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Wedding Wednesday: The Hendricks Wedding

 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

Wedding Wednesday: The Mansdoerfer Wedding

Michael & Catherine Mansdoerfer | May 24, 2014 Photography by Skyryder Photography LLC

Catherine was waiting on pins and needles for Michael to pop the question after ring shopping. After almost five years of dating, Michael picked a day to surprise her at her apartment in Richmond after telling her he would be working in Radford all weekend. She knew immediately that the moment she'd been waiting for was finally happening. The couple took a short vacation in the Outer Banks, NC to celebrate the proposal. Both Michael and Catherine being Virginia Tech alumni, there was no question that the theme of the wedding must be centered around their alma mater. The wedding colors were maroon and orange, which could be seen in everything from the bridesmaids' gowns to the flower arrangements and even Catherine's garter. The ceremony also had special elements such as the pastor's special speech about traditional wedding traditions. To keep things personal, the music choices were all favorites of the couple, their parents, and family friends. Additionally, Michael and Catherine honored military and emergency response members, donated to the Marching Virginians in honor of Ryan Clark and the Officer Deriek Crouse fund in place of favors, and donated the centerpieces to a local nursing home in honor of Catherine's Pop Pop. In keeping with their love of Virginia Tech, the Hokie Bird made an appearance to entertain guests during the reception.

Be sure to see the Mansdoerfer wedding on page 36 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Skyryder Photography LLC
Dress: White Swan Bridal
Florist: Best Wishes Flowers & Gifts
Cake: The Orange Bandana
Ceremony: Virginia Tech War Memorial Chapel
Venue: The Inn at Virginia Tech
Caterer: The Inn at Virginia Tech
Jewelry: Kent Jewelers
Attendants' Dresses: White Swan Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Chantilly Lace
Videographer: Alzuro Productions

Wedding Wednesday: The Harrell Wedding

Mat & Kate Harrell | June 29, 2013 | Photography by Junebug Photography

Mat and Kate met at their favorite spot in Blacksburg, where he was a senior and she a grad student at Virginia Tech. After graduating, Kate taught kindergarten in Roanoke while Mat stayed in Blacksburg for medical school. One cold, rainy Friday in March, Kate went up to spend the weekend with Mat; he took her for a walk on Tech's campus, where he proposed. Both Kate and Mat say their favorite moment of the wedding day was when she walked down the aisle; they agreed that the world seemed to stop and they felt like the only two people in the room. Kate laughs, however, at remembering that the ringbearer sitting at the alter kept squeaking his shoes. The Harrell wedding was "them to a tee," as they were married at Virginia Tech; even the famous Hokie Bird showed up! Kate hung love quotes from her kindergarteners throughout the ceremony and designed her invitations, programs, and favors. Maroon, ivory and gray kept the classic Hokie theme, with rally towels and koozies as party favors for guests. Centerpieces were handmade table runners with small black lanterns and wine glasses filled with flowers that also had Kate and Mat's engagement photos on them. Their cake had four layers: red velvet, yellow cake with strawberry filling, chocolate, and carrot. The newlyweds took a honeymoon cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, where they could relax and enjoy the beach and sunshine.

Be sure to see the Harrell wedding on page 54 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Photography: Junebug Photography
Dress: Chantilly Lace
Florist: Best Wishes
Cake: Our Daily Bread
Ceremony: Virginia Tech War Memorial Chapel
Venue: Virginia Tech Merryman Center
Caterer: Personal Touch
Jewelry: Zales DJ: Scott Giles
Attendants’ Dresses: David's Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: Tivon Salon