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Purple Winter Wedding in North Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 10, 2013

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Kelly and Andrew were married during a cold, winter day in Swansboro, N.C. on January 5. To keep warm, the bride accessorized with a fur stole on top of her fit ‘n’ flare ruffled wedding gown. Bridesmaids wore purple dresses whereas groomsmen wore gray suits with polka dot bow ties. Bouquets featured an array of blooms such as garden roses, hydrangeas, and calla lilies. Following the traditional church ceremony, the reception was held at the town’s civic center, which was decorated with lace, lanterns, and wine bottles. “When we walked into the room, we were completely blown away,” Kelly said. “The room looked magical! Even though we had picked out the details, we were still shocked when we saw how beautifully it came together.” Even the ceiling was draped with fabric and chandelier! Their favorite moment? The father of the bride’s speech. “We still laugh at the things he said,” she said. Instead of a sparkler send off, guests held handwritten signs that said, “Faith,” “Bliss,” “Fun,” “Love,” and “Hope.” A cute do-it-yourself touch.

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Photography: Keepsake Memories Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Mildred’s Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Swansboro Rotary Club | Decor: Crystal Coast Tents & Event Rentals | Floral Designer: Coastal Petals | Caterer: Kathryn’s Bistro and Martini Bar | Band: Snack Bar Jones

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After a long distance relationship, Hannah and Chase were ready to marry June 15 at Tavern Meadow in Winston-Salem, N.C. “Our wedding was very friend- and family-oriented, which made it very special for us,” Hannah said. “We were able to bring all the people we love together.” The bride walked down the aisle wearing a J.Crew wedding gown and accessorized with a flower hair pin. Bridesmaids, dressed in sage green, carried matching blush peonies and baby’s breath bouquets. “During our ceremony, Chase and I planted a gardenia bush together in a pot,” she said. “Chase poured in the soil while I poured in the water. This symbolized the beginning of our marriage and how we need to tend to it, so it can grow just like the plant itself.” An ice cream cart from Blue Ridge Ice Cream kept guests cool during the reception, including the adorable flower girls. Her favorite moment? “Dancing with my husband for the first time as a married couple.”

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Vendors:

Photography: Live View Studios | Venue: Old Salem Museum and Gardens | Event Planner: The Perfect Pair Event Design | Floral Designer: Imagine Flowers | Musicians: Fruit Smoothie Trio | Hair Stylist: Lorin Van Zandt and Cheveux Salon | Dress Designer : J. Crew | Dress Store: Diva’s Bridal and Ella Bridal | Cake: Maxie B’s Bakery | Lighting: Audio & Light | Makeup Artist: Cheveux Salon | Groom’s and Groomsmen Attire: Macy’s | Ice Cream: Blue Ridge Ice Cream

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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