Posts tagged Center in the Square
Wedding Wednesday: The Fluker Wedding

The Fluker Wedding | April 26, 2016 | Photography by: Pat Cori Photography

Sarah White and Thomas "Ray" Fluker met in their early years, as students at Roanoke College. They had a class together, but didn't spend much time with one another during their time at school. Thanks to social media they were able to stay connected after gradution, and after ten years, two career changes, and a couple of gentle denials on Sarah's end, the two found themselves both in the same place at the same time. Back in Salem, the two of them got together for dinner at a Roanoke College staple, followed by a walk through campus, which landed the couple at a set of rocking chairs, where they sat and talked for hours. Ray and Sarah would revisit these rocking chairs when he asked her to spend the rest of her life with him, to the tune of "Question" by the Old 97.

The two wanted their wedding day to be romantic, classic, and fun. The event began with a beautiful ceremony at the Taubman, with rose petals lining the aisles. The ceremony paid tribute not only to their love, but also to Sarah's parents. Sarah wore a piece of her mother's wedding dress, sewn into her own, and she wore the pearls that her father had gifted her mother on their first wedding anniversary.

The reception was held on the roof of the Center in The Square, where they enjoyed each other, their friends, and their family, with a delightful variety of southern comfort food, such as chicken and waffles, mac and cheese, and lemonade. Sarah's and Ray's favorite part of the night was standing on that roof top surrounded by their friends and family.

Their wedding was a romantic celebration of love and friendship. The perfect evening, starting with a classic ceremony, and ending with a fun roof-top party with the perfect view to start the rest of their lives together. A view they can look back on for years to come. As a surprise for Sarah, Ray set up for a drone to capture video and photographs of the reception. This was a guest favorite, and sure to be a fun way to revisit their wedding in the years to come.

Make sure to see more of the Fluker Wedding on page 40 of bridebook!

Photography by: Pat Cori Photography
Dress: Becky's Bridal
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Copper Hill Cakes and Cookies
Ceremony: Taubman Museum of Art
Venue: Center in the Square
Planner: Simplicity
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendant Dresses: Becky's Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Black Tux
Videographer: Michael's Video
Drone: Autonomous Flight Technologies, Inc.
Hair & Makeup: Lex Cheveux Salon & Day Spa
Lighting: Lighting Ninja, Inc.
Ice Sculpture: Masterpiece Ice Sculptures
Harpist: Karlee Lanum

Wedding Wednesday: The Handy Wedding

The Handy Wedding | October 10, 2015 | Photography by: Lori Hedrick Photography

Natalie and Jason actually crossed paths several times on the volleyball court before introducing themselves at a pizza place. They got to chatting and Jason offered Natalie a slice, but she turned him down. Later, she and her friend did decide they wanted a pie so they walked out with one. They ran into Jason again not too long after, and he made a joke about the pizza they now had. Natalie threw the slice in her hand at him, and naturally true love bloomed from there.

To propose, Jason got the staff at Frankie Rowlands involved. They set up a word scramble challenge and asked the couple to participate. The first two that Natalie solved were her favorite food and drink at the restaurant, and she was more than ready for her third challenge. It was only three words, “Let’s get married.” Upon solving it, she looked up at Jason and said, “That’s not food.” Once she saw the ring and realized what was happening, she started laughing and accepted.

They both agree their favorite memory from their wedding day were their minor issues in cutting the cake. Someone had forgotten the serving knife, so they had to cut it with a small paring knife. Then, when trying to cut the cake, Jason couldn’t get the knife to go through. He even asked if the cake was frozen. After some thought they realized, no, it wasn’t frozen, they were trying to cut through the board separating the layers!

The wedding didn’t have a theme so much as Natalie just really, really liked candles and cylinders. They used them everywhere in the event space, lining the stairs and the aisle as well as putting them on the tables. For some extra color, they added flowers around the cylinders too. The effect of all the candlelight was a soft, romantic light, and it made their wedding feel even more magical.

Natalie and Jason wanted their menu to reflect them. Jason loved to grill, so they served chicken and flank steak grilled on the spot by Pumpernickle Pickle. For desserts, they had ten different kinds! The guests loved it, if the lack of leftovers was anything to go by.

Another important aspect of their wedding was their venue. They chose to get married on the Rooftop at Center in the Square in Roanoke, which gave them the freedom to do something special with the ceremony. Instead of having their guests sit in rows, they set the chairs up in a circle around them. It let the guests feel more included in the ceremony, and it provided an opportunity for some great candid shots!

Make sure to see more from the Handy Wedding on page 90 of bridebook!

Photography by: Lori Hedrick Photography
Dress: Monique Lhuillier Couture from Nitsa's Apparel
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Kelli's Cakes
Venue: Center in the Square
Caterer: Pumpernickel Pickle Catering
Planner: Simplicity Jewelry: Tacori and Fink's
DJ: Quest Entertainment
Lighting: Lighting Ninjas
Makeup: LASH
Hair: Prim Hair Salon
Rentals: Aztec Rental
Linens: BBJ Linens
Officiate: Mike Lauridsen of Parkway Wesleyan Church

Wedding Wednesday: The Prisley Wedding

The Prisley Wedding | September 12, 2015 | Photography by: Noah Magnifico- Photographer

After both Sandee and Stephen had posted statuses on Facebook on Valentine’s Day, a mutual friend introduced them to each other. They traded messages back and forth for a while, and then they met for Brunch at Rockfish. They spent the morning talking, and the rest was history.

Steve’s proposal came as a complete surprise for Sandee. He invited her along on a work conference to Virginia Beach because he knew she loved the ocean. On a walk along the beach, just as Sandee was asking if he was ready to go back to the hotel, Steve caught her in a kiss and started telling her how much he loved having her in his life. She didn’t even realize it was a proposal until halfway through! When he got down on one knee and pulled out a ring, the people in the hotel behind them cheered.

Sandee’s favorite memory of the wedding was when the reverend read the letters she and Steve had written for each other. His letter was loving, funny, and wise—Just like him. (Clowning around during the cake cutting was a close second though!)

The style of the wedding was what Sandee jokingly called “vintage whimsical.” She and her mother made about thirty pillows using lace from her grandmother’s stash and map-printed fabric to represent Steve, and they scattered them on the benches during the ceremony. Sandee also made, refashioned, or repurposed all the cupcake stands, designed the table centerpieces, crafted the aisle markers for the ceremony, and made their cake toppers. The main colors of the wedding were rich red coral and aqua blue, with lime green and orange as accents.

The train of Sandee’s dress was fashioned from the Watteau train on her mother’s dress, and the gold brooch pinned at the top had been worn by her great-grandmother, grandmother, and her mother.

For their venue, they chose the Center in the Square Rooftop. The amazing vista of the mountains and the city was only part of the reason why; they also had a history with it. The night of its grand re-opening, they had gotten dinner downtown and found a band playing in the market. It was the first night they danced together, and the night Sandee realized she was falling in love.

To end the wedding, they had a parade from the reception to the hotel. It was only a few blocks away, so they handed out maracas, bells, and kazoos. Thirty or forty guests came along through the streets and across a footbridge, the perfect ending to a wonderful day!

Make sure to see more from the Prisley Wedding on page 84 of bridebook!

Photography by: Noah Magnifico- Photographer
Dress: Nicole Miller from Nordstrom's
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Evie's Wedding Cakes
Venue: Center in the Square
Caterer: Center Stage Catering
Planner: The Perfect Fairytale
Jewelry: Sylvie and Brilliant Earth
DJ: Music, Music, and More Music
Groomsmen Attire: Proms, Pageants, and Pretty Things
Hair: Bliss Studio- Brandy Moorman
Makeup: Pampered & Polished- Jolina Goad