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Forest - Lynchburg, Virginia Wedding

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Friends and fellow wedding vendors, JoAnna and Jason at beautiful West Manor Estate. This bride and groom thought of everything from an A capella singing group as the ceremony musicians, to a roaming caricature artist and photo booth during the reception and awesome candy table. Personal touches were everywhere, including the corset back cake to match the bride’s dress! As always, super photos from Sam Stroud. This was no easy task considering the bride and groom, as well as many of the attendants and guests were all professional photographers, No pressure, Sam!

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Smith Mountain Lake Wedding

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Check out the cutest ever end of night chauffeur. Abbey (AKA “Big Dog”) stole the show!

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Vinton - Roanoke Virginia Vintage - Rustic Wedding

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Boxtree Lodge in Vinton, VA was the perfect location to achieve the rustic look for this September wedding. Along with awesome cafe lighting and fabric draping, subtle touches from the bride’s personal collection like vintage silk scarves, chalkboard signs and apothecary bottles with single stem wildflowers added to the vintage feel.

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Hollins - Roanoke Virginia Wedding Ceremony

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Danielle said YES to Trevor and to this cool photo in Hollins University cemetery!

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Blue Ridge Parkway Virginia Vineyard Wedding

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We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Summer day and night for Ashley and Adam’s wedding at AmRhein’s Vineyard. Photographer Eric hiked the hills to get this shot of the full venue and awesome night lighting.

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Roanoke VA Sophisticated Soiree Wedding

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Beautiful Bride (inside and out)! Stacey and Bill entertained their guests with big city style and small town hospitality at Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.

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A Nod to Winter

LOVE a Winter White Wedding! Check Wedding Wire for more great inspiration boards.

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Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) Wedding

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Lynchburg Virginia Photographer

FAB-U-LOUS photos by Sam Stroud Photography of this incredible VT Alum couple, living in Atlanta, GA. LOVED being a part of the design and implementation of this beautiful wedding at the War Memorial Chapel at Virginia Tech and reception at Smithfield Plantation.

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Roanoke Virginia Wedding Planner Tips

Wedding Planning tips by Virginia Wedding Planner Elizabeth Sayre Stevens

As a friend of mine in the industry and I always say, “all brides are different”. Different in styles, interests, likes and dislikes. As a professional wedding planner with 25 years in the business, I’ve met all types of brides. Here are a few tips I firmly believe will benefit ANY bride when planning her BIG day.

1- Consider your guests. Yes, this is YOUR wedding. Your guests, in many cases, have taken time off work and made travel and lodging arrangements because they want to share this wonderful celebration with you. Keep them in mind when scheduling your day and don’t make them wait…start the ceremony on time (I swear it really IS possible) and don’t make them wait forever to see you after the ceremony. They are there to celebrate with YOU, not the DJ and caterer.
2- Don’t try to be Queen of DIY. You may be the most crafty person within a 100 mile radius and Martha Stewart wishes she had you on her staff, but when it comes to your wedding, if you try to do it all, you will drive yourself and EVERYONE around insane. The biggest thing you’ll look forward to on your big day is that it’s over! YES, make it personal and a reflection of you and your husband-to-be. You can do this by hiring professionals in their respective fields. ENJOY your wedding, not dread it.
3- Hire Professionals. TRUST the professionals you’ve hired to do their jobs properly. If you don’t feel like they will come through without your constant attention, then you’ve hired the wrong people (and/or you need to let go).
4- Use a Professional Photographer with Wedding Experience. The photographer can make or break your wedding memories (and the ‘day of’ experience). Check out many websites and see if they capture the things YOU are looking for, like decor details you paid money to have professionally done, the dress you spent countless hours agonizing over and of course, the people shots of YOU and your wedding crew and guests. If possible, schedule a time to meet your preferred list of photographers before making a commitment. This person will be almost literally in your face the entire day, so making sure your personalities are a match is important. Don’t waste money on disposable cameras. Depending on guests to take photos that you can and will use is very iffy and a bit scary after a few frosty beverages (you know who I’m talking about…there’s always some funny guy in the crowd).
5- Hire a Professional Wedding Planner or at least a day-of coordinator. Of course, as a planner I say this. Regardless of my position or who you hire, a professional planner/coordinator will enable you to LET GO and actually ENJOY your wedding day. We’re here to make sure everyone knows where to be and when; to handle any crisis that may arise with vendors or guests (and they do arise); to mediate with family when necessary (yes, it has been necessary more than a few times); and to simply make sure you and your family and guests have a FABULOUS and CAREFREE experience.

Enjoy your BIG DAY and Happy Wedding Planning!

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Roanoke Virginia Wedding Planning Photographs

Just wanted to perk up the page with some BEAUTIFUL photos from a recent wedding. Please check out our Facebook page for additional photos with more to come! This Wedding was at Smith Mountain Lake with the reception at Bernard’s Landing…the perfect location for Sara and Zach! PHOTOS courtesy of KEMPER FANT PHOTOGRAPHY. Enjoy.

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Wedding and Bridal Stationery

TIP: Consider Calligraphy. Many people have their wedding invitations addressed with calligraphy (the translation is “beautiful writing”), an elegant touch to your big day. Read tips on hiring a calligrapher:

Wedding Guest Attire

TIP: Check out the various types of guest wedding attire and how to address attire on wedding invitations

Check out this FANTASTIC wedding planning social media outlet for the wedding and bridal community - visit our new Bridal Tweet page & become a “friend”.

Wedding Planning Tips To Get You Started

Congratulations! You’ve just gotten engaged…now what? Planning YOUR WEDDING DAY can be super exciting as well as extremely overwhelming. Just knowing where to start is tough. To follow are a few tips to help start you on your journey:

  • Determine the location. Have you always dreamed of an outdoor garden wedding or an opulent hotel setting? Did you and your fiance meet at college and the campus holds tons of memories for both you and most of your guests? Consider having a destination wedding to your alma mater. In general, college campuses offer great ceremony and reception venues at reasonable rates, particularly to alum.
  • Choose your colors. What time of year is it? What mood do you want to set? Vibrant and Lively or Soft and Subtle? Color will help set the mood and is something that will add consistency to your overall wedding, from invitations to reception linens.
  • Along the same lines of choosing your color palette, pick a theme and carry it from invitation to ceremony to reception. A theme can be a graphic design element or a feel like old world romance or modern sleek sophistication.
  • Above all, don’t feel constrained by tradition. Make your wedding day a representation of you and your groom…personalize it.

Congratulations and happy planning!

Roanoke Virginia Historic Hotel Wedding

Beautiful, fun, elegant…all words that describe that wedding. :) Photographs by Debrah Woods of Inspiration & Design.

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Wedding Planning Tip of the Day

  • TIP: “I’m on a budget and just can’t afford the extra expense of a bridal consultant.”
    A good wedding planner or bridal consultant is not an additional cost to your overall budget. She can negotiate vendor discounts that aren’t available to you, saving you money in multiple areas. A wedding planner or bridal consultant helps you stay on budget, takes the stress out of negotiating with vendors, plus saves you money in valuable time saved researching every little detail.

Roanoke Virginia Wedding Planning Resources

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