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Wedding Wednesday: The Kennedy Wedding

The Kennedy Wedding | March 21, 2015 | Photography by Tara Lilly Photography and Design

Elias and Katie first met when they were neighbors during Katie’s time at Radford while earning her graduate degree. Soon after they started dating, though, this couple had to bear the burden of distance but grew in their relationship when Elias moved to Maryland for a year. After their love passed that test, however, Katie moved to D.C. and they were able to continue their relationship in a much more intimate proximity.

Christmas-time is the season of magic and excitement, which is why Elias picked the day after Christmas to propose. Katie had just been coming home from the holidays with her family when she opened her apartment door to the surprise. Elias had worked hard to recreate a meal from one of their favorite restaurants in Charleston, SC (love a man who can cook!), and decorated the room in an abundance of flower petals. Needless to say, though, the best surprise for Katie was seeing him down on one knee. Elias asked her to marry him and Katie was more than willing to spend the rest of her life with him.

The ceremony was beautiful and filled with small moments that the couple cherished. Katie says her most special memories were the “first look” with Elias, getting ready for their first dance, and their exit at the end of the night which was made magical by the guests holding sparklers. Family was an important factor in the wedding to both bride and groom, so they were able to Katie’s brother and sister as attendants. There was a combination of traditional and modern elements in the wedding, which included traditional wedding vows, a unity candle, and contemporary readings of The Art of Marriage and Blessing of the Hands.

Weddings are known to cause stress on the bride, but Katie was able to ease her way into marriage by having an amazing and experienced team to help her plan the big day. Stress-free was Katie’s goal and she definitely achieved it by ending her night with a walk to Texas Tavern with Elias and eating a cheesy western in her wedding dress. Sounds like happily ever after!

Be sure to see the Kennedy wedding on page 38 of the fourth issue of bridebook!

Photography: Tara Lilly Photography and Design
Dress: Allure Bridals
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Cake: Evie's Wedding Cakes
Venue: Patrick Henry Ballroom
Caterer: Center Stage Catering
Planner: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Makeup: Jessica Hall
Hair: Rachel Vassar
Seamstress: Sew Right, LLC

Wedding Wednesday: The Winge Wedding

Justin & Ashley Winge | September 28, 2013 | Photography by Tara Lilly Photography & Design

Justin and Ashley met through mutual friends (who coincidentally were married the weekend after the Winges!). One night when she came home, she found Justin on one knee with "Marry Me" spelled out in rose petals. Ashley says her favorite memory was walking down the aisle. Being surrounded by friends and family and sharing their special day made her emotional. Ashley wanted a vintage elegance theme for her day, with the classic touches such as church ceremony, black tuxedos, and beautiful ball gown. Muted colors of pinks, purple, greens, blues, and yellows complemented their decor, including centerpieces in tall glass goblets on round mirrors. Ribbon and crystal embellished votives lined the mirror, while the flowers included dahlias, hydrangeas, garden roses, anemones, and more. Ashley's champagne organza ball gown had a sweetheart neckline with embroidered lace, with the waistline accented with a Swarovski brooch. She later changed into a short white dress for the reception. Guests chose their favorites pieces from the extensive candy bar and also took home little succulents at their place settings. They also signed a guest tree, rather than book, with a custom oak tree drawing with the couple's name and wedding date; guests could sign a leaf on the tree and it now hangs on display at their home! The couple went to Cancun for their honeymoon, staying in Live Aqua for its spa-like atmosphere where they could relax and enjoy each other's company as man and wife.

Be sure to see the Winge wedding on page 92 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Photography: Tara Lilly Photography & Design
Dress: Allure from Bride's House
Florist: The Flower Pot
Cake: Evie's Wildflour Wedding Cakes
Ceremony: St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Venue: The Patrick Henry Ballroom
Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering
Planner: Karen Casteele
DJ: Castillo DJ Services
Attendants' Dresses: Dessy
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse

Wedding Wednesday: The Osborne Wedding

Will & Leah Osborne | June 22, 2013 | Photography by Tara Lilly Photography & Design

 Will and Leah met through mutual friends at Bridgewater College. Once they began dating, Leah says "it was the end for us both." Will and Leah took a cruise with his family; while they stopped at a photo booth to take photos, the photographer asked for them to kiss. As they turned to face each other, Will got down on one knee. Despite Leah's shock, she said yes and they proceeded to celebrate for the rest of the night with their family. For the wedding, the couple decided on a First Look and it's their favorite memory of the day. To be together in a moment of peace and quiet before the activity started up was a wonderful moment for them. Leah's plan for her day was for non-traditional, with peacock-inspired colors of teal, olive green and amber. Her A-line champagne gown with beaded bodice and satin sash with detachable lace top added to the gorgeous affair. Centerpieces included cream roses, green hydrangeas, succulents and peacock feathers around a candle in a lily bowl. They also had a dessert bar with brownie trifle shooters, lemon and lime bars, and chocolate chip cheese ball (to satisfy Leah's sweet tooth)! The couple went on a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas for their honeymoon to celebrate not only their nuptials, but to tie in the story of their engagement.

Be sure to see the Osborne wedding on page 52 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Photography: Tara Lilly Photography & Design
Dress: Essence of Australia from Becky's Bridal
Florist: Melissa Hill/Kroger
Cake: Evie's Wildflour Wedding Cakes
Venue: Boxtree Lodge
Caterer: Linda Sisson
Planner: Emily Ertz and Terri Langford
Jewelry: Jewell's Fine Jewelry
DJ: Christian Lane
Attendants’ Dresses: Jasmine from Becky's Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein from Men's Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa (Jessica Hall for makeup; Tammy Carswell for hair)