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 Parry Wedding

Jacob & Kelly Parry

September 20, 2014

Photography by William Mahone Photography

As soon as Kelly laid eyes on Jacob, she was taken aback by his charming smile and radiating personality. She was smitten with him instantly, and that feeling never left.

On the night of the proposal, Kelly and Jacob were vacationing in Virginia Beach, and Jacob was being particularly lovey-dovey as they were sharing a walk on the shore. Kelly noticed that Jacob kept walking faster and faster, and suspected that something was up. Sure enough, he eventually got on one knee and popped the question. That moment, Kelly says, was like music to her ears.

The impact of the wedding didn’t hit Kelly until right before the processional. She was overwhelmed by emotion as she held her father’s hand and gazed at the man that would become her husband. When she finally reached the end of the aisle to meet Jacob, she was overjoyed and wanted to savor every moment of their special day.

Jacob and Kelly chose a venue that was both classy and unique. It was a renovated factory building with large, breathtaking windows and an impressive grand staircase. The building required few decorations, so the couple focused on using lighting to give warmth and brightness to the ceremony and reception. The dramatic lighting complemented the sleek and simple wedding colors: black and white. Kelly and Jacob even included a large, exclusively black and white candy buffet as a guest favor to compliment their theme. The flowers also proved to be a stunning addition to the evening. Kelly got her florist to pick flowers that looked just like peonies, even though peonies were out of season. The blush tones in the bouquet softened the black and white perfectly.

After the ceremony, guests had fun posing in a photo booth wearing props like Viking hats and oversized sunglasses. Additional, Kelly’s sister painted a canvas with a huge red heart for guests to sign instead of a traditional guest book. This was a huge hit, and added a truly unique touch to the reception.

Be sure to see the Parry wedding on page 88 of the third issue of bridebook!

Dress: Vera Wang from David’s Bridal
Florist: Perfect Arrangement
Cake: Diane’s Cake Creations
Venue: Tresca on 8th
Caterer: Pumpernickel Pickle
Jewelry: Jewell’s Fine Jewelry
Attendants’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen’s Attire: Calvin Klein from Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: Eksklusiv Salon -Meredith Harris

Wedding Wednesday: The Osborne Wedding

Will & Leah Osborne
June 22, 2013
Photography by Tara Lilly Photography & Design

 Will and Leah met through mutual friends at Bridgewater College. Once they began dating, Leah says “it was the end for us both.” Will and Leah took a cruise with his family; while they stopped at a photo booth to take photos, the photographer asked for them to kiss. As they turned to face each other, Will got down on one knee. Despite Leah’s shock, she said yes and they proceeded to celebrate for the rest of the night with their family. For the wedding, the couple decided on a First Look and it’s their favorite memory of the day. To be together in a moment of peace and quiet before the activity started up was a wonderful moment for them. Leah’s plan for her day was for non-traditional, with peacock-inspired colors of teal, olive green and amber. Her A-line champagne gown with beaded bodice and satin sash with detachable lace top added to the gorgeous affair. Centerpieces included cream roses, green hydrangeas, succulents and peacock feathers around a candle in a lily bowl. They also had a dessert bar with brownie trifle shooters, lemon and lime bars, and chocolate chip cheese ball (to satisfy Leah’s sweet tooth)! The couple went on a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas for their honeymoon to celebrate not only their nuptials, but to tie in the story of their engagement.

Be sure to see the Osborne wedding on page 52 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: Essence of Australia from Becky’s Bridal
Florist: Melissa Hill/Kroger
Cake: Evie’s Wildflour Wedding Cakes
Venue: Boxtree Lodge
Caterer: Linda Sisson
Planner: Emily Ertz and Terri Langford
Jewelry: Jewell’s Fine Jewelry
DJ: Christian Lane
Attendants’ Dresses: Jasmine from Becky’s Bridal
Groomsmen’s Attire: Calvin Klein from Men’s Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa (Jessica Hall for makeup; Tammy Carswell for hair)