Wedding Wednesday: The Nolte Wedding

The Nolte Wedding | October 7, 2017 | Photography by: Anna Bowser Photography

When Christina Evans met Mike Nolte while they were in college, she was immediately captivated by his pale blue eyes and his competitive nature. They bonded over a shared interest in thrill-seeking, and the two soon realized how much exactly they had in common. Six years after first meeting, the couple found themselves both living in the Roanoke area, and eventually went out to dinner on their first date. When Mike surprised Christina on Election Day with a trip into Roanoke to climb their favorite mountain, McAfee Knob, they were disappointed when they saw that the trail was closed. Christina suggested they try Mill Mountain, and there, Mike suggested that they get their picture taken before heading back. As another couple went to take their photo, Mike got down on one knee and asked Christina to be his forever date. Christina says that it was her "dream proposal."

The couple had originally planned to become husband and wife in a barn at the base of the mountain to reflect their love of nature and rustic themes, but finally decided that their hearts wanted a mountain-top wedding. They cancelled the venue and and DJ and made some phone calls to family and friends notifying them of the change. Although some family members couldn't make the hike, there were still about 40 guests in attendance at the top of McAfee Knob to help the couple celebrate. The couple felt "indescribable excitement" as they were married at the top of the mountain, having their pictures taken in their wedding attire at their unique venue. With Christina's beautiful bouquet of peach dahlias and roses and a one-of-a-kind ceremony, the couple made their first steps as husband and wife after following their feet- and their hearts- up the mountain.

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

Photography: Anna Bowser Photography
Dress: Allure
Flowers: Andrea Ferment
Reception: The Homeplace
Hair & Makeup: Jessica Kroll
Cake: Fresh Baked Bakery
Jewelry: Diamonds Direct
Videography: Michael's Video

Wedding Wednesday: The Hale Wedding

The Hale Wedding | September 16, 2017 | Photography by: Anna Bowser Photography

When Lauren Boitnott bumped into Rob Hale at a weekly bingo night, she was a sophomore at Virginia Tech. Rob, a recent graduate, asked her for her number, and their story begins with her entering "Lauren Bingo Girl" into his phone. During Lauren's senior year, she took a job in New York. Before she left Blacksburg and Rob behind, she gave him a little notebook in which to record his thoughts and precious moments while they were apart. A year later, the couple was on vacation in Savannah, and when they arrived for the dinner reservation that Rob had made, they were told that their table wasn't ready. Awaiting their table, the couple wandered the park across the street. There, Rob pulled out his notebook, which Lauren had never opened. When he opened it, Lauren saw an engagement ring sitting within a cut out section of pages. Lauren says she was "speechless," and when they returned to the restaurant for dinner, they were greeted with her closest friends, ready to celebrate the happy occasion.

Rob had once told Lauren that "he couldn't give away all his cards at once," so on their wedding day, Lauren gave him an incomplete deck of cards. As each of her bridesmaids walked down the aisle, they handed Rob cards to complete the deck, finishing up with Lauren's ace of hearts. To pay homage to the place that they met, the couple incorporated bingo into their minimal, classic reception and chose to forgo a guest book for "advice cards." Prompts for these included, "What should we name our kids and why?" and "Write us a haiku!" The beauty of the celebration was thanks in part to Lauren's aunt, who literally climbed a mountain to put together the beautiful and unique floral arrangements. The guests went home with custom Sharkey's glasses as another nod to Virginia Tech, rounding out Lauren and Rob's one-of-a-kind celebration.

Make sure to see more of the Hale wedding on page 46 of bridebook!

Photography: Anna Bowser Photography
Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal
Flowers: Florals by Kimberly
Venue: Sinkland Farms
Caterer: Country Kitchen
Cake: Tara Delp
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Hair: Uptown Hair and Nail Salon
Makeup: Jolina Does Makeup
Favors: Sharkey's
Cocktail Hour Appetizers: Kelly Paige
Jewelry: LILOVEVE
Videography: Carolina Story Film Company

Wedding Wednesday: The Solomon Wedding

The Solomon Wedding | September 2, 2017 | Photography by: Chris Jackson Photography

Adrian Solomon was hosting a cooking class at his apartment when he met Sydney Myers. The two hit it off and exchanged phone numbers at the end of the night, not knowing that their shared interest in food would be the beginning of the rest of their lives together. While on a trip to France and Italy a matter of months later, the couple was driving up a mountain and stopped to walk down a path that had a stunning view of the sea. On the opposite side of the road, Adrian had set up a camera to hopefully capture his proposal. When Sydney turned from admiring the view, she found Adrian down on one knee with a ring, asking her to be his wife. Adrian's camera ended up running out of memory, but the moment turned out to be so memorable, the couple didn't even need it.

The couple's chose the Taubman Museum to be the venue of their unique travel-themed wedding, which celebrated the diverse culture of the families involved. To represent the couple's favorite genres of food, the cuisine was served at food stations: a pasta bar, a taco bar and a steakhouse station, preceded by "lumpia," a well-known food in Filipino culture as an appetizer. During the wedding, Adrian surprised Sydney and their guests with a live performance of "Wagon Wheel," and the couple enjoyed dancing with their close friends and family throughout the evening.

Make sure to see more of the Solomon wedding on page 44 of bridebook!

Photography: Chris Jackson Photography
Dress: Kitty Chen
Flowers: Creative Occasions
Venue: The Taubman Museum of Art
Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering
DJ: DV Entertainment
Groomsmen's Attire: Kenneth Cole
Hair: Laurel Hill
Nails: Polished by Claire V.
Invitations and Programs: Appalachian Press
Attendants Dresses: Azazie
Jewelry: Jewells Fine Jewelry
Planner: Cheryl Myers