Wedding Wednesday: The Flannery Wedding

The Flannery Wedding | November 8, 2015 | Photography by: Pat Cori Photography

Anh and Chris met at work one day. He asked her out to the Lyrics Theater in Blacksburg for their first date, and everything just fell into place for them. He proposed in the same spot, asking Anh to spend the rest of her life with him.

They had two weddings, one traditional Vietnamese one to celebrate Anh’s heritage, and one modern American one. The Vietnamese ceremony was held at Anh’s house, and it included a procession of the groom’s family bearing gifts covered in red cloth. The color red signifies good luck for the couple. Some of the items brought in the procession included jewelry and food like roast pig, fruit and betal nuts, liquor, and tea. Anh was brought out after the processional to meet her husband, and they prayed at the family alter and had a formal tea and candle ceremony.

Anh wore a traditional Vietnamese dress for the first ceremony, and an elegant tea length dress and red shoes for the American one. The red shoes fit both her culture and their fall color scheme. They used mums in the floral arrangements and Anh wore a crown of baby’s breath in her hair. They also had red and white origami crane toppers. More colorful cranes were used for the guests’ seating arrangements and table numbers.

At the end of the day, guests were given favor boxes with local chocolates and small potted plants like basil and oregano. Anh and Chris took home “messages in a bottle,” small rolls of paper that they encouraged the guests to fill out for them. They saved the messages until their first anniversary.

Make sure to see more of the Flannery Wedding on page 108 of bridebook!

Photography by: Pat Cori Photography
Dress: David's Bridal
Florist: The Flower Shoppe on Main
Cake: Grand Asia Market
Venue: Sheraton Roanoke
Caterer: Sheraton Roanoke
Planner: Autumn Bledsoe
Jewelry: Blue Nile and DuPont Central
DJ: RSP Entertainment