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Wedding Wednesday: The Whitaker Wedding

The Whitaker Wedding | June 11, 2016  | Photography by: Pat Cori Photography

Sarah Rhodes and Robert "Buddy" Whitaker, Junior were both attending Hollins College when they met in 2008. Sarah was a senior and Buddy a first year grad student. But, it wasn't until later that the two began their romance. Sarah moved to New York City after college, and the two kept in touch. It was casual until Buddy found himself in the city visiting some of his friends. The two reconnected at a birthday party, which led them to pursue a cross-country-long-distance-relationship for six months. Buddy eventually relocated from Los Angles to New York City.

The couple were on a weekend trip to Texas, staying with a friend, when Buddy popped the questions. Sarah walked into their friend's apartment, only to be greeted by a ring box and a tray of cupcakes with "Will You Marry me?" written in the icing. With a sweet proposal like that, it's no surprise she said yes.

Sarah wanted a wedding full of southern charm and tradition, while honoring the couples friendship and relationship. By having their wedding at Hollins Universtiy, the couple was easily able to tie their southern theme and their relationship into one. Having their wedding at the place they met 8 years earlier was a lovely tribute to the couple's beginning. The two were even able to paint "the rock" in honor of their wedding, a long-time tradition at the college.

In honor of their southern roots, the couple served sweet tea at their wedding and handed out Virginia is for lovers gift bags. Their cake was a simple, tiered, and coconut flavored. It was white, with a textured design, and a gold topper, fitting the couple's color scheme of coral, peach, ivory, and gold. The colors blended beautifully with the exposed brick in their reception area.

The couple honored both their past and their future with their southern themed wedding. Being able to return to their beginning to celebrate the start to their marriage was a sentiment not lost on the guests. The couple even chose songs from their favorite films to be played my a string trio during the ceremony. The couple perfectly captured their love for each other with their June wedding.

Make sure to see more of the Whitaker Wedding on page 56 of bridebook!

Dress: Maya Couture
Florist: George's Flowers
Cake: Ellie Wallace
Venue: Hollins University
Caterer: Hollins University - Meriwether Godsey
Planner: Megan Terry & Brittany Foutz
DJ: Quest Entertainment
Attendant Dresses: Alfred Sung
Groomsmen's Attire: Original Penguin
Hair: Roots Salon - Jillian Nance
Makeup: Lash, etc. - Jessica Hall

Wedding Wednesday: The O'Shea Wedding

The O'Shea Wedding | September 27, 2014 | Photography by Kathy Taylor Scott

Steve and Amber met while both working for the same small consulting firm. They started off as just friends, but, as time passed, their relationship became something much more.

On a Wednesday night in June, Steve planned a picnic for him and Amber at their favorite park: The Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, VA. The weather was perfect, the park was unusually empty, and Steve decided to propose. Amber said yes, and the couple went home to tell their friends and family the great news.

Amber and Steve both wanted a laid-back wedding, and there were plenty of personal touches that made the celebration distinct. Braeloch, the venue, was large and ideal for dancing and mingling. There were no assigned seats; rather, guests ate a buffet-style feast from Wildwood and sat together at long tables. The wedding cakes were customized to reflect Steve and Amber's interests. The main cake had an overall "baseball" theme because of the couple's love for baseball. The smaller cakes were embellished with Amber and Steve's favorite team logos--for her, the Atlanta Braves, and for him, the Philadelphia Phillies. Additionally, all of the centerpieces were DIY creations.

Music was ultimately one of the most important parts of the wedding for the couple. Their first dance was to "You've Got A Friend In Me" from Toy Story as a nod to their time spent as friends before they started dating. Amber danced with her dad to "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John, and Steve and his mom danced to "Just The Way You Are" by Billy Joel. The Bridesmaids walked down the aisle to "All I Ask of You" from the Phantom of the Opera Score, and the entire night was full of dancing and laughing to a variety of music played by the couple's DJ. During the last song, everyone got up and joined in a group dance. Amber and Steve's lively soundtrack created many fun moments and lasting memories for the couple to carry with them.

Be sure to see the O'Shea wedding on page 96 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Kathy Taylor Scott
Dress: Allure Bridal from Proms, Pageants and Pretty Things
Florist: George's Flowers
Cake: Cakes by Lisa
Venue: Braeloch
Caterer: Wildwood Smokehouse
Planner: Maggee Dorsey
Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendant's Dresses: Alfred Sung from Bella Bridesmaids
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair: Country Hair Salon
Transportation: Mountain Valley Transportation

Wedding Wednesday: The Benson Wedding

Chris & Katie Benson | July 12, 2014 | Photography by Stephanie Parker Photography

 Despite going to the same high school, it wasn't until after college that these two were stet up by mutual friends. Three years later on a weekend trip to Wintergreen Resort, Chris and Katie went for a drive to enjoy the scenery. It was next to a strategically chosen and foggy overlook that Chris stopped the car, walked to the overlook, and asked Katie to marry him. Katie carried on the tradition and planned her wedding for the month of July, because her parents and brother also got married in July. The wedding party was special to the couple because Katie's sister-in-law was her bridesmaid alongside Chris's sister and Katie's twin nieces acted as the flower girls. Chris's best man was his dad, and Katie's brother was a groomsman. A favorite moment from the wedding was when Chris and Katie had their "no-look" photo shoot before the ceremony, and Chris reached his hand around the door to hold Katie's. This was the moment Katie became most excited for the big day ahead. During the reception the food played a big role as guests enjoyed filet medallions, chicken foster, crab mac and cheese, and The Hotel Roanoke's signature potato cakes for dinner. During cocktail hour beforehand, guests dined on crab cakes and smoked chicken quesadillas. In addition to the great food, the wedding cake featured four different layers- two layers of spice cake with cream cheese frosting, Chris's favorite German chocolate cake, and almond cake with buttercream icing. For favors, the couple gave out bags of Hershey's Hugs and Kisses "from the new Mr. And Mrs."

Be sure to see the Benson wedding on page 70 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Stephanie Parker Photography
Dress: WToo from Bella Rosa Bridal
Florist: The Crystal Orchid
Cake: Evie's Wedding Cakes
Ceremony: duPont Chapel at Hollins University
Venue: The Hotel Roanoke
Caterer: The Hotel Roanoke
Planner: Lindy Stetson
Jewelry: Fink's
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: Alfred Sung from The Newfangled Bride
Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Hair & Makeup: Pampered & Polished Day Spa & Salon