Wedding Aces Bridal Buds

Emma & Michael 

September 15

Asheville, North Carolina  

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one? 

Michael and I met at Western Carolina University and lived in Asheville for a few years before moving to Greenville, S.C. Having our wedding outdoors in the mountains was extremely important to us. Hidden River offered the ceremony and reception site all in one property on a semi-functioning farm surrounded by mountains. The natural beauty of Hidden River stole our hearts from the first visit; it was the only venue we visited.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. I loved and slaved over making all of the fabric bouquets. I am an interior designer; I used old fabric memos for the flower rosettes. Making those was a labor of love knowing all of my bridesmaids can keep their bouquet as a memento after the wedding.

2. I loved the antique books placed on the tables as small centerpieces. Michael and I got engaged in the library at Western (it is a long story that drove this underlying theme to our invitations, save-the-dates and use of antique books as centerpieces). He chose the library to propose because four years earlier I had spotted him in the library a week before we official met and started dating.

3. The corn hole boards were a surprise collaborative gift from one of my bridesmaids and one of Michael’s groomsmen. Chris my bridesmaid built them, Jimmy and his wife Kristen painted them one gold and purple for Western Carolina and purple and orange for Clemson University (Michael is a huge fan of Clemson football). This was a very sweet and personal gift that added additional entertainment to guests at the reception.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about. 

The moment I crossed the bridge to the ceremony site I felt like I was floating and needed to be caught by Michael when I reached the altar. It was such an overwhelming moment that I struggled to compose myself. It was a wonderful feeling to be so in the moment with love and happiness.

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Bright Spring Beach Wedding in North Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 18, 2013

Megan & Jack

May 26 

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

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Q & A with the Bride: 

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The venue had beach access, and the reception room had a gorgeous ocean view.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Beach

2. Colorful flowers

3. Handmade table numbers 

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

The beautiful weather during our ceremony! 

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Blush Summer Farm Wedding in North Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 11, 2013

Brittney & Arron

June 8

Monroe, North Carolina

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We knew we wanted a venue that was outdoors, had a country or rustic feel, and had water somewhere nearby.  So, when we discovered Morning Glory Farm online and went to go tour it, we fell in love right away. It had everything we were looking for.  It was outdoors, it had the country feel, and the pond behind the ceremony site just topped it off. The biggest thing that sold us most was the owner, Nan.  She welcomes you in, and you atomically feel like you’ve known her your entire life.  Not only was the farm matchless, but also Nan’s sweet and bubbly personality helped to reassure we had found the perfect spot to say, ‘I do.”

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Our cross and kneeling bench from the ceremony.  The cross symbol in its self was very meaningful to us within our faith in Jesus Christ, and we wanted to definitely let it be present throughout the ceremony.  The cross was made by our coordinator and her family, and Aaron and my brother-in-law made the kneeling bench for communion, which made it even more special. 
 
2. Our wedding invitations were handmade. We designed them ourselves, had them printed professionally, and then decorated all of them with doilies and lace as a special personal touch.  I incorporated the doilies throughout the entire wedding by using them with the invitations, the programs, and as place settings at the reception.  
 
3. Southern style food is our all time favorite.  We knew we wanted BBQ, chicken, and southern fixings to serve to our guests.  We chose Jim ‘N’Nicks BBQ out of Concord and could not have been more pleased with the outcome.  The food was amazing, and we have heard nothing short of great things about our dinner choice and caterer.  

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about. 

When it was time to get on the carriage and go see my groom.  As I started walking down the aisle, it became true that everything else doesn’t matter any more.  I was so excited to see him and for him to see me.  I knew at that moment, it was really happening, and we were fixing to be married, fixing to spend the rest of our lives as one.  It was a special moment and something I hope I never forget.  

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Joanna & Tyler

August 11

Boone, North Carolina

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The view from the terrace was breathtaking. Once I saw the setting, I couldn’t imagine my wedding being anywhere else.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

Surprise bagpipe player, decorations made by my aunt from heirloom silver dishes, and the venue.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Your wedding day is a celebration! Try and remember what is really important when the planning process gets stressful.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

The sun setting over the mountains.

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Rachel & Dylan

September 14

Wilmington, North Carolina

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Q&A with the Bride

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. The archway that Tamara (of Tamara Wade Designs) built and decorated for us looked magical when she finished with it. The burlap and clustered flowers were the ideal combination of rustic and romantic.
  2. The fingerprint tree that we used in lieu of a more traditional guest book was also both a crowd-pleaser and a terrific way to display a memory from the wedding. We had it designed on Etsy.com and it came with leaf-colored ink and a pen. Our guests put thumbprint “leaves” on the tree and signed their print. We framed it afterward and it’s hanging in our home, a constant reminder of our loved ones sharing an awesome day with us.
  3. The old books tied with lace and the lemon-lined Mason jars were two little decorative things we’re pretty proud of. The books came from thrift and antique stores all over the state. Me, my Mom, and Tamara would pick a few up at a time for pennies and at the wedding, Tamara tied them in little bundles with lace craft ribbon to scatter on the tables. They were a touch I thought of because of my love for reading and literature. As for the lemon jars, they went with our color palette and were such a happy, fresh addition to the tables.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

There are two things that my husband and I would offer as key advice to anyone planning a wedding. First, know that you can absolutely achieve your wedding vision, no matter what that budget is. The budget simply dictates how you get there. Most of what we used for decoration we either made ourselves at a fraction of the cost, or we ordered it from somewhere like Etsy, where you can get one-of-a-kind items at-cost or just above. Second, don’t be afraid to plan the wedding that best fits who you are. For us, I felt strongly that I didn’t want an out-of-the-box wedding, so I planned it myself. Our ceremony was a mix of traditional passages and poetic recitations. We wrote our own silly-romantic vows to one another (which lightened the solemn mood considerably!), but we also repeated the traditional “til’ death do us part” bit. We skipped a receiving line altogether, and took many of our formal portraits before the ceremony so we’d have more time with family and friends. Our recessional was The Imperial March from Star Wars! The point is this—to be your happiest and most comfortable, include plenty of elements that speak to the people you are. Embrace that!

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

For both of us, it’s probably the moment before the wedding when we saw one another all dressed up for the first time. We were getting ready to take our “First Look” photos and our photographer (Melissa Stallings) had Dylan stand with his back turned to me as I approached so that she could capture that instant where we laid eyes on each other for the first time. That was one emotional moment for everyone! I highly recommend a first look session for the bride and groom before the ceremony. It gave us more time to be with our guests after the wedding, and seeing each other beforehand allowed us a precious moment of privacy and a chance to shake off our pre-wedding jitters before the ceremony. 

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