Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Caroline & Chris

Chris and Caroline began their weekend on Friday with the rehearsal, followed by a rehearsal dinner and a “Welcome to Roanoke” reception for all out-of-town guests!

Their wedding day began with a beautiful mid-afternoon Mass at St. Andrew’s.  As soon as Mass was over, guests made their way to the back patio at Billy’s in downtown Roanoke to visit with one another until time for the “official” cocktail hour, dinner and reception to begin at the Taubman Museum of Art.  Because of the relaxed time frame, Caroline and Chris were able to join their guests at Billy’s and then enjoy their cocktail hour as well! 

We love it when our couples tell us they want simple yet elegant because there are SO many ways to make that work while incorporating the couple’s individual vision into the overall event design.  The colors they chose meshed perfectly with the backdrop of the TMA.  And other event details just fell seamlessly into place.

Surrounded by family and friends for most of the day, Chris and Caroline took advantage of every second of their day!  After being announced into the reception with the dramatic entrance down those amazing stairs at the TMA, two of their friends played and sang their first dance song!  Then guests were treated to an elegant plated dinner by Blue Ridge Catering that was served with perfection! 

After dinner came the cake cutting, toasts and then Caroline and her dad’s dance which was to, none other than “Sweet Caroline!”  How could it have been anything else!  Chris and his mom followed with “Humble and Kind” and then the party started!  An amazing DJ kept everyone on the dance floor the entire evening and then their perfect day was topped of with a sparkler exit in front of the TMA!

Sunday morning saw guests gathering at the Hotel Roanoke for a brunch to top off a perfect wedding weekend!

Thanks to our amazing team of vendors who made it all flow seamlessly:

Events by Sherri; Planning, coordination, décor rentals
Rock Paper – Hair and makeup
St. Andrew’s Catholic Church - Ceremony and music
Taubman Museum of Art, Carley Edwards - Venue
Penthouse at Center in the Square - Rehearsal dinner and after-party
Creative Occasions, Mark Frye – Florals, linens, small décor
Kemper Mills Fant – Photographer
Lighting Ninja, Brad Foster – Pipe & drape and lighting
Blue Ridge Catering, Hannah Martin
Kidd Carter – DJ
Hotel Roanoke & Hampton Inn & Suites Roanoke Downtown – lodging for guests
Fresh Baked, Sarah Blanchard - Cake

The pictures below were taken by Events by Sherri; for the gorgeous images captured during the day follow Kemper Mills Fant!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Jess & Chris

EBS is always excited to have wedding season under way but this year we got to kick off our wedding season with a "first" for us...

I don't know about you all but I have a hard time keeping a secret from loved ones especially when it's exciting and joyful news! Jess and Chris had some very exciting news to share but had an even bigger plan for exactly how to share that with family and friends! 

They booked The Loft at Great Road on Main for an engagement party; an intimate affair with their closest family and friends in attendance. 

We spent months helping them plan, choose linens, flowers, food and music for the perfect party. 

Friends and family gathered at the appointed time and DJ Rick Pruett kept the music going and guests enjoyed light hors d'ouvres as they waited for the party to begin. But they all wondered where in the world Jess and Chris were?! 

DJ Rick queued the song "Going to the Chapel" and announced that Jess and Chris wanted to share their wedding date with everyone so all would hear the date at the same time and could plan accordingly! The date was that day, May 11, 2018, turning the engagement party into the actual wedding a reception! A friend was able to capture reactions around the room; a brief moment in time that they will treasure for a life time! 
Immediately following the big reveal, "A Thousand Years" started playing and the processional began. Right before for chilling crescendo of the song, Jess rounded the corner to see her groom for the first time...yes, I said chilling because we get chills with perfect timing and a bride and groom seeing each other for the first time on their wedding day! 

The ceremony was so sweet and when their minister (a family friend who came from Georgia to perform the ceremony) pronounced them husband and wife the room filled with cheers and applause. Pictures were taken, colorful thumb prints filled their guest book and an abundance of joy and love could be felt in the room. Jess and Chris shared a first dance and slice of cake in between mingling with their family and friends. 

The evening ended perfectly with a sparkler send off for the newlyweds! 

Thank you to our amazing team of vendors who helped make Jess and Chris’ day a beautiful success!
Great Road on Main – Venue

Jeff Hofman – Photography
Rick Pruett – DJ
Hethwood Market – Food
Best Wishes – Centerpieces, Bouquet and Boutonnieres 
Kaitlyn Davidson – Cake

Events by Sherri, Kaitlyn Davidson - Planning, linens 

Pictures below were taken by EBS, follow Jeff Hofman for the beautiful moments he captured!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Kimberly and Ryan

I (Kaitlyn!) am really excited to share this blog post with you! (It's a little later than normal, but we wanted to respect that pictures were part of Christmas presents for parents and grandparents!)
My brother Ryan married the love of his life, Kimberly, on October 7 on a family owned field in Floyd, VA. They knew from the very beginning that they wanted to get married outside so this was the perfect spot! The mountain view was absolutely breathtaking. (Especially the sunrise that the wedding party got to enjoy while we were setting up)!

Ryan and Kimberly shared an intimate first look that began with a sweet prayer before they turned to see each other. After the first look they walked together to hop on the back of a John Deere tractor to be driven up to the ceremony site, which was beautifully adorned for the wedding I might add! While the exchanging of the rings is always a special moment, this exchanging of the rings was extra special because the FOG (my dad!) handcrafted Ryan's ring made of stainless steel with African Paduk wood inlay! During the ceremony the couple chose to include a very special foot-washing ceremony which was a great visual representation of their commitment, humility and love for one another (and there wasn't a dry eye in site!). They shared their first kiss as husband and wife and were announced for the first time as Mr. & Mrs. Davidson! (Talk about a proud sister moment!)

Family and friends gathered for a light reception that included a candy buffet and Carol Lee donuts, which are always a huge hit. The newlyweds were able to share a first dance and bite of a donut before the skies opened up for a little bit, but that certainly didn’t stop the fun.

A large group picture and romantic lavender toss exit was the perfect ending to their special day!

So many family and friends came together to make Kimberly and Ryan’s day a success. A huge THANK YOU to all who lent a hand. You were a blessing and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Our awesome team of vendors:

Events by Sherri – planning, linens, décor
Day of coordination made possible by Jennifer Davidson and Alejandro Colemenero (since big sis was in the wedding party and couldn't have done it without them!)
Tents R Us – tent, tables, chairs
Perennial Uprising – Bouquets, boutonnieres, garland
Kim and Randel – Haybales, tractor
John Altizer, Trinity Community Church – Minister  
Carol Lee Donuts – Donuts

PC for all above pictures belongs to LaDonna Cherell Photography 

EBS was so lucky to have 2 very important people helping to make the day such a success. I simply could not have done it without them.  Jennifer Davidson (we aren't related but practically sisters) and Alejandro Colemenero who came all the way from Mexico to be with us to celebrate and help make the day come off without a hitch! 

**Also another big shout out to the wedding party who was willing to start setup so early! 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Sam and Phil

On occasion, it just never works out for us to meet our couples in person prior to their wedding weekend and this was one of those situations.  But thanks to social media, we felt as though we had met.  Hugs all around for everyone prior to the rehearsal (course we are huggers anyway so nothing unusual there!)

A simple yet oh so elegant intimate outdoor fall wedding with a gorgeous color palette and GASP, the weather was perfect!  Didn’t have to dodge rain the entire day!  Sam’s dress was just perfect for her; simple, elegant and absolutely beautiful!

Sam fashioned the centerpieces and her special touches were visible in many places during their special day.  Sometimes we find out details on the wedding day that we didn’t know about that make everything fall right into place in our heads.  Sam was a VT cheerleader so there was no lack of Hokie cheers, led by the bride, while VT played East Carolina.  Of course, someone had it streaming in so everyone could keep up with the score.

There were many moments throughout the day when Sam and Phil’s love for each other was absolutely shining; a glowing reminder of why we love what we do!  Another perfect wedding day in the books for EBS!

Our Amazing Team of Vendors:

(PC: Edmiston Photography)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Ashley and Patrick

Well, we have been dodging rain all year long for our weddings and Ashley and Patrick’s was no exception.  We had a particularly chilly, rainy fall day at the Lake to have an outdoor ceremony but we managed to squeeze it in between showers!  Our amazing photographer even managed some outdoor shots before it just simply opened up and poured.  Guests traveled from all over and the majority of their family members came from Florida to help them celebrate as the Lake holds a special significance for Ashley and Patrick as the place of their proposal.

A neutral color palette (which we love) of blush, ivory and gold along with a smaller intimate gathering of family and close friends resulted in an a relaxed and very special day for Ashley and Patrick.

The groom’s mother provided desserts; the amazing Kaitlyn knocked it out of the park with the wedding cake; Ashley’s grandfather made the table numbers and picture frames; and guest favors were s’mores.  Being from Florida, Ashley wanted some Disney for her day so she chose some ceremony songs that brought a little Disney magic to their wedding day.

Our Amazing Team of Vendors:
Events by Sherri – planning, coordination, some décor rentals
Claytor Lake State Park – ceremony, reception and cabin rentals
RSP Entertainment – Russ Prusak, Ceremony and Reception

Corey Watkins/Skyryder Photography – Photographer
Best Wishes - florals

Jeremy Caban – officiant
HazelBea Catering
Chiavari chairs – Caroline LaRocca Event Design

Sunshine Tours – Shuttle
Kaitlyn Davidson – wedding cake
Robin & Co. – Hair