Wedding Wednesday: The Miller Wedding

The Miller Wedding | August 25, 2018 | Photography by Tara Lilly Design + Photography

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Kelsey Webb and Hunter Miller are both Roanoke natives and had mutual friends growing up, but the two didn’t formally meet until Thanksgiving Eve of 2013. Both had moved to Charlotte, Hunter 10 years before Kelsey, so Kelsey asked him to introduce her to some people. After that the two started bumping into each other everywhere, and Hunter finally got her number at a New Year’s Eve party. On the way to Charleston meet up with some friends for Kelsey’s birthday, Hunter took Kelsey to Philadelphia Alley, where he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. Still in a daze and over the moon, they then walked into a pub where they found their families waiting for them.

In a few words, their wedding was intimate, charming, organic and festive. The venue and guest list were fairly large, but it was important to Kelsey to strive for intimacy. When thinking about décor, Kelsey described the process as requiring a ballet of balancing their aesthetic and emotions – all while honoring the space. She wanted it to feel like they were in a massive living room…with a killer band and open bar, so she brought in a lot of pieces from their home that blended in well with the event space.

The day was also full of meaningful dedications for those who couldn’t be with them on their special day. With the help of an Etsy designer, they created a crest that included their dogs which was on a variety of printed materials throughout the ceremony and reception to have their four-legged friends included in the day. The couple also lost a dear friend Cory prior to the wedding, so in his honor Hunter held an open spot for him in his groomsmen lineup, and they hung Cory’s hammock at the outside bar with his favorite liquor, so they could “cheers” him throughout the night. And to include Kelsey’s paternal grandmother who had passed away in June of 2007 in the wedding, she created hair clips from her grandmother’s former costume jewelry to wear as her something old.

Although Kelsey admits she’d dreaded walking down the aisle with so many eyes on her, that moment ending up being both Kelsey’s and Hunter’s favorite of the day. The mountain view was stunning, and seeing all of their closest friends and family was a heartwarming experience. Kelsey will never forget peeping around the white gauze at the start of the aisle, and finally being able to make eye contact with Hunter.

Make sure to see more of the Miller wedding on page 52 of bridebook! 

Photography: Tara Lilly Design + Photography
Dress: Studio I Do
Seamstress: Mary Lou with Sew Right LLC
Suit: Tom James
Florist: Cara Cait Creative
Ice Cream Truck: Katie’s Ice Cream
Venue: Braeloch on Glenburn Farms
Caterer: Bella Events Catering
Day of Coordinator: CCS Events
Jeweler: Jewells
Ceremony Music: Jordan McLamb Music
Reception Band: Groove Motive
Ties: The Tie Bar
Hair: Adorn Salon
Makeup: Glamhouse Day Spa
Lighting: Lighting Ninja
Rentals: Aztec Rentals

Liz Long
Wedding Wednesday: The LaBarre Wedding

The LaBarre Wedding | August 25, 2018 | Photography by Nicole Colwell Photography

Stephanie Wheeler and Kyle LaBarre met online while living in different cities, a fact that shocks people when they hear the story, but Stephanie swears they never would have met otherwise. Kyle proposed on Christmas Eve in an intimate setting with family and the help of his four-legged friend. Stephanie had thought he’d just bought a new collar for the dog, but upon further inspection, she realized the tag said, “Mom, will you marry my dad?” When she looked up, Kyle was on one knee.

Stephanie and Kyle both work and live in downtown Roanoke, and it was where the two fell in love, so they really wanted to highlight the city for their wedding. They had the ceremony at the Century Plaza and their reception at the City Market Building, and made an effort to use all local vendors. They ended up using as many spaces as they could find downtown for their photos, including their apartment building, the courthouse lawn and random parking lots. They also had their guests stay downtown so they could get the full experience of the city.

Stephanie’s background is in interior design and Kyle’s is in architectural design, so the aesthetics of their wedding were very important to them. The day was full of unique touches like different flavored cakes as centerpieces on every table and handmade cement coasters for each guest that were dipped in gold paint and stamped with the couple’s initials and wedding date.

One of Stephanie’s favorite memories of the day was walking from the lawn where they took their pictures to the ceremony. It was just the couple and their photographers, and they were able to capture some of her favorite shots of the day while also finding some alone time before seeing all of their friends and family. It was the perfect opportunity to breathe and enjoy some time together.

Make sure to see more of the LaBarre wedding on page 50 of bridebook!

Photography: Nicole Colwell Photography
Dress: Ashley Grace Bridal
Suit: Generation Tux
Florist: Foraged and Cut
Cake: Fresh Baked Bakery
Venue: Charter Hall at the City Market Building
Caterer: Pumpernickel Pickle, Co.
Planner: Raising the Bar Events
Day of Coordinator: One Fine Day Events
Jeweler: Fink’s Jewelers
Wedding Band: Olive Ave
DJ: Obehi DJ
Attendants’ Dresses: Weddington Way
Groomsme’sn Attire: Generation Tux
Hair: Rock Paper

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Wedding Wednesday: The Cooke Wedding

The Cooke Wedding | July 14, 2018 | Photography by Lori Hedrick Photography

Logan George and John Cooke were friends for years before they started dating. After graduating from UVA, Logan spent a lot of time at Virginia Tech as her brother finished his last year playing football. Eventually, she hijacked his friends as her own, which is how she met John. They were both working on their masters at the time and their friends picked up on their compatibility way before they did. They were even convinced the two were secretly dating long before they actually became a couple. It wasn’t until after John moved to D.C. for a job that two were officially a couple, and spent the next two years driving up and down 81 to see each other.

In August of 2017 during a visit to see John’s sister in London, the couple went to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, which is a beautiful park overlooking the London cityscape. Throughout their relationship John had always joked Logan would have to pick the ring out on her own, but he surprised her by doing it on his own. Afterwards, they met up with his sister and friends at a local pub to spend the rest of the night celebrating.

The wedding itself went seamlessly, and Logan recalls never wanting the night to end. They chose an elegant theme with modern touches and had peonies shipped from Alaska. The English Garden style was the focus, and they kept the color palette simple with whites and greens. They had a watercolor map of Blacksburg made for their welcome bags, which the couple now has framed in the guest room of their home. Held at the Blacksburg Country Club, the wedding was set with a perfect view of the mountains and valley from the patio, where they enjoyed signature cocktails – Logan’s Strawberry Lemonade and John’s Blackberry Bourbon.

The ceremony itself was very personal and special, as Deacon Mike made a point to get to know their families and friends so he could incorporate everyone into the ceremony. They capped the night off with fireworks from the 10th fairway.

Make sure to see more of the Cooke wedding on page 48 of bridebook!

Photography: Lori Hedrick Photography
Dress: Ashley Grace Bridal
Suit: Generation Tux
Tie: The Tie Bar
Florist: The Moss and Rose
Cake: Our Daily Bread
Venue: Blacksburg Country Club
Caterer: Blacksburg Country Club
Planner: Jillian Claire
Jeweler: Blue Nile
DJ: Blue Ridge Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: Azazie
Groomsmen’s Attire: Generation Tux and the Tie Bar
Calligraphy: Sara Lane Design
Hair and Makeup: Meredith’s Salon
Invitation Suite: Minted

Liz Long