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 Brockman Wedding

Carly & Thomas Brockman

June 13, 2015

Photography by: Jolly Jen Photography

When Thomas rolled into his first day at high school in a flashy red car, Carly couldn’t take her eyes off him. Despite being two years older, he was still instantly attracted to Carly as well. The two became high school sweethearts quickly and dated for a steady and loving eight years. It was after those eight years that Thomas decided to propose to Carly at her parents’ home where they all popped a bottle of champagne and agreed that it was about time that the two got married.

The wedding day was decorated with the theme of vintage and was complete with old post cards, birdcages and wine barrels. The decorates were appropriately decorated in accenting colors of champagne and petal pink. They kept the food traditionally southern style and served their guests with a delicious macaroni and cheese bar. The cake was the real showstopper, though, and was made of red velvet with buttercream frosting.

Despite the rain from the day, everyone had a great time and moved under the tents to stay dry. One of the best moments from the event was, actually, the bride and groom dancing in the rain. The couple’s send off was in a golf cart since the groom was a golfer. The newlyweds rode off under sparklers and their guests sent them off with well wishes. As redemption for the rain that day, the sky painted a stunning rainbow over the two as they headed into their future.

Make sure to see more of the Brockman wedding on page 54 of bridebook!

Dress: White by Vera Wang
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Linda Adams
Ceremony: Trinity Ecumenical Parrish
Venue: Bernard’s Landing
Caterer: The Landing Restaurant
Planner: Elizabeth Sayre Stevens
Jewelry: Blue Nile Jewelers
Music: Hipshack Band- Sam Hill Entertainment
Attendants Dresses: J. Crew
Groomsman Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Makeup: The Bella Hair Co.- Ashley Hurst
Invitations and Programs: Appalachian Press

Wedding Wednesday: The Powell Wedding

Robert & Ashley Powell
 May 24, 2014
Photography by Katelyn James Photography

cover finalist buttonFrom high school to college sweethearts, Ashley and Robert have been somewhat inseparable since meeting in middle school. They attended their senior prom together and also started and graduated college together at Virginia Tech. Robert felt nervous about devising the perfect surprise for Ashley as a proposal since they’d been dating for five years. He decided the right time was during a weekend trip to North Carolina that she suggested and planned, so she wouldn’t suspect a thing. He quickly jumped into action asking for her parents’ permission before the trip and making a plan for the big moment. After having dinner at one of their favorite restaurants, Robert suggested an impromptu photo shoot in the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden nearby. After taking a few photos and reassuring her the blinking light just meant the camera was broken and not in video mode, Robert faced Ashley toward him as he got on one knee. Ashley chose an elegant romantic theme with Charleston, South Carolina charm for the wedding, which was set with the incorporation of the bouquets and flower arrangements that were exactly what she envisioned! One of her other favorite aspects of the wedding was the first look. Being traditionalists, they were unsure about this element but it gave them special time to pray together and take photos alone and with their wedding party before the ceremony began. It was important to them that they have their ceremony inside a church as they both grew up attending church, and they were even able to have their pastor officiate. They also enjoyed dancing at the reception where they got to see all their friends and family members come together in one place to celebrate. One very unique element was the trolley that took guests through downtown Roanoke from one venue to another.

Be sure to see the Powell wedding on page 40 of the third issue of bridebook!

Dress: Tiffany’s Bridal
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Linda Adams
Ceremony: Greene Memorial United Methodist Church
Venue: The Hotel Roanoke
Caterer: The Hotel Roanoke
Planner: Laura Cannaday
Jewelry: Fink’s
DJ: Kings Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: The Newfangled Bride
Groomsmen’s Attire: Davidson’s
Videographer: Stuart Maxey
Hair & Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa

Wedding Wednesday: The Minter Wedding

Ryan & Sarah Minter
 May 24, 2014
Photography by William Mahone Photography

Ryan crossed Sarah’s path while he paid a visit to his former co-workers at a local pharmacy. The two chatted for a while, and after he left, Ryan decided to ask their mutual friend to set him up with Sarah. He asked her out on a date a week later, and the rest became a beautiful adventure – much like Ryan’s proposal. He suggested a walk at Virginia Tech’s Duck Pond one afternoon in May with their two dogs. This quickly became a whirlwind of events as one dog jumped into the pond after the ducks and the other dog followed in! Once they were settled, Ryan finally took a photo of Sarah and the dogs and popped the question. The fun continued throughout their wedding day, which kept with a theme of being playfully romantic. It was important to Ryan and Sarah that their wedding showcase their personalities, which they achieved by having a few fun improvised moves during their first dance and having their dogs stand in as the ring bearer and flower girl. The venue of the Corinthian Ballroom added the romantic element with the elegant ballroom decorated with candles and flower arrangements. In addition to these elements, they also made sure to personalize their big day. Sarah’s dress was carefully crafted to become her dream gown with the hard work of her seamstress and the addition of Ryan’s mother’s veil. Sarah also had both her parents walk her down the aisle to celebrate her strong bond with them and the support they’ve always given her, and the couple’s maternal grandmothers lit the family candles before the ceremony began.

Be sure to see the Minter wedding on page 38 of the third issue of bridebook!

Dress: Allure Romance
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Linda Adams
Ceremony: Bonsak United Methodist Church
Venue: The Corinthian Ballroom
Caterer: Chanticleer Catering
Jewelry: Zales
DJ: Blue Ridge Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: bingbridal
Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Hair & Makeup: Shear Perfection Salon
Seamstress: Deborah’s Tailoring Shop

Wedding Wednesday: The Tibbs Wedding

Cory & Rebecca Tibbs
November 10, 2013
Photography by William Mahone Photography

Rebecca thanks her older sister for meeting her future husband, since Cory told her he was drawn to her because of her shoes, which she’d borrowed! In early November, Rebecca woke up to find a note and rose from Cory requesting a dinner date. After dinner, he suggested they go back home to watch a movie; upon returning, he blindfolded Rebecca and guided them into the house, where she heard their song playing. Once the blindfold came off, Rebecca, who has an “unusual obsession” with all things Christmas, found a winter wonderland in her living room, complete with snow, multiple trees, lights, wrapped photos, and more. In the middle of the snow pile, Cory got down on one knee and proposed. Rebecca says her favorite memory of their wedding day was the last song – as she and Cory danced to the Lumineers’ “Ho, Hey” the guests formed a circle around them and sang as the newlyweds danced. The evening ceremony allowed everything to be lit up by lanterns and candles, giving it a romantic feel. This fit well with the theme of romantic and rustic, with a navy, grey, and pink color palette. Guests were able to sit on couches in front of a fire and enjoy the reception. Centerpieces of lanterns with three-tiered pink candles or a shallow dish with flowers sat on all the tables, while handmade paper pom-poms and floral balls hung from the ceiling. Guests received handmade chocolate truffles. The couple took their honeymoon to Hamanasi Resort in Belize, where they visited Mayan ruins, snorkled, hiked, and satisfied their desire to have both adventure and relaxation.

Be sure to see the Tibbs wedding on page 110 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: David’s Bridal
Florist: Cindy Gibson and Amy Dudley
Cake: Linda Adams
Venue: The Kyle House
Caterer: Schaal’s Catering and Events
Jewelry: Simon G
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: Liz Fields
Groomsmen’s Attire: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse

Wedding Wednesday: The Hanna Wedding

John & Carter Hanna
August 3, 2013
Photography by Sam Dean

John and Carter met in 2007 thanks to their families pushing them to meet. For his proposal during a family vacation, John first asked Carter’s father and grandfather for her hand in marriage. After their approval, John took Carter for a walk on the beach; they returned to find her family waiting with champagne. Their family and friends played a large part in their wedding, thanks to each of them doing readings, greeting guests at the church and as flower girl and ring bearer. One of Carter’s favorite memories of her wedding was incorporating her grandfather into her day – due to a last minute issue, he could not make it to the actual wedding. Carter surprised her family with a life-sized cutout “Granddad” that spent the entire weekend with them at the rehearsal, getting their makeup done, and even dancing at the reception! Because Carter has a passion for blue and white, plus John’s love of bright colors, they used blue and white urns that he’d collected over the years with flower colors that popped. The blue and white lent to an Asian theme with their decorations and guests were given colorful fortune cookies as favors. At the end of the night when the band announced the last song, the happy bride actually burst into tears because she couldn’t believe the night was over. Lucky for her, the band never wants to see the bride cry so they played one more song for her! The couple celebrated their new marriage with a honeymoon to the British Virgin Island, where they relaxed on a peaceful beach.

Be sure to see the Hanna wedding on page 72 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: New York Bride
Florist: George’s Flowers
Cake: Linda Adams
Ceremony: St. John’s Episcopal Church
Venue: Roanoke Country Club
Caterer: Roanoke Country Club
Jewelry: Fink’s
DJ: Sam Hill Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank

Wedding Wednesday: The Gower Wedding

Jon & Becky Gower
April 27, 2013
Photography by Photographic Dreams

Jon Gower managed to surprise Becky with an Asian-inspired cold pasta dinner picnic on the beach, where he later proposed. Becky’s veil was unique for her wedding. A princess style cut and made of Belgium lace, Becky is the fourth generation to wear the veil (first worn by her great grandmother on her wedding day!). Becky’s Slovenian heritage were honored with two special Slovenian desserts, while they incorporated military traditions in for Jon’s Navy Lieutenant position. Their purple decor stood out in the details, including Becky’s purple shoes. Becky says one of her favorite moments of the wedding day was when she took Jon’s hand after walking down the aisle. “Holding hands is something we do quite often, so holding his hand was something very normal in a very unique moment…It was special because it was exclusive to us.”

Be sure to see the Gower wedding on page 36 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: James Clifford from Here Comes the Bride
Florist: The Crystal Orchid
Cake: Linda Adams
Ceremony: St. Andrews Catholic Church
Venue: Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
Caterer:  Hotel Roanoke
Jewelry: Krasner Jewelers
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse (for non-military)

Behind the Scenes of the Conner Wedding

Kathryn Sloan + Kevin Conner – October 6, 2012

Photography by William Mahone Photography

Kathryn ‘Katie’ Sloan met Kevin Connor through mutual friends at a bonfire/mudbog back in June of 2006. In a simple and sweet moment on an early spring day Kevin asked for Katie’s hand in marriage. The couple held a rustic seasonal wedding as they incorporated fall-related decorations into the ceremony. Centerpieces followed the fall theme featuring red, orange and white flowers. With friends an family gathering from 10 states just to be with Katie and Kevin memorable moments were created all evening long.

To read more about their love story and see more photos, pick up a copy of bridebook (on newsstands now) and flip to page 72!

THE ESSENTIALS
DRESS
Casablanca from Wayne Spencer
FLORIST
Caroline LaRocca Event Design
CAKE
Linda Adams
VENUE
Braeloch
CATERER
DJ’s Pit Stop
JEWELRY
T&P Jewelers and Hamric & Sheridan
DJ
RSP Entertainment
ATTENDANTS DRESSES
Bill Levkoff from Bridal Mart
GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE
Belk
VIDEOGRAPHER
MPA Productions

Behind the Scenes of the Lawrence Wedding

Jeanne Boester + Allen Lawrence – September 22, 2013

Photography by Michael Sink

Jeanne Boester and Allen Lawrence met while working for the Salem Red Sox, which sparked the desire to incorporate their love of baseball into the big day. When the whole family went on a cruise together, Allen surprised Jeanne with a very important question and proposing. The couple held a contemporary themed wedding with a color scheme of red, black, and gold. From the invitations designed into baseball cards to Jeanne’s garter with the Red Sox logo embroidery, friends and family were able to see the couple’s love story with the baseball touches. They even had their rehearsal dinner inside the stadium where they got on the field to start the celebration!

To read more about their love story and see more photos, pick up a copy of bridebook (on newsstands now) and flip to page 66!

THE ESSENTIALS
DRESS
Sottero & Midgley from AmRhein’s Brides & Formals
CAKE
Linda Adams
CEREMONY
First Christian Church
VENUE
Sheraton Roanoke Hotel
CATERER Sheraton Roanoke Hotel
JEWELRY
R.M. Johnson & Sons
DJ
Kevin Scott
ATTENDANTS DRESSES
Alfred Angelo from AmRhein’s Brides & Formals
GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE
Men’s Wearhouse
NAILS
polished by claire v.
BRIDAL LUNCHEON
polished by claire v. and Annie Moore’s catering

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