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Second Chance Wedding Shoot in North Carolina at the VanLandingham Estate

This couples’ story will warm your heart right up this Monday morning. With the help of a talented team of vendors including Taken By Sarah PhotographyWillow Floral Boutique, and Ella’s Celestial Cakes (just to name a few), they were able to create the dream wedding day they never got to have, to the same person they will always love. See the entire shoot here.

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From Taken By Sarah PhotographyWhat started as an inspiration wedding shoot turned into so much more when we found our perfect couple to give a second chance for a wedding.

From The Bride…Some say young love won’t last, that you need to find yourself before you can truly love someone else. But for us, we found love at a young age, and that love grew up together. We met in middle school, and on that day at a mere 13 years old, CR told his best friend that he’d found the girl he was going to marry. At the ripe age of 20 he proposed, and though we had no money for a big fancy wedding, we had more love than one could dream of. My grandparents were our inspiration, they had married at 16 and 19, and were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They gave us their original rings from 50 years ago, and we all celebrated the lifetime of love they shared, and our wedding on the same beautiful day at a small plantation in Georgia.

We are approaching a decade of marriage, 4 beautiful children, and a hope for the same lasting love my grandparents found. It was wonderful to have a second chance wedding that we could have only dreamed of, and knowing that we would marry each other all over again, with an even stronger love and commitment than we did so many years ago…

Photography: Taken By Sarah Photography | Florist: Willow Floral Boutique | Dress: Fabulous Frocks Charlotte | Cakes: Ella's Celestial Cakes | Stationery: Sweetest Beginnings | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bracelet: Chloe And Isabel | Hair: Glammed And Groomed | Chandeliers: Charlotte Chandeliers | Earrings: Saks Off 5th | Florist/Planner: Lily Bee's Events And Floral | Makeup: Blush Beauty And Makeup | Menswear: Revolve Upscale Menswear Consignment | Private Estate: VanLandingham Estate | Vintage Plates And Flatware: Heirloom For Hire

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Glamorous Spring Wedding in Charlotte

What do you get when you combine a stylish bride and a very dapper Baltimore Ravens football player? One absolutely jaw-dropping glamorous wedding, overflowing with lush florals and sparkling chandeliers, all brought to life by The Graceful Host.  Lauren Rosenau Photography and Brian Bunn Films captured it all and you can soak up every stunning moment right this way.

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From The Graceful Host… On a gorgeous spring afternoon, Whitley Saxton married Baltimore Ravens safety, Darian Stewart, in a beautiful, riverside ceremony in Rock Hill, South Carolina. This sweet couple met one night out in Charlotte, NC a few years ago, while both were out on the town with friends. Whitley is from the Rock Hill, South Carolina area, and although she didn’t envision an outdoor ceremony, she fell in love with the peace and tranquility of the venue Brakefield at Riverwalk. With visions of grandeur in mind, I helped Whitley design and plan for a wedding that would leave guests saying, “wow!”

When Whitley approached me to help her plan and design her spring wedding, she had a specific vision in mind – over the top elegance. And with the help of an amazing vendor team, we achieved her goal and exceeded her expectations! Our bride and groom were all about glamorous style. With centerpieces dripping in crystal, lush floral, and textured custom linens, their vision came to reality.

Melanie Edwards with New Creations Flower Company created gorgeous, ornate centerpieces dripping in crystal. The color palette was ultra-romantic with a base of ivories and pops of pale pinks against soft grey tones. We sourced highly textured linens in the grey color palette to add to the feeling of luxury, elegance, sophistication and romance. I loved the silver and grey rosette linen from Party Tables… it fit the design perfectly! Thanks to Sterling Events Group, the entire venue was draped in ivory panels and accented with blush uplighting, which transformed the reception space … and it left our bride speechless during the reveal. When I spoke to the bride and groom about the most important part of the wedding, she said (without hesitation) the party! So, we went to the number one DJ in town – Split Second Sound – to help us keep the dance party going all night long. Guests had so much fun dancing from everything from old school hip hop and R&B. With Olive Paper, we were able to design custom paper goods – from wedding invitations to place cards to a seating chart to menu cards. Everything was custom made for Whitley and Darian’s special day with their unique vision in mind. Something Classic Cafe and Catering provide an incredible meal and service to guests. Wow Factor Cakes created one of the most gorgeous wedding cakes I’ve ever seen – a beautiful ivory cake with a huge ivory sugar flower cascading down. It tasted just as delicious as it looked! The bride surprised her groom with a South Carolina Game Cocks helmet cake – the team the groom played for in College. He couldn’t wait to dive into the cake! Whitley’s wedding dress came from Nitsa’s Apparel of Charlotte and was from Victor Harper Couture. Her dress could not have been more perfect for her elegant and over the top wedding. It was such a gorgeous and timeless gown – perfect for the bride who wants the fairytale wedding day!

With the incredibly talented Lauren Rosenau Photography and amazing Brian Bunn Films along to capture the day, everything was absolutely perfect! Lauren Rosenau and team captured the incredible personalities of the bride and groom. Her photos evoke the emotion of the wedding day, and tell the story of the day. I can feel this sweet bride laughing and loving life through each photo.

Photography: Lauren Rosenau Photography | Videography: Brian Bunn Films | Event Design: The Graceful Host | Floral Design: New Creations Flower Company | Wedding Dress: Nitsas Apparel - Charlotte | Cake: Wow Factor Cakes | Catering: Something Classic Cafe And Catering | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Brakefield At Riverwalk | Ceremony Musicians: Charlotte Strings For Events | Event Coordination: The Graceful Host | Linens: Party Tables | Paper Goods: Olive Paper | Pipe And Drape: Sterling Events Group | Reception Entertainment: Split Second Sound | Transportation: The Royal Rides | Wedding Dress Designer: Victor Harper Couture

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Elegant North Carolina Backyard Wedding

Backyard weddings have always been my cup of tea. Super intimate and always lovely, they never fail to charm my socks off. Well, Red White And Green Photography gave me yet another reason to love those sweet backyard soirées thanks to this pretty below, and I can’t say that I am surprised that I love every single image sitting in this gallery

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From Red White And Green Photography…Kathryn and Jon have been dating since high school. They have this rich history that seemed to permeate their entire wedding day. There wasn’t a person attending this wedding without a smile plastered on their face. Just a sense that something that was always going to happen was finally coming to life. And I felt so privileged to have documented the joy that unfolded. Even with tons of family and friends surrounding them, there was an intimacy present throughout the entire day. The kind that only comes from knowing each other for a decade. Selfless and truly kind…these two just deserve each other.

They were married in Kathryn’s sisters’ back yard on Lake Norman surrounded by simple and elegant beauty created by Hall and Webb Events. Accompanied by live music and a view of the lake, guests enjoyed cocktails while Kathryn and Jon spent a few sacred moments on the dock being madly in love and recently wed. An incredible dinner party on the lawn gave way to dancing under twinkling lights and Kathryn and Jon were sent off on their next adventure. Two of the kindest souls…joined together on a magical day.

Photography: Red White And Green Photography | Florist: Place For Flowers | Wedding Dress: Dar-Lynn's | Cake: Cakes By Lisa | Catering: Best Impressions | Lighting: Eye Dialogue | Suits: Belk | Ceremony Music: Key Signature Entertainment | Wedding Planner: Hall And Webb | Hair And Make-up: Who's The Fairest | Invitation And Program: Seal Design Studio | Reception Music: Walrus | Rentals: Party Reflections | Transportation: T&J Transportation | Venue: Private Residence