The Shanks Wedding | July 25, 2015 | Photography by: Pat Cori Photography
They first met after Rosie’s first year of college. Ben was home from the Navy, and they wound up working at the same construction site. They dated for a few years but then parted ways, and didn’t see each other again for twenty years. Through Facebook they reconnected, and the timing was perfect as both of them were once again single. When they dated in their younger years, Rosie and Ben liked to take picnics on the banks of the New River. It was here that Ben decided to propose one chilly autumn day.
Rosie’s favorite memory from the wedding was when she walked down the aisle. She saw Ben and his reaction to seeing her in her dress for the first time, and she will never forget it.
Some of the other memorable moments of the day included the prep time before the ceremony, those quiet times of getting ready with her son. Ben got ready with his son too, and it was important to both of them that their children were involved as much as possible. Rosie’s son walked her down the aisle, and Ben’s children stood with them at the altar. They weren’t just marrying each other, but also blending two families.
Certain details of the day stand out to Rosie as well, like her shoes, dress, and bouquet, the cake, their rings, and the little Blue Tiffany colored favor boxes at the reception table. They were surrounded by friends and family throughout the day, and there were portraits of Rosie and Ben around the reception. The small wedding was personal and intimate, and for Rosie and Ben it was perfect.
Make sure to read more from the Shanks wedding on page 76 of bridebook!
Photography by: Pat Cori Photography
Dress: Justin Alexander from Maya Couture
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Evie's Wedding Cakes
Venue: The Hotel Roanoke
Caterer: The Hotel Roanoke
Jewelry: Kent Jewelers
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Groomsman Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Photo Booth: Star City Photobooth