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Wedding Wednesday: The Mitchell Wedding

Wes & Allison Mitchell | September 14, 2013 | Photography by Laura's Focus Photography

 As high school sweethearts, Wes had his work cut out for him to surprise his soon-to-be-bride Allison. When he was still living in Virginia, he drove down to Allison's home in Charlotte to surprise her with a visit and dinner - and the big proposal. Allison says their favorite moment of the day was being able to spend time with family and so many lifelong friends. It's always wonderful to see everyone who loves you in the same room together celebrating! Allison loved her venue, especially the diversity of both an outdoor and indoor space for guests. Their rustic wedding had many of the bride's favorite elements for decor, including handmade burlap flowers and thrift shop finds like milk vases as centerpieces. Classic Southern food rounded out the theme, with macaroni and cheese, a mashed potato bar served in martini glasses, and more. They chose cake balls rather than traditional cake, and even included a gluten-free option for their guests. The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic where they could have a tropical destination that included one hundred percent relaxation and getting away from the rest of the world!

Be sure to see the Mitchell wedding on page 117 of the second issue of bridebook!

Photography: Laura's Focus Photography
Dress: Enzoani from Poffie Girls
Florist: George's Flowers
Cake: Diane's Cake Creations
Venue: The Plantation on Sunnybrook
Caterer: Plantation Creations
Planner: The Plantation on Sunnybrook
Jewelry: Jared
DJ: J.C. Castillo
Attendants' Dresses: Poffie Girls
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Wedding Wednesday: The Marshall Wedding

Samson & Ashley Marshall | October 26, 2013 | Photography by Laura's Focus Photography

Ashley swears she and Samson should be in a commercial as one of their success stories! After a movie for their first date, they opted for a dinner date, where Ashley became "more and more smitten." For their anniversary celebration, Samson insisted they have dinner at Lucky, their favorite restaurant in downtown Roanoke. As they were sipping drinks, Samson said he had a present for Ashley, which turned out to be THE ring and a proposal. After she said, "of course!" the couple had their photo taken in front of the restaurant. Ashley definitely got "lucky" at Lucky! Their wedding was unique because of the blending of their heritage and personalities. A vintage style dress (along with gorgeous faux fur shawl) fit perfectly, while Samson wore his best Iron Man socks, three piece suit and hand-tied bowtie. Ashley knew it was important for the wedding to represent each of them as well as together as a couple. Ashley also wanted as locally-sourced as possible, showcasing the best of Roanoke to her DC in-laws. Black and royal blue with touches of gold and ivory complemented the country club's existing decor. Centerpieces were created using wooden cigar boxes, while a variety of cupcakes were a sweet touch. Firearm brass was used for boutonniere holders, while the bride carefully chose non-traditional blooms for her flower bouquets. The cake toppers were two-fold, as they had a Southern touch for Ashley and a nerdy touch for Samson. The newlyweds celebrated with a honeymoon to Puerto Rico with a Caribbean cruise so they visit six islands to celebrate.

Be sure to see the Marshall wedding on page 106 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Photography: Laura's Focus Photography
Dress: Vera Wang
Florist: The Crystal Orchid
Cake: Viva La Cupcake
Venue: Roanoke Country Club
Caterer: Roanoke Country Club
Planner: White Peonies
Jewelry: Azar's Jewelry and Masterworks Jewelry
Band: The Funk Cousins (No Relation)
DJ: Sam Lumsden
Attendants' Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaids and David's Bridal
Favors: The Candy Shop and Chocolate Spike
Cigars: Milan's