TEAM!!!!!

Josh Gruetzmacher | Reply

Everything about this wedding is AMAZING.

Mallory Joyce | Reply

Emily & Once Wed, thank you so much for featuring this! It was an amazing place to be inspired and I had so much fun styling. We had a pretty incredible team!

Marie | Reply

Can you tell us more about the table runner? I would like something similar for my wedding.

Mallory Joyce | Reply

The table runners are actually wallpaper that we cut to fit!

annette thurmon | Reply

Love these images SO much! Honored to be a part! Thank you Emily for posting these images!

smitten sandra | Reply

i love the serving tray that was used to shoot the invitations… where can i find something like that?

Meredith Sledge | Reply

Oh my goodness gracious!! AMMMMMAZING!

Lizzie | Reply

Is this a real wedding? The invitation says the wedding is September 10, 2013? The pictures and the text indicate it has already taken place.

emily | Reply

Hey Lizzie

It’s an inspiration shoot which is why we put wedding ideas in the title of the post



Wedding venues | Reply

So elegant, and that cake!!! Wow!

Ashley Nicole | Reply

Lovely work!! The engagement ring is amazing, where is it from?

Lora Kelley | Reply

Hi! It’s from Kira Kira Jewels in New York! Xoxo

John Gillispie | Reply

Have a listen to the amusing way I met and fell in love with my wife: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_runmXmya-Y

Evi | Reply


This is amazing. You are incredibly talented. I absolutely loved seeing this. I am planning my wedding now and this is wonderful inspiration!


Budget Wedding Invitations | Reply

What a truly unusual wedding cake – stunning!

Devery | Reply

Where can I order invitations like this?? LOVE.

Urban Stylz Wedding Photography (Montreal Wedding Photographer) | Reply

Phenomenal location! The pastel color scheme is so dreamy and pure. Definitely one of the more memorable and inspiring weddings showcased here!