Fun Facts about the Royal Wedding

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

May 19, 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are marrying this weekend and we are so excited for the celebration. They are a gorgeous couple and their story is truly something out of a fairytale. Even all the way across the pond, we feel as if we've known Prince Harry for years after being in the spotlight for most of his life. No lie, we're already pretty excited to watch the Lifetime movie and read all the romance fiction that will come about from so much inspiration! 

If you're a Royal Wedding watcher like us, you should check out our fun facts below. Congrats to the happy royal couple–we can't wait to see all the details of their big day!



Fun Facts

They have been together for 16 months.  It is quick compared to William and Kate!

Got engaged November 2017.

Meghan is not royal or British, so she breaks that rule. She is American and comes from a blue collar family. She is mixed race.

The engagement ring will come from precious diamonds from Diana’s personal collection.

Meghan was raised Catholic and went to a Catholic school. This is in conflict with the Royals who can only marry a member of the Church of England since Henry the 8th. She was recently baptized in the Church of England. She did so out of respect for the Queen.

Meghan is a divorcee; until recently that was not allowed. The Queen has never attended a church wedding for a divorcee. She didn’t even attend her own son Prince Charles' wedding to Camilla; she only attended the reception.

For 180 years since Queen Victoria, the bouquet also will have a sprig of lemon myrtle, which dates back to 1858. It represents love.

The cake is usually always a fruitcake but Prince Harry’s cake will be a lemon butter cream cake. Yum!

The engagement photos are usually covered up and demure, but Prince Harry and Meghan's photos were more fashionable.

Prince Harry and Meghan break tradition because they show more PDA than any other royal!

Most of the Royal weddings have been during the week because the Queen doesn’t like to do things on her weekends, but Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding will be on a Saturday. 

The Queen had to sign off for Prince Harry to marry Meghan. She waited until four months after the engagement to do so.

Meghan is the first person to join the family’s inner circle for the royal Christmas activities before being married into the royal family.

Prince Harry and Meghan are breaking tradition by not inviting heads of state to their wedding. They are instead inviting 1,200 people from the public to be on the grounds of Windsor Castle at St. George’s Chapel.

The wedding will take place at St. George Chapel, a smaller church than usual that can only have 800 people in it so it will be more intimate. The Westminster Abbey could hold 2,000.

Traditionally the bride will wear a tiara borrowed from the Queen. It is assumed that Meghan will do the same.

Traditionally the bride and groom do not kiss. It is actually forbidden in Westminster Abbey, which is why William and Kate had their first kiss on the balcony after their wedding. We will have to see what Prince Harry and Meghan do!

-Special thanks to Shiree Carr for compiling our facts!

Liz Long
Julie & Noah: A Special bridebook Couple

Julie Mayer & Noah Magnifico
May 8, 2016
Photography by: Bobbi Brinkman Photography

The Essentials
Dress: Mori Lee Voyage Collection
Florist: Bethany Austin Designs
Cake: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Ceremony: Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, GA
Venue: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Caterer: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Jewelry:  P.R. Sturgill Jewelers
DJ: RSP Entertainment
MOH Dress: Chantilly Lace
Groomsmen's Attire: Express Menswear
Videography: Michael's Video
Alterations: Sew Right, LLC
Hair & Makeup: Salon Bloom – Elaine Baldacci

Julie Mayer and Noah Magnifico met thanks in part to this very magazine. Julie was attending a networking event in January of 2013, speaking with vendors about how to be a part of our first issue, when she met Noah, a wedding photographer. Fast-forward a few years later and Julie and Noah are now newlyweds! 

Noah completely surprised her with his proposal on her first visit to Jekyll Island. They took a weekend trip there to celebrate his birthday. On the beach at sunset, Noah said he had something for her and pulled out a vintage wooden box. 

When she opened it, she found a hand-carved sign inside that said “LOVE.” Inside the “O” was a gorgeous vintage engagement ring. Discovered at a local jewelers in Radford, the ring is nearly 100 years old and still in its original setting from the 1920s. 

“I was so surprised when I saw it, I actually shut the box!” Julie says, laughing. 

Because Noah and Julie both love the ocean and beach, they knew they wanted a beach theme for the wedding day, even before choosing their Jekyll Island venue. Colors of coral, peach, ivory and green were woven throughout her bouquet of roses, cala lilies and button mums, while her maid of honor (her sister) had similar colors but with gerbera daisies. 

While the whole weekend was spent with family and friends, with a gathering on Friday, a rehearsal dinner Saturday night, and Mother's Day Sunday as the wedding finale, Julie's favorite wedding day memory was seeing Noah on the beach with their closest friends and family, all of them waiting for the bride's arrival. 

As she walked out onto the beach with her dad, the sun shone overhead as the song she'd chosen played on a wireless speaker held up by their DJ (reminiscent, she says, of John Cusack's iconic scene in “Say Anything” where he holds the boom box over his head!). It was at this point the tears started flowing as emotions came over her. 

Noah and Julie wrote their own vows for the ceremony. A month prior, Noah announced he'd memorized his vows from the day they were engaged. Julie was a little nervous about the pressure, wondering if she'd not only come up with the “right” words but be able to memorize them all on the big day. During the ceremony, she read her vows first. 

“I'm so glad we wrote our own vows to one another,” she says. “Our guests were crying, laughing and celebrating with us through every word!” 

Noah's brother-in-law Joe acted as officiant, becoming ordained just to marry them. To give Julie an aisle to walk down, her florist placed arrangements down the beach and scattered rose petals to make a runner. Guests were provided flip-flops for their sandy stroll to the ceremony. 

The newlyweds chose to get married in the morning so they could celebrate with a brunch reception. A custom omelette station, classic brunch dishes, mimosas and Georgia Peach bellinis were a huge hit with guests. 

When choosing her flowers, Julie marked up copies of bridebook with the styles she loved and would work with her beach theme. Her florist had creative freedom and traveled all the way from Roanoke to make sure every flower was just right. When Noah and Julie walked into the reception and saw her creations for the first time, they were blown away by the beauty of it all. 

While Julie opted not to wear a veil given the windy beach ceremony, she actually fell in love with the rhinestone headband worn by our 2016 cover bride. After searching online for that particular one, Julie got lucky and found her own headband at a local store. Her long-time hairstylist traveled to Georgia to do her hair and makeup. Julie's up-do was made even more glamorous with a white ostrich feather that tied in with the headband. 

Julie found the perfect look for the groomsmen thanks to an outdoor wedding also featured in the 2016 issue, where the men wore light gray vests with matching pants and bright shirts. The result was a great look for a semi-formal beach wedding. 

Julie remembers when they first started planning how there is sometimes a pressure to do certain things simply because it's “how they are always done.” With her own ideas and bridebook in her hands, she realized she could make her day exactly what they wanted it to be, just for the two of them. 

“Working for a wedding magazine that showcases real wedding stories and the unique elements of each couple's day – not to mention being engaged to someone in the industry – inspired us to make our wedding represent what makes us unique as a couple and not worry so much about traditions,” she says. 

Her nautical theme included colorful sea glass on tables, the boutonnieres and her hair accessory, while other elements like driftwood, an antique ship's wheel, fishing nets and wooden boats made up the décor. Their memory table held old family photographs, including their grandparents' wedding days. 

Guests signed river rocks and placed them in a wooden crate, to later be displayed in the couple's home. This was also a nod to an early moment in their relationship when Noah gave Julie a skipping stone rock from the New River as a memento. 

Julie is gluten-free and had originally planned to have a regular cake for guests with a small, gluten-free cake for herself. At a cake tasting with their pastry chef, however, Noah liked the gluten-free cake so much they decided to make the whole thing that way. 

Their gluten-free, dairy-free, two-tier square cake had homemade white fondant icing with classic navy- and white-striped ribbon bordering each tier. Rather than save the top layer for their first anniversary, the newlyweds ate the last piece for breakfast the next morning! 

On top of the cake was a painted metal bride and groom sculpture in 1940s clothing, used by her paternal grandparents for their 1945 wedding cake. As her grandparents passed away several years ago, this was very special to Julie to have in her wedding. 

To cap off the day, Julie's sister and mother invited their guests to a sunset drum circle by the hotel's waterfront. Attending the Siesta Key sunset drum circle is one of Noah and Julie's favorite things to do when visiting Florida, so gathering everyone for their wedding circle and having the photographer get unique shots was a perfect end to the weekend's festivities. 

Rather than have a grand exit, Julie and Noah opted to go swimming and hang out at the pool with all of their guests. Now that's a relaxing end to all the months of hard work! 

Roanoke Wedding Crawl 2018
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The 6th annual Roanoke Wedding Crawl is back on March 25, 2018! (See the full list of venues and vendors below.)

The Roanoke Wedding Network will again be hosting Southwest Virginia’s only Wedding Crawl! This year we will again have five venues and more than 60 wedding vendors partnering together to produce the 6th Annual Roanoke Wedding Crawl on Sunday, March 25, 2018. All of the proceeds from this event will go toward supporting the programs and services of the Roanoke Valley SPCA! 

Each of the five participating venues, The Corinthian Ballroom, Charter Hall, Patrick Henry Ballroom, The Taubman Museum of Art, and The Penthouse, will be setup to look like a real wedding. You’ll see the work first hand from florists, DJ’s and live entertainers, wedding cake bakers, photographers, videographers, bridal shops, and more. See how different ideas, colors and themes can transform any space, not just the venues on the Crawl.  Brides, grooms, and their family and friends will have the opportunity to meet local vendors in a casual reception-type setting.

“The Roanoke Wedding Network (RWN) continues to receive overwhelmingly positive response from vendors and from brides year after year” says Vicki Itson, founder of the Roanoke Wedding Network, and owner of Simplicity Event & Wedding Planning. “Our attendees comment over and over that it was so much easier to get ideas and feel confident with vendors when they could see them in action as opposed to meeting them at a booth. You actually feel like you are attending a real wedding reception while participating in the Roanoke Wedding Crawl!”

“In our first five events, the Roanoke Wedding Crawl has raised over $18,000 for the Roanoke Valley SPCA and we can’t wait to see what this year’s Crawl adds to that total. At first you may wonder how an animal shelter and a wedding network wound up collaborating together on an event. However, if you think about it, both of our industries’ missions are to facilitate the start of loving and lasting relationships, as well as, perpetuate the belief that a happily ever after is possible! Whether it be from saying your wedding vows to your beloved in a wedding steeple or signing an adoption contract for a new faithful furry and four legged companion at an animal shelter!” states Sylvie Peterson, Development Coordinator for the Roanoke Valley SPCA.

The Date of this event is Sunday, March 25th from 1:00pm till 5:00pm (rain or shine); registration opens at 12:00pm. Those who would like to participate in the 2018 Roanoke Wedding Crawl may reserve their tickets in advance for $15.00 or purchase their tickets on the day of the event for $20.00.

To purchase tickets and to see a list of participating vendors, please visit Deadline to order tickets in advance at the lower price is Saturday, March 24th.

Roanoke Wedding Network (RWN) is a group of more than 200 area wedding professionals.  We provide an opportunity for small business owners in the wedding industry to network, share ideas, learn from each other, and refer each other.

Since 1916, the Roanoke Valley SPCA has been your unconditional love headquarter and been the leading advocate for the homeless and unwanted animals in the Roanoke Valley.




Registration Open 12pm.  Venues are open from 1pm-5pm.

Exhibitors will be at registration!!

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REGISTRATION VENUE: City Market Building

PLANNER: Simplicity

RENTALS: Aztec Rental

TRANSPORT: Mountain Valley Transport

TRANSPORT: Executive Town Car & Limousine Service, Inc

TRANSPORT:  Tour Roanoke

TRANSPORT:  Lexington Carriage Company

EXHIBITOR:  Chris Jackson Photography

EXHIBITOR:  Camp Mont Shenandoah

EXHIBITOR:  Hunting Hills Country Club

EXHIBITOR:  Holly Cromer Photography

EXHIBITOR:  Delish! Sweets & Treats

EXHIBITOR:  Billy’s and 202 Social House

EXHIBITOR:  Perfect Getaways LLC

EXHIBITOR:  bridebook

EXHIBITOR:  Shirley’s Bed & Breakfast


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VENUE: Charter Hall

PLANNER:  Andrea Ferris Events

FLORIST: Creative Occasions

CATERER: Bella Events

CAKE BAKER: Fresh Baked Bakery

DJ:  A Party’s Favorite Entertainment


PHOTOGRAPHER: Kemper Mills Fant Photography

PHOTOBOOTH: Fun Times Party Warehouse

VIDEOGRAPHER:  Whole Heart Studios

LIGHTING:  Lighting Ninjas


OFFICIANT: Casey Anderson Weddings

RENTALS: Aztec Rental

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VENUE: The Penthouse at Center In The Square

PLANNER: Day Events

CATERING:  Center Stage Catering


PHOTOBOOTH: Asta Productions


CAKE BAKER:  Blush Baking Co.

VIDEOGRAPHY:  Michael’s Video

PHOTOGRAPHER: Anna Bowser Photography

MAKEUP ARTIST:  Jolina Does Make-up

HAIR STYLIST:  Love At First Curl

RENTALS: Aztec Rental

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VENUE: Patrick Henry Ballroom

PLANNER: Simplicity

PHOTOBOOTH: Star City Photobooth

PHOTOGRAPHER: Pat Cori Photography

DJ & LIGHTING: RSP Entertainment

CATERER: Pumpernickel Pickle Catering

CAKE BAKER:  Evie’s Wedding Cakes

FLORIST: Cara Cait Creative

MAKEUP & HAIR ARTIST: Azario Salon & Day Spa

VIDEOGRAPHER:  Filmhaus Video and Photography


RENTALS: Aztec Rental

EXHIBITOR:  Simply Beautiful by Megan

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VENUE: Taubman Museum

PLANNER: Sterling K Weddings

PHOTOGRAPHER: Edmiston Photography

FLORIST: Blacksburg Floral Design

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

DJ & PHOTOBOOTH:  Quest Entertainment

CATERER: Blue Ridge Catering

OFFICIANT: An Affair of the Heart

LIVE MUSICIAN:  Kristopher Hale

CAKE BAKER: Keri’s Kreations

RENTALS: Aztec Rental

LIGHTING:  Lighting Ninjas

VIDEOGRAPHER:  Star City Creations


EXHIBIT:  Tour Roanoke

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VENUE: Corinthian Ballroom

PLANNER:  Cherish The Moment

CATERER: Chanticleer Catering

CAKE BAKER:  Natticakes Bakes


RENTALS: Aztec Rental

HAIR & MAKEUP ARTIST: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa

FLORIST / DECOR:  Belle’s Blooms

DJ: Creative Entertainment

PHOTOGRAPHER: Solas Photography