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 Abercrombie Wedding

Josh & Sarah Abercrombie
July 20, 2013
Photography by A Touch to Last Photography

Sarah and Josh met on her first night of college at Clemson University. Soon after their friendship they began dating. One day Josh and Sarah went for a two mile hike with their dog Huck. After finding a private spot, Sarah helped Huck with his water bowl, giving Josh the perfect opportunity to surprise her while on one knee. Sarah’s favorite moment of their wedding day was exchanging vows with Josh; her father, an Episcopalian priest, officiated their wedding. They wanted to pay attention to the meaning of the words they said and remember it always. The traditional church wedding and rustic style reception completed Sarah’s wedding theme. Her bridal bouquet included white and ivory garden and spray roses, lisianthus, green hydrangea, and hypericum berries accented with lambs ear. Centerpieces with large green hydrangeas, votive candles on each table, and classic songs such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald added to the classic reception. The groom’s cake was a Clemson themed cake, while guests could choose chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry cake for dessert. The couple spent a week in the Riviera Maya, just north of Belize, for their honeymoon, where Sarah celebrated a life-long dream of swimming with dolphins.

Be sure to see the Abercrombie wedding on page 64 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: Essence of Australia from Tiffany’s Bridal
Florist: The Jefferson Florist & Garden
Cake: Rockbridge Cake Shoppe
Ceremony: Lexington Presbyterian Church
Venue: House Mountain Inn
Caterer: House Mountain Inn
Planner: Jamie Grue
Jewelry: Hess & Co. Jewelers
DJ: King Studios
Attendants’ Dresses: BHLDN
Groomsmen’s Attire: Macy’s
Bride’s Rehearsal Dress: Vera Wang

Behind the Scenes of the Sharp Wedding

Ellen Loveman + Bryan Sharp – September 1, 2012

Photography by Kemper Mills Fant Photography

Ellen “Ellie” Loveman and Bryan Sharp met through mutual friends when Ellie was on a visit to East Texas. One special weekend Bryan led Ellie into the backyard where he had recreated on of their most memorable past times and he got down on one knee as he asked Ellie to marry him. The Blur Ridge Mountains created a natural beauty as the couple said their vows. Tying the day together with personal touches friends and family all lended a helping hand to making the day all the more special.

To read more about their love story and see more photos, pick up a copy of bridebook (on newsstands now) and flip to page 58!

Priscilla of Boston
George’s Flowers and Glories of the Sun Bouquets
Evie’s Wildflour Wedding Cakes
CATERER Lib & Amy Catering and Chef’s Catering
Zadok Jewelers and Tiffany & Co.
GROOM’S ATTIRE Brooks Brothers

guest post: Wedding Inspiration and Where to Find It

Guest Post by Haley Beyer, Intern at Marchesa

Inspiration is defined as a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul. But where is that influence found? Many artists, designers, even everyday people, struggle to turn on the lights to notice the inspiration that lies all around. Next to the pavement & walkways lie the architecture and nature, including all the earth and its creatures that roam. In the same respect there are the typical research-based inspiration found in books and libraries or museums that serve for more concrete information and knowledge.

Isadora Gown by BHLDN

Isadora, by BHLDN

But is there anywhere that may seem an uncommon space to find inspiration? Of course, but those places can serve as the best inspiration. For example, just yesterday I explored through the Natural History Museum. I saw crustaceans, mammals, and prehistoric creatures that all added to my inspiration bank that I have been totaling up to equal my Senior collection. Believe it or not, the thing that stirred my imagination the most was a book I came across in the gift shop of the museum.

In reality, brides do not go through what may seem like a never ending process as I have just described. Brides simply want a day that is all she ever dreamed and describes perfectly who “they” are. But this blending of two people can become time consuming  and overwhelming. Designers, (like I will be) and all those who already work in the industry are looking for a way to help them to the finish line.

Since going to school I have formed a list of personal favorite bridal blogs, brands and trend sights to inspire collections based on the real life bride.

Trend Forecasting: WGSN &
Reception Inspiration & list of vendors:
Bridal Party photos & Outfit Guides:
Pre owned gowns:
Custom gowns: Susan Perron
Unique Bridal Store:

My hope is that this list will guide any sort of inspiration. It may not be similar to mine but at least it will be all your own!

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