Posts tagged Amy McArthur
Wedding Wednesday: The O'Connor Wedding

 Tom & Ali O'Connor | July 19, 2014 | Photography by Chelsa Yoder Photography

When Ali's coworker invited Tom to a work function in hopes of making a business deal, it didn't turn out quite as expected. The business deal fell through, but Tom fell for Ali. They reconnected a few weeks later in Daytona Beach, Florida where they were both working an event for NASCAR. When it came time for the proposal, Tom was filled with nerves. He didn't sleep the night before, and when Ali came home from work she noticed that dinner was ready and a table was set with a Tiffany's box in the middle. Tom immediately dropped to one knee and proposed in the middle of their living room. Tom didn't stop there! He presented Ali with crystal champagne glasses and insisted on taking them to tailgate before a Phil Philips concert even though Ali argued it wasn't a good idea. Little did she know a limousine was waiting outside to take them to and from the concert that evening. Ali knew exactly what she wanted and chose a light peach, blush, cream, gold, and green color scheme for their summer wedding. Centerpieces featured vintage hydrangeas from a family friend's garden. Ali had the help of her family members in crafting the bar menu, seating chart, arbor, guest book, and ring box in order to make her dream come alive. She was also set on the cake being red velvet flavored and having some texture and touches of color. It was important to the couple that guests sample all their favorite foods, so they included a charcuterie board, Southern classics station, bistro tender short plate, and a dessert station. A favorite memory of the evening was the presence of Tom and Ali's closest friends and family members. Ali was able to spend a special moment together with her aunt and mother putting together last minute details for the wedding. Tom loved seeing Ali for the first time and the look on her face. They wanted to make sure everyone felt included in their wedding, so they had two maids of honor, six bridesmaids, one best man, and seven groomsmen. Ali's father also incorporated a fun family memory by bringing his 1976 Volkswagen Beetle to the venue.

Be sure to see the O'Connor wedding on page 72 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Chelsa Yoder Photography
Dress: Roses by Reem Acra from Nordstrom
Florist: Gloriosa
Cake: Evie's Wedding Cakes
Venue: Sundara
Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering
Planner: Amy McArthur
Jewelry: Fink's, Diamonds Direct, and Tiffany & Co.
Entertainment/DJ: The Roanoke Symphony and RSP Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: J. Crew
Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Hair & Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa

Wedding Wednesday: The Gelderblom Wedding

Dirk & Kelly Gelderblom | May 31, 2014 | Photography by Kemper Mills Fant Photography

 These two world travelers were brought together by a mutual friend in Roanoke where they hit it off immediately. Kelly says they ignored everyone else in the room that first night and have been smitten with each other ever since. One day while Kelly planned to give a presentation on rocks to her preschool class, Dirk had a very different plan in mind. Kelly asked him to bring some rocks he borrowed to show the children, but he brought a very special rock with him that day and had the proposal videotaped with the help of her colleagues. Fitting with their love of traveling, the couple's wedding guests were from all around the world. Dirk's family is Dutch, so it was important to them to incorporate Dutch food and honor old traditions. They incorporated a banner passed down in Dirk's family as a decoration in the ceremony. The groomsmen also participated in honoring Dirk's heritage by wearing matching socks and suspenders in the Dutch national color "oranje" and cutting off the toes of his socks as part of a tradition to ensure that he would never run off with another woman. A special décor element incorporated part of Kelly's childhood as well. The bar featured vases of live salamanders and a brick salamander because she grew up catching them in a pond behind her house. Other notable elements were the flowers, music, food, and cigar bar.

Be sure to see the Gelderblom wedding on page 44 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Kemper Mills Fant Photography
Dress: Claire Pettibone
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Evie's Wedding Cakes
Venue: Sundara
Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering
Planner: Amy McArthur- Sundara
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: J. Crew
Linens: BBJ Linen
Officiant: Andres Garcia
Ceremony & Cocktail Music: The Green Boys
Transportation: Mountain Valley Transportation
Makeup: Ashlee Castner
Hair: Zee's Salon & Day Spa

Wedding Wednesday: The Buck Wedding

 Chad & Laura Buck | October 4, 2013 | Photography by Meagan C. Iwaniszek-Reynolds

After fate brought them back together after being separated for four years after they dated for one, Chad was able to propose to Laura in a unique way. Laura is prone to nightmares and dreams that often leave her waking in tears, so Chad bought her a dream catcher to ward off these night terrors. The dream catcher did more than that, because attached to it was Laura's engagement ring! The couple decided on a rustic country themed wedding with a peacock color scheme of black, purple and teal. These colors were carried throughout the flowers and centerpieces, which featured teal Mason jars as well as the colored lighting at the reception under the tent. The ceremony and reception were both held at Sundara, which Laura says gave them a very relaxing day in a peaceful environment to prepare for the wedding. It also gave her one of her favorite memories of the day: the perfect weather and beautiful view. Their close family and friends enjoyed the day with them and dined on 250 mini cupcakes as well as Brie and apple dip. Because Laura's mother is a travel agent, they had only the best of the best for their honeymoon. Chad and Laura vacationed in the Dominican Republic where they had their own personal butler to make the trip even more special.

Be sure to see the Buck wedding on page 120 of the second issue of bridebook!

Photography: Meagan C. Iwaniszek-Reynolds
Dress: AmRhein's
Florist: George's Flowers
Cake: Center Stage Catering
Venue: Sundara
Caterer: Center Stage Catering
Planner: Amy McArthur
Jewelry: Fink's
DJ: Quest Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: David's Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: AmRhein's
Transportation: Executive Town & Car