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

Rustic vs. City Weddings (Photo Gallery)

Whether you’re a bride who has dreamed about her wedding day for as long as you can remember or a surprise engagement has just now got you thinking about it, one of the first things a new bride must do is consider her venue options. One important question is whether you’d like your ceremony and/or reception indoors or outdoors, as well as if you’d prefer a rustic theme or perhaps more urban. Using a few photos from our third issue, we’re showcasing a handful of great ways you can get exactly what you want out of your preferred venue.

Rustic Settings

If getting married outside is a dream come true, rustic venues always have tons of great ways to help you celebrate the big day. Couples can incorporate an older well-cared for getaway car that brings us back to days on grandpa’s farm (1); rustic interiors such as stone walls and exposed wooden beams lend to the vibe (2); hand-built altars really bring a rustic beauty to your ceremony (3); cakes can also be pulled into the theme using different materials or hand-carved toppers (4); table settings with wildflowers and more natural outside elements can be stunning (5); and of course, taking time for outdoor photos in a gorgeous setting will really pull together the great outdoors for you (6)!

City Scapes
Want to get married in your favorite city? There are always lots of options for venues, as well as ways to really play on the cityscape. For example, a cool car ride through downtown with the big, bright lights will add to the urban flair (1); gorgeous tables that use fabric, bling, and big centerpieces let you know you’re dining in downtown style (2); iconic spots such as the city market (3), the Mill Mountain Star in Roanoke (4), or the glass walking bridge from downtown to Hotel Roanoke (5) will immediately let guests know where your wedding took place; and we especially love bringing your loyalty of your alma mater into your wedding within the college town (6), which sure, might not necessarily be in the city, but is typically within easy driving distances and easy for guests to find, plus has a special place in your happy heart!

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

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