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Wedding Wednesday: The Marshall Wedding

Samson & Ashley Marshall | October 26, 2013 | Photography by Laura's Focus Photography

Ashley swears she and Samson should be in a commercial as one of their success stories! After a movie for their first date, they opted for a dinner date, where Ashley became "more and more smitten." For their anniversary celebration, Samson insisted they have dinner at Lucky, their favorite restaurant in downtown Roanoke. As they were sipping drinks, Samson said he had a present for Ashley, which turned out to be THE ring and a proposal. After she said, "of course!" the couple had their photo taken in front of the restaurant. Ashley definitely got "lucky" at Lucky! Their wedding was unique because of the blending of their heritage and personalities. A vintage style dress (along with gorgeous faux fur shawl) fit perfectly, while Samson wore his best Iron Man socks, three piece suit and hand-tied bowtie. Ashley knew it was important for the wedding to represent each of them as well as together as a couple. Ashley also wanted as locally-sourced as possible, showcasing the best of Roanoke to her DC in-laws. Black and royal blue with touches of gold and ivory complemented the country club's existing decor. Centerpieces were created using wooden cigar boxes, while a variety of cupcakes were a sweet touch. Firearm brass was used for boutonniere holders, while the bride carefully chose non-traditional blooms for her flower bouquets. The cake toppers were two-fold, as they had a Southern touch for Ashley and a nerdy touch for Samson. The newlyweds celebrated with a honeymoon to Puerto Rico with a Caribbean cruise so they visit six islands to celebrate.

Be sure to see the Marshall wedding on page 106 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Photography: Laura's Focus Photography
Dress: Vera Wang
Florist: The Crystal Orchid
Cake: Viva La Cupcake
Venue: Roanoke Country Club
Caterer: Roanoke Country Club
Planner: White Peonies
Jewelry: Azar's Jewelry and Masterworks Jewelry
Band: The Funk Cousins (No Relation)
DJ: Sam Lumsden
Attendants' Dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaids and David's Bridal
Favors: The Candy Shop and Chocolate Spike
Cigars: Milan's

Wedding Wednesday: The Housden Wedding

David & Morgan Housden | September 14, 2013 Photography by Amodeo Photography

After working together as line cooks for three years, Morgan and David finally made it official. Christmas Eve eventually became their "I love you" anniversary and David surprised Morgan with his proposal. While with his mom and sister, David asked Morgan to help him get presents out of his truck; he had their dog Kora come outside with a box in a stocking and Morgan knew he was about to pop the question! When they went back inside, his mom and sister had champagne waiting so they could celebrate. Morgan's favorite moment of the wedding was their special time together before the wedding madness started. They were led to chairs that sat back to back, where they held hands and read their love notes together. The long-awaited moment of marrying her soul mate finally felt real to Morgan, and she felt like they were the only two people in the room. Little details made their day come together, such as their dog-daughter Kora as a ring bearer; DIY touches such as cork and 3-colored twine for card and buffet label holders, hand painted wooden letters, antique table for the dessert bar, handmade chalkboards and flower girl baskets. Morgan and her father built the altar, which was a pergola with sunburst handrails, stained blue and decorated with ivory tulle and floral tufts. They also made heart-shaped platforms for the bridesmaids to stand on so their heels didn't sink in the grass! Morgan's brother and father walked her down the aisle. She and David had a unique ceremony with six different colors of sand and used a vintage milk bottle that they sealed with candle wax. Centerpieces were an assortment of vintage bottles and wildflowers and accompanied by three votive candles, 2 "I Spy" cards, disposable cameras, and info cards. Fun food was stationed around the reception area to promote mingling, with a chips and dip station, popcorn station, sliders, and more. The happy couple and their guests partied the night away, with David and Morgan visiting King's Dominion for a fun day together as they save up for a tropical honeymoon.

Be sure to see the Housden wedding on page 86 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Photography: Amodeo Photography
Dress: Symphony Bridal from The Newfangled Bride
Florist: The Flower Shoppe on Main
Cake: Sweet Caroline's
Venue: Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech
Caterer: Bull & Bones at the River and Lil' Bit Corny
Planner: White Peonies, Allie Mannon
Jewelry: Zales, Kay Jewelers, Filamina Jewelry, and Lemon's Jewelry
DJ: Baron Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: David's Bridal Groomsmen's
Attire: Calvin Klein from Men's Wearhouse
Ceremony Music: Guitarist Justin Craig