Brett and Emily met when they were studying architecture at Virginia Tech. They have been together for 5 years and ever since she met him, she knew that he was “the one”. In December they bought their first home together. Brett asked Emily to marry him in their new living room surrounded by friends. Naturally, she said yes!
I’d love to share the story of how Emily and I met… Once upon a time on a blog-like website called Tumblr, I followed the blog of a girl named Emily and she followed mine as well. Last December I saw a post she made about jewelry her mother was selling (Boone Infusion). It was just my mother’s style so I bought a couple of pieces to give as Christmas gifts. A few weeks later, she was engaged! I was overjoyed when she contacted me about doing her wedding photos, especially when she added on the fact that she would like to have them all taken on 35mm film instead of digital – a first for me. I am happy to say that I have become close friends with Emily throughout her wedding planning process and that she is currently using her extraordinary design skills to re-brand my photography business and website.
There are no words to describe how much I loved the design and decor of this wedding. Wedding favors were jars of delicious raw local honey from Bearer Farms complete with a letterpress tag designed and printed by the bride herself as well as adorable black and white buttons – I wish I could have collected one of each. While enjoying mimosas and getting ready at the Hotel Roanoke, Emily and her bridesmaids wore matching robes from Plum Pretty Sugar. After the wedding ceremony, instead of throwing rice or birdseed, guests threw lavender and helicopter maple seeds from festive paper cones. Both guest books were amazing – one was a giant Munny Doll and the other was a paper guest book where guests signed alongside an Instax instant photo of themselves. Sunglasses were provided at the outdoor ceremony and doubled as wedding favors, I have worn mine every single day since Brett and Emily’s wedding, they are my new favorites (they are even resting atop my head as I write this blog post). And the food, the food from Center Stage Catering was to die for. The first time I’ve ever tried grilled pizza was at this wedding, one of the flavors was BLT and it captured my heart. I was smitten with this wedding – beautiful locations, fun-loving guests, amazing food, lovely decor, with a perfect soundtrack.
I also made my very first stop motion/time-lapse video for Brett and Emily’s wedding… The music for the video is “We Came Alive” by Benjamin Dunn:
Roanoke Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Letterpress, Paper, Decor, and Event Design: Emily Striffler (the bride) of Printer/Gatherer
Bluegrass Band: Blue Moonshine
Venue: Boxtree Lodge in Vinton, Virginia
Preparation Location: Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia
Cake and Catering: John and Karen Schopp of Center Stage Catering
Lighting, Draping, and DJ: Whatchaneed Productions
Floral Arrangements and Bouquets: Denise Arrington at Arrington’s Flowers in Rocky Mount, VA
Wedding Planner: Liz Stevens of That Bridal Wedding Consulting
Rentals: Aztec Rental Center
Wedding Dress: WToo Emerson Dress, purchased from Ann’s Bridal in Burke, VA
Engagement Ring: Custom designed by the groom using a vintage 1920s setting and heirloom stones
Attendants Dresses: Nordstrom – Donna Morgan “Donna” Belted Chiffon Dress
Groomsmen Attire: Ties from The Tie Bar, Suits from JoS. A Bank, Shirts from Ledbury, and Shoes from Vans
Honey Favors: Bearer Farms, Oilville, VA