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Classic Spring Wedding at Vanlandingham Estate

Soft. Pretty. Delicate. It’s a design inspiration we’ve heard time and time again from brides all over, yet it never seems to get old. And, judging by these beautifully arranged florals, it’s a look Lily Greenthumbs is definitely no stranger to. With The Vanlandingham Estate as the perfect backdrop, this fairy tale wedding is a fresh take on a timeless combination for pretty. Get a glimpse of the gorgeousness (thanks to Jim Trice Photography!) in the gallery here.


From the Bride… My wedding day inspiration didn’t come to me all at once. It developed and transformed into what it was little by little along the way. I knew I wanted to have the overall feeling be very soft and fairy tale-like with delicate textures and colors. It was important to me that nature be a big part of the design– it’s natural beauty doesn’t cost anything! Having the reception outdoors under an open-air, twinkle-lit frame was my first decision. I knew I had to find the right venue to make this happen, but also somewhere to accomodate the dance party that would ensue shortly after dinner.

The VanLandingham Estate was the perfect backdrop. There is something so special about being in an old home that dates back to the 1800’s. The elegant details and nostalgia added a vintage element to my wedding inspiration and the gardens spoke for themselves. I knew the venue would then help with pulling together the other pieces. I focused my attention next on the bridesmaids’ dresses. I knew I wanted to have each girl in their own, unique dress. It was important to me that they be comfortable and feel beautiful. I cringe at spending money on something I will never wear again (aside from my wedding gown!) so I hated the thought of each of them buying a dress and shoes that they would donate or toss shortly after. I told them the color scheme and sent a few examples from the Internet and then left the rest up to them! I wanted them to have different textures and colors so that each one would stand out. And they did– each girl looked so gorgeous.

One of the main resources that I used for inspiration and for purchasing decor items came from Anthropologie’s bridal site, BLHDN. I fell in love with all the sweet, vintage-y decor and accessories. As many of their items can seem outlandishly pricey, I just kept checking their sale page on a weekly basis to see if my favorite things were listed. And many times they were! The first thing I bought from them were my shoes. I was able to get them on sale and they were perfect! From then on I gathered up other items here and there: a birdcage for the cards, a mix of pennants (lace, floral and gold) to use throughout the reception, mini antique cake stands for my bridesmaids, the table number cards, and a chalkboard sign to name a few.

The dress. I’ll never forget how it happened. As I was walking back to the room to try on one of the other five or six I had selected, there it was, hanging all by itself on a random peg- as if someone just hung it there until they had time to figure out where it really belonged. I pointed at it and said, “I think I want to try this one.” I came out, steped on the block, turned around a few times and started to cry. I knew this was the one. I didn’t think that feeling really existed, but for me it did– and it felt really good!

The flowers literally took my breath away. This is the one area of the planning that you really don’t get to see until the day of your wedding, and to me, one of the best parts! I knew I wanted a mix of blush and ivory flowers with soft greenery accents. From the start, Karen Grennoe, owner of Lily Greenthumbs, was able to see my vision come to life– soft, vintage, candle-lit mercury glass, and low profile flowing centerpieces. When I walked into the reception I felt like I was in my own fairy tale.

As my vision was starting to become much more clear, I couldn’t have pulled it all together without the help of my wedding planner, Ginger Hussey, owner of HeyLove Events. Not only did she seemlessly coordinate and execute all the events of the day, I was able to rent several items of hers to complete my look. I rented her beautiful farm tables, vintage china, market street lighting and chandelier, and the old door for the polaroid guest book. The menus, name cards, and invitations were designed by her talented daughter, Lauren Calnin. I was so impressed how perfectly the menus matched my flowers, without having seen them together first. The lace table runners were made by Marilyn, my step mother, and the cork table number holders were made by my mother-in-law, Linda.

Our wedding day wouldn’t be complete without a solid rave party… and so we made sure to throw one! Corey and I love Electronic Dance Music and so we sought out our amazing DJ, Brandon Willett, who tailored the dancing to match our favorite tracks and mash ups. All our guests raved with us adorned in neon glow, head to toe. We wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Photography: Jim Trice | Videographer: Timm Young Films | Wedding Planner: Ginger Hussey, Hey! Love Events | Floral Design: Lily Greenthumb's | Wedding Dress: Vanessa By Watters Wtoo | Cake: For Goodness Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Myers Park United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Vanlandingham Estate | Catering: Vanlandingham Estate | Make Up: Lovely By Lindsey | DJ: Brandon Willett | Transportation: Ballantyne Limo | Rentals: Party Reflections

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I’m not sure who came up with our modern reception convention, but I’m glad they did. Weddings are full of so much joy and happiness, it’s preposterous to think you could do anything but dance. And as you can see from We Are Caravan‘s video, this couple knows how to throw one heck of a party. This video is so good, it’ll make you want to jump on in with them by the end. So let the toe-tapping begin!

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From We Are CaravanDanielle and Matthew are a beautiful couple we had the privilege to work with this past October, and we loved their idea for a small, intimate wedding ceremony at the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, NC followed a couple days later by a big reception with all their friends and family at Byron’s Southend here in Charlotte. Isn’t Danielle’s dress AMAZING? Also who doesn’t love a wedding band called Mr. Potato Head and a glow stick send off? Needless to say, I think their reception was a pretty good time. We had so much fun working with all the other vendors for this wedding.

Photography: Charles Bordner | Videography: We Are Caravan | Ceremony Venue: Old Edwards Inn And Spa | Reception Venue: Byron's South End | Reception Music: Mr. Potato Head | Reception Photography: Jim Trice

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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