Stuart & Susan


Pop-up wedding.
Surprise our guests.
Charlottesville mall.
Australian fiance's family is visiting.

We couldn't sign up fast enough when we first chatted with Susan & these were some of the phrases she mentioned. We have always wanted to plan a surprise wedding, so Susan & Stuart's vision of an Anthropologie-inspired day, with an intimate ceremony as a surprise to their guests was a dream come true. 

It was so much fun to transform the already beautiful Brookville Restaurant into a wedding venue, with floral touches from Honeygirl Blooms & divine handlettering on the restaurant's existing chalkboards from Type Delight. Guests walked into what they thought was a welcoming party for Stuart's visiting family from Australia, but were greeted at the top of the stairs with a sign to let them know that they had, in fact, walked into a wedding. Watching each guests' face as Susan told them, "We're getting married... TODAY!" was easily a Top 10 moment for us. 

We brought in touches of home to keep the space welcoming, with photos scattered throughout the space, milk & cookies in lieu of cake, Paisley & Jade furniture adding a perfect touch of Anthro, & a really fantastic photo display over the bar, featuring black & white images of Susan & Stuart's childhood. From the fun family photos to a sweet ceremony officiated by Stuart's brother, to a surprise visit from their beloved dog, Hugo, the entire day was filled with happiness -- Our favorite kind of day.

Susan & Stuart's big day brought together their life on the mall in Charlottesville & their family & friends to celebrate their love, experiences & the future. It was a true joy to be a part of, & honestly, now we're hooked. Bring on the surprise weddings!

Planning, design & styling: Tart Event Co.
Venue & catering: Brookville Restaurant
Photography: Sam Stroud Photography
Florals: Honeygirl Blooms
Vintage Rentals: Paisley & Jade
Hand Lettering: Type Delight