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Wedding Wednesday: The Hofnagle Wedding

The Hofnagle Wedding | October 4, 2014 | Photography by Kemper Mills Fant Photography

Malaina met Eddie through a mutual friend. They both felt an instant attraction and wanted to know more about each other. After a few chance meet ups, Eddie insisted that Malaina go out to dinner with him, and they've been together ever since.

The couple was packing to head to Knoxville, TN for a weekend with family when Eddie got down on one knee. He had planned to propose while with Malaina's relatives, but he couldn't wait.

Malaina and Eddie had an intimate, family-oriented wedding. Though Malaina's family is from St. Louis and Eddie's is from New Jersey and Arkansas, everyone came together to celebrate the couple's union. This made the wedding particularly special, Malaina recalls.

The vows were officiated by Malaina's brother, with whom she is incredibly close. To add to the intimacy of the moment, there was no wedding party involved in the ceremony: the focus was entirely on Malaina and Eddie. Malaina wanted everything to be "simple, pretty, and classic" so there was no theme or particular wedding colors in mind when planning. Most of the decorations were light and minimalist. The couple wanted most for everyone to have a fun and relaxing time, so they downplayed cliché's and formalities.

Malaina and Eddie's wedding was filled with personal touches. The couple's cake was expertly made to match Malaina's elegant floral dress, and her bouquet was crafted with classic beauty in mind. Though Malaina originally wanted a very simple nosegay, she couldn't turn down the beautiful arrangement Caroline LaRocca made for her out of stephanotis flowers, crystals, and snowberries. The couple also created their own playlist, which ended up being very popular. And, for favors, Malaina and Eddie gave out Italian Jordan Almonds to pay homage to Eddie's Italian heritage. They represented "health, wealth, and happiness" for the couple as they began their lives as newlyweds.

Be sure to see the Hofnagle wedding on page 117 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Kemper Mills Fant Photography
Dress: Maggie Sottero from AmRhein's Brides and Formals
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Cake: Evie's Wedding Cakes
Venue: Patrick Henry Ballroom
Caterer: First and Sixth
Jewelry: Fink's
Groom's Attire: Tallia from Men's Wearhouse
DJ: Quest Entertainment - Kelly McMurray
Hair: Salon VeLuxe - Matt Cannoy

Wedding Wednesday: The Purser Wedding

The Purser Wedding | September 20, 2014 | Photography by Michael Kaal Photography

David and Kecia met each other solely by fate. Even though David was only in Roanoke for a one-night work event, he miraculously ended up at the same local bar as Kecia. There, the two struck up a conversation as they were in line for the bathroom. They hit it off instantly and have been inseparable since.

For the proposal, David took Kecia to London to visit his family and see his hometown. Upon arrival, Kecia was surprised to learn that David had planned a surprise trip for just the two of them. They drove to Edinburgh where David had made reservations at the Scotsman hotel, arranged a spa day, and planned to take Kecia out for a luxurious dinner at Monteith's. To end the adventure, David took Kecia to the foot of the Edinburgh castle, opened a bottle of champagne, and proposed.

Kecia and David wanted their wedding to reflect their unique relationship, and so many of the details were handmade or customized specifically for them. There were hand-painted goblets that matched the wedding attire, and pebble embossed, Swarovski crystal buckle invitations made by Kecia herself. There was also a twinkling branch arch--a nod to the couple's time in Scotland--that led to the ballroom. Other personal touches included a memory table filled with pictures of passed loved ones, and a guest book hand-painted by David's sister to match the wedding colors.  The ultimate personal touch, however, was Kecia and David's handwritten vows and customized ceremony.

To further reflect their backgrounds , Kecia and David included nods to both Roanoke and England in the wedding festivities. The wedding party took pictures at the Roanoke Star and enjoyed foods and cocktails from some of Kecia and David's favorite local restaurant like Formosa, Benny Marconi's and Table 50. The wedding favors, on the other hand, were classically British: English telephone box bottle opener magnets adorned with the Union Jack.

The overall theme of the wedding was elegance with a touch of glam. This was conveyed perfectly with tall, hydrangea rose arrangements and custom made champagne blush linens (for just a little sparkle!) Each guest was treated to a formal, sit-down dinner of lamb, chicken, or salmon, and there were several toasts and fun surprises throughout the evening. David gave an entertaining welcome speech and performed a surprise act during the garter toss. The newlywed couple even got to video chat with David's grandmother in England, and commemorate Kecia's grandfather's 80th birthday. To end the night, the couple made a surprise exit to a limousine, and enjoyed champagne courtesy of Kecia's mother and father. The wedding was followed by a picturesque honeymoon at the Secrets Maroma Beach all-inclusive resort in Playa Del Carmen. There, the couple swam with dolphins, enjoyed private dinners, and relaxed on the beach to kick-off their new lives together.

Be sure to see the Purser wedding on page 90 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Michael Kaal Photography
Dress: Maggie Sottero from Celebration Bridal
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Cake: Casey's Cakes
Venue: Patrick Henry Ballroom
Caterer: Table 50 and Formosa
DJ: Alan Dever
Attendants' Dresses: Mori Lee from Celebration Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Hair: Eksklusiv Salon
Linens: Mylk and Honey and Sara Freund
Table Numbers: Wine Accents by Linda
Toasting Goblets: Laura's Custom Artwork

Wedding Wednesday: The Quill Wedding

Chad & Ashlea Quill | September 7, 2013 | Photography by Bombs Over Betty

Little did Ashlea know that her love of beach volleyball would also lead to the love of her life. After meeting in Baltimore over a game, Ashlea and Chad began dating. For her 30th birthday, she met Chad in London to celebrate while he was visiting for work. After a few days there, they traveled to Rome for sight-seeing. After a classic Italian lunch, Chad took Ashlea to Rome's largest central park and guided her over to the famous lake where he proposed. Because it was important to the couple to have personal touches throughout their special day, the bride's bouquet was a combination of real flowers and brooches given to her at her bridal shower and family. Each bridesmaid's bouquet also had a brooch, plus Ashlea had one in her hair. Wedding colors of purple, apple green, and black were chosen as the palette (purple is in both the Vikings and Ravens team colors to represent the bride and groom), with calla lilies at both the ceremony and reception. A 5-layer cake had three different flavors, along with decorated tuxedo and bride strawberries. Roanoke's Star City Line Trolleys transported guests to and from Hotel Roanoke to the church. Guests received boxes of chocolate truffles from the couple's favorite chocolatier, Naron Chocolates, and individually boxed mints from chocolatepaper. The happy couple honeymooned on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

Be sure to see the Quill wedding on page 82 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Photography: Bombs Over Betty
Dress: Maggie Sottero
Florist: George's Flowers
Cake: Diane's Cake Creations
Ceremony: Raleigh Court United Methodist Church
Venue: Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
Caterer: Hotel Roanoke
Planner: Tohnya Davis
Jewelry: Liljenquist and Beckstead Jewelers
DJ: Absolute Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: Nordstrom
Hair: Joe Jones
Photo Booth: Star City Photobooth
Transportation: Star Line Trolly