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 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 Merritt Wedding

The Merritt Wedding

April 25, 2015

Photography by: Lori Hedrick Photography

Andrea and Owen met while working the same case for a client. It took a while for any romantic feelings to develop, but once they did Andrea started dropping hints until Owen asked her out (though he’ll tell you differently.)

Owen’s proposal was quite theatrical…literally. He likes to act with Roanoke’s community theaters, and it was at the end of a performance when he came to the front of the stage and got down on one knee. Andrea was in the front row, and he proposed right there with a live theater audience.

Andrea’s favorite moment from their wedding was their vows. They each wrote personal vows; Owen spoke about her personal passions and promised to support her, and Andrea talked about how good of a person he really was.

Their wedding took place at Andrea’s Alma Mater, Hollins University, with pink and green as their colors. The pastor was Owen’s father, an ordained Presbyterian minister.

Instead of favors for the guests, Andrea and Owen decided to make a donation to the RVSPCA in their guests’ names. And Andrea even donated her gown to Brides Across America after the wedding. Giving back to the community is very important to both of them. They used as many local vendors as they could. It was just their way of saying thanks to the local community.

Make sure to see more of the Merritt Wedding on page 116 of bridebook!

Dress: J. Crew

Florist: Gloriosa

Cake: Wildflour Café and Catering

Venue: Hollins University

Caterer: Meriwether Godsey at Hollins University

Planner: Kimberly Merritt

Jewelry: Fink’s

DJ: Master Taylor Entertainment

Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse


Wedding Wednesday: The Chitwood Wedding


Kirsten & Blaine Chitwood

August 8, 2015

Photography by: Nicole Colwell Wedding Photography

These two may have met in Biology 101 at Virginia Western Community College, but there was nothing but chemistry between them.

While visiting England for a cousin’s wedding, Kirsten and Blaine decided to go a few days early to sight-see. A must for Kirsten was the London Eye, so they went their very first night in the city. With the sun setting and the lights of London around them, it was a gorgeous view. Blaine, however, couldn’t seem to relax. Kirsten finally asked him what was wrong, and he replied “It’s not every day I ask the woman I love to marry me.” He got down on one knee right then and there and pulled out a ring.

For Kirsten, her favorite part of her wedding was seeing everything come together. She and her family did almost everything themselves, from invitations to centerpieces, and they ironed and folded a hundred and fifty napkins two days before the big day. Her father even built the arbor for the ceremony. It was wonderful for Kirsten to have such a support system to help her dreams come true.

Their immediate family members were in the wedding party, and Blaine’s older brother gave a reading during the ceremony. His other brother played “Angel” by Jack Johnson on guitar while Kirsten walked down the aisle.

Since Blaine was from Franklin County and Kirsten was from Botetourt, when they dated they would meet in the middle, that being Roanoke. It only made sense they would get married in Roanoke, too. They chose the Rooftop in Center in the Square because it had the same “view and feel” as when Blaine proposed.

The theme of their wedding was “Modern Twist” and they chose black, white, and gold as their colors. Blaine wore black and white striped suspenders, and all the groomsmen had striped bow ties. For party favors, they personalized Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea bags.

Make sure to see more from the Chitwood Wedding on page 78 of bridebook!

Dress: Celebration Bridal
Florist: Gloriosa
Cake: Heather Warfe
Venue: Center in the Square
Caterer: Mary’s Party Works
Planner: Kellie Minter
Jewelry: Jared’s
Attendants Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Wedding Wednesday: The Falcocchia Wedding

Cally & David Falcocchia

June, 27 2015

Photography by: Megan Vaughan Photography

Once­­­­­­­­ meeting men in bars lost its appeal, Cally took her friend’s advice and signed up for David was her fourth date. He arrived with a purple rose to their Friday night Dinner-and-a-Movie, and they arranged to see each other the very next day. They’ve been inseparable ever since.

David proposed to Cally while they were visiting her family in Illinois. On the way to dinner, they stopped at a neighbor’s house at the request of her mother. While waiting, her mom suggested they walk through the Japanese Garden next door and take some pictures. Cally, more than ready for dinner, tried to refuse, but reluctantly gave in. Her brother had his phone out and instructed them to stand by a rock. While climbing onto the rock, Cally noticed a note and single purple rose in the garden. When she turned back to David, he was on one knee. Her family came out from behind the trees with champagne glasses to celebrate, and she learned her brother had filmed the whole moment while pretending to take pictures.

The day of the wedding was cloudy and gloomy. The rain held off though (no doubt thanks to the bourbon they buried the month before!) and at the very last moment they decided to hold the ceremony outside. Because of that, many of the flowers and other decorations were left inside. That didn’t matter to Cally. When she rounded the corner with her father, she saw David waiting at the end of the aisle with her friends and family standing on either side. It was beautiful, and her favorite moment from the wedding.

Cally and David kept their families close on the big day. Cally wore her mother’s veil, and she wrapped one of her grandmother’s lace gloves around her bouquet. Cally and her father choreographed their father-daughter dance over Skype (They only practiced together once the day before!) David’s family gave them Candy Confetti from the “Confetti” factory in Italy, and they served it to the guests.

Instead of one large cake, they had individual cakes brought to each table so guests could serve themselves. Cally also wrote down what to expect during the wedding as a story and put it in a bag with flower petals instead of having paper programs. The non-traditional choices they made for their day made it unique and memorable for them, and they couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Make sure to see more photos from the Falcocchia Wedding on page 68 of BrideBook!

Dress: Allure from Trudy’s
Florist: Gloriosa
Cake: Pumpernickel Pickle Catering
Venue: The Trivium
Caterer: Pumpernickel Pickle Catering
Jewelry: Geneve Jewelers
DJ: Official Entertainment
Attendants Dresses: J. Crew
Groomsman Attire: Macy’s
Makeup: Bethany Jane Bell and Asley Ancheta
Hair: Bethany Jane Bell
Officiate: Jennifer Ashcroft

Wedding Wednesday: The Beiswanger Wedding

Corey & Emily Beiswanger
October 11, 2014

Photography by Blake Prim Photography

Corey and Emily met while they were classmates at Longwood University. Emily was in the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and Corey was in the Sigma fraternity, and both spent nearly two years as friends before they started dating. Corey moved into Emily’s apartment complex when she was a senior. She had him over for dinner one night, and they gradually began spending a lot of time together at the complex’ pool. Soon after, Corey and Emily started dating officially.

Corey staged a casual proposal at the couple’s apartment in Roanoke. As Emily was getting ready for a night-out downtown, Corey turned on their song: Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra. Nervously, Corey got down on one knee and said to Emily “you’re the only one for me!” Though shocked at first, Emily happily said yes.

Emily and Corey had a rustic themed ceremony at the beautiful Santillane. Their wedding colors–bold royal blue and soft cream and gold–complemented the lovely fall scenery. Elegant centerpieces consisting of colorful glass vases filled with spray roses, cream-colored lanterns, and tea candles made the reception pop, and the buttercream wedding cake adorned with blue pearls proved beautiful and delicious. For guests who didn’t want cake, Emily and Corey included a cupcake tower stacked with chocolate raspberry and vanilla marble cupcakes with buttercream frosting. As an added treats, Corey and Emily gave out bags filled with s’mores ingredients as favors: a thoughtful and sweet touch.

One of the most special aspects of the ceremony for Emily was listening to Corey’s handwritten vows, which he recited with tears in his eyes. The end of the wedding was also very emotional for the couple: Though it had been cloudy for most of the day, the sun finally came out during the reception, and both Emily and Corey were moved to tears.

For their honeymoon, Emily and Corey spent time relaxing at the Colonial Punta Canta Resort, an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic.

Be sure to see the Beiswanger wedding on page 102 of the third issue of bridebook!

Dress: Bella Rosa Bridal
Florist: Gloriosa
Cake: Julie Schmidt
Venue: Santillane
Caterer: Bella Events
Planner: Diamond Events
Jewelry: Zales and Kay Jewelers
DJ: Quest Entertainment
Attendant’s Dresses: Nordstrom
Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: Jessica Wallis and Cheyanne Abbott

Wedding Wednesday: The Harris Wedding

Josh & Jessica Harris
September 27, 2014

Photography by Anna Bowser Photography

Jessica and Josh met at Randolph-Macon College, where she was his math tutor. Initially, the two didn’t get along, but they spoke again by chance at a senior function, and Josh impressed Jessica with his dance moves. Since then, they’ve been inseparable.

The couple was planning a “Best Friends Weekend” together when Josh said he had a poem to kick off the festivities. When he started reading, he began sweating and shaking, clearly nervous about something. Sure enough, the last line of the poem ended with “if she will say yes” and a surprise proposal. Of course, Jessica, who couldn’t help but laugh at the situation, was happy to say yes.

Every detail of the couple’s wedding was a huge success. The venue, Douthat State Park, was a gorgeous backdrop, and provided a picturesque place for Jessica and Josh’s families to stay for the weekend. It was relaxed, serene, and budget friendly. The scenery really complemented the flowers and garland, which were a perfect replica of Jessica’s pinterest-inspired vision. Jessica also worked hard collecting various items for centerpieces. She found a lot of lanterns that added to the woodsy atmosphere, and spent a lot of time hunting for mercury glass for the candle holders. Additionally, personal vows that Jessica and Josh helped write made the ceremony particularly unique, and the pair both enjoyed having a lot of control over the wedding planning. One of their favorite choices was including a photo booth where guests could take pictures. The guests loved it, and Jessica and Josh walked away with a scrapbook full of priceless memories.

Though every aspect of the wedding went wonderfully, Jessica says that it was all the friends and family present that truly made the evening spectacular. Many of the guests lent helping hands and worked with Jessica to create a welcoming and fun celebration. One of the most memorable and intimate aspects of the night was the last song–“I’ve Had the Time of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. All of Jessica and Josh’s friends joined them in a circle singing and dancing to bid the couple a happy marriage. This, Jessica recalls, was unforgettable.

Be sure to see the Harris wedding on page 94 of the third issue of bridebook!

Dress: David’s Bridal
Florist: Gloriosa
Cake: Sprinkles Cake Studio
Venue: Douthat State Park
Caterer: The Southern Inn
Jewelry: Alexander’s Fine Jewelry
DJ: Kevin Scott
Attendants’ Dresses: Target
Groomsmen’s Attire: Express and Old Navy
Photobooth: Fun Fotos VA
Hair: Pzaz Salon & Spa – Whitney Witt
Officiant: Creative Ceremonies by Virginia Moore
Beer: P.A. Short Distributing Co.
Portable Restroom: Tidy Services

Wedding Wednesday: The O’Connor Wedding

 Tom & Ali O’Connor
July 19, 2014
Photography by Chelsa Yoder Photography

When Ali’s coworker invited Tom to a work function in hopes of making a business deal, it didn’t turn out quite as expected. The business deal fell through, but Tom fell for Ali. They reconnected a few weeks later in Daytona Beach, Florida where they were both working an event for NASCAR. When it came time for the proposal, Tom was filled with nerves. He didn’t sleep the night before, and when Ali came home from work she noticed that dinner was ready and a table was set with a Tiffany’s box in the middle. Tom immediately dropped to one knee and proposed in the middle of their living room. Tom didn’t stop there! He presented Ali with crystal champagne glasses and insisted on taking them to tailgate before a Phil Philips concert even though Ali argued it wasn’t a good idea. Little did she know a limousine was waiting outside to take them to and from the concert that evening. Ali knew exactly what she wanted and chose a light peach, blush, cream, gold, and green color scheme for their summer wedding. Centerpieces featured vintage hydrangeas from a family friend’s garden. Ali had the help of her family members in crafting the bar menu, seating chart, arbor, guest book, and ring box in order to make her dream come alive. She was also set on the cake being red velvet flavored and having some texture and touches of color. It was important to the couple that guests sample all their favorite foods, so they included a charcuterie board, Southern classics station, bistro tender short plate, and a dessert station. A favorite memory of the evening was the presence of Tom and Ali’s closest friends and family members. Ali was able to spend a special moment together with her aunt and mother putting together last minute details for the wedding. Tom loved seeing Ali for the first time and the look on her face. They wanted to make sure everyone felt included in their wedding, so they had two maids of honor, six bridesmaids, one best man, and seven groomsmen. Ali’s father also incorporated a fun family memory by bringing his 1976 Volkswagen Beetle to the venue.

Be sure to see the O’Connor wedding on page 72 of the third issue of bridebook!

Dress: Roses by Reem Acra from Nordstrom
Florist: Gloriosa
Cake: Evie’s Wedding Cakes
Venue: Sundara
Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering
Planner: Amy McArthur
Jewelry: Fink’s, Diamonds Direct, and Tiffany & Co.
Entertainment/DJ: The Roanoke Symphony and RSP Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: J. Crew
Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Hair & Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa

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