Roanoke Wedding Crawl 2019

Engaged couples do NOT want to miss this annual event! The Roanoke Wedding Network presents the Roanoke Wedding Crawl on Sunday, March 31, 2019, sponsored by AmRhein’s Bridals and Aztec Rental . (Plus, visit all five venues and get your card stamped for a chance to win jewelry from AmRhein’s!)

Attendees will see five different downtown Roanoke wedding venues set up as actual wedding receptions, complete with flowers, catering and more. You’ll talk to DJs and hear musicians performing as they would at your wedding, plus taste wedding cakes, test out the fun photo booths, meet photographers and videographers, get your glam on with hair and makeup demos, learn about the latest dress trends and more. Crash five weddings, taste great food and get inspired for your wedding day needs!

Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door.  The best part? ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of the ticket sales go to the Roanoke Valley SPCA!


A few extra notes: Registration is open from 12:00pm-3:00pm inside the Roanoke City Market Building.  The “crawling” begins at 1:00pm. You’ll be given the first venue you are to visit but from there, you can move around downtown at your leisure. Transportation will be available with buses, shuttles and vans. This is a rain or shine event!

Questions? Visit the Roanoke Wedding Network website here, or see their Facebook event page here.

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REGISTRATION VENUE: City Market Building

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VENUE: Charter Hall

PLANNER:  Platinum Weddings & Honeymoons

FLORIST: Cara Cait Creative

CATERER: Bella Events

CAKE BAKER: Keri’s Kreations

DJ:  RSP Entertainment


PHOTOGRAPHER: Pat Cori Photography

VIDEOGRAPHER:  Simple Times Photography

LIGHTING:  Lighting Ninjas

CLOTHING & WINE: AmRhein’s Bridals

RENTALS: Aztec Rental

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VENUE: The Penthouse at Center In The Square

PLANNER: Caroline La Rocca Event & Design

CATERING:  Center Stage Catering

CLOTHING: AmRhein’s Bridals

FLORIST: Caroline La Rocca Event & Design

CAKE BAKER:  Fresh Baked Bakery

VIDEOGRAPHY:  Michael’s Video

PHOTOGRAPHER: Fireaway Photography

DJ: Quest Entertainment

OFFICIANT: Casey Anderson

MAKEUP ARTIST:  Jolina Does Make-up

HAIR STYLIST:  Zee’s salon

RENTALS: Aztec Rental

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VENUE: Patrick Henry Ballroom

PLANNER: Pumpernickel Pickle

CAKE: Barrister’s Bakery

PHOTOGRAPHER: Solas Photography

DJ : Master Taylor Entertainment

CATERER: Pumpernickel Pickle Catering

FLORIST: Gloriosa



RENTALS: Aztec Rental

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VENUE: Taubman Museum

PLANNER: Sterling K Weddings

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kemper Mills Fant

FLORIST: Creative Occasions

HAIR &  MAKEUP ARTIST:  Azario Salon & Day Spa

DJ & PHOTOBOOTH:  A Party’s Favorite Entertainment

CATERER: Blue Ridge Catering

CAKE BAKER: Blush Baking Co

RENTALS: Aztec Rental

CLOTHING & WINE: AmRhein’s Bridals

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VENUE: Shenandoah Club

PLANNER:  Simplicity

CATERER: Shenandoah Club

CAKE BAKER:  Viva La Cupcake

CLOTHING: AmRhein’s Bridals

RENTALS: Aztec Rental

HAIR & MAKEUP ARTIST: Zee’s Salon & Day Spa

FLORIST / DECOR:  Silks, Ribbons & Roses

DJ: Kristopher Hale

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kerry Daly Photography

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Historic Manor Home Gets New Life and New Name with Local Wedding Planner
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The historic Katherine Grace Manor, a popular bed & breakfast and wedding venue in Wirtz, VA, (and the cover venue for bridebook 2018), is getting new life, new owners, and even a new name. Now called Belle Garden Estate, the home has had a rich and storied past. It was first established in 1771 and has had ties to George Washington, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War. It was lovingly renovated and converted to a B&B by its previous owner, Susan Mitchell Ober, and new owners Isabelle and Jordan Russell will continue to run the manor as a B&B and wedding venue.

The purchase of the estate is a natural expansion for Isabelle Russell’s business and brand. Isabelle is a full-time, certified wedding planner. She has organized more than 60 events since she built her business, Garden Rose Events and Design, from the ground up in 2016. Her husband and co-owner of the estate, Jordan Russell, also contributes to the community with his military service. Together the Russells have big plans for Belle Garden Estate, including the construction of an outdoor pavilion for wedding receptions that will enhance the bridal experience.

 “We feel so blessed and grateful to have this opportunity to contribute to the manor’s history,” says Isabelle. “We will continue to honor Susan Mitchell Ober’s dream, as well as the colonial charm that makes this place special.”

For more information about Belle Garden Estate, visit and keep an eye out for our open house announcement this spring!


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Liz Long
Are You a Bride With an Adventurous Side?

by Emma Grosskopf

Consider these wedding ideas that are ANYTHING but traditional.

There's nothing wrong with a traditional wedding, familiar with all of the elements that we know and love, but sometimes in order to give your wedding a more unique flair, you have to thing outside of the box. Here are five ideas for spicing up your wedding if the traditional "something borrowed, something blue" doesn't really appeal to your adventurous side!


Holiday Weddings

This might seem iffy at first, but imagine the possibilities for a winter wonderland, Christmastime wedding, or a dark and moody wedding with Halloween undertones! Incorporating these seasonal details in bouquets, décor accents or invitations is a sure way to keep your wedding tasteful and unique, as opposed to moving into office-Christmas-party or trick-or-treat territory.

Brides Hannah Parker (left) and Emily Hilbert found unique ways to incorporate the Christmas spirit into their special day! See more of Hannah on page 70 of bridebook, and Emily on page 68!

(Parker wedding photography by Anna Bowser Photography)
(Hilbert wedding photography by Pat Cori Photography)


Themed Weddings

This is an idea that many brides shy away from as well, choosing to go for more common themes such as "elegant," "romantic" or "rustic." In the past year, the wedding industry has seen more couples choosing to have themed weddings such as "Roaring 20s," "Carnival Chic" or "Travel." While this idea is definitely for the more adventurous bride, incorporating small elements of the concept can allow you to maintain the air of the theme without going overboard.

Bride Sydney Solomon chose to have a "Travel" themed wedding, including a reception with several genres of international cuisine. See more of Sydney on page 44 of bridebook!


(Solomon wedding photography by Chris Jackson Photography)


Anything-But-White Wedding Dresses

This trend has spiked over the last few years as more and more brides are dismissing the traditional white for their wedding dress. While some of the bolder brides might opt for something drastic, like a black or red gown, some brides are dipping their toes into the pool of colored dresses with shades such as blush, buttery yellow, icy blue or silver.

Bride Krystina Angelini opts for a soft blush instead of the traditional white for her wedding dress. See more of Krystina here!


(Angelini wedding photography by Tara Lilly Design & Photography)


Pantone Brights

The colors that Pantone has released as trending for this fall are mostly muted, autumnal hues, but there are a couple outliers in shades of bright yellow and lime. These colors, which many, more traditional brides might avoid, can add a vibrant, unexpected pop to any brave bride's wedding day.

Brides Marybeth Pruitt and Jordie Lane both chose to incorporate the vivid, trending colors in their eye-catching bouquets. See more of Marybeth on page 72 of bridebook, and Jordie on page 34!

(Pruitt wedding photography by Heather Chipps Photography)
(Lane wedding photography by Kaitlyn Phipps Photography)


Unique Bouquets

Bouquets are an important part of every wedding, but if you're yawning thinking about a typical floral arrangement, maybe try for something a little more avant garde, like bejeweled or feather-adorned bouquets. The most adventurous among you might choose to forgo bouquets all together and choose something unique like lanterns or parasols for you and your bridal party to carry down the aisle on your special day.

Bride Aynsley Gresko chose to combine traditional bouquets with the fresh idea of parasols on her wedding day. See more of Aynsley here!


(Gresko wedding photography by Ashley Eiban Photography)

Liz Long