Real Weddings

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details

Where all my fall 2016 brides and grooms at? Believe me when I say that you’re going to want to steal ideas from today’s featured wedding. Ben and Marie were married on a sunny September day surrounded by sunflowers, burgundy lace, and and a little white church. In true Southern belle style, Marie wore family heirloom jewelry and her mother’s veil, and the couple designed their reception to feel like a family reunion. Of course, they served up Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue and all the fixins. It was autumn wedding perfection! Enjoy these gorgeous photos, courtesy of DiPrima Photography.

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

From the bride: We first met at a Christmas party given by mutual friends in 2012. There was a white elephant gift exchange, and we were the only two to agree on the rules to follow! Ben wanted to ask me out right away, but knew he was going to be out of town for the holidays. Instead, he requested the same friends throw another party at the next possible event – which turned out to be the Super Bowl – so that we could meet again. Ben asked me out for a glass of wine, and I said, “That could be fun!” We got engaged on December 19, 2014: two years exactly from the Christmas party when we first met. 

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

I’ve loved sunflowers for years; so much so, that every time Ben buys me flowers, he always makes sure there’s at least one sunflower bloom. Sunflowers were actually the first decision I made about the wedding! I remembered that, for my cousin’s wedding, my uncle grew hundreds of sunflowers for her. At the time, he promised if I ever needed a field of sunflowers to let him know – and he was able to come through for me with flying colors! All the sunflowers were grown on his farm in the eastern part of NC and transported to Chapel Hill and Burlington by my parents.

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

Our ceremony was at Orange United Methodist, the church we both have been attending since prior to meeting each other. It was mutual friends though church who brought us together, and the church has remained an important part of our relationship!

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

My necklace was borrowed from my mom and was the engagement gift from my great-grandfather to my great-grandmother. I wore a bracelet borrowed from Ben’s mom and a ring that was Ben’s grandmother’s.

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

We really wanted to make sure the ceremony was a meaningful part of our wedding day, not just an event to happen on the way to the reception. Ben and I both spent a lot of time talking about what was important to us in a wedding ceremony and made sure to incorporate those elements. We had two pastors officiate: the minister of our church and a retired minister from my childhood (who, incidentally, went to seminary together!). We searched for verses that we liked and decided on Colossians 3:12-17 as the cornerstone of our marriage.

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

Music selection took us a long time (final decisions weren’t made until the week prior!), but each song was chosen very specifically. “You Raise Me Up” was one of my favorite selections for the entrance of our mothers and grandmothers. We were lucky enough to have a very accomplished pianist friend in charge of our music!

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

One of the most meaningful parts of the service, for me, was our incorporation of the unity candle. We wanted to make it an important part of our service, and so we had our parents each light their family candles just prior to us lighting the unity candle together. They each lit their candles from a memory candle, which had written on it the names of each of the grandparents we have lost. This was especially important to me, after losing my grandfather only three months before. It was a meaningful way for us to ensure our grandparents could still hold an important place in our marriage.

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

The stone in my engagement ring is from Ben’s grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s engagement rings. It is incredibly special to us, and he worked very hard to pick the right setting for it.

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

In searching for a reception venue, we were hoping to find a location that would give off feelings of a family reunion. We were both so excited to have all our friends and family in one place and wanted to make sure everyone would be able to relax together. As soon as we saw Starlight Meadow, we knew it was the place for us!

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

Catering and cake were an adventure for us! My own mom is such a good cook, and I couldn’t help but compare everything we tasted to her home-cooked goodness. After a couple months of searching for caterers, we ended up deciding on the person we did our very first tasting with: Above and Beyond Catering out of High Point. They were extraordinarily professional and courteous through the whole process, and that went a long way towards our decision. And the food was fantastic too: NC barbecue, roasted chicken, summer veggies, mac-and-cheese, and baked potato salad. I wish I could request the same menu again!

After going to at least six cake tastings, Delicious (in Greensboro) stood out to us as, hands down, the best cake we tasted. We did layers of both yellow cake with fudge filling and white cake with raspberry jam and lemon cream. Both were incredible! Delicious is going to be our go-to bakery in Greensboro from now on!

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

Autumn Wedding with Sunflowers and Burgundy Details | Trés Belle

Are y’all swooning over that last sunset photo like I am?? Congrats, Ben and Marie!

Photography: DiPrima Photography; second shooter Sammi Evans Photography
Invitations: Zazzle
Rings: Diamonds Direct
Bride’s dress: Mori Lee from Carolina Bridal World
Bride’s veil: Mother of the bride
Bride’s shoes: Aerosoles
Bride’s jewelry: Family heirlooms, 1928
Hair/makeup: Julianna Knox
Bridesmaid dresses: Simply Liliana from JCPenney
Groom and Groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Ceremony Venue: Orange United Methodist Church
Officiant: Revs. Ken Hall and Jim Bailey
Floral design: sunflowers grown by bride’s uncle, reception flowers by bride’s family and friends, bouquets/boutonnieres by Designs by Mike
Reception Venue: Starlight Meadow
Catering: Above and Beyond Catering
Cake: Delicious Cakes
Linens: Above and Beyond Catering, Starlight Meadow
DJ/Singer: Gary Mitchell
Sunflower seed packet favors: Earthly Goods

Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding

Y’all, today’s real wedding is pure Southern goodness. We’re talking monograms, heirloom jewelry, and classic black tuxes with bow ties. Preppy perfection! Margaret and Mason were married in Concord, NC, on March 14, 2015. Many thanks to Anna Routh Photography for sharing their wedding photos!

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From the bride: I am from Concord, North Carolina, and Mason is from Morehead City. We met at North Carolina State University, where we both attended college. We dated for about five years before we got engaged. I enjoy being outdoors, being on the water, cooking, baking, shopping, and hanging out with friends and family. I really enjoy having my dog, Duncan, tag along on anything possible. Mason enjoys golfing, cooking, being outdoors, being on the water, and being with friends and family. We are both Wolfpack fans and enjoy football season.

Kelly Green Bridesmaid Dresses - Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

I wore my maternal grandma’s jewelry for the wedding. All the girls on my mom’s side of the family have worn that jewelry when we got married since my grandma passed away in 1986. My aunt, sister, and two cousins wore it when they got married as well. It is kind of a family tradition.

Heirloom Pearl Wedding Jewelry - Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

Green and White Bouquet - Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

Kelly Green Bridesmaid Dress - Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

Custom Groomsmen Flasks - Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

I chose the location of our wedding (First Presbyterian Church of Concord) because that’s the church I was born and raised in. It wasn’t a very hard choice because that’s the only church I have ever belonged to. I believe it is a very beautiful church; very timeless and classy. It is also the church where my sister and I got baptized and where my sister got married.

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The organist and choir director at the church are both phenomenal at their jobs, so oddly enough, I was really excited about the music. I wanted something that was loud, big, bold, and over the top. I wanted to have goosebumps when I listened to it, which I think I achieved. I think the wedding guests got goosebumps from the music as well. 

Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

Monogrammed Church Doors - Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

When it came to budget, I talked to lots of my friends to ask how they saved money. I didn’t go to the big name stores for my dress, the bridesmaid dresses, or tuxes. Hope’s Bridal in Kannapolis was great. They were very personable and easy to work with. I searched the Internet for good prices on things such as sparklers and the wedding party gifts. I tried to look around and give myself time, hitting the sales just right. My sister had moss wreaths on the church doors when she got married. I liked that idea, but at the end of the day the wreaths were already dying, so I chose to go for massive monograms from Etsy for the church doors. Now, they are hanging over our bed and on the front door. It’s something I didn’t pay for just for that day…I get to keep them for awhile.

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Wedding Trolley - Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

I really enjoyed my entire day. I was very pleased with all the choices I made.

Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

Wasn’t Margaret and Mason’s wedding absolutely gorgeous? Congratulations, you two!!

Photography: Anna Routh Photography
Videography (not pictured): Lane Maloney, cousin of the bride
Invitations: PaperBuzz 
Rings: Diamonds Direct 
Bride’s dress: Hope’s Bridal
Bride’s veil: Hope’s Bridal
Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade 
Bride’s jewelry: Family heirlooms
Hair: Eclipse Styling Salon
Makeup: MadeUp by Brooke
Bridesmaid dresses: Hope’s Bridal
Groom’s and Groomsmen’s attire: Hope’s Bridal
Groomsmen’s flasks: Smathers and Branson 
Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church
Officiant: Rev. Peter Bynum 
Floral design: Chelish Moore Flowers 
Trolley: Dave Calvert, American Republic Limousine

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details

Y’all, I have the sweetest NC wedding to share with you today. Allie and Robert wanted their September wedding to be a meaningful time of worship, and their photos are radiant with love, joy, and friendship. I teared up as I read their story and browsed through their beautiful photos by Wendy Yang Photography.  Enjoy!

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NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

From the bride:
The wedding venue was a gorgeous farm out in the country sitting atop a hill. A friend of ours owns the property, and I’ve always loved it since the first time I saw it. Even before we were considering marriage, I knew I would love to get married there. We love the mountains, and this venue had a mountain vibe! There was a small A-frame lodge where dinner was served and a barn for dancing and dining.

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

Our ceremony was very God-oriented, and we wanted His name to be proclaimed throughout it. We had a lot of scripture readings that we love along with music during portions of the ceremony. We decided to write our own vows, which was very special and something we look back on regularly.

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

Probably the most meaningful part of the ceremony was the unity time. My oldest brother had made a cross for us to put together. Since my dad passed away two months before the wedding, we wanted to incorporate him throughout the day. The base of the cross was steel, which was from his shop, and the wood that formed the cross was from the ranch he practically built with his own hands. My dad was there with us in spirit and it meant so much to have his hand in our wedding.

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

Don’t y’all love this post-ceremony selfie? Such an excited groom!

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

My pearl necklace was my mom’s – she wore it on her wedding day. My something blue was my grandma’s ring. It’s a 60+ year-old aquamarine on a gold band with little diamonds on the side. 

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

For both of us, our favorite part was having all our family together and celebrating. They all live in many different states, so it’s a struggle to get everyone together. Also, I loved dancing with all of my brothers. We did this due to Dad not being with us. It was a very beautiful and emotional moment.

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

 

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

The shoe game we played was a total surprise our DJ planned. She would ask questions such as who was the better driver, who cooks more, etc. If I thought (or knew) I was the better driver, then I would raise my shoe. Robert cooks more, so for that question I raised his shoe. We had our backs to each other so we couldn’t see our partner’s answer. Very fun game!

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

The most difficult part of the planning for me was probably choosing a theme and sticking with it. I love so many different colors and themes, so I kept changing my mind on what I wanted everything to look like. Also, keeping the budget to a minimum. Since we had a tiny budget, about 90% of the wedding was DIY. The ceremony doors and chandelier were found at antique places, and I repainted them.  I recommend searching for your own decor depending on what your style is…it can be cheaper than renting, and then you can sell your decor on wedding sites and such. My invitations were also DIY. I found a graphic I liked online and designed with it, then I was able to print it for free at work…that was a huge blessing. All I had to pay for was postage!

The bride’s family and friends also did all of the food and beverages themselves – wow! What a talented group of people.

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Countryside Wedding: Worship, Family, and Meaningful DIY Details - Wedding Belles Blog

Wasn’t this such a beautiful and joyful day for Allie and Robert? Congratulations, you two!


Photography: © Wendy Yang Photography
Venue: Carolina Country Weddings in Mount Pleasant, NC
Rings: Jared
Bride’s dress: Natalia by Wtoo; purchased at The Lily Rose
Jewelry: Family heirlooms; Belk
Hair/Makeup: Friend of the bride
Bridesmaid dress: “when the night comes dress in smoke” from ModCloth
Groom & groomsmen attire: Belk
Officiants: Pastor John Black and Pastor Jerry Martin
Premarital counseling: Pastor Jerry Martin
Floral design and linens: Chelish Moore Flowers
Catering: Bride, bride’s family, and friends of the bride
Cake: Enchanted Creations by Melissa
Table and chair rentals: Albemarle Party Rentals
Bride’s departure dress: Hope’s Bridal

Congratulations, South Carolina!

Marriage quality in the Palmetto State has been a long time comin’ ever since a ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year effectively legalized same-sex marriage in Virginia. The Fourth Circuit also has jurisdiction over South Carolina. Under an order by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel, gay marriages in SC were to officially being on Thursday, November 20th. However, our friends down South apparently got a little giddy over all the love being spread and started marrying couples a day earlier, some news outlets are reporting. The first wedding was held in Charleston.

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Krista & Kayla – via WLTX

Congratulations to all of the newlyweds! We are so excited for you.

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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….

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I always get lots of compliments on and questions about my engagement ring. The center stone is an aquamarine, my birth stone. 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.

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

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First Look - Wedding Belles Blog

First Look - Wedding Belles Blog

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

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

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

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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! - Wedding Belles Blog

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

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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.

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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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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

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains

Belles and beaus, we 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. We are 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!

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From the bride:
William and I met at our company’s new employee orientation. I noticed him when I was waiting in line to check in and thought he was really handsome. I went into the auditorium and found one open chair between a woman and an empty seat with papers on it. Before I knew it, someone was picking up the papers in the seat beside me. I looked up and realized it was the cute guy from the check-in line. When I got home that night, I told my sister and friends that I met the cutest, nicest guy at work. Just a few minutes later, I got an email from William. He asked me to dinner and we’ve been inseparable ever since. William proposed to me during a trip to Charleston a little more than a year later. In our free time, we like to cook, travel and spend time with our families.

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

We wanted to wait and see each other for the first time when I walked down the aisle, so in lieu of a ‘first look,’ we exchanged notes and held hands around the corner of the house. But because I loved the idea of a first look so much, I decided to do one with my dad. It was such a special moment, seeing my dad’s reaction to me in my wedding dress.

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Our getaway car was William’s grandfather’s Model A. His grandfather has owned the car for more than 40 years, and the two of them used to work on it together when William was younger. It was very special to both William and Papa to have the car as part of our big day.

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

What was the most difficult part of the planning process for y’all?
I think the guest list is difficult for every bride and groom. We wanted to keep our ceremony intimate so we could spend time with all of our guests, and it worked out great in the end.

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Our ceremony was short and sweet. Our pastor read scripture from 1 Corinthians 13, and we recited traditional Christian wedding vows. We also had a “love letter” ceremony where we placed letters we had written to each other in a lock box with a bottle of wine. We plan to open the box on our anniversary to read the letters and enjoy the wine.

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

We chose a buffet-style dinner with a prime rib carving station, coriander seared salmon in beurre blanc sauce, herbed rice pilaf, smoked Gouda potatoes au gratin, green beans with bacon and griddled onions, and fresh seasonal vegetables. Dessert was our four-tier wedding cake by the amazing Michelle Fountain of Icing on the Cake. Our cake had alternating tiers of red velvet cake with cream cheese icing and cream cheese amaretto pound cake with buttercream meringue icing.

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Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

What was your favorite detail or moment from the day?
The dancing! Our DJ, Tom Ciaramitaro of Mountain Top Entertainment, was awesome and had nearly every guest on the dance floor. Also, I fell in love with all of the flower arrangements – both the bouquets and the centerpieces – from Occasions by Emily. And I can’t forget my dress – it was a work of art. I just wish I could wear it again!

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Do you have any budget friendly tips for other couples as they plan their own weddings?
While a wedding is such a special event, it’s important to remember that it’s just one day, so there’s no need to break the bank. Know what you want to splurge on – photography, your dress, etc. – and where you can save. Our ceremony and reception venues were so beautiful that we didn’t need many decorations and flowers. If you don’t have any particular favors in mind, I think it’s fine to skip them. We had hand sanitizer as our favors because our friends and family know William and I are both total germaphobes. Plus, we were serving a meal, so they were practical. We also chose to serve beer and wine at the reception in lieu of an open bar. It keeps both the party and your budget in check. Etsy has tons of talented designers and artists – I used the site for our programs, seating chart, signage, wine box, table runners and hand sanitizer label design. I love hair and makeup, so I did my own. If you don’t have the budget for a wedding planner, you can hire a day-of coordinator. Ours was fabulous and made the day run so smoothly.

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Classic Country Club Wedding in the NC Mountains - Wedding Belles Blog

Congratulations, Brittney and William–we wish you a marriage even more beautiful than your wedding!

Photography: Realities Photography
Venue and catering: Kenmure Country Club
Day-of coordinator: Lisa G. Jackson
Bride’s dress: Winnie Couture from Winnie Couture Flagship Bridal Salon
Veil: Winnie Couture
Bridesmaid dresses: Kennedy Blue from The Wedding Shoppe
Groom and groomsmen’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Officiant: Rev. Mark Hunnicutt of Mud Creek Baptist Church
Floral design: Occasions by Emily
Cake: Icing on the Cake
DJ: Tom Ciaramitaro of Mountain Top Entertainment
Carolina/Georgia signs: Pink House Press

Interested in submitting a wedding to be featured on the blog? Contact us here.

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint

Y’all, we 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!

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles BlogFrom 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.

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

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.

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog  NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

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.

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

That flower-draped wooden cross, y’all…swooning!

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

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!

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

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.

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

NC Farm Wedding with Accents of Apricot and Mint - Wedding Belles Blog

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

Want to submit a wedding to be featured on the blog? Contact me here.

 

Congratulations, North Carolina!

Yesterday, October 10, 2014, some very exciting wedding-related stuff was going on in the Old North State. Amendment One of the N.C. Constitution, which defined marriage as being between one man and one woman, was effectively struck down following a ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over NC and several other Southern states. What this means is that all couples, regardless of sex, can be legally married in N.C. There are a whole lot of marriages going on here, y’all!

Here are some of our favorite photos from the celebrations, marriages, and festivities yesterday:

Tonya and Amy - North Carolina Marriage Equality - Wedding Belles Blog

Tonya and Amy
via WRAL

Chris and Chad - NC Marriage Equality - Wedding Belles Blog

via WRAL

Frank and Brad - NC Marriage Equality - Wedding Belles Blog

Frank and Brad
via Fox 8

Rainbow Flag in Asheville NC - NC Marriage Equality - Wedding Belles Blog

Rainbow Flag in Asheville, N.C.
via WCNC

You can watch the first same-sex marriage in the state take place in this video:

Congratulations to North Carolina and all of the newly married couples!

Because the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals also has jurisdiction over South Carolina, it is very likely that marriage equality will be coming to all of the Carolinas very soon. Hooray for love!

And remember couples, if you’d like to submit your wedding/engagement/portraits/anything love-related to be featured on the blog, contact me here.

Real Wedding: Seaside Splendor in Early Spring

In honor of it being the last day of spring, we are 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:

Real Wedding: Seaside Splendor in Early Spring - Wedding Belles Blog

Real Wedding: Seaside Splendor in Early Spring - Wedding Belles Blog

From the bride:
“Shane and I met just over four years ago at Triangle Day School in Durham. I was hired as the girls basketball coach and Shane was teaching middle school social studies. We got engaged on April 1, 2013 at Carolina Beach. Our favorite hobbies are working out together, watching Smallville, and spending time with our families.”

Real Wedding: Seaside Splendor in Early Spring - Wedding Belles Blog

Real Wedding: Seaside Splendor in Early Spring - Wedding Belles Blog

Tell us about choosing your wedding venue.
“We chose the location at Holden Beach because we wanted to spend an extended amount of time with our family and friends. I found the beach house online by googling ‘big beach houses,’ and we rented it for a week. Having the wedding out of town allowed us to keep the wedding small, intimate, and affordable.”

Real Wedding: Seaside Splendor in Early Spring - Wedding Belles Blog

 

Tell us about the ceremony.
“The ceremony took place on the beach and was about 20 minutes long. The aisle was lined with sea shells and guests simply stood on either side to form the aisle. Our favorite reading was from a poem called ‘The Art of Marriage’ by Wilfred Peterson.”

Real Wedding: Seaside Splendor in Early Spring - Wedding Belles Blog

 

Real Wedding: Seaside Splendor in Early Spring - Wedding Belles Blog

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What was the most difficult part of the planning process?
“Finding the Port-A-Potty. The house required us to rent a Port-A-Potty, and it took us over a month to find someone to rent from.”

Real Wedding: Seaside Splendor in Early Spring - Wedding Belles Blog

How did you creatively work within your budget?
“I bought white lights after Christmas, when they were really cheap. They looked great at the wedding, and now we have decorations for future holiday seasons! Another money saver: the flowers, all bought in bulk from Sam’s Club. The bridesmaids made their own bouquets and the centerpieces. Also, my Mom made the table overlays, which saved a lot of money. We had two photographers who are personal friends, so having them both was incredible, made us comfortable, and was less expensive than hiring someone else. We are so grateful for Lauren DeMoss and Jay Stubbs for their generosity and talent!”

Real Wedding: Seaside Splendor in Early Spring - Wedding Belles Blog

Tell us about the food at the reception.
“We had North Carolina-style BBQ, pulled chicken, brisket, red potatoes, and green beans. Dinner was catered by our friend Al Myers, who caters in the Durham area and competes in BBQ competitions around the region. For drinks, we had Western NY red and white wine, and bottled beer from Rochester, NY. We also brought soft drinks. It saved a lot of money by bringing these beverages. Many venues force you to buy through their vendors, so it was nice to have that flexibility. My sister baked our wedding cakes. One was German Chocolate and the other was Strawberry Shortcake. She is 16 years old and an aspiring baker. This was another money saver and it meant a lot that she made our cakes.”

Real Wedding: Seaside Splendor in Early Spring - Wedding Belles Blog

What was your favorite moment of the day?
“Our wedding party entrance to the reception was really fun. We were announced to the theme song of the Chicago Bulls circa the 1990’s. The DJ got really into it and so did the guests. Each groomsman and bridesmaid had a special handshake, and one groomsman even did a backflip.”

Real Wedding: Seaside Splendor in Early Spring - Wedding Belles Blog

Isn’t this wedding stunning? I love how the couple incorporated the talents of their friends and family members into the planning process. Congratulations, Maria and Shane!

Photographer: Lauren DeMoss Photography; second shooter Joseph Heffner
Save the Dates: Bride’s sister
Invitations: Bobbi Stubbs (friend of the couple)
Bride’s Dress: Impression Bridal; purchased at Bridal Mart in Burlington, NC.
Veil: David’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Lulu Bee
Bridesmaid Dresses: Banana Republic
Groom’s Attire: Macy’s
Groom’s Shoes: Banana Republic
Officiant: Cheryl Walker of Wilmington, NC
Flowers: Sam’s Club
Catering: Al Myers (friend of the couple)
Cake: Bride’s sister

Want to submit your own real wedding to be featured on Wedding Belles? Contact me here.