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Nesselrod on the New

Planning a wedding is a beautiful experience. Selecting the right venue, often the earliest and most important step, can predict whether or not the subsequent items on your list will be stressful or enjoyable. We have spent the last several months in search of the perfect venue that offers multiple services and a phenomenal back drop for your celebrations. When we came across Nesselrod on the New River, we knew immediately that we had found the perfect wedding location.

Nesselrod is a romantic oasis surrounded by formal boxwood and hemlock gardens in Radford, Virginia. Its outdoor gazebo, gothic arches, and ethereal florals create a magical environment for weddings, receptions, rehearsals, and bridal portraits. Their outdoor season is from April through October, and during it they can accommodate up to 250 guests. From November to March, their guesthouse is perfect for more intimate weddings of up to 25 guests.

Roanoke Virginia Wedding Photographer and Photography
Roanoke Virginia Wedding Photographer and Photography

Couples may choose from one of four wedding packages. All packages include a wedding coordinator, parking attendant, and sound system for the ceremony. They also include tables, chairs, and linens on the patio and reception area for up to 120 guests. Additionally, gourmet meals are prepared by an onsite chef and served by staff, and the grounds are available for engagement and bridal portraits. For a truly unique experience, couples can add a horse and carriage to their ceremony and take advantage of amenities like golf, paddleboarding, fishing, tubing, or kayaking.

The Unforgettable Wedding package allows exclusive use of the estate from noon on Thursday until noon on Sunday, dinner on Thursday night for guests of the Inn, a massage for six guests of the bridal party, a bridal luncheon on Friday, a rehearsal evening complete with dinner options on the patio or in the gardens, and much more!

Those looking for a smaller ceremony with a reception inside the inn and a honeymoon suite for the bride and groom can find everything they need with the Intimate Wedding package. There are packages offered for elopements, mid-week and off season weddings, and everything in between.

Couples married during the month of October will have the added benefit of the fall foliage to create beautiful photos and priceless memories.

nesselrod1“A fall wedding at Nesselrod is unforgettable as it is a bride’s exclusive haven amongst the beautiful foliage and grounds that are unique to Nesselrod,” says Wedding Coordinator Kelsey Macintosh. “Brides can expect so many colors and backdrops for their October wedding, from the most vivid of greens to beautiful rustic oranges.”

This venue is the definition of unforgettable. Nesselrod brides will have their own dressing room, decorated with 18K gold cherubs and fine antiques. It is complete with a vanity, full-length mirror, ironing board, and shower. Here, the bride can relax with her bridesmaids and family before embarking on her special day.

A venue that helps you plan the length of your wedding weekend and includes the amenities best suited for your needs? Count us in! (Don’t forget to send an invitation to your favorite Bella girls!) For more information or to book your special day, visit www.nesselrod.com.

Summer Wedding Style

Prepare yourself, wedding season is just around the corner and you know what that means… your mailbox is about to get stuffed with invitations. Whether you’re just going for the party or you’re going because you’ve been friends for ages, we have your go-to advice on what to wear!

First, do a once over on the invitation for a specified dress code. This is usually at the bottom of the invitation or sometimes even on a separate card. If you don’t see a requested attire listed, then you can go by the time of day for which the wedding is scheduled. The later in the day, the more formal the occasion! If it’s a noon wedding, it’s assumed it’s going to be casual unless otherwise noted. However, if it’s 5 o’ clock or later it’s considered a formal wedding. Or, if the dress code isn’t listed and you’re just not comfortable assuming what the couple wants, ask!

Now, you know what the dress code is but, what on earth does it mean?! Calm down, we got you covered. White tie is the most formal dress code that you’ll see. This means that men should be wearing a tailcoat, white vest, white bow tie, and white shirt. For the ladies this means a floor length ball gown. You don’t see this dress code very often any more, but you never know!

Black tie is what you are more likely to see for a formal wedding. A dark colored floor length gown or formal cocktail dress is appropriate for the ladies, while the fellas should be dressed in black tuxedos with a black bow tie. Formal attire, or evening attire, is usually requested for a wedding that takes place in the evening, but is less formal than a black tie wedding. Dressy separates for the ladies are totally acceptable for a formal attire wedding! The men in attendance should wear a dark suit with a conservative tie.

Lastly, casual is what you would see for an afternoon wedding or an outdoor wedding. This is also what you would most likely wear to those ever-popular barn weddings. Casual for men means a button down shirt with khaki colored slacks. A sports jacket is optional for these occasions! Ladies, this is your chance to debut one of those sundresses you bought on sale last fall!

However, no matter the dress code, be sure to dress in a way to keep all of the attention on the newlyweds! This means leave your white dresses, light-up bow ties, red gowns (yep, red too!), and feather boas at home! Pay attention, ask questions, and raise a toast to the married couple on their big night!

Written by Kathleen Duffy

Thinking of You Gifts

Celebrate your friends and family—whether they are getting married or YOU are getting married, with a few sweet “thinking of you” gifts during the planning process. This can be a stressful time for everyone involved with organizing such a large event (or series of events) and it is important to let them know how much their efforts are appreciated. Here are some of our favorite “thinking of you” gifts for that special friend or family member:

handmadebeautyboxHandmade Beauty Box is a subscription service that makes Do-It Yourself beauty and spa products that are simple for everyone. They deliver monthly and each box includes an all-inclusive set of ingredients and instructions on how to make the most popular DIY projects such as soaps, lotions, mineral makeup, bath fizzies, lipsticks and more! Visit www.handmadebeautybox.com for more information.

Linneas Lights www.linneaslights.com

hampton creekJust Cookie Dough www.hamptoncreek.com

Good Company Turquoise + Red Natural Canvas Hanging Planter www.goodcompanywares.com

Kaeng Raeng Cleansing Clay (a detoxifying charcoal mask) www.kaengraeng.com

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

Your bridesmaids have been there through thick and thin. Every time you were stressed. Every time you needed to vent about bad service, your slow-growing hair, or (gasp!) your almost in-laws– they have let you have your say and assured you that in the end, it will all work out. Let them know how much you appreciate them by putting some thought in to their gifts. In addition to individual personalization (check out our Pinterest for ideas), consider splurging a little for your best friends. Here are some ideas for a gift they will enjoy and remember for years to come:

Put together a gift basket: 

VAN_CANDLE__02220_1391360474_451_416MSC Skin Care + Home has a variety of gifts for everyone in your wedding party. We love their soy candles. In addition to the benefits of using 100% pure soy wax, they offer many unique scent combinations like Bourbon Vanilla and Oak, Ginger and Vanilla, Agave Nectar and Green Tea and more! Their impressive skin care line includes moisturizers, exfoliating scrubs, lip creams, herbal spa soaks– everything you need to gift the gift of a DIY spa experience. They also offer products for men– just in case you end up buying gifts for the groomsmen as well!

tuberose_body_creme_copy_web_1Your girls will love Kat Burki’s Signature Body Creme. The packaging is beautiful on its own, so you will not need to waste any time wrapping it. Additionally, the quick absorbing, ultra-rich creme offers long-lasting hydration with Tamanu and Jojoba Oils while a proprietry organic herb blend works to calm and soothe skin. It is available in four signature fragrances: Tuberose, Freesia & Pink Grapefruit, White Orchid & Poppy, and Lilac & Rosemary. Go to Kat’s website for more information and to purchase a few for your friends!

Day or Weekend Trips:

Take a spur of the moment adventure together to a place that is an easy driving distance from your home. The distance gives you a little flexibility for those that cannot spend the whole weekend away. The Floyd Artisan Tour, from June 14-16, is perfect for those who desire the option for many different activities but do not want to travel out of state. The three day tour features over 50 locations across Floyd County with activities at artisan home studios, galleiries and shops, wineries, farms and farm markets, restaurants, and lodging sites. Some of these stops will offer specials, discounts, or complimentary items to tour visitors. Check out their website for more information.

Pick up our June { celebrations!! } issue of Bella Magazine for more gift ideas for your wedding party and the newlyweds!