Wedding Wednesday: The Barnes Wedding

James & Abby Barnes | January 11, 2014 Photography by Lori Hedrick Photography

After meeting through a mutual friend by chance at a local coffee shop, Abby had no idea that day she'd met her future husband. At least not until he asked her on a date a week later. It was that night that she realized James might be the one. A year later Abby thought it was another chance encounter that they spent the day at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, which is one of their favorite places and location of their first kiss and "I love you's." Little did she know it would also become the location of their proposal as well. James had been wearing a wireless microphone all day for the videographer and photographers present while he took Abby's hands in his and asked her the question she'd been dying to hear. He also surprised her by having all their family and friends gather for an engagement party back home. The couple felt their ceremony was the most important part of their wedding day as it had personal touches such as James's best friend acting as the officiant and Abby's youth pastor present as well. Though it rained all day at their carefully selected venue, it became a blessing in disguise. The rain and clouds lifted at sunset, leaving them with a beautiful backdrop for photos around dinner time. The couple liked that this gave them a special moment alone during the reception too. In place of traditional favors, Abby and James decided to give a nod to their mutual love of caffeine that brought them together and offered a coffee bar for guests to enjoy a warm, special treat.

Be sure to see the Barnes wedding on page 30 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Lori Hedrick Photography
Dress: Becky's Bridal
Florist: Blumen Haus-Dove Florist
Cake: Coffey Cakes LLC
Ceremony: Snidow Chapel at Lynchburg College
Venue: West Manor Estate
Caterer: West Manor Estate
Planner: With This Ring Events
Jewelry: Fink's
DJ: Barry Tosh
Attendants' Dresses: David's Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Videographer: Listor Studios
Hair: Artistic Trendz- Donna Weaver
Makeup: Kristiana McElroy