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Wedding Wednesday: The Beckner Wedding

The Beckner Wedding | June 9, 2018 | Photography by Pat Cori Photography

Carley Edwards and Chris Beckner had known each other for years since their brothers became friends in middle school. They would often see each other at their brothers’ games and school activities, but it wasn’t until years later when they met for coffee to talk about work that the sparks started to fly.

It was a typical Sunday in November at lunch after church when Chris told Carley they needed to leave by 3:30 to get ready for pizza at his grandma’s that night. So at 3:30 when they started packing up, he slipped her an envelope that said “scavenger hunt.” Inside was a note with hints to find each destination, and instructions to take a picture at each location before moving on. The clues ending up leading them to three spots around Roanoke that were significant to them, with the final spot being the Roanoke Mountain Overlook, the place Chris had first told Carley he loved her. Once they were there, the couple walked around and talked for a bit until Chris took out the notes he’d written, which ended in asking Carley to marry him. Carley’s first reaction was, “Are you sure?!”

She’s very glad he was sure.

The wedding had a tropical theme since it was in June, Carley loves pineapples, and Chris lived in the Caribbean for a while, so it seemed like the perfect fit. Green was the color palette for the wedding party, but they let everyone choose what to wear. No one matched exactly, but it ended up working perfectly. The florist included pops of orange and yellow to go along with the tropical theme and the centerpieces were cored-out pineapples with flowers inside. And rather than a traditional cake, the couple opted for a stack of pancakes instead to celebrate the night of their first date, which they ended at Denny’s.

It was the ceremony that the couple looks back on most fondly. After months of anticipation, Carley remembers being so happy to stand hand-in-hand with her best friend, in the sanctuary she grew up in, surrounded by everyone they love and in front of a cross the represented why they were there in the first place. Chris’s favorite memory is the prelude to the ceremony and the overwhelming sense that God had orchestrated everything to get them to that point.

Make sure to see more of the Burch wedding on page 42 of bridebook!

Photography: Pat Cori Photography
Dress: Studio I Do Bridals
Florist: Florals by Kimberly
Venue: Hollins University
Caterer: Hollins University
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Lighting: Lighting Ninja
Hair: Jordan Thompson

Wedding Wednesday: The Miller Wedding

The Miller Wedding | June 8, 2018 | Photography by KK Images

Carla Flaherty and Neil Miller met online through the dating app Bumble, and the two knew immediately that something “different” was happening between them. Their first date was coffee and donuts at the duck pond in Salem, VA. The conversation went so well that they decided to extend the date into dinner at Mac and Bobs that same evening. It was one day during a hike to the Roanoke star, that on the way down the mountain Neil stopped, saying he was thirsty. When Carla turned around he was on one knee, ready to propose. She obviously said YES.

The celebration took place at Bent Oaks Manor, and the day of the wedding was the first time the families of the bride and groom met, which they recall as the joining together of the “North and South” as Carla is from Maine and Neil is from Virginia. The bride’s father’s only request for the wedding was “really good food!” They also had three different wedding cakes to meet everyone’s dessert needs, including a raspberry butter frosted white cake, carrot cake and chocolate “Better Than Sex” cake. 

The groom’s favorite memory of the wedding was watching his bride walk up to him on the front lawn. He loved her smile, and remembers how she just couldn’t stop smiling. The bride loved having all of their family and friends in one place. The guests arrived on Thursday, the wedding was Friday evening and the celebration went on into Saturday with a walking brewery tour through downtown Roanoke and “lawn games and leftovers” at the Manor for a more laidback way to celebrate and spend quality time with guests and family. The couple recalls how having the Manor for the entire weekend allowed for more flexibility in their plans, and gave them the opportunity to enjoy and engage with all of their guests on an intimate level, rather than having a whirlwind wedding day.

Make sure to see more of the Burch wedding on page 40 of bridebook!

Photography: KK Images
Dress: David’s Bridal
Suit: Men’s Warehouse
Florist: Sam’s Club
Cake: Wildflour Café
Venue: Bent Oaks Manor
Caterer: Center Stage Catering
Planner: Brenda Taylor
DJ: Master Taylor Entertainment
Hair: Oliver’s Twist

Wedding Wednesday: The Nye Wedding

The Nye Wedding | June 2, 2018 | Photography by: Kemper Mills Fant Photography

Jaci Clark and Clay Nye met through a blind date when Jaci stepped way out of her comfort zone and agreed to be Clay’s date to a fraternity Christmas cocktail. Her leap of faith paid off, as she ended up having an amazing time, and afterwards Clay ignored the “wait three days to call” rule and immediately asked her out to dinner the next day. The two have been together ever since.

Eight years later on a hike to McAfee’s Knob, Clay took Jaci to their favorite spot away from the hustle and bustle of the main lookout. Once they got to their special rock, Clay asked their friends to stay behind and take a picture of them. It was then that Clay got on his knee and asked for Jaci’s hand in marriage.

Some of the couple’s most memorable moments of the special day are getting “iced” by the bridal party upon entering the reception (and Jaci kicking Clay’s butt at it) and the couple’s first dance which they’d never practiced but Clay still managed to knock the dips out of the park. They also loved the introductions of the wedding party, as they had little “roasts” for each bridesmaid and groomsman. They were introduced in pairs, then took a shot together and went to the dance floor.

Despite having their plans of holding the ceremony in the courtyard outside derailed by the weather, the florist and hotel did an amazing job of creating a beautiful space inside in a short amount of time. And it turned out to be quite the blessing – everyone was thankful for the air conditioning!

See more of the Burch wedding on page 38 of bridebook!

Photography: Kemper Mills Fant Photography
Dress: AmRheins
Suit: Joseph Abbound
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: For the Love of Sweets
Venue: The Hotel Roanoke
Caterer: The Hotel Roanoke
Planner: Simplicity Events - Vicki Itson
Jewelry: Fink’s Jewelers
Entertainment: Six Stylez
Attendants Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair: Bliss Studios
Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon and Day Spa
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Photo Booth: Clear Choice
Ceremony Music: Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
Officiant: An Affair of the Heart - MaryAnn Anderson