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Wedding Wednesday: The Fanning Wedding

The Fanning Wedding | October 12, 2014 | Photography by William Mahone Photography

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Dan and Emily met while attending James Madison University together. They ran into each other at a party and the rest, as they say, is history.

Dan worked on his proposal for months. One day while Emily was at work, he surprised her by picking her up and taking her on a ferry ride to Block Island--Emily's favorite place. On the ferry, Emily was treated to a surprise lunch and beautiful views of the ocean. Once the couple got to the island, they headed for Emily's favorite beachside spot and went for a walk together in the sand. There, Dan proposed and Emily, of course, said yes. A photographer Dan hired captured the entire proposal.

Emily grew up a southern girl, and so naturally she wanted a rustic southern-themed wedding. Emily also wanted the celebration to be highly personal, so she included many DIY touches to complete the look. Many wedding details were very unique. The centerpieces, for example, were composed on cobalt glassware pieces borrowed from Emily's mom's collection. The favors were also carefully and personally designed. Emily and Dan gave out mason jars with stainless steel straws, adorned with handmade escort cards created out of paint chips. Emily also hand-sewed napkins for all the tables from fabrics that matched the couple's wedding colors, picked out a personalized and unique playlist with Dan, and made her own guestbook. All these details made the Fanning wedding a one-of-a-kind southern affair.

For food, the couple had a full southern spread: short ribs, fried green tomatoes, cheesy grits, and fresh greens. Honoring a non-traditional route, the couple had homemade apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies for desert rather than cake.

To Emily and Dan, the involvement of their friends and families in creating their wedding was truly the most rewarding special touch. Dan's brother, Patrick, was ordained specifically so he could marry the couple, and the ceremony was written by Dan and Emily so that each word was personalized and meaningful. A few family members gave heartfelt readings. Emily particularly remembers a reading by a friend, Cheryl, who encouraged the couple to take in the moment and remember all their friends and family members. This allowed Dan and Emily to reflect on how moving their celebration was.

Be sure to see the Fanning wedding on page 106 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: William Mahone Photography
Dress: Nicole Miller from Andria Bird Bride
Florist: Cindy and Amy Marshall
Pie: Nancy Bryan and Debbie Mays
Venue: Castle Hill Cider
Caterer: Harvest Moon
Planner: Real Southern Accents - Logan Powell
Jewelry: Zales
DJ: Brennan Snead
Groomsmen's Attire: Perry Ellis from Macy's
Hair and Makeup: Jeanne Cusick
Transportation: Easy Riders Bus Company
Lighting: MS Events

Wedding Wednesday: The Parry Wedding

The Parry Wedding | September 20, 2014 | Photography by William Mahone Photography

As soon as Kelly laid eyes on Jacob, she was taken aback by his charming smile and radiating personality. She was smitten with him instantly, and that feeling never left.

On the night of the proposal, Kelly and Jacob were vacationing in Virginia Beach, and Jacob was being particularly lovey-dovey as they were sharing a walk on the shore. Kelly noticed that Jacob kept walking faster and faster, and suspected that something was up. Sure enough, he eventually got on one knee and popped the question. That moment, Kelly says, was like music to her ears.

The impact of the wedding didn't hit Kelly until right before the processional. She was overwhelmed by emotion as she held her father's hand and gazed at the man that would become her husband. When she finally reached the end of the aisle to meet Jacob, she was overjoyed and wanted to savor every moment of their special day.

Jacob and Kelly chose a venue that was both classy and unique. It was a renovated factory building with large, breathtaking windows and an impressive grand staircase. The building required few decorations, so the couple focused on using lighting to give warmth and brightness to the ceremony and reception. The dramatic lighting complemented the sleek and simple wedding colors: black and white. Kelly and Jacob even included a large, exclusively black and white candy buffet as a guest favor to compliment their theme. The flowers also proved to be a stunning addition to the evening. Kelly got her florist to pick flowers that looked just like peonies, even though peonies were out of season. The blush tones in the bouquet softened the black and white perfectly.

After the ceremony, guests had fun posing in a photo booth wearing props like Viking hats and oversized sunglasses. Additional, Kelly's sister painted a canvas with a huge red heart for guests to sign instead of a traditional guest book. This was a huge hit, and added a truly unique touch to the reception.

Be sure to see the Parry wedding on page 88 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography by William Mahone Photography
Dress: Vera Wang from David's Bridal
Florist: Perfect Arrangement
Cake: Diane's Cake Creations
Venue: Tresca on 8th
Caterer: Pumpernickel Pickle
Jewelry: Jewell's Fine Jewelry
Attendants' Dresses: David's Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein from Men's Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: Eksklusiv Salon -Meredith Harris

Wedding Wednesday: The Ally Wedding

Shaun & Jodi Ally | June 28, 2014 Photography by William Mahone Photography

 Shaun knew he had his work cut out for him when deciding how to propose to Jodi. He knew she had a specific engagement ring in mind, so he consulted Jodi's best friend Kathleen to make sure he selected just the right one. As he had during their first Valentine's Day together, Shaun presented Jodi with a Coach purse, but this time there was more to the surprise. Inside the bag was a custom made ring to match the one from the picture Jodi sent Kathleen years ago. She was absolutely thrilled to see the ring of her dreams and to soon be marrying the man of her dreams. The couple found the perfect venue to help keep their rustic, vintage wedding simple yet beautiful. Because they let the mountaintop be their main backdrop, they were able to focus on more important decorative elements such as baby pictures of the bride and groom lining the aisle, wine from Chateau Morrisette used in the wooden wine box ceremony, and a guest book bench that Jodi's father handmade. The colors of the wedding were magenta, turquoise, and lilac, which were beautifully displayed in the "Best Day Ever" banner made by the couple, their parents, and the wedding party and hung behind the head table during the reception. Shaun and Jodi took the music selection at their wedding very seriously since Shaun is a musician. They found the perfect duo to perform songs during their ceremony such as "Let It Be Me" for Jodi's walk down the aisle and "You Are The Best Thing" for the couple's recessional. "Shelter" was the couple's first dance song, "Wildflowers" was sung for the father daughter dance, and Shaun and his mother danced to "How Sweet It Is." All these songs and more were combined to make a CD for guests to take as their favors. Food was also an important element for Shaun and Jodi. During the reception, guests dined on meatballs, veggie calzones, eggplant parmesan, and chicken bella. Their favorite memory of the night, though, was having a family friend read their responses to questions about their love for one another.

Be sure to see the Ally wedding on page 58 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography by William Mahone Photography
Dress: Bella Rosa Bridal
Florist: Best Wishes Flowers & Gifts
Cake: Cakes by Lisa
Venue: Silver Hearth Lodge
Caterer: Mickey G's
Jewelry: DB Bowles Jewelers and Kent Jewelers
DJ: Master Taylor Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: Bella Rosa Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair: Marcia Meadows
Makeup: Azario Salon & Day Spa
Ceremony Music: Carrington Kay