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Modern Sophisticated Southern Wedding at Duke Mansion

A chic color palette of metallics and black and white makes for a guaranteed stylish soiree; add in one athletic and glamorous couple and the whole bash becomes even more beautiful. Planned and designed by The Graceful Host, this Southern wedding takes sophistication to a whole new level, and Lauren Rosenau snapped every second of it for us to crush on in this gorgeous gallery right here!

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From The Graceful HostEmily Breeze and Montell are both athletes from Virginia who knew of one another growing up, but never formally met. They were introduced by a mutual friend, but were completely uninterested in each other originally. In fact, neither of them were attracted to each other in the beginning! But after developing a strong friendship and talking daily, their friendship turned into a sweet romance. Then during a trip to Chicago, which is one of their favorite cities to visit, Montell proposed to Breeze. And shortly after their dream proposal, Breeze and Montell jumped right into planning for their October wedding!

When planning for their wedding our bride knew that she wanted something different – something that stood out from the rest. This bride wanted a wedding style that was all her own, with a color palette that was timeless. With an ivory, gold, and black color palette we created a design centered around a mix of traditional Southern elegance with modern sophistication. The bride and groom choose the venue, the Duke Mansion, for it’s elegance and historical roots. For the decor, we used lush textures with the floral and linens, and then mixed in pops of geometric prints giving a nod to modern style among the more classic designs. All-white, elaborate floral centerpieces and floral chandeliers by New Creations Flower Company filled the dinner tent beautifully. In addition to the metallic elements throughout the design, we included many mirrored accents throughout the tablescapes, like the oversized mirror seating chart and mirror place cards. The 8 foot mirrored tables from Nuage Designs were simply breathtaking and spoke to our bride’s style perfectly!

Even with our bride’s desire to stand out from the traditional in her decor, she still wanted to have a wedding that would stand the test of time in other ways. Breeze choose a Modern Trousseau gown from Hayden Olivia that had a classic shape with some major flare. As a professional athlete, the wedding dress was an important and personal purchase for Breeze. And she added heirlooms to her bouquet from the her paternal grandparents as a way to honor their memory on the wedding day; just as the color palette was rooted in tradition, but executed in a new and unique way.

The guest experience was of utmost importance to Breeze and Montell. We had jazz singers serenading guests during dinner, and then to get the party started, Split Second Sound was on hand to entertain all night long! A cigar roller was present during cocktail hour to pass out freshly rolled cigars and teach guests about cigars – which was actually a surprise from the bride to her groom! And then as another surprise, local mixologist Bob Peters was available to serve a few specialty drinks chosen by the bride and groom especially for their wedding.

One of the bride’s most emotional moments of the day was walking down the aisle with her dad. Just before the wedding ceremony the skies opened and it started to pour down rain! We were fearing the worst thinking we might have to pull the intended outdoor ceremony indoors. As the wedding planner, deciding to keep the outdoor wedding outside rather than pull everything indoors as it’s raining and guests are arriving is not an easy decision. But my gut was telling me that everything was going to be okay – even when the radar was impossible to predict! It was the right decision in the end, and the bride got to have her dream ceremony outdoors in the beautiful garden at the Duke Mansion. The moment I sent Breeze down the aisle to greet her groom was one of the best of my career – and I love seeing the emotion on her face as she’s walking with her dad! Our beautiful bride is an only child, so this day was special just as special for him, too. For this daddy’s girl, this amazing moment is priceless. The two of them cried a lot – and it was perfect!

Photography: Lauren Rosenau Photography | Floral Design: New Creations Flower Company | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Wedding Cake: Kathy Allen Cakes | Shoes: Valentino | Wedding Bands: Diamonds Direct | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Duke Mansion | Makeup Artist: Erin Ashley | Hair : Mirror Bomb Studios | Calligraphy: The Graceful Host | Groom's Attire: Men's Warehouse | Wedding Venue: Duke Mansion | Bridal Boutique: Hayden Olivia | Event Design And Planning: The Graceful Host | Invitations And Paper Goods: Pink Toast Ink | Mixologist: Bob Peters | Reception DJ: Split Second Sound | Rentals: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Party Reflections | Tent: Party Reflections

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Blue and Orange Adventurous Nursery

My sister and I are deep in the throes of planning her baby nursery and we’ve settled upon the idea of adventure. A wondrous, adventurous nursery land and then I saw this. Bingo! It’s exactly as you would imagine a super chic, totally fun adventure nursery to be. Faux lions, teepees and a cute little Callahan too. Get lost in this magical spot captured by Allison Kuhn Photography.

Katrina of Come+Together Events in Charlotte, North Carolina was expecting her first baby, and got to work styling his nursery right away. As a wedding planner, she was familiar with the details and making sure this nursery would be unique. The nursery was furnished with mostly blue, gray and orange accents. Katrina and her husband have traveled the world, and in doing so, Katrina included objects from their travels into the nursery. Her son, Callahan will hopefully enjoy these accents for years to come.

Photography: Allison Kuhn Photography | "Hi" Blanket: Yarning Made | Be Yourself Hoop Art: Free Spirit Jenny | Bedding: Restoration Hardware | Bookshelf: Restoration Hardware | British Flag Frame: Anthropologie | Callahan Pillow: Habitationboyheme | Chandelier: Restoration Hardware | Changing Pad Cover: Little Oasis Nurseries | Client: Katrina Hutchins - Come Together Events | Crib: Restoration Hardware | Dream Big Little One: Loving Leigh Yours | Dresser: Restoration Hardware | Elephant Canvas Storage Bin: Restoration Hardware | Elephant Head: The Land Of Nod | Fox Pillow: Miles & Tate | Fur Rug: FurAccents | Giraffe Head: Anthropologie | Glider: Restoration Hardware | Greatest Adventure Sign: Elisabeth Rose | Hermes Pillows: Hermes | Lion Head: Mahzerandvee | Lion Rug: Roxy Marj | Month/Number Blocks: Pretty In Polka Dot Sky | Orange Canvas Bins: The Land Of Nod | Orange Wall Shelf: The Land Of Nod | Ottoman: Hello Homebody | Raccoon Doll: Blabla | Ragamuffin Flag: Roxy Marj | Teepee: The Land Of Nod | Window Treatments: Sarah Catherine Collective

SMP Southeast Welcomes Our Advertisers! + A Discount!

You know it’s going to be a good day when you get word that incredibly talented bridal designer Winnie ChlominLee is opening a brand-new flagship location in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Beverly Hills-based Winnie Couture crafts stunning, feminine gowns for Hollywood A-listers, as well as brides across the country. And the showroom? Well it’s pure pink perfection. Just take a look!

Bringing an entirely new shopping experience to brides in Charlotte, Winnie Couture has created a boutique unlike any other in the area! Brides will not only fall in love with the gorgeous showroom, but they’ll also get to shop with a personal stylist and have access to exclusive Winnie veils, shoes and accessories! Add a glass of bubbly (complimentary, of course!) and finding your dream dress just may be the best day ever.

That space! Oh my — so pretty. To set up your time to check it out — and try on dresses! — head over here.  And just for our SMP readers, Winnie Couture is offering a 15% discount to brides who book their appointment by March 31, 2015! To redeem, simply mention this post when booking your appointment. 

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Whimsical Black + Green Winter Wedding

This bride loves black so she added a sash to her gown. The groom is Irish, so they incorporated Celtic dancers at their reception. These personal touches are what I love most as I dive into each and every wedding-filled day here at SMP. Smitten & Hooked captured every unique detail and if these hydrangeas aren’t enough of a tease, you have my promise that there is plenty more where that came from.

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From Smitten & HookedThis couple wanted fun and different and boy they got it!

Andrew is from Ireland and a huge part of the wedding was Irish, including the Irish Celtic dancers that performed during the reception and the bagpiper who led them to their favorite Irish bar as their exit.

Britt loves black but knew her mother would kill her if she wore a black dress so she picked out the most fabulous Amsale gown and had a small black sash added, custom black jewelry, and killer Badgley Mischka black pumps! At the reception she had a short sassy black dress she danced the night away in!

Their details at the reception were amazing. The head table top was covered with a mirror top and just drenched in hydrangeas and they were everywhere. The flowers were probably one of our favorite aspect of the gorgeous reception! They also had ghost chairs and lots of gorgeous linens and candles everywhere.

Photography: Smitten & Hooked | Videographer: Crown Alley Films | Event Planning: Katrina Hutchins | Floral Design: The Bloom Room | Wedding Gown: Amsale | Ceremony Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte | Reception Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte | Jewelry: Kristin Hayes | Hair And Makeup: Kymm McLean | DJ: Split Second Sound | String Quartet: Carolina Chamber Players | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rentals: Party Reflections

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10 Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping

Angela here from Saffron Avenue bringing you my next blogger bride adventure! Some girls are crazy excited to try on dresses for the first time, and I thought I always would be…until the time actually came. I’m not big into shopping, trying on clothes, and definitely not in front of family and friends while literally on a pedestal. The idea actually stressed me out because I had no clue what to expect. But I’m passing on what I learned, and tips to make this important shopping excursion one to remember.

A few things I was told by my friends and family was to try on all different styles, and that dresses always look better on you than the hanger. Also, to keep an open mind the whole time. And while that info was great, it wasn’t quite enough. The first time I tried on dresses didn’t turn out the best. I didn’t eat much before, I was so tired and exhausted, and the bridal salon didn’t have any music and weren’t enthusiastic. It just wasn’t the experience I’d imagined. 

I decided the next place I would choose to go to would be 10x better and that’s when I ended up at Hayden Olivia Bridal in Charlotte, NC. It was one of the best decisions I had made because it was such a great experience, and one I’ll never forget. I spent the day with my sister and very close friend trying on so many beautiful dresses in an absolutely beautiful loft style boutique. We had music, dresses lined up, mimosa, and best of all we laughed…a lot. To top it off I had a great photographer, Lauren Rosenau snapping pictures of the process to share with you!

I definitely had an open mind too, I tried on big ball gowns by Hayley Paige, an amazing trumpet dress by Monique Lhuillier, a dress with crazy feathers, and another with a sparkly plunging neckline. And just in case you wanted to know…none of these shown are the dress I chose. (That’s top secret! ) But I do want to share a handy list of tips Hayden Olivia Bridal and I pulled together to make wedding dresses shopping a little bit smoother!

Until next time! xoxo, Angela

Photography: Lauren Rosenau Photography | Wedding Dress: Hayden Olivia Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Michelle Dula - The Paintbox | Venue: Hayden Olivia Bridal | Branding: Saffron Avenue

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Angela

Contributing Editor, Blogger Bride