Wedding Wednesday: The Crawford Wedding

The Crawford Wedding | November 4, 2017 | Photography by: Demi Mabry Photography

Lauren Grantz and Lee Crawford met through mutual friends after Lauren moved to Roanoke for nursing. They hit it off immediately, and they went to Blue 5 on their first date. Neither of them knew that, as their relationship developed, it would end up being the spot for their wedding rehearsal dinner as well. One night, Lee took Lauren out to Luigi's, their favorite date spot. When they returned home and Lauren went to let the dogs outside, she saw that their side porch was decorated with an array of candles, confetti and tulle. All of a sudden, she also saw that both her and Lee's parents had arrived from out of town. Before she could ask Lee what was going on, Lee was already down on one knee with a ring, popping the question to a surprised yet enthusiastic Lauren.

To keep their wedding simple, elegant and classic, the couple opted for a color scheme of black, white and gold. The wedding, held at Hotel Roanoke, made it very easy for the out of town guests to find somewhere to stay for the festivities. The couple also chose to give guests boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts for either a late-night snack or breakfast on the go, which was also perfect for traveling guests. Lauren's favorite part of the day was when Lee dropped the rings during the ceremony, which ended up breaking the ice a little bit and making everyone laugh. "We had no idea things like that actually happen!" Lauren says. The simple, stress-free nature of the joyful occasion allowed for the happy couple to just relax and enjoy their day and prepare for the rest of their lives together as husband and wife.

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

Photography: Demi Mabry Photography
Dress: Celebration Bridal
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Cake: Evie's Wedding Cakes
Venue: The Hotel Roanoke
Caterer: The Hotel Roanoke
Planner: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Jewelry: Ginger's Jewelry
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: Lulus
Groomsmen's Attire: Jos A. Bank
Hair: Azario Salon & Day Spa
Makeup: Faces by Joanne
Rehearsal Dinner: Blue 5

Wedding Wednesday: The Hyskell Wedding

The Hyskell Wedding | September 2, 2017 | Photography by: Patrick Perkins Photography

Jennifer Dickard had no idea that her friend was setting her up with Jason Hyskell, but after he reached out to her on Facebook a few weeks later, Jennifer agreed to go out with him. Their chemistry was immediate. While the couple was on a vacation in Jamaica, Jason planned a romantic candlelight dinner in an intimate location overlooking the ocean at sunset. Once they had finished eating, Jennifer was shocked when he got down on one knee and proposed. "It was beautiful, perfect and completely unexpected!" Jennifer says.

The couple wanted to stay true to themselves on their big day, so, forgoing uncomfortable dress shoes and high heels, they chose to wear gray Converse Chuck Taylors, and they bought pairs for their entire wedding party as gifts. In another nontraditional move, Jennifer and Jason chose to forgo a guest book, opting instead to have guests inscribe notes on rocks, and the rocks were dropped into a vase as a meaningful item for the couple to remember their special day. With Jennifer's younger brother as her "Man of Honor," as well as a fun cake topper, the couple's wedding was unique and tailored just to them. Jennifer's grandfather even officiated the ceremony, entertaining guests with jokes and funny stories, making him one of the most popular people of the weekend! Jennifer's favorite memory of the weekend was her walk down the aisle to her future husband and seeing his face as he was overwhelmed with emotions. The sweet moment "makes me smile every time I think about it," Jennifer says.

Make sure to see more of the Hyskell wedding on page 79 of bridebook!

Photography: Patrick Perkins Photography
Dress: La Blanca Bridal
Cake: The Tottering Teacup
Venue: Sheraton Roanoke
Jewelry: Zales
DJ: Quest Entertainment - Dewey Nowlin
Attendants' Dresses: David's Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Azario Salon & Day Spa
Alterations: Sew Cora

Wedding Wednesday: The Leet Wedding

The Leet Wedding | April 22, 2017 | Photography by: Tara Lilly Photography & Design

Molly Webster and Jordan Leet attended the same high school, but they didn't become friends until college, when they reunited during a winter break. A few years after they started dating, the couple took a trip to Charleston, South Carolina, a place that Molly's family had vacationed and had many special memories. In front of the Pineapple Fountain, Jordan proposed, with Molly's sister and brother-in-law present to capture the moment with photos and a video!

On their rainy wedding day, the couple didn't care that it wasn't 100% according to plan. According to Molly, the whole day was "perfect," from the personalized vows to the dancing to the exit. Molly wore her mother's veil, and a table at the reception showed photos of the couple's family members on their wedding days. The romantic reception was accented with lavender floral arrangements and wreaths, and when it was time for the newlyweds' first dance, they swayed to Dave Matthews, Molly's favorite band. It was very important to the couple for their families to play a large role in their special day, so in an nontraditional move, Jordan had two Best Men and 4 groomsmen, while Molly's sister was her Matron of Honor and her brother the Man of Honor. "We wanted the siblings and friends that have supported us most standing beside us," Molly says. 

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

Photography: Tara Lilly Photography & Design
Dress: BHLDN
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Cake: Evie's Wedding Cakes
Venue: The Corinthian Ballroom
Caterer: Chanticleer Catering
Planner: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Jewelry: Jewell's Fine Jewelry
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Makeup: GLAMHOUSE Day Spa - Jessica Hall
Hair: Hair Associates - Rachel Vassar
Seamstress: Sew Right, LLC
Videographer: Kyle Kearns