Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Shall We?

When David and Erica Mills celebrated their nuptials in Wheeling this past May, things started out like any typical Saturday wedding. Erica slipped on her perfect dress that morning... David waited patiently as she walked down the aisle... Friends and family watched as they committed to sharing their lives together. At the reception they cut the cake... best friends toasted to the couple... and they danced for the first time as man and wife....

Only this dance didn't bring tears to the eyes of guests, it brought the house down! After watching TLC's Rock the Reception, David and Erica decided they wanted to do their own choreographed dance to set the mood for the party.

Living in Charleston, Erica and David had no trouble booking Abbie Calvin at Ray's Ballroom Dance. And together the couple with their choreographer hammered away at a Cha-Cha routine that would knock the socks off their guests at the upcoming reception.

What started out as a slow sway to I had the Time of My Life soon took a fast paced turn to a Smooth Cha-Cha. And even though Erica and David were concentrating hard on their dance moves, Erica notes: "I saw a lot of open mouths and heard a lot of wooting and whistling. People will surely remember this more than us cutting the cake".

All in all the couple couldn't be happier they decided to take the plunge and do something creative with their first dance. "We wanted our reception to be fun," says Erica, "We didn't want anyone to take it too seriously".

Ray's Ballroom Dance Studio
211 35th Street Southeast
Charleston, WV 25304
(304) 342-1220

Photos Provided By:
Sarah Burns Photography

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Plum Find

If you haven't yet heard of Shepherdstown's PLUM Jewelry, be prepared to fall in love. Designer and silversmith Cari Aliveto Rosen is churning out custom pieces like mommy tags, charm bracelets and this half inch cuff created specifically for a bride. You can see the couples initials on the outside as well as the wedding date on the inside. The perfect wedding day or anniversary gift for any silver lover.

133 1/2 W German St
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Sunday, September 13, 2009

WV Weddings @ the Fall 2009 Lakeview Bridal Show

Today WV Weddings had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful West Virginia brides and vendors in the North Central area. We hope everyone had as good of a time as we did. Here's a little recap of some things we LOVED!

We can't get enough of the these elegant black feather accents designed with lilies and hydrangea by Lora Galloway of Galloway's Florist in Morgantown.

57 Don Knotts Blvd # D Morgantown, WV 26508
(800) 267-4881


We dug the tunes of the Viva String Quartet led by Virginia Cox

(304) 599-7534

From Elizabeth Michael's in Parkersburg, we highly enjoyed this special way to commemorate your day with "Something Blue" personalized panties. They come in all cuts and sizes and can be personalized in any color.

<- She <3s Darin...how cute?

And let's not leave out the most adorable way to adorn your flower girls' feet. Available in a wide array of colors.

1505 Grand Central Ave # 2

Vienna, WV 26105
(304) 865-2670

On the cake front we sampled sheets from Almost Heaven Desserts (locations in Bridgeport & Morgantown).

100 West Main Street
Bridgeport, WV 26330
(304) 848-2500


If height is what you like, talk to Cara of Blooms in Bridgeport specializing in modern and unique designs.

240 E Main St
Bridgeport, WV 26330
(304) 842-3639

And finally perhaps the most awe inspiring vendor, Christine Mazza. There's nothing like the elegant sound of a harp playing in the distance as you anxiously await your turn to walk down the aisle to meet your husband's gaze.

Christine Mazza
(304) 598-2569

Don't forget, this expo is just the first of many. Look for us in Martinsburg, Charleston, Huntington, and everywhere in between as bridal show season continues. We loved the enthusiasm and response today. Good luck to everyone planning this year!