A Summer Downtown Roanoke Wedding

July 1, 2023

This downtown Roanoke Virginia wedding features stunning rooftop mountain views, elegant bridal details, and an intimate ceremony.


This downtown Roanoke Virginia wedding features stunning rooftop mountain views, elegant bridal details, and an intimate ceremony.

Reed & Lauren’s Downtown Roanoke Wedding | Roanoke, Virginia Wedding

This was not your average summer downtown wedding in Roanoke, Virginia!! Reed and Lauren have actually been married for a few years now- during the pandemic. They wanted to celebrate with their closest friends and family and boy was it a day to remember!

The day started out so chill I can’t even tell you how at peace everyone was getting ready. Why was it so peaceful? They didn’t have any bridal party. While I do love working with a bridal party at weddings, these groups of people (no matter how big or small) can bring a level of chaos to wedding days haha! But when I walked into the hotel suite it was beyond chill and Lauren was ahead of schedule with her hair and makeup. That’s something else that doesn’t typically happen on a wedding day with bridal parties!

The boys headed over to the Center in the Square to scope out the first look location. We ended up choosing the rooftop because it was supposed to rain later that evening and these two wanted the view of the rooftop for at least some of their photos. I’m also beyond grateful that the smoke from the fires up north moved away from the valley! Earlier in the week smoke was stealing the view a little bit and I was certain that the smoke would ruin any chance of the view they wanted. I’m so glad we started on roof because the lighting was perfect, the mountain views were Crystal clear, and it wasn’t too terribly hot with the light breeze!

Reed and Lauren’s portraits on the roof are definitely in my top 5 favorite moments of the year!!! Seriously these two are models and made taking photos on a rooftop in the heat look easy! We thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them and getting creative with the downtown Roanoke backdrops.

Their ceremony and reception was the perfect intimate gathering. All of their friends and family were so sweet and we loved getting some candid moments throughout the night as everyone enjoyed conversations and the dance floor under the stars! Lauren also had a surprise for everyone with an outfit change! This second dress could twirl with such elegance and it added the perfect movement for their special dances. We made sure to grab a few photos of the reception dress at the end of the night. We ended with the lit up downtown Roanoke skyline and one of my favorite posing prompts, the lift!

All in all, this beautiful summer wedding in downtown Roanoke was so fun to be a part of! We had the best time working with our good friend Andrea, with Andrea Ferris Events. Lauren and Reed, you guys will go down in EHP history as one of the best and easiest couples to pose and work with! We love you both and are so excited to share our favorite photos from your beautiful rooftop summer Downtown Roanoke wedding!

Here are the wedding vendors, unique details, and shops this couple invested in for their downtown Roanoke wedding:

Wedding Colors: Ivory, Deep Green, Touches of Blue

Wedding Theme: Downtown Roanoke Wedding

Planner & Coordinator: Andrea Ferris Events

Hair & Makeup Artist: Elegance Artistry

Ring Shop: Hearts on Fire

Bridal Shoes: Badgely Mischka

Wedding Dress Shop: Church Street Bridal

Reception Dress Shop: Bronx and Banco

Seamstress for Wedding Dress: Ladidesign

Florist: CLED- Caroline LaRoccca

Venue: Penthouse at Center in the Square 

Catering: Pumpernickel Pickle 

Dessert Bar: Your Dessert Bar

DJ: Blue Ridge Entertainment

If you are a photographer, a wedding vendor, or a couple getting married soon and have questions about this wedding day please feel free to DM me on Instagram, I’d love to help!! 🙂 I would also love to work with another downtown Roanoke wedding in the future!! If you are getting married there and need a photographer, please reach out HERE! I hope you enjoyed the recap of this downtown Roanoke wedding!

Until next time,


Emily Hancock Photography is based in Central Virginia. This husband and wife photography team specializes in wedding photography for couples who are classy but also like to have fun. They preserve those candid moments on one of the biggest days of your life so you can relive your day through timeless images. Please reach out HERE if you’d like to learn more about their wedding photography services. They offer wedding day coverage as well as weekend packages! While you’re here, be sure to look at other Virginia and Destination weddings featured on the blog.




A Summer Downtown Roanoke Wedding

A Summer Downtown Roanoke Wedding

A Summer Downtown Roanoke Wedding

A Summer Downtown Roanoke Wedding