John & Carter Hanna | August 3, 2013 | Photography by Sam Dean
John and Carter met in 2007 thanks to their families pushing them to meet. For his proposal during a family vacation, John first asked Carter's father and grandfather for her hand in marriage. After their approval, John took Carter for a walk on the beach; they returned to find her family waiting with champagne. Their family and friends played a large part in their wedding, thanks to each of them doing readings, greeting guests at the church and as flower girl and ring bearer. One of Carter's favorite memories of her wedding was incorporating her grandfather into her day - due to a last minute issue, he could not make it to the actual wedding. Carter surprised her family with a life-sized cutout "Granddad" that spent the entire weekend with them at the rehearsal, getting their makeup done, and even dancing at the reception! Because Carter has a passion for blue and white, plus John's love of bright colors, they used blue and white urns that he'd collected over the years with flower colors that popped. The blue and white lent to an Asian theme with their decorations and guests were given colorful fortune cookies as favors. At the end of the night when the band announced the last song, the happy bride actually burst into tears because she couldn't believe the night was over. Lucky for her, the band never wants to see the bride cry so they played one more song for her! The couple celebrated their new marriage with a honeymoon to the British Virgin Island, where they relaxed on a peaceful beach.
Be sure to see the Hanna wedding on page 72 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!
Photography: Sam Dean
Dress: New York Bride
Florist: George's Flowers
Cake: Linda Adams
Ceremony: St. John's Episcopal Church
Venue: Roanoke Country Club
Caterer: Roanoke Country Club
DJ: Sam Hill Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank