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 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 Abercrombie Wedding

Josh & Sarah Abercrombie
July 20, 2013
Photography by A Touch to Last Photography

Sarah and Josh met on her first night of college at Clemson University. Soon after their friendship they began dating. One day Josh and Sarah went for a two mile hike with their dog Huck. After finding a private spot, Sarah helped Huck with his water bowl, giving Josh the perfect opportunity to surprise her while on one knee. Sarah’s favorite moment of their wedding day was exchanging vows with Josh; her father, an Episcopalian priest, officiated their wedding. They wanted to pay attention to the meaning of the words they said and remember it always. The traditional church wedding and rustic style reception completed Sarah’s wedding theme. Her bridal bouquet included white and ivory garden and spray roses, lisianthus, green hydrangea, and hypericum berries accented with lambs ear. Centerpieces with large green hydrangeas, votive candles on each table, and classic songs such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald added to the classic reception. The groom’s cake was a Clemson themed cake, while guests could choose chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry cake for dessert. The couple spent a week in the Riviera Maya, just north of Belize, for their honeymoon, where Sarah celebrated a life-long dream of swimming with dolphins.

Be sure to see the Abercrombie wedding on page 64 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: Essence of Australia from Tiffany’s Bridal
Florist: The Jefferson Florist & Garden
Cake: Rockbridge Cake Shoppe
Ceremony: Lexington Presbyterian Church
Venue: House Mountain Inn
Caterer: House Mountain Inn
Planner: Jamie Grue
Jewelry: Hess & Co. Jewelers
DJ: King Studios
Attendants’ Dresses: BHLDN
Groomsmen’s Attire: Macy’s
Bride’s Rehearsal Dress: Vera Wang

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