Y’all, I’ve found another wedding-related deal. I should become a professional deal finder (is that a thing? Because I totally would do it.). LivingSocial is currently running a 33% off deal for tickets to the Southern Winter Bridal Show in Raleigh, NC. The Show will take place November 9th (next weekend!) at the NC State Fairgrounds from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to find and meet local vendors, including caterers, photographers, florists, and jewelers!
Belles and beaus, I have a stunning real wedding to share with you today courtesy of Realities Photography. Brittney and William knew they wanted to get married in Brittney’s hometown and selected Kenmure Country Club because they loved the antebellum-style clubhouse and beautiful outdoor ceremony location. I am absolutely head over heels for Brittney’s elegant Winnie Couture gown and the varying shades of purple in her bouquet and on the cake. Gorgeousness all around!
Y’all, I have such a sweet wedding to share with you today. Hope and Shawn’s farm wedding was just the right balance of rustic and romantic. Hope and Shawn love being outdoors together, making their pond-side ceremony oh-so-fitting. Many thanks to photographer Sarah Hoehn for sharing these gorgeous images!
From the bride:
Shawn and I met at Harris Teeter in 2008. It was my first job as a cashier and he was a bagger. We got engaged July 5, 2013 at Amelia Island in Florida. We really like to do anything spontaneous. It doesn’t really suit our personalities, especially mine because I’m such a planner, but these adventures are always fun. We also love doing anything outdoors together.
Our ceremony and reception were at the same location: Morning Glory Farm in Monroe, NC. We chose this because it’s very close to where our families are located, and it was so incredibly beautiful for an outdoor wedding.
Our ceremony was very traditional, as we did not write our own vows or stray from the typical format. However, we did include the unity candle and communion. Pastor Matt Leroy was our officiant which was very special to us because he has seen our relationship almost in its entirety.
That flower-draped wooden cross, y’all…swooning!
What were some ways you worked creatively within your budget?
We had a pretty tight budget. Shawn and I are both very frugal people, so thankfully it’s our specialty. We made our centerpieces, which sounds so easy until you realize that there are so many options, it’s overwhelming. However, with research on where to find inexpensive half gallon mason jars and having family members collect pasta sauce jars, it turned out great! We put lace on the outside of the pasta sauce jars so they all looked the same. One thing that worked in our favor as well was attending a bridal show to find our caterer. Then, our caterer referred us to our linen person, who only takes customers who are referred, and she had the best price on linens I have ever seen. I would encourage every bride and groom to ask their vendors if they have any other vendors they work closely with to get you a bargain. Also, if you have a bridal party who are willing to work a little the day before or earlier on the day of the ceremony, that will save a lot of money if your venue or vendors don’t set up for you. We had such a hardworking bridal party who were willing to do whatever it took to make the day perfect!
Tell us about the food, drinks, and dessert!
We had an open bar for the cocktail hour and throughout the night. Hickory Tavern catered our wedding with foods like Colorado chicken, pulled pork, a baked potato bar, a salad bar, and macaroni and cheese. Beverages included water, tea and lemonade. Instead of serving a wedding cake, we cut our cake and served everyone else butter pecan, triple chocolate, and vanilla strawberry cupcakes.
Wasn’t it such a lovely day? Congratulations, Hope and Shawn!
Photographer: Sarah Hoehn
Planner: Hannah Maring
Bride’s dress: Alfred Angelo from Wedding Dress Me
Bride’s shoes: Toms
Bride’s hair and makeup: Ashlyn Berry
Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Venue: Morning Glory Farm
Floral design: Braswell Interiors and Floral
Catering: Hickory Tavern
Cake and cupcakes: Simply Splendid Cakes
Rentals: The Linen Lofts
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Yesterday, October 10, 2014, some very exciting wedding-related stuff was going on in the Old North State. Read More
Hello hello belles and beaus! Happy Saturday. I don’t know if it’s been the same for y’all, but my fall is turning out to be quite busy! Lots of good things, of course…friends visiting, college football, the upcoming state fair…but I do feel like the blog has taken a bit of a back seat lately. We have some fun posts planned for the near future, though, so be on the lookout!
Per usual, I have found several fun wedding-related things on the Interwebs lately that I must share. Without further ado, here’s what I’m loving:
1. This video of a groom surprising his bride with a choreographed dance to our favorite One Direction song.
If you’re preparing to get married, chances are you’re going to be writing quite a few thank you notes in the near future. Today, we’re going to discuss how to write a sincere, gracious thank you that will leave both you and the recipient feeling warm and fuzzy inside!
Continuing on with our Signature Cocktail series, I have a truly Southern drink for you today: Mason-Dixons. Here in the Carolinas, we take true pride in living below the Mason-Dixon line…am I right y’all? Everything good in life comes from below this proverbial line….pecan pie, big hair, blessed hearts, sweet tea… Which brings us back to this lovely drink, which would be especially refreshing on a hot day:
In honor of it being the last day of spring, I am sharing a beautiful real wedding today that showcases the breathtaking natural beauty of a North Carolina beach on a spring evening. Maria and Shane got married at Holden Beach on April 12, 2014 in front of 100 family members and friends. Lauren DeMoss Photography did an amazing job capturing the soft beauty of the day–get ready for a whole lot of gorgeous:
Here in the Carolinas, it’s no secret that we love our blooms. Dogwood, Carolina jasmine, magnolias, lilies, hydrangeas, roses, gardenias…we have some truly stunning flowers in our region! It seems only fitting, then, that we would show our love for flowers by adorning our wedding gowns with pretty blooms. Here are a few of my current favorite gowns showcasing floral prints and embellishments:
Bright colors, cheerful prints, and lightweight fabrics that help you keep your cool when it’s 100 degrees with 90% humidity outside? Yes, please! Thanks to the late Lillian Pulitzer Rousseau, also known as the “Queen of Prep” and founder of the Lilly Pulitzer clothing line, Carolina belles have enjoyed getting gussied up in Lilly Pulitzer clothing since the 1950s. The colorful, preppy designs are a true Southern favorite. Today, I am celebrating Ms. Lilly’s contribution to Carolina style with a Lilly Pulitzer-inspired pink and green wedding vision.
First up: the save the date!