Monday, July 30, 2018

Maureen & Steve

A ceremony at War Memorial Chapel with the reception at the German Club was the perfect setting for these two Hokies!

Family and friends gathered and filled the pews at the Chapel to witness Maureen and Steve say “I do.” They each wrote a letter to be read during the ceremony that shared stories of when they first met and several special moments they had shared up to their wedding day. During the reading of the notes we got a great sense of their relationship in that they are caring and compassionate with each other, they enjoy spending quality time together and Steve does a really good job at making her laugh! The support and love shared between these two and their loved ones was evident.

After they “officially” became husband and wife, and after formal photographs at the Chapel, the newlyweds and their wedding party headed to other traditional locations on VT’s campus for more pictures! The reception began with their first dance as a married couple followed by a welcome given by  her father!

Guests then enjoyed 3 delicious stations provided by Blue Ridge Catering and then it was time to get the party started!  The guests hit the dance floor and enjoyed cupcakes from Maureen and Steve’s favorite bakery in Georgetown and a “little” snack half way through the night…10 Benny’s pizzas, another  Blacksburg favorite!

They ended their celebration with one last song and a send-off from their guests and then they headed downtown to keep the party going in true “Hokie” style!

Such a fun wedding and EBS was honored to be a part of the day!

Thank you to our vendors who worked together to make their wedding day one to remember:
EBS – planning, coordination, linens and décor
Laura’s Focus Photography – photographer
Creative Occasions – floral centerpieces, rose petals, bouquets, boutonnieres
War Memorial Chapel - Ceremony
German Club – cocktail hour and reception venue
Prestige Limo – wedding party transportation
Mountain Valley Transportation – guests transportation
Tents R Us – rehearsal dinner chairs
Caroline LaRocca – mahogany chiavari chairs
Makeup by Ravishing – make-up
Hyatt Place – guests lodging, Sunday brunch
Residence Inn – guests lodging
The Inn at Virginia Tech – guests lodging
Bachelor Boys – band

We were fortunate enough to be able to have the professional pictures that Laura's Focus captured to share with you all on our blog!

For more check out her blog here

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Pam & Austin

Well, Pam and Austin’s wedding day was one for the books for Events by Sherri!  Never say never (and this will make SO much sense as you read through this post)!!

Outdoor weddings in the middle of the summer months always give us pause both for the potential heat and for possible storms.  This one was no exception.  As my grandmother used to always say “there will always be weather” so you just deal with whatever happens!  Saturday was a hot one for sure but that certainly didn’t diminish the enthusiasm of friends and family as they gathered to celebrate Pam and Austin’s marriage!

A beautiful setting for the ceremony with simple yet elegant florals provided by Stonecrop Farm and the idea that “less is more” which could not have been more gorgeous!  And with a bride who practically skipped down the aisle to meet her future husband, what more could you ask for!?
The ceremony proceeded without a hitch and guests made their way to the patio for an extended cocktail hour.  Soft background music was provided by a trio from Night Years, an amazing band out of Raleigh, NC.  Guests were seated for intro’s and a family-style dinner began.  Pam and Austin wanted everyone in attendance to feel like they were over 170 family just sitting down to all enjoy a meal together.  And here is where the evening got interesting. . .

Because of the extreme heat, we kept the wedding cake inside in an air-conditioned space until about 30 minutes before it was to be cut because . . . . well . . . . it was REALLY hot outside!  Pam and her attendants had previously used this particular space for their “getting ready room” but, per their contract with the venue, had to clear all of their items out of the space prior to the ceremony.  With a 10-member band that was to have played for over 4 hours, I felt really bad for them not having an air-conditioned Green Room space for their dinner and breaks that were scheduled.  So, after gaining permission from the venue, we moved the band into the space that was previously occupied by the ladies. 

Everything was moving along smoothly . . .a little TOO smoothly and I commented to my crew that everything was going so well that it was actually making me a little nervous.  So it’s time to bring the cake out about 20 – 30 minutes before the cake cutting.  Kaitlyn got the flowers that she was putting on the cake and headed over to put them on the cake and then set it out.   So she checks the fridge, no cake.  She turned around and there on the counter was the cake boxed opened with barely any crumbs left!  If you’re ahead of me, well, yeppers, you are correct.  No wedding cake!  And you’ve heard the old saying that “my dog ate it?”  Well in this instance, the BAND ate it!  As soon as they realized that the delicious carrot cake they had SO enjoyed was actually the wedding cake, well all heck broke loose!

So we did what we do, we figured it all out and didn’t miss a beat!  Pam and Austin had a ceremonial “pie cutting” with one of the pies earmarked for the dessert bar and Kaitlyn managed to locate 1 piece of cake that the band hadn’t enjoyed so they at least had a taste of their wedding cake! 

The guys in the band felt absolutely horrible about it and I have to tell you that they did everything possible to make up for it.  Played a straight 4 hour set with no break for Pam and Austin and I have to tell you that they rank literally right at the top as far as an amazing band goes!  Played all genres and played them all well, which is hard to find.  And they kept everyone on the dance floor all evening and I am convinced, if they could have, they all would have danced for several more hours!  Just an amazing bunch of guys and lady!

Pam and Austin left amid a sparkler exit with almost all of their guests staying until the very end to continue the “after-party” at a local hotel. 

Thanks to our amazing team of vendors who made it all possible!

The pictures below were captured by Events by Sherri so follow Red Cardinal Studio for the amazing professional pictures they captured!

The aftermath!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Laura & Doug

For a couple who loves “all things outdoor” and as adventurous as Laura and Doug are, an outdoor wedding was the perfect fit!

Weather is always a cause for worry when you choose an outdoor venue and this wedding weekend was no exception. Saturday morning, we thought we would be in the clear, mid-afternoon rolled around and the radar was giving us a much different view. However, by a great miracle, the pending storms overhead moved out and away from us by 3:45 p.m. and we happily proceeded with their GORGEOUS outdoor wedding!!

The meadow was adorned beautifully with flowers arching over the wooden arbor and hanging mason jars lined the aisle. With the processional underway, Laura and her father approached the standing doors and as Adele’s song “Make You Feel My Love” began, the doors swung open and Doug saw his beautiful bride for the first time that day.

The reception got underway with the wedding party introductions and a sweet first dance that Laura and Doug had been practicing! Her father’s welcome toast was truly heartfelt as he shared many memories that he had of the times he spent with Laura throughout her life.  After the welcome, guests were ready to enjoy the deliciousness that is Blue Ridge Catering’s signature!

The Matron of Honor and Best Man shared more stories about Laura & Doug amid much laughter. The bride and groom then shared dances with their parents to kick off the party! DJ Rick kept the dance floor full the rest of the night. The couple even came prepared to Limbo which was a huge hit with their guests.

As the evening wrapped up, family and friends, with sparklers in hand, assembled to send the newlyweds off to begin their new life together as husband and wife!

Thank you to all the wonderful vendors who helped ensure Laura and Doug’s wedding day came together seamlessly!

Events by Sherri – Planning, Linens, Décor
Blue Ridge Catering – Buffet and Bar
Sinkland Farms – Venue
Rick Pruett – DJ
Gates – Bouquets, Boutonnieres, Ceremony flowers
April B Photography – Photographer
Tents R Us – guests tables
Sunshine – Transportation
Fresh Baked – Cake

The pictures below were taken by Events by Sherri, follow April B Photography for the gorgeous images she captured!!