Wedding Wednesday: The Bellinger Wedding

The Bellinger Wedding | October 8, 2016 | Photography by: Pat Cori Photography

Margaux and Brad met thanks to playing on the same ultimate frisbee team one summer. A couple of years later, Brad, Margaux and her mother went to Germany for the holidays. While on a tour of the Neuschwanstein Castle, Margaux and Brad went to take photos on the observation deck with the castle in the background. A few shots later, Brad was down on one knee asking Margaux to marry him.

Margaux says her favorite wedding day moment happened at the end of her ceremony. After they announcement of being husband and wife, their officiant and brothers brought out a sawhorse with a giant, two-person saw, with the newlyweds proceeding to saw the log in half. This was a surprise to them and guests, but unique as a unity symbol and callback to their engagement in Germany. This tradition is called Baumstamm Sagen, where the couple must overcome their first obstacle of their marriage - working together to saw a log! Margaux will never forget exchanging looks with Brad, the crowd cheering, and pure fun of the situation. Their wedding took place during Hurricane Matthew, with colors of burnt orange, apricot, olive green and ivory. Guests received handmade welcome boxes in their hotel rooms, and enjoyed a luxurious lounge under the tent with sofas, lamps, pillows, throws and furs for a relaxing space with scenic view. They also served local Virginia beers and Foggy Ridge cider, and hot German pretzels and mustard as a late night bite. They incorporated French decor for a European feel and to share their love of travel, along with fall flowers and candles everywhere. Because Margaux's father passed away when she was 18, they had many elements honoring his memory, and she and her brother danced to their dad's favorite song. Despite the rain, it stopped just before the ceremony, and created a mountain mist that was magical and romantic. The newlyweds ended the night with a sparkler send-off.

Make sure to see more of the Bellinger wedding on page 82 of bridebook!

Photography: Pat Cori Photography
Dress: Nitsa's Apparel
Florist: Petal Flower Company
Cake: Fresh Baked Bakery
Venue: Sundara
Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering
Planner: Cari Dones
Jewelry: Frantz Diamond
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: Newfangled Bride
Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux
Makeup: Makeup by Ravishing - Kia Walters

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Wedding Wednesday: The Morrell Wedding

The Morrell Wedding | October 1, 2016 | Photography by: Skyryder Photography

Lindsey and Matt first met while she was waiting tables in Radford. Matt was a regular customer, and they got to know each other during her shifts. After Lindsey completed nursing school, the two were able to spend time together outside of the restaurant and became an official couple. During a trip to Gatlinburg, Matt and Lindsey got on the ski lift; there, Matt realized his love for Lindsey. Years later, Matt took her to that same spot to propose. As it turned out, he'd had her custom antique ring for three years, purchasing it the day she fell in love with it and listening to her wishes of how she'd wear the special piece.

While Matt wanted Hokie colors for a palette, he went for colorful Hokie socks so LIndsey could have her choice of aubergine and gold. The bridesmaids wore long purple gowns, with beautiful bouquets to match. It's hard for Lindsey to pick only one memorable wedding day moment, as she holds all of them dear to her heart, as "everything was perfect!" Along with the fabulous night, the newylweds - bourbon lovers - added a bourbon and cigar bar to their reception, which turned out to be a smashing success for their guests. Lindsey personally picked out all of their decor, which either came from their home, or is now something in their home, incorporating their new life together.

Make sure to see more of the Morrell wedding on page 80 of bridebook!

Photography: Skyryder Photography
Dress: NY Bride
Florist: Northside Flower Shop
Cake: New River Cakes
Venue: Blacksburg Country Club
Caterer: Blacksburg Country Club
Planner: Blacksburg Country Club - Deanne Webb
Jewelry: P.R. Sturgill Fine Jewelry
DJ: Music, Music & More Music
Attendants' Dresses: Chantilly Lace
Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Hair & Makeup: Salon 1124 - Chrissy Cupp

Wedding Wednesday: The McKee Wedding

The McKee Wedding | September 23, 2016 | Photography by: Pictures by Julie

Jon and Patrick first met online, with Patrick asking Jon out for six months before Jon agreed to meet in person. Their date turned into more than friendship, as their time together increased from a weeknight or two to weekends and long days together. Once they found themselves missing the other when they weren't around, they knew their love was growing. For the proposal, Jon and Patrick went for a photo shoot; they were each given a chalkboard to write down what they love about each other. While Patrick wrote that Jon was loving, predictable and kind, Jon wrote "Will you marry me?"

Jon's favorite wedding day memory is their wedding vows because they were able to share their love for each other while surrounded by their closest friends and family. Patrick agrees with the sentiment, but also loved their wedding decorations in their beautiful venue space. Guests received red suckers as wedding favors, added to the wine glasses after Jon's brother shared a childhood story. Their first dance was to Charles Kelly's "The Only One Who Gets Me" which they feel sums up their relationship. Their ceremony also included several Disney movie quotes, and the newlyweds honeymooned at Disney as well.

Make sure to see more of the McKee wedding on page 78 of bridebook!

Photography: Pictures by Julie
Tuxes: Proms, Pageants & Pretty Things
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Cake: Evie's Wedding Cakes
Venue: Patrick Henry Ballroom
Caterer: Star City Events
Planner: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Jewelry: Kay Jewelers
DJ: Blue Ridge Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: Proms, Pageants & Pretty Things
Hair: Salon Del Sol
Videography: Michael's Video
Officiant: Ceremonies for All
Wine & Beer: Wine Gourmet
Hotel: Cambria Suites