Our Story

How We Met

Although we both lived in Blacksburg, VA at the same time for 6 years, we didn't meet until we had both moved to Richmond. On the night before Brad's birthday in 2013, we both found ourselves in New York Deli, a Richmond watering hole. After singing karaoke to a full bar earlier in the night, Brad was full of confidence. When a jubilant Michelle appeared in front of him, he struck up a conversation and scored her phone number.

How We Have Fun

We both love live music and craft beer and often find ourselves where the two meet. Obviously we both support all Hokie sports and try to see them in action whenever possible.

How He Proposed

Brad proposed to Michelle on January 28, 2016 on the beach in Costa Maya, Mexico, which was a port stop on The Rock Boat, a music festival cruise. He had a good friend snap a few pictures of them and then knelt down and surprised her for the 3rd picture. She knew a proposal was coming at some point, but was definitely surprised! In fact, her immediately response wasn't yes, but rather, "WHAT!?" Brad asked her to clarify and she followed up with an excited "YES!"

Festivities

The ceremony and reception will be held at Maymont, a historic estate in Richmond, VA.

  • The Welcoming Party

    On Friday evening, everyone is invited to a casual gathering to socialize with family and friends.

    Venue: Boat Room at Sam Miller's in Shockoe

    Time: 8:30pm, Friday evening

  • The Ceremony

    We will be saying "I DO!" in the beautiful Italian gardens at 6pm. Please plan to arrive early, as there is a short walk from the parking area.

    Directions

    Shoe warning for the ladies: there is extremely limited seating at the ceremony, so you should expect to stand for our swift nuptials, and the walkway to the location includes some minor cobblestones.

  • The Cocktail Hour

    While the bridal party snaps a few post-ceremony pictures, you're invited to a cocktail hour in Maymont's Nature Center. It includes animal and plant exhibits from the surrounding area (including otters and for some reason a small alligator).

    Directions

  • The Reception

    We'll be feeding you dinner, so you don't have to pack your pockets and purses full of peanut butter crackers and hard candies, but you can if you want to.

    Directions

  • After Party!

    We have tentative plans to head to a local watering hole and overwhelm the bartenders. Venue TBD.

  • The Sunday Social

    A casual gathering at the Culberts' house with finger foods and leftover booze. At (TIME TBD), point your GPS to:

    2930 Summerhurst Drive
    Midlothian, VA 23113

    Have some highway toll money ready. You'll probably have to park along the neighborhood street and walk up the driveway.

Travel and Logistics

  • Airport

    For those that are flying, you'll probably want to choose Richmond International Airport (RIC) as your destination. It is also possible to fly into Dulles (IAC), which sometimes has cheaper flights, and drive down to Richmond (2ish brutal hours).

  • Hotel

    We have a block of rooms reserved at the Courtyard Marriott in downtown Richmond. Mention the Culbert/Allmendinger Wedding to receive the reserve rate.

    Book your room online

    • Or call 1-800-228-9290 or (804) 754-0007 and mention the Culbert/Allmendinger Wedding on the weekend of June 3, 2017

    NOTE: if the block is full, let Michelle or Brad know and we can add more rooms!

    To book with the wedding block, you must reserve by May 3...but sooner is better!

  • Transportation From Airport

    Uber and Lyft are available throughout Richmond

    Classic Taxis are also available

    The airport has several Rental Car choices

  • Hotel Parking

    The hotel is in downtown Richmond, so there will be a daily cost for parking. Here are the choices we've researched for you.

    Hotel Valet: $25 daily

    Parking Garage: There are many parking garage choices nearby. The closest is the Central Parking System garage across Cary Street (entrance on Virginia St). 100 Virginia St, Richmond, VA 23219

  • Getting to the Ceremony

    We will be chartering a bus to take guests from the hotel to the wedding venue. Details will be made available closer to the event.

    Check out the driving directions if you need a little more flexibility or will be coming from somewhere else.

Registry

We're registered at Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Honeyfund.