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Wedding Wednesday: The Potter Wedding

The Potter Wedding | October 14, 2017 | Photography by: Melissa Williamson

Stephanie Chambers first met her future husband Brad Potter when they were playing slow-pitch softball together. One day, while they were at home together, Brad came up to Stephanie from behind and embraced her with a ring in his hands. Stephanie called the simple, intimate proposal "an absolutely perfect moment."

The couple decided not to have a specific theme for their wedding day, but they felt that their wedding fit both of their personalities perfectly. Shades of burgundy, champagne and gold paired with the perfect floral arrangements and bouquets allowed Stephanie and Brad to become husband and wife in an elegant ceremony at the Vinton War Memorial. When Stephanie finally walked down the aisle after five years of waiting and planning, Brad was emotional and teared up. During the reception, the couple was consumed in each other during their first dance, a moment that was very special to Stephanie, who says, "I don't remember seeing anyone in the room but us."

Make sure to see more of the Potter wedding on page 56 of bridebook!

Photography: Melissa Williamson
Dress: David's Bridal
Flowers: Vickie Chambers
Venue: Vinton War Memorial
Caterer: Teaberry's Catering
DJ: Sound Dawgs
Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang
Hair: Trendz - Jessi Alley and Cierra Phillippe
Alterations: Kay's Corner
Cake: Mary Plunkett
Planner: Vinton War Memorial - Chasity Barbour

Wedding Wednesday: The Ford Wedding

The Ford Wedding | October 14, 2017 | Photography by: Morning Wild Photography

Felicia McDaniel and Jonathan Ford met at a party, and they kept in touch until Felicia's birthday bash an entire year later, where Jon drove two hours to see her, and their romance began. After dating for four years, the couple planned a vacation to Cozumel, Mexico. The night before their flight, they drove to Felicia's parents' house for dinner before their big trip. There, Jon pulled out a ring and proposed to Felicia. She was in such shock that she didn't officially say yes until 10 minutes later! "My mother, father and sister got to be there to witness the proposal, and it was a very special moment," Felicia says.

The couple decided to partake in a First Look session before their ceremony, and Felicia says that she's glad that she convinced her more traditional husband to relieve some of the tension before their big moment in front of over 100 guests. When they first saw each other, they broke out into tears and laughter, and the only thing that Jon said was, "You look beautiful." No other words were needed. Since their wedding was outdoors, the couple wanted to play up the natural, earthy elements of their venue. Using vintage-inspired tones and subtle autumn elements, the couple's wedding gave the exact feel that they were going for. An important element to their ceremony were little "geeky" details that made the day unique, such as Jon's Darth Vader socks and Felicia's Star Wars-themed footwear. The processional and recessional music were also Star Wars-themed, and these small, simple touches made the couple's day a little more special. Thanks to songs by the couple's favorite band Coheed and a cake made by the mother of the groom, Jon and Felicia's unique day came together perfectly.

Make sure to see more of the Ford wedding on page 54 of bridebook!

Photography: Morning Wild Photography
Wedding Dress: Raw Rags
Cavern Photoshoot Dress: Bariano
Bridal Bouquet: Smoky Mountain Woodcrafts
Venue: The Natural Bridge Historic Hotel
Caterer: The Natural Bridge Historic Hotel
DJ: DJ Taylor Haycox
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair: Desiree Page
Makeup: Laura Williams
Cake: Evelyn Ford
Attendants Dresses: Azazie
Jewelry: Verragio

Wedding Wednesday: The Addington Wedding

The Addington Wedding | October 14, 2017 | Photography by: Hope Taylor Photography

Melissa Brown and John Addington dated in high school, and even then they had an immediate connection. After going their separate ways after John left for college, they found, 14 years later, when they happened to be in the same local restaurant, that their connection was still as strong as ever. Melissa, who had moved back into town and found the dating pool to be shallow, thought about John and wondered what he had been up to. She saw him in the restaurant, and went up to him to say hi. John saw that Melissa was as beautiful and bubbly as ever, so he asked her out two nights later, and the rest is history. In December of 2016, John and Melissa were renovating her grandmother's house, and inside one of the cleared-out rooms was a wrapped present for Melissa. She opened it to see some chocolates and a photo album dedicated to their "Nexts," such as their "Next Smile" or "Next Kiss." John then got down on one knee and proposed to Melissa in a moment that was so special to her because of all of the good times that she'd had with her family in that room.

Melissa and John's wedding was tailored to their personalities perfectly. The festive fall ceremony was Melissa's favorite memory from the day because she was ecstatic to be marrying her best friend and "starting our forever officially." The joyful occasion was made special by the couple's first look, in which John was overcome with emotion seeing his bride. "I've never seen anything so beautiful in my entire life," John says. It was important to the couple to involve their family in their special day, and so they decided that Melissa's aunt and uncle's farm in Bridgewater, VA was the perfect place to tie the knot, because they had had so many good memories there. Melissa and John wanted their guests to have the time of their lives at their wedding, so, thanks to a lively band and the jars of applebutter that guests took home as favors at the end of the night, the rustic farm wedding was a celebration that they would cherish forever.

Make sure to see more of the Addington wedding on page 52 of bridebook!

Photography: Hope Taylor Photography
Dress: Hayley Paige
Flowers: Creative Occasions
Venue: Mapleton Farm
Caterer: Pumpernickel Pickle Catering
DJ: Sam Hill Entertainment
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair: Renaissance Salon - Michelle Anas
Cake: Leigh Guidi
Attendants Dresses: BHLDN
Jewelry: Fink's Jewelers
Rentals: Aztec Rental
Musicians: Montpelier Quartet