Wedding Wednesday: The Edmonds Wedding

The Edmonds Wedding | June 3, 2017 | Photography by: Heather Chipps Photography

Erin Brookshier had no idea that she was on a blind date when a close friend (who would end up being a bridesmaid!) picked her up with a few others for a casual game of recreation league soccer. She hit it off instantly with someone who was already in the car: Rob Edmonds. Their connection was immediate, and he called her the very next day to ask her out on their first official date. One early Saturday morning at 3 a.m., Rob and early-bird Erin (who is often up before dawn, as a morning reporter at WSLS10) hiked together to the Peaks of Otter, a hike that Erin's family had done many times in her childhood. When they reached the top of the trail, Rob proposed to Erin with the sunrise as their only audience. The "excited" future bride and groom then hiked back down to enjoy a huge celebratory breakfast.

Erin and Rob celebrated their special day by acknowledging the importance of family. A tree-planting ceremony, where Rob and Erin brought soil from each of their parents' homes, symbolized the two families becoming one. In addition to the tree-planting ceremony, the couple partook in "burying the bourbon," an old southern tradition to ensure good weather on the wedding day. Even though the weather forecast predicted rain for the whole week, the Edmonds wedding took place on a 92-degree Saturday beneath a cloudless sky. The beauty of the wedding ceremony itself was in the details: the couple's "pre-wedding bonding time" where they created their own centerpieces, Erin's veil (it had been her mother's at her wedding in 1984) and Erin's father's cufflinks, which she had given to him as a gift the night before the wedding. These cufflinks, which Erin thought "were very special," read on one side, "I'll always be your little girl." In addition to an enchanting venue and entertainment services, these small details played a integral role in the celebration of two families becoming one.

Make sure to see more of the Edmonds wedding on page 30 of bridebook!

Photography: Heather Chipps Photography
Dress: The Newfangled Bride
Florist: Perfect Arrangement
Venue: Plantation on Sunnybrook
Caterer: Plantation Creations Catering and Events
DJ: Castillo DJ Services
Groomsmen's Attire: Jos A Banks
Hair & Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon and Day Spa
Alterations: Sew Right, LLC
Cake: Mary Ogilvie
Attendants Dresses: Weddington Way
Wedding Planner: Tammy Scaggs - Plantation on Sunnybrook

Wedding Wednesday: The Timofeev Wedding

The Timofeev Wedding | May 27, 2017 | Photography by: Anna and Liz Photography

Lauren McMillan was at the 2015 Addy Awards representing her marketing agency when she met Brad Timofeev. The group was supposed to go out for a nightcap to celebrate the evening's wins, but by the end of the night, only Lauren and Brad were ready to keep the evening going. They went out for one more drink and wound up spending the rest of the night laughing and sharing stories. On a family vacation in July 2016, everyone stepped outside after dinner for a little beach time. Lauren's son Jax yelled for them to look up in the sky at the plan, though Lauren only looked up after Brad's mother urged her to do so. She saw a plane soaring overhead with a sign that read, "Lauren will you marry me? Love, Brad." Lauren was so excited as she turned to find Brad on one knee in the sand, and their proposal was captured both by Jax's GoPro and bystanders on the beach who proceeded to clap and cheer for the happy couple. 

Lauren's favorite moment of the day by far was when Brad's groomsman, Rob, busted out summer sausage from his suit jacket, sliced it with his pocketknife and proceeded to pass pieces out to the bridal party during group photos. It turned out Rob had packed six sausages in his tux, hanging on to their little snack throughout the ceremony! Lauren says it was "absolutely hilarious, spontaneous, delicious and a nice comic pause from the chaos and stress of the photo session." Lauren knows their beautiful wedding was unique in part thanks to their venue, which offered a gorgeous, affordable space with plenty of flexibility for the day's customizations. Along with their fantastic DJ, who had the guests dancing all night long, and their catering, Lauren and Brad say it was absolutely a perfect day to celebrate their new life together. 

Make sure to see more of the Timofeev wedding on page 28 of bridebook!

Photography: Anna and Liz Photography
Dress: Church Street Bridal
Florist: Bonsack Kroger
Venue: Vinton War Memorial
Caterer: Country Kitchen
Jewelry: Fink's Jewelry
DJ: DJ Freddy Mac
Groomsmen's Attire: Davidson's
Hair & Makeup: Roots Salon
Alterations: Sew Right, LLC

Liz Long
Wedding Wednesday: The Patterson Wedding

The Patterson Wedding | May 13, 2017 | Photography by: Carly Carter Photography

Meet our 2018 Cover Bride!

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On a beautiful Sunday morning in the summer, Dasia Mattox met Le'Bryan Patterson at church. After introducing himself, small talk turned into a half-hour conversation that ended with him asking her out on a date. The rest is history. Le'Bryan proposed during a weekend getaway to Charlotte. The couple spent the day playing games at Dave and Buster's and getting pampered at a spa before dinner. To Dasia's surprise, Le'Bryan had rented out the entire restaurant, inviting their closest friends and family so that he could ask her to marry him in front of all of her loved ones.

Dasia says that she will never forget dancing and laughing with their friends and family. Both she and Le'Bryan come from large families, but they were able to fit 300 people into their venue. Planning a wedding can be stressful, but after the vows were said, "It was amazing to laugh, relax and enjoy our company!" The ceremony and reception embodied classic beauty thanks to their venue. The outdoor occasion was full of coral and gray and accented with willow green and cream. A live band played for both the ceremony and the reception, moving under a large tent to the dance floor. Mason jars full of roses, peonies, carnations and baby's breath dotted the tables and made lovely centerpieces while guests ate Southern staples like baby back ribs, macaroni and cheese and barbecue chicken and drank sweet tea and lemonade. Classic R&B and soul music kept everyone dancing while they finished off with a choice of banana pudding, red velvet, dreamsicle, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry shortcake cupcakes. They were also encouraged to use special Snapchat filters throughout the reception to make it easier for the newlyweds to gather all of their photos and memories later.

Make sure to see more of the Patterson wedding on page 26 of bridebook!

Photography: Carly Carter Photography
Florist: The Wreath Loft and Cafe
Cake: Kupkakery
Venue: Katherine Grace Manor
Caterer: Hethwood Market
Jewelry: Fink's Jewelry
DJ: Brandon DJ-Uno Tinsley
Attendants' Dresses: Patina Bridal & Formals
Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A Banks
Hair: Jasmine Alexander
Singers: Destiny Spinner, Latavia Craghead and Landon Twine
Musicians: Jerrod Holland, Travis Starkey, Steven Muse and Pierre Taylor

Liz Long