The Marshall Wedding | May 21, 2016 | Photography by: Pat Cori Photography
Jessica Boatwright and Alexander "Alec" Marshall met by chance. She, taking summer classes in Blacksburg, needed to sublease an apartment. Her friend had an open space, in a three room apartment. So that summer it was Jessica, her friend/biology partner, and, inevitably, Alec. Living together that summer the two spent quite a bit of time together and their friendship grew, but it wasn't until she had moved out, the summer had passed, and a friend pointed out how good the two looked together did Jessica note that her feelings for Alec had definitely surpassed the "just friends" stage. And yet, it wasn't until more than a year later that the two became "official."
In September 2014, She and Alec had made plans to celebrate Jessica's Birthday with friends back in Blacksburg, enjoying a Virginia Tech game. The Hokies won, and a day later, the two left Blacksburg in favor of a secluded cabin to celebrate Jessica's birthday with her family. On a walk, just the two of them, Alec started to hum a Meatloaf song to himself. Jessica couldn't place the song, but if she could, she would have known what was coming. The chorus goes, "Will you make me so happy for the rest of my life? Will you take me away and will you make me your wife?" The two came up on a scenic overlook, and that is where Alec got down on one knee and asked Jessica to be his. The two were shaking with excitement by the time Alec was sliding the ring on her finger.
The wedding was full of soft, comforting colors: light gray, neutral creme, gold, and dusty rose. The colors were incorporated in the DIY center pieces and the bouquets of the bridal party. Each bridesmaid got a bouquet of one type of flower, either Larkspur, pink snaps, roses, alstroemeria, carnations, or tulips. Jessica's bouquet being a combination of the six flowers.
Jessica and Alec always thought of their friends as a big part of who they are, and their wedding day was no exception. One of their friends made the wedding cake, a four-tier multi flavored creation. Jessica's old roommate gone pastry chef made their chocolate box wedding favors. Yet another "foody" friend catered the wedding. One friend owns a stationary company and helped design invitations. Another who is tech savvy designed the Save the Dates. Even their school teacher friend helped to make their wedding kid friendly and fun for all ages. It was definitely a coming together of the greatest kind.
On the day of their wedding there was a light rain that Jessica's recalls hearing pattering on the roof, while a muted glow from the fire cast a romantic air. Alec's face full of joy and promise stared at her as she vowed to love him for the rest of her days. Some brides dread the rain, but, with the help of the soft drizzle, Jessica remembers her wedding as romantic, warm, and inviting.
Make sure to see more of the Marshall Wedding on page 46 of bridebook!
Photography by: Pat Cori Photography
Dress: AmRhein's Bridal & Formals
Florist: University Florist
Cake: Charlotte McIntosh Tarr
Venue: House Mountain Inn
Caterer: House Mountain Inn
Planner: Jamie Grue
Jewelry: Boone & Sons Jewelers
DJ: Garland Studios
Attendant Dresses: BHLDN
Groomsmen Attire: Tuxedo by Sarno
Makeup: LASH, etc.- Jessica Hall
Hair: Body Works Day Spa & Salon- Emily Garbee Harris
Invitations: Sable & Gray Paper Co.
Officiant: Karen Osborne
Videography: Michael's Video