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Wedding Wednesday: The Clark Wedding

The Clark Wedding | June 21, 2014 | Photography by Photographic Dreams

Though Samantha and Brendan lived right across from each other in college, the two didn't officially meet until they both had graduated, and, even then, it was by complete chance.

Considering the couple met in Blacksburg, Brendan decided to take Samantha back to the vibrant college town for his proposal. They spent a romantic day visiting their favorite local places and then shared diner at the Palisades restaurant. Brendan proposed after desert and was met with booming applause from the entire restaurant and a "yes!" from Samantha, of course.

The wedding also took place in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech alumni, Samantha and Brendan both love Blacksburg and consider it their forever home. It holds a great deal of significance to both their families and to them as a couple. The beautiful scenery of the Blacksburg Country Club was an added bonus and created a picturesque backdrop for their reception.

Brendan and Samantha wanted their wedding to have plenty of personal touches. Two of the couple's favorite books, "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Call of the Wild," were used as ring bearer "pillows," and, rather than traditional boutonnieres, the groomsmen donned fly fishing flies. Additionally, bits and pieces of Hokie memorabilia were used as decorations throughout the venue as an added nod to the couple's alma matter. These details created a portrait of the bride and groom's passions and hobbies and allowed them to use their crafting skills together in order to create a deeply personal and unique celebration.

One of the most memorable aspects of the celebration for Samantha was dancing with all the guests at the reception. She described the feeling of celebrating with friends and loved ones as "entirely magical." At the end of the evening, her, Brendan, and some of their closest friends danced together to Pharell Williams' "Happy," which captured the mood of the reception perfectly. Samantha also noted how beautifully her flowers and wedding cake matched the look and feel of the reception. Everything "fit perfectly," she said.

Be sure to see the Clark wedding on page 115 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Photographic Dreams
Dress: Sophia Moncelli from Church Street Bridal
Florist: Best Wishes Flowers and Gifts
Cake: Mockingbird Café and Bakery
Venue: Blacksburg Country Club
Caterer: Blacksburg Country Club
Jewelry: Diamonds Direct
DJ: Music, Music & More Music
Attendant's Dresses: David's Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse

Wedding Wednesday: The Fredrich Wedding

The Fredrich Wedding | October 19, 2014 | Photography by Megan Vaughan Photography

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Justin and Sarah met while taking a class together at college. They were grouped together for a project, and though Justin was the "class clown," Sarah was impressed by his charisma and charm. However, fate didn't bring the two together until after college. Justin and Sarah had both been working for different ministry programs, and Justin dedicated to ask Sarah about churches in the Lynchburg area. She invited him to church, and their journey together began.

On the day of Justin's proposal, he was one day away from flying back to Finland for work. He told Sarah he wanted to do something different for his last day in the states, so they went out to a surprise lunch together. Sarah was exhausted and slept throughout the entire car ride, so it was truly was a surprise when she woke up at Mama Maria's Italian Restaurant in Salem. After lunch, Justin drove Sarah to Lake Spring Park. Sarah had always dreamed about getting engaged on one of her favorite bridges in Central Park, so Justin picked out a similar bridge to take Sarah to. As she was taking in the scenery, he got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. Naturally, Sarah said yes, but the surprises didn't end there. Justin had gotten her parents to travel down from New Jersey to secretly snap some shots of the proposal. Sarah was floored, but Justin had one more trick up his sleeve: The newly engaged couple drove to the Salem Red Sox baseball stadium where Justin's entire family, a bunch of Sarah's coworkers and friends, and other loved ones were waiting for them. It was an absolutely perfect night.

Justin and Sarah got married in a beautiful pine grove overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. The fall colors were tremendous, and so the couple decided to incorporate a little bit of natural simplicity into their wedding. For favors, they had a trail mix bar and Sprecher Soda, an old-timey soda brand that Justin grew up with in Milwaukee. Their venue, Sierra Vista, needed  few decorations to stand out amidst the lovely scenery, so Sarah and Justin kept it minimalist, placing a few barrels and flowers here and there and letting the large wooden cross at the end of the isle serve as a centerpiece.

The barn at Sierra Vista added a rustic country feel to the colorful fall celebration. Again, Justin and Sarah used natural decorations: wood, burlap, twine, and glass. Autumn-colored florals, wildflowers, and greenery were prevalent throughout the space, and the couple's guest book was the ultimate nod to nature. Rather than have a plain book for guests to write in, Justin and Sarah had a makeshift tree where guests left fingerprints to represent leaves.

Sarah's top priority when planning the wedding was having a celebration that was both comfortable and enjoyable. The atmosphere was very relaxed, and the focus was on fun. The reception included a "kids only" section where children could play games and make arts and crafts. For the adults, corn hole, a ring toss, and various puzzles were set up across the grounds. The small, intimate guest list allowed all guests to interact and feel comfortable with each other, and the laid-back atmosphere was echoed by the wedding playlist. Though the couple shared a memorable first dance to a slow and sweet love song, they also included remixes of "Turn Down for What" and other upbeat pop songs. The wedding was a perfect representation of Sarah and Justin's unique personalities, their devotion to each other, and their love for God.

Be sure to see the Fredrich wedding on page 108 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Megan Vaughan Photography
Dress: David's Bridal
Florist: Irvington Spring Farms
Cake: Karen McLaughlin
Venue: Sierra Vista
Caterer: Innovative Catering
Planner: Amber Minden
Jewelry: Ahavah Diamonds
DJ: Music, Music, and More Music
Attendant's Dresses: J. Crew
Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A Bank and JCPenney
Hair: B. Jane Makeup: Ashley Ancheta
Videographer: The Craig Brothers

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