Elegant Jefferson Hotel Wedding // Richmond, VA // Xiaoqi Li Photography

Elegant Black Tie Jefferson Hotel Wedding // Hannah + Ryan // Richmond, VA

“There are so many decisions to make when wedding planning– take one off your plate and book Xiaoqi as your photographer. You won’t regret it.”  – Hannah + Ryan


Hannah and Ryan’s Jefferson Hotel wedding has been a long awaited day for many, including myself! This sweet couple had been together through high school and college. It was such a joyous day for these high school sweethearts who had been together for over 10 years to finally tie the knot! The couple toasted using their Maggie Walker Governor School champagne glasses as an homage to the beginning of their story. The black tie event was filled with emotion, celebration and the union of two incredible people.

The Jefferson Hotel was the perfect wedding venue for their big event. The venue itself is already filled with classic elegance. Hannah worked closely with The Jefferson to bring her vision for an elegant blue and pink wedding theme to life. She thought of every detail, and even created all the escort cards herself by hand! 

Firstly, we started the day with Hannah and Ryan getting ready separately at each of their parents’ homes. I love it when the getting ready location is somewhere meaningful like this! It makes the photos from this part of the day with their closest people all the more special.

Hannah and Ryan arrived at their Jefferson Hotel wedding separately for their first look. This moment was a long time coming, and turned out to be an emotional and intimate event for the couple. Ryan teared up before even seeing Hannah, it was a special moment before saying, “I do”. After their Empire Ballroom wedding ceremony, another moment they were excited about was the entrance into cocktail hour. Later, they descended down the grand staircase together for an epic entrance, cheered on by everyone waiting below. The energy carried on through the rest of the night. The couple wanted their wedding to be a day filled with joy and happiness, with a relaxed and fun energy for guests to enjoy – and they absolutely nailed it!

Keep scrolling to see more from Hannah & Ryan’s beautiful wedding day!

Vendor Team

Photography: Xiaoqi Li Photography

Videography: Stephen James Film

Venue, Catering, Cake & Florals: The Jefferson Hotel

Hair & Make-up: Meg Sadler Makeup, Jesikas Creations via Ave 42 Salon

Bridal Salon: Annalise Bridal Boutique

Gown Designer: Anne Barge

Alterations: Seams Alterations

Bridesmaid dresses: Revelry

Photo Booth: Richmond Photobooth VA

DJ: Eric Cunningham, Debonaire Entertainment

Lighting: Lighting Professors

Ceremony music: Dana and Jason McComb (cellists)

Stationary: Empress Stationery

Escort Cards: DIY by the Bride

outdoor view of jefferson hotel wedding venue

wedding day details with elegant white and navy wedding invitations and elements of pink throughout close up of elegant jefferson hotel wedding invitation

detail shot of wedding ring and bands

pink bridal sandals with pink ribbon detail shot of wedding bands in powder blue ring box at elegant Jefferson Hotel wedding

bridal clutch with embroidery

bride getting makeup done on jefferson hotel wedding day

bride getting lipstick put on before elegant wedding day

bride getting buttoned in her wedding dress by family on wedding day

mother kissing bride on cheek on jefferson hotel wedding day

bride hugging mother on wedding day in Charlottesville

bride putting shoes on while getting ready for wedding

black and white shot of bridal clutch and bridal shoes

father of bride seeing her for first time on wedding day

bride putting on earrings while getting ready for elegant jefferson hotel wedding bride holding hands showing details jewelry

bride holding cup and laughing while getting taken to wedding venue

bride celebrating with her bridesmaids on wedding day

groom getting help with cufflinks on elegent jefferson hotel wedding day

groom adjusting sleeves groom adjusting coat sleeves while getting ready

groom toasting with groomsmen on jefferson hotel wedding day

groom on trolley being taken to wedding venue

bride walking up behind groom for first look

groom starting to cry before seeing bride for first time on wedding day

bride tapping groom's shoulder before first look

bride and groom laughing while seeing one another for first time on wedding day

bride's reaction to seeing groom for first time on wedding day

bride and groom embracing after seeing one another for first time on wedding day at Jefferson Hotel

bride and groom after first look, groom spinning bride

bride and groom standing together before ceremony

bride and groom during family portraits

groom standing with groomsmen during wedding portraits

bride and bridesmaids wearing powder blue gowns during bridal portraits

wedding decor for ceremony at jefferson hotel wedding

ribbon on chair at wedding ceremony pink, white, blue, and green florals for elegant jefferson hotel wedding

groom walking down aisle

groom waiting at top of aisle for bride to come down

bride being walked down aisle by father

bride and groom standing at alter getting married

bride looking over shoulder during wedding ceremony

guests smiling during charlottesville wedding ceremony

couple shares first kiss as husband and wife at Jefferson Hotel Empire Ball Room Ceremony

bride and groom walking out as husband and wife

bride on ground while groom smiles

bride and groom walking down stairs of jefferson hotel as husband and wife

wedding couple celebrating jefferson hotel wedding with bridal party

bride and groom celebrating with bridal party and laughing together at jefferson hotel

newly married couple posing together outside jefferson hotel man and woman in wedding attire walking hand in hand

man and woman smiling at one another after wedding

bride and groom hugging one another during outdoor bridal portraits at jefferson hotel wedding

blonde woman in bridal gown and veil smiling at camera groom wearing tuxedo with hands in pockets smiling

Jefferson Hotel Empire Ballroom Reception details filled with candles and warm uplighting

tiered candle centerpiece for elegant jefferson hotel wedding day elegant calligraphy table settings and name tags

white handwritten name tags sitting on blue table cloth for elegant wedding day pink, blue, white, floral centerpieces for elegant wedding reception

tiered candle centerpieces with florals for wedding centerpieces

four tiered white wedding cake with pink and white florals throughout

man and woman entering wedding reception as husband and wife

newly married couple dancing together during first dance

groom holding bride's hands during first dance

bride and groom kissing in front of wedding guests after first dance

wedding couple hugging while father's bride gives toast

bride mingling with guests and laughing

wedding couple sitting at table while bridesmaid gives toast

couple laughing during toasts

groomsmen giving toast

bride dancing with father during father-daughter dance

groom dancing with mom on wedding day

wedding reception bride and groom kissing during dancing

wedding couple cutting cake

wedding couple celebrating on the dance floor with friends and family

Check out Hannah & Ryan’s University of Virginia Engagement Session here.

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Kind words from the couple:

“Xiaoqi is the best! I have known her for years and she did our engagement photos and photographed our wedding. She is incredibly conscientious, and she captures what really matters. All of our posed shots and formal portraits are stunning, but Xiaoqi went so far above and beyond just those! She captured the candid and emotional moments throughout the day that really matter– the sort of moments where you see the photo and you are instantly transported back to the memory. All of my friends and family commented on how professional she was at the wedding, and they were all impressed at how she seemed to be everywhere at once, capturing all of the best parts of the day! There are so many decisions to make when wedding planning– take one off your plate and book Xiaoqi as your photographer. You won’t regret it.”

-Hannah & Ryan

bride and groom walking out as husband and wife

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