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Wedding Wednesday: The Edmonds Wedding

The Edmonds Wedding | June 3, 2017 | Photography by: Heather Chipps Photography

Erin Brookshier had no idea that she was on a blind date when a close friend (who would end up being a bridesmaid!) picked her up with a few others for a casual game of recreation league soccer. She hit it off instantly with someone who was already in the car: Rob Edmonds. Their connection was immediate, and he called her the very next day to ask her out on their first official date. One early Saturday morning at 3 a.m., Rob and early-bird Erin (who is often up before dawn, as a morning reporter at WSLS10) hiked together to the Peaks of Otter, a hike that Erin's family had done many times in her childhood. When they reached the top of the trail, Rob proposed to Erin with the sunrise as their only audience. The "excited" future bride and groom then hiked back down to enjoy a huge celebratory breakfast.

Erin and Rob celebrated their special day by acknowledging the importance of family. A tree-planting ceremony, where Rob and Erin brought soil from each of their parents' homes, symbolized the two families becoming one. In addition to the tree-planting ceremony, the couple partook in "burying the bourbon," an old southern tradition to ensure good weather on the wedding day. Even though the weather forecast predicted rain for the whole week, the Edmonds wedding took place on a 92-degree Saturday beneath a cloudless sky. The beauty of the wedding ceremony itself was in the details: the couple's "pre-wedding bonding time" where they created their own centerpieces, Erin's veil (it had been her mother's at her wedding in 1984) and Erin's father's cufflinks, which she had given to him as a gift the night before the wedding. These cufflinks, which Erin thought "were very special," read on one side, "I'll always be your little girl." In addition to an enchanting venue and entertainment services, these small details played a integral role in the celebration of two families becoming one.

Make sure to see more of the Edmonds wedding on page 30 of bridebook!

Photography: Heather Chipps Photography
Dress: The Newfangled Bride
Florist: Perfect Arrangement
Venue: Plantation on Sunnybrook
Caterer: Plantation Creations Catering and Events
DJ: Castillo DJ Services
Groomsmen's Attire: Jos A Banks
Hair & Makeup: Les Cheveux Salon and Day Spa
Alterations: Sew Right, LLC
Cake: Mary Ogilvie
Attendants Dresses: Weddington Way
Wedding Planner: Tammy Scaggs - Plantation on Sunnybrook

Wedding Wednesday: The Jennings Wedding

The Jennings Wedding | October 15, 2016 | Photography by: Matthew Thwing Photography

Todd and Tatiana ("Tigger") met through mutual friends when they were only teenagers. Fast forward to a few years later as they made their way to a Washington Capitals game, where Todd stole a few moments for them to stop by a beautiful field with pond and country backdrop. It was there Todd proposed.

Tigger and Todd wanted a country theme for the day, with a burgundy and ivory color palette. The bridesmaids wore cowboy boots while the groomsmen donned cream suits and burgundy ties to match the groom's burgundy vest. Their day turned out with beautiful weather, staring with Tigger and her best girls celebrating during the morning in their matching robes. A 1952 Ford pickup truck drove them to the ceremony and venue, while the couple was married beneath a flower-filled arch under sunshine. Decor included large picture displays and guests took home fresh jars of homemade apple butter as favors. One of Tigger's favorite memories is Todd smashing cake in her face! She adds she also loved their private dance as newlyweds; the two were able to reflect on their day and spend a quiet moment together in celebration.

Make sure to see more of the Jennings wedding on page 88 of bridebook!

Photography: Matthew Thwing Photography
Dress: I Thee Wed
Florist: The Flower Cottage
Cake: Bradie Henning
Venue: Inn at Kelly's Ford
Caterer: Inn at Kelly's Ford
Planner: Kasey Elysabeth Event Planning
Jewelry: Zales & AmRhein's Jewelers
DJ: Creative Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: David's Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair: Pam Jeckell

Wedding Wednesday: The Gallagher Wedding

The Gallagher Wedding | October 15, 2016 | Photography by: Jeff Colquhoun Photography

Joshua and Matthew first met through Facebook, getting to know each other online before meeting in person for their first date. After that first date, Joshua says he knew he wanted to marry Matthew and they haven't spent more than a week apart since! For the proposal, Joshua made a special Christmas ornament filled with small strips of paper with their favorite quotes, sweet sayings and a large one that said "Will You Marry Me?" As he took the ornament out of the box, Joshua got to one knee, and was so nervous he skipped his speech and simply asked the question. Matthew immediately said yes, followed by asking if Joshua was okay!

Their rustic country wedding had colors of burgundy and gray with plum accents, as well as bits of burnt orange for Matthew. They incorporated burlap, baby's breath and old bed springs to make centerpieces, used an old farmhouse screen door to display childhood photos, used Longaberger baskets to display their wedding favors of lavender soap in burlap and dried lavender and birdseed hearts. Matthew and Joshua exchanged their own vows, which made them both even more excited about their future together. Their wine fountain was a huge hit, while their DJ kept the party going for the entire reception. Joshua says their wedding brought their entire family closer together, and those who attended could see the love between him and Matt; he adds they are very fortunate to have such supportive family and friends, which also helped during the entire wedding planning process to simply be together and enjoy the day.

Make sure to see more of the Gallagher wedding on page 86 of bridebook!

Photography: Jeff Colquhoun Photography
Suits: Men's Wearhouse
Cake: Betty Gross Cakes
Venue: Vinton War Memorial
Caterer: Country Kitchen
Planner: Vinton War Memorial - Chasity Barbour
Jewelry: Kay Jewelers
DJ: Blue Ridge Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: Karma Prom
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair: David Mandakis