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Wedding Wednesday: The Benson Wedding

Hank & Melinda Benson | June 28, 2014 | Photography by Pat Cori Photography

 All it took was one date for Hank and Melinda to begin a lifelong relationship. Hank surprised Melinda during a typical weekend trip to the family lake house at Smith Mountain Lake. After a dinner at one of Melinda's favorite restaurants, the couple returned to house to enjoy the view from the balcony where Hank proposed. The couple had been ring shopping the week before, but Melinda's dream ring was sold to someone else, leaving her devastated. To make up for it, Hank handed her a Pandora box, but inside was the ring they found while shopping! The couple had a very unique and family oriented wedding. It was held on the one of a kind venue of Hank's family farm, and they decided to keep things intimate during the ceremony by inviting immediate family and close friends and having more guests come to the reception. Melinda chose antique church pews to use for seating during the ceremony, and her grandfather made the arbor out of 100-year-old wood from the family barn. Her most memorable moment of the night was walking down the aisle toward Hank's beaming face. She says she felt like she was in a fairytale due to the setup of the ceremony and the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the background. The couple agreed the reception should have a relaxed but special vibe. Guests were encouraged to come in casual dress to enjoy the "I Do BBQ" dinner. Another fun element of the reception was the lemonade stand, featuring Mason jars with decorative chevron straws, and the bar that offered flavor enhancements of blueberry or strawberry vodka. Melinda says that though it was a long process to create her vision, it was an amazing sight to see in the end!

Be sure to see the Benson wedding on page 60 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography by Pat Cori Photography
Dress: Becky's Bridal
Florist: Elle Emme Floral and Design Atelier
Cake: Casey's Cakes
Venue: Grandview Farms
Caterer: 1906 Ale House
Planner: Allure Weddings and Events
Jewelry: Fink's
DJ: SRO Productions
Band: Smokin' Guns
Hair: Samantha Shivers
Makeup: Amanda Copeland
Beverages: Deb's Lemonade
Rentals: Grand Rental Station
Restroom Services: Tidy Services

Wedding Wednesday: The Evans Wedding

Kevin & Anna Evans | June 14, 2014 | Photography by Anna Bowser Photography

Kevin was Anna's dream guy long before he was her boyfriend and now husband. He played soccer with Anna's older brother in high school, and as the younger sister Anna was left to crush on Kevin from afar. Years later a Facebook friend request sent by Kevin brought the two together for a movie night that sparked a relationship. They dated for five months before Kevin moved to Florida for the Army training, and they continued their relationship for over a year long distance. During this time, Kevin proposed during a trip they planned in Georgia as a halfway point between them. After a carriage ride in historic downtown Savannah and a fireworks show, Kevin took Anna's hand to dance with her in the park to the song "Hey Pretty Girl" by Kip Moore. As the song ended, Kevin bent to one knee and asked Anna to marry him. Anna wanted to include many personal and DIY elements into her classy, vintage wedding. She did this by using centerpieces with books to symbolize her teaching career. Other centerpieces featured floating sunflowers and upside down wine glasses with flowers tucked inside. She also used pearls throughout the decorations to incorporate the vintage element. Another personal touch was the picture of Anna and her dog displayed instead of the traditional bridal portrait to go along with the favors, which were snicker doodle cookies for guests and dog biscuits for their pets. Coincidentally, the nuptials were held on the Army's birthday, which helped them honor Kevin's service as well as their venue. Anna chose to walk down the aisle to "A Thousand Years" rather than the traditional wedding march. This was Anna's favorite moment as she walked down the aisle with her dad and saw Kevin's reaction to her for the first time. She also enjoyed exchanging letters with him beforehand without seeing each other just as they used to exchange letters when he was in basic training. It was important to the bride and groom to also include their families in their wedding, so Kevin's dad was his best man, their mother's brought dirt from their gardens to use in the tree planting ceremony, and all siblings were included by singing, reading, or being part of the wedding party.

Be sure to see the Evans wedding on page 50 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Anna Bowser Photography
Dress: Chantilly Lace
Florist: George's Flowers
Cake: Linda Sparks
Ceremony: Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church
Venue: Vinton War Memorial
Caterer: Teaberry's Café
DJ: Quest Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: AmRhein's Brides & Formals
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa