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Elegant Southern Wedding with a Playful Twist

A pretty pastel rose and peony bouquet, a ceremony at the church the Bride grew up attending, and a gorgeous couple—this North Carolina affair has all the makings of a perfect Southern wedding. And when you add the Bride’s sparkly pink shoes, trolley transportation and colorful ribbon wand exit, it’s the loveliest mix of traditional and fun. See it all from Robyn Van Dyke Photography in the gallery.

 

 

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From Robyn Van Dyke PhotographyChris & David met when they were just 16 years old at summer camp and they’ve been together ever since! They planned a very classic, southern, and meaningful wedding and said “I do” at the very same church that Chris grew up in. The most beautiful garland adorned the church doors and there were garlands and candles in each of the big church windows. The bride wore a pearl-studded gown and ribbon sash while the bridesmaids wore a soft shade of full-length pink dresses, and all the men wore classic tuxes with suspenders and bow ties! Gorgeous southern blooms in shades of white and blush were used, and pops of gold at the reception tied everything together beautifully! We also loved the unexpected fun details the bride incorporated to bring out their personality from her sparkly confetti Kate Spade heels to the rainbow ribbon wands for their exit! They also made sure to leave time for some special moments with their family & friends that day, and the bride gave a handwritten note to her father to thank him for being such a godly, loving example of what a husband should be like before exchanging letters with the groom during their first look! What a perfectly sweet, classic southern wedding!

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Photography: Robyn Van Dyke Photography | Cinematography: Good Earth Films | Event Planning: Erica Stawick Of Ashley Baber Weddings | Floral Design: The Bloom Room | Wedding Dress: Robert Bullock | Cake: For Goodness Cakes | Stationery: The Buttercup | Ceremony Venue: Christ Church Charlotte | Reception Venue: Mint Museum Uptown | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade NY | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Something Classic | Hair: Mirror Bomb Studio | Band: Total Package | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Photo Booth: Robyn Van Dyke Photography | Trolley: Sunway Charters

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Rustic Mint + Gold North Carolina Wedding

There’s something about ceremonies with church pews outside that make my wedding blogger brain burst with joy; I love it oh so much. The juxtaposition of a contemporary take on something so traditional makes me giddy and this special sight might be one of the best. With Marcie Meredith’s pics, we’re swept away to the lovely North Carolina lakeside, where this whole fairytale got it’s start – let’s go!

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From the Bride… Ryan and I met at a house party. I was just a small town Southern girl, who had just ran her car over a stump, scared to death to tell her daddy that she had ripped her car’s undercarriage… at a house party. Ryan was the most handsome of men, with his dark hair slicked back and his mysterious eyes conveying adventure. He was walking down the hall and our eyes met, and in that moment, with those beautiful mysterious eyes, he winked at me. It was all over from there. Sounds like a modern Cinderella story huh? Only one small problem… I was dating someone.

Somehow, and fast, he stole me away from the past and within a month he became my new future. Our beginning relationship survived on late night phone calls and emails and within a month, Ryan had packed up his things in New Jersey and headed back home to live. We have spent everyday together since.

We spent our summers together on Badin Lake with my family. It was our safe haven and the place where our love ran free. So naturally Ryan proposed at Badin Lake on November 1, 2014.

We wanted our wedding to reflect our relationship: simple, pure, captivating and completely engulfed in God’s love. We created our venue on top of a hill that overlooked all of Badin Lake. Besides the fact that this location was the best kept secret of New London – it was right in the middle of where Ryan first told me that he loved me and where he proposed. It was absolutely perfect.

We wanted our ceremony to be personal. We celebrated and honored the lives of my grandfathers, who recently passed away two years ago. Their presence was strong as I glanced at the chairs we had for them, adorned with their hats and marking their love. We wrote our own vows, confessing our love once again, and they are now framed by our bed. We also took communion – just us two. It was an overwhelming, yet intimate experience as we started our lives together.

As for our reception, it was meant to be nothing but a good time! Ryan and I took the dance floor together as husband and wife to “If I Ain’t Got You” covered by Maroon 5. As we held each other and sang the song, everyone disappeared. My father then took my hand and we danced to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw. As the song began to play, I noticed that it wasn’t Tim McGraw who was singing… it was my daddy. As I looked into his tear-filled eyes, I knew I had been the luckiest girl in the world. We cried together and those were the only tears shed that wonderful day.

Our reception continued and everyone joined the dance floor. There was laughter, there was singing and there were many, many dance parties. Shoes were off and bodies were moving. Our wedding day was simply a glimpse into what our future holds – love, laugher, and one great adventure.

Ryan and I are now the owners of this property and a soon-to-be new wedding venue, Cutting’s View!

Photography: Marcie Meredith Photography | Floral Design: Just Priceless | Cake: Ketchie Creek | Shoes: Shoes of Prey | Catering: OooWee BBQ | Hair and Makeup: Beauty Asylum | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: Cutting's View | Bridal Boutique: Diva's Boutique And Bridal | Hangers: BHLDN | Rentals: Party Makers Event Rentals | Rentals: Old South Vintage Rentals | Trolley: Sunway Charters

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 | Event Design And Planning: The Graceful Host | 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 | Tent: Party Reflections | Bridal Boutique: Hayden Olivia | Invitations And Paper Goods: Pink Toast Ink | Mixologist: Bob Peters | Reception DJ: Split Second Sound | Rentals: Party Reflections | Rentals: Nuage Designs

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