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Wedding Wednesday: The Dalton Wedding

The Dalton Wedding | September 10, 2016 | Photography by: Sam Stroud Photography

Ashlee Washburn and Matthew Dalton met while they were in high school. Matthew proposed on the Crim Dell Bridge on the William & Mary College campus because of the local legend that says that if two lovers meet and kiss in the middle of the bridge, they'll be together forever. This is also why they chose to have their First Look on the bridge outside the wedding venue.

The couple had a traditionally romantic ceremony with a more modern reception, something that was a total hit with the guests. Many of Ashlee's friends still tell her that it was the most fun they have ever had a wedding reception! Because the couple accidentally chose their wedding date to be the same as the Battle at Bristol football game, Virginia Tech alum Matthew chose "Enter Sandman" as the couple's reception introduction. Guests were able to take a break from all the fun and signature old-fashioned cocktails to peek into the restaurant next door for game updates! 

Make sure to see more of the Dalton wedding on page 101 of bridebook!

Photography: Sam Stroud Photography
Dress: Absolute Bridal
Cake: Confection Connection
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Ceremony: Greene Mountain United Methodist Church
Venue: Sheraton Roanoke
Caterer: Sheraton Roanoke
Planner: Sheraton Roanoke - Autumn Lavering
Makeup: Pure Spa
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendant's Dresses: David's Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank

Wedding Wednesday: The Morris Wedding

The Morris Wedding | April 30, 2016 | Photography by: Sam Stroud Photography

Joanna Frye and Andrew Morris sure enjoyed taking their time. The couple dated off and on in high school, but it wasn't until they both got to college that their relationship got serious. On that same theme, Andrew's proposal was drawn out over the course of eleven months. For Valentine's day, Andrew gifted Joanna with a box of envelopes. The final envelope in the box contained tickets to see the Biltmore House at Christmas. While taking pictures at the overlook of the house, Andrew said "I just really want to marry you!" This was no surprise to Joanna, as Andrew had been saying this for months. This time, though, Andrew got down on one knee.

Joanna and Andrew's wedding did not have a "theme," but instead, the couple aimed to invoke a certain feeling in their guests. Their goal was to make them feel welcomed and invited. To do this, the couple utilized soft blushes and ivories, with the occasional pop of navy blue. As the night continued, the pink shades began to darker, and the color scheme was brought full circle with an ombre flower cascade on the staircase at their reception.

The food they served at their wedding was very important to both Joanna and Andrew. The couple worked with their caterer to create food stations that reflected these favorite places, flavors, and foods that the couple was able to experience together during the course of their long distance relationship. And then, of course, there was the wedding cake. With Joanna being a pastry chef, many people expected that she would be making her own cake. However, she wanted to be able to enjoy her day as the bride that she was. She worked closely with the caterer designing the cake, and she was able to really bring her vision alive, without having to stress about assembling the cake herself.

The wedding was made possible by close relationships with not just the guests, but many of the vendors as well. Working closely with these vendors, that they already had close relationships with made the planning process all the more special. That planning paid off, and the couplewere able to celebrate their marriage in a day full of flowers, good food, and great company.

Make sure to see more from the Morris Wedding on page 44 of bridebook!

Photography by: Sam Stroud Photography
Dress: Tiffany's Bridal
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Center Stage Catering
Venue: Taubman Museum of Art
Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering
Planner: Events by Sherri
Jewelry: Jewells Fine Jewelry
Makeup: Charisse Crammer
Hair: Amy Dodson
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendant Dresses: Pearl's Place
Groomsmen Attire: Proms, Pageants, & Pretty Things
Lighting: Lighting Ninja, INC
Rentals: Country Road Vintage Rentals
Transportation: Prestige Limousine Service & Executive Service
Videographer: Solo Koo Wedding Films

Wedding Wednesday: The Medford Wedding

Jared & Ashley Medford | June 7, 2014 | Photography by Sam Stroud Photography

Jared couldn't take the anticipation of waiting to propose to Ashley anymore, so one day while Ashley was holding their daughter Berkley he caught her off guard and asked her to be his wife. Ashley says it was very sweet and very simple, very raw and very real. The couple's wedding was unique for many reasons. First, Ashley gave personal touches to the decorations by hand making or selecting the decorations She also used part of her mother's wedding dress and her grandmother's handkerchief to wrap around her bouquet. Another special element and Ashley's favorite memory was Jared's speech. He talked about how he found a new family within her family to look up to, and Jared wore Ashley's father's wedding band as a symbol of that bond as well as his commitment to Ashley. Perhaps the most important and unique part of their wedding was not the commitment between two people but between two first time parents and their daughter who they say is the best thing to happen to them. They kept with a classic, vintage midsummer's night dream themed wedding. Ashley's dress was custom made and partially designed by her to match the theme. Her bridesmaids picked out their own black dresses, and Jared bought his groomsmen their suits as a present to them because it was important to them to alleviate any extra costs for their wedding party. After their big day, the couple honeymooned to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where they enjoyed the stunning and non-traditional scenery.

Be sure to see the Medford wedding on page 48 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Sam Stroud Photography
Dress: Designing Brides
Florist: Buchanan Florist
Cake: Effie Wallace
Venue: Santillane
Caterer: Effie Wallace
Planner: Becky Caldwell
Jewelry: Blue Nile
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Videographer: Will and Kourtnee Belue