From the Editor: On Our 5th Issue

One of our questions on our wedding submission form is “What made your wedding day unique?” While every wedding is superbly beautiful and unique in its own right, it’s this question that often merits a variation of the same response:

“Our family and friends.”

This is not only funny to me that so many respond with this answer, but incredibly eye-opening. Perhaps what is so magical about our wedding day is not the gorgeous gown or fantastic flowers (though those are certainly important!), but instead the idea that your wedding brings people together.

Whether your families are meeting for the first time or your reception is a great excuse to bring your best friends from college back together, every couple has the same dream in their head – that their loved ones will be there on your big day to support, love and celebrate your marriage.

Your wedding day is the ultimate showcase of love, but not only for you and your spouse. It’s also a chance to show your love for guests who have traveled many miles or helped you hand-stamp 100 invitations. When we dance the night away, it’s with our very favorite people in the entire world. And what could be more special than that in making your wedding day so uniquely you?

In our 5th issue, you’ll find incredible weddings that will not only inspire you (and maybe swoon a little), but will hopefully give you that cozy warmth felt when surrounded by “your people,” those who know and love you best.

To love and magic, friends and family – may we all be so lucky to celebrate with the uniqueness that is your wedding day!

Liz Long, editor

Cover Reveal: Our 5th Issue

We are so excited to reveal the cover for our 5th issue, featuring Morgan Coartney surrounded by her beautiful bridesmaids on her wedding day that took place at Sinkland Farms. Cover image by Skyryder Photography.

You can see Morgan’s wedding on page 64, plus more amazing weddings that are sure to inspire! Magazines will be hitting newsstands across southwest and central Virginia over the coming weeks, found at B&N, Target, Walmart, CVS and more, or can be ordered on our website. We can’t wait for everyone to see it!

Be sure to check back as we update our site with new blog posts, newsstand locations, more Wedding Wednesdays and much more!

Top 5 Reasons to Submit Your Wedding to bridebook

bridebook 2015As we head into our fourth issue of bridebook, we get to thinking about why brides should be involved with our publication. There are several reasons, the most fun of which being that you get to relive your wedding day! Keep reading for a few more – and learn how to submit your wedding here!

1. You Could Be in a Magazine! It’s not every day you get the opportunity to be featured in a magazine, much less show off your wedding to thousands of people. And with us, you even have the chance to be the face of bridebook as the cover bride!

2. It’s a Keepsake. After the thrill of your big day winds down, you’ll want something to help you relive the excitement you felt at your wedding and bring back fond memories. For years to come, you’ll be showing off your bridebook registry to friends, family and maybe even your future children.

3. The Price is Comparable to Other Publications. For a reasonable cost, ($195 for a single-page; $295 for a spread) your registry will feature colorful images from your wedding, a story written by our award-winning editorial staff and a list of the vendors that helped make your day special.

4. It Makes a Great Gift. Hey parents and grandparents! A bridebook registry is a special present to give your soon-to-be or newlywed son or daughter. It will be something they – and you! – will treasure for a lifetime.

5. You Could Inspire Brides-to-Be. With your registry, brides-to-be get inspired by your favors, flowers, cake or other wedding essentials. You know how much work goes into planning a wedding. Why not inspire future brides by sharing what made your day special? (You might even start a trend!)

Ready to submit your wedding? Find out more here. We look forward to seeing your gorgeous weddings!

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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 Jones Wedding

Kevin & Kristin Jones
November 2, 2013
Photography by Magnifico Photography

Fate must’ve stepped in for Kevin and Kristin on the night they met. Kristin declined a Halloween party invitation due to an already scheduled blind date, but when the date didn’t show, Kristin decided to have some fun and attend the party. Kevin, dressed in a Chargers football jersey, flexed his muscles to no one in particular; Kristin’s opening line, “I bet I have bigger muscles,” won his attention – and his heart, since they’ve been together ever since! A few days before Christmas, Kristin picked Kevin up at the bus station for his visit. He and her family joined forces to surprise her, with her sister yelling at Kristin to go look at something outside. Kristin stepped out to find her Prince Charming – Kevin, all dressed up in a prince costume, riding a horse like something out of a fairy tale. After Kristin said yes, they rode to a staging area where a limo took them to dinner, a restaurant she’d worked at in high school and where her parents had met. Kristin says her favorite wedding day memory is walking down the aisle and seeing her future husband for the first time, like it was just the two of them in the room. (Moments later, they were trying to figure out their choreographed dance because her dress was so big!) The couple incorporated many ideas into their day that in some ways, told their life story. White pumpkins were seasonal and also reminded them of Kevin’s Cinderella proposal; green was chosen as it was her late father’s favorite color; and her bouquet had a Hawaiian orchid to represent Kevin’s family. Simple decorations and colors of gold, hunter green, and bronze complemented the venue’s gold and off-white colors. Memorial pumpkins represented family members no longer with them while centerpieces were soft gold votives and pictures of the newlyweds at their ages to correspond with the table number. The happy couple spent a honeymoon week at a friend’s beach house in Atlantic City, where they relaxed, ate well, and even won some money.

Be sure to see the Jones wedding on page 108 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Florist: Best Wishes
Cake: Sandy’s Cakes
Venue: The Corinthian Ballroom
Caterer: Chanticleer Catering
Planner: Events by Sherri
Jewelry: Jared
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: Jordan Fashions
Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Caricature Artist: Kyle Edgell

Wedding Wednesday: The Marshall Wedding

Samson & Ashley Marshall
October 26, 2013
Photography by Laura’s Focus Photography

Ashley swears she and Samson should be in a commercial as one of their success stories! After a movie for their first date, they opted for a dinner date, where Ashley became “more and more smitten.” For their anniversary celebration, Samson insisted they have dinner at Lucky, their favorite restaurant in downtown Roanoke. As they were sipping drinks, Samson said he had a present for Ashley, which turned out to be THE ring and a proposal. After she said, “of course!” the couple had their photo taken in front of the restaurant. Ashley definitely got “lucky” at Lucky! Their wedding was unique because of the blending of their heritage and personalities. A vintage style dress (along with gorgeous faux fur shawl) fit perfectly, while Samson wore his best Iron Man socks, three piece suit and hand-tied bowtie. Ashley knew it was important for the wedding to represent each of them as well as together as a couple. Ashley also wanted as locally-sourced as possible, showcasing the best of Roanoke to her DC in-laws. Black and royal blue with touches of gold and ivory complemented the country club’s existing decor. Centerpieces were created using wooden cigar boxes, while a variety of cupcakes were a sweet touch. Firearm brass was used for boutonniere holders, while the bride carefully chose non-traditional blooms for her flower bouquets. The cake toppers were two-fold, as they had a Southern touch for Ashley and a nerdy touch for Samson. The newlyweds celebrated with a honeymoon to Puerto Rico with a Caribbean cruise so they visit six islands to celebrate.

Be sure to see the Marshall wedding on page 106 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: Vera Wang
Florist: The Crystal Orchid
Cake: Viva La Cupcake
Venue: Roanoke Country Club
Caterer: Roanoke Country Club
Planner: White Peonies
Jewelry: Azar’s Jewelry and Masterworks Jewelry
Band: The Funk Cousins (No Relation)
DJ: Sam Lumsden
Attendants’ Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaids and David’s Bridal
Favors: The Candy Shop and Chocolate Spike
Cigars: Milan’s


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 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 Morgan Wedding

Andrew & Leslie Morgan
October 26, 2013
Photography by Lori Hedrick Photography

After Andrew and Leslie met at work, they discovered their mutual enthusiasm for aerospace, astronomy, and engineering. On a cold December night, Andrew took Leslie up to “their hilltop” in Blacksburg where they often go to watch meteor showers. In between two ISS passovers (a rarity to see), Andrew popped the question. Leslie describes the style of her wedding as traditional and slightly vintage. Their ceremony was held outside under the tall trees in the Maridor’s garden. The chilly but lovely evening reminded them of their engagement night. Andrew’s childhood pastor performed the ceremony, which meant a lot to the family. Colors of dark purple, lime green, and orange were complemented by vibrant centerpieces and decorations. Along with a “spunky little flower girl,” the bridal party was full of friends and family, who helped create a memorable moment when they joined the newlyweds on the dance floor for an anniversary dance. Guests received gourmet cookies prepared by the groom (moral support and samples provided by the bride) and they’re still talking about the incredible food. The new Morgan couple closed on their first home just five days after the wedding, so they planned to take a European riverboat cruise in the spring, including an extended stop in Paris, France.

Be sure to see the Morgan wedding on page 102 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: Oleg Cassini
Florist: The Crystal Orchid and Fifty Flowers
Cake: Cakes by Lisa
Venue: The Maridor
Caterer: The Maridor
Jewelry: IGS Diamonds
DJ: Master Taylor Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Designer/Consultant: Embellish
Floral Design: Jean Self
Hair/Makeup: Zee’s Salon & Day Spa

Fall Weddings in the Blue Ridge

One thing is for sure, fall in Virginia’s Blue Ridge is spectacular. Bright hues of red, orange and yellow make the mountain scenery even more amazing. And the season makes weddings in this area stand out.

“The nice thing about September through November is it allows for a warmer climate and less chance of rain,” says photographer Noah Magnifico. “The leaves changing color is a bonus.”

It was only natural for Joel and Kelly Bessette to choose fall for their wedding date. And the Pete Dye River Course in Blacksburg provided the perfect autumn backdrop.

“We had pumpkins hollowed and filled with fall colored mums for centerpieces,” Bessette says. “And we had big white pumpkins at the base of the alter that Joel built for the ceremony.”

To add to their fall theme, favors were pumpkin cake pops and their color palette was fall colors with a pop of light blue hydrangeas.

Wedding planner Sherri Box with Events by Sherri says most any color palette complements the typical colors of fall.

“You can mix and match many colors; to me, you have more options in the fall,” she says. “Some brides branch out to add colors like eggplant or shades of green.”

Box says many fall weddings feature a rustic or shabby chic theme. Earthy tones, rustic settings, burlap and Mason jars are still very popular in this area, she adds. Wedding party attire in fall colors is a great complement as well.

“I just love this time of year and what you can do with weddings,” Box says. “With fall weddings, brides tend to be very creative because you have so many things that say fall than you can work with in other months.”

Magnifico echoes the sentiment: “It’s certainly great when all things come together to make fall, fall. From a photography standpoint, fall brings together really fun things; leaves changing is definitely one of them.”

After seeing all of the gorgeous fall colors in the Blue Ridge this year, are you thinking about a fall wedding? See the slideshow of Noah Magnifico’s fall weddings and pick up a copy of bridebook for even more inspiration!

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