TJ & Laura Hendricks | June 14, 2014 | Photography by Noah Magnifico
TJ and Laura owe it all to a mutual friend who brought the two together one night in Florida. Laura's friend invited her down for spring break in March of 2012, and though it wasn't her initial plan, something told her she needed to go. When she arrived, she met her friend's roommate TJ. The two spent the whole evening talking, and at the end of the trip TJ drove Laura to the airport and tricked her into giving him her phone number for "safety purposes" of course. The two kept in touch, and a month later TJ flew her out from Texas to see him again. After seven months of a long distance relationship, TJ knew Laura was the one. He proposed to her while she was visiting for Thanksgiving by driving out to the beach in Corpus Christi, Texas. Because Laura spent ten years living in Texas, and TJ finished his part of his flight school training there as well, she knew a rustic themed wedding was a must. She achieved this aesthetic by using wooden trunk pieces in the centerpieces, mason jars and burlap, and the old wooden door used for seating assignments. And of course, the cowboy boots she wore under her dress! The centerpieces helped incorporate romantic elements into the rustic theme as well, consisting of sunflowers, gerbera daisies, and twigs. They were all different heights, and some featured votive candles while others featured tall vases with burlap to create and interesting and unique look. The table numbers were also unique because Laura's mother handmade them by wrapping burlap around boards and gluing on every pearl to create the numbers. It was also important that military elements be present as well since TJ flies for the U.S. Navy. TJ chose the venues because it was important to him as a Virginia Tech alumnus. The camouflage koozie favors were also Virginia Tech colors and featured the helicopter TJ flies. Laura even incorporated the military theme into her garter, which featured the red "Remove Before Flight" tag and a helicopter charm. A final element to honor TJ's active duty was the sword arch in which the couple walked through and had to kiss in order to pass through each set of swords. One of the most important memories of the day was the coming together of friends and family from all over the United States and the world.
Be sure to see the Hendricks wedding on page 52 of the third issue of bridebook!
Photography: Noah Magnifico
Dress: Que Bella Bridal Boutique
Florist: Best Wishes Flowers & Gifts
Cake: Sandy Huff
Ceremony: Virginia Tech War Memorial Chapel
Venue: Virginia Tech German Club
Caterer: Personal Touch Catering
Planner: Events by Sherri
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: Morie Lee by Madeline Gardener
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: Jennifer Caldwell
Officiant: Reggie Tuck