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 Bright Wedding

Matt & Brittney Bright
September 13, 2014
Photography by K.D Burke Photography

Matt and Brittney first met in Reston, VA, where Matt was working in a Potbelly Sandwich works restaurant. Brittney found herself drawn to the restaurant more and more frequently after her and Matt began talking. Eventually, Brittney gave Matt her phone number, which led to their first date: dinner and fireworks on the Fourth of July!

The day Matt proposed, Brittney thought she was taking off work to see an Orioles game. However, Brittney became suspicious when Matt insisted of going out in dressy attire and bringing their puppy, Oakley, to the park before the game. Brittney was initially a bit annoyed at Matt’s strange behavior and the fact that they were wasting time in a park instead of at the game, but her attitude quickly changed when she saw a basket filled with flowers and Champaign. Next thing Britney knew, Matt was on one knee behind her with a beautiful diamond ring. He had also arranged for a photographer to be present, for both of their families family to be there waiting for them when he took her out for dinner later that night, and for a limousine and wine tasting the next morning! The proposal took months of planning, and left Brittney stunned and delighted.

Prior to the wedding. Brittney and Matt decided to share a first look. No photographers were present, but the couple was nevertheless overwhelmed by the intimacy of the moment. They hugged each other tightly and cried tears of joy. This quiet moment gave both Brittney and Matt time to share in their joy before the busy ceremony.

The outdoor ceremony took place in the venue’s pergola. The centerpieces were perfect for the fall-themed wedding: white pumpkins filled with flowers. Brittney’s bouquet also contained bright fall tones, and Brittney used a lace sleeve from her mother’s wedding dress to wrap around the flower stems.  The ballroom in which the reception was held had the perfect southern charm, and required few extra decorations. The cake was traditionally elegant, but had the added touch of the Penn State Mascot (Matt’s Alma Matter) peeking out from behind. The grooms cake was a replica of Oakley, the couples beloved Golden Retriever. Additionally, the table linens were navy and white, an inadvertent reference to Penn State’s colors.

For favors, Brittney and Matt handed our ring pops as a nod to Matt’s joke that he would get Brittney a ring pop as an engagement ring. A note was tied to each ring pop explaining the couple’s inside joke. They also gave out mason jars that each guest could customize. And, as a special touch, Matt, Britney, and the bridesmaids wore scuba diving pins to commemorate Matt’s dad, who had an affinity for scuba diving before he passed away. Little details like these made Matt and Britney’s wedding  the perfectly unique celebration of their love and devotion to one another.

Be sure to see the Bright wedding on page 84 of the third issue of bridebook!

Dress: Kitty Chen Couture from Patina’s Bridal & Formals
Florist:
Cake: Love is in the Air
Venue: The Trivium
Caterer: Love is in the Air
Jewelry: Kay Jewelers
DJ: Music, Music & More Music
Attendants’ Dresses: Mori Lee from Patina’s Bridals and Formals
Groomsmen’s Attire: Ralph Lauren from Men’s Warehouse
Hair and Makeup: Bodyworks Salon — Emily Garbee Harris

Wedding Wednesday: The Bowers Wedding

David & Cristen Bowers
 May 3, 2014
Photography by April B Photography

 After a trick proposal at a nearby jewelry store, Cristen and David began planning their rustic, classic themed wedding. Cristen knew she wanted the wedding to be simplistic but also very elegant and classy. This vision as well as their history of weekend getaways led to their choice in the Craddock Terry Hotel as the venue for both the ceremony and reception. Cristen says the venue holds a special place in their hearts as it was where they dreamed of getting married long before. The color scheme of the wedding was navy blue, light pink, gray, and white with hints of burlap throughout. The outdoor wedding showcased these colors in the décor such as simple white chairs with coordinating flowers. Cristen along with her wedding planner paid close attention to detail to keep their wedding weekend as unique as her and David’s relationship. It was important to them to keep details personalized such as writing their own vows, handpicking the playlists, and incorporating David’s three children. The wedding was kept small and intimate, and at the reception guests were given their choice of four entrees.

Be sure to see the Bowers wedding on page 32 of the third issue of bridebook!

Dress: Jeanette’s Bride ‘N Boutique
Florist: Perfect Arrangement
Cake: Coffey Cakes LLC
Venue: Craddock Terry Hotel
Caterer: Shoemaker’s Restaurant
Planner: Craddock Terry Hotel– Schuyler Somers
Jewelry: Quinn’s Goldsmith
DJ: K and R Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen’s Attire: David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Body Works Salon- Emily Garbee Harris

 

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