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Wedding Wednesday: The Arellano Wedding

The Arellano Wedding | May 21, 2015 | Photography by Alison Creasy Photography

Almost like something from a movie, Sergio and Marisol first met while vacationing in Mexico with their families. However, the couple didn’t start their love story until a few years later because of the distance between the two. It wasn’t until they reconnected on social media that the couple really became close. Sergio and Marisol were the definition of a long-distance relationship because the two lived eleven hours apart from each other. Gentlemanly, as always, though, Sergio would often make the trek down to Florida to see Marisol and the two worked hard to make their relationship flourish despite the distance. Throughout nine years of dating, the couple always made time to see each other and every time they actually were able to be together, the two continually fell deeper and deeper in love with each other.

To celebrate their 8th year anniversary, the couple traveled to Atlantic City together where their suite was built with floor-to-ceiling windows so they could look out at a fantastic view. Sergio surprised Marisol that morning with breakfast in bed and a special mug that read, “Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favorite.” The mug was filled with orange juice that, as Marisol drank it, eventually revealed a note on the mugs bottom which said, “Will you marry me?” Sergio was already on one knee when Marisol looked up and she cried while, of course, accepting excitedly.

The wedding was designed to be classic and traditional. The couple read their vows both in English and in Spanish in order to honor both their heritages as well as make sure all of the guests could understand the important declarations the couple was making.Originally, the wedding was supposed to be outdoors and overlooking the city of Roanoke, but rain prevented that from happening. Valhalla was their rain location and it was still just as beautiful as the two could have hoped for. The matron of honor made the wedding favors for the children by creating coloring books that had pictures of the couple and their dogs. Then, at the end of the ceremony, the couple exited beautifully with sparklers and drove away in an antique Rolls Royce.

Marisol remembers most from the ceremony when she finally had a moment to stop and take the event in. She looked around at her family and friends surrounding her and felt amazing to have such a beautiful ceremony with the ones she loves.

Be sure to take a look at the rest of the Arellano Wedding on page 50 of bridebook!

Photography by Alison Creasy Photography
Dress: Celebration Bridal
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Cake: Confection Connection
Venue: Valhalla Vineyards
Caterer: Blue Ride Catering
Planner: Rob Ferguson
Jewelry: Kay Jewelers
DJ: Levi Akers
Attendants' Dresses: Celebration Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Hair and Makeup: Azario Salon & Day Spa
Shoes: Christian Louboutin


Wedding Wednesday: The Lawrence Wedding

Tyler & Amy Lawrence | May 3, 2013 | Photography by Katelyn James

Tyler and Amy met on their very first day of college as they took a class together. Eventually striking up a friendship, Tyler asked her to lunch one day and said after that day, he knew they had a connection. He wrote her a poem asking her to be his girlfriend and of course Amy said yes. On the night Tyler proposed, he fooled Amy into thinking she was headed to a girls' night out with her friends (Tyler was the college baseball team manager and said he'd be gone that day). Her roommates suggested they get dressed up and use a coupon for a nearby fancy restaurant. When they arrived, they were taken to a small room already decorated with flowers and candles - plus Tyler as he stood there with the ring. He read a poem much like when he'd asked her to be his girlfriend and once again, Amy said yes! Amy's favorite memory of their wedding day was the first dance, as her father playing Edwin McCain's "I'll Be" on the piano. Because Amy is an interior designer, she made several important wedding items. She and her mother made the wedding invitations along with a candy table with hand-stamped treat bags. Guests could also fill out advice cards and hang them on the advice tree (made by her florist). Purple was the main color theme, with accents of yellow and white, with flowers resembling freshly-picked wildflowers from a field. Centerpieces were small bundles of flowers in varying sizes of milk glass vases, which sat on silver trays with votive candles. Burlap and lace ribbon surrounded the marble, vanilla, chocolate, and raspberry cake; they also had a groom's cake (white cake with peanut butter filling) in the shape of a NY Yankees jersey. The happy couple celebrated their nuptials with a honeymoon trip to the Dominican Republic.

Be sure to see the Lawrence wedding on page 113 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Photography: Katelyn James
Dress: Mori Lee from Becky's Bridal
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Coffey Cakes
Venue: West Manor Estate
Caterer: West Manor Estate
Planner: West Manor Estate
Jewelry: AmRhein's
DJ: Barry Tosh
Attendants' Dresses: Alfred Angelo from AmRhein's
Groomsmen's Attire: Macy's

Wedding Wednesday: The Koonce Wedding

Vance & Crystal Koonce | April 20, 2013 | Photography by Stone Blue Productions

Crystal and Vance first met in a dorm elevator at college. While Crystal didn't think much of it at the time, they later bumped into each other again at a party and sparks flew. When Crystal came home from work one late January evening, she found a picture frame on every third step of her staircase. Each frame contained a different photo of Crystal and Vance in chronological order from when they first met to a recent shot. When she reached the top of her winding stairs, she found Vance on one knee with the engagement ring in hand. All the while, one of her closest friends caught the entire thing on the phone as Crystal had forgotten to hang up with her when she walked in to find such a surprise! Crystal's modern "chic-bling" theme contained beautiful crystallized embellishments, from her shoes to the cake. Their wedding had a few unique touches, such as the seating for the ceremony where their loved ones surrounded them during their vows; family style reception tables; and an all-black wedding cake and programs. They used their engagement photo album as their guest book and the Koonce couple sat on a couch instead of the typical sweetheart table used at receptions. Despite the headache that comes with any wedding planning, when Crystal heard Vance's impromptu speech, she knew it was all worth it. The newlyweds took their honeymoon to Cairns, Australia and Savusavu, Fiji.

Be sure to see the Koonce wedding on page 112 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Photography: Stone Blue Productions
Dress: Hannelore's Bridal Boutique
Cake: Coffey Cakes
Venue: Craddock Terry Hotel & Event Center
Caterer: Shoemaker's American Grille
Planner: R.S. Exclusive
Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Lighting: Castle Event Lighting