Wedding Wednesday: The Parker Wedding

The Parker Wedding | December 2, 2017 | Photography by: Anna Bowser Photography

Even though Hannah Mankin and David Parker attended Radford University together, they never knew each other. After their best friends introduced them, their romance began. "My future husband was under my nose the whole time!" Hannah says. Lola, the couple's adopted puggle (half pug, half beagle!), played a key role in David's proposal. While they were both at their home in Lynchburg, David encouraged Hannah to cuddle their pup, and she found the beautiful ring that he had attached to the dog's collar just as David popped the question.

The couple's special day was made even more enchanting by the Christmas spirit that surrounded them. Magic was in the air before the couple even exchanged their vows: there was a Christmas parade before the ceremony, and Hannah even got a picture with Santa! To give their wedding a personalized touch, the couple decided to display a unique donut bar during the reception, and their cake oozed rustic elegance. The bridesmaids wore furs to keep warm during photos, and Hannah says that they all looked "uniquely beautiful." Hannah and David's ceremony was very meaningful to them, with important Bible verses that reflected their relationship perfectly. The short-and-sweet elegance of the ceremony paired with the air of Christmas made the couple's day one that they and their guests will never forget.

Make sure to see more of the Parker wedding on page 70 of bridebook!

Photography: Anna Bowser Photography
Dress: Studio I Do Bridals
Florist: Caroline LaRocca Event Design
Cake: Fresh Baked Bakery
Venue: The Kyle House
Caterer: Schaal's Catering
Planner: Day Events - Michelle Day
Jewelry: Kay Jewelers
DJ: Troy Hamm
Videographer: Something Blue
Makeup: Makeup Artistry - Laci Fore
Hair: Sarah Cook

Wedding Wednesday: The Hilbert Wedding

The Hilbert Wedding | December 2, 2017 | Photography by: Pat Cori Photography

Emily Allen met Daniel "Danny" Hilbert a few years after she moved from Florida to Virginia. A mutual friend introduced them, and Danny took Emily's phone number. After he didn't call, two months later the two ran into each other at a Halloween party, and their instant attraction showed Danny that he had dropped the ball in not reaching out to Emily. Naturally, he didn't drop the ball again! Danny had originally planned to propose to Emily at her favorite restaurant in Tampa, but the plan went awry when she got sick earlier in the week, then making Danny sick as well. He was not to be deterred from proposing, however: he ended up proposing to her on a Friday morning before work with a beautiful ring.

Since middle school, Emily knew that she wanted a Christmas wedding, so in a magical ceremony with classical music provided by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and adorned with subtle Christmas touches to the decor, Emily achieved her perfect day. The reception had several meaningful moments, such as the "grandmother's dance." Both Emily and Danny were blessed to have both of their grandmothers present to help them celebrate their union. Emily's birthday happened to be that same day, so during the reception everyone serenaded her with a rendition of "Happy Birthday." While the couple was sitting at the reception with their champagne, in the presence of their loved ones, Emily says that she was struck by the thought that weddings are "really about friends and family and blending families together, and that was a great moment for me."

Make sure to see more of the Hilbert wedding on page 68 of bridebook!

Photography: Pat Cori Photography
Dress: Brides by Demetrios
Florist: Belle's Blooms
Cake: Cakes by Lisa
Venue: Patrick Henry Ballroom
Caterer: 2Dye4Que
Planner: Simplicity Events
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: David's Bridal
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: Azario Salon & Day Spa
Videographer: Michael's Video
Instrumental Music: Roanoke Symphony Orchestra members 

Wedding Wednesday: The Carver Wedding

The Carver Wedding | December 2, 2017 | Photography by: Stephanie Parker Photography

After Lucas Carver met Kimberly Hughes while playing football on the Virginia Tech drillfield with friends, Kimberly made sure to add Lucas on Facebook. Kimberly's father had a rule for her: she couldn't get engaged until she graduated college with a bachelor's degree. The day after she graduated in December of 2015, Lucas created a driving tour around their favorite spots in Blacksburg and Christiansburg, ending up back on the drillfield, where Lucas got down on one knee and asked Kimberly to be his wife.

The couple's winter wedding was timeless, with its colors being white, navy blue and silver. The ceremony was performed by Lucas' father, a Baptist preacher, and the reception was everything that the couple had hoped for. However, their favorite memory of the day was when Lucas' fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, gathered together in a circle around the couple and sang a beautiful hymn, seeming to almost bless the marriage, making Kimberly tear up because of how much it meant to her. Because Virginia Tech played such a pivotal role in Lucas and Kimberly's relationship, and because many of the wedding guests had either gone to Tech or were fans, the Hokie Bird came and took pictures with the guests, allowing for the couple to celebrate their big day with a fun and personal touch.

Make sure to see more of the Carver wedding on page 66 of bridebook!

Photography: Stephanie Parker Photography
Dress: Chantilly Lace
Flowers: Best Wishes
Venue: The Inn at Virginia Tech
Caterer: The Inn at Virginia Tech
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Attendant's Dresses: David's Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Studio 700
Cake: Our Daily Bread
Jewelry: Mountain Jewelers
Photo Booth: Star City Photo Booth
Planner: Simplicity Events - Amina Dudley