Southern Life, Wedding Belles

My Wedding Photos

My Wedding Photos

I have a treat for y’all today…my very own wedding photos! Truth be told, I’ve had them back for over a month now, but just hadn’t gotten around to posting them yet. There’s something very personal and intimate about sharing your own wedding day with the whole world, you know? At any rate – Emily March Photography did an amazing job, if I do say so myself, and it was absolutely the most perfect day for me and Wes. I will just go ahead and unabashedly tell you that I am about to share far more photos than I should, but it’s way too hard to cut photos from your very own wedding. Hope you enjoy….

Oval Aquamarine Engagement Ring - Fairly Southern

I always get lots of compliments on and questions about my engagement ring. The center stone is an aquamarine. My mother, father, and late grandmother picked it out for me on a family vacation when I was about 6 years old. Wes had the diamond halo setting designed for it. It is so special to me – my most prized material possession.

Bow Tie Car Decoration - Fairly Southern

Hats off to my mom and sister, who sewed all of those bow ties onto the white ribbon for the getaway car decoration!

First Look - Fairly Southern

First Look - Fairly Southern

First Look - Fairly Southern

Jones Chapel in Raleigh, NC - Fairly Southern  Church Door Wreaths - Fairly Southern

Classic Church Wedding Ceremony - Fairly Southern

Bridesmaids - Fairly Southern

Y’all, I just love that picture of my ladies as they wait for their turn down the aisle.

Father and Mother Walking Bride Down the Aisle - Fairly Southern

Wedding Ceremony - Fairly Southern

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Fairly Southern Groom in Tan Suit and Navy Bow Tie - Fairly Southern

Groomsmen in tan suits and navy bow ties - Fairly Southern

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Seersucker bridesmaid dress - Fairly Southern Seersucker bridesmaid dresses - Fairly Southern

Yes sir/ma’am, those bridesmaid dresses are seersucker! I am SO happy with the way they turned out.

Seersucker bridesmaid dresses and white bouquets - Fairly Southern Seersucker bridesmaid dresses - Fairly Southern

The Garden on Millbrook in Raleigh, NC - Fairly Southern Wedding Reception signage - Fairly Southern

My sweet sister designed all of the reception signage herself…isn’t she talented??

Navy Wedding Reception - Fairly Southern

Sweetheart Table - Fairly Southern

Navy linens, hydrangeas, floating candles - Fairly Southern Navy linens, hydrangeas - Fairly Southern

White Wedding Cake Display - Fairly Southern

Wedding Cake Flavor Sign - Fairly Southern "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You" Cake Table Sign - Fairly Southern

Bar on the Patio with Twinkle Lights - Fairly Southern

Bar Signage - Fairly Southern "Lemon Kiss" Signature Cocktail - Fairly Southern

Navy Cocktail Tables - Fairly Southern Custom Monogram Cornhole Set - Fairly Southern

One of my favorite parts of the night was when Wes and I led the pre-buffet blessing. We said a childhood favorite of Wes’s (the Moravian blessing), and many of our guests joined hands and chimed in. So special!!

Unique wedding tip: The bride and groom lead the pre-dinner blessing. This makes it so much more personal! - Fairly Southern

Our first dance song was “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show. As usual, Wes swept me off my feet!

Bride and groom first dance - Fairly Southern

While getting ready earlier that day, Wes and his fellas received this gift from me…a painted cooler complete with lyrics from our first dance, snippets of our vows, and little mini versions of me and Wes. And it was full of their favorite beers of course (and water – it was a hot day!). The cooler joined us at the reception.

Wedding Day Painted Cooler - Fairly Southern

Our band, Flashback, was absolutely incredible and kept the dance floor packed all night long! We have so many great photos of our guests dancing.

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Sparkler Sendoff - Fairly Southern

All I can say is that it was the sweetest, sweetest day. (And I did a good job not sharing all 800+ photos, am I right??)

Please feel free to comment below or contact me privately if you have any questions about where we got things, how we selected our vendors, what our experience was like with our vendors, etc….I love hearing from y’all!!

xoxo Laura

The Most Comprehensive Vendor Credits Ever (seriously, look how much goes into a wedding when you’re planning yourself!):

Photography: Emily March Photography
Invitations: David’s Bridal (Seriously!! And they were thermography!)
Invitation addressing: Bride and groom’s family and so many friends
Invitation ribbon: Ben Franklin Crafts
Programs: Designed by the bride, printed by Allegra, ribbon from Michael’s
Bow tie car decoration: Created by bride’s family
Groom’s ring: Kay Jewelers
Bride’s rings: Duncan Design in Raleigh, NC
Ceremony venue: Jones Chapel
Officiant: Matt LeRoy of Love Chapel Hill
Organist: Bride’s uncle
Ceremony coordinator: Marc Dabagian from The Garden on Millbrook
Floral design: Fresh Affairs
Bride’s dress: Mori Lee, purchased at Hope’s Bridal Boutique, alterations by Hope’s Bridal Boutique and Olga’s Bridal and Formal Couture
Bride’s veil and shoes: Hope’s Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid dresses: Custom made by Kimberly Glass
Hair and makeup: Ginger Mullins
Groom/groomsmen suits: Jos. A Bank
Groom/groomsmen bow ties: Macy’s
Reception venue, catering, rentals: The Garden on Millbrook
Reception signage: Sister of the bride
“Bride” and “Groom” signs: Michael’s
Signature drink swizzle sticks: sticks from Amazon, ribbon from Ben Franklin Crafts, several hours of tying done by bride’s patient family.
Cakes: The Cupcake Bar
Cake stands: Handmade by bride’s father (talk about talent!)
Cornhole boards: Cornhole Express
Band: Flashback
Custom-painted cooler: PrintsFromAPrep
Sparklers: Wedding Sparklers Direct

Not pictured vendors:

Videographer: Good Earth Films
Bride/Bridesmaid getting ready robes: MaySilk
Mother handkerchiefs: Wedding Chicks
Reception pianist: David Omer
Favors: Made With Love Bakery
Photo book guest book: Shutterfly
“Just Married” car magnets: eBay for the win.
Hotel block: Hyatt Place North Raleigh/Midtown
Welcome cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes
Rehearsal dinner venue and catering: Carolina Country Club
Save the dates: Design by Wedding Chicks, printing by Vistaprint


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