There is no doubt about it, SMP brides are the cutest out there (was there even a question?). Even cuter – when SMP brides help each other to make their inspiration a reality, like a seriously stylish community of details. Nancy Ray Photography sent over this a-dor-able wedding of an equally a-dor-able bride who connected with previous brides featured on SMP to bring all the pretty things dancing in her head to life … and within budget. The end result couldn’t be more darling and there is even more to gush about in the full gallery of images!

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From the Bride…Doug and I got engaged in January of 2010. Three months later we ended up purchasing our first home. We bought a ranch from the 1960’s that needed tons of work. We decided there had to be a way to have the wedding of our dreams but also refurbish the house of our dreams.  I am for sure a SMP bride, LITERALLY. It first started when I found table runners I had been searching for featured on SMP. With some hesitation, I contacted a bride from California.  I sent her a facebook message. She was so amazing and so willing to help me out. I ended up buying the runners. It was amazing to realize how open other brides were.

I then contacted Katie, who was featured on SMP.  We ended up meeting when she came to my town for a wedding and she let me try on her Monique Lhuillier dress. The dress was perfect and I ended up buying her dress as well. Not only was it amazing getting to meet other brides  I was able to stay within a budget but still have the wedding of my dreams.

We wanted our wedding to be laid back and Southern. There is nothing more Southern than good BBQ, Grandfather Mountain as a backdrop, and dancing under twinkle lights in an outdoor pavilion.  My favorite part of my wedding day was being able to eat dinner alone with Doug. We ate in a small boat house while our guests mingled at a cocktail hour. We were able to let everything sink in and watch all of our guests.

Wedding Photography: Nancy Ray Photography / Floral Design: Callista Designs / Event Planning + Design: Viva L’Event / Location + Wedding Cake: The Camp at Eseeola Lodge / Bride’s Shoes: BHLDN / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Men’s Attire: JoS A. Bank / Reception Band: The Waller Family

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