Wedding Wednesday: The Stanley Wedding

The Stanley Wedding | October 15, 2016 | Photography by: Meredith Sledge Photography

Allison and Davis first met over spring break of her junior year in college at a party held by one of her high school friends. While they were mostly acquaintances while she was back at school, as soon as she graduated, they began dating. On a cold January night, a few days after the new year, Allison and Davis were sitting together in their living room in front of a crackling fire. He got up from the couch, returning with a little box in his hand. He got one one knee and proposed by the fireside, while Allison cried and hugged him, of course saying yes.

Allison and Davis share a favorite wedding day memory of their spectacular outdoor ceremony. Allison walked down the aisle to see Davis and their bridal party, and felt it was truly a sight to behold, surreal and beautiful - like a dream! She'll never forget seeing Davis smiling at her from his spot, with everything out of focus except the sun shining down on her future husband. Their theme was a "Fall Classic" day, celebrated on a sunny October day with plum bridesmaids' dresses and matching colors in rich, bold reds, fiery oranges and golds. Their naked wedding cake was draped in flowers and berries, which made for an elegant yet festive display - and Allison says it was even more delicious to eat with jam and buttercream icing in between the layers! She adds that her flower arrangements truly made her day unique because of the colors, whimsical ambiance and gorgeous centerpieces. The newlyweds wanted to incorporate fall into the day, and between the venue, flowers and food, they had a "next level" wedding.

Make sure to see more of the Stanley wedding on page 90 of bridebook!

Photography: Meredith Sledge Photography
Dress: Maggie Sottero
Florist: Plantation Creations Catering & Events
Cake: Plantation Creations Catering & Events
Venue: Plantation on Sunnybrook
Caterer: Plantation Creations Catering & Events
Planner: Plantation Creations Catering & Events
Jewelry: Arthur's Jewelry
DJ: Music, Music & More Music
Attendants' Dresses: AmRhein's Bridal & Formals
Groomsmen's Attire: AmRhein's Bridal & Formals

Liz Long
Wedding Wednesday: The Jennings Wedding

The Jennings Wedding | October 15, 2016 | Photography by: Matthew Thwing Photography

Todd and Tatiana ("Tigger") met through mutual friends when they were only teenagers. Fast forward to a few years later as they made their way to a Washington Capitals game, where Todd stole a few moments for them to stop by a beautiful field with pond and country backdrop. It was there Todd proposed.

Tigger and Todd wanted a country theme for the day, with a burgundy and ivory color palette. The bridesmaids wore cowboy boots while the groomsmen donned cream suits and burgundy ties to match the groom's burgundy vest. Their day turned out with beautiful weather, staring with Tigger and her best girls celebrating during the morning in their matching robes. A 1952 Ford pickup truck drove them to the ceremony and venue, while the couple was married beneath a flower-filled arch under sunshine. Decor included large picture displays and guests took home fresh jars of homemade apple butter as favors. One of Tigger's favorite memories is Todd smashing cake in her face! She adds she also loved their private dance as newlyweds; the two were able to reflect on their day and spend a quiet moment together in celebration.

Make sure to see more of the Jennings wedding on page 88 of bridebook!

Photography: Matthew Thwing Photography
Dress: I Thee Wed
Florist: The Flower Cottage
Cake: Bradie Henning
Venue: Inn at Kelly's Ford
Caterer: Inn at Kelly's Ford
Planner: Kasey Elysabeth Event Planning
Jewelry: Zales & AmRhein's Jewelers
DJ: Creative Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: David's Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair: Pam Jeckell

Wedding Wednesday: The Gallagher Wedding

The Gallagher Wedding | October 15, 2016 | Photography by: Jeff Colquhoun Photography

Joshua and Matthew first met through Facebook, getting to know each other online before meeting in person for their first date. After that first date, Joshua says he knew he wanted to marry Matthew and they haven't spent more than a week apart since! For the proposal, Joshua made a special Christmas ornament filled with small strips of paper with their favorite quotes, sweet sayings and a large one that said "Will You Marry Me?" As he took the ornament out of the box, Joshua got to one knee, and was so nervous he skipped his speech and simply asked the question. Matthew immediately said yes, followed by asking if Joshua was okay!

Their rustic country wedding had colors of burgundy and gray with plum accents, as well as bits of burnt orange for Matthew. They incorporated burlap, baby's breath and old bed springs to make centerpieces, used an old farmhouse screen door to display childhood photos, used Longaberger baskets to display their wedding favors of lavender soap in burlap and dried lavender and birdseed hearts. Matthew and Joshua exchanged their own vows, which made them both even more excited about their future together. Their wine fountain was a huge hit, while their DJ kept the party going for the entire reception. Joshua says their wedding brought their entire family closer together, and those who attended could see the love between him and Matt; he adds they are very fortunate to have such supportive family and friends, which also helped during the entire wedding planning process to simply be together and enjoy the day.

Make sure to see more of the Gallagher wedding on page 86 of bridebook!

Photography: Jeff Colquhoun Photography
Suits: Men's Wearhouse
Cake: Betty Gross Cakes
Venue: Vinton War Memorial
Caterer: Country Kitchen
Planner: Vinton War Memorial - Chasity Barbour
Jewelry: Kay Jewelers
DJ: Blue Ridge Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: Karma Prom
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair: David Mandakis