A Rustic, Spring Backyard Wedding in Roanoke, Virginia

Jordan Pearson (24 and works for the American Cancer Society) and Austin Bousman’s (32 and works for Summit Helicopters) wedding struck the perfect balance of country charm and spring-inspired elegance. To set the tone for the whole affair, the couple opted to host the wedding at the home of Austin’s parents in Roanoke, VA. “They have an absolutely beautiful home with spectacular views of Mcafee’s Knob,” says Jordan. “It is also unique and personal to Austin and I. We already have so many memories there, we couldn’t resist having our special day at their home.” Jordan and Austin took full advantage of the natural setting, hosting each part of the day in a different area of the expansive property. The ceremony, complete with burlap bows and baby’s breath lining the aisles, was held in the backyard, surrounded by acres of lush forest, while cocktail hour took place in the side yard, where Austin’s father built a stone patio by hand especially for the event. The rest of the evening’s festivities were hosted under a large white tent in the front yard, where guests danced the night away to modern country, ‘80s rock and classic pop hits performed by the band Project 4. Choosing a color palette of soft pastels, including peach, pink, green and white played up the spring season, while full blooms like hydrangeas, roses and peonies added a note of elegance to the outdoor affair. And mason jars, burlap ribbon and wood accents were key in bringing Jordan and Austin’s country chic vision to life. A tip for the taking from Jordan: “Pick a photographer you trust and know will be there for you to capture all of your special moments! Because our brains cannot store every memory or conversation of such an event filled day, it is vital to have a photographer that can help capture these precious moments for you! Melissa Durham could not have done a more perfect job with this for Austin and I. It was because of her talents and commitment to our wedding, that we will be able to look back and remember details from that day.”