Wedding Wednesday: The Dye Wedding

The Dye Wedding

October 31, 2015

Photography by: Tara Lilly Photography and Design

Sarah and William met through an online dating service. On a beach trip, William proposed by exclaiming “Look what I found!” When she finally cleared the saltwater from her eyes, Sarah saw a gorgeous pearl ring.

Their wedding took place on Halloween, and Sarah took inspiration from the Harry Potter series when planning. She gave creative license to the vendors, trusting them to do what they do best, and they did not disappoint. The lighting consisted of floating candles, and the ceremony space was lined with lanterns and floral with moss accents.

Cake was lined in edible black lace, and it looked almost too good to eat. In the end, it tasted so good people ate every single piece. Their signature cocktails of the night were polyjuice potion and butterbeer, served in copper mugs.

Their wedding was elegant, with just enough touches of nerdom to match their styles. By letting the vendors have creative control, they were rewarded with a wedding they could truly call their own.

Make sure to see more of the Dye Wedding on page 122 of bridebook!

Dress: David’s Bridal

Florist: Creative Occasions and Gloriosa

Cake: Cakes by Lisa

Venue: Mountain View Center

Caterer: Pumpernickel Pickle Catering

Planner: Simplicity

Jewelry: Macy’s

DJ: Blue Ridge Entertainment & The Zombie Band

Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: The Newfangled Bride

Rentals: Aztec Rentals

Transportation: Mountain Valley Transportation

Hair: Rock Paper Beauty Lounge

 

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Ivey Wedding

The Ivey Wedding

June 6, 2015

Photography by: Kim Brantley Photography

It took awhile for love to blossom between Lauren and Trey. They met when her father hosted a concert at their church, and Trey was the piano player. They became close friends, but it took six years before they started dating.

Trey’s proposal was a video of everyone important in Lauren’s life telling her to “Say Yes!” After the video, two of Lauren’s best friends came in and surprised her. Trey had flown them in to help them celebrate.

Lauren’s favorite moment was when she walked down the aisle. Everywhere she looked, she saw the faces of people she loved the most, and it was amazing to be surrounded by everyone she cared about.

Lauren’s father officiated the wedding, and award-winning singers TaRanda Greene, Wayne Haun, & Jim Brady sung during the ceremony. They were then treated to a fantastic dinner by the Hotel Roanoke staff. A friend of the family designed the gorgeous centerpieces on the table and the décor for the wedding. Most of the reception happened outside in the courtyard, and Lauren and Trey were just happy the rain held off.

They had a large bridal party, consisting of ten bridesmaids, ten groomsmen, three flower girls, and a ring bearer. But being able to include so many close friends and family made the day perfect.

Make sure to see more from the Ivey Wedding on page 119 of bridebook!

Dress: David’s Bridal

Florist: Darlene Brown

Cake: Tanya Aldrich

Venue: The Hotel Roanoke

Caterer: The Hotel Roanoke

Planner: Kelli Fink

Jewelry: Jared Galleria of Jewelry

DJ: All Occasions Entertainment

Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Videographer: Melissa Lancaster

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Smith Wedding

The Smith Wedding

May 30, 2015

Photography by: Tara Lilly Photography and Design

Leah and Travis met at church. Travis was a guitar player and singer in the band. During the Christmas Eve service, Travis claimed he had to work, but then he showed up on stage. The pastor pulled Leah up as well and that was when Travis got down on one knee.

Leah’s favorite memory from the big day was just before she walked down the aisle. She stood with her father, holding his hand and just taking everything in. All the butterflies and all her excitement in taking that first step were incredibly meaningful and sweet.

Pink worked not only for the girls, but also for the men and their gray suits. Leah found ways to incorporate the color into her wedding dress, the flowers, the bridesmaids’ gowns, and the groomsmen’s vests. For some extra flair, their cake was embellished with rhinestones. And because there are never enough sparkles, they finished off the day with a sparkler exit and a fancy Corvette getaway car.

What really made the wedding unforgettable though were the bridal party and guests. Being able to celebrate their love with so many people they cared about made their big day that much more amazing.

Make sure to see more of the Smith Wedding on page 118 of bridebook!

Dress: Patina Bridal & Formal

Florist: George’s Flowers

Cake: Cakes by Lisa

Venue: The Hotel Roanoke

Planner: The Perfect Fairytale

Jewelry: Belk

DJ: Quest Entertainment

Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Videographer: MPA Weddings

Hair: Amanda Taylor

Makeup: Liz Wray

Wedding Wednesday: The Ferris Wedding

The Ferris Wedding

May 23, 2015

Photography by: Tara Lilly Photography and Design

Joanna and Matthew met through mutual friends, but it was on a snowboarding trip that they really got to know each other. Their friends were instrumental again during Matthew’s proposal. They kept Joanna distracted all afternoon while he set up in their driveway with a blanket and a single rose. There was a firepit in the backyard, and he left her there while setting up candles, roses, and a bubble bath inside. Joanna didn’t have any idea what was happening until he finally popped the question.

Joanna had originally asked for a first look with Matthew, but he didn’t want to do it, stating he wanted to do it “old school.” In the end, Joanna was glad they didn’t; seeing each for the first time as she walked down the aisle was the most emotionally charged moment of the night, and it became her favorite memory of the day.

Waiting until the ceremony to see each other was one of the only things they did “old school.” For the most part, Joanna and Matthew tried to center the day around their love for each other, so they didn’t focus too much on the décor and the accessories. They did away with the games and a lot of new traditions, putting the emphasis of the day on how they felt in the moment rather than how they looked. According to Joanna, “We got married, and then we celebrated with everyone who made it possible.”

Make sure to see more of the Ferris Wedding on page 117 of bridebook!

Dress: AmRhein’s Brides and Formals

Florist: Best Wishes Cake: Buttercream Custom Cakes

Venue: Braeloch

Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering

Planner: Events by Sherri

Jewelry: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry

DJ: RSP Entertainment

Attendant Dresses: J. Crew

Groomsmen Attire: Perry Ellis

Hair: Winning Image Salon and Day Spa

Makeup: Glamour by Gigi

Photo Booth: StarCity Photobooth

 

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Merritt Wedding

The Merritt Wedding

April 25, 2015

Photography by: Lori Hedrick Photography

Andrea and Owen met while working the same case for a client. It took a while for any romantic feelings to develop, but once they did Andrea started dropping hints until Owen asked her out (though he’ll tell you differently.)

Owen’s proposal was quite theatrical…literally. He likes to act with Roanoke’s community theaters, and it was at the end of a performance when he came to the front of the stage and got down on one knee. Andrea was in the front row, and he proposed right there with a live theater audience.

Andrea’s favorite moment from their wedding was their vows. They each wrote personal vows; Owen spoke about her personal passions and promised to support her, and Andrea talked about how good of a person he really was.

Their wedding took place at Andrea’s Alma Mater, Hollins University, with pink and green as their colors. The pastor was Owen’s father, an ordained Presbyterian minister.

Instead of favors for the guests, Andrea and Owen decided to make a donation to the RVSPCA in their guests’ names. And Andrea even donated her gown to Brides Across America after the wedding. Giving back to the community is very important to both of them. They used as many local vendors as they could. It was just their way of saying thanks to the local community.

Make sure to see more of the Merritt Wedding on page 116 of bridebook!

Dress: J. Crew

Florist: Gloriosa

Cake: Wildflour Café and Catering

Venue: Hollins University

Caterer: Meriwether Godsey at Hollins University

Planner: Kimberly Merritt

Jewelry: Fink’s

DJ: Master Taylor Entertainment

Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Kirby Wedding

The Kirby Wedding

December 23, 2015

Photography by: Tara Lilly Photography & Design

Aaron and Tyler originally met at Fork & Cork, but they didn’t date until a friend set them up a year later. These same friends were the first ones the two told after Tyler proposed. His proposal was small and intimate, set up on a Monday evening before his birthday. They were at a lodge, sharing wine and cheese on the balcony, when he asked Aaron to marry him for his birthday.

Aaron’s favorite memory from the big day was on the dance floor. The DJ had been playing a number of fast songs, but Tyler asked him to play a slow song—Their slow song, to be exact. When the song came on, both of them were surprised to find many of their friends joining them on the dance floor and singing along.

Music was a big aspect of this wedding. Most of the songs were compiled by the guests; their invitations had included “I will dance if I hear _____” as part of the RSVP, and the responses gave the reception a wide variety of music. They started the night with “What You Do to Me” by The Embers, a song that included the two of them taking Shag lessons weeks before the wedding.

Aaron and Tyler were the first to request an outdoor wedding at their venue, which gave them some interesting logistical challenges to overcome. Restrooms, lighting, and food prep all needed to be figured out, and then on top of everything else it rained on their big day. A tent was added at the last minute with heaters to keep guests warm.

The rainy day just made the orange pops of color even brighter though. The color came from a golf glove the groom found, and the groomsmen even used the gloves as pocket squares. From there they added tropical socks and orange bouquets for the girls.

What truly made the day special for them was the inclusion of their families. This was a second wedding for both of them, and they wanted to focus on the fact that they were merging their families. Aaron’s sons walked her down the aisle and gave her away, and Tyler addressed them personally during the ceremony, and they all exited together.

Make sure to see more from the Kirby Wedding on page 115 of bridebook!

Dress: Church Street Bridal

Venue: Old Monterey Golf Course

Caterer: Tracy Hamilton Catering

Planner: Mark Taylor

Jewelry: Sandra Eileen Designs

DJ: Master Taylor Entertainment

Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Jim’s Formal Wear

Makeup: LASH

Hair: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa

Officiate: John Coleman, CrossPointe

Rehearsal Venue: Sheraton Roanoke

Monogramming: John and Susan Kirby

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Maynor Wedding

The Maynor Wedding

December 23, 2014

Photography by: Marie Deel Photography

Mary and Matthew crossed paths in high school, but they didn’t really meet until working together at a restaurant years later.

Matthew timed his proposal for the night before he left for the U.S. Air Force. Both of them dressed up and went out for dinner in Roanoke, but when they got back Mary noticed the lights on in their apartment. All the way up the stairs were printed lyrics of their song, and rose petals and candles waited for them at the door. Inside were more petals and candles, and a sign in the window read, “As long as I have you, I will always be home. Will you marry me?” Matthew then got out his guitar and played their song. Later, he admitted he’d wanted to do more but was out of time, but for Mary the proposal was perfect as it was.

They wrote their own vows for each other for their wedding, and Mary says that was her favorite moment of the day. “The world stood still and we poured our hearts and souls out to each other for each other and our loved ones to hear.”

Since their wedding was on the twenty-third of December, they wanted their color scheme to mix with a Christmas theme as well as Matthew’s dress uniform. They decided on navy blue, gold, and silver.

There were a few things that really made their wedding unique. For one, they were married on a Tuesday, and for another they served breakfast for dinner. They also had cheesecake instead of a traditional wedding cake. In lieu of place cards, they wrote everyone’s name and number down on Ferrero Rocier chocolate. Mary’s bouquet was comprised of white feathers and pine cones and silver and clear beading.

The toast was given by her older sister, and it was quite the spectacle. Her sister remade “Ice, Ice Baby” and had the whole bridal party in on it. And for their send off at the end of the night, they had people throw blue paper airplanes instead of rice.

Make sure to see more of the Maynor Wedding on page 114 of bridebook!

Dress: AmRhein’s Brides and Formals

Florist: Heather Byrd

Venue: Sheraton Roanoke

Caterer: Sheraton Roanoke

Planner: Autumn Bledsoe

DJ: DJ Kidd

Attendant Dresses: Church Street Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Makeup: Pure Spa

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Thompson Wedding

The Thompson Wedding

November 28, 2015

Photography by: Kent Moore Photography

Mutual friends brought Dawn and Paul together. Paul played in a band, and Dawn and her friends followed his gigs around for a while. The two struck up a friendship, and three years later it turned into something more.

Both of them had been talking about marriage for a while, but when they found out Dawn’s mother was diagnosed with cancer it moved up on the priority list. Paul proposed at a music festival in September, and they were married a month in a half later the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The most important thing for both of them was to have Dawn’s mother there.

There were three moments that Dawn says are her favorite from the big day. The first was actually after the wedding, when they were in the limo sharing a bottle of champagne. They just looked at each other with goofy grins, not quite believing they were actually married. The second was when they read their vows to each other, pledging their love for one another in front of their family in friends. Another favorite memory was when Dawn’s mother walked her down the aisle. Her father had already passed a few years before, and when asked who gave the bride to the groom, her mother replied “Her mother and father.” It felt like her father was with them all in that moment.

The theme was “Moonshiner Glam meets Winter Wonderland.” Their ceremony and reception were in the same place, and it had the glamour and romance feel they wanted. Paul’s band mates played live during the cocktail hour.

What was most amazing for Dawn and Paul was how their friends and family came together to make everything happen. Paul’s mom and stepfather cut down a tree for wood slabs for the table décor, the bridal party foraged for greenery for the tables and their flower crowns, Dawn carried a handkerchief passed down from Paul’s grandmother, and the bridal party, mothers, and officiant wore antique brooches that belonged to Dawn’s mother. They even cut the cake using a knife Paul’s grandfather made!

The fact that everyone who helped in the wedding was someone they knew really made the day more special for them. Every element was personal and meaningful, and that’s all they could have asked for.

Make sure to see more of the Thompson Wedding on page 113 of bridebook!

Dress: David’s Bridal

Florist: Kroger

Cake: With This Ring Events

Venue: Mountain View Center

Caterer: Black Tie Catering

Planner: Creative Entertainment

Jewelry: JC Penney

DJ: Stephen Davies

Attendant Dresses: ModCloth

Groomsmen Attire: JC Penney

Hair & Makeup: Julia Bird

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Frye Wedding

The Frye Wedding

November 28, 2015

Photography by: Pat Cori Photography

Jennifer and Jared met when one of Jennifer’s colleagues set them up on a blind date. Jennifer almost didn’t go, but she says now it was one of the best decisions she’s ever made.

Jared’s proposal lasted twelve hours. It started at seven in the morning with a scavenger hunt. Red balloons scattered throughout the city marked important moments in their relationship, and each spot had an envelope with scrapbook pages telling their love story from Jared’s perspective. At the end of the day, he was waiting at the last stop with the most beautiful ring Jennifer had ever seen.

Jennifer’s favorite memory of the wedding day was when she first saw Jared. They had decided against doing a first look, wanting to have that special moment when they saw each other and realized this was really happening. Jennifer wasn’t disappointed—when she got to the start of the aisle, Jared already had tears in his eyes.

Some of the most important aspects of the wedding to Jennifer were the flowers and the cake, because her groom’s family designed them. Jared’s father designed the wreath and sideboard at the ceremony, helping enhance the fairytale theme they were going for. Jared’s sister designed the cake, with only a few specifics from the bride and groom to get her going. For Jennifer and Jared, all this made the day even more special because it was all a surprise for them too.

Their venue was the perfect place for their fairytale theme. The barn on its own felt magical, but coupled with the flowers and all the personal touches it looked even better than they’d hoped. Sconces framed the doors, and the flowers from Jared’s father were perfect.

The music kept everyone happy all night, and the DJ even joined them on the dance floor at one point. Their photographer captured every moment, and the pictures they have now are beautiful reminders of the day.

Make sure to see more of the Frye Wedding on page 110 of bridebook!

Dress: New York Bride & Groom from Sincerity Bridal

Florist: Creative Occasions

Cake: Joanna Frye

Venue: The Kyle House

Caterer: Schaal’s Catering

Planner: Simplicity

Jewelry: Perry’s Jewelry and Jared

DJ: RSP Entertainment

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair & Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Flannery Wedding

The Flannery Wedding

November 8, 2015

Photography by: Pat Cori Photography

Anh and Chris met at work one day. He asked her out to the Lyrics Theater in Blacksburg for their first date, and everything just fell into place for them. He proposed in the same spot, asking Anh to spend the rest of her life with him.

They had two weddings, one traditional Vietnamese one to celebrate Anh’s heritage, and one modern American one. The Vietnamese ceremony was held at Anh’s house, and it included a procession of the groom’s family bearing gifts covered in red cloth. The color red signifies good luck for the couple. Some of the items brought in the procession included jewelry and food like roast pig, fruit and betal nuts, liquor, and tea. Anh was brought out after the processional to meet her husband, and they prayed at the family alter and had a formal tea and candle ceremony.

Anh wore a traditional Vietnamese dress for the first ceremony, and an elegant tea length dress and red shoes for the American one. The red shoes fit both her culture and their fall color scheme. They used mums in the floral arrangements and Anh wore a crown of baby’s breath in her hair. They also had red and white origami crane toppers. More colorful cranes were used for the guests’ seating arrangements and table numbers.

At the end of the day, guests were given favor boxes with local chocolates and small potted plants like basil and oregano. Anh and Chris took home “messages in a bottle,” small rolls of paper that they encouraged the guests to fill out for them. They saved the messages until their first anniversary.

Make sure to see more of the Tran and Flannery Wedding on page 108 of bridebook!

Dress: David’s Bridal

Florist: The Flower Shoppe on Main

Cake: Grand Asia Market

Venue: Sheraton Roanoke

Caterer: Sheraton Roanoke

Planner: Autumn Bledsoe

Jewelry: Blue Nile and DuPont Central

DJ: RSP Entertainment

 

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