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Simply Beautiful Winter Wedding

This combination of venue, color palette, and DIY details, paired with a sweet couple with awesome stories made for a simply beautiful winter wedding. It was a pleasure getting to know them and take part in this special day. I’m excited to share all the details!

THE PROPOSAL

Libi and Luke met online and dated for almost a year before buying their first home together.  They excitedly headed to their new home after finishing up at the attorney’s office.  They pulled into the driveway and were about to enter the house when Luke nearly knocked Libi off her feet with the surprise of a lifetime. 

He pulled a house-shaped key attached to a silver locket keychain out of his pocket.  He opened the locket and inside was an engagement ring, a picture of the two of them, and a note saying “#tilloneofusdies.”  Libi had previously made a joke about that being how long she wanted to hang out with him and teased that they should use it as their wedding hashtag, which they did!  Luke nervously asked, “Will you marry me?!”  Completely caught off guard, Libi lost her balance and almost fell to the ground, but she picked herself back up and said, “Yes!”

THE DETAILS

This couple wanted a clean and simple wedding without a lot of bling or glitter.  Luke and Libi both love the color blue, so they chose a color palette of navy and silver.  They felt the colors were fitting for a winter wedding.  They were married at Terrace View, located at 828 Main St on the 8th floor in Lynchburg, VA.  This venue featured huge windows with stunning views of downtown from every angle. They kept the décor to a minimum so as not to take away from the venue’s natural elegance. 

This wedding had some great DIY aspects to it.  For example, Libi repurposed the arch from her sister’s outdoor wedding with new paint, greenery, fairy lights, and navy ribbon.  Silver lanterns sitting on magnolia leaves from Luke’s mother’s yard lined the aisle.  A friend that recently got married loaned the couple hand-painted acrylic signs for the gifts and cards as well as the reserved signs for their parent’s seating at the ceremony.  Libi and Luke also created programs that served as a colorful guide for all the events of the day. 

The florals were done by Bloom by Doyle’s and Libi was thrilled with how everything turned out.  The bouquets and boutonnieres were most important to her.  They were very unique and the rich colors really popped against all the navy and silver.

THE ATTIRE

Libi chose a mermaid style dress with a sweetheart neckline and tulle draping with a corset back.  She topped the look off with a lace jacket and simple tulle veil which was handmade by a woman in Bedford.  Luke wore a charcoal grey tux with a dark grey vest and black tie.  As a nod to his love of Wake Forest, his socks had Deacon hats all over them.

The selection of the bridesmaids’ dresses happened in an interesting way. One of Libi’s bridesmaids is going to be in another mutual friend’s upcoming wedding and their dresses had already been selected.  Since both weddings had a similar style, she asked Libi if she could wear the same dress.  Well, Libi was planning on letting all the ladies choose their own dresses but when she saw this particular one she fell in love!  All the bridesmaids were on board with wearing it and the other bride didn’t mind. It was a great choice and they all looked beautiful!

The groomsmen wore the same tux as Luke, however, they paired them with navy vests and ties.  They all wore the same socks as Luke as well, which were a gift from the Deacon Club at Wake Forest.

THE CEREMONY

The most anticipated moment for Libi was walking down the aisle with her dad.  They have always had a close relationship and her dad was very nervous about this special moment. 

Exchanging vows is another fond memory for Libi.  They wrote their own vows and certain lines still make her tear up when she thinks about them.  She said, “They were very ‘Us,’ while still conveying what our marriage would look like.”  Luke had a stroke eight years ago and still suffers from some short-term memory loss.  So, in his vows, he apologized for the times he forgets things but said he would never forget how much he loved Libi.  How romantic!  He also promised to still grab her butt when they are old and wrinkly, while she promised to always cheer for the Demon Deacons (Luke’s alma mater), even when they play the Hokies.

Another special aspect of the ceremony was having their friend, Drake Watts, officiate.  They loved having someone close to them seal their marriage!

THE RECEPTION

Held at the same location, their reception kept with the clean and simple theme while showcasing the stunning views of the city.  Tables were covered with crushed navy cloth and accompanied by silver Chiavari chairs.  The magnolia leaves carried over to the reception décor as the base of the centerpieces.  On top of them were sparkly silver wreaths underneath glass candle holders that held simple, white pillar candles.  Homemade mercury glass votives surrounded the centerpieces, providing a little extra glow. 

The table numbers were another fun project made from double-sided picture frames from IKEA that were spray painted silver.  They held different images from the couple’s engagement shoot as the number.  The food table featured a stunning arrangement from the florist. All of the printed signage for this wedding came from Zazzle and the giant frame for the seating chart was upcycled from Habitat ReStore. 

Libi’s bridesmaid’s dress caught on fire during a sparkler exit at another wedding. As a result, Libi and Luke opted to use pom poms gifted to them by Wake Forest University for a unique exit!

THE BRIDE’S ADVICE

I asked Libi if there was any planning or marriage advice they would like to share with other couples in the wedding planning process and she had some great tips.  She says to determine which details are most important to you and focus on those while letting everything else fall into place.  Most importantly, the couple spent the morning of their wedding together.  They turned off their phones, went to breakfast, and enjoyed some quiet moments alone before the chaos of the weekend began.

Bride and Groom get married during Simply Beautiful Winter Wedding
Bride and Groom dance at Simply Beautiful Winter Wedding
Groom and mother dance at Simply Beautiful Winter Wedding
Bride and father dance at Simply Beautiful Winter Wedding
Bride and Groom kiss at Simply Beautiful Winter Wedding

Vendor Love

Venue: Terrace View

Florist: Bloom by Doyle’s

Cake/Dessert: Billie Collins

DJ/Band: Phil Tucker – Official Entertainment

Hair: Whitney Rosser

Make-up: C. Hope Makeup

Catering: Repast

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Amazon

Bride’s Shoes: Payless

Jewelry/Rings: Finks

Groom’s Tux & Shoes: Men’s Warehouse

Invitations & Programs: Shutterfly

Wedding Planner: Kim Jennings

Photography: April B Photography

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