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Elegant Emerald + Gold Military Wedding

On this day when we stop and salute the fearless men and women who sacrifice for our freedom, sharing THE most gorgeous military affair we could get our hands only felt fitting. Think classic Southern elegance with groomsmen in uniform all in a row, plus a four-tier stunner from the talents at Sugarland to top off the night. Leave it to Graham Terhune for a photo gallery you’ll likely never want to leave.


From Graham Terhune… Surrounded by lush, southern countryside, Hope and Zach’s storybook wedding was punctuated by the sound of geese skimming across a sun-struck pond. The Oaks at Salem in Apex provided the ideal, picturesque backdrop for this elegant bride and her uniformed groom as they exchanged their vows under a Carolina blue sky. 

A romantic palette of blush, champagne, ivory and gold carried the vintage glamour theme from the bouquets and décor at the ceremony to the lovely centerpiece ensembles at the reception. The perfect contrasts to the soft floral hues were the deep forest green bridesmaids’ dresses and the dapper military dress uniforms of the groomsmen and ushers. Next to the bride’s stunning Maggie Sottero gown, the ultimate crowd-pleaser was the flower girl dresses which were encrusted in Swarovski crystals and blush ostrich feathers.

The one hundred and fifty guests enjoyed a buffet dinner followed by a decadent chocolate stout wedding cake dessert. The laughter and champagne flowed into the night as guests danced and celebrated the new Mr. and Mrs. The couple was chauffeured from the venue in a white Excalibur while guests waved sparklers for a truly radiant ending to their charmingly beautiful wedding day.

Photography: Graham Terhune | Videographer: K2 Productions | Event Planning: Orangerie Events | Florist: Brides And Bouquets | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Sugarland | Ceremony Venue: The Oaks At Salem | Reception Venue: The Oaks At Salem | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Wtoo | Catering: Belle's Catering | DJ: McSound Productions

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Bouquet Breakdown: Pink + Coral Springtime Medley

Happy Sunday, loves! Today we’ve got the scoop on what might be one of the most gorgeous spring bouquets to ever hit our pages. Filled with ranunculus, spirea, tulips, and more, this little bundle of blooms, created by Sue Prutting of White Magnolia Designs, is perfection. Check out the original gallery for even more  pretty, and read on for the full breakdown below!


  • Butter Yellow Parrot Tulips
  • Peach Ranunculus
  • Coral Ranunculus
  • Bridal Wreath Spirea
  • Green Hellebores
  • Yellow Poppies
  • Salmon Poppies
  • Coral “Charming Babe” Spray Roses
  • Peach “Girlie Follies” Spray Roses
  • Japanese Andromeda
  • Japanese Andromeda Foliage
  • English Ivy
From Sue Prutting… My mom used to say “If you are cooking with fresh ingredients and using the right tools, you can’t go wrong.”  It is just the same with floral design.  Starting with as many locally grown, fresh flowers and foliages as possible means the bouquet is bound to be beautiful! 
When designing the florals for this inspirational shoot, I took into consideration the intricacies of the gorgeous dresses (by Inbal Dror) and the cherry blossom explosion that was happening in the Bishop’s Garden at the Washington National Cathedral.  It was important to find a balance between florals that made a statement but didn’t fight with the other elements in the shoot.  That is how this classically shaped bouquet with bright pops of spring colors was born.  I love to create movement in my floral arrangements and was able to accomplish that here by layering flowers and then adding small spirea branches.  I tend to go a little crazy, so keeping an eye for cleaner lines and constantly editing was a must.  
It is so important for vendors at an event or shoot to be able to trust each other and work together as a team.  I just love working with photographer Sally Pinera.  She is a gem, is sharp, and has an amazing eye. 
While I grown many of my own flowers and foliages, I love to support small growers around the country.  Starting with the best ingredients is the most direct route to gorgeous arrangements.  To find locally grown flowers in your area, check out the Association of Speciality Cut Flower Growers here  for a listing of growers by state. 

Floral Design: White Magnolia Designs

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Shine Wedding Invitations + A Promotion!

If you are anything like me (and I know you are), then pretty paper goods are totally your thing.  Fill your Saturday with amazing designs + beautiful calligraphy and it’s, hands down, the best part of your weekend.  Enter Shine Wedding Invitations, the fab boutique that knows a thing or two about simple + elegant invites that are as gorgeous as they are unique.  Happy place in one, two, three…

With Shine Wedding Invitations, setting the tone for your big day has never been easier.  Think a never-ending lineup of color and pattern combos, crazy cool envelope liner + belly band options and seriously stunning calligraphy that will leave all of your guests talking. From simple and modern to romantic and sweet, the design options are endless… and seriously unique.  Not to mention that each and every invitation suite is printed on Shine Wedding Invitations’ signature white shimmer or luxe matte cardstock with full service guest addressing, which means an experience that is streamlined AND seriously stress free.  We love that.

Contact Shine Wedding Invitations today to begin your invitation journey with one of their talented designers. And don’t forget to order your FREE sample set (an $8.50 value) to get the whole process started.  You’ll receive that white glove service that Shine Wedding Invitations is so well known for, as well as FREE SHIPPING on orders over $500.  That’s what we call a serious win-win loves.


#SMPWedding101 – Bridal Emergency Kit Must-Haves

With only two weeks before my very own wedding, I’d be lying if I said I was completely prepared. So when Sweet Chic Events shared their amazing list of bridal essentials for our latest #SMPWedding101, I instantly felt at ease. This list of must-haves is sure to solve any issue that may arise, and with this sigh of relief I can focus on what really matters – all the pretty we have coming up this weekend!

Bridal Emergency Kit Must-Haves

Safety Pins | For dress alterations in a pinch or to hold a wilting bouquet flower in its place.

Baby Wipes | Chances are you may be walking around taking pictures prior to your ceremony, which leads the the chance of your dress/train getting a bit dirty. Baby wipes are gentle enough for the fabric  - but do the trick!

Sewing Kit (with Pre-Threaded Needles!) | Buttons and hooks come loose, and it doesn’t take long to mend them – just make sure to have pre-threaded needles! Trying to stick a thread through the tiny needle while in rush and sweaty hands… not happening. 

Chalk | A restaurant trick – use white chalk to get grease stains off your dress or your groom’s shirt!

Band-Aids | Lots of band-aids. Because we’re wearing heels (that are most likely new!). 

Allergy Medicine | You may have asked your guests about food allergies – but not flower allergies!

Pain Relief | This goes along with the band-aids. Our feet hurt. Someone had too much to drink last night or hasn’t eaten enough today. No time for headaches!

Energy Bars | Of course you’ve ordered in some brunch for your wedding party while they’re getting ready (hint, hint) but if you’re getting ready early morning and your cocktail hour doesn’t start till 6 – it’s good to have snacks on hand. 

Straws | Because no one wants to ruin lip stick – or spill!!

Crochet Hook Depending on what your dress looks like, you may have silk buttons that have to be looped all the way up the back. Speed up the intricate process by using a crochet hook to swoop those hooks over the buttons!

Static Guard | Bridesmaids dresses getting stuck in all the wrong places. A little spritz here and there on the fabric will help with the clingy-ness.

Lint RollerIt always seems that a little fuzz always seems to find it’s way to dark colors…

Extra Pair of Men’s Black Socks | Sometimes those men just don’t think about the details and bring white socks to wear with a black suit.

Double-Sided Tape | The miracle-worker. Can be used for many things through the day – but most importantly as fashion tape! Gaping on the bridesmaids dress? A few strips of double-sided tape should hold her in (at least through pictures and ceremony!) 

Mints | A must before the ceremony begins!

ScissorsCutting off any loose threads or pesky tags.

HairsprayFly-away hairs: you can see them in pictures and we don’t want to!


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