Wedding Wednesday: The Coffey Wedding

The Coffey Wedding

April 30, 2016

Photography by: Kimberly Izatt Photography

Laura Pruner’s and Eric Coffey’s first date was a long time in the making. They first met online, exchanging emails and phone calls, before finally meeting for their first date. Eric proposed on a weekend trip to Charleston, South Carolina, during an evening walk on the first night of their trip.

Their mutual faith was a large part of what made their wedding special. Laura says her favorite part of the ceremony was sharing communion with Eric, moments before they finally became man and wife. This is was when the tears finally started to fall, and was a very special moment for the two of them. The couple wants their mutual Christian faith at the center of their marriage, so it was only right for it to be the center of their ceremony as well.

A fun-filled reception followed the ceremony, where the bride and groom shared their first dance to the tune of “Love Of My Life,” and the guests got to enjoy a four tiered butter cake with butter cream frosting. It was a simple, elegant, cream colored cake, standing proud on a silver cake stand, which accented Laura’s gown’s silver beading and her silver sparkly shoes.

With a last name like Coffey, it would have been a shame to miss out on a pun inspired wedding favor. Each guest received a burlap bag of coffee with a label that read, “Enjoy this coffee from the Coffey’s.” The day was centered on elegance, shared faith, and a good pun, making for memories that will last a lifetime.

Make sure to see more from the Coffey Wedding on page 42 of bridebook!

Dress: David’s Bridal

Florist: Kroger

Cake: Linda Adams

Venue: Roanoke Country Club

Caterer: Roanoke Country Club

Planner: Charmaine Cress

Jewelry: AmRhein’s Jewelers

DJ: J.C. Castillo

Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Makeup: Jolina Goad

Hair: Sarah Wright

Wedding Wednesday: The Fluker Wedding

The Fluker Wedding

April 26, 2016

Photography by: Pat Cori Photography

Sarah White and Thomas “Ray” Fluker met in their early years, as students at Roanoke College. They had a class together, but didn’t spend much time with one another during their time at school. Thanks to social media they were able to stay connected after gradution, and after ten years, two career changes, and a couple of gentle denials on Sarah’s end, the two found themselves both in the same place at the same time. Back in Salem, the two of them got together for dinner at a Roanoke College staple, followed by a walk through campus, which landed the couple at a set of rocking chairs, where they sat and talked for hours. Ray and Sarah would revisit these rocking chairs when he asked her to spend the rest of her life with him, to the tune of “Question” by the Old 97.

The two wanted their wedding day to be romantic, classic, and fun. The event began with a beautiful ceremony at the Taubman, with rose petals lining the aisles. The ceremony paid tribute not only to their love, but also to Sarah’s parents. Sarah wore a piece of her mother’s wedding dress, sewn into her own, and she wore the pearls that her father had gifted her mother on their first wedding anniversary.

The reception was held on the roof of the Center in The Square, where they enjoyed each other, their friends, and their family, with a delightful variety of southern comfort food, such as chicken and waffles, mac and cheese, and lemonade. Sarah’s and Ray’s favorite part of the night was standing on that roof top surrounded by their friends and family.

Their wedding was a romantic celebration of love and friendship. The perfect evening, starting with a classic ceremony, and ending with a fun roof-top party with the perfect view to start the rest of their lives together. A view they can look back on for years to come. As a surprise for Sarah, Ray set up for a drone to capture video and photographs of the reception. This was a guest favorite, and sure to be a fun way to revisit their wedding in the years to come.

Make sure to see more of the Fluker Wedding on page 40 of bridebook!

Dress: Becky’s Bridal

Florist: Creative Occasions

Cake: Copper Hill Cakes and Cookies

Ceremony: Taubman Museum of Art

Venue: Center in the Square

Planner: Simplicity

DJ: RSP Entertainment

Attendant Dresses: Becky’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Black Tux

Videographer: Michael’s Video

Drone: Autonomous Flight Technologies, Inc.

Hair & Makeup: Lex Cheveux Salon & Day Spa

Lighting: Lighting Ninja, Inc.

Ice Sculpture: Masterpiece Ice Sculptures

Harpist: Karlee Lanum

Wedding Wednesday: The Dannenberg Wedding

The Dannenberg Wedding

December 19, 2015

Photography by: Crystal George Studios

Stephanie Nance and Richard Dannenberg met through an online community and mutual friends at a dance game tournament. The two maintained a long distance relationship full of fun-packed weekend visits spent together. It was a normal day when Richard popped the question. He often brought his cello on these weekend trips, so when he brought it out to play Stephanie a song, she didn’t think twice about it. What caused a pause was the stage-fright Richard was  suffering from as he played the song, which included the phrase “I propose to you…” After the proposal, which included many ring pops and one beautiful engagement ring, Stephanie was at a loss for words. It took a moment before she finally blurted her affirmation.

This white, red, and black affair was a Christmas themed celebration of love and community. There was mistletoe hanging from chandelier and pine cone accents decorating the venue, there were even two pine cones perched on the cake, wearing a top hat and veil, cake toppers that Stephanie made herself. The whole event was a subtle tribute to the couple’s mutual faith.

Early in their relationship, while visiting friends, they both ordered ice cream for a sweet alternative breakfast, unaware of what the other had chosen. It only seemed fitting that the couple incorporate their mutual love for ice cream, in this already love filled event. The event had an open ice cream bar, which was full of sweet fixings for the perfect sundae.

On top of their mutual love for ice cream, this couple felt their love for music should also be showcased during the reception. Instead of the traditional band or DJ, Stephanie spent hours carefully choosing a playlist that she felt would enhance the couple’s wedding, indulge their musical styles, and also please their friends and family. Stephanie points out that though her mother doesn’t usually like her music, she caught her bopping along.

Their wedding was full of Christmas cheer and love. The two loved that they were able to involve their friends from all around the country, from Seattle to Orlando, and with their relationship being long distance, it was a chance for their two extended-families to really come together.

Make sure to see more of the Dannenberg Wedding on page 38 of bridebook!

Dress: Celebration Bridal

Florist: Gillespie’s Flowers

Cake: The Homestead

Venue: The Homestead

Caterer: The Homestead

Planner: The Homestead

Jewelry: Haywood’s Jewelers and Kranich’s Jewelers

Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Wedding Favors: Sugar Tree Country Store

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Merritt Wedding

The Merritt Wedding

April 25, 2015

Photography by: Lori Hedrick Photography

Andrea and Owen met while working the same case for a client. It took a while for any romantic feelings to develop, but once they did Andrea started dropping hints until Owen asked her out (though he’ll tell you differently.)

Owen’s proposal was quite theatrical…literally. He likes to act with Roanoke’s community theaters, and it was at the end of a performance when he came to the front of the stage and got down on one knee. Andrea was in the front row, and he proposed right there with a live theater audience.

Andrea’s favorite moment from their wedding was their vows. They each wrote personal vows; Owen spoke about her personal passions and promised to support her, and Andrea talked about how good of a person he really was.

Their wedding took place at Andrea’s Alma Mater, Hollins University, with pink and green as their colors. The pastor was Owen’s father, an ordained Presbyterian minister.

Instead of favors for the guests, Andrea and Owen decided to make a donation to the RVSPCA in their guests’ names. And Andrea even donated her gown to Brides Across America after the wedding. Giving back to the community is very important to both of them. They used as many local vendors as they could. It was just their way of saying thanks to the local community.

Make sure to see more of the Merritt Wedding on page 116 of bridebook!

Dress: J. Crew

Florist: Gloriosa

Cake: Wildflour Café and Catering

Venue: Hollins University

Caterer: Meriwether Godsey at Hollins University

Planner: Kimberly Merritt

Jewelry: Fink’s

DJ: Master Taylor Entertainment

Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

 

Wedding Wednesday: The Handy Wedding

Natalie & Jason Handy

October 10, 2015

Photography by: Lori Hedrick Photography

Natalie and Jason actually crossed paths several times on the volleyball court before introducing themselves at a pizza place. They got to chatting and Jason offered Natalie a slice, but she turned him down. Later, she and her friend did decide they wanted a pie so they walked out with one. They ran into Jason again not too long after, and he made a joke about the pizza they now had. Natalie threw the slice in her hand at him, and naturally true love bloomed from there.

To propose, Jason got the staff at Frankie Rowlands involved. They set up a word scramble challenge and asked the couple to participate. The first two that Natalie solved were her favorite food and drink at the restaurant, and she was more than ready for her third challenge. It was only three words, “Let’s get married.” Upon solving it, she looked up at Jason and said, “That’s not food.” Once she saw the ring and realized what was happening, she started laughing and accepted.

They both agree their favorite memory from their wedding day were their minor issues in cutting the cake. Someone had forgotten the serving knife, so they had to cut it with a small paring knife. Then, when trying to cut the cake, Jason couldn’t get the knife to go through. He even asked if the cake was frozen. After some thought they realized, no, it wasn’t frozen, they were trying to cut through the board separating the layers!

The wedding didn’t have a theme so much as Natalie just really, really liked candles and cylinders. They used them everywhere in the event space, lining the stairs and the aisle as well as putting them on the tables. For some extra color, they added flowers around the cylinders too. The effect of all the candlelight was a soft, romantic light, and it made their wedding feel even more magical.

Natalie and Jason wanted their menu to reflect them. Jason loved to grill, so they served chicken and flank steak grilled on the spot by Pumpernickle Pickle. For desserts, they had ten different kinds! The guests loved it, if the lack of leftovers was anything to go by.

Another important aspect of their wedding was their venue. They chose to get married on the Rooftop at Center in the Square in Roanoke, which gave them the freedom to do something special with the ceremony. Instead of having their guests sit in rows, they set the chairs up in a circle around them. It let the guests feel more included in the ceremony, and it provided an opportunity for some great candid shots!

Make sure to see more from the Handy Wedding on page 90 of bridebook!

Dress: Monique Lhuillier Couture from Nitsa’s Apparel
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Kelli’s Cakes
Venue: Center in the Square
Caterer: Pumpernickel Pickle Catering
Planner: Simplicity
Jewelry: Tacori and Fink’s
DJ: Quest Entertainment
Lighting: Lighting Ninjas
Makeup: LASH
Hair: Prim Hair Salon
Rentals: Aztec Rental
Linens: BBJ Linens
Officiate: Mike Lauridsen of Parkway Wesleyan Church

Wedding Wednesday: The Turley Wedding

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Jessica & Brandyn Turley

October 3, 2015

Photography by: V.A. Photography

Jessica and Brandyn met back in high school, and they’ve been together through all stages of life ever since. After seven years, Brandyn managed to surprise Jessica with his proposal. He’d told her he was out of town on a business trip, but during that week he asked her to run over to his dad’s house to pick something up for him. She was directed to the garage, where they’d had their first kiss, and found him waiting on one knee. Brandyn even had an engagement party planned with all their friends and family.

Jessica’s favorite memory of her big day was walking down the aisle. Her stepfather walked her to the top of the aisle and then handed her off to her father, but not before both men shared a hug. It meant a lot to Jessica to see both her dads in solidarity before she married her best friend.

The theme of the wedding was the Great Gatsby. Jessica had a 1920’s styled dress from BHLDN, and they strung twinkle lights in the ceremony and reception space. Gold candelabras and accents tied the theme together, but the real showstopper was the vintage 1920’s Rolls Royce getaway car.

They used flowers for most of their decorating, combining soft blush colors with deep burgundy and rich green accents. The three-foot gold candelabras and short, round gold vases were used together to create tiered centerpieces. The sweetheart table was embellished with a green garland and mercury glass votive candleholders.

Food was served family-style, and it did not disappoint. They served root vegetables in hollowed-out baby pumpkins, dishes seasoned to perfection, and an incredible presentation. The cake was even created using Jessica’s grandmother’s pound cake recipe.

Part of what made their wedding so unique was because of Jessica’s parents. Both of them are in the wedding business, and they spent over a year planning the perfect outdoor wedding. Jessica and Brandyn also wrote their own vows, which really helped to personalize the day and make it their own.

Make sure to see more of the Turley Wedding on page 88 of bridebook!

Dress: BHLDN
Florist: George’s Flowers
Cake: Plantation Creations Catering
Venue: Plantation on Sunnybrook
Caterer: Plantation Creations Catering
Planner: Tammy Scaggs- Plantation on Sunnybrook
Jewelry: BHLDN
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendant Dresses: The Newfangled Bride
Groomsmen Attire: Davidson’s
Hair & Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa

Wedding Wednesday: The Prisley Wedding

Sandee & Stephen Prisley Wedding

September 12, 2015

Photography by: Noah Magnifico- Photographer

After both Sandee and Stephen had posted statuses on Facebook on Valentine’s Day, a mutual friend introduced them to each other. They traded messages back and forth for a while, and then they met for Brunch at Rockfish. They spent the morning talking, and the rest was history.

Steve’s proposal came as a complete surprise for Sandee. He invited her along on a work conference to Virginia Beach because he knew she loved the ocean. On a walk along the beach, just as Sandee was asking if he was ready to go back to the hotel, Steve caught her in a kiss and started telling her how much he loved having her in his life. She didn’t even realize it was a proposal until halfway through! When he got down on one knee and pulled out a ring, the people in the hotel behind them cheered.

Sandee’s favorite memory of the wedding was when the reverend read the letters she and Steve had written for each other. His letter was loving, funny, and wise—Just like him. (Clowning around during the cake cutting was a close second though!)

The style of the wedding was what Sandee jokingly called “vintage whimsical.” She and her mother made about thirty pillows using lace from her grandmother’s stash and map-printed fabric to represent Steve, and they scattered them on the benches during the ceremony. Sandee also made, refashioned, or repurposed all the cupcake stands, designed the table centerpieces, crafted the aisle markers for the ceremony, and made their cake toppers. The main colors of the wedding were rich red coral and aqua blue, with lime green and orange as accents.

The train of Sandee’s dress was fashioned from the Watteau train on her mother’s dress, and the gold brooch pinned at the top had been worn by her great-grandmother, grandmother, and her mother.

For their venue, they chose the Center in the Square Rooftop. The amazing vista of the mountains and the city was only part of the reason why; they also had a history with it. The night of its grand re-opening, they had gotten dinner downtown and found a band playing in the market. It was the first night they danced together, and the night Sandee realized she was falling in love.

To end the wedding, they had a parade from the reception to the hotel. It was only a few blocks away, so they handed out maracas, bells, and kazoos. Thirty or forty guests came along through the streets and across a footbridge, the perfect ending to a wonderful day!

Make sure to see more from the Prisley Wedding on page 84 of bridebook!

Dress: Nicole Miller from Nordstrom’s
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Evie’s Wedding Cakes
Venue: Center in the Square
Caterer: Center Stage Catering
Planner: The Perfect Fairytale
Jewelry: Sylvie and Brilliant Earth
DJ: Music, Music, and More Music
Groomsmen Attire: Proms, Pageants, and Pretty Things
Hair: Bliss Studio- Brandy Moorman
Makeup: Pampered & Polished- Jolina Goad

Wedding Wednesday: The Smith Wedding

Jana & Cecil Smith

August 22, 2015

Photography by: Pat Cori Photography

Jana and Cecil met while living in Radford, Va. She had just finished school, and he was working at Norfolk Southern in Roanoke. Jana says they were both “stubborn with each other for dating, but once it happened… we both knew it was definitely meant forever.”

The night Cecil proposed, he was running late. Jana had just gotten off work when he let her know he’d be late, but he wanted to go to dinner. Jana made it home and got ready, and then she waited. Two glasses of wine later, she was still waiting. When he finally came in, he got down one knee and asked her to go to dinner with him as his fiancé. Jana said “YES” of course, and then he asked her to marry him. At dinner, she found out why he was late: he’d been with her father in Christiansburg asking for his permission.

Jana’s favorite part of the wedding was when they were saying vows. Cecil went first, and his voice cracked with emotion. And then the bridal party all started crying too. Jana wiped the tears from Cecil’s face, and the pastor asked for the rings. The next moment felt like it was straight from a movie: his dad dropped the rings. Thankfully, things didn’t turn into a disaster; on the contrary, Jana feels like it made a perfect moment even more perfect.

Another one of Jana’s favorite elements from the day was the live band. She and Cecil had decided they wanted a live band before he even proposed, and it was everything they ever wanted. Their guests still give them comments about it!

The theme of their wedding was classic and simple, with ivory/rustic pink and gold/silver as their colors. Their centerpieces were antique silver trays and three mercury glass candle holders with piles of pink roses at the base.

There were two wedding favors in particular that Jana really loved. The first was a keychain that spelled LOVE and doubled as a bottle opener. There was a tag attached that said “A brew for one, a brew for two, let the ‘L’ove open for you! Enjoy!” courtesy of her mother. The second favor was a black and gold koozie that said “Best Day Ever.”

One of the reasons Jana and Cecil’s wedding was so special was because Jana and her mom planned everything themselves. Jana works as a wedding planner, so after four years of planning other people’s big days it was nice to plan her own. She called her mom with any plan or thought she had, and together they were able to bring everything together exactly how they wanted it with the help of some friends and family.

Be sure to see more of the Smith Wedding on page 82 of bridebook!

Dress: AmRhein’s Brides and Formals
Florist: The Flower Shoppe on Main
Cake: Cakes by Lisa
Ceremony: Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church
Venue: Roanoke Country Club
Caterer: Roanoke Country Club
Jewelry: Henebry’s
DJ: Sam Hill Entertainment & Soul Expressions
Attendant Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Makeup: Jessica Hall
Hair: Plaza 101
Seamstress: Mary Lou Prillaman
Transportation: Executive Limousine

Wedding Wednesday: The Sams Wedding

Laura & Matthew Sams

August 22, 2015

Photography by: Sam Dean Photography

Although they met at Carilion Clinic in the marketing department, Laura and Matthew didn’t start dating until after he’d left to start a digital advertising agency a year later.

For the weekend of Matthew’s 30th birthday, Laura planned a weekend trip for him at a bed and breakfast in Clifton Forge, where his family is from. To try and relax before everyone else got there, Matthew suggested they head over to Douthat State Park and look at the leaves. Laura joked that most of the leaves were already gone, so Matthew said they could go look at fish at the dock. Laura agreed, thinking it was his birthday and they could do what he wanted. At the docks, Matthew admitted there was one thing he didn’t get for his birthday. Laura started to panic, thinking there was something she had forgotten for the weekend. Then Matthew got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.

The surprises didn’t end there. Matthew had taken a diamond from Laura’s grandmother and had it reset as a one-of-a-kind engagement ring. He had also coordinated with a photographer, and they had pictures of the entire proposal. Upon returning to the bed and breakfast, their friends and family came out to greet them and celebrate the double birthday and engagement.

Laura’s father passed away a few years before the wedding, so Laura found a few small ways to honor him throughout the day. Her bouquet included two pairs of blue cufflinks her father had liked to wear, and her dress was embroidered with her father’s initials and the date of the wedding. Laura had resigned herself to not having a “Father/Daughter” dance, but her family surprised her. After her first dance with Matthew, her brother-in-law, two uncles, and three cousins came together with a special dance for her. It moved everyone in the room to tears.

Their reception featured stations for food (including a mashed potato bar!) so guests would have several options for dinner and to help keep the evening social. They also had a live band, JukeBoxx, who played everything. People danced all night, even people Laura and Matthew had never seen dance before.

Since a lot of their guests were coming from out of town, Laura and Matthew tried to make things easy for them. Their reception was at Hotel Roanoke, and a shuttle was available for guests between the hotel and the church where the ceremony was held. When guests arrived they were also given guest bags filled with an itinerary, Friday night dinner suggestions, a “meet and greet” celebration after the rehearsal dinner, breakfast suggestions, and brunch at the hotel Sunday morning. Everything came together to make it a perfect weekend, and the guests had just as much fun as the newlyweds!

Make sure to see more of the Sams Wedding on page 80 of bridebook!

Dress: Michaela by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia Bridal
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Evie’s Wedding Cakes
Ceremony: St. Andrew’s Catholic Church
Venue: The Hotel Roanoke
Planner: Linda Garbee
Jewelry: Fink’s
Band: Jukeboxx
Attendants Dress: Dessy from The Newfangled Bride
Groomsmans Attire: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa
Jazz Guitar: Jeff Todd

Wedding Wednesday: The Chitwood Wedding

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Kirsten & Blaine Chitwood

August 8, 2015

Photography by: Nicole Colwell Wedding Photography

These two may have met in Biology 101 at Virginia Western Community College, but there was nothing but chemistry between them.

While visiting England for a cousin’s wedding, Kirsten and Blaine decided to go a few days early to sight-see. A must for Kirsten was the London Eye, so they went their very first night in the city. With the sun setting and the lights of London around them, it was a gorgeous view. Blaine, however, couldn’t seem to relax. Kirsten finally asked him what was wrong, and he replied “It’s not every day I ask the woman I love to marry me.” He got down on one knee right then and there and pulled out a ring.

For Kirsten, her favorite part of her wedding was seeing everything come together. She and her family did almost everything themselves, from invitations to centerpieces, and they ironed and folded a hundred and fifty napkins two days before the big day. Her father even built the arbor for the ceremony. It was wonderful for Kirsten to have such a support system to help her dreams come true.

Their immediate family members were in the wedding party, and Blaine’s older brother gave a reading during the ceremony. His other brother played “Angel” by Jack Johnson on guitar while Kirsten walked down the aisle.

Since Blaine was from Franklin County and Kirsten was from Botetourt, when they dated they would meet in the middle, that being Roanoke. It only made sense they would get married in Roanoke, too. They chose the Rooftop in Center in the Square because it had the same “view and feel” as when Blaine proposed.

The theme of their wedding was “Modern Twist” and they chose black, white, and gold as their colors. Blaine wore black and white striped suspenders, and all the groomsmen had striped bow ties. For party favors, they personalized Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea bags.

Make sure to see more from the Chitwood Wedding on page 78 of bridebook!

Dress: Celebration Bridal
Florist: Gloriosa
Cake: Heather Warfe
Venue: Center in the Square
Caterer: Mary’s Party Works
Planner: Kellie Minter
Jewelry: Jared’s
Attendants Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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