Wedding Wednesday: The Seaver Wedding

The Seaver Wedding

June 16, 2016

Photography by: Andru Miller Photography

Catherine Rossi and Jedidiah “Jed” Seaver met in the nick of time. Catherine was fed up with the dating scene in the city when she agreed to being set up with Jed by a mutual friend. As soon as the two met, Catherine knew that this man was different than any other she’d met before. From that first lunch on, the two never stopped talking. It eventually evolved naturally into the loving relationship they share today. It was love at first sight.

Jed proposed in November. While Catherine was out on a run, Jed had set up candles around a watch box, with Frank Sinatra playing in the back ground. Catherine, knowing he’d suggested going out to dinner later that night, had a inkling he might propose. But, when she came home to see the watch box she was confused by all of the effort put into a watch. Inside, though, she found a gold engagement ring. Jed was excited he was able to surprise her with the proposal and even more excited that she said yes.

Despite the two of them living in D.C., they both grew up around the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. Catherine, originally being from Blacksburg, wanted the wedding to be close to home. The ceremony took place at Claytor Lake State Park, by the water, with perfect 70 degree weather. For the reception, they traveled back to Blacksburg to love, sing, and dance the night away at The Inn at Virginia Tech.

The comforting atmosphere and being surrounded by friends and family really helped to make the day a success. Her father’s band played at the reception, a part of her mother’s wedding gown was used as Catherine’s bouquet holder, and Catherine’s 92 year old Babushka (Grandmother) even traveled from New Jersey for the wedding. Unfortunately she fell ill upon arriving in Virginia, and had to spend the wedding day in the hospital, but instead of it being a sad memory, Catherine and Jed made the best of it. The two were able to surprise her at the hospital, completely decked out in their formal wear. Catherine says she remembers this moment the best, with the most warmth in her heart.

The whole night was full of fun, love, and great memories. The couple were so glad to be able to return back to their roots for their wedding. The food was delectable, the reception was exciting and better than Catherine even thought possible, and the guests loved the thoughtful wedding favors. Jed works in law enforcement so the couple decided to donate to The National Fallen Police Foundation in their guests’ names and hand out blue and black wrapped Hershey kisses.

It was a wedding that everyone will look back on with love and happiness.

Make sure to see more of the Seaver wedding on page 58 of bridebook!

Dress: David’s Bridal

Florist: Flowers by B

Cake: Nina Panonni & Ashley Oppedisano

Ceremony: Claytor Lake State Park

Venue: The Inn at Virginia Tech

Caterer: The Inn at Virginia Tech

Planner: The Inn at Virginia Tech – Bianca Norton

Jewelry: Eddy Greenan Jewelry

Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair & Makeup: Jenna Bien

Wedding Wednesday: The Whitaker Wedding

The Whitaker Wedding

June 11, 2016

Photography by: Pat Cori Photography

Sarah Rhodes and Robert “Buddy” Whitaker, Junior were both attending Hollins College when they met in 2008. Sarah was a senior and Buddy a first year grad student. But, it wasn’t until later that the two began their romance. Sarah moved to New York City after college, and the two kept in touch. It was casual until Buddy found himself in the city visiting some of his friends. The two reconnected at a birthday party, which led them to pursue a cross-country-long-distance-relationship for six months. Buddy eventually relocated from Los Angles to New York City.

The couple were on a weekend trip to Texas, staying with a friend, when Buddy popped the questions. Sarah walked into their friend’s apartment, only to be greeted by a ring box and a tray of cupcakes with “Will You Marry me?” written in the icing. With a sweet proposal like that, it’s no surprise she said yes.

Sarah wanted a wedding full of southern charm and tradition, while honoring the couples friendship and relationship. By having their wedding at Hollins Universtiy, the couple was easily able to tie their southern theme and their relationship into one. Having their wedding at the place they met 8 years earlier was a lovely tribute to the couple’s beginning. The two were even able to paint “the rock” in honor of their wedding, a long-time tradition at the college.

In honor of their southern roots, the couple served sweet tea at their wedding and handed out Virginia is for lovers gift bags. Their cake was a simple, tiered, and coconut flavored. It was white, with a textured design, and a gold topper, fitting the couple’s color scheme of coral, peach, ivory, and gold. The colors blended beautifully with the exposed brick in their reception area.

The couple honored both their past and their future with their southern themed wedding. Being able to return to their beginning to celebrate the start to their marriage was a sentiment not lost on the guests. The couple even chose songs from their favorite films to be played my a string trio during the ceremony. The couple perfectly captured their love for each other with their June wedding.

Make sure to see more of the Whitaker Wedding on page 56 of bridebook!

Dress: Maya Couture

Florist: George’s Flowers

Cake: Ellie Wallace

Venue: Hollins University

Caterer: Hollins University – Meriwether Godsey

Planner: Megan Terry & Brittany Foutz

DJ: Quest Entertainment

Attendant Dresses: Alfred Sung

Groomsmen’s Attire: Original Penguin

Hair: Roots Salon – Jillian Nance

Makeup: Lash, etc. – Jessica Hall

Wedding Wednesday: The Early Wedding

The Early Wedding

June 11, 2016

Photography by: Essential Sunshine Photography

Sarah Gayle Ballagh and Tyler Early connected through an online dating website. Tyler was slow to initiate a first date, but Sarah had the idea of enticing him with a Salem Red Sox game. She knew he wouldn’t be able to say no to that, and she was right, but as it turned out, the game ended up raining out. Instead, the two decided to meet at Mac n Bob’s for dinner. It right before their first date, the first time Tyler saw her walking down the sidewalk toward him, that he knew this was the woman he was going to marry.

When Tyler decided to propose, there was no other place he could think to pop the question other than that same slab of sidewalk. The two even managed to get a game in, as Tyler had his and her parents both waiting for them at that night’s Salem Red Sox game. The couple spent the evening celebrating with one another, their parents, and America’s favorite past time.

Sarah’s favorite color is yellow. So it was no surprise to anyone when yellow became the focus color of the wedding. It was elegantly paired with the groomsmen’s gray suits and the yellow tulip centerpieces fit in perfectly with their rustic barn venue. Sarah’s bridesmaids each wore a yellow dress, and even Sarah herself dawned a yellow belt with her reception dress.

The couple was glad to share each moment of their wedding day with their friends and family. Sarah’s dog was even able to make an appearance for a few pictures between the ceremony and the reception. The whole day was full of love and laughter, not wanting to leave a single person (or family pet) out of their day. Their guests enjoyed themselves with garden games like badminton, corquet, and ladder ball and later flooded the dance floor to dance the night away. The atmosphere was inviting, happy, and wonderfully implemented.

Sarah has been a member of the United States Army for 11 years, so it was important to the couple to honor her commitment and sacrifice, as well as the others in their life who serve. The couple chose to participate in the traditional military cake cutting, using an Army NCO sword.  Names of family members in the military were listed in the wedding program, and they had a special dedicated flower arrangement on display at both the ceremony and the reception.

When planning a wedding it’s hard to gauge what your guests will remember, and with so many wonderful and unique touches and heartfelt gestures the Early’s put into their big day, there are many things to choose from. But, everyone is sure to remember the love and commitment that went into this couples wedding day.

Make sure to see more of the Early Wedding on page 54 of bridebook!

Dress: Chantilly Lace

Florist: Creative Occasions

Cake: Mary Ogilvie

Venue: Sinkland Farms

Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering

Planner: Linda Garbee

Jewelry: Haywood’s Jewelers

DJ: The Domino Band

Attendant Dresses: Weddington Way

Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank

Makeup & Hair: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa

Ceremony Music: Roanoke Symphony Strings Trio

Hotel: The Inn at Virginia Tech

Wedding Wednesday: The Maddox Wedding

The Maddox Wedding

May 29, 2017

Photography by: Noah Magnifico Photography

Temeca Manns and Bomani Maddox first connected through an online dating website. Their first phone call lasted all night, neither hanging up until 2 AM. That phone call was the start to many a long conversations. Temeca says that she loves the fact that Bomani is such a “talker.” The couple faced many challenges in their first year as an official couple; Bomani’s father passed and Temeca was diagnosed with breast cancer. But, nothing deterred Bomani and Temeca from pursuing one another.

It was Mother’s Day 2015 when Bomani proposed to Temeca surrounded by family. Temeca was in unusually high spirits going into the night, seeing as she had just gone through a round of chemo the Friday before. Her mood was dampened by complications with her meal. But, once Bomani proposed, every sour feeling from the night disappeared. Instead, it would be remembered as one of the happiest nights of their lives.

The couple prided their wedding on being “outside of the box.” They chose lime green, black, and ivory for their colors. Their wedding party encased the couple as they stood in the pulpit, during their church ceremony. Temeca’s mother gave her away at the ceremony. Plus, for their reception, they went with non-traditional music, to create a unique, simple, but elegant atmosphere for their guests. Keeping with the couples individual tastes and experiences, each table had a name to do with something important to the Temeca, Bomani, or the couple. They hoped this would promote conversation at the tables.

Instead of the traditional party favor, the couple made a donation in their guests’ names to the American Cancer Society. This was not only a memorable gift, but a way for them to celebrate just how much they’ve overcome as a couple. Their wedding was the perfect way to honor their growth as a couple and begin their lives together.

Make sure to see more of the Maddox Wedding on page 52 of bridebook!

Dress: Tiffany’s Bridal

Florist: Kroger

Cake: Evie’s Wedding Cakes

Ceremony: Loudon Avenue Christian Church

Venue: The Hotel Roanoke

Caterer: The Hotel Roanoke

DJ: Rob Stacks

Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Hair: Diva’s House of Hair

Videography: Michael’s Video

Transportation: Executive Town Car & Limousine Service

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Moschler Wedding

The Moschler Wedding

May 28, 2016

Photography by: Erin Kling Photography

Sometimes all it takes is that initial look, and you know something big just happened. Maria “Kat” Broines and Tyler Moschler met at a concert, and they say, right away there was a spark and a connection between the two of them. That single moment was the start of seven happy years together. The day after their seventh anniversary, Tyler sent Kat on a photo scavenger hunt around New York City. At first, Kat thought Tyler was just being sweet, seeing as their anniversary was the day before, but at the sixth stop Kat’s sister was waiting for her, and she started to catch on to what was really happening. Her suspicions confirmed at spot number seven, where she was prompted to turn around and found Tyler waiting for her.

The couple met in New York City. Many of their friends were from the city, and so it was important to the couple to show case the beauty of Virginia. That being said, it’s no surprise that Kat wanted a mountain back drop for her wedding. The couple chose their venue for the natural beauty. They say that they knew this was where they’d get married the first time they stepped on the grounds. The event was classic and vintage, with tea kettle, antique books, flowers, and succulents, as center pieces. Everything, including the Riverview Manor, fit together timelessly and effortlessly

The wedding, though the perfect show case of Virginia beauty, wouldn’t be complete if the couple weren’t true to their New York start. Seeing as they met, dated, and loved in New York, it would have been wrong to exclude it from the wedding. The seating chart was arranged as an enlarged NYC subway map. The tables were labeled as “stops” on the map, each being somewhere important to their relationship the last seven years. Furthering their blending with NYC, each guest received a personalized Cracker Jack Box, with the couple’s names, wedding date, and the New York Mets logo.

The day was the perfect blend of vintage, Virginia, and New York City. It was the ideal way to showcase their love for one another and the places that built them.

Be sure to see more of the Moschler Wedding on page 50 of bridebook!

Dress: Rosa Clara

Florist: Cheryl’s Secret Garden

Cake: Brandi’s Studio Cakes

Venue: Riverview Manor

Caterer: Golden Leaf Bistro

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warewhouse

Hair: Jessica Comiskey

Makeup: Ashley Ancheta

DJ: Stewart Scott

Band: If Birds Could Fly

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Millehan Wedding

The Millehan Wedding

May 21, 2016

Photography by: Kevin Hurley Photography

Sara Clark moved to Roanoke in middle school; It was there, at school, that she met the man who would eventually become her husband. Chris Millehan and Sara formed a friendship during their middle school years and dated on and off until high school, where they decided all they ever wanted was to be with one another. The two went off to Virginia Tech together to further their education, and it was in Blacksburg, at the Duck Pond, that Chris waited for Sara and her friends, with ring, roses, and champagne in hand. The two say that they can’t even remember what was said during the proposal, but all that mattered was the resounding “Yes!”

Sara and Chris pride themselves on their “fairy tale” love story, and thus it is no surprise that their wedding was an event full of love and tradition. The ceremony was held in a local church, which the two often frequented together. It was short, traditional, and perfectly showcased the couples mutual love for one another and for God. It was during their reception that the couple felt they should give back to their friends and family that have supported them through the years. So, the reception was “100% guest driven.” Sara and Chris just wanted their guests to have fun and enjoy the celebration.

However, they made sure to stay true to themselves during the whole event. They served Sushi, their favorite meal, at their reception. Their caterer was even able to incorporate a family recipe into the menu. The couple’s first date was at a Sushi restaurant that they were able to revisit on their wedding day. The owner has witnessed the two grow as individuals and as a couple, from their first date to their wedding day. There is a framed photograph of the couple hanging in the restaurant to this day.

One of the things that the couple was most thankful for was the quiet time they took for themselves between the ceremony and the pictures. The two of them escaped to a deserted Sunday School room and just basked in the excitement of being together and married at last. While they were on their small retreat, the rain, that was threatening to fall all day, finally fell, and the two said that that was the moment it really sank in that good things really do come to those who wait. By the time it was time for them to rejoin the party, the rain had stopped.

Make sure to see more of the Millehan Wedding on page 48 of bridebook!

Dress: Proms, Pageants & Pretty Things

Florist: Gloriosa

Cake: Diane’s Cake Creations

Ceremony: Colonial Avenue Baptist Church

Venue: Corinthian Ball Room

Caterer: Chanticleer Catering

Planner: Lisa Link

Jewelry: Fink’s Jewelery

DJ: RSP Entertainment

Attendant Dresses: Proms, Pageants & Pretty Things

Groomsmen Attire: Proms, Pageants & Pretty Things

Hair: Shear Perfection

Bridal Preparation: King George Inn

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Marshall Wedding

The Marshall Wedding

May 21, 2016

Photography by: Pat Cori Photography

Jessica Boatwright and Alexander “Alec” Marshall met by chance. She, taking summer classes in Blacksburg, needed to sublease an apartment. Her friend had an open space, in a three room apartment. So that summer it was Jessica, her friend/biology partner, and, inevitably, Alec. Living together that summer the two spent quite a bit of time together and their friendship grew, but it wasn’t until she had moved out, the summer had passed, and a friend pointed out how good the two looked together did Jessica note that her feelings for Alec had definitely surpassed the “just friends” stage. And yet, it wasn’t until more than a year later that the two became “official.”

In September 2014, She and Alec had made plans to celebrate Jessica’s Birthday with friends back in Blacksburg, enjoying a Virginia Tech game. The Hokies won, and a day later, the two left Blacksburg in favor of a secluded cabin to celebrate Jessica’s birthday with her family. On a walk, just the two of them, Alec started to hum a Meatloaf song to himself. Jessica couldn’t place the song, but if she could, she would have known what was coming. The chorus goes, “Will you make me so happy for the rest of my life? Will you take me away and will you make me your wife?” The two came up on a scenic overlook, and that is where Alec got down on one knee and asked Jessica to be his. The two were shaking with excitement by the time Alec was sliding the ring on her finger.

The wedding was full of soft, comforting colors: light gray, neutral creme, gold, and dusty rose. The colors were incorporated in the DIY center pieces and the bouquets of the bridal party. Each bridesmaid got a bouquet of one type of flower, either Larkspur, pink snaps, roses, alstroemeria, carnations, or tulips. Jessica’s bouquet being a combination of the six flowers.

Jessica and Alec always thought of their friends as a big part of who they are, and their wedding day was no exception. One of their friends made the wedding cake, a four-tier multi flavored creation. Jessica’s old roommate gone pastry chef made their chocolate box wedding favors. Yet another “foody” friend catered the wedding. One friend owns a stationary company and helped design invitations. Another who is tech savvy designed the Save the Dates. Even their school teacher friend helped to make their wedding kid friendly and fun for all ages.  It was definitely a coming together of the greatest kind.

On the day of their wedding there was a light rain that Jessica’s recalls hearing pattering on the roof, while a muted glow from the fire cast a romantic air. Alec’s face full of joy and promise stared at her as she vowed to love him for the rest of her days. Some brides dread the rain, but, with the help of the soft drizzle, Jessica remembers her wedding as romantic, warm, and inviting.

Make sure to see more of the Marshall Wedding on page 46 of bridebook!

Dress: AmRhein’s Bridal & Formals

Florist: University Florist

Cake: Charlotte McIntosh Tarr

Venue: House Mountain Inn

Caterer: House Mountain Inn

Planner: Jamie Grue

Jewelry: Boone & Sons Jewelers

DJ: Garland Studios

Attendant Dresses: BHLDN

Groomsmen Attire: Tuxedo by Sarno

Makeup: LASH, etc.- Jessica Hall

Hair: Body Works Day Spa & Salon- Emily Garbee Harris

Invitations: Sable & Gray Paper Co.

Officiant: Karen Osborne

Videography: Michael’s Video

Wedding Wednesday: The Morris Wedding

The Morris Wedding

April 30, 2016

Photography by: Sam Stroud Photography

Joanna Frye and Andrew Morris sure enjoyed taking their time. The couple dated off and on in high school, but it wasn’t until they both got to college that their relationship got serious. On that same theme, Andrew’s proposal was drawn out over the course of eleven months. For Valentine’s day, Andrew gifted Joanna with a box of envelopes. The final envelope in the box contained tickets to see the Biltmore House at Christmas. While taking pictures at the overlook of the house, Andrew said “I just really want to marry you!” This was no surprise to Joanna, as Andrew had been saying this for months. This time, though, Andrew got down on one knee.

Joanna and Andrew’s wedding did not have a “theme,” but instead, the couple aimed to invoke a certain feeling in their guests. Their goal was to make them feel welcomed and invited. To do this, the couple utilized soft blushes and ivories, with the occasional pop of navy blue. As the night continued, the pink shades began to darker, and the color scheme was brought full circle with an ombre flower cascade on the staircase at their reception.

The food they served at their wedding was very important to both Joanna and Andrew. The couple worked with their caterer to create food stations that reflected these favorite places, flavors, and foods that the couple was able to experience together during the course of their long distance relationship. And then, of course, there was the wedding cake. With Joanna being a pastry chef, many people expected that she would be making her own cake. However, she wanted to be able to enjoy her day as the bride that she was. She worked closely with the caterer designing the cake, and she was able to really bring her vision alive, without having to stress about assembling the cake herself.

The wedding was made possible by close relationships with not just the guests, but many of the vendors as well. Working closely with these vendors, that they already had close relationships with made the planning process all the more special. That planning paid off, and the couple  were able to celebrate their marriage in a day full of flowers, good food, and great company.

Make sure to see more from the Morris Wedding on page 44 of bridebook!

Dress: Tiffany’s Bridal

Florist: Creative Occasions

Cake: Center Stage Catering

Venue: Taubman Museum of Art

Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering

Planner: Events by Sherri

Jewelry: Jewells Fine Jewelry

Makeup: Charisse Crammer

Hair: Amy Dodson

DJ: RSP Entertainment

Attendant Dresses: Pearl’s Place

Groomsmen Attire: Proms, Pageants, & Pretty Things

Lighting: Lighting Ninja, INC

Rentals: Country Road Vintage Rentals

Transportation: Prestige Limousine Service & Executive Service

Videographer: Solo Koo Wedding Films

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