Wedding Wednesday: The Turpin Wedding

The Turpin Wedding | July 7, 2018 | Photography by Kristen H Photography and Kristina Lynn Photography

Sarah Kennedy and Casey Turpin met through mutual friends in high school, but didn’t become close friends until they worked together as lifeguards over summer break. In their later years of college, the two eventually started dating.

Casey and Sarah were at the beach for a weekend when Sarah suspected he would propose. She knew he’d asked for her parents’ permission before they’d left, so she spent the entire weekend waiting for it to happen. The weather was poor all morning, however, derailing their plans, and all Sarah kept thinking to herself was this is not romantic! When the sun finally came out, they went to sit on the beach. Sarah noticed that Casey was quieter than he usually was, and was constantly on his phone. (Which she would later find out was because he was trying to plan the evening but had lost her friend’s number and was frantically trying to get in touch with her!)

As the afternoon went on (and nothing was happening!), Sarah’s friend Betty texted her to go walk on the beach get dinner. It was a beautiful sunset, and as the three of them walked along the beach, Casey and Betty fell behind. Casey called Sarah’s name, and when she turned around he was on one knee, and Betty was standing close by taking pictures. Sarah went running up to him in excitement, and now she can’t remember anything he said to her because she was so happy with tears of joy as he asked her to marry him.

Sarah looks back on their wedding day and fondly remembers the little jokes they’d whispered to each other during the ceremony that no one else could hear. Casey remembers seeing Sarah walk down the aisle, looking more beautiful than he ever could have imagined in her dress. The couple swears the secret to the perfect weather on their wedding day was burying a bottle of bourbon upside down at the ceremony site beforehand. The reception was full of fun as old friends caught up with each other over dancing, corn hole and yard Jenga. They even broke out glow sticks and popsicles towards the end of the night, and the couple was sent off with sparklers. 

Make sure to see more of the Turpin wedding on page 46 of bridebook!

Photography: Kristen H Photography
Second Photographer: Kristina Lynn Photography
Dress: Studio I Do
Suit: ASOS
Florist: Gretchen Kenley
Venue: Sinkland Farms
Caterer: Bull & Bones
Planner: Anne Goodman & Debbie Carlson
Engagement Jeweler: Kent Jewelers
Wedding Bands: Floyd Jewelry
DJ: Bow Tied Weddings
Attendants’ Dresses: Show Me Your MuMu
Groomsmen’s Attire: Crown & Ivy
Pastor: Lance McDaniel
Videographer: Empire Film Co.
Rentals: Rent-All
Makeup: Glam by Laura
Hair: Gayle Owens & Emily Smith

Liz Long
Wedding Wednesday: The Patterson Wedding

The Patterson Wedding | June 9, 2018 | Photography by: Meredith Sledge Photography

Meredith Brammer and Logan Patterson met through a mutual friend on MySpace back in 2006. They attended different high schools, with Logan being one year ahead, but they remained together all through high school and college, where they both attended Virginia Tech. After graduation, Logan moved to Charlottesville for graduate school at UVA, and Meredith attended Jefferson College of Health Sciences for her Accelerated Bachelors in Nursing.

The two have always been serious Virginia Tech fans, so in the summer of 2016 they went to tour the new football practice facility. Throughout college they’d bonded over attending every game together. After the tour they decided to take a picture together in the middle of the field, which is when Logan got down on one knee and proposed. It was a very special moment as they got engaged in one of their favorite places.

For the wedding, it was important to Meredith and Logan to focus on having a great time with their guests rather than following tradition. Meredith’s cousin, a Navy Lieutenant Commander, was their wedding officiant, and together the cousins created a unique ceremony that included details that were meaningful to her and Logan. They kept it short and sweet, and Meredith was insistent that the day be fun and memorable. After a cocktail hour the guests were invited inside the Plantation House for a buffet dinner, toasts, and cutting the cake. The guests were free to move between the indoor and outdoor space for the rest of the night, which was full of drinks, fun and dancing. The night ended with a sparkler exit, where they drove off to stay at the Hotel Roanoke.

The couple’s favorite moment, however, happened during the ceremony. The officiant asked the two to look out into the audience to see everyone that had traveled to spend their special day with them. After looking into each other’s eyes, Meredith and Logan looked out into the crowd. Meredith remembers being filled with so much love and joy seeing all of their favorite people in one place, many of whom had watched the couple grow from young teenagers to adults, which made her feel even more connected to Logan.

Make sure to see more of the Patterson wedding on page 44 of bridebook!

Photography: Meredith Sledge Photography
Dress: Studio I Do
Suit: Jos A. Banks
Florist: The Plantation on Sunnybrook
Cake: The Plantation on Sunnybrook
Cupcakes: Viva la Cupcake
Venue: The Plantation on Sunnybrook
Caterer: Plantation Creations Catering and Events
Planner: Larami Van Ness - Plantation on Sunnybrook
Jewelry: Fink’s Jewelers
DJ: Blue Ridge Entertainment
Attendants’ Dresses: Kennedy Blue
Groomsmen’s Attire: JoS A Bank
Videographer: by Design Films
Makeup and Hair: GlamHouse Day Spa

Liz Long
Wedding Wednesday: The Beckner Wedding

The Beckner Wedding | June 9, 2018 | Photography by Pat Cori Photography

Carley Edwards and Chris Beckner had known each other for years since their brothers became friends in middle school. They would often see each other at their brothers’ games and school activities, but it wasn’t until years later when they met for coffee to talk about work that the sparks started to fly.

It was a typical Sunday in November at lunch after church when Chris told Carley they needed to leave by 3:30 to get ready for pizza at his grandma’s that night. So at 3:30 when they started packing up, he slipped her an envelope that said “scavenger hunt.” Inside was a note with hints to find each destination, and instructions to take a picture at each location before moving on. The clues ending up leading them to three spots around Roanoke that were significant to them, with the final spot being the Roanoke Mountain Overlook, the place Chris had first told Carley he loved her. Once they were there, the couple walked around and talked for a bit until Chris took out the notes he’d written, which ended in asking Carley to marry him. Carley’s first reaction was, “Are you sure?!”

She’s very glad he was sure.

The wedding had a tropical theme since it was in June, Carley loves pineapples, and Chris lived in the Caribbean for a while, so it seemed like the perfect fit. Green was the color palette for the wedding party, but they let everyone choose what to wear. No one matched exactly, but it ended up working perfectly. The florist included pops of orange and yellow to go along with the tropical theme and the centerpieces were cored-out pineapples with flowers inside. And rather than a traditional cake, the couple opted for a stack of pancakes instead to celebrate the night of their first date, which they ended at Denny’s.

It was the ceremony that the couple looks back on most fondly. After months of anticipation, Carley remembers being so happy to stand hand-in-hand with her best friend, in the sanctuary she grew up in, surrounded by everyone they love and in front of a cross the represented why they were there in the first place. Chris’s favorite memory is the prelude to the ceremony and the overwhelming sense that God had orchestrated everything to get them to that point.

Make sure to see more of the Burch wedding on page 42 of bridebook!

Photography: Pat Cori Photography
Dress: Studio I Do Bridals
Florist: Florals by Kimberly
Venue: Hollins University
Caterer: Hollins University
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Lighting: Lighting Ninja
Hair: Jordan Thompson