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Wedding Wednesday: The Carlin Wedding

The Carlin Wedding | December 16, 2017 | Photography by: Edmiston Photography

When Emily Ditto and Tyler Carlin matched on Tinder, they had no idea that, a couple years after their initial conversations about their interests and puppies, they'd be engaged to be married. For their first date, Tyler picked up Emily for a pajama-clad adventure, and they drove to Virginia Beach. There, in the rain on the boardwalk, Tyler kissed her.  Fast forward two years, and in the rain at Dave Matthew's vineyard, Blenheim Vineyard, while they were wandering through the grapevines, Tyler got down on one knee and asked Emily to be his wife. Tearing up, Emily immediately said yes.

The "snowy winter wonderland" theme of the wedding added to the inviting nature of Emily and Tyler's special day, complete with custom-designed snowflake projections on the walls and a snowy sendoff at the end of the night. Even the cake went along with the wintry theme: it was reminiscent of a snowy mountain with red velvet to match the bridesmaids' dresses and two bride-and-groom pine cones on the top. Emily and Tyler's favorite part of the day was hearing the speeches given during the reception. "Hearing the love and support from both families was incredible," Emily says. "On a day that was so rushed, it was a moment that allowed time to stand still and allowed for us to really reflect on what it meant that these two families would be joined forever." Adding a fun, unique flair, the couple incorporated a top hat into the wedding accents, as well as forgoing the traditional guest book for Christmas ornaments that wedding guests could sign. It was important to the couple to create the atmosphere of a Christmas wedding without going overboard, and the result was "romantic and intimate and loved by guests."

Make sure to see more of the Carlin wedding on page 74 of bridebook!

Photography: Edmiston Photography
Dress: Celebration Bridal
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Cake: Fresh Baked Bakery
Venue: Patrick Henry Ballroom
Caterer: Pumpernickel Pickle Catering
Rehearsal Dinner: Bella's Catering
Planner: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Jewelry: Kay's Jewelry
DJ: East Coast Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: David's Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: The Newfangled Bride
Videographer: Michael's Video
Hair & Makeup: GLAMHOUSE Day Spa

Wedding Wednesday: The Pruitt Wedding

The Pruitt Wedding | December 9, 2017 | Photography by: Heather Chipps Photography

Marybeth Jones and Bradley Pruitt met when they were children, after a mutual friend brought Brad to a function at Glade Hill Baptist Church. The two were not close throughout middle and high school, but after college and pharmacy school, the two were reunited at the same church thanks to the same friend. Not long after, Brad asked Marybeth for her number, and the two have been "inseparable" ever since. On the morning before the couple was to attend their friends' wedding, Brad said that he wanted to take Marybeth golfing before the festivities. On lucky hole number seven, Brad teed up the golf ball, and when Marybeth was about to tee off, she saw that the ball read, "Marry me?"

The couple did not expect for it to snow during their early-December wedding, but Mother Nature had a different idea. The snow made their special day all the more memorable. A tree-planting ceremony, locally-obtained decorations and centerpieces along with homemade salsa from the bride's family's garden allowed for the couple to create an occasion that celebrated not just their love, but the love that they share with those close to them. Marybeth and Brad's celebration was unique because of the sentiment behind nearly every detail of the wedding. The couple was married at the church where they met, and they chose Water's Edge Country Club as the venue for the reception because Marybeth had worked there throughout school. "It's just so comforting to be in a familiar place on your wedding day!" Marybeth says. Add in the bride's pearls from her maternal grandmother, a veil borrowed from her sister, a sixpence from Marybeth's aunt for her shoe and, of course, the unexpected snow, and the couple's day turned out to be memorable, meaningful and full of love from beginning to end.

Make sure to see more of the Pruitt wedding on page 72 of bridebook!

Photography: Heather Chipps Photography
Dress: Becky's Bridal
Florist: Serena Jones
Cake: Billie's Cakes and Catering
Ceremony: Glade Hill Baptist Church
Venue: Water's Edge Country Club
Caterer: Water's Edge Country Club
Planner: Cheryl Cockram
Jewelry: Haywood's Jewelers
DJ: Ken Kilinski
Attendants' Dresses: Becky's Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Jos A. Bank
Hair: Crown Studio - Jordan Smith
Officiant: Derek Layman
Videography: Franklin County High School Television Program Production
Programs: Creative Xpressions
Wreaths: Willow Tree Nursery

Wedding Wednesday: The Parker Wedding

The Parker Wedding | December 2, 2017 | Photography by: Anna Bowser Photography

Even though Hannah Mankin and David Parker attended Radford University together, they never knew each other. After their best friends introduced them, their romance began. "My future husband was under my nose the whole time!" Hannah says. Lola, the couple's adopted puggle (half pug, half beagle!), played a key role in David's proposal. While they were both at their home in Lynchburg, David encouraged Hannah to cuddle their pup, and she found the beautiful ring that he had attached to the dog's collar just as David popped the question.

The couple's special day was made even more enchanting by the Christmas spirit that surrounded them. Magic was in the air before the couple even exchanged their vows: there was a Christmas parade before the ceremony, and Hannah even got a picture with Santa! To give their wedding a personalized touch, the couple decided to display a unique donut bar during the reception, and their cake oozed rustic elegance. The bridesmaids wore furs to keep warm during photos, and Hannah says that they all looked "uniquely beautiful." Hannah and David's ceremony was very meaningful to them, with important Bible verses that reflected their relationship perfectly. The short-and-sweet elegance of the ceremony paired with the air of Christmas made the couple's day one that they and their guests will never forget.

Make sure to see more of the Parker wedding on page 70 of bridebook!

Photography: Anna Bowser Photography
Dress: Studio I Do Bridals
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Cake: Fresh Baked Bakery
Venue: The Kyle House
Caterer: Schaal's Catering
Planner: Day Events - Michelle Day
Jewelry: Kay Jewelers
DJ: Troy Hamm
Videographer: Something Blue
Makeup: Makeup Artistry - Laci Fore
Hair: Sarah Cook