Real Couples // Heritage + Hometown Richmond Virginia Wedding: Vanessa + Ed

Ed and Vanessa are a queer couple that are activists for social justice in the Richmond area. Their wedding was DIY and cost less than $500 including Vanessa's traditional West African wedding dress, jewelry and headpiece. The food was catered by potluck through friends. Vanessa made the gluten-free red velvet wedding cake with cream cheese buttercream frosting with a friend's help with the frosting and decorating with the flowers! A true celebration of love and community! 

Images courtesy of photographer Tu Nguyen


Tu Nguyen is a self-taught photographer from Long Beach, California. His job is providing care for the community as a medical resident at MCV but he makes plenty of time to help out friends and organizations by providing photography for their events. He also enjoys making short films with friends and was awarded Best Director, Producer, and Cinematographer by his medical school class; he is also the recipient of the Joseph Collins Scholarship for his deep passion in arts and cultural pursuits outside the field of medicine.