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