Wedding Wednesday: The Lembo Wedding

Aaron & Mallory Lembo | September 28, 2013 | Photography by Kemper Mills Fant Photography

When Aaron and Mallory first met, it seemed as though the two didn't have much in common, but after several coffee chats, they realized they fit together well. Two years later, after a cold day walking pups for their annual Mutt Strut in Philadelphia, Aaron proposed to Mallory on her alma mater's campus. Because of Aaron's love of nature and Mallory's equestrian Southern roots, they quickly agreed on an outdoor wedding. On a whim, they stopped to look at Sundara and fell in love at first sight. Mallory had several favorite memories of the day, including dancing on the table with her father, wearing her late mother-in-law's belly dancing skirt while standing with family, and showing off a few newly-acquired dance moves with her new husband. Aaron reflects on a love note Mallory wrote him before the wedding that he read while waiting on his groomsmen and left him feeling, "without a doubt, believing he is the luckiest man alive." Their details made all the difference in their unique wedding: Mallory wore a penny in her shoe from her sister's wedding 15 years prior, while their childhoods were showcased with family photos strung on a clothesline; food from both family backgrounds represented each side, with Italian, Southern, and Greek flavors for dinner; because the couple met over Turkish coffee, there was a coffee bar with Turkish accents. Maps highlights their roots as well as dream destinations, while Aaron's late mother was commemorated through photos and two hand-sewn pillows with special quotes, and her wine case displayed at the front of the altar. Aaron's father made cornhole boards and tree slices that were used as tabletop decor were cut from her aunt's backyard. Aaron and Mallory's wine blending ceremony was most unique; Aaron used an Italian grape unique to where his ancestors were from and is grown and bottled in his New Jersey hometown, while Mallory's was her favorite grape she discovered while studying abroad in Spain. Aaron also wrote the ceremony containing Buddhist, Catholic, and Native American sentiments. Feathers, tree slices, branches, and succulents were used in boutonnieres and decor, while guests were given favors of little succulents to grow at home. The happy newlyweds spent a few extra days in Roanoke as tourists and they've also planned a trip to Turkey and southeast Asia in the next year or two.

Be sure to see the Lembo wedding on page 90 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!

Photography: Kemper Mills Fant Photography
Dress: Winnie Couture
Florist: Creative Occasions and Bowman & Clark (Allie Webber)
Cake: Evie's Wildflour Wedding Cakes
Venue: Sundara
Caterer: Center Stage Catering
Planner: Tinsel & Twine
Jewelry: Kings Jewelers
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: Bill Levkoff
Groomsmen's Attire: John Varvatos from Nordstrom
Lighting: Lighting Professors
Hair: Azario Salon & Day Spa
Makeup: Help Me Rhonda
Photo Booth: Star City Photobooth