Posts tagged Creative Occasions
Wedding Wednesday: The Gregory Wedding

The Gregory Wedding | November 11, 2017 | Photography by: Chelsea Anderson Photography

Lacy Grindstaff and Garrett Gregory met in college, through the Baptist Collegiate Ministries at Virginia Tech. They became great friends quickly, and a romance soon followed. While taking Lacy on a tour of some of their most meaningful places in their relationship, Garrett was planning on asking Lacy to be his wife, and the tour ended on the Tech drillfield with a sweet letter and Garrett's proposal. "It was such a fun night because we got to relive the best parts of our relationship!" Lacy says.

Lacy and Garrett's special day was made picture-perfect thanks to an elegant color scheme of gold, champagne and blush, as well as a location that allowed the couple to get their favorite photo: their sparkler exit! The couple says that their wedding was unique because of all of the love that they experienced from the people that all gathered to support them. "To us, it felt uniquely joyful," Lacy says, "I would argue that we were uniquely blessed to be surrounded by so many people who were so genuinely joyful with us in celebrating out marriage." After the ceremony, which the couple viewed as the culmination of their excitement, the guests were handed out custom koozies and coffee favors, adding a fun and personalized spin to Lacy and Garrett's joyful day. "The joy that we felt is a feeling neither of us will ever forget!" Lacy says.

Make sure to see more of the Gregory wedding on page 64 of bridebook!

Photography: Chelsea Anderson Photography
Dress: Lang's Bridal
Flowers: Creative Occasions
Venue: Charter Hall
DJ: DV Entertainment
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair: Rachael Spence
Attendants' Dresses: David's Bridal
Jewelry: Fink's Jewelers
Planner: Trinity Bess

Wedding Wednesday: The Addington Wedding

The Addington Wedding | October 14, 2017 | Photography by: Hope Taylor Photography

Melissa Brown and John Addington dated in high school, and even then they had an immediate connection. After going their separate ways after John left for college, they found, 14 years later, when they happened to be in the same local restaurant, that their connection was still as strong as ever. Melissa, who had moved back into town and found the dating pool to be shallow, thought about John and wondered what he had been up to. She saw him in the restaurant, and went up to him to say hi. John saw that Melissa was as beautiful and bubbly as ever, so he asked her out two nights later, and the rest is history. In December of 2016, John and Melissa were renovating her grandmother's house, and inside one of the cleared-out rooms was a wrapped present for Melissa. She opened it to see some chocolates and a photo album dedicated to their "Nexts," such as their "Next Smile" or "Next Kiss." John then got down on one knee and proposed to Melissa in a moment that was so special to her because of all of the good times that she'd had with her family in that room.

Melissa and John's wedding was tailored to their personalities perfectly. The festive fall ceremony was Melissa's favorite memory from the day because she was ecstatic to be marrying her best friend and "starting our forever officially." The joyful occasion was made special by the couple's first look, in which John was overcome with emotion seeing his bride. "I've never seen anything so beautiful in my entire life," John says. It was important to the couple to involve their family in their special day, and so they decided that Melissa's aunt and uncle's farm in Bridgewater, VA was the perfect place to tie the knot, because they had had so many good memories there. Melissa and John wanted their guests to have the time of their lives at their wedding, so, thanks to a lively band and the jars of applebutter that guests took home as favors at the end of the night, the rustic farm wedding was a celebration that they would cherish forever.

Make sure to see more of the Addington wedding on page 52 of bridebook!

Photography: Hope Taylor Photography
Dress: Hayley Paige
Flowers: Creative Occasions
Venue: Mapleton Farm
Caterer: Pumpernickel Pickle Catering
DJ: Sam Hill Entertainment
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair: Renaissance Salon - Michelle Anas
Cake: Leigh Guidi
Attendants Dresses: BHLDN
Jewelry: Fink's Jewelers
Rentals: Aztec Rental
Musicians: Montpelier Quartet

Wedding Wednesday: The Solomon Wedding

The Solomon Wedding | September 2, 2017 | Photography by: Chris Jackson Photography

Adrian Solomon was hosting a cooking class at his apartment when he met Sydney Myers. The two hit it off and exchanged phone numbers at the end of the night, not knowing that their shared interest in food would be the beginning of the rest of their lives together. While on a trip to France and Italy a matter of months later, the couple was driving up a mountain and stopped to walk down a path that had a stunning view of the sea. On the opposite side of the road, Adrian had set up a camera to hopefully capture his proposal. When Sydney turned from admiring the view, she found Adrian down on one knee with a ring, asking her to be his wife. Adrian's camera ended up running out of memory, but the moment turned out to be so memorable, the couple didn't even need it.

The couple's chose the Taubman Museum to be the venue of their unique travel-themed wedding, which celebrated the diverse culture of the families involved. To represent the couple's favorite genres of food, the cuisine was served at food stations: a pasta bar, a taco bar and a steakhouse station, preceded by "lumpia," a well-known food in Filipino culture as an appetizer. During the wedding, Adrian surprised Sydney and their guests with a live performance of "Wagon Wheel," and the couple enjoyed dancing with their close friends and family throughout the evening.

Make sure to see more of the Solomon wedding on page 44 of bridebook!

Photography: Chris Jackson Photography
Dress: Kitty Chen
Flowers: Creative Occasions
Venue: The Taubman Museum of Art
Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering
DJ: DV Entertainment
Groomsmen's Attire: Kenneth Cole
Hair: Laurel Hill
Nails: Polished by Claire V.
Invitations and Programs: Appalachian Press
Attendants Dresses: Azazie
Jewelry: Jewells Fine Jewelry
Planner: Cheryl Myers