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Wedding Wednesday: The Murray Wedding

The Murray Wedding | May 2, 2015 | Photography by Noah Magnifico- Photographer

Since they were children, Lindsay and Jason only lived five blocks from each other but didn't actually meet until 2010 when Jason started teaching at the same school as Lindsay. Lindsay took her students to gym class one day where she saw the new P.E. teacher, Jason, and was immediately interested in him. Jason came and introduced himself to Lindsay, but as he was walking away she realized she hadn’t been paying attention because she was too distracted by how handsome he was! For the rest of her planning period that day, Lindsay took time to try and learn everything she could about Jason but over the next couple of months, to Lindsay’s dismay, they didn’t speak again. Around the school, Lindsay was known as a big Virginia Tech fanatic and often had extra tickets to the game. It was in November that Jason sought her out to see if she had any extra tickets and, despite finding one of his own, the two met up at the game and began a great friendship. Lucky for the both of them, it eventually blossomed into more.

Jason proposed to Lindsay when they were on vacation in Myrtle Beach with a couple of friends. One evening, the two couples went to dinner at Drunken Jack’s Restaurant and then decided to go for a walk on the pier afterwards. In their relationship, Lindsay loves taking photos but Jason hates them. However, on this particular evening, he asked her to take a photo with him at the end of the pier. They took two photos together and then as Lindsay started to walk toward her friend to get the camera, Jason said, “Wait, let’s try a different pose.” Lindsay then turned to see Jason get down on one knee. She was so surprised and taken aback by the beauty of the moment and the sunset behind them that her first response was “Are you serious?” Jason then assured her of his intentions and Lindsay eagerly accepted.

Their wedding held a lot of special moments for the couple. Lindsay loved the father/daughter dance during the reception because all of the father/daughter pairs were invited to join on the dance floor. The dance was then turned into a party after by the flash mob of guests getting excited to the song "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars. This is a memory that sticks with them even now and the two can’t help but laugh and dance as they remember that day.

The wedding was planned to highlight the seasons of love and the couple even had four engagement photo sessions in each of the seasons. The engagement photos were then used in a slideshow in the wedding. The guestbook went along with the theme as well, by having each guest sign in and put their favorite memory with the couple under the respective season.

Be sure to take a look at more of the Murray wedding on page 46 of bridebook!

Photography by Noah Magnifico- Photographer
Dress: Mori Lee 1241 from Patina Bridal and Formals
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Cake: Mary Ogilvie
Ceremony: Raleigh Court United Methodist Church
Venue: The Corinthian Ballroom
Caterer: Chanticleer Catering
Jewelry: Fink's
DJ: Judd Poindexter
Attendants Dresses: Becky's Bridal
Groomsman's Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Videographer: Michael's Video
Makeup:  LASH-Madison Madden
Hair: Marston Salon
Linens: Aztec Rental


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 Bright Wedding

Matt & Brittney Bright | September 13, 2014 | Photography by K.D Burke Photography

Matt and Brittney first met in Reston, VA, where Matt was working in a Potbelly Sandwich works restaurant. Brittney found herself drawn to the restaurant more and more frequently after her and Matt began talking. Eventually, Brittney gave Matt her phone number, which led to their first date: dinner and fireworks on the Fourth of July!

The day Matt proposed, Brittney thought she was taking off work to see an Orioles game. However, Brittney became suspicious when Matt insisted of going out in dressy attire and bringing their puppy, Oakley, to the park before the game. Brittney was initially a bit annoyed at Matt's strange behavior and the fact that they were wasting time in a park instead of at the game, but her attitude quickly changed when she saw a basket filled with flowers and Champaign. Next thing Britney knew, Matt was on one knee behind her with a beautiful diamond ring. He had also arranged for a photographer to be present, for both of their families family to be there waiting for them when he took her out for dinner later that night, and for a limousine and wine tasting the next morning! The proposal took months of planning, and left Brittney stunned and delighted.

Prior to the wedding. Brittney and Matt decided to share a first look. No photographers were present, but the couple was nevertheless overwhelmed by the intimacy of the moment. They hugged each other tightly and cried tears of joy. This quiet moment gave both Brittney and Matt time to share in their joy before the busy ceremony.

The outdoor ceremony took place in the venue's pergola. The centerpieces were perfect for the fall-themed wedding: white pumpkins filled with flowers. Brittney's bouquet also contained bright fall tones, and Brittney used a lace sleeve from her mother's wedding dress to wrap around the flower stems.  The ballroom in which the reception was held had the perfect southern charm, and required few extra decorations. The cake was traditionally elegant, but had the added touch of the Penn State Mascot (Matt's Alma Matter) peeking out from behind. The grooms cake was a replica of Oakley, the couples beloved Golden Retriever. Additionally, the table linens were navy and white, an inadvertent reference to Penn State's colors.

For favors, Brittney and Matt handed our ring pops as a nod to Matt's joke that he would get Brittney a ring pop as an engagement ring. A note was tied to each ring pop explaining the couple's inside joke. They also gave out mason jars that each guest could customize. And, as a special touch, Matt, Britney, and the bridesmaids wore scuba diving pins to commemorate Matt's dad, who had an affinity for scuba diving before he passed away. Little details like these made Matt and Britney's weddingthe perfectly unique celebration of their love and devotion to one another.

Be sure to see the Bright wedding on page 84 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: K.D Burke Photography
Dress: Kitty Chen Couture from Patina's Bridal & Formals
Florist: Cake: Love is in the Air
Venue: The Trivium
Caterer: Love is in the Air
Jewelry: Kay Jewelers
DJ: Music, Music & More Music
Attendants' Dresses: Mori Lee from Patina's Bridals and Formals
Groomsmen's Attire: Ralph Lauren from Men's Warehouse
Hair and Makeup: Bodyworks Salon -- Emily Garbee Harris