Tom & Ali O'Connor | July 19, 2014 | Photography by Chelsa Yoder Photography
When Ali's coworker invited Tom to a work function in hopes of making a business deal, it didn't turn out quite as expected. The business deal fell through, but Tom fell for Ali. They reconnected a few weeks later in Daytona Beach, Florida where they were both working an event for NASCAR. When it came time for the proposal, Tom was filled with nerves. He didn't sleep the night before, and when Ali came home from work she noticed that dinner was ready and a table was set with a Tiffany's box in the middle. Tom immediately dropped to one knee and proposed in the middle of their living room. Tom didn't stop there! He presented Ali with crystal champagne glasses and insisted on taking them to tailgate before a Phil Philips concert even though Ali argued it wasn't a good idea. Little did she know a limousine was waiting outside to take them to and from the concert that evening. Ali knew exactly what she wanted and chose a light peach, blush, cream, gold, and green color scheme for their summer wedding. Centerpieces featured vintage hydrangeas from a family friend's garden. Ali had the help of her family members in crafting the bar menu, seating chart, arbor, guest book, and ring box in order to make her dream come alive. She was also set on the cake being red velvet flavored and having some texture and touches of color. It was important to the couple that guests sample all their favorite foods, so they included a charcuterie board, Southern classics station, bistro tender short plate, and a dessert station. A favorite memory of the evening was the presence of Tom and Ali's closest friends and family members. Ali was able to spend a special moment together with her aunt and mother putting together last minute details for the wedding. Tom loved seeing Ali for the first time and the look on her face. They wanted to make sure everyone felt included in their wedding, so they had two maids of honor, six bridesmaids, one best man, and seven groomsmen. Ali's father also incorporated a fun family memory by bringing his 1976 Volkswagen Beetle to the venue.
Be sure to see the O'Connor wedding on page 72 of the third issue of bridebook!
Photography: Chelsa Yoder Photography
Dress: Roses by Reem Acra from Nordstrom
Cake: Evie's Wedding Cakes
Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering
Planner: Amy McArthur
Jewelry: Fink's, Diamonds Direct, and Tiffany & Co.
Entertainment/DJ: The Roanoke Symphony and RSP Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: J. Crew
Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Hair & Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa