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Romantic Wedding Inspiration Separk Mansion

The perfect way to start your Tuesday?  With a little romantic inspiration from a group of talented NC vendors… that’s how.  Think blush, coral and gold hues mix and mingling with lush blooms from Chelish Moore Flowers, fab paper goods from Sweetest Beginnings and a breathtaking setting also known as the Separk Mansion.  It’s basically a wedding lovers dream and you can see it all captured by Casey Hendrickson right here.

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From Casey Hendrickson Photography… On March 9th 2014, we gathered at the gorgeous new venue of the Separk Mansion. This session was styled using coral, peach, pink, and cream with touches of gold to create both a romantic and elegant theme. We used watercolor as inspiration for the stationary, cake, and sweets. With its timeless elegance and architecture, the Separk Mansion was the perfect venue for our session. Our blushing bride was dressed in both a stunning beaded Gianna by Maggie Sottero and the glamorous Brandy by Maggie Sottero while the handsome groom was dressed in a classic Allure tuxedo. Not only did we have a hand painted watercolor cake with a pearl finish and hand-rolled flowers with jeweled centers, there were also meringue kisses hand painted with edible watercolors as well as shortbread cookies painted gold with a watercolor finish on top. The exquisite floral arrangements completed the look along with the gorgeous table chandeliers, candles, and beaded gems.

Photography: Casey Hendrickson Photography | Floral Design: Chelish Moore Flowers | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Sky's The Limit Custom Cakes & More | Invitations: Sweetest Beginnings | Jewelry: BluEyed Horse Designs | Hair And Makeup: Makeup Cupcake | Wedding Venue: Separk Mansion | Assistance: RoShel Events | Wedding Dress Boutique: The Bride's Choice

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Charlotte Wedding at the Mint Museum

After just one little peek at this Charlotte wedding at the Mint Museum, it’s safe to say this Bride has style for miles (and miles). It’s reflected in each and every gorgeous detail she helped plan with Ashley Baber Weddings, making for one gorgeous, personality-packed party. Thankfully Aura Marzouk snapped up every picture perfect moment, and you can see them all right here.


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From Aura Marzouk PhotographyThis wedding was so much fun! Jessica and Chad are two very fun loving people and everytime I’ve met up with Jessica, she always has a smile on her face and everyone knows when she’s arrived because of her lively presence! I remember her bridal session when she first looked in the mirror and said “I look good y’all!” She has such a beautiful powerful voice, and took the opportunity to show off her amazing talent by serenading her husband during the reception to “signed sealed delivered’. Jessica is a hair dresser by trade, but her amazing voice even took her as far as The Voice, and she still sings for a local cover band on the weekends.

These two met through friends and family, and had an instant connection. It was Christmas-time when Chad decided to propose to Jessica and what an adorable proposal it was! Just before heading to their annual Christmas party, he tricked her into changing into a cute little black dress, and while she searched for the perfect accessories, he surprised her with a brand new one – a stunning diamond ring! Then he looked deep into her eyes and said…. “Do you think this will match?” A funny and simple proposal that totally matches this fun-loving couple!

The wedding day was unique in so many ways. The ceremony itself was kept small and private at St Mary’s chapel in Downtown Charlotte. Only close family and friends were in attendance. Only 25 were invited. They brought in the very talented Crown Alley Films to capture it all for viewing at the start of the more public reception. Their reception took place at Mint Museum in downtown Charlotte, and it was truly a public affair for one very big reason. There was a festival downtown that day. It was Pride weekend. And little did we know, a stage would be set up directly in front of the venue! You would think this would put a damper on any wedding, but not for these folks! As soon as we arrived and made it out on the balcony, Jessica looked out and saw the crowd below, and to our surprise, they all began to cheer and wave! And Jessica, being the fun loving girl she is, was thrilled! Their party was lively and everyone danced, and of course, Jessica sang, and they exited to sparklers and rode away in a pedi cab! It was a night to remember!

Photography: Aura Marzouk Photography | Cinematography: Crown Alley Films | Event Planning: Erica Stawick Of Ashley Baber Weddings | Florist: Flowers From The Cellar | Wedding Dress: Nitsa's Appearal | Ceremony Venue: St Mary's Chapel | Reception Venue: Mint Museum | Catering: La Tea Da | Makeup Artist: Beuty By Bryn | Band: Rubber Band | Bridal Portrait Venue: Bella Collina Mansion Stokesdale NC

Charlotte Wedding from inContrast Images

My heart always feels a little fuller whenever I get my hands on a classic Southern wedding. But this, my darlings, is classic with a twist. A DIY twist that personalizes this Charlotte affair from the inside out. It’s everything I adore about handcrafted weddings wrapped up in one seamless day. See it all from inContrast Images’ captures right here.

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From the Bride…We aren’t sure if we truly believe in “love at first sight,” but Jon says he had the closest thing to it, at least, when we met! We met in college, at a dinner party he and a group of his NC State friends hosted for a group of Carolina girls. Despite the huge rivalry between us, my friends and I were really excited about a group of guy friends, a rare find at Carolina. I noticed Jon seemed to be following me around that night, but I didn’t read into it. He had other plans, though, which I became aware of only a few days later when he began intentionally pursuing me. I was resistant at first, not sure how someone who barely knew me could be so sure he wanted to date me. A year-and-a-half later, a few months before our wedding, Jon’s mom told me that she and his dad had prayed since Jon was little that he would very clearly recognize the girl he was supposed to marry when he met her – and then I understood how he had been so sure!

We chose Alexander Homestead for our reception venue because it was a unique combination of settings I envisioned for our event – a charming historical home with a beautiful outdoor area and a barn fit for a formal, sit-down dinner. I considered several other places first, but the formal venues were too formal for my DIY ideas, yet I also wanted a full-course, sit-down dinner. We knew about Alexander Homestead because our family friend Steve Onxley, of Onxley Architecture, designed its dairy barn. I immediately loved it more than other barns I had seen because it had a fresh, dressed-up atmosphere inside. There were twinkle lights hanging from the rafters, light wood-planked walls and doors, and an adorable brick-floor atrium on the other side. One of the things we loved most was that we could slide the barn doors open when it cooled off at night to open the party up to the outdoors and give us a pretty view of the backyard. The sprawling lawn was a beautiful area for the guests to mingle during the cocktail area while we took pictures with the bridal party in front of the house. And the space in the barn was large enough to seat all of our guests together, rather than splitting them up into separate rooms, something we were trying hard not to do.

We were married in a nearby church that allowed us to bring in our own pastor, the pastor of Jon’s church during college, who also did our pre-marital counseling. My younger sister sang one of my favorite songs, “Thy Mercy, My God” by Caedmon’s Call, with one of Jon’s friends playing guitar and one of my bridesmaids playing violin. That was one of the most meaningful moments of the day for me. The flowers were my favorite detail of among the décor. I went with a pale pink, peach and ivory color palette, dainty accents, and soft edges in full, tight bouquets. My florist selected ivory garden roses that looked so similar to blooming peonies, which weren’t available the week of my wedding. White ranunculus and succulents were two of my other must-haves. Peachy pink garden roses filled out the arrangement, dusty miller leaves created a softening effect, and seeded eucalyptus added touches of greenery. Queen Anne’s lace, silver brunia berries and white freesia were the accents that tied it all together. My bridesmaids’ bouquets included the same accents, but in place of the peony-look-a-likes and succulents were white dahlias and ivory spray roses. My two sisters were my matron and maid of honor, and their bouquets stood out with vibrant peach dahlias. Rather than blooms on the guys, we did cotton boutonnieres accented with brunia berries.

What we wanted most for our guests was simply a beautiful evening where they could relax and be served dinner, and then dance the night away! We hand-selected all the songs from the cocktail hour through the last dance to make sure all the music was a reflection of us and what our guests would enjoy. My heart was so full at the end of the night, as so many people told us over and over how fun it had been and how perfectly everything turned out!

Photography: inContrast Images |  Ceremony Location: Amity Presbyterian Church | Reception Location: Alexander Homestead | Floral Design: Bouquet Floral Design | DJ: Agape DJ | Cateting: Smart Choice Catering | Linens: Party Reflections  | Cake: Cakes by Mary Ann | Cinematography: Peyton Lea Productions | Hair + Makeup: Jennifer Ericksen | Wedding Dress: Lula Kate via J. Major’s Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung via J. Major’s Bridal Boutique

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Charlotte Wedding from Kristin Vining Photography

Piece together the perfect moments of this Ritz Carlton wedding, and you’ll find a day that will stand the test of time — a classic romance and thoughtfully designed celebration. Planned in the hands of Weddings and the City, it’s the kind of affair that glamorizes the black-and-white basics and oozes with elegance from head to toe. Kristin Vining captured every last bit, and there’s much more to love right here.

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From the Bride…It is so hard to choose just one “best thing” about our wedding day, so I won’t!  A few specific events or aspects of our wedding stands out to Drew and me.  Our favorite moment of the wedding was oddly enough the 15 minutes we had to ourselves in between the ceremony and cocktail hour.  Our fabulous coordinator at The Ritz-Carlton, Rebecca Cochran, stole us from the madness of transporting our guests from the church to the cocktail hour and brought us to a private room in the hotel where she had hors d’oeuvres waiting for us.  We were able to breathe, have a little bite to eat, and really take a step back to absorb what had just happened.  We both cherish this moment because it allowed us the private time together to relish in the fact that we were married before embarking on the rest of the evening.

One of my favorite parts about our wedding day was having all of our loved ones and friends from over the years in one place.  It was so cool to be able to look around and be surrounded by people from all different stages of your life at one time.  It was an overwhelming feeling of love and support that just made the day so amazing and fun!  

Finally, I cannot conclude without talking about our band.  My father, who grew up with and has an education in music, researched for months before finding our perfect band.  While he is very open-minded, he has extremely high standards when it comes to music, so I felt totally comfortable leaving this job to him.  And thank goodness I did, because he sure did deliver!  Simply Irresistible came from Atlanta, GA and literally brought the house down.  They were flawless and never let the energy lag.  From the moment they started playing until their set was complete (they took no breaks!), our whole wedding was up dancing and having a great time.  To this day, our friends still talk about how awesome Simply Irresistible was, so it makes us feel good to know that everyone had a great time.

Photography: Kristin Vining Photography | Ceremony Location: First Presbyterian Church Charlotte, NC | Reception Location + Catering: The Ritz-Carlton | Event Planning: Weddings and the City | Floral Design: The Place for Flowers | Rentals: Party Reflections | Transportation: Sunway Charters & Tours | Hair + Makeup: Jami Svay | Invitations + Stationery: Salutations Fine Stationery & Gifts | Music: Simply Irresistible, East Coast Entertainment | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Veil: Family Heirloom | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Tuxedos: New York Bride and Groom

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Charlotte Wedding from Nathan Abplanalp Photography

A black and white wedding at the Ritz is like the mother of all timeless affairs. It’s just about as good as it gets. And whether you’re a bride-to-be or way past your days of “I do,” this modern ballroom beauty will stop you dead in your tracks, guaranteed. You must spend time in the gorgeous full gallery where every photo from Nathan Abplanalp somehow seems prettier the last, followed by a viewing of Life Stage Films’ video that’s equally as elegant.

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From Nathan Abplanalp Photography…This is a wedding I had been looking forward to for a long time. Scott and Tania are such a modern and classy couple with impeccable taste in venue and style as shows through with their wedding being held at the Urban Garden in Uptown Charlotte, NC. The soft light and modern lines of the venue gave the added kiss of elegance to put this wedding over the top, especially with the pink and silver accents. 

Wedding Photography: Nathan Abplanalp Photography  | Wedding Venue + Cake: The Urban Garden at The Ritz-Carlton | Floral Design: Flowers by Lingky | Wedding Planning + Rentals: Hall & Webb Event Design | Paparazzi Stand: JMS Entertainment | Wedding Cinematography: Life Stage Films | Officiant: Patrick Maloy | DJ: Split Second Sound | Hair + Makeup: Lindsey Regan Thorne | Wedding Dress: New York Bride & Groom | Suits: Mens Warehouse

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Charlotte New Years Eve Wedding from Kristin Vining Photography

It may rhyme with another holiday but Ballantyne Hotel & Spa was made for a New Year’s Eve wedding. Or at least, this NYE wedding. The soft grays and sparkly silvers, the campy-chic hats and tiaras, the lush florals and the faux NYE ball… made for this fabulous venue. And of course, add Steve Michael of Kristin Vining Photography into the equation, and it’s all over. Over in a wave of total fab. There is no countdown to the gallery… it’s right here, right now.

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From the bride … Jeremy and I were next door neighbors in Charlotte, NC for over a year before we met, in May 2008. We would always offer a quick smile and wave, but never progressed to a full conversation. However, one spring day in 2008, my mother was visiting and walking my dog when Jeremy decided to introduce himself and boldly suggest that she set us up on a date. Surprisingly, she obliged, he and I finally met, and we have been together ever since. Life has taken us from Charlotte to Chicago for Jeremy to attend graduate school and now to life in the Big Apple, New York City.

While we were living in Chicago, I came on a snowy February Friday in 2012 after a long weeks work to Friday, find a stack of packages on the counter. This wasn’t uncharacteristic, considering my eBay business and love of online shopping. I ignored the packages, but after some prodding from Jeremy, I began to go through the boxes. The first one held my engagement ring, and Jeremy got down on one knee in our living room and proposed, to which I repeatedly screamed yes in response. I was so happy with the proposal – nice and quiet in our own home, just like I’d wished for.

We knew almost right away that we’d get married in North Carolina – my parents live there, it’s where we met, and the winter weather was much kinder than Chicago. I began planning right away, flying to Charlotte to meet my mother to begin searching for venues. We visited a wide range of venues all over North Carolina, from farms to hotels to high rise buildings, but we both knew when we arrived at The Ballantyne that it was the place! I’d always wanted an October wedding but didn’t think I would have enough time to plan, so we settled on New Year’s Eve – a decision that I’m so glad that we made. The planning process was stressful at times, but always lots of fun, and I got to rely heavily on my future mother in law and bridesmaids for their input and suggestions. We were so lucky to ring in the New Year surrounded by our closest friends and family!

Photography: Steve Michael & an assiciate for Kristin Vining Photography | Cinematography: Isabel’s Corner | Flowers: New Creations Flower Company | Day of Wedding Coordination: The Graceful Host | Cake: Cake Lady Jill | Music: Split Second Sound | Venue: Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge | Invitations: Kate’s Paperie, NYC | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Dress: San Patrick | Hair & Makeup: Lindsey Regan Thorne | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale

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