There is something about a Southern Wedding that just exudes romance and charm and this next wedding is certainly no exception. Charlotte, North Carolina played host to the festivities while Sharon Clark of Smitten Photography knocked it out of the park with her photo capturing skills. Everything about this day is so soft and pretty and gorgeous and breathtaking...we really could go on and on but we know you want to get to the pictures already so I'll stop typing and you start gazing. And don't forget to do a little more gazing in the gallery where there are a bevy of fab photos from the day.
From the Bride:
We really wanted an intimate, relaxed, quaint wedding with under 100 guests. Old vintage charm was an inspiration our wedding and I wanted to use Anthropologie inspired touches throughout the wedding. Family is important to Tim and I and a few months before our wedding, his grandmother passed away unexpectedly. We wanted to incorporate our grandparents who couldn't be there in person into our special day. I took my grandmother's wedding dress and had it transformed into an overlay for a "Memories table" and part of it was made into the ring bearer pillow that my nephew carried down the aisle. The buttons from the sleeve of her dress adorned the front of the pillow, and they even managed to keep the Saks Fifth Avenue tag from her dress on the back of the pillow. The train of her dress was turned into the table cloth and we put framed pictures of our grandparents on their wedding day for guests to see when they entered the reception. My florist used the lace from my grandmothers dress to skirt my bouquet and I adorned it with a rosary from my other grandmother.
Some DIY projects: Instead of a guest book to sign, we had a "well wish tree". We found prints we liked and cut them into tags and attached string to them. We left markers next to them and our guests wrote encouraging messages and hung them on the tree.
Tim and I met working at an advertising agency where he did web design and I was in PR. In order to cut costs on our invitations, Tim bartered with a friend who was a graphic designer to create our Save the Dates and Invitations
We picked a venue that had decor and personality in order to save on flowers. In the year leading up to the wedding I purchased seasonal items when they were on sale. I purchased the lanterns for the outdoor tables and twinkle lights from Lowe's Home Improvement. I also sourced all of the hydrangeas from a local grower in Huntersville and provided them to my florist to save money.
Photography: Sharon Clark of Smitten Photography / Flowers: Cindy Davenport of La Reve La Fete / Ceremony Location: Historic St. Mary's Chapel / Reception Location: Morehead Inn / Invitations: Jon Cain designed, printed at Crane Heritage / Shoes: Ann Taylor / Dress: Paloma Blanca