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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.

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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.

Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

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

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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.

Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

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

Elegant Halloween Wedding Inspiration in Black, White, and Silver (and a Touch of Quirky)

Y’all, I started daydreaming about this wedding earlier in the week and couldn’t get it out of my head. I’ve never considered myself a creative person–quite the opposite, actually–but I do have these moments when the wheels start turning. And then I steal a bunch of other people’s ideas and mash them all together. At any rate, if you love Halloween, or if your high school goth phase never did totally disappear, this wedding is for you. Here in the South, we love old-fashioned elegance; this wedding takes a classic black and white color palette and elegant estate backdrop and adds just a touch of quirky (can you say black wedding dress and vampire fangs?). Without further ado, good friends, let’s kick this wedding off with classic black and white invites and a sneak peak of our bridal party getting ready:

Bridesmaids in black tulle…

Elegant Halloween Wedding Inspiration in Black, White, and Silver (and a Touch of Quirky) - Wedding Belles Blog

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…with these incredibly stunning/sexy black lace gloves.

Elegant Halloween Wedding Inspiration in Black, White, and Silver (and a Touch of Quirky) - Wedding Belles Blog

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The gentlemen. White dinner jacket is always an elegant choice!

Since late October can still be fairly warm here in the Carolinas, our ceremony is going to take place outside. Let’s take a peek at the aisle decor:

The newlyweds. That dress!! That black fascinator!!

Now, for the reception…guests are greeted with their escort cards when they arrive in the ballroom.

Elegant Halloween Wedding Inspiration in Black, White, and Silver (and a Touch of Quirky) - Wedding Belles Blog

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I adore this elaborate cake for our elegant fete. The ruffles are reminiscent of the wonderfully textured layers in the bride’s dress.

Are you digging this Halloween inspiration, belles and beaus? Would you get married on a holiday? Comment, comment, comment!

xoxo Laura