Robert & Ashley Powell | May 24, 2014 | Photography by Katelyn James Photography
From high school to college sweethearts, Ashley and Robert have been somewhat inseparable since meeting in middle school. They attended their senior prom together and also started and graduated college together at Virginia Tech. Robert felt nervous about devising the perfect surprise for Ashley as a proposal since they'd been dating for five years. He decided the right time was during a weekend trip to North Carolina that she suggested and planned, so she wouldn't suspect a thing. He quickly jumped into action asking for her parents' permission before the trip and making a plan for the big moment. After having dinner at one of their favorite restaurants, Robert suggested an impromptu photo shoot in the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden nearby. After taking a few photos and reassuring her the blinking light just meant the camera was broken and not in video mode, Robert faced Ashley toward him as he got on one knee. Ashley chose an elegant romantic theme with Charleston, South Carolina charm for the wedding, which was set with the incorporation of the bouquets and flower arrangements that were exactly what she envisioned! One of her other favorite aspects of the wedding was the first look. Being traditionalists, they were unsure about this element but it gave them special time to pray together and take photos alone and with their wedding party before the ceremony began. It was important to them that they have their ceremony inside a church as they both grew up attending church, and they were even able to have their pastor officiate. They also enjoyed dancing at the reception where they got to see all their friends and family members come together in one place to celebrate. One very unique element was the trolley that took guests through downtown Roanoke from one venue to another.
Be sure to see the Powell wedding on page 40 of the third issue of bridebook!
Photography: Katelyn James Photography
Dress: Tiffany's Bridal
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Linda Adams
Ceremony: Greene Memorial United Methodist Church
Venue: The Hotel Roanoke
Caterer: The Hotel Roanoke
Planner: Laura Cannaday
DJ: Kings Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: The Newfangled Bride
Groomsmen's Attire: Davidson's
Videographer: Stuart Maxey
Hair & Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa