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Real Virginia Wedding: William & Jessica

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Bride: Jessica Radford, Age: 29, Aerospace and Defense 

Groom: William Momsen, Age: 31, Public Works, Town of Christiansburg 

Wedding Date: July 1, 2023

Venue: Diamond V Farm, Blue Ridge, VA

Guests: 90 


How the Couple Met

William and Jessica met on the online dating app Tinder. They both swiped right and began a friendship that developed into a relationship. 

First Date

For their first date, William and Jessica met at a local bar in downtown Roanoke. Some of Jessica’s friends joined them. After having a couple of drinks and a few dances, they continued to talk. The romance kindled, and the rest is history!


In July 2022, William planned a surprise proposal while the couple visited family in Fairbanks, Alaska. With the ring hidden in his pocket, William asked Jessica to go hiking. Unfortunately, during the hike, Jessica fell and had to walk back up the mountain with a broken ankle. Later that evening, William proposed to Jessica at his aunt and uncle’s house. Jessica said, “I ruined my engagement by doing this”! “It is a funny story we laugh about now.” 

When I asked Jessica what she loved most about the groom, she said, “William makes me laugh even on my tough days, and he loves me unconditionally.” 

William said, “I love Jessica’s fierce loyalty and unrelenting love and kindness, even on our worst days.”


Their colors were mint green, berry, and lavender. The bride said, “We had a summer wedding and thought those colors fit perfectly.”



Jessica’s gown was ivory with sleeves draped over her arms; it was a corset floor-length dress with a long train. Jessica wore a blue ring, a simple diamond necklace, a tiara with a veil, and cowboy boots.

Jessica said, “Something old and borrowed was my mother’s necklace, something blue, my mother’s ring, something new, my wedding gown, and a penny in my shoe from my father.” 

Maid-of-Honor/Flower Girl 

Jessica’s maid of honor wore a burgundy color dress, and her flower girl wore a lavender.


Because it was a summer wedding, the bride selected faux bouquets for her and the maid-of-honor. The colors were burgundy, blush pink, and white, with some greenery.


William wore a light gray suit with a white shirt, mint green vest, and tie. He wore traditional dress socks and shoes. 

Best Man 

The best man wore a light gray suit with a white shirt, mint green vest, and bowtie.


The groom and best man wore burgundy, blush pink, and white boutonnieres.

The groom, best man, and ring bearer socialized before the wedding and shared a cold adult beverage.


William and Jessica said, “We knew as soon as we laid eyes on the venue it was the place for us to get married.” “The venue was stunning!” “It was everything we could have imagined.” “It had a beautiful mountain setting, with a massive barn for the reception.” “It had terrific twinkling lights all around the property; the owners were wonderful.” “They worked so incredibly hard.” 


The couple’s wedding arch was draped with sheer white linens. A bird cage with two birds inside representing two love birds was the centerpiece of the arch. The arch was adorned with faux flowers of burgundy, white, blush pink, and greenery. William and Jessica’s wedding backdrop was the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains.

Jessica’s dad escorted her down the aisle to a traditional wedding song.

The adult ring bearer walked down the aisle to The Cop’s theme song, and the guests laughed hilariously!!

The bride’s uncle officiated the wedding. William and Jessica exchanged traditional vows and rings before sealing their marriage with a kiss.


William and Jessica said, “We had guests from Fairbanks, Alaska, and Montana.” “The groom had two uncles travel from New Jersey for the wedding.” “They came to Virginia to help us celebrate.” 


While William’s and Jessica’s photographer captured their family and couple portraits, their guest enjoyed a cocktail hour before the reception. The cocktail hour was held around the venue’s firepit.


William and Jessica’s reception was held in the venue’s barn. Crucial for the couple was the table set up to remember the groom’s parents, who passed away two years before the wedding. 

DJ Mike Hinkley, cousin of the bride, emceed the couple’s entrance to the song “Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs. William and Jessica’s first dance was to the lyrics: “Lady May” by Tyler Childers. 

Cracker Barrel catered the couple’s wedding and served homestyle chicken, mac and cheese, green beans, mashed potatoes, and ham. 


Jessica said: “Keri’s Kreations provided our cake and cupcake bar.” “The cake was a simple vanilla cake with flowers.” “The cupcakes were fruit-themed and filled with just a bit of whiskey.” “They were so delicious and were a big hit with guests.”


The favors were homemade soaps by Samantha Sluss, created by the owner of Faithful Hobby Acers. Jessica said. “They were made of oat milk and honey and smelled amazing.” “Everyone loved the wedding favors and took multiple soaps home.” 


The couple left their reception immediately after their sparkler send-off and headed to Baltimore, Maryland; they found lodging for the night along the way. The following day, they boarded their Carnival Cruise ship.


The couple enjoyed a honeymoon onboard a Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas. 


 “Make sure you communicate with your partner.” “Communication is vital in every relationship”. “If you love each other and fight for each other, you can always work things out.” Talk, DON’T yell.” 

“Outdoor weddings in July are sweltering, hot”!!


William said, “I married the love of my life in front of our family and friends at a gorgeous venue.” 


Venue: Diamond V Farms – @DiamondVFarm

Photographer: Kassie Reese – @Kreese_Photography

Officiant: Michael Dennis

Gown: New Fangled Bride, Salem, VA – @NewFangledBride

Veil: New Fangled Bride, Salem, VA – @NewFangledBride

Shoes: Marshalls 

Hair: Ultimate Touch Salon – @Ultimatetouchsalon 

Maid-of-Honor Dress: David’s Bridal, Roanoke, VA

Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse, Roanoke, VA

Best Man Attire: Men’s Wearhouse, Roanoke, VA

Invitations: Canva 

Flowers: Amazon and Hobby Lobby

Catering: Cracker Barrel

Music/DJ: Mike Hinkley

Cake: Kerri Kreations

Favors: Faithful Hobby Acres

Honeymoon: Carnival Cruise

If you are planning a wedding in Roanoke Virginia, Richmond Virginia, Fredericksburg/Northern Virginia, The Shenandoah Valley, Coastal Virginia or in Charlottesville/ Lynchburg Va. we can help with your wedding planning and ideas.

The author: Debra Shepperson

Debra is a native of Virginia, having lived in both Roanoke and Richmond. She is the co-owner of Relish – Say I Do!! Officiant & Photographer. She is an artist who aims to create ceremony scripts and capture photos that evoke positive emotional responses, inspire others, and deliver nostalgia. Debra holds a graduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth and an undergraduate degree from Saint Leo University, Florida. Before gaining more than ten years of wedding-related experience, Debra was a human resource executive. She has been happily married to the co-owner of Relish for more than 20 years.