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 Murray Wedding

Jason & Lindsay Murray

May 2, 2015

Photography by Noah Magnifico- Photographer

Since they were children, Lindsay and Jason only lived five blocks from each other but didn’t actually meet until 2010 when Jason started teaching at the same school as Lindsay. Lindsay took her students to gym class one day where she saw the new P.E. teacher, Jason, and was immediately interested in him. Jason came and introduced himself to Lindsay, but as he was walking away she realized she hadn’t been paying attention because she was too distracted by how handsome he was! For the rest of her planning period that day, Lindsay took time to try and learn everything she could about Jason but over the next couple of months, to Lindsay’s dismay, they didn’t speak again. Around the school, Lindsay was known as a big Virginia Tech fanatic and often had extra tickets to the game. It was in November that Jason sought her out to see if she had any extra tickets and, despite finding one of his own, the two met up at the game and began a great friendship. Lucky for the both of them, it eventually blossomed into more.

Jason proposed to Lindsay when they were on vacation in Myrtle Beach with a couple of friends. One evening, the two couples went to dinner at Drunken Jack’s Restaurant and then decided to go for a walk on the pier afterwards. In their relationship, Lindsay loves taking photos but Jason hates them. However, on this particular evening, he asked her to take a photo with him at the end of the pier. They took two photos together and then as Lindsay started to walk toward her friend to get the camera, Jason said, “Wait, let’s try a different pose.” Lindsay then turned to see Jason get down on one knee. She was so surprised and taken aback by the beauty of the moment and the sunset behind them that her first response was “Are you serious?” Jason then assured her of his intentions and Lindsay eagerly accepted.

Their wedding held a lot of special moments for the couple. Lindsay loved the father/daughter dance during the reception because all of the father/daughter pairs were invited to join on the dance floor. The dance was then turned into a party after by the flash mob of guests getting excited to the song “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars. This is a memory that sticks with them even now and the two can’t help but laugh and dance as they remember that day.

The wedding was planned to highlight the seasons of love and the couple even had four engagement photo sessions in each of the seasons. The engagement photos were then used in a slideshow in the wedding. The guestbook went along with the theme as well, by having each guest sign in and put their favorite memory with the couple under the respective season.

Be sure to take a look at more of the Murray wedding on page 46 of bridebook!

Dress: Mori Lee 1241 from Patina Bridal and Formals
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Cake: Mary Ogilvie
Ceremony: Raleigh Court United Methodist Church
Venue: The Corinthian Ballroom
Caterer: Chanticleer Catering
Jewelry: Fink’s
DJ: Judd Poindexter
Attendants Dresses: Becky’s Bridal
Groomsman’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Videographer: Michael’s Video
Makeup:  LASH-Madison Madden
Hair: Marston Salon
Linens: Aztec Rental


Wedding Wednesday: The Minter Wedding

Ryan & Sarah Minter
 May 24, 2014
Photography by William Mahone Photography

Ryan crossed Sarah’s path while he paid a visit to his former co-workers at a local pharmacy. The two chatted for a while, and after he left, Ryan decided to ask their mutual friend to set him up with Sarah. He asked her out on a date a week later, and the rest became a beautiful adventure – much like Ryan’s proposal. He suggested a walk at Virginia Tech’s Duck Pond one afternoon in May with their two dogs. This quickly became a whirlwind of events as one dog jumped into the pond after the ducks and the other dog followed in! Once they were settled, Ryan finally took a photo of Sarah and the dogs and popped the question. The fun continued throughout their wedding day, which kept with a theme of being playfully romantic. It was important to Ryan and Sarah that their wedding showcase their personalities, which they achieved by having a few fun improvised moves during their first dance and having their dogs stand in as the ring bearer and flower girl. The venue of the Corinthian Ballroom added the romantic element with the elegant ballroom decorated with candles and flower arrangements. In addition to these elements, they also made sure to personalize their big day. Sarah’s dress was carefully crafted to become her dream gown with the hard work of her seamstress and the addition of Ryan’s mother’s veil. Sarah also had both her parents walk her down the aisle to celebrate her strong bond with them and the support they’ve always given her, and the couple’s maternal grandmothers lit the family candles before the ceremony began.

Be sure to see the Minter wedding on page 38 of the third issue of bridebook!

Dress: Allure Romance
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Linda Adams
Ceremony: Bonsak United Methodist Church
Venue: The Corinthian Ballroom
Caterer: Chanticleer Catering
Jewelry: Zales
DJ: Blue Ridge Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: bingbridal
Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Hair & Makeup: Shear Perfection Salon
Seamstress: Deborah’s Tailoring Shop

Wedding Wednesday: The Jones Wedding

Kevin & Kristin Jones
November 2, 2013
Photography by Magnifico Photography

Fate must’ve stepped in for Kevin and Kristin on the night they met. Kristin declined a Halloween party invitation due to an already scheduled blind date, but when the date didn’t show, Kristin decided to have some fun and attend the party. Kevin, dressed in a Chargers football jersey, flexed his muscles to no one in particular; Kristin’s opening line, “I bet I have bigger muscles,” won his attention – and his heart, since they’ve been together ever since! A few days before Christmas, Kristin picked Kevin up at the bus station for his visit. He and her family joined forces to surprise her, with her sister yelling at Kristin to go look at something outside. Kristin stepped out to find her Prince Charming – Kevin, all dressed up in a prince costume, riding a horse like something out of a fairy tale. After Kristin said yes, they rode to a staging area where a limo took them to dinner, a restaurant she’d worked at in high school and where her parents had met. Kristin says her favorite wedding day memory is walking down the aisle and seeing her future husband for the first time, like it was just the two of them in the room. (Moments later, they were trying to figure out their choreographed dance because her dress was so big!) The couple incorporated many ideas into their day that in some ways, told their life story. White pumpkins were seasonal and also reminded them of Kevin’s Cinderella proposal; green was chosen as it was her late father’s favorite color; and her bouquet had a Hawaiian orchid to represent Kevin’s family. Simple decorations and colors of gold, hunter green, and bronze complemented the venue’s gold and off-white colors. Memorial pumpkins represented family members no longer with them while centerpieces were soft gold votives and pictures of the newlyweds at their ages to correspond with the table number. The happy couple spent a honeymoon week at a friend’s beach house in Atlantic City, where they relaxed, ate well, and even won some money.

Be sure to see the Jones wedding on page 108 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Florist: Best Wishes
Cake: Sandy’s Cakes
Venue: The Corinthian Ballroom
Caterer: Chanticleer Catering
Planner: Events by Sherri
Jewelry: Jared
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: Jordan Fashions
Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Caricature Artist: Kyle Edgell

Behind the Scenes of the Benne Wedding

Caroline Johnson + Nicholas Benne – October 13, 2013

Photography by Jason Jarvis Photography

It was only the beginning of a beautiful relationship when Caroline Johnson and Nicholas Benne met at a local bar in Arlington only to discover they lived quite close to each other. Nicholas planned a picnic proposal at a vineyard called Gadino Cellars and hid the engagement ring in the picnic basket. The Benne’s held a traditional wedding comprised of seasonal autumn colors. The couple claims  their first dance together as husband and wife was the highlight of their wedding.

To read more about their love story and see more photos, pick up a copy of bridebook (on newsstands now) and flip to page 74!

Designed by Judd Waddell
Creative Occasions
Evie’s Wildflour Wedding Cakes
College Lutheran Church
Corinthian Ballroom
CATERER Chanticleer Catering
PLANNER That Wedding Bridal Consulting, Elizabeth Stevens
JEWELRY Ascott Diamonds
SHOES Kate Spade
GUEST BOOK Bleu de toi


Behind the Scenes of the Carmen Wedding

Jessica Thurston + Zachary Carmen – July 14, 2012

Photography by Lori Hendrick Photography

Jessica Thurston and Zachary Carmen met at the Salem YMCA. One day they finally got the nerves to strike up a conversation with the other and they have been inseparable ever since. The wedding was sparked by a New Year’s Eve proposal, while the couple was at Zachary’s home in California. The couple wanted to have a modern wedding with a little edge. Bridesmaids wore charcoal grey dresses and Jessica’s gown featured a black netted bow around the waist.

To read more about their love story and see more photos, pick up a copy of bridebook (on newsstands now) and flip to page 48!

Vera Wang from David’s Bridal
The Crystal Orchid & Mountain Heritage Floral Shop
Eddie’s Cakes
The Corinthian Ballroom
Chanticleer Catering
Fred Campbell
Vera Wang from David’s Bridal
GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE Calvin Klein from Men’s Warehouse

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