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

Wedding Wednesday: The Fluker Wedding

The Fluker Wedding

April 26, 2016

Photography by: Pat Cori Photography

Sarah White and Thomas “Ray” Fluker met in their early years, as students at Roanoke College. They had a class together, but didn’t spend much time with one another during their time at school. Thanks to social media they were able to stay connected after gradution, and after ten years, two career changes, and a couple of gentle denials on Sarah’s end, the two found themselves both in the same place at the same time. Back in Salem, the two of them got together for dinner at a Roanoke College staple, followed by a walk through campus, which landed the couple at a set of rocking chairs, where they sat and talked for hours. Ray and Sarah would revisit these rocking chairs when he asked her to spend the rest of her life with him, to the tune of “Question” by the Old 97.

The two wanted their wedding day to be romantic, classic, and fun. The event began with a beautiful ceremony at the Taubman, with rose petals lining the aisles. The ceremony paid tribute not only to their love, but also to Sarah’s parents. Sarah wore a piece of her mother’s wedding dress, sewn into her own, and she wore the pearls that her father had gifted her mother on their first wedding anniversary.

The reception was held on the roof of the Center in The Square, where they enjoyed each other, their friends, and their family, with a delightful variety of southern comfort food, such as chicken and waffles, mac and cheese, and lemonade. Sarah’s and Ray’s favorite part of the night was standing on that roof top surrounded by their friends and family.

Their wedding was a romantic celebration of love and friendship. The perfect evening, starting with a classic ceremony, and ending with a fun roof-top party with the perfect view to start the rest of their lives together. A view they can look back on for years to come. As a surprise for Sarah, Ray set up for a drone to capture video and photographs of the reception. This was a guest favorite, and sure to be a fun way to revisit their wedding in the years to come.

Make sure to see more of the Fluker Wedding on page 40 of bridebook!

Dress: Becky’s Bridal

Florist: Creative Occasions

Cake: Copper Hill Cakes and Cookies

Ceremony: Taubman Museum of Art

Venue: Center in the Square

Planner: Simplicity

DJ: RSP Entertainment

Attendant Dresses: Becky’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Black Tux

Videographer: Michael’s Video

Drone: Autonomous Flight Technologies, Inc.

Hair & Makeup: Lex Cheveux Salon & Day Spa

Lighting: Lighting Ninja, Inc.

Ice Sculpture: Masterpiece Ice Sculptures

Harpist: Karlee Lanum

Wedding Wednesday: The Dingus Wedding

Sarah & Robert Dingus

June 20, 2015

Photography by Noah Magnifico- Photographer

Sarah and Robert met one summer while filming skits for the Vacation Bible School they both worked for. They had both attended the church for five years but somehow had never met each other until then! It was a really Hollywood meeting with them filming a Gilligan’s Island scene and having Robert as the millionaire and Sarah as Mary-Ann. It was smoothing sailing from that moment on and the two quickly fell in love.

Knowing exactly which foods Sarah loved, Robert had a special menu created for her one evening at Hotel Roanoke. After they enjoyed their food, a waiter came with their champagne and dessert. At first, Sarah was upset because she hadn’t ordered this food and didn’t want to be charged for it. Robert quickly settled her down, though, by reaching in his jacket and pulling out a ring. Needless to say, Sarah forgot about the champagne and accepted his proposal with joy.

The wedding was simple and decorated with rustic elements. Sarah made the centerpieces herself and decorated with the colors of wisteria purple, charcoal grey, and spring green. To complement these, Sarah also added hints of sunflower yellow throughout the ceremony. As a special treat, the ceremony was performed by the pastor, Tim Craft, who introduced them from their church. Tim actually went above and beyond his call of duty by finding pictures from that fateful bible school skit and putting them up on screens for all the guests to see. The couple was married in the church where they first met and decided to take soil from each of their houses and pour it into a small tree that they plan to plant when they buy their first house.

After the wedding when everyone had left the church and the two were alone in the car for the first time, they realized that it had finally happened and they could officially be considered one. This moment was enhanced by the feeling of their love being blessed by God. Then, when the two arrived to their reception, they were able to go straight to the top of the stairs and walk down in front of all of their loved ones. The couple felt like rockstars and loved seeing all of their guests smiling up at them.

Make sure to see more of the Dingus Wedding on page 62 of bridebook!

Florist: Kroger
Cake: Casey’s Cakes
Ceremony: Bonsack United Methodist Church
Venue: Taubman Museum of Art
Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering
Planner: Events by Sherri
DJ: Blue Ridge Entertainment
Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Videographer: Michael’s Video
Hair: Gayle Mahew

Wedding Wednesday: The Looney Wedding

Brittany & Adam Looney

June 6, 2015

Photography by Noah Magnifico- Photographer

It was lucky for Adam and Brittany that the two had a matchmaking friend to set them up. After a blind date at a group function, the pair hit it off immediately and fell in love soon after. It was during a night in september when the couple went together to dinner with their friends, and as they were walking across the lawn to their home, Adam got down on one knee and proposed. Brittany admits, though, that she was so exhausted and surprised, she almost didn’t let him finish his speech. But, she was thrilled to accept the love of her life.

Since Brittany is such a bargain hunter, the wedding was done on a miraculous budget. In order to save money of the cake, they used a small display cake and served their guests large sheet cakes. Then, all of the sheets and decorations that weren’t kept after the wedding were resold! The color for the decorations was tiffany blue and offset against bouquets of sunflowers and served food from Three Little Pigs BBQ, which their guests loved.

The wedding day was full of many memorable moments, but one that stands out to Brittany is walking down the aisle toward Adam. As her dad guided her to him, she looked at his smiling face and couldn’t contain how excited she was to start her future with him. When she finally got to the altar, Adam leaned into her and told her how beautiful she looked. It was such an intimate moment for the couple and they were overjoyed to share it with all of their loved ones. The day continued without a hitch and the two were able to be sent off with well wishes from their guests.

Make sure to see more of the Looney Wedding on page 60 of bridebook!

Dress: Church Street Bridal
Florist: Kroger
Cake: Kelly Cakes
Venue: On the Glenn
Caterer: Three Little Pigs BBQ
Jewelry: Zales
DJ: All Occasion Entertainment
Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsman Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Videographer: Michael’s Video
Hair & Makeup: Shear Maddness- Samantha Maxey

Wedding Wednesday: The Murray Wedding

Jason & Lindsay Murray

May 2, 2015

Photography by Noah Magnifico- Photographer

Since they were children, Lindsay and Jason only lived five blocks from each other but didn’t actually meet until 2010 when Jason started teaching at the same school as Lindsay. Lindsay took her students to gym class one day where she saw the new P.E. teacher, Jason, and was immediately interested in him. Jason came and introduced himself to Lindsay, but as he was walking away she realized she hadn’t been paying attention because she was too distracted by how handsome he was! For the rest of her planning period that day, Lindsay took time to try and learn everything she could about Jason but over the next couple of months, to Lindsay’s dismay, they didn’t speak again. Around the school, Lindsay was known as a big Virginia Tech fanatic and often had extra tickets to the game. It was in November that Jason sought her out to see if she had any extra tickets and, despite finding one of his own, the two met up at the game and began a great friendship. Lucky for the both of them, it eventually blossomed into more.

Jason proposed to Lindsay when they were on vacation in Myrtle Beach with a couple of friends. One evening, the two couples went to dinner at Drunken Jack’s Restaurant and then decided to go for a walk on the pier afterwards. In their relationship, Lindsay loves taking photos but Jason hates them. However, on this particular evening, he asked her to take a photo with him at the end of the pier. They took two photos together and then as Lindsay started to walk toward her friend to get the camera, Jason said, “Wait, let’s try a different pose.” Lindsay then turned to see Jason get down on one knee. She was so surprised and taken aback by the beauty of the moment and the sunset behind them that her first response was “Are you serious?” Jason then assured her of his intentions and Lindsay eagerly accepted.

Their wedding held a lot of special moments for the couple. Lindsay loved the father/daughter dance during the reception because all of the father/daughter pairs were invited to join on the dance floor. The dance was then turned into a party after by the flash mob of guests getting excited to the song “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars. This is a memory that sticks with them even now and the two can’t help but laugh and dance as they remember that day.

The wedding was planned to highlight the seasons of love and the couple even had four engagement photo sessions in each of the seasons. The engagement photos were then used in a slideshow in the wedding. The guestbook went along with the theme as well, by having each guest sign in and put their favorite memory with the couple under the respective season.

Be sure to take a look at more of the Murray wedding on page 46 of bridebook!

Dress: Mori Lee 1241 from Patina Bridal and Formals
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Cake: Mary Ogilvie
Ceremony: Raleigh Court United Methodist Church
Venue: The Corinthian Ballroom
Caterer: Chanticleer Catering
Jewelry: Fink’s
DJ: Judd Poindexter
Attendants Dresses: Becky’s Bridal
Groomsman’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Videographer: Michael’s Video
Makeup:  LASH-Madison Madden
Hair: Marston Salon
Linens: Aztec Rental

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Eller Wedding

A.J. & Sarah Eller
 June 28, 2014
Photography by Autumn Harrison Photography

 One night at a concert, A.J. made a brave move and decided to talk to the girl behind him, but all he could come up with was “I bet I know when your birthday is!” (The two had mutual friends at the concert, and earlier that evening her birthday had come up in conversation, which prepared him for his pickup line!) The two continued to talk all night long and in the following days over the phone. A few weeks later they went on their first date and have been together ever since. With a little help from Sarah for the venue and time, A.J. planned a weekend getaway at an inn in Asheville, North Carolina. They enjoyed a full day of breakfast, driving, hiking, and a beautiful dinner. After dinner, the couple sipped on wine near fire pits before taking a photo by a waterfall. A.J. took Sarah’s hands in his to share some meaningful words before handing her an envelope which held his concert ticket from the night they met. As Sarah read the words “Will you marry me?” on the ticket, A.J. bent to one knee. Their garden party themed wedding was centered around their lakeside venue at Smith Mountain Lake, which offered surrounding views of the mountains. Bistro tables, Adirondack chairs, and a vintage wedding lounge served as décor as well as seating for guests to enjoy their day on the lake. It was important that guests have fun while in attendance, so games like corn hole, lawn Jenga, and bocce ball were set up on the lawn. Gray, white, and yellow set the color scheme for the wedding, which tied the games, décor, and scenery all together. They also had a fire pit for making s’mores, which served as the wedding favors, and a bar was set up to greet guests with a drink. For the ceremony, a window frame draped with white linens and flowers served as the arch. Jars filled with ivory peonies, ranunculus, and spray roses hung from hooks lining the aisles alongside white chairs. This set the scene for Sarah’s most memorable moment: seeing A.J. at the end of the aisle. For the reception, the pavilion was covered in garden lights to create a romantic venue for guests to enjoy great music and food. After their sparkler sendoff and boat getaway, the couple honeymooned in Antigua.

Be sure to see the Eller wedding on page 62 of the third issue of bridebook!

Dress: Martina Liana from Lana Addison
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Cake: La Bella Torta
Venue: The Point at Parkway Marina
Caterer: Center Stage Catering
Planner: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Jewelry: Diamonds Direct
DJ & Pianist: Kings Entertainment- Jamie Strassburg; Marc Hoffman
Attendants’ Dresses: Alfred Sung from Savvy Formal Wear
Groomsmen’s Attire: Cam Newton MADE from Belk
Videographer: Michael’s Video
Hair & Makeup: Azario Salon & Day Spa– Megan Byrd

Wedding Wednesday: The Mauck Wedding

Robert & Elizabeth Mauck
June 29, 2013
Photography by Tara Lilly Photography & Design

After a heartfelt proposal one foggy night at the Mill Mountain Star, Elizabeth knew she wanted a traditional themed wedding. The color scheme was royal blue with teal and peach accents. One of the couples’ favorite aspects of their wedding was the fire truck they rode on as they exited the Vinton War Memorial as a nod to Robert’s profession. They also made sure to incorporate many elements honoring their family members as well. The mantle showcased wedding photos of Robert and Elizabeth’s parents, grandparents, and siblings. Elizabeth’s bouquet was bound with handkerchiefs from her grandmothers and great aunt. She also wore her mother’s wedding shoes and sister’s veil as her something old and borrowed. Her something blue was a pearl and sapphire bracelet from her maid of honor. In keeping with the traditional theme, Robert and Elizabeth did not see each other before the wedding but had a “first touch” instead to talk and pray together. The tables, where guests dined on an option of beef or chicken with various sides, featured a mix of lanterns, vases, and flower arrangements. Elizabeth was especially proud of the dessert, which was the ornately designed wedding cake she specially requested. The first dance to “I Love You This Big” by Scotty McCreery also had a unique touch. Before the dance, Robert took off his jacket to reveal his dress shirt with the Virginia Tech logo on the sleeves to support his alma mater. The couple wrapped up their evening with a sparkler send-off before leaving for their honeymoon in St. Lucia.

 Be sure to see the Mauck wedding on page 115 of the second issue of bridebook!

Dress: Celebration Bridal
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Linda Sparks Cakes
Ceremony: Vinton Baptist Church
Venue: Vinton War Memorial
Caterer: Mary’s Party Works
Jewelry: Fink’s and Haywood’s Jewelers
DJ: King’s Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: AmRhein’s
Groomsmen’s Attire: AmRhein’s
Videographer: Michael’s Video

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Kaylor Wedding

John & Wendy Kaylor
October 26, 2013
Photography by Maya McMahon Photography

Wendy and John’s love story all began with a “wink” on Match.com. What was supposed to be a quick dinner turned into an evening out together, talking until 3 AM in the parking lot. When the couple went on a cruise to the Grand Caymans and Cozumel, she noticed John acting a little strange on their second night together. As they waited in the atrium for dinner, John complimented Wendy on her fancy dress and jewelry, but said one thing was missing. John got down on one knee to propose and the cruise guests quickly caught on to congratulate and make them feel like celebrities for the rest of the trip. Wendy says she has many favorite moments from her wedding, but one important memory was dancing with her grandfather, who used to get her to do things around the house as a child by promising he’d dance with her at her wedding. John’s favorite memory was arranging for a vintage fire truck to take them from church to reception; as they rode through Grandin, people clapped and congratulated them! Wendy loved how their special day was a reflection of them as a couple. Their first look took place at the old downtown fire station. They also tied a literal fisherman’s knot during their ceremony. Colors of navy and ivory had fall accent colors, with Boxwood centerpieces with lanterns in the middle. Wendy grew up making apple butter, so they made an extra batch that fall to pass out to guests for favors. John’s uncle provided his band for entertainment and guests enjoyed a buffet of homestyle food. The bride’s sister also surprised them by filling John’s car with orange balloons that released as they departed. The happy newlyweds took a cruise out of Charleston to the Bahamas for their honeymoon.

Be sure to see the Kaylor wedding on page 104 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: The Newfangled Bride
Florist: The Crystal Orchid
Cake: Diane’s Cake Creations
Ceremony: Virginia Heights Baptist Church
Venue: Kazim Shrine Temple Ballroom
Caterer: Country Kitchen
Planner: Dearly Beloved Events
Jewelry: Zales and The Jewelry Connection
Band: Encore
Attendants’ Dresses: Country Formals
Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Videographer: Michael’s Video
Hair/Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa  (Jolina Goad)

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Honeycutt Wedding

Lindsay & Whittany Honeycutt
June 21, 2013
Photography by Winterberry Gallery

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Thanks to their exercise regimen, Whittany and Lindsey met at their fitness center; a month after sparking conversation, Lindsay took Whittany on their first date to an MMA fight. On New Year’s Eve 2011, Lindsay put off dinner by taking Whittany into the nearby jewelry store, where only the men’s wedding bands were on display. After about half an hour, Whittany finally noticed THE engagement ring in the center of the display – HER ring! Lindsay proposed in the store; they celebrated with friends and family at dinner afterwards. Whittany’s favorite wedding memory was the ceremony, where she and her future husband saw each other for the first time knowing that day forward would bind them forever. Lindsay also says that was his favorite moment: “I have never felt a feeling so strong – my love for my wife is strong than anyone will ever know.” Vows were also special, with the commitment to one another in front of friends, family, and God. A purple and gray color scheme lent to a modern but classic affair, especially with gray tuxes for the groomsmen. Centerpieces were vintage white milk vases with baby’s breath and hydrangeas; the ceremony aisle was lined with white hydrangeas pomander, curly willow branches, and ribbon. Guests had favors from the fully loaded candy bar and also enjoyed an orange dreamsicle wedding cake. Lindsay and Whittany enjoyed their honeymoon with a five day cruise to the Bahamas.

Be sure to see the Honeycutt wedding on page 50 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: Mori Lee from New York Bride and Groom
Florist: Everlasting Memories Event Planning
Cake: My Beautiful Wedding
Venue: Cody Creek (The Depot)
Caterer: Cody Creek (The Depot)
Planner: Everlasting Memories Event Planning
Jewelry: Adams’ Jewelers
DJ: Master Taylor Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: Allure from New York Bride and Groom
Groomsmen’s Attire: New York Bride and Groom
Videographer: Michael’s Video

 

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