Floyd and Townsend exchange wedding vows July 25 in Richmond

Lillie McKnight Luter Floyd and Edward Andrew “Drew” Townsend were united in marriage July 25 in an outdoor ceremony at 7 p.m. in Richmond. 

The bride is the daughter of Nell Luter Floyd and the late Tom Joe Floyd Jr. She is the granddaughter of the late Nell and J.C. Luter Jr. and the late Mada and Tom Floyd of Forrest City, Ark.

The bridegroom is the son of Shanda and Edward Townsend. He is the grandson of Barbara and Harold Day Perry of Bentonia and the late Mary Leslie and Thomas L. Townsend Sr. 

The couple married at Libby Hill Park, which offers views of downtown Richmond and the James River. A tiered fountain served as the backdrop for the ceremony. Even after several days of rain, the bridegroom stood steadfast in his belief that the sky would clear for them to marry outdoors -- and it did.

The bride wore an ivory, mid-calf dress that featured sheer net lace accenting the billowing sleeves and bodice, with guipure florals and a keyhole back completing the look. The earrings she chose were a gift from her mother-in-law. She held a loose bouquet of peonies, ranunculus, clematis, astilbe and eucalyptus.

Sandra Ashford created for the bouquet a stem wrap featuring the back buttons from the satin gown the bride’s maternal grandmother wore during her wedding Jan. 1, 1944. The bridegroom kept for the bride in a pocket of his jacket a heart-shaped keepsake created from a handkerchief owned by the bride’s father, who passed away two months before she was born, and embellished the design with vintage tatted lace fashioned by the bride’s paternal great-grandmother.

Gail Olberg, Virginia marriage commissioner, presided over the double ring ceremony witnessed by the couple’s parents.

After the ceremony, the couple and their families walked to a townhouse near the park where they enjoyed champagne and wedding cake. Topped with sparklers that spelled out love, the cake featured layers of fresh strawberries, strawberry compote and sweetened whipped cream

The wedding party continued the celebration with a late dinner at Metzger Bar and Butchery.

 On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom's parents hosted dinner at Stella’s. Before dinner, the couple reminisced over photos from their childhood and their parents’ weddings.

The couple chose to marry on July 25 as it marked the 10th anniversary of their first date. They met as lifeguards at Briarwood Pool in Jackson.

The bride is an alpha-omega graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. She was graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences and a doctor of pharmacy degree. At Ole Miss, she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, served as an ambassador for the School of Pharmacy and belonged to Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Delta Chi and Rho Chi.

The bride completed postgraduate year one of pharmacy residency training at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Richmond. She is a clinical staff pharmacist at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville, Va.

The bridegroom, a graduate of Jackson Prep, was graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a doctorate in neuroscience. He received the 2018 Regions Outstanding Graduate Research Award. He is a postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.