Wedding Wednesday: The Gelderblom Wedding

Dirk & Kelly Gelderblom | May 31, 2014 | Photography by Kemper Mills Fant Photography

 These two world travelers were brought together by a mutual friend in Roanoke where they hit it off immediately. Kelly says they ignored everyone else in the room that first night and have been smitten with each other ever since. One day while Kelly planned to give a presentation on rocks to her preschool class, Dirk had a very different plan in mind. Kelly asked him to bring some rocks he borrowed to show the children, but he brought a very special rock with him that day and had the proposal videotaped with the help of her colleagues. Fitting with their love of traveling, the couple's wedding guests were from all around the world. Dirk's family is Dutch, so it was important to them to incorporate Dutch food and honor old traditions. They incorporated a banner passed down in Dirk's family as a decoration in the ceremony. The groomsmen also participated in honoring Dirk's heritage by wearing matching socks and suspenders in the Dutch national color "oranje" and cutting off the toes of his socks as part of a tradition to ensure that he would never run off with another woman. A special décor element incorporated part of Kelly's childhood as well. The bar featured vases of live salamanders and a brick salamander because she grew up catching them in a pond behind her house. Other notable elements were the flowers, music, food, and cigar bar.

Be sure to see the Gelderblom wedding on page 44 of the third issue of bridebook!

Photography: Kemper Mills Fant Photography
Dress: Claire Pettibone
Florist: Creative Occasions
Cake: Evie's Wedding Cakes
Venue: Sundara
Caterer: Blue Ridge Catering
Planner: Amy McArthur- Sundara
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: J. Crew
Linens: BBJ Linen
Officiant: Andres Garcia
Ceremony & Cocktail Music: The Green Boys
Transportation: Mountain Valley Transportation
Makeup: Ashlee Castner
Hair: Zee's Salon & Day Spa