I was so excited to make the trip down to Asheville, North Carolina to photograph Mallary and Steven’s wedding. The ceremony took place on the porch of a home overlooking the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains where they spent a long weekend celebrating with their families. It was a huge honor to be invited to spend their special day with them and work with them for the second time. If you want to see more of this adorable couple, check out Mallary + Steven's Blacksburg Engagement Session.
Hotel Roanoke, Crystal Ballroom Wedding Photos
Gabi and Travis were introduced by a mutual friend in Gainesville, Florida in 2016. They hit it off immediately, and 6 months later Gabi packed her bags and moved to Blacksburg to live with Travis. Travis proposed to Gabi on the top of the mountain at McAfee Knob after a 2 hour hike on the Appalachian Trail. Their Christmas themed wedding took place on a *freezing* cold afternoon at Hotel Roanoke. They opted for a quick first look in front of a 100+ year old Magnolia tree at the Magnolia Terrace before their ceremony. Gabi kept warm by wrapping up in her grandmother’s fur stole and snuggling up next to Travis.
Once we were back inside, I was excited to see that Mike Ellerbrock was their officiant; he worked with my mother years ago and I used to be good friends with his daughter back in elementary school! The ceremony took place in the Crystal Ballroom of Hotel Roanoke. It was decorated with green garland wrapped in Christmas string lights, chandeliers, beautiful poinsettias, Christmas trees, and gold Chiavari chairs. They exchanged very emotional vows where a few tears were shed before sealing the deal with a sweet kiss. I loved their seating chart – a vintage picture frame with string lights which had beautiful glass Christmas ornaments with each guest’s name and table number. DJ the DJ from Quest Entertainment did an amazing job with the music [such a great job in fact that it landed him a spot on Nuptial Ninjas aka my list of The Best Wedding Vendors in Southwest Virginia]. The only time the dance floor emptied was so folks could eat delicious wedding cake and when someone pulled a party foul and dropped a glass on the dance floor. At the end of the night, guests sent off Gabi and Travis with a “Jingle Bell” exit by shaking little Christmas bells as they dashed off to the honeymoon suite.
Roanoke, Virginia Wedding Vendors
Roanoke, Virginia Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer, second shooting for Kristie Lea Photography
Wedding Venue: Crystal Ballroom, Hotel Roanoke
Hair and Makeup: Les Cheveux
Wedding Cake: Evie’s Wedding Cakes
DJ: DJ the DJ, Quest Entertainment
Officiant: Rev. Mike Ellerbrock