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

Liz Long