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 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 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 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 Beamish Wedding

The Beamish Wedding

October 30, 2015

Photography by Noah Magnifico- Photographer

Lauren’s profile on included her fear of house centipedes. Richie sent her a message saying he would protect her from them. She laughed at the message and they set up a meeting, and she’s been laughing ever since.

Richie’s proposal didn’t quite manage to catch Lauren by surprise, but it was incredibly sweet nonetheless. They went out to dinner, and he was quiet and nervous the whole time, cluing Lauren in that something was up. Finally, just before dessert, he walked around the table and pulled out a ring. When the waiter realized what had happened, she sent over complimentary champagne and the staff wrote “Congratulations” on their plates.

Lauren’s favorite memory of the day was when she walked down the aisle. With her father next to her and Richie waiting at the other end, she couldn’t have been happier. She purposely walked slower to enjoy the moment.

Before the ceremony, Lauren and Richie had a “First Look,” though they never actually saw each other. They stood back to back and talked, and they even pulled off a kiss with their eyes closed. It eased some of their jitters, and then it was time for the ceremony. They chose to do a non-religious ceremony, customizing the service with their officiant to really make it theirs.

The colors for the day were burgundy, silver, and rose. For party favors, they got frames for people to frame their pictures from the photo booth. Lauren and Richie complied a scrapbook of the pictures from the booth, and they love the final product.

The big picture of the day came from Lane Stadium though. Both of them are die-hard Hokie fans, and they were able to get in and take pictures with the Hokie Stone. They were even lucky enough to have the Hokie Bird make an appearance at their wedding, which totally made their night.

Make sure to see more of the Beamish Wedding on page 104 of bridebook!

Dress: Curvaceous Couture

Florist: Creative Occasions

Cake: Our Daily Bread

Venue: Inn at Virginia Tech

Planner: Inn at Virginia Tech

Jewelry: Floyd Jewelry

DJ: Master Taylor Entertainment

Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang

Hair & Makeup: Tracy Vinson and Rachael Carter

Photo booth: Clear Choice Photo Booth


Wedding Wednesday: The Boylan Wedding

The Boylan Wedding

October 17, 2015

Photography by: Kemper Mills Fant Photography

Mary and Chris met through the powers of their matchmaking friends. When Chris proposed, he went into her apartment while she was at work and decorated it with rose petals. Mary had had no idea what he’d been up to, so to say she was shocked when she arrived home was an understatement. That didn’t stop her from enthusiastically saying “Yes!” though.

Mary’s favorite part of the wedding was seeing all their loved ones in the same place at the same time and getting to celebrate the day with them.

Instead of a wedding cake, Mary and Chris decided to serve a wedding pie and an assortment of mini desserts.

The theme for their wedding was an enchanted forest. They set the ceremony up under a large tree, using metallic gold and silver decorations with moss and wooden touches. Their flowers were lush green, with orange and purple accents. Around the bar they used logs, stumps, lanterns and candles to create an enchanting atmosphere. Another big hit were the gold animal place card holders and the drink stirrers.

Their favorite decoration though was the surprise chandelier from Mary’s mother and godmother. They had covered it in moss and wrapped it in grapevines, and they hung it from the tree the couple got married under.

Be sure to see more from the Boylan Wedding on page 96 of bridebook!

Dress: Bella Rosa Bridal

Florist: Creative Occasions

Cake: Blue Ridge Catering

Venue: Sundara

Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering

Planner: Jill Coury

Jewelry: Jewells Fine Jewelry

DJ: Blue Ridge Entertainment

Band: The Blue Moonshine Band

Attendant Dresses: Alfred Angelo

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair: Zee’s Salon and Day Spa

Makeup: Ashlee Castner


Wedding Wednesday: The Wilkerson Wedding

The Wilkerson Wedding

October 10, 2015

Photography by: Pat Cori Photography

After meeting at the gym, Melissa and Jessica started hanging out with mutual friends. They started taking trips together, and it was on one of these trips to Hilton Head, S.C. that Jessica proposed. On their last day, while Melissa was packing, Jessica started telling her how much she loved her and wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. Melissa turned around and saw Jess on one knee. Melissa said “Yes!” of course, and they spent the day at the beach to celebrate.

Melissa’s favorite part of the wedding was walking towards the aisle. The mountains sat in the background, her dad was waiting to walk her down the aisle, Jess was waiting at the arbor for her, and their friends and family surrounded them.

They went with a rustic chic theme for the wedding, pairing navy, gold, and wine red with the natural fall scenery around them. The centerpieces were white and orange boo pumpkins. They set up bistro tables along the sides of the pavilion, topping them with mirrors and candles dipped in gold glitter.

Their wedding was also very intimate. Melissa walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri; they had a sand ceremony to commemorate two becoming one, a reading of the poem “I Love You” by Roy Croft and of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Melissa and Jessica planned everything themselves, and they kept it simple. The result was a very touching day that they will remember for years to come!

Make sure to see more from the Wilkerson Wedding on page 92 of bridebook!

Dress: Alfred Angelo

Florist: Creative Occasions

Cake: Cakes by Lisa

Venue: Santillane

Caterer: Nick of Thyme

Jewelry: Zales

DJ: RSP Entertainment

Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Banana Republic

Hair: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa, Roots Salon

Officiate: Casey Anderson



Wedding Wednesday: The Handy Wedding

Natalie & Jason Handy

October 10, 2015

Photography by: Lori Hedrick Photography

Natalie and Jason actually crossed paths several times on the volleyball court before introducing themselves at a pizza place. They got to chatting and Jason offered Natalie a slice, but she turned him down. Later, she and her friend did decide they wanted a pie so they walked out with one. They ran into Jason again not too long after, and he made a joke about the pizza they now had. Natalie threw the slice in her hand at him, and naturally true love bloomed from there.

To propose, Jason got the staff at Frankie Rowlands involved. They set up a word scramble challenge and asked the couple to participate. The first two that Natalie solved were her favorite food and drink at the restaurant, and she was more than ready for her third challenge. It was only three words, “Let’s get married.” Upon solving it, she looked up at Jason and said, “That’s not food.” Once she saw the ring and realized what was happening, she started laughing and accepted.

They both agree their favorite memory from their wedding day were their minor issues in cutting the cake. Someone had forgotten the serving knife, so they had to cut it with a small paring knife. Then, when trying to cut the cake, Jason couldn’t get the knife to go through. He even asked if the cake was frozen. After some thought they realized, no, it wasn’t frozen, they were trying to cut through the board separating the layers!

The wedding didn’t have a theme so much as Natalie just really, really liked candles and cylinders. They used them everywhere in the event space, lining the stairs and the aisle as well as putting them on the tables. For some extra color, they added flowers around the cylinders too. The effect of all the candlelight was a soft, romantic light, and it made their wedding feel even more magical.

Natalie and Jason wanted their menu to reflect them. Jason loved to grill, so they served chicken and flank steak grilled on the spot by Pumpernickle Pickle. For desserts, they had ten different kinds! The guests loved it, if the lack of leftovers was anything to go by.

Another important aspect of their wedding was their venue. They chose to get married on the Rooftop at Center in the Square in Roanoke, which gave them the freedom to do something special with the ceremony. Instead of having their guests sit in rows, they set the chairs up in a circle around them. It let the guests feel more included in the ceremony, and it provided an opportunity for some great candid shots!

Make sure to see more from the Handy Wedding on page 90 of bridebook!

Dress: Monique Lhuillier Couture from Nitsa’s Apparel
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Kelli’s Cakes
Venue: Center in the Square
Caterer: Pumpernickel Pickle Catering
Planner: Simplicity
Jewelry: Tacori and Fink’s
DJ: Quest Entertainment
Lighting: Lighting Ninjas
Makeup: LASH
Hair: Prim Hair Salon
Rentals: Aztec Rental
Linens: BBJ Linens
Officiate: Mike Lauridsen of Parkway Wesleyan Church

Wedding Wednesday: The Prisley Wedding

Sandee & Stephen Prisley Wedding

September 12, 2015

Photography by: Noah Magnifico- Photographer

After both Sandee and Stephen had posted statuses on Facebook on Valentine’s Day, a mutual friend introduced them to each other. They traded messages back and forth for a while, and then they met for Brunch at Rockfish. They spent the morning talking, and the rest was history.

Steve’s proposal came as a complete surprise for Sandee. He invited her along on a work conference to Virginia Beach because he knew she loved the ocean. On a walk along the beach, just as Sandee was asking if he was ready to go back to the hotel, Steve caught her in a kiss and started telling her how much he loved having her in his life. She didn’t even realize it was a proposal until halfway through! When he got down on one knee and pulled out a ring, the people in the hotel behind them cheered.

Sandee’s favorite memory of the wedding was when the reverend read the letters she and Steve had written for each other. His letter was loving, funny, and wise—Just like him. (Clowning around during the cake cutting was a close second though!)

The style of the wedding was what Sandee jokingly called “vintage whimsical.” She and her mother made about thirty pillows using lace from her grandmother’s stash and map-printed fabric to represent Steve, and they scattered them on the benches during the ceremony. Sandee also made, refashioned, or repurposed all the cupcake stands, designed the table centerpieces, crafted the aisle markers for the ceremony, and made their cake toppers. The main colors of the wedding were rich red coral and aqua blue, with lime green and orange as accents.

The train of Sandee’s dress was fashioned from the Watteau train on her mother’s dress, and the gold brooch pinned at the top had been worn by her great-grandmother, grandmother, and her mother.

For their venue, they chose the Center in the Square Rooftop. The amazing vista of the mountains and the city was only part of the reason why; they also had a history with it. The night of its grand re-opening, they had gotten dinner downtown and found a band playing in the market. It was the first night they danced together, and the night Sandee realized she was falling in love.

To end the wedding, they had a parade from the reception to the hotel. It was only a few blocks away, so they handed out maracas, bells, and kazoos. Thirty or forty guests came along through the streets and across a footbridge, the perfect ending to a wonderful day!

Make sure to see more from the Prisley Wedding on page 84 of bridebook!

Dress: Nicole Miller from Nordstrom’s
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Evie’s Wedding Cakes
Venue: Center in the Square
Caterer: Center Stage Catering
Planner: The Perfect Fairytale
Jewelry: Sylvie and Brilliant Earth
DJ: Music, Music, and More Music
Groomsmen Attire: Proms, Pageants, and Pretty Things
Hair: Bliss Studio- Brandy Moorman
Makeup: Pampered & Polished- Jolina Goad

Wedding Wednesday: The Sams Wedding

Laura & Matthew Sams

August 22, 2015

Photography by: Sam Dean Photography

Although they met at Carilion Clinic in the marketing department, Laura and Matthew didn’t start dating until after he’d left to start a digital advertising agency a year later.

For the weekend of Matthew’s 30th birthday, Laura planned a weekend trip for him at a bed and breakfast in Clifton Forge, where his family is from. To try and relax before everyone else got there, Matthew suggested they head over to Douthat State Park and look at the leaves. Laura joked that most of the leaves were already gone, so Matthew said they could go look at fish at the dock. Laura agreed, thinking it was his birthday and they could do what he wanted. At the docks, Matthew admitted there was one thing he didn’t get for his birthday. Laura started to panic, thinking there was something she had forgotten for the weekend. Then Matthew got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.

The surprises didn’t end there. Matthew had taken a diamond from Laura’s grandmother and had it reset as a one-of-a-kind engagement ring. He had also coordinated with a photographer, and they had pictures of the entire proposal. Upon returning to the bed and breakfast, their friends and family came out to greet them and celebrate the double birthday and engagement.

Laura’s father passed away a few years before the wedding, so Laura found a few small ways to honor him throughout the day. Her bouquet included two pairs of blue cufflinks her father had liked to wear, and her dress was embroidered with her father’s initials and the date of the wedding. Laura had resigned herself to not having a “Father/Daughter” dance, but her family surprised her. After her first dance with Matthew, her brother-in-law, two uncles, and three cousins came together with a special dance for her. It moved everyone in the room to tears.

Their reception featured stations for food (including a mashed potato bar!) so guests would have several options for dinner and to help keep the evening social. They also had a live band, JukeBoxx, who played everything. People danced all night, even people Laura and Matthew had never seen dance before.

Since a lot of their guests were coming from out of town, Laura and Matthew tried to make things easy for them. Their reception was at Hotel Roanoke, and a shuttle was available for guests between the hotel and the church where the ceremony was held. When guests arrived they were also given guest bags filled with an itinerary, Friday night dinner suggestions, a “meet and greet” celebration after the rehearsal dinner, breakfast suggestions, and brunch at the hotel Sunday morning. Everything came together to make it a perfect weekend, and the guests had just as much fun as the newlyweds!

Make sure to see more of the Sams Wedding on page 80 of bridebook!

Dress: Michaela by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia Bridal
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Evie’s Wedding Cakes
Ceremony: St. Andrew’s Catholic Church
Venue: The Hotel Roanoke
Planner: Linda Garbee
Jewelry: Fink’s
Band: Jukeboxx
Attendants Dress: Dessy from The Newfangled Bride
Groomsmans Attire: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa
Jazz Guitar: Jeff Todd

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