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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 Gower Wedding

Jon & Becky Gower | April 27, 2013 | Photography by Photographic Dreams

Jon Gower managed to surprise Becky with an Asian-inspired cold pasta dinner picnic on the beach, where he later proposed. Becky's veil was unique for her wedding. A princess style cut and made of Belgium lace, Becky is the fourth generation to wear the veil (first worn by her great grandmother on her wedding day!). Becky's Slovenian heritage were honored with two special Slovenian desserts, while they incorporated military traditions in for Jon's Navy Lieutenant position. Their purple decor stood out in the details, including Becky's purple shoes. Becky says one of her favorite moments of the wedding day was when she took Jon's hand after walking down the aisle. "Holding hands is something we do quite often, so holding his hand was something very normal in a very unique moment...It was special because it was exclusive to us."

Be sure to see the Gower wedding on page 36 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Photography: Photographic Dreams
Dress: James Clifford from Here Comes the Bride
Florist: The Crystal Orchid
Cake: Linda Adams
Ceremony: St. Andrews Catholic Church
Venue: Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
Caterer:  Hotel Roanoke
Jewelry: Krasner Jewelers
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: David's Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse (for non-military)