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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!

Wedding rings and invitation shot - Preppy and Classic Kelly Green Wedding - Wedding Belles Blog

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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

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

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