When Two Cat Lovers Get Meowied

As self-professed animal lovers, you can't not get our immediate love when you say you incorporated your furbabies into your special day. It's a total "stop all things internet while we gush" moment. So when Mary and Mike shared that they started talking online at OkCupid all because she had a profile photo with her black cat, and he had a profile photo posted with his white cat, then pardon us while we try to mop up our melted hearts and squee over these two teachers' love story captured by Awesomesauce Photography.

Surrounded by lush gardens and waterfalls at Maymont in Richmond, Mary and Mike said I Do with their closest loved ones in the Italian Garden under the domed pergola coordinated by The Hive Wedding Collective. As a grand entrance, the bride and her dad rode in on a classic horse and carriage ride, but one of the couple's favorite memories is when after the ceremony, Mary and Mike exited the same way, except this time, Dani the horse made some very unromantic noises that had the two newlyweds laughing hysterically.

Dressed in a high and low hemmed wedding dress and snazzy blue suspenders and bow tie, the bride and groom celebrated in simple and elegant style. Since they couldn't have their kitties with them on the day of, they had the cutest black and white cat cake topper atop a one-layer buttercream cake. Garden roses, succulents, and blue thistle gave texture to Mary's bouquet while a bubble departure gave a playful vibe to end the evening.

Father and his daughter bride walking down the aisle at Maymont in Richmond Virginia
Teal bow tie and succulent boutonniere for garden inspired wedding groom
Garden inspired wedding bouquet with David Austin roses held by a bride wearing a high and low hem wedding dress
Father of the bride and his daughter going to the wedding ceremony by horse and carriage in Richmond Virginia
Garden wedding day at Maymont in Richmond Virginia
Unique standing only wedding ceremony for intimate celebration
Succulents and other garden wedding ideas for Virginia wedding
Blue suspenders and succulent boutonniere for garden wedding groom
Gorgeous waterfall portraits at Maymont in Richmond Virginia for bride and groom
Handmade wedding day at Maymont in Central Virginia
Lovely handmade garden inspired hairpiece made with seeded eucalyptus and dried flowers
Bridesmaids in sage green dresses for garden wedding
Braided updo and fingertip veil for garden bride at Maymont in Richmond Virginia
Petite wedding cake with adorable cat cake toppers
Cute bubble exit for outdoor wedding at Maymont

Photography: Awesomesauce Photography | Venue & Carriage Ride: Maymont | Event Planning: The Hive Wedding Collective | Catering: A Sharper Palate | Florals: Stems and Sweets Florist | DJ: Bunn DJ Company Virginia | Harp Musician: Danielle Caldwell | Transportation: James River Transportation | Hair & Makeup: Ahead of Hair Midlothian | Wedding Dress: Calvin Klein via Dillard's | Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie and David's Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Mens Wearhouse | Groom's Accessories: Jos A. Bank and The Tie Bar