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Wedding Wednesday: The Ally Wedding

Shaun & Jodi Ally | June 28, 2014 Photography by William Mahone Photography

 Shaun knew he had his work cut out for him when deciding how to propose to Jodi. He knew she had a specific engagement ring in mind, so he consulted Jodi's best friend Kathleen to make sure he selected just the right one. As he had during their first Valentine's Day together, Shaun presented Jodi with a Coach purse, but this time there was more to the surprise. Inside the bag was a custom made ring to match the one from the picture Jodi sent Kathleen years ago. She was absolutely thrilled to see the ring of her dreams and to soon be marrying the man of her dreams. The couple found the perfect venue to help keep their rustic, vintage wedding simple yet beautiful. Because they let the mountaintop be their main backdrop, they were able to focus on more important decorative elements such as baby pictures of the bride and groom lining the aisle, wine from Chateau Morrisette used in the wooden wine box ceremony, and a guest book bench that Jodi's father handmade. The colors of the wedding were magenta, turquoise, and lilac, which were beautifully displayed in the "Best Day Ever" banner made by the couple, their parents, and the wedding party and hung behind the head table during the reception. Shaun and Jodi took the music selection at their wedding very seriously since Shaun is a musician. They found the perfect duo to perform songs during their ceremony such as "Let It Be Me" for Jodi's walk down the aisle and "You Are The Best Thing" for the couple's recessional. "Shelter" was the couple's first dance song, "Wildflowers" was sung for the father daughter dance, and Shaun and his mother danced to "How Sweet It Is." All these songs and more were combined to make a CD for guests to take as their favors. Food was also an important element for Shaun and Jodi. During the reception, guests dined on meatballs, veggie calzones, eggplant parmesan, and chicken bella. Their favorite memory of the night, though, was having a family friend read their responses to questions about their love for one another.

Be sure to see the Ally wedding on page 58 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography by William Mahone Photography
Dress: Bella Rosa Bridal
Florist: Best Wishes Flowers & Gifts
Cake: Cakes by Lisa
Venue: Silver Hearth Lodge
Caterer: Mickey G's
Jewelry: DB Bowles Jewelers and Kent Jewelers
DJ: Master Taylor Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: Bella Rosa Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair: Marcia Meadows
Makeup: Azario Salon & Day Spa
Ceremony Music: Carrington Kay

Wedding Wednesday: The Hendricks Wedding

 TJ & Laura Hendricks | June 14, 2014 | Photography by Noah Magnifico

 TJ and Laura owe it all to a mutual friend who brought the two together one night in Florida. Laura's friend invited her down for spring break in March of 2012, and though it wasn't her initial plan, something told her she needed to go. When she arrived, she met her friend's roommate TJ. The two spent the whole evening talking, and at the end of the trip TJ drove Laura to the airport and tricked her into giving him her phone number for "safety purposes" of course. The two kept in touch, and a month later TJ flew her out from Texas to see him again. After seven months of a long distance relationship, TJ knew Laura was the one. He proposed to her while she was visiting for Thanksgiving by driving out to the beach in Corpus Christi, Texas. Because Laura spent ten years living in Texas, and TJ finished his part of his flight school training there as well, she knew a rustic themed wedding was a must. She achieved this aesthetic by using wooden trunk pieces in the centerpieces, mason jars and burlap, and the old wooden door used for seating assignments. And of course, the cowboy boots she wore under her dress! The centerpieces helped incorporate romantic elements into the rustic theme as well, consisting of sunflowers, gerbera daisies, and twigs. They were all different heights, and some featured votive candles while others featured tall vases with burlap to create and interesting and unique look. The table numbers were also unique because Laura's mother handmade them by wrapping burlap around boards and gluing on every pearl to create the numbers. It was also important that military elements be present as well since TJ flies for the U.S. Navy. TJ chose the venues because it was important to him as a Virginia Tech alumnus. The camouflage koozie favors were also Virginia Tech colors and featured the helicopter TJ flies. Laura even incorporated the military theme into her garter, which featured the red "Remove Before Flight" tag and a helicopter charm. A final element to honor TJ's active duty was the sword arch in which the couple walked through and had to kiss in order to pass through each set of swords. One of the most important memories of the day was the coming together of friends and family from all over the United States and the world.

Be sure to see the Hendricks wedding on page 52 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Noah Magnifico
Dress: Que Bella Bridal Boutique
Florist: Best Wishes Flowers & Gifts
Cake: Sandy Huff
Ceremony: Virginia Tech War Memorial Chapel
Venue: Virginia Tech German Club
Caterer: Personal Touch Catering
Planner: Events by Sherri
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: Morie Lee by Madeline Gardener
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: Jennifer Caldwell
Officiant: Reggie Tuck

Wedding Wednesday: The Mansdoerfer Wedding

Michael & Catherine Mansdoerfer | May 24, 2014 Photography by Skyryder Photography LLC

Catherine was waiting on pins and needles for Michael to pop the question after ring shopping. After almost five years of dating, Michael picked a day to surprise her at her apartment in Richmond after telling her he would be working in Radford all weekend. She knew immediately that the moment she'd been waiting for was finally happening. The couple took a short vacation in the Outer Banks, NC to celebrate the proposal. Both Michael and Catherine being Virginia Tech alumni, there was no question that the theme of the wedding must be centered around their alma mater. The wedding colors were maroon and orange, which could be seen in everything from the bridesmaids' gowns to the flower arrangements and even Catherine's garter. The ceremony also had special elements such as the pastor's special speech about traditional wedding traditions. To keep things personal, the music choices were all favorites of the couple, their parents, and family friends. Additionally, Michael and Catherine honored military and emergency response members, donated to the Marching Virginians in honor of Ryan Clark and the Officer Deriek Crouse fund in place of favors, and donated the centerpieces to a local nursing home in honor of Catherine's Pop Pop. In keeping with their love of Virginia Tech, the Hokie Bird made an appearance to entertain guests during the reception.

Be sure to see the Mansdoerfer wedding on page 36 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Skyryder Photography LLC
Dress: White Swan Bridal
Florist: Best Wishes Flowers & Gifts
Cake: The Orange Bandana
Ceremony: Virginia Tech War Memorial Chapel
Venue: The Inn at Virginia Tech
Caterer: The Inn at Virginia Tech
Jewelry: Kent Jewelers
Attendants' Dresses: White Swan Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Chantilly Lace
Videographer: Alzuro Productions