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Wedding Wednesday: The Purser Wedding

The Purser Wedding | September 20, 2014 | Photography by Michael Kaal Photography

David and Kecia met each other solely by fate. Even though David was only in Roanoke for a one-night work event, he miraculously ended up at the same local bar as Kecia. There, the two struck up a conversation as they were in line for the bathroom. They hit it off instantly and have been inseparable since.

For the proposal, David took Kecia to London to visit his family and see his hometown. Upon arrival, Kecia was surprised to learn that David had planned a surprise trip for just the two of them. They drove to Edinburgh where David had made reservations at the Scotsman hotel, arranged a spa day, and planned to take Kecia out for a luxurious dinner at Monteith's. To end the adventure, David took Kecia to the foot of the Edinburgh castle, opened a bottle of champagne, and proposed.

Kecia and David wanted their wedding to reflect their unique relationship, and so many of the details were handmade or customized specifically for them. There were hand-painted goblets that matched the wedding attire, and pebble embossed, Swarovski crystal buckle invitations made by Kecia herself. There was also a twinkling branch arch--a nod to the couple's time in Scotland--that led to the ballroom. Other personal touches included a memory table filled with pictures of passed loved ones, and a guest book hand-painted by David's sister to match the wedding colors.  The ultimate personal touch, however, was Kecia and David's handwritten vows and customized ceremony.

To further reflect their backgrounds , Kecia and David included nods to both Roanoke and England in the wedding festivities. The wedding party took pictures at the Roanoke Star and enjoyed foods and cocktails from some of Kecia and David's favorite local restaurant like Formosa, Benny Marconi's and Table 50. The wedding favors, on the other hand, were classically British: English telephone box bottle opener magnets adorned with the Union Jack.

The overall theme of the wedding was elegance with a touch of glam. This was conveyed perfectly with tall, hydrangea rose arrangements and custom made champagne blush linens (for just a little sparkle!) Each guest was treated to a formal, sit-down dinner of lamb, chicken, or salmon, and there were several toasts and fun surprises throughout the evening. David gave an entertaining welcome speech and performed a surprise act during the garter toss. The newlywed couple even got to video chat with David's grandmother in England, and commemorate Kecia's grandfather's 80th birthday. To end the night, the couple made a surprise exit to a limousine, and enjoyed champagne courtesy of Kecia's mother and father. The wedding was followed by a picturesque honeymoon at the Secrets Maroma Beach all-inclusive resort in Playa Del Carmen. There, the couple swam with dolphins, enjoyed private dinners, and relaxed on the beach to kick-off their new lives together.

Be sure to see the Purser wedding on page 90 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Michael Kaal Photography
Dress: Maggie Sottero from Celebration Bridal
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Cake: Casey's Cakes
Venue: Patrick Henry Ballroom
Caterer: Table 50 and Formosa
DJ: Alan Dever
Attendants' Dresses: Mori Lee from Celebration Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Hair: Eksklusiv Salon
Linens: Mylk and Honey and Sara Freund
Table Numbers: Wine Accents by Linda
Toasting Goblets: Laura's Custom Artwork

Wedding Wednesday: The Parry Wedding

The Parry Wedding | September 20, 2014 | Photography by William Mahone Photography

As soon as Kelly laid eyes on Jacob, she was taken aback by his charming smile and radiating personality. She was smitten with him instantly, and that feeling never left.

On the night of the proposal, Kelly and Jacob were vacationing in Virginia Beach, and Jacob was being particularly lovey-dovey as they were sharing a walk on the shore. Kelly noticed that Jacob kept walking faster and faster, and suspected that something was up. Sure enough, he eventually got on one knee and popped the question. That moment, Kelly says, was like music to her ears.

The impact of the wedding didn't hit Kelly until right before the processional. She was overwhelmed by emotion as she held her father's hand and gazed at the man that would become her husband. When she finally reached the end of the aisle to meet Jacob, she was overjoyed and wanted to savor every moment of their special day.

Jacob and Kelly chose a venue that was both classy and unique. It was a renovated factory building with large, breathtaking windows and an impressive grand staircase. The building required few decorations, so the couple focused on using lighting to give warmth and brightness to the ceremony and reception. The dramatic lighting complemented the sleek and simple wedding colors: black and white. Kelly and Jacob even included a large, exclusively black and white candy buffet as a guest favor to compliment their theme. The flowers also proved to be a stunning addition to the evening. Kelly got her florist to pick flowers that looked just like peonies, even though peonies were out of season. The blush tones in the bouquet softened the black and white perfectly.

After the ceremony, guests had fun posing in a photo booth wearing props like Viking hats and oversized sunglasses. Additional, Kelly's sister painted a canvas with a huge red heart for guests to sign instead of a traditional guest book. This was a huge hit, and added a truly unique touch to the reception.

Be sure to see the Parry wedding on page 88 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography by William Mahone Photography
Dress: Vera Wang from David's Bridal
Florist: Perfect Arrangement
Cake: Diane's Cake Creations
Venue: Tresca on 8th
Caterer: Pumpernickel Pickle
Jewelry: Jewell's Fine Jewelry
Attendants' Dresses: David's Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein from Men's Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: Eksklusiv Salon -Meredith Harris

Wedding Wednesday: The Kunkel Wedding

Dennis & Ania Kunkel | June 22, 2014 | Photography by Noah Magnifico

Dennis and Ania can say they really are the perfect match since they met on match.com in 2013. Ania says she knew from their second day of dating that they would get married, and Dennis made that dream of hers come true. Being a true romantic, Dennis waited for the perfect moment to propose after buying the ring a month earlier. One night, the two were talking in Ania's car after a church event when Dennis leaned toward her and reached under her driver's seat. He had been hiding the ring there all along, and it was finally time to surprise her! He chose the ring very carefully to perfectly embody there relationship. The ring has three stones- one on each side to signify Dennis and his children as well as Ania and hers and a middle stone to signify the combined family. They chose a modern Victorian theme for their wedding which was held in an old, vintage barn. Dennis's favorite moment of the day was watching his beautiful bride walk down the aisle to the song "I Can Only Imagine." It was important to incorporate their families into the wedding as much as possible. The couple involved their children into all aspects of the wedding, such as the lighting of the unity candle which was Ania's favorite moment. Even the food was family themed. Dennis's mother baked the wedding cake, which was the first three-tier wedding cake she'd ever made that looked and tasted good. The guests' favors contained personalized jars of Polish candy since Ania's family is from Poland. Another very unique touch was their wedding date of June 22, because their first date was at a restaurant called 622 North.

Be sure to see the Kunkel wedding on page 56 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography by Noah Magnifico
Dress: Bridal and Formal Boutique
Florist: amazonflowers.com
Cake: Arlene Kunkel
Venue: The Kyle House
Caterer: Schaal's Catering & Events
Planner: Allure Weddings & Events
Jewelry: Diamonds International and Pav & Broome Diamond Jewelers
DJ: Music, Music, & More Music
Attendants' Dresses: Rare Editions from Dillards
Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang from Men's Wearhouse
Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa- Jessica Hall
Hair: Eksklusiv Salon- Medina Spreco