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Wedding Wednesday: The Parker Wedding

The Parker Wedding | December 2, 2017 | Photography by: Anna Bowser Photography

Even though Hannah Mankin and David Parker attended Radford University together, they never knew each other. After their best friends introduced them, their romance began. "My future husband was under my nose the whole time!" Hannah says. Lola, the couple's adopted puggle (half pug, half beagle!), played a key role in David's proposal. While they were both at their home in Lynchburg, David encouraged Hannah to cuddle their pup, and she found the beautiful ring that he had attached to the dog's collar just as David popped the question.

The couple's special day was made even more enchanting by the Christmas spirit that surrounded them. Magic was in the air before the couple even exchanged their vows: there was a Christmas parade before the ceremony, and Hannah even got a picture with Santa! To give their wedding a personalized touch, the couple decided to display a unique donut bar during the reception, and their cake oozed rustic elegance. The bridesmaids wore furs to keep warm during photos, and Hannah says that they all looked "uniquely beautiful." Hannah and David's ceremony was very meaningful to them, with important Bible verses that reflected their relationship perfectly. The short-and-sweet elegance of the ceremony paired with the air of Christmas made the couple's day one that they and their guests will never forget.

Make sure to see more of the Parker wedding on page 70 of bridebook!

Photography: Anna Bowser Photography
Dress: Studio I Do Bridals
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Cake: Fresh Baked Bakery
Venue: The Kyle House
Caterer: Schaal's Catering
Planner: Day Events - Michelle Day
Jewelry: Kay Jewelers
DJ: Troy Hamm
Videographer: Something Blue
Makeup: Makeup Artistry - Laci Fore
Hair: Sarah Cook

Wedding Wednesday: The Nolte Wedding

The Nolte Wedding | October 7, 2017 | Photography by: Anna Bowser Photography

When Christina Evans met Mike Nolte while they were in college, she was immediately captivated by his pale blue eyes and his competitive nature. They bonded over a shared interest in thrill-seeking, and the two soon realized how much exactly they had in common. Six years after first meeting, the couple found themselves both living in the Roanoke area, and eventually went out to dinner on their first date. When Mike surprised Christina on Election Day with a trip into Roanoke to climb their favorite mountain, McAfee Knob, they were disappointed when they saw that the trail was closed. Christina suggested they try Mill Mountain, and there, Mike suggested that they get their picture taken before heading back. As another couple went to take their photo, Mike got down on one knee and asked Christina to be his forever date. Christina says that it was her "dream proposal."

The couple had originally planned to become husband and wife in a barn at the base of the mountain to reflect their love of nature and rustic themes, but finally decided that their hearts wanted a mountain-top wedding. They cancelled the venue and and DJ and made some phone calls to family and friends notifying them of the change. Although some family members couldn't make the hike, there were still about 40 guests in attendance at the top of McAfee Knob to help the couple celebrate. The couple felt "indescribable excitement" as they were married at the top of the mountain, having their pictures taken in their wedding attire at their unique venue. With Christina's beautiful bouquet of peach dahlias and roses and a one-of-a-kind ceremony, the couple made their first steps as husband and wife after following their feet- and their hearts- up the mountain.

Make sure to see more of the Nolte wedding on page 48 of bridebook!

Photography: Anna Bowser Photography
Dress: Allure
Flowers: Andrea Ferment
Reception: The Homeplace
Hair & Makeup: Jessica Kroll
Cake: Fresh Baked Bakery
Jewelry: Diamonds Direct
Videography: Michael's Video

Wedding Wednesday: The Hale Wedding

The Hale Wedding | September 16, 2017 | Photography by: Anna Bowser Photography

When Lauren Boitnott bumped into Rob Hale at a weekly bingo night, she was a sophomore at Virginia Tech. Rob, a recent graduate, asked her for her number, and their story begins with her entering "Lauren Bingo Girl" into his phone. During Lauren's senior year, she took a job in New York. Before she left Blacksburg and Rob behind, she gave him a little notebook in which to record his thoughts and precious moments while they were apart. A year later, the couple was on vacation in Savannah, and when they arrived for the dinner reservation that Rob had made, they were told that their table wasn't ready. Awaiting their table, the couple wandered the park across the street. There, Rob pulled out his notebook, which Lauren had never opened. When he opened it, Lauren saw an engagement ring sitting within a cut out section of pages. Lauren says she was "speechless," and when they returned to the restaurant for dinner, they were greeted with her closest friends, ready to celebrate the happy occasion.

Rob had once told Lauren that "he couldn't give away all his cards at once," so on their wedding day, Lauren gave him an incomplete deck of cards. As each of her bridesmaids walked down the aisle, they handed Rob cards to complete the deck, finishing up with Lauren's ace of hearts. To pay homage to the place that they met, the couple incorporated bingo into their minimal, classic reception and chose to forgo a guest book for "advice cards." Prompts for these included, "What should we name our kids and why?" and "Write us a haiku!" The beauty of the celebration was thanks in part to Lauren's aunt, who literally climbed a mountain to put together the beautiful and unique floral arrangements. The guests went home with custom Sharkey's glasses as another nod to Virginia Tech, rounding out Lauren and Rob's one-of-a-kind celebration.

Make sure to see more of the Hale wedding on page 46 of bridebook!

Photography: Anna Bowser Photography
Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal
Flowers: Florals by Kimberly
Venue: Sinkland Farms
Caterer: Country Kitchen
Cake: Tara Delp
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Hair: Uptown Hair and Nail Salon
Makeup: Jolina Does Makeup
Favors: Sharkey's
Cocktail Hour Appetizers: Kelly Paige
Videography: Carolina Story Film Company