Wedding Wednesday: The Benson Wedding

Hank & Melinda Benson | June 28, 2014 | Photography by Pat Cori Photography

 All it took was one date for Hank and Melinda to begin a lifelong relationship. Hank surprised Melinda during a typical weekend trip to the family lake house at Smith Mountain Lake. After a dinner at one of Melinda's favorite restaurants, the couple returned to house to enjoy the view from the balcony where Hank proposed. The couple had been ring shopping the week before, but Melinda's dream ring was sold to someone else, leaving her devastated. To make up for it, Hank handed her a Pandora box, but inside was the ring they found while shopping! The couple had a very unique and family oriented wedding. It was held on the one of a kind venue of Hank's family farm, and they decided to keep things intimate during the ceremony by inviting immediate family and close friends and having more guests come to the reception. Melinda chose antique church pews to use for seating during the ceremony, and her grandfather made the arbor out of 100-year-old wood from the family barn. Her most memorable moment of the night was walking down the aisle toward Hank's beaming face. She says she felt like she was in a fairytale due to the setup of the ceremony and the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the background. The couple agreed the reception should have a relaxed but special vibe. Guests were encouraged to come in casual dress to enjoy the "I Do BBQ" dinner. Another fun element of the reception was the lemonade stand, featuring Mason jars with decorative chevron straws, and the bar that offered flavor enhancements of blueberry or strawberry vodka. Melinda says that though it was a long process to create her vision, it was an amazing sight to see in the end!

Be sure to see the Benson wedding on page 60 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography by Pat Cori Photography
Dress: Becky's Bridal
Florist: Elle Emme Floral and Design Atelier
Cake: Casey's Cakes
Venue: Grandview Farms
Caterer: 1906 Ale House
Planner: Allure Weddings and Events
Jewelry: Fink's
DJ: SRO Productions
Band: Smokin' Guns
Hair: Samantha Shivers
Makeup: Amanda Copeland
Beverages: Deb's Lemonade
Rentals: Grand Rental Station
Restroom Services: Tidy Services