Even though the south does not get much snow (a sad thing for this southern blogger) the historically rich weddings completely make up for it. Take this North Carolina Wedding, for example. Brent & Amanda Holloman of Millie Holloman Photography captured a chic, gorgeous, and classic southern wedding, complete with a gorgeous house (featuring fabulous shutters, nonetheless), the most perfect color palette of green, navy, and pink, and sweet tea served in mason jars. But my favorite part? Has got to be the bouquets. Everyone loves a good striped ribbon, right? Click here for more of this fabulous fête in the gallery!

Grahm and I met during our Junior year at East Carolina University when I was running for Student Body Vice President. Grahm helped me campaign and it wasn’t until we graduated that we decided it was time to take our friendship to next level and begin dating.

We got engaged on July 4, 2010 and since I work in politics I decided to hold off on any planning until after the November 2010 election. Planning a wedding in six months proved to be much harder than anticipated!

Luckily with the help of our family and some incredible vendors we pulled of a wedding that we will never forget. The Highgrove Estate was the perfect “Southern” venue and allowed us the flexibility to customize our ceremony/reception and make it perfect for the two of us.

During the whole planning process I “stalked” SMP for ideas and focused on reception details. My mom is very crafty and helped with all of the diy projects from the flower balls hanging from the altar, the drink stirrers, moss monogram and sinage. These diy projects really helped us add a personal touch while staying on budget!

I was the bride that was most looking forward to celebrating at the reception and at the end of the day, the ceremony was the most magical and memorable aspect of the entire day. We were so fortunate to have my Uncle John preform the ceremony. He is an amazing speaker and very close to Grahm and I. The ceremony was incredibly personal and told stories of our childhood and the strength of marriage in our families.  It was very important to Grahm and I to include our guests so we decided to have a “blessing stone” ceremony where we gave each of our guests a stone to keep with them during the ceremony. As our guests held them they were infused with loved and then placed into a glass jar before the reception began. We now have a wonderful keepsake from our wedding and the rocks are proudly displayed on our mantle.

The entire day was a dream. From the mason jars, mini bbq sandwiches and sweet tea, the reception was just as “southern” as I imagined. After heartfelt toasts we dined “family style” and then danced the night away with our friends and family.

We are so grateful for each other and our amazing families that helped us during the process. Our wonderful vendors brought our vision to life and we cannot thank them enough. We can’t wait for the next chapter of our lives to begin!

Photography: Brent and Amanda Holloman, Millie Holloman Photography / Flowers: Suzanne Page / Event Planning & Design: DIY / Ceremony Location: Highgrove Estate / Reception Location: Highgrove Estate / Invitations: Envelopme / Shoes: Nina / Dress: Paloma Blanca / Reception Hair Piece: Etsy

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