Oliver TenHoeve and Julia Nouss met during freshman orientation at University of Richmond through Oliver’s roommate, Logan, who Julia had met the summer prior in St. Louis. “We instantly became best buddies,” Julia recalls. Oliver also has fond memories of their first meeting: “I remember how excited she was to make new friends at school. I am so glad I was one of them!” he says.
Under the ruse that they were meeting a friend who was moving away for a farewell drink, Oliver took Julia to the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Va.—the site of the university’s traditional Ring Dance. He led her to the top of the hotel’s winding staircase, where he dropped to one knee and popped the question.
When it came to the wedding, Julia had a clear vision of what she wanted. “I am one of those girls who has been planning her wedding since she was 4 years old,” she explains. In fact, Julia recalls standing at her kitchen window as a young girl and pointing to the chapel next door and asking her parents, “Can we build a bridge over there? I’m going to get married next door!” Twenty years later, her father did just that, connecting Julia’s childhood home with the chapel where she and Oliver would be united in marriage.
The couple was joined by family and friends on September 24, 2011, at the Newman Chapel at Washington University for a wedding ceremony filled with family traditions. Emily wore her mother’s veil and carried her great-grandmother’s handkerchief. Also, a family Bible, circa 1858, was on display. It is tradition to sign the newly married couple’s name in the Bible as a record of their marriage. One of the bride’s fondest memories was seeing both of her grandmothers, who had been ill, at the chapel. “Having them both present on our wedding day was truly a blessing.” Immediately following the ceremony, guests attended a Champagne reception at the bride’s parents’ home. A formal reception followed at Bellerive Country Club, where the theme of family tradition continued. Guests were greeted by the family’s bride dolls—dolls made from the lace of each family member’s wedding dress, dating back to the 1850s. The father-daughter dance commenced to I Loved Her First and a surf-andturf dinner was served along with the couple’s favorite potato dish: Tater Tots with hot sauce. “For as long as I can remember, I have been a lover of Tater Tots, and Oliver puts hot sauce on everything,” Julia explains. After dinner, guest danced the night away.
The newlyweds honeymooned in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where they swam with dolphins, zip lined, parasailed and went on a sunset cruise. They reside in Richmond, Va.
the date — September 24, 2011
the bride — Julia Elise Nouss
the groom — Oliver Edward TenHoeve
the bride’s parents — Mr. & Mrs. James Nouss Jr.
the groom’s parents — Mr. & Mrs. Edward TenHoeve
the ceremony — The Newman Chapel
the reception — Bellerive Country Club
the dress — The Enchanted Bride
the florist — Ann Rabbit, Thorn Studio
the cake — Sugaree Baking Company
the band — The Spectrum Band
the photographer — Robert George
the bridesmaids’ dresses — Bella Bridesmaids, LulaKate
the wedding planner — Jen Biswell, Soirée Saint Louis