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Wedding Wednesday: The Parks Wedding

Joey & Mary Parks | September 7, 2013 | Photography by Jasmine Rose Photography

 Joey and Mary first met at a sorority formal at Concord University after Mary had noticed him in their geography class. A week after that first night of dancing and talking, the two went on their first date. A year and a half later, Joey proposed at Mary's annual family Christmas party. She was completely surprised and screamed "Yes!" in excitement. The couple didn't know exactly what kind of theme they wanted for their wedding, but they did know they wanted to have personal touches. One of these personal touches was the globe to sign in lieu of a guestbook and suitcases to place cards into to symbolize their love of geography. The décor also featured tree ring slabs, sunflowers, and personalized table numbers with fun facts about the couple. Though Mary says her favorite memory of the wedding was seeing all their family and friends in one place at the reception, the ceremony held many memories as well. At the end the officiant put a twist on the traditional and said, "Mary, you may now kiss your groom!" A happy accident occurred when guests were early and so was the opening of the bar. Guests sipped on drinks throughout the ceremony instead of after, but Mary recommends the switch now. The cake, which was chocolate caramel flavored and covered in fondant sunflowers, was made by one of Mary's best friends and bridesmaids. Cupcakes in various flavors were also served as dessert. Mary used music to help set the mood for the rustic late-summer wedding. The couple's first dance song was "The Perfect Two" by Auburn, because it was a popular song at the time Mary traveled to the Philippines and it describes her and Joey's relationship. A piano version of "Falling Slowly" by The Frames set the tone for Mary's walk down the aisle. The reception music was also an eclectic mix for all generations, and guests say it made for a memorable occasion. Because the couple loves travel, they knew they wanted a non-traditional choice for their honeymoon venue. They chose to vacation in the Dominican Republic where they snorkeled and tried new foods!

Be sure to see the Parks wedding on page 116 of the second issue of bridebook!

Photography: Jasmine Rose Photography
Dress: David's Bridal
Florist: Best Wishes
Cake: Gobble Cakes
Venue: Nesselrod Bed & Breakfast
Caterer: Bull and Bones
Planner: Allie Mannon, Nesselrod
Jewelry: Brooke's Jewelers
DJ: Brandon Riffe
Attendants' Dresses: David's Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse

Wedding Wednesday: The Housden Wedding

David & Morgan Housden | September 14, 2013 Photography by Amodeo Photography

After working together as line cooks for three years, Morgan and David finally made it official. Christmas Eve eventually became their "I love you" anniversary and David surprised Morgan with his proposal. While with his mom and sister, David asked Morgan to help him get presents out of his truck; he had their dog Kora come outside with a box in a stocking and Morgan knew he was about to pop the question! When they went back inside, his mom and sister had champagne waiting so they could celebrate. Morgan's favorite moment of the wedding was their special time together before the wedding madness started. They were led to chairs that sat back to back, where they held hands and read their love notes together. The long-awaited moment of marrying her soul mate finally felt real to Morgan, and she felt like they were the only two people in the room. Little details made their day come together, such as their dog-daughter Kora as a ring bearer; DIY touches such as cork and 3-colored twine for card and buffet label holders, hand painted wooden letters, antique table for the dessert bar, handmade chalkboards and flower girl baskets. Morgan and her father built the altar, which was a pergola with sunburst handrails, stained blue and decorated with ivory tulle and floral tufts. They also made heart-shaped platforms for the bridesmaids to stand on so their heels didn't sink in the grass! Morgan's brother and father walked her down the aisle. She and David had a unique ceremony with six different colors of sand and used a vintage milk bottle that they sealed with candle wax. Centerpieces were an assortment of vintage bottles and wildflowers and accompanied by three votive candles, 2 "I Spy" cards, disposable cameras, and info cards. Fun food was stationed around the reception area to promote mingling, with a chips and dip station, popcorn station, sliders, and more. The happy couple and their guests partied the night away, with David and Morgan visiting King's Dominion for a fun day together as they save up for a tropical honeymoon.

Be sure to see the Housden wedding on page 86 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Photography: Amodeo Photography
Dress: Symphony Bridal from The Newfangled Bride
Florist: The Flower Shoppe on Main
Cake: Sweet Caroline's
Venue: Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech
Caterer: Bull & Bones at the River and Lil' Bit Corny
Planner: White Peonies, Allie Mannon
Jewelry: Zales, Kay Jewelers, Filamina Jewelry, and Lemon's Jewelry
DJ: Baron Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: David's Bridal Groomsmen's
Attire: Calvin Klein from Men's Wearhouse
Ceremony Music: Guitarist Justin Craig