Wedding Wednesday: The Coffey Wedding

The Coffey Wedding

April 30, 2016

Photography by: Kimberly Izatt Photography

Laura Pruner’s and Eric Coffey’s first date was a long time in the making. They first met online, exchanging emails and phone calls, before finally meeting for their first date. Eric proposed on a weekend trip to Charleston, South Carolina, during an evening walk on the first night of their trip.

Their mutual faith was a large part of what made their wedding special. Laura says her favorite part of the ceremony was sharing communion with Eric, moments before they finally became man and wife. This is was when the tears finally started to fall, and was a very special moment for the two of them. The couple wants their mutual Christian faith at the center of their marriage, so it was only right for it to be the center of their ceremony as well.

A fun-filled reception followed the ceremony, where the bride and groom shared their first dance to the tune of “Love Of My Life,” and the guests got to enjoy a four tiered butter cake with butter cream frosting. It was a simple, elegant, cream colored cake, standing proud on a silver cake stand, which accented Laura’s gown’s silver beading and her silver sparkly shoes.

With a last name like Coffey, it would have been a shame to miss out on a pun inspired wedding favor. Each guest received a burlap bag of coffee with a label that read, “Enjoy this coffee from the Coffey’s.” The day was centered on elegance, shared faith, and a good pun, making for memories that will last a lifetime.

Make sure to see more from the Coffey Wedding on page 42 of bridebook!

Dress: David’s Bridal

Florist: Kroger

Cake: Linda Adams

Venue: Roanoke Country Club

Caterer: Roanoke Country Club

Planner: Charmaine Cress

Jewelry: AmRhein’s Jewelers

DJ: J.C. Castillo

Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Makeup: Jolina Goad

Hair: Sarah Wright

Wedding Wednesday: The Lee Wedding

Joel & Whitney Lee
October 19, 2013
Photography by Modelesque Photography

Whitney and Joel met while they both served in the Navy and were stationed in Norfolk. Joel, like many grooms, carried the engagement ring in his pocket for a few days before he proposed, waiting for a sign or the perfect moment. Upon leaving a store, someone told Joel his wife was very beautiful. Minutes later, Joel proposed in the car; despite Whitney first thinking it was a joke, she said yes – and she wouldn’t have her proposal any other way! Whitney’s favorite part of her wedding day was the ceremony. When her father walked her down the aisle, she thought he might be more nervous than she was with shaking hands; however she believes his nerves helped keep her calm. The Lee wedding was considered unique thanks to its location – a stunning setting of mountains and sunset made the day (and photos!) look magical. The vintage chic wedding had colors of gray, pale yellow, and plum, with painted wine bottles wrapped in white lace burlap. Centerpieces were vases with yellow, white and pink roses sitting on a mirror or circular piece of wood. Whitney’s mom created the guest favors, which were Mason jars filled with yellow confetti and homemade cookies. The happy couple had a bit of a rushed wedding due to Joel’s orders in Guam, but Whitney’s looking on the bright side about spending three years on a tropical island!

Be sure to see the Lee wedding on page 100 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal
Florist: Cuts Creation
Cake: Kroger
Venue: Santillane
Caterer: A Cut Above Catering
Jewelry: Zales
Attendants’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Wedding Wednesday: The Tice Wedding

Justin & Ashley Tice
August 31, 2013
Photography by Tiffany Maxfield Photography

Justin and Ashley first met in high school. A month after they had a class together, he asked her to prom and the rest was history. For his proposal, Justin had a little help from their cat, Bella. He’d made dinner for Ashley and as she talked about her day, she bent down to say hi to Bella and noticed a piece of her baby blanket on the cat’s neck. Her gorgeous ring was attached and before he could even ask, she shouted “Yes!” Ashley describes her favorite moment of the wedding when she walked down the aisle towards her future husband. The preacher read a poem in honor of her father, while her brother gave her away; she wiped away Justin’s tears and cried with him and she knew that was the happiest moment of her life. Many of the details of their wedding were handmade, including signs and borrowed antique furniture and china. Ashley spent months thrift store shopping and crafting, plus her bridal party helped with calligraphy and more. An old door was made into a chalkboard for the dinner menu, while an old frame became a chalkboard wedding program. Ashley’s favorite part of the details were her handmade wedding invitations. Their vintage country wedding took place on a farm overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, with hay bale seating for the ceremony. Centerpieces were candleholders with lace and pearls, while mismatched flower vases were filled with wildflowers and greenery grown during the summer. Some tables also had books and dollies to add height to the vases. Guests were welcomed to the candy bar with everything from Skittles to gummy bears and personalized suckers. Ashley’s mother cooked all the food, including fried chicken, pork loin, green beans, mac and cheese and more, while her aunt made apple pies and peach cobblers. The newlyweds took a cruise honeymoon that stopped in Roatan Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel Mexico.

Be sure to see the Tice wedding on page 80 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: Private Collection from Bride’s House
Florist: Kroger (bouquets and boutonnieres)
Venue: Diamond V Farm
Jewelry: Kay Jewelers and Absolute Bridal
Band: Blackwater Band
Attendants’ Dresses: Body Central
Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Makeup/Hair: Rock, Paper, Scissors Hair Studio


Wedding Wednesday: The Spence Wedding

James & Megan Spence
August 24, 2013
Photography by Lori Hedrick Photography

James (Jay) and Megan Spence met through a mutual friend, quickly hitting it off and planning their second date. For his proposal, Jay took Megan to lunch for a quick picnic at a nearby park. After finishing lunch, before she had to head back to work, she collected her things and turned to find him on one knee with a ring. One of Megan’s favorite memories of her wedding day was before she’d even left her parents’ house that morning. Jay made all her girls promise to get Megan to open his gift; upon opening it, she found a canvas print of the moment he proposed 10 months prior. She’d had no idea he had someone taking photos of the moment! Megan best describes her wedding as “country boy meets city girl,” with a rustic feel and plum and grey color scheme. Megan wore her mother’s wedding veil as her something old; her grandmother’s earrings for something borrowed; a thin blue line around her garter to represent her future police officer husband for something blue; and of course her dress was something new! Centerpieces were flower cans that the couple made themselves. Each table also had a fact about them, their life together, and explanations of other details throughout the wedding. Another one of Megan’s favorite personal touches was the Coca-Cola glass bottles at each table setting, as Jay’s favorite drink is a good cold Coke! Tags went on each bottle with “It’s the Real Thing!” Because Jay is a police officer, Megan wanted to do something to recognize him. Instead of a traditional groom’s cake, she got donuts (after asking Jay it was okay!) and placed two small wooden police cars by the stand so guests understood the meaning. Their cake was also special because Jay made the cake base – he cut the stump, sanded and stained it, and even included legs so it’d stand evenly. Guests were given favors of small honey jars, as well as little jam jars with twine and homemade labels. Mr. and Mrs. Spence traveled to St. Lucia for their honeymoon, staying at Sandals La Toc resort. Megan was especially excited to get away from interruptions and enjoy her vacation, including getting Jay on a plane for the first time.

Be sure to see the Spence wedding on page 78 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: The Newfangled Bride
Florist: Kroger
Cake: Cakes by Lisa
Ceremony: St. Andrew’s Catholic Church
Venue: Boxtree Lodge
Caterer: Mary’s Party Works
Planner: Simplicity
Jewelry: Kay Jewelers
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen’s Attire: Jim’s Formal Wear
Donuts: Veggies to Go


Wedding Wednesday: The Trumbo Wedding

Tyler & Caron Trumbo
August 3, 2013
Photography by Spencer Selvidge

Tyler and Caron were only in the eighth grade when they met at a Lord Botetourt High School football game. For Tyler’s proposal, he worked with her family to make Caron believe she was taking her aunt on a surprise scavenger hunt for her 60th birthday. On their way to the last clue, Caron and her aunt agreed to be blind-folded as they arrived on Lord Botetourt’s football field, where 150 of her closest friends and family formed an aisle on the 50 yard line holding helium balloons. As she made her way down the aisle, everyone handed her their balloons and well-wishes. Doves were released and Caron of course said yes! For her wedding day, Caron says that it’s difficult to choose one favorite memory, but has to pick the parachute photo session. Their bridal party held it up while they ran under, giving the newlyweds a few moments of “us” time. With their large family and mutual friends, their attendance was a unique piece of their wedding, with around 350 guests. Caron and Tyler’s carnival themed wedding had many fun elements – corn dogs, carnival games, a cake walk, and even square dancing. Friends and family helped set up, bringing in hay bales, putting tables and chairs up, figuring out how to store hundreds of freeze pops, and much more. Building a carnival was no easy task and took many hours and help from her friends. The happy couple went to Nantucket for their honeymoon, where they spent a week at a bed and breakfast, wanting a mixture of beach and history.

Be sure to see the Trumbo wedding on page 76 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: Allure
Florist: Kroger
Cake: Carrie Swain
Ceremony: St. Andrew’s Catholic Church
Venue: Santillane
Caterer: Mary’s Party Works
Planner: Stefanie Ramsey
Band: Campbell Family Band

Wedding Wednesday: The Crowder Wedding

Marcus & Katie Crowder
July 6, 2013
Photography by Noah Magnifico Photography

Marcus and Katie met their freshmen year at James Madison University while in the same Science in Education class. During their junior year, they realized they wanted more than just friendship and began dating. Five and a half years later, Marcus planned his perfect proposal during one of their hikes up Humpback Rocks. Marcus’s older brother set up a blanket, flowers, and champagne at the top of the mountain; when they reached the top, Marcus got down on one knee and proposed. That evening, they visited his parents’ house to find their friends and families together to celebrate with them. Katie says their bridal party made the wedding unique since most of the bridal party consisted of their siblings and family; because of their connections, everyone knew one another and set the stage for a fun, comfortable day. She also says one of their favorite memories was when her nephew Jack, who had previously been upset and unsure about walking down the aisle, made it down to deliver the pillow and ran back down the aisle shouting “I did it! I did it!” A green, gray, and blue color palette rounded out the simple, country feel; centerpieces of large and small Mason jars were wrapped in raffia and filled with green and blue hydrangeas, Bells of Ireland, and snapdragons. Tall green seaglass vases were also filled with baby’s breath. Because the couple are both teachers, small chalkboards with table numbers served to help guests to their seats. In lieu of wedding favors, the couple made a donation to the Dzindi Primary in Venda, South Africa (an elementary school they both taught at while studying abroad). They both wanted to donate to a place in great need and set up a table with photo albums and pictures of their experience so guests could understand and enjoy the meaning behind it. The couple spent their 7 day/night honeymoon in Sandals Whitehouse in Jamaica.

Be sure to see the Crowder wedding on page 60 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: Reflections Bridal
Florist: Vickie Chambers/Kroger
Cake: Sarah G. Designs
Ceremony: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Venue: Roanoke Country Club
Caterer: Roanoke Country Club
Jewelry: Keller & George
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: J. Crew
Groomsmen’s Attire: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse

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)

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