Wedding Wednesday: The Coffey Wedding

The Coffey Wedding

April 30, 2016

Photography by: Kimberly Izatt Photography

Laura Pruner’s and Eric Coffey’s first date was a long time in the making. They first met online, exchanging emails and phone calls, before finally meeting for their first date. Eric proposed on a weekend trip to Charleston, South Carolina, during an evening walk on the first night of their trip.

Their mutual faith was a large part of what made their wedding special. Laura says her favorite part of the ceremony was sharing communion with Eric, moments before they finally became man and wife. This is was when the tears finally started to fall, and was a very special moment for the two of them. The couple wants their mutual Christian faith at the center of their marriage, so it was only right for it to be the center of their ceremony as well.

A fun-filled reception followed the ceremony, where the bride and groom shared their first dance to the tune of “Love Of My Life,” and the guests got to enjoy a four tiered butter cake with butter cream frosting. It was a simple, elegant, cream colored cake, standing proud on a silver cake stand, which accented Laura’s gown’s silver beading and her silver sparkly shoes.

With a last name like Coffey, it would have been a shame to miss out on a pun inspired wedding favor. Each guest received a burlap bag of coffee with a label that read, “Enjoy this coffee from the Coffey’s.” The day was centered on elegance, shared faith, and a good pun, making for memories that will last a lifetime.

Make sure to see more from the Coffey Wedding on page 42 of bridebook!

Dress: David’s Bridal

Florist: Kroger

Cake: Linda Adams

Venue: Roanoke Country Club

Caterer: Roanoke Country Club

Planner: Charmaine Cress

Jewelry: AmRhein’s Jewelers

DJ: J.C. Castillo

Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Makeup: Jolina Goad

Hair: Sarah Wright

Wedding Wednesday: The Fluker Wedding

The Fluker Wedding

April 26, 2016

Photography by: Pat Cori Photography

Sarah White and Thomas “Ray” Fluker met in their early years, as students at Roanoke College. They had a class together, but didn’t spend much time with one another during their time at school. Thanks to social media they were able to stay connected after gradution, and after ten years, two career changes, and a couple of gentle denials on Sarah’s end, the two found themselves both in the same place at the same time. Back in Salem, the two of them got together for dinner at a Roanoke College staple, followed by a walk through campus, which landed the couple at a set of rocking chairs, where they sat and talked for hours. Ray and Sarah would revisit these rocking chairs when he asked her to spend the rest of her life with him, to the tune of “Question” by the Old 97.

The two wanted their wedding day to be romantic, classic, and fun. The event began with a beautiful ceremony at the Taubman, with rose petals lining the aisles. The ceremony paid tribute not only to their love, but also to Sarah’s parents. Sarah wore a piece of her mother’s wedding dress, sewn into her own, and she wore the pearls that her father had gifted her mother on their first wedding anniversary.

The reception was held on the roof of the Center in The Square, where they enjoyed each other, their friends, and their family, with a delightful variety of southern comfort food, such as chicken and waffles, mac and cheese, and lemonade. Sarah’s and Ray’s favorite part of the night was standing on that roof top surrounded by their friends and family.

Their wedding was a romantic celebration of love and friendship. The perfect evening, starting with a classic ceremony, and ending with a fun roof-top party with the perfect view to start the rest of their lives together. A view they can look back on for years to come. As a surprise for Sarah, Ray set up for a drone to capture video and photographs of the reception. This was a guest favorite, and sure to be a fun way to revisit their wedding in the years to come.

Make sure to see more of the Fluker Wedding on page 40 of bridebook!

Dress: Becky’s Bridal

Florist: Creative Occasions

Cake: Copper Hill Cakes and Cookies

Ceremony: Taubman Museum of Art

Venue: Center in the Square

Planner: Simplicity

DJ: RSP Entertainment

Attendant Dresses: Becky’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Black Tux

Videographer: Michael’s Video

Drone: Autonomous Flight Technologies, Inc.

Hair & Makeup: Lex Cheveux Salon & Day Spa

Lighting: Lighting Ninja, Inc.

Ice Sculpture: Masterpiece Ice Sculptures

Harpist: Karlee Lanum

Wedding Wednesday: The Dannenberg Wedding

The Dannenberg Wedding

December 19, 2015

Photography by: Crystal George Studios

Stephanie Nance and Richard Dannenberg met through an online community and mutual friends at a dance game tournament. The two maintained a long distance relationship full of fun-packed weekend visits spent together. It was a normal day when Richard popped the question. He often brought his cello on these weekend trips, so when he brought it out to play Stephanie a song, she didn’t think twice about it. What caused a pause was the stage-fright Richard was  suffering from as he played the song, which included the phrase “I propose to you…” After the proposal, which included many ring pops and one beautiful engagement ring, Stephanie was at a loss for words. It took a moment before she finally blurted her affirmation.

This white, red, and black affair was a Christmas themed celebration of love and community. There was mistletoe hanging from chandelier and pine cone accents decorating the venue, there were even two pine cones perched on the cake, wearing a top hat and veil, cake toppers that Stephanie made herself. The whole event was a subtle tribute to the couple’s mutual faith.

Early in their relationship, while visiting friends, they both ordered ice cream for a sweet alternative breakfast, unaware of what the other had chosen. It only seemed fitting that the couple incorporate their mutual love for ice cream, in this already love filled event. The event had an open ice cream bar, which was full of sweet fixings for the perfect sundae.

On top of their mutual love for ice cream, this couple felt their love for music should also be showcased during the reception. Instead of the traditional band or DJ, Stephanie spent hours carefully choosing a playlist that she felt would enhance the couple’s wedding, indulge their musical styles, and also please their friends and family. Stephanie points out that though her mother doesn’t usually like her music, she caught her bopping along.

Their wedding was full of Christmas cheer and love. The two loved that they were able to involve their friends from all around the country, from Seattle to Orlando, and with their relationship being long distance, it was a chance for their two extended-families to really come together.

Make sure to see more of the Dannenberg Wedding on page 38 of bridebook!

Dress: Celebration Bridal

Florist: Gillespie’s Flowers

Cake: The Homestead

Venue: The Homestead

Caterer: The Homestead

Planner: The Homestead

Jewelry: Haywood’s Jewelers and Kranich’s Jewelers

Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Wedding Favors: Sugar Tree Country Store

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Mayes Wedding

The Mayes Wedding

November 14, 2015

Photography by: Lori Hedrick Photography

Christian Mayes and Sarah Landrum met through mutual friends who were trying to set up Christian. It took a while for the two of them to warm up to one another, but finally, on a rainy Sunday, Christian invited Sarah to lunch by saying, “I gotta eat, you gotta eat, so we might as well do it together.” From that moment on, Sarah says she knew that he was different. On their 9-month anniversary, Christian proposed on an after-dinner walk by the river. He said, reminiscent of their beginnings as a couple, “I’ve got to get married, and you’ve got to get married, so you might as well marry me.”

Sarah wasn’t sure about her husband-to-be’s idea of a brunch wedding. As it turned out, a brunch wedding was just to this couple’s taste. This way they could wake up in the morning and immediately begin the preparations and enjoy the festivities. There was no waiting around, as the ceremony started at 11:00 A.M, and, with a November wedding, they were able to enjoy the warmest part of the day with their guests.

Besides the early ceremony and reception, the day was highlighted with a traditional, classic reception. But, like with the brunch-aspect, Sarah and William wanted to add themselves into the event. One thing that they both find important is the legacy of love and support that they both come from. They celebrated their families by having a “family themed” wedding. There was a wedding dance for all married couples; each couple was slowly dismissed based on how long they’d been married. Sarah’s and William’s grandparents were the last two couples dancing.

Their wedding was a beautiful autumnal affair, with soft golds, browns, and creams, with the occasional pop of maroon and green. This celebration of their love and appreciation for their family was the perfect way to honor their own love and new beginning as husband and wife.

Make sure to see more of the Mayes Wedding on page 36 of bridebook!

Dress: Becky’s Bridal

Florist: Petals by Alisha

Cake: Coffee Cakes

Venue: West Manor Estate

Caterer: West Manor Estate

Planner: A Little Party Events

Jewelry: Ginger’s Jewelry

DJ: Barry Tosh

Attendant Dresses: Becky’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Hair: Kathryn O’Brien & Joe Jones

Videography: Solo Koo Wedding Films

 

Cover Reveal: Our 5th Issue

We are so excited to reveal the cover for our 5th issue, featuring Morgan Coartney surrounded by her beautiful bridesmaids on her wedding day that took place at Sinkland Farms. Cover image by Skyryder Photography.

You can see Morgan’s wedding on page 64, plus more amazing weddings that are sure to inspire! Magazines will be hitting newsstands across southwest and central Virginia over the coming weeks, found at B&N, Target, Walmart, CVS and more, or can be ordered on our website. We can’t wait for everyone to see it!

Be sure to check back as we update our site with new blog posts, newsstand locations, more Wedding Wednesdays and much more!

Venue Spotlight: Hollins University

Our students aren’t the only ones who start new lives at Hollins!

We have two indoor chapels, as well as several outdoor options, which can accommodate ceremonies from 25 – 600 and multiple reception spaces (both indoor and outdoor) which can accommodate from 25 – 350.

From the southern charm of the Green Drawing Room, the tall trees and meandering stream that define the Beale Garden, or the stately porches and lush foliage of the Front Quad, we have what you are looking for to make your wedding a memorable event for you and your guests.

Many people are surprised to learn that our students aren’t the only ones who start new lives at Hollins. In fact, we host a large number of weddings and special events each year.

In addition to our beautiful facilities and grounds, Hollins offers exclusive catering by Meriwether Godsey, as well as two unique lodging options for your bridal party and guests.  Whether you’re looking for a small, intimate space or a large, outdoor gathering, Hollins is the place to make your wedding unforgettable!

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

 

 

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