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Megan and David were married at Rocky River Vineyards in Charlotte, N.C. on September 28. “[It’s] such a beautiful, tranquil place that makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere,” Megan said. “We were so happy to find a place with this atmosphere that wasn’t too far outside the city. We wanted to have our ceremony and reception at the same location and this venue offered that opportunity as well as a place for the bridal party to get ready.” On the day of the wedding, the weather was perfect, no rain. Every bride’s dream right? Megan walked down the aisle wearing a lace wedding gown with an illusion neckline and keyhole back, carrying a do-it-yourself bouquet. “I loved all the pops of red,” she said. “Red is both of our favorite color, so I was excited to use lots of [it] in our wedding — my shoes, David’s tie, bridesmaid dresses, etc.” Her favorite moment? The first look. “I was so nervous all day up until the moment we saw each other,” Megan said. “It was such a special part of the day to have some time with just the two of us.”

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Photography: Grace Hill Photography | Videography: Whitewash Films | Venue: Rocky River Vineyards | Bridal Portraits: Nia Capril Photography | Caterer/Bakery: Southern Style Events & Catering | Makeup Artist: Makeupwithme | Dress Store: New York Bride and Groom | Bridesmaid Dresses: Modcloth | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Macy’s | Engagement/Wedding Bands: Perry’s Fine, Antique & Estate Jewelry 

Elegant Red Fall Plantation Wedding in Florida

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 27, 2014

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Ashley and Brian were married at Goodwood Musuem and Gardens in Tallahassee, Fla. on November 10. “It was what I always dreamed of as the venue for me — full of Southern elegance and charm — huge live oak trees and plantation house all at the same location made for a picture perfect day.” Before the ceremony, the lovebirds decided to not see each other, but to exchange letters while holding hands around the corner of the building. Ashley wore a satin fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a keyhole back, while Brian wore a classic black tuxedo with bow tie. Bridesmaids donned in red orange long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets featuring white roses, eucalyptuses, and dusty millers. “The flowers were absolutely stunning, combined with the hundreds of candles at the reception,” she said. Even though the church Ashley grew up attending,  her mom was able to take the old doors (since they were replaced with new ones) and repurpose them at the end of the aisle. “I started crying during the ceremony, and Brian reached up and wiped the tears off my face,” she said. “It was such a sweet and precious moment.” Guests were escorted to their seats with pine cones, long banquet tables were decorated with tall floral centerpieces, and instead of a cake, there were mini shot glasses of milk and fudge striped cookies.

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Photography: Black & Hue Photography | Venue: Goodwood Museum and Gardens | Event Planner: Tom Hunt | Event Designer: Carol Cartee Creations | Caterer: The Black Fig 

Classic Silver Winter Hotel Wedding in Maryland

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 27, 2013

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Veronica and Doyin were married in downtown Annapolis, Md. with harbor views of the Chesapeake Bay on March 2. The bride wore a Cinderella ball gown, accessorized with a jeweled embellishments, a black faux fur stole, and a vibrant bouquet of ruby red ranunculuses and garden roses, while bridesmaids wore long luminescent silver taffeta dresses, accessorized with bouquets of white ranunculuses and blush garden roses. You won’t believe Doyin’s facial expression as Veronica walks down the aisle of the church! Priceless. The reception was decorated with hundreds of floating candles to create a romantic ambience with blue uplighting, and family and friends were surprised at the end of the night when the newlyweds changed into traditional Nigerian attire.

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Photography:  Natalie Franke Photography | Second Shooter: Krista A. Jones Photography | Videography: Jeremy Mitchell Cinema | Venue: Loews Annapolis Hotel | Event Planner: Charlotte Jarrett Events | Lighting: Event Dynamics | Floral Designer: Intrigue — Flowers & Lighting | DJ: Delray Gooch | Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters | Bridesmaid Dress Store: Annapolis Formal & Tuxedo | Makeup Artist: Lauren Gehrig 

Katie & Joe

April 27

Dardanelle, Arkansas

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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?

Let me start off with I’m from Arkansas, the “Natural State.” We have abundant trees and wildlife everywhere you look. The barn for me really encompassed the love I have for my state and natural surroundings. To get to the barn you take the “backroads” through beautiful wildflower pastures that have scattered trees that have stood the passage of time. You then travel down a dirt road with almost a perfect tunnel of blooming and green trees. You are greeted with a rustic and large barn, even though they constructed this barn about a year ago, it holds such an aged grandeur, it really makes you feel something special.  A connection to something you saw a long time ago, a place you always wanted to visit.  The area it is surrounded by has skillfully constructed stone garden beds with all colors and shapes of flowers. It also has a bonfire area and huge flatbed swing.  All of these things made me feel comfortable and at home. They made me feel proud that I could live in such a place full of beauty. The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch is a place where I believe many couples could find a serene but lively venue to create their perfect wedding memories.

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

1. Altar

2. Cake

3. Koozies

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

All day long it was supposed to rain on my wedding. The sky was gray and the sun was hidden. I was terrified that this would be the death of my dream outdoor wedding.  Of course, the barn had planned an inside move if needed, but I was still nervous. The rain held off and when it finally started to drizzle, while Joe and I were exchanging our vows under the arbor, the rain sprinkled in a perfect circle around us. It was the trees shaking off the collected drops in such a manner it looked planned. After the trees cleared their branches, the sun jumped out from a cloud and shined through these trees right on to us. It was seriously like something out of a movie.  Although we dated for six years prior to our wedding, this made me feel like this was proof that rain or shine we were meant to be together. 

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Elegant Evening Fall Wedding in Georgia

Posted by Caitlin on May 10, 2013

Nhadyne & Corregan 

October 5

Marietta, Georgia

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Q & A with the Bride & Groom:

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

When we stepped onto the Hilton’s veranda and looked over the rolling golf course towards the woods, hills and setting sun, we couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate our wedding. We wanted to have our ceremony at a church, so we picked the friendliest and most welcoming church with a traditional sanctuary in the area. However, the grounds of the Hilton and the restaurant were the perfect place for an outdoor cocktail hour and an indoor reception.

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

1. Music is an important part of both of our lives, so we wanted the music at the wedding to reflect our respective backgrounds and experiences. Nhadyne’s family is from Trinidad and Jamaica by way of England, and her grandfather, Winston Simon, pioneered the steel pan. We decided to have a steel pan player during the cocktail hour to honor him. As we took pictures across the golf course, we heard the Marley classic “No Woman No Cry” being played by the band, and the fusion of Trinidadian and Jamaican influences was perfect. We followed this up with an English DJ, who has lived here for a long time, and so knew UK, West Indian and American favorite songs to get everyone moving on the dance floor.

2. We decided to do an adults-only reception, and as a courtesy to our guests provided sitter services for those with children. Younger children got to play games, do arts and crafts, and get their faces painted, while the older children got to play in a video game truck that we rented. It was great to free the adults to stay for the whole event and have uninhibited fun without having to worry about the well-being or entertainment of their children.

3. Corregan is a big fan of microbrews and is particular about his beverages, so the Hilton’s beverage coordinator provided a customized selection of drinks for the event that were comparable to the standard list in price, but reflected our personal taste. The guests were delighted to have a different set of choices, and the distinctive selection added an additional flair and elegance to the event.

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

At the end of the wedding, we departed through a path surrounded by our family and friends, lit with sparklers, to a waiting vintage Rolls Royce. As we were about to start, one of our friends’ daughters,  fresh from an exciting evening in the video game truck, and beautifully adorned in face paint from the sitters, jumped up excitedly and grabbed Nhadyne’s train. As we walked out and waved to everyone, she danced back and forth behind Nhadyne, while still managing to do a decent job of carrying the train. The moment was a bit surreal, and definitely magical and full of the love we had experienced the entire day. What a way to start a life together!

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