Destination Wedding Activities from Giles County

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is from our friends at Giles County, who are sharing great ideas for entertaining your bridal party or guests during their wedding celebration stay.


The New River Water Trail offers fishing, floating, paddling, and swimming fun for your whole wedding party & guests. Pictured here are kayakers in Pembroke with one of the cliff faces on this section.

When having a destination wedding, one of the hardest tasks is keeping your bridal party and your guests entertained. Giles County is a perfect choice for a destination wedding, not only because of the beautiful locations available, but also because of the endless outdoor activities. There’s a reason it’s called Virginia’s Mountain Playground™.

There are activities well suited for groups such as the Mountain Lake Treetop Adventures rope course, taking a day trip on the New River Water Trail by means of tubing, kayaking, or canoeing; as well as hiking one of the many trails in Giles County. Mill Creek is a great two and half mile round-trip hike that is suitable for large groups of any age as well as families. The most popular trail hike leads up to the Mill Creek Falls which has history as being the town of Narrows’ water source. Fishing is also a popular activity in Giles County, which isn’t surprising due to access to the 37 miles of the New River as well as many creeks that run through Giles. The New River Water Trail offers a multitude of float trips via our eight public boat landings. Any one of the local outfitters and guides can outfit your entire group with all equipment and make the perfect recommendation for you. Information on the different classes of rapids can often be found at the launching site or on the website.

The Palisades is a hot spot for rehearsal dinners, brunch, or bridal lunches. A must see for your guests, history, good food, and more.

In addition to Giles County’s ample outdoor activities there is a mass of historical sites that are open to the public. Some of these historical sites include the Andrew Johnston House, Sinking Creek Bridge, and The Palisades Restaurant. The Palisades Restaurant is located in the old general store in the village of Eggleston. The Palisades is a great place to accommodate large parties for fine dining while taking in a Giles County historical site. Consider them for your rehearsal dinner or bridal lunch. Giles County houses a winery, Giles Mountain Vineyard and Winery, as well as a brewery, Right Turn Clyde Brewing Company. Either of these locations would be a great place for you and your guests to rewind and possibly even host a bachelor/bachelorette party.

Your guests can find more ways to make memories in Giles County, Virginia- here’s a top five list:

  1. Taking a float or fishing trip down the New River Water Trail
  2. Hiking one of our many beautiful trails through wilderness or to a scenic overlook
  3. Enjoying live music with dinner at The Palisades
  4. Mountain Lake Lodge activities both indoor and outdoor
  5. Sharing in more moments together with a glass of local wine or beer

Right Turn, Clyde in an old bank building features small batch craft beers, friendly atmosphere and regular live musical performances.

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Giles County, Virginia is located in Southwest Virginia approximately 40 minutes south of Roanoke and just west of Blacksburg and Virginia Tech. With easy access to the New River, world class dining and lodging properties, and historical attractions for the entire family, Giles offers adventure in Virginia’s Mountain Playground™. Come find your playground at our Visitors Center located at 203 N Main Street, Pearisburg, VA 24134 or find us online at gilescounty.org or by calling 540-921-2079.

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!

Roanoke Wedding Crawl Hosts Real Wedding!

 Roanoke Wedding Network Hosts Real Wedding at 4th Annual “Wedding Crawl”

On Sunday, April 3, the Roanoke Wedding Network will host the fourth annual Wedding Crawl, with all proceeds supporting the programs and services provided by the Roanoke Valley SPCA to homeless animals and those in need in our community. In addition, there will be a live wedding to take place in one of the five venues, incorporating a real, local couple and their guests into the event.

The Roanoke Wedding Crawl is a unique bridal show experience for Roanoke where five prominent downtown venues are setup as actual wedding receptions, with the help from local wedding vendors to showcase their businesses to future brides. Venues will feature caterers, cake bakers, florists, lighting experts, photographers, photo booths, DJs, wedding planners, dress shops, salons and so much more. Brides are encouraged to come hungry, as the caterers are ready to feed attendees. Attendees can walk to each venue, though transportation will also be available.

Venues include Center in the Square, Patrick Henry Ballroom, Taubman Museum of Art, Blue 5 – The White Room, and Charter Hall. More than 50 vendors will be participating to showcase their services and products to future brides and grooms. Attendees will have opportunities to talk at length with vendors, sample food and wedding cakes, get a mini manicure and updo, as well as win fantastic prizes such as a submission in bridebook magazine amongst many others. As the main sponsor, AmRhein’s Fine Jewelry will offer a gift certificate to their store for a grand prize winner.

The date of the event is Sunday, April 3, 2016, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm (rain or shine). Registration will be open from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Guests may purchase tickets in advance for $15. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $25.

Since October 2013, the Roanoke Wedding Network has donated approximately $9,090 to the Roanoke Valley SPCA. All proceeds from the Roanoke Wedding Crawl ticket sales are donated to the Roanoke Valley SPCA. It’s a partnership that brides seem to love!

Tickets may be ordered through the Roanoke Valley SPCA website. The deadline to order in advance is April 1, 2016.

Registration will be held from 12:00pm-2:00pm at the Roanoke City Market Building. RVSPCA is providing volunteers to staff the registration areas. At registration, guests will each be given a goody bag and map of the different venues participating as well as their starting venue. Once guests leave their first assigned venue, they may visit other participating venues at their leisure.

Find out more about the Roanoke Wedding Network or see the Wedding Crawl event on Facebook.

 

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Wedding Wednesday: The Hedrick Wedding

Bryan & Emily Hedrick
September 14, 2013
Photography by Lori Hedrick Photography

Bryan and Emily met online, thanks to Bryan’s thoughtful description of himself; by the end of the date, Emily knew he was the one for her. The couple eventually began to discuss marriage and Emily began the search for the perfect venue. The day she and Bryan went to meet the wedding coordinator at Natural Bridge, Bryan surprised her by proposing under the bridge, sealing the deal on making it THE venue for them! Emily says her favorite part of the wedding day was seeing the big grin on Bryan’s face as she walked down the aisle. For her, nothing compared to the feeling of seeing your special person look at you with so much love. She also says the most unique aspect of their wedding was how much her family and friends contributed to the day; her mom did decorations, a family friend addressed invitations and wrote signs, a cousin was the DJ, two aunts did makeup and emceed, another friend took engagement photos, and two friends served as guitarists. It was definitely a family (and friend) affair! Even before any wedding details happened, Emily knew she wanted a birdcage veil and be surrounded by sunflowers. A lace champagne dress, vintage shoes from her aunt’s wedding twenty years prior, and classic rock added to the vintage vibe, while burlap decorations and tablecloths, sunflower, orange gerber daisy and hydrangea centerpieces and bouquet added to the rustic feel. Dark teal bridesmaids’ dresses complemented the autumn hues. Emily describes their day as “sweet” too, with the candy favor bar, the shy couple’s first dance together, a speech from Emily’s father that didn’t leave a dry eye in the house, and her two year old nephew stealing the show in his tiny tux. The newly married couple went to Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina to relax and have small adventures such as kayaking.

Be sure to see the Hedrick wedding on page 84 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: David’s Bridal
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Sweet Treats Bakery
Ceremony: Natural Bridge
Venue: Natural Bridge Hotel
Caterer: Natural Bridge Hotel
Planner: Simplicity
Jewelry: gemvara.com and Fink’s
DJ: Michael Jeffries
Attendants’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Guitarists/Vocalists: Allan Davidson and Joseph Poarch
Groomsmen’s Attire: Vera Wang BLACK from Men’s Wearhouse
Linens: BBJ Linens

Wedding Wednesday: The Lephew Wedding

Cameron & Melinda Lephew
August 3, 2013
Photography by Magnifico Photography

Cameron and Melinda met while attending Radford University, their first date coming about due to a bet that Cameron lost (he had to buy her lunch after his team lost in a day-long race!). On the day Cameron proposed, the couple was enjoying a relaxing afternoon after Christmas; they have a longstanding game of holding their arms out as wide as possible while saying “I love you THIS much.” As they played their game, Cameron sounded more serious than usual; Melinda looked up to find him holding the important ring box. Cameron had already spoken with Melinda’s father for his blessing, wanting to surprise her after Christmas with one more extra special gift. Melinda says her wedding was unique thanks to the little details. As she got ready for the wedding, Cameron’s mother came in with a gift from the groom, a new snow globe that Cameron had made, and was extra special because of the significant meaning for the couple. Melinda carried her grandmother’s handkerchief in her bouquet and they also used the same knife that Cameron’s parents had used to cut their own wedding cake. A black and fuchsia color scheme was chosen, where the bridesmaids wore black dresses and shoes, groomsmen wore black tuxedos with fuschia vests and ties, and the flower girls wore fuchsia dresses. Because the stargazer lily is Melinda’s favorite flower, she used it in her bouquets, centerpieces, and the wedding cake. Centerpieces for the tables consisted of a square mirror tile with three white candles floating in glasses, with rows of black rhinstones around the top of the glass holder. Pink, clear, and black gems were scattered around on the tables. Guests were given small mint tins as favors that read “mint to be” on the lid. They also tossed heart-shaped rice for the couple’s reception exit. For their honeymoon, the Lephews spent a tropical week at Sandals Negril in Jamaica.

Be sure to see the Lephew wedding on page 74 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: New York Bride and Groom
Florist: Best Wishes
Cake: Our Daily Bread
Ceremony: Floyd Baptist Church
Venue: Chateau Morrisette
Caterer: Chateau Morrisette
Jewelry: Fink’s
DJ: Music Music and More Music
Attendants’ Dresses: Bride’s House at Prom’s Pageants and Pretty Things
Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Alterations: Alterations by Lynda
Ceremony Music: Stevan Jackson
Invitations: Be My Guest
Videographer: Shared Moments Video

Wedding Wednesday: The Crowe Wedding

Mike & Crystal Crowe
May 4, 2013
Photography by Magnifico Photography

Crystal Harrington’s prayer for a tall, funny, family man was answered in the form of one Mike Crowe, who proposed to her on camera while they took photos of themselves in football jerseys. For these two, their wedding was all about family (Crystal has a 15-year-old daughter, while Mike has a 10-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son). Crystal and Mike gave the kids engraved tokens to honor the day; Crystal’s favorite memory was when her daughter gave her bridesmaid speech and explained how much she loved Mike for treating her like one of his own. A purple and green color palette was chosen for the wedding, with purple and white balloons at the ceremony, rose and carnation pomanders on the aisle and centerpieces, and bouquets with purple calla lilies, cream roses, and purple carnations. The family made strawberry jam for favors, while the cake resembled Crystal’s gorgeous wedding gown. Crystal and Mike celebrated with a honeymoon in Punta Islita Resort in Costa Rica, where she crossed “zip lining across a rainforest” off her bucket list!

Be sure to see the Crowe wedding on page 38 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: Maggie Sottero from Amrhein’s
Florist: Logan Johnson
Cake: Evie’s Wildflour Wedding Cakes
Venue: The Maridor
Caterer:  The Maridor
Jewelry: Amrhein’s
DJ: Naymon Mack
Attendants’ Dresses: Alfred Angelo from Amrhein’s
Groomsmen’s Attire: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse
Caricature Artist: Kyle Edgell

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Moore Wedding

Sam & Sarah Moore
March 30, 2013
Photography by Noah Magnifico Photography

Sam Moore’s daughter Hannah might not have been impressed with her father’s flirting skills, but luckily he managed to charm Sarah Wright after complimenting her accent. After returning from vacation, Sam surprised Sarah with a wedding planner binder and proposal. Sarah’s favorite memories of her wedding day include bringing their families together (her relatives live in England) and blending their two cultures. The venue and food were all-American, but the entertainment was the “best of the British.” Blue and gold bouquets in burlap, Mason jar centerpieces, and burlap runners added to the details of the special day.

Be sure to see the Moore wedding on page 31 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Dress: David’s Bridal
Florist: Best Wishes
Cake: Gobble Cakes
Venue: Selah Springs
Caterer: Terri Spahr
Jewelry: Zales
DJ: Master Taylor Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen’s Attire: Smithman and Sherman’s

bridebook Video: Meet Our 2014 Cover Girl Chelsey!

After we announced Chelsey as the 2014 cover girl of bridebook at the launch party, she was swamped with congratulations from friends, family, and other brides. Luckily, we managed to sneak her out into the lobby for a quick video interview!

See our short video with Chelsey on being our cover girl, her fantastic attitude despite a little wedding day rain, and reliving her wedding day with her mom as they looked through photos to send in for the issue! Thanks so much, Chelsey – we are so excited to have you on the cover for the next year!

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Our 2014 Cover featuring Jared and Chelsey Craft

Our 2014 Issue Cover Reveal!

We are beyond excited to finally release our 2014 issue – and it’s been tough keeping the cover a secret from you! That’s why we’re so happy to show you our gorgeous new cover featuring bride Chelsey Craft with her new husband Jared. (Their wedding story can be found on page 40.) To celebrate, we had an amazing party and have lots of photos and video to share with you soon. Keep an eye out for those on the website next week but for now, it’s our pleasure to present you the cover of the 2014 bridebook!

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Our 2014 Cover featuring Jared and Chelsey Craft

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