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Wedding Wednesday: The Benson Wedding

Chris & Katie Benson | July 12, 2014 | Photography by Stephanie Parker Photography

 Despite going to the same high school, it wasn't until after college that these two were stet up by mutual friends. Three years later on a weekend trip to Wintergreen Resort, Chris and Katie went for a drive to enjoy the scenery. It was next to a strategically chosen and foggy overlook that Chris stopped the car, walked to the overlook, and asked Katie to marry him. Katie carried on the tradition and planned her wedding for the month of July, because her parents and brother also got married in July. The wedding party was special to the couple because Katie's sister-in-law was her bridesmaid alongside Chris's sister and Katie's twin nieces acted as the flower girls. Chris's best man was his dad, and Katie's brother was a groomsman. A favorite moment from the wedding was when Chris and Katie had their "no-look" photo shoot before the ceremony, and Chris reached his hand around the door to hold Katie's. This was the moment Katie became most excited for the big day ahead. During the reception the food played a big role as guests enjoyed filet medallions, chicken foster, crab mac and cheese, and The Hotel Roanoke's signature potato cakes for dinner. During cocktail hour beforehand, guests dined on crab cakes and smoked chicken quesadillas. In addition to the great food, the wedding cake featured four different layers- two layers of spice cake with cream cheese frosting, Chris's favorite German chocolate cake, and almond cake with buttercream icing. For favors, the couple gave out bags of Hershey's Hugs and Kisses "from the new Mr. And Mrs."

Be sure to see the Benson wedding on page 70 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Stephanie Parker Photography
Dress: WToo from Bella Rosa Bridal
Florist: The Crystal Orchid
Cake: Evie's Wedding Cakes
Ceremony: duPont Chapel at Hollins University
Venue: The Hotel Roanoke
Caterer: The Hotel Roanoke
Planner: Lindy Stetson
Jewelry: Fink's
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: Alfred Sung from The Newfangled Bride
Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Hair & Makeup: Pampered & Polished Day Spa & Salon


Wedding Wednesday: The Vaughan Wedding

Garrett & Caitlin Vaughan | June 28, 2014 | Photography by Tara Lilly Photography & Design

 After meeting during their final semester at Virginia Tech, Garrett took Caitlin to dinner one snowy night and then to the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C for the first time where he proposed. The couple's wedding had a personal touch by having Garrett's father officiate the ceremony just as he was married by Garrett's grandfather. A mandolinist played the Appalachian Waltz for the ceremony processional. The black, white, and cream-schemed wedding was carried out through bridesmaid dresses, décor, and even the wedding cake, which featured two coconut layers and two chocolate raspberry layers all covered in buttercream frosting. Food stations kept guests full, with a mashed potato bar, sweet potato ham biscuits, prime rib and more. Caitlin knew she wanted her flowers to be all white, so she chose a mix of hydrangeas, roses, baby's breath, and peonies. Her favorite moment of the day was when Garrett surprised her with their first dance song "She's My Kind of Rain" by Tim McGraw, which happens to be her favorite song. She says it was a very sweet gesture that made her tear up.

Be sure to see the Vaughan wedding on page 64 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography by Tara Lilly Photography & Design
Dress: Le Star Bridal
Florist: The Crystal Orchid
Cake: Casey's Cakes
Venue: Valhalla Vineyard
Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering
Planner: Paige Kaufman
Jewelry: Jared and Fink's
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses:
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair: Laurel Hill Salon- Kelsey Rooney

Wedding Wednesday: The Marshall Wedding

Samson & Ashley Marshall | October 26, 2013 | Photography by Laura's Focus Photography

Ashley swears she and Samson should be in a commercial as one of their success stories! After a movie for their first date, they opted for a dinner date, where Ashley became "more and more smitten." For their anniversary celebration, Samson insisted they have dinner at Lucky, their favorite restaurant in downtown Roanoke. As they were sipping drinks, Samson said he had a present for Ashley, which turned out to be THE ring and a proposal. After she said, "of course!" the couple had their photo taken in front of the restaurant. Ashley definitely got "lucky" at Lucky! Their wedding was unique because of the blending of their heritage and personalities. A vintage style dress (along with gorgeous faux fur shawl) fit perfectly, while Samson wore his best Iron Man socks, three piece suit and hand-tied bowtie. Ashley knew it was important for the wedding to represent each of them as well as together as a couple. Ashley also wanted as locally-sourced as possible, showcasing the best of Roanoke to her DC in-laws. Black and royal blue with touches of gold and ivory complemented the country club's existing decor. Centerpieces were created using wooden cigar boxes, while a variety of cupcakes were a sweet touch. Firearm brass was used for boutonniere holders, while the bride carefully chose non-traditional blooms for her flower bouquets. The cake toppers were two-fold, as they had a Southern touch for Ashley and a nerdy touch for Samson. The newlyweds celebrated with a honeymoon to Puerto Rico with a Caribbean cruise so they visit six islands to celebrate.

Be sure to see the Marshall wedding on page 106 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Photography: Laura's Focus Photography
Dress: Vera Wang
Florist: The Crystal Orchid
Cake: Viva La Cupcake
Venue: Roanoke Country Club
Caterer: Roanoke Country Club
Planner: White Peonies
Jewelry: Azar's Jewelry and Masterworks Jewelry
Band: The Funk Cousins (No Relation)
DJ: Sam Lumsden
Attendants' Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaids and David's Bridal
Favors: The Candy Shop and Chocolate Spike
Cigars: Milan's