Wedding Wednesday: The Rawson Wedding

The Rawson Wedding | May 12, 2018 | Photography by: Matt Lusk Photography

In the summer of 2007, Nicole Fenner and Zachary Rawson met as camp counselors at Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing. They remained friends for two years and have been together ever since. It was a day before they left for a trip to Spain, standing in their apartment surrounded by flowers, champagne and their dog Henry, that Zach proposed. 

The wedding turned into a week-long celebration on the Outer Banks as many of their friends and family rented homes so they could spend the week enjoying the beach. The couple chose a color scheme of blush, cream, French blue and gold, and instead of table numbers, they used the names of places they’d traveled together like Istanbul, Venice, Rome, Madrid, Provence and more. For the food, they wanted to blend tastes of the South, like BBQ pulled pork sliders and pecan-crusted chicken, with food from the coast, like Carolina crab cakes and shrimp cocktail. They also had a dessert bar with Duck Donuts, fruit tarts and carrot cake, complete with “his” and “hers” cocktails: an Old Fashioned and a Mojito. It was an amazing opportunity to have everyone in one place, and they loved every minute.

See more of the Rawson wedding on page 32 of bridebook! 

Photography: Matt Lusk Photography
Dress: Hayden Olivia
Florist: Bells and Whistles
Venue: The Currituck Club
Caterer: The Currituck Club
Jewelry: Ulmans Jewelry
DJ: Jeremy Russell
Attendants’ Dresses: Hitched
Groomsmen’s Attire: Macy’s
Makeup and Hair: Glimmer Hair & Makeup
Welcome Gifts: Part & Parcel
Officiant: Reverend Jay Bowman

Wedding Wednesday: The Thomas Wedding

The Thomas Wedding | April 29, 2018 | Photography by: Patrick Perkins Photography

Morgan Brown and John Thomas’ relationship was anything but love at first sight. The two met in high school, and couldn’t stand each other at first. The next year they became best friends and would often skip class to get lunch together. After three years of friendship, the pair started dating. It was on a day trip to Alexandria, Virginia, when John popped the question. After dinner at the Chart House they went out by the harbor and he asked her to spend the rest of their lives together.

Morgan describes her wedding as simple, but elegant. They wanted it to be timeless, choosing the colors dusty rose, blush and gold. The tables had gold boxes with blush hydrangeas in the center, with ivory table clothes and chair covers. The whole wedding was simple and laid back so the couple could enjoy the day without stress. The ceremony was short and sweet, and Morgan remembers her favorite part of the day being the look on the groom’s face as she walked down the aisle. She loves looking back on the video and seeing their daughter, the flower girl, run to him, a detail she didn’t get to see the day of, but the video makes her heart melt every time she watches it. She also remembers the cake being amazing. It was a three-tiered cake, and they each chose a flavor of a tier, and decided on the final one together, ending up with lemon raspberry, chocolate caramel and lemon with lemon curd. 

See more of the Thomas wedding on page 30 of bridebook!

Photography: Patrick Perkins Photography
Dress: Newfangled Bride
Florist: Thornfield Farms
Cake: For the Love of Sweets
Venue: Vinton War Memorial
Caterer: Ippy’s Restaurant
Jewelry: Carters Fine Jewelry
DJ: Modern Day Outlaw
Attendants’ Dresses: Newfangled Bride and David’s Bridal
Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Videography: Abbey Dillard Photo and Video

Wedding Wednesday: The Gray Wedding

The Gray Wedding | April 14, 2018 | Photography by: Elizabeth Harris Photography

Haleigh Byrd and Christopher Gray met through work when Haleigh was a Customer Service Manager and Christopher was a Produce Manager. The couple did not hit it off immediately, describing their initial relationship as love/hate, which they now look back on and laugh. The two parted ways when Chris moved to a store farther away and Haleigh was re-assigned to a store in Charlottesville, VA, but the two reunited through friends later on. One night Chris went up to Charlottesville for dinner, and as the saying goes, the rest is history! 

One night, during an “Easter Lunch” which Chris had organized with their family and friends, he took Haleigh outside to look at the ducks. When they stepped out on the back deck, the couple was met by all of their loved ones with balloons and rose petals. Surrounded by their daughters Aubriee and Oaklynn, Christopher got down on one knee and proposed.  

The couple opted for a simple and classic wedding with a grey and black color scheme. The weather was perfect that day and they walked down the aisle to the violin cover to All of Me by John Legend. Haleigh’s favorite part of the day was all of the love she felt in the room surrounded by so many friends and loved ones. She recalls sitting at her table with her new husband, looking around the room, and saying “These are our people! Everyone is here for us!”

See more of the Grab wedding on page 28 of bridebook!

Photographer: Elizabeth Harris Photography
Dress: Celebration Bridal
Florist: Kroger
Cake: JoJos Cupcakes
Venue: Vinton War Memorial
Caterer: Pumpernickle Pickle Co.
Planner: Vinton War Memorial - Chasity Barbour
Jewelry: Zales
Attendants’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Makeup: Tiffany Meece
Hair: Kate Altizer