Wedding Wednesday: The Arellano Wedding

Marisol & Sergio Arellano

May 21, 2015

Photography by Alison Creasy Photography

Almost like something from a movie, Sergio and Marisol first met while vacationing in Mexico with their families. However, the couple didn’t start their love story until a few years later because of the distance between the two. It wasn’t until they reconnected on social media that the couple really became close. Sergio and Marisol were the definition of a long-distance relationship because the two lived eleven hours apart from each other. Gentlemanly, as always, though, Sergio would often make the trek down to Florida to see Marisol and the two worked hard to make their relationship flourish despite the distance. Throughout nine years of dating, the couple always made time to see each other and every time they actually were able to be together, the two continually fell deeper and deeper in love with each other.

To celebrate their 8th year anniversary, the couple traveled to Atlantic City together where their suite was built with floor-to-ceiling windows so they could look out at a fantastic view. Sergio surprised Marisol that morning with breakfast in bed and a special mug that read, “Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favorite.” The mug was filled with orange juice that, as Marisol drank it, eventually revealed a note on the mugs bottom which said, “Will you marry me?” Sergio was already on one knee when Marisol looked up and she cried while, of course, accepting excitedly.

The wedding was designed to be classic and traditional. The couple read their vows both in English and in Spanish in order to honor both their heritages as well as make sure all of the guests could understand the important declarations the couple was making.Originally, the wedding was supposed to be outdoors and overlooking the city of Roanoke, but rain prevented that from happening. Valhalla was their rain location and it was still just as beautiful as the two could have hoped for. The matron of honor made the wedding favors for the children by creating coloring books that had pictures of the couple and their dogs. Then, at the end of the ceremony, the couple exited beautifully with sparklers and drove away in an antique Rolls Royce.

Marisol remembers most from the ceremony when she finally had a moment to stop and take the event in. She looked around at her family and friends surrounding her and felt amazing to have such a beautiful ceremony with the ones she loves.

Be sure to take a look at the rest of the Arellano Wedding on page 50 of bridebook!

Dress: Celebration Bridal
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Cake: Confection Connection
Venue: Valhalla Vineyards
Caterer: Blue Ride Catering
Planner: Rob Ferguson
Jewelry: Kay Jewelers
DJ: Levi Akers
Attendants’ Dresses: Celebration Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Hair and Makeup: Azario Salon & Day Spa
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

 

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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Real Bride Blogger: What If It Rains?

Guest Post by Real Bride Blogger Sandee McGlaun

One of the questions that pops into my bride’s head in the middle of the night and pins me to the bed with worry: what if it rains?

venuestairsOur venue does have an indoor area, and we have a loose rain plan in place. But so much of the appeal of the Rooftop is in the vistas of the town below and the surrounding mountains, the prospect of watching sunset fall over it all. And I confess, there is more than a little appeal in the drama of descending the curved ”glass” staircase in a beautiful gown, which will be all but impossible in a downpour.

I got a little sneak peek into the “what if it rains?’ scenario with my bridal portraits. I elected to have portraits taken ahead of the wedding in part to ensure that if it did rain on our wedding day, I’d still have some good photos of me in my gown in those dramatic rooftop spaces. What I didn’t count on: that I would wake up the morning of the bridal portrait shoot to the gentle patter of rain on the roof. And that it would keep raining. And then rain some more.

Of course, bridal portraits, unlike a wedding, can be rescheduled, right? Well, yes. But that’s not as simple as it sounds. My dress fitting had been arranged specifically to accommodate portrait day, and I’d also been scrambling to make sure I had all accessories (shoes, jewelry) selected and in place. None of those elements had to be reworked, but everything else did. Arranging the first bridal portrait session required pulling together a significant number of puzzle pieces: coordinating the availability of the venue (we had to find a night there wasn’t another event on the roof) and my photographer, along with same-day appointments for makeup and for hair, plus arranging for a small bouquet to be delivered by the florist. I’d had my nails done a couple of days before, and most importantly, I’d also asked two of my girlfriends, D.B, and Shannon, to come and help. They both have roles in the wedding, and they both happily agreed. We were all really looking forward to sharing what I hoped would be a special evening.

By 1 pm on the day of the session—we were aiming for a sunset shoot—I got a text from my photographer, noting the rain, and asking what I wanted to do. If we didn’t reschedule, we’d have to change locations. My hair and makeup appointments started at 3:30, so I had to call it by 2 pm. The problem was, I couldn’t call it until I knew whether there was another date when I could get all the pieces put back together again. I’d started weeks ahead, arranging the first shoot. This time, I had an hour.

Thus began a flurry of emails, calls, and texts. If we moved it to X day, could the hairstylist fit me in? What night is the venue free? What was the forecast for those nights? It was too late to cancel the bouquet, but if I kept it in the fridge and didn’t put the shoot off too many days, it might last. Okay, let me check back with the photographer again. Should we just give up and change the venue?

By the time I talked to my makeup artist, the stress overwhelmed me. I had a minor meltdown and burst into tears.

Despite the rain and all the anxiety it caused, I did manage to get everything moved to the following Friday. The weather was perfect, and the shoot went beautifully. My one regret: girlfriends D.B. and Shannon had prior commitments, so they couldn’t be part of the evening. My friend and wonderful trainer Sondy came to help, and we had lots of fun. Still, I missed having the other gals there, too, and I later wondered at the wisdom of privileging the pursuit of an ideal (the perfect portrait) over sharing meaningful moments (making memories) with people you love.

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The experience gave me some valuable perspective on the question, “What if it rains?” For the bridal portraits, the rain meant my girlfriends couldn’t be present and couldn’t share my joy, and that was deeply disappointing. But if it rains on our wedding day, there won’t be any rescheduling. We’re still going to get married. Our family and friends will still be there, and we’ll still celebrate the occasion surrounded by people we love. If it rains, it rains. It’s still going to be a beautiful day.

And brooding clouds or stunning sunset, the happy smiles that light up every picture will make it seem like the sun was there all along, beaming high and bright.

About Sandee:

Sandee McGlaun chronicles the adventures of marrying at mid-life on her blog, 40-Something First Time Bride. She directs the Writing Center and teaches at Roanoke College in Salem. When not writing, teaching, or planning her wedding, she enjoys puttering in the craft room, hiking through the woods, and checking out the local music scene with fiancé Steve. She likes to dispel stereotypes and thus looks forward to becoming a married crazy cat lady.

Orchard Photo Shoot: Fun Favors, Dippable Dessert

Photo by Bella Muse Photography

Photo by Bella Muse Photography

For our photo shoot at Ikenberry Orchard, we kept it simple when it came to favors and dessert. Instead of the traditional cake, we opted for a delicious apple pie and slices of apples for dipping in yummy toppings. Favors that included s’mores ingredients complemented our earthy outdoor theme, because who doesn’t love making s’mores around a fire?

Here’s how to create these items for your own wedding!

Photo by Bella Muse Photography

Photo by Bella Muse Photography

For the s’mores favors:

  • Layer two graham crackers, one chocolate square and one or two large marshmallows in a small cellophane bag.
  • Use twine or ribbon to close the bag.
  • We also used a tag that read “S’more Love” or you can come up with a cute slogan that suits your wedding day.
Photo by Bella Muse Photography

Photo by Bella Muse Photography

For the apple slices:

  • You could create an apple dipping station for guests to enjoy.
  • Cut apples (red, green or both!) into slices.
  • Insert a popsicle stick into each slice.
  • Our toppings included caramel, sprinkles and nuts. You could also use melted chocolate, chocolate chips, graham cracker crumbs or other favorite toppings. Hint: To help the caramel stick to the slices, use a paper towel to absorb some of the moisture from the apple.

Guests will have a blast creating their own miniature candy apples!

Photo by Bella Muse Photography

Photo by Bella Muse Photography

Wedding Wednesday: The Lawrence Wedding

Tyler & Amy Lawrence
May 3, 2013
Photography by Katelyn James

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Tyler and Amy met on their very first day of college as they took a class together. Eventually striking up a friendship, Tyler asked her to lunch one day and said after that day, he knew they had a connection. He wrote her a poem asking her to be his girlfriend and of course Amy said yes. On the night Tyler proposed, he fooled Amy into thinking she was headed to a girls’ night out with her friends (Tyler was the college baseball team manager and said he’d be gone that day). Her roommates suggested they get dressed up and use a coupon for a nearby fancy restaurant. When they arrived, they were taken to a small room already decorated with flowers and candles – plus Tyler as he stood there with the ring. He read a poem much like when he’d asked her to be his girlfriend and once again, Amy said yes! Amy’s favorite memory of their wedding day was the first dance, as her father playing Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be” on the piano. Because Amy is an interior designer, she made several important wedding items. She and her mother made the wedding invitations along with a candy table with hand-stamped treat bags. Guests could also fill out advice cards and hang them on the advice tree (made by her florist). Purple was the main color theme, with accents of yellow and white, with flowers resembling freshly-picked wildflowers from a field. Centerpieces were small bundles of flowers in varying sizes of milk glass vases, which sat on silver trays with votive candles. Burlap and lace ribbon surrounded the marble, vanilla, chocolate, and raspberry cake; they also had a groom’s cake (white cake with peanut butter filling) in the shape of a NY Yankees jersey. The happy couple celebrated their nuptials with a honeymoon trip to the Dominican Republic.

Be sure to see the Lawrence wedding on page 113 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: Mori Lee from Becky’s Bridal
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Coffey Cakes
Venue: West Manor Estate
Caterer: West Manor Estate
Planner: West Manor Estate
Jewelry: AmRhein’s
DJ: Barry Tosh
Attendants’ Dresses: Alfred Angelo from AmRhein’s
Groomsmen’s Attire: Macy’s

Wedding Wednesday: The Koonce Wedding

Vance & Crystal Koonce
April 20, 2013
Photography by Stone Blue Productions

Crystal and Vance first met in a dorm elevator at college. While Crystal didn’t think much of it at the time, they later bumped into each other again at a party and sparks flew. When Crystal came home from work one late January evening, she found a picture frame on every third step of her staircase. Each frame contained a different photo of Crystal and Vance in chronological order from when they first met to a recent shot. When she reached the top of her winding stairs, she found Vance on one knee with the engagement ring in hand. All the while, one of her closest friends caught the entire thing on the phone as Crystal had forgotten to hang up with her when she walked in to find such a surprise! Crystal’s modern “chic-bling” theme contained beautiful crystallized embellishments, from her shoes to the cake. Their wedding had a few unique touches, such as the seating for the ceremony where their loved ones surrounded them during their vows; family style reception tables; and an all-black wedding cake and programs. They used their engagement photo album as their guest book and the Koonce couple sat on a couch instead of the typical sweetheart table used at receptions. Despite the headache that comes with any wedding planning, when Crystal heard Vance’s impromptu speech, she knew it was all worth it. The newlyweds took their honeymoon to Cairns, Australia and Savusavu, Fiji.

Be sure to see the Koonce wedding on page 112 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: Hannelore’s Bridal Boutique
Cake: Coffey Cakes
Venue: Craddock Terry Hotel & Event Center
Caterer: Shoemaker’s American Grille
Planner: R.S. Exclusive
Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Lighting: Castle Event Lighting

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 Match.com 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 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)

 

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