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 Medford Wedding

Jared & Ashley Medford
 June 7, 2014
Photography by Sam Stroud Photography

Jared couldn’t take the anticipation of waiting to propose to Ashley anymore, so one day while Ashley was holding their daughter Berkley he caught her off guard and asked her to be his wife. Ashley says it was very sweet and very simple, very raw and very real. The couple’s wedding was unique for many reasons. First, Ashley gave personal touches to the decorations by hand making or selecting the decorations She also used part of her mother’s wedding dress and her grandmother’s handkerchief to wrap around her bouquet. Another special element and Ashley’s favorite memory was Jared’s speech. He talked about how he found a new family within her family to look up to, and Jared wore Ashley’s father’s wedding band as a symbol of that bond as well as his commitment to Ashley. Perhaps the most important and unique part of their wedding was not the commitment between two people but between two first time parents and their daughter who they say is the best thing to happen to them. They kept with a classic, vintage midsummer’s night dream themed wedding. Ashley’s dress was custom made and partially designed by her to match the theme. Her bridesmaids picked out their own black dresses, and Jared bought his groomsmen their suits as a present to them because it was important to them to alleviate any extra costs for their wedding party. After their big day, the couple honeymooned to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where they enjoyed the stunning and non-traditional scenery.

Be sure to see the Medford wedding on page 48 of the third issue of bridebook!

Dress: Designing Brides
Florist: Buchanan Florist
Cake: Effie Wallace
Venue: Santillane
Caterer: Effie Wallace
Planner: Becky Caldwell
Jewelry: Blue Nile
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Videographer: Will and Kourtnee Belue

Unique Cake Creations

Square or round, pops or cupcakes, the world of wedding cakes has evolved in quite the creative way.

Designs That Take the Cake:
Brides – and the cake bakers they choose – have become bolder with their wedding day dessert. Here are six cake designs by local bakers that are anything but traditional.


La Bella Torta added unique shape and pops of color to this cake. Photo by Sam Stroud Photography.


Various flavored cupcakes made by a family friend were a hit at the Goodman-Whitt wedding. Photo by Holly Cromer Photogaphy


This icing rosebud-studded cake by Kelly’s Cakes sits atop an elegant cake stand. Photo by Lori Hedrick Photography.


Clever Cake Pops by Cheri Esgrow impressed wedding guests with cake pops that are pretty to look at and fun to eat. Photo by Essential Sunshine Photography.


This creation by Delectable Edible Art represents the bride and groom uniting as one. Photo by Tina Holtzlander Photography


Sweet Caroline’s captured Indian culture with intricate designs and a gold and red color scheme. Photo by April Amodeo Photography.