The Hale Wedding | September 16, 2017 | Photography by: Anna Bowser Photography
When Lauren Boitnott bumped into Rob Hale at a weekly bingo night, she was a sophomore at Virginia Tech. Rob, a recent graduate, asked her for her number, and their story begins with her entering "Lauren Bingo Girl" into his phone. During Lauren's senior year, she took a job in New York. Before she left Blacksburg and Rob behind, she gave him a little notebook in which to record his thoughts and precious moments while they were apart. A year later, the couple was on vacation in Savannah, and when they arrived for the dinner reservation that Rob had made, they were told that their table wasn't ready. Awaiting their table, the couple wandered the park across the street. There, Rob pulled out his notebook, which Lauren had never opened. When he opened it, Lauren saw an engagement ring sitting within a cut out section of pages. Lauren says she was "speechless," and when they returned to the restaurant for dinner, they were greeted with her closest friends, ready to celebrate the happy occasion.
Rob had once told Lauren that "he couldn't give away all his cards at once," so on their wedding day, Lauren gave him an incomplete deck of cards. As each of her bridesmaids walked down the aisle, they handed Rob cards to complete the deck, finishing up with Lauren's ace of hearts. To pay homage to the place that they met, the couple incorporated bingo into their minimal, classic reception and chose to forgo a guest book for "advice cards." Prompts for these included, "What should we name our kids and why?" and "Write us a haiku!" The beauty of the celebration was thanks in part to Lauren's aunt, who literally climbed a mountain to put together the beautiful and unique floral arrangements. The guests went home with custom Sharkey's glasses as another nod to Virginia Tech, rounding out Lauren and Rob's one-of-a-kind celebration.
Make sure to see more of the Hale wedding on page 46 of bridebook!
Photography: Anna Bowser Photography
Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal
Flowers: Florals by Kimberly
Venue: Sinkland Farms
Caterer: Country Kitchen
Cake: Tara Delp
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Hair: Uptown Hair and Nail Salon
Makeup: Jolina Does Makeup
Cocktail Hour Appetizers: Kelly Paige
Videography: Carolina Story Film Company