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She Said Yes to the Dress + I Do to a Glamorous Fall Wedding

If your Friday night routine is anything like mine (read: wine, yoga pants and Say Yes to the Dress), then you may recognize this gorgeous Bride, whose Kleinfeld dress is just the beginning of her beautiful fall day. In a color palette of blush, champagne, gold and marsala accents, Valerie and Bobby’s dream wedding came to life thanks to amazing vendors like Graham Terhune PhotographyTwenty One FilmsErin McLean EventsTre Bella and Ashley Cakes. Get lost in all of the pretty in The Vault!

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From Erin McLean EventsWhen we initially met with Valerie and Bobby, we knew they were going to be so much fun to work with. Valerie had visions of gold, blush, and sparkle dancing through her head – and we loved it! She came to us with a fall wedding date and a soft take on all things glamorous. Valerie is a natural beauty, so we wanted to create a day that built on her easy elegance and the fading warm glow of a fall afternoon.

Selecting the Pavilions at the Angus Barn fit that vision to a T. We started with a soft color palette of blushes, ivories, and shimmering hints of champagne. To bring an understated but definite pop to the design, we added a deep purple – which was also an ode to the couple’s alma mater, East Carolina University.

Early in the planning process, Valerie and her family hopped a flight to New York City for a trip to famed Kleinfeld’s Bridal to be featured on “Say Yes to the Dress”. She didn’t disappoint, selecting a show stopping Pnina Tornai design with a fitted sheer lace bodice, crystal encrusted neckline, and gorgeous satin bow detail on the back. It was such a delight to see Valerie’s sheer joy on the show when she found the perfect gown.

Throughout the months of planning, Valerie and Bobby’s main hope was that their guests were treated to an amazing experience from start to finish. They chose a mouth-watering menu – though the Angus Barn doesn’t serve anything but to die for fare and for entertainment, the couple went with a Carolina favorite, the beach music kings themselves, The Embers. Again, did not disappoint. I want to say the icing on the cake was perhaps her bridesmaid gown choice. The girls donned Adrianna Papell numbers in varying styles, and shades of blush, champagne and gold. Each was detailed in shimmering beading and flowing skirts. Paired with lush bouquets of peonies and garden roses and just a pop of marsala, the ensemble was perfection.

On their wedding day, the couple chose the newer tradition of having a first look. Planned for the sweeping front porch of her family’s home, Valerie stepped out to meet her groom. The happiness that was captured in that moment was the sum of the couple’s sweet relationship – their joy was infectious and carried them onto their vows at Valerie’s childhood chapel surrounded by all their friends and loved ones, and then to the glow of their lakeside reception at the Angus Barn just as the warm Fall sunshine was setting on the horizon.

The couple said their goodbyes at the conclusion of a lovely and oh so happy celebration under a shower of rose petals and hopped into Bobby’s pick-up truck and off on their next grand adventure together!

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Photography: Graham Terhune Photography | Cinematography: Twenty One Films | Event Planning: Erin McLean Events | Floral Design: Tre Bella | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Cake: Ashley Cakes | Invitations: Purple Puddle | Ceremony Venue: Orange United Methodist | Reception Venue: The Pavilions At The Angus Barn | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Angus Barn | Hair + Makeup: Makeup For Your Day | Calligraphy: Well Addressed Calligraphy | Band: The Embers | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang | Ceremony Music: Elegant Ensembles | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Rentals: CE Rental | Signage: AB Chalk Designs

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May the Fourth Be With You and this Elegant Star Wars-Themed Wedding

The phrase “Star Wars wedding” doesn’t exactly evoke an elegant affair, but this beautiful Bride and Groom’s rustic North Carolina wedding is as elegant as they come, even with a Stormtrooper and Boba Fett appearance at cocktail hour. From the Star Wars touches to the heartwarming first look, the Force was clearly with this sweet couple, thanks to Asheville Event Co. See all the special moments captured by Almond Leaf Studios in The Vault!

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Summer
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Rustic Venue
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Rustic

From The Bride…Mike and I started dating in Florida. He was an assistant swim coach for the University of Florida and I had gotten a position as an intern at the School of Veterinary Medicine. For our first date he took me to the butterfly gardens at the UF Natural History museum, then rock climbing and THEN to a fantastic dinner with some live music. I remember texting my mom from the butterfly garden and basically saying “he’s it.” We spent the next six months traveling all over Florida, having all kinds of adventure. We ended up living in Washington, D.C. and are literally in the middle of planning a cross-country road trip as we move our little family of three to San Francisco in May. Writing this now I have to laugh because I knew adventure would be one of the central themes in our marriage. Mike proposed in New York over Christmas in 2014 and from the beginning of planning I knew our big day needed to be somewhere that reflected us as a couple…fun, unpredictable, and definitely outdoors.

We loved Laurel Ridge Country Club for it’s charm and rustic elegance (okay, I loved it for that reason, Mike’s specifications were that the place have four walls and a roof). We wanted a wedding that was beautiful and relaxed with a lot of our personality thrown in the mix! Asheville Event Co. did such a fantastic job of suggesting vendors who were the absolute best. I learned pretty early that I really wanted to just give Missie an idea and have her execute it and handle the details. Which she did. Flawlessly. The team incorporated Star Wars characters for cocktail hour (seriously), created the most stunning ceremony space, and ran back to our family cabin when I realized AT THE RECEPTION we had forgotten the garter. I got to peek at the ceremony space before our first look and I remember thinking “this is it. This is exactly what I saw in my head.” We planned the big day in nine months and seven months later our friends and family still talk about how beautiful and fun our wedding was, which is just incredible. My favorite detail from the whole day had to be my bridesmaids earrings. I am a total history nerd and so I knew I needed to incorporate that into the wedding in some way. I found antique pearl earrings in a vintage shop in Paris, they had been found hidden away after WWII, and I knew right then that was my gift to my girls!

My favorite moment had to be our first look. Initially I was very against a first look thinking it would take something away from the ceremony, but one day during planning I thought “I want a moment that is just ours…that we get to keep forever, just the two of us.” And everything else just fell into place. I loved everything about my dress and could not wait to see his face that day. On the way to where we were meeting, there were a lot of leaves, making it difficult to walk in heels, so, I took them off and walked up to him barefoot in this dream lace dress in the middle of the mountains…and the moment was perfect. Then we met up with our bridal party, who were accompanied by some extra guests (Boba Fett and a Storm Trooper) and Mike’s face when he realized my surprise made every second of extra planning worth it. We had a beautiful, short ceremony and a long awesome reception where we basically didn’t leave the dance floor. A tunnel of sparklers guided us to the antique Rolls Royce that was our getaway car and our driver sped away to the Inn at Biltmore where we stayed for two nights before leaving for a two week honeymoon in Florida and the Caribbean.

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Photography: Almond Leaf Studios | Cinematography: Almond Leaf Studios | Event Planning: Asheville Event Co. | Floral Design: Flora Events | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Cake: Ruth And Ranshaw | Invitations: Old City Press | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Makeup: Blush By Wendy | Hair: Ananda Hair Studio | Calligraphy: Mason Dixon Design | DJ: Split Second Sound | String Quartet: Cafe String Quartet | Venue: Laurel Ridge Country Club | Photo Booth: Hot Dog | Rentals: Classic Event Rental

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The Perfect Accessory for This Southern Bride? A Family Heirloom Veil.

This wedding is “Southern classic” in every single way. Beginning with an heirloom veil worn by the bride (her grandfather first bought it for his daughter even before she was engaged!) and ending with a moonshine bar set-up at the reception, the entire affair was a celebration of this couple’s Southern roots. Pop over to The Vault for images by Anna Routh and don’t you dare miss the film below from Blueberry Creative.

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Winter
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From Anna Routh Photography…. Alden and Kevin’s classic Charlotte wedding was one of the most spectacular events I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. Alden’s style is spot on, so it’s no surprise her gown was a complete stunner with that amazing back detail. She pulled her look together with an antique veil (a family heirloom), shoes with just the right amount of bling and simple jewels. She was truly the picture of elegance.

Alden and Kevin’s family is incredibly important to then, so keeping the wedding party to family and including very special items from their parents’ marriages was an important decision for them. Alden and Kevin each walked down the aisle with small books that were presented to Alden’s parents on their wedding day in their hands, keeping the love of their families close at all times.

The reception that followed at the modern Mint Museum UPTOWN in Charlotte was nothing short of epic. Utilizing three areas of the museum, Alden’s goal (with the help of her creative and ambitious father’s vision) was to bring a ‘Southern’ scene to life. To say she accomplished that is an understatement. From the giant Magnolia brought in for cocktail hour, to the projections of moving magnolias on the walls and life size photos of iconic southern imagery, to the dining room dripping with neutral florals, and even down to the moonshine bar – it doesn’t get much more southern than that.

Alden and Kevin’s wedding was an absolute blast, and I’m so honored to have been a part of it. Congratulations, you two!

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Photography: Anna Routh Photography | Cinematography: Blueberry Creative | Event Planning + Design: Rogers & Gala | Floral Design: The Blossom Shop | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church Charlotte | Reception Venue: Mint Museum UPTOWN | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Something Classic | Band: Jessie's Girls

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