Lauren & Rob get married on the roof | The Hoff Weddings

It is early November and we are gathered on the roof of the Hofheimer Building in downtown Richmond. It's called The Hof now, and this area, this building holds a special place in my heart. When I was a child I lived not very far from here and on the first floor of the Hofheimer building was Adams Camera. It was the first camera shop I knew. My father was a classic shutterbug and he would go to Adams all the time and I went along (we did alot of stuff together, errands to the library, to Guy Smith Hardware, to some downtown shaver repair place - this was a thing, if you can believe that - where I accidentally sprayed aftershave into my eyes like a dunce. 

But my dad would take me to Adams so he could get film and talk to the owners, who were old friends at that point. I had zero interest in photography in my youth, that would not kick in until college, but I loved the shop and the guys working there. Later on I had a bit of a crush on the counter girl that worked there when I was in college; unrequited alas.

Adams Camera is long gone, but The Hof is a funky new venue that I loved immediately. They were able to salvage some old cameras from Adams and have them on display in the first floor restaurant. The middle floor is a large space overlooking Broad Street, and the rooftop space has a view of the Boulevard and all the activity in Scott's Addition. It was the perfect location for Lauren and Rob's fall wedding. They are funky and cool too. I met them initially at Lamplighter Coffee (lord, the RVA hipster cred is through the roof!) and instantly felt relaxed and connected to them. She is an archaeologist (I mean, right?) and I really dug them both. Over the months leading to their wedding I have met them at several local breweries and they just embody an easy and unstuffy modernity that is a refreshing change to many couples of their age.

It was a blustery, chilly November morning when they gathered on the roof. Guests were warmed by a Bloody Mary bar among other things. Their vows were personal, hilarious and so true to them. After the ceremony everyone retired to the second floor for brunch of chicken and waffles - another perfect touch.

A morning wedding, bloody Mary's, low southern comfort food and one of the great couples of my year, made for one of my favorite wedding days in some time. 

Fantastic venue and food by: The Hof

Wedding planning handled wonderfully (as always) by: CCS Events