Wedding Wednesday: The Koonce Wedding

Vance & Crystal Koonce | April 20, 2013 | Photography by Stone Blue Productions

Crystal and Vance first met in a dorm elevator at college. While Crystal didn't think much of it at the time, they later bumped into each other again at a party and sparks flew. When Crystal came home from work one late January evening, she found a picture frame on every third step of her staircase. Each frame contained a different photo of Crystal and Vance in chronological order from when they first met to a recent shot. When she reached the top of her winding stairs, she found Vance on one knee with the engagement ring in hand. All the while, one of her closest friends caught the entire thing on the phone as Crystal had forgotten to hang up with her when she walked in to find such a surprise! Crystal's modern "chic-bling" theme contained beautiful crystallized embellishments, from her shoes to the cake. Their wedding had a few unique touches, such as the seating for the ceremony where their loved ones surrounded them during their vows; family style reception tables; and an all-black wedding cake and programs. They used their engagement photo album as their guest book and the Koonce couple sat on a couch instead of the typical sweetheart table used at receptions. Despite the headache that comes with any wedding planning, when Crystal heard Vance's impromptu speech, she knew it was all worth it. The newlyweds took their honeymoon to Cairns, Australia and Savusavu, Fiji.

Be sure to see the Koonce wedding on page 112 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Photography: Stone Blue Productions
Dress: Hannelore's Bridal Boutique
Cake: Coffey Cakes
Venue: Craddock Terry Hotel & Event Center
Caterer: Shoemaker's American Grille
Planner: R.S. Exclusive
Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Lighting: Castle Event Lighting