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Elegant North Carolina Family Farm Wedding

Ladies and gents, you’ll want to spend some serious time cozying up to this beautiful backyard wedding from Jen Fariello. Because tucked in this gallery are stunning images of a day filled not only with pretty planned by Sheila Motley Events but so much love I can feel it through the screen. With lovely florals from Southern Blooms By Pat’s Floral Designs and a picture perfect cake from Sugarland Bakery, it’s safe to say this wedding is a winner.

From the Bride…Falling in love is hard. But when it happens, it is easy.

That was certainly my experience.

By age 30, I had almost given up on the idea that I would find true love. A loving, trusting, caring, life partner who would challenge and inspire me.


No, I didn’t marry my high school sweetheart or one of the many eligible, highly suitable suitors just because the clock was ticking, they looked good on paper, and society told me to do so.

I had all but resided to the notion that I was content and happy being a good, loving daughter, sister(hopefully an aunt one day), god mother to my best friend’s son, and doting mother to my loyal dog, Holly.

Life was good. As good as could be expected if not ever so marginally incomplete.

And then I received a mysterious email. Mysterious might be a bit dramatic.
Let’s simply call it random.

I had been alerted by a women with whom that I had become friends with that she felt compelled to pass my email address along to her son and now feared that perhaps she had over stepped her bounds and done a bad thing.

Thankfully out of embarrassment or boredom, my friend’s son had taken the time and initiative to reach out.

He explained that he was fiercely independent and that his mother had never before inserted herself or meddled in his life and as such he could not help but be intrigued.

From there we began trading slightly flirty emails about life, dogs, and other matters.

Did I mention that I lived in Palm Beach and he lived in New York?

Very quickly our email exchanges blossomed into marathon, all night telephone conversations and I knew that a rare, special someone had appeared on the horizon.

To be blunt, I suggested that he might now have yet another reason to visit Palm Beach.

He replied that he a slightly conflicted relationship with his hometown (who doesn’t) and now had really only one reason to visit Palm Beach and would I like to meet for dinner a Cafe Bolud that Saturday night. To be clear, he asked me to dinner, on a date. Not for drinks, not for coffee, not lunch, not to casually hang out or get together. He was bold and confident if not slightly humble while being refreshingly old fashioned. Let that be a lesson to all you “boys”.

Of course I accepted and from there, it was off to the races! Thank god for JetBlue and even more leg room!

We saw each other every weekend alternating between New York and Palm Beach.

Later that August he asked me to marry him in the wake of a holiday we had taken in Turkey choosing instead to get down on one knee on top of a cupola overlooking Charleston, SC.

Nicholas Sparks couldn’t have penned it better if he tried!

We would be married over a year later on my parents farm outside of Durham, NC. However, my mother had been visualizing if not planning the day since my family moved there from Chapel Hill over twenty years ago.

She would often joke that she was planting in anticipation of the big day when in reality, I was merely 12 and far more interested in horses than boys.

People often talk about their wedding as being one of the happiest and most beautiful days of their life. And thanks to my mother, and my above mentioned best friend who pulled double duty as maid of honor and wedding planner, ours truly was.

The weather was perfect, which I attribute to the bottle of Makers Mark that we buried beneath the alter.

Photography: Jen Fariello Photography | Event Planning: Sheila Motley Events | Floral Design: Southern Blooms By Pat's Floral Designs | Cake: Sugarland Bakery | Catering: BoxCarr Farms | Make Up: Pam Hung | Lighting: The AV Company | Band: Adrian Duke | Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings | Furniture: Beehive Events | Tent: Skyline Tent Company

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Classic Glamour in Durham

We love it when weddings put glamorous spins on tradition. Read: this glitzy Jewish ceremony from Erin McLean. Rich pink and white florals from Tre Bella complimented the glittery gold while the The Cotton Room provided the perfect atmosphere for a party that lasted long into the night. Nancy Ray captured some stunning photos from the day and there’s all waiting right here!

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From Nancy Ray PhotographyThis elegant evening wedding celebration took place at the Cotton Room in Durham, NC. Erin McLean designed and planned the details with her classic glamorous style. Some of the unique features include real snow on the dance floor, a lovely chandelier, silhouette menus, glitter tablecloths, candlelight, silhouette chair signs, and pink hues throughout the decor. What I especially love about this wedding is the rich Jewish tradition that was so important to this couple. I hope you enjoy this classic wedding, rich with tradition!

Photography: Nancy Ray Photography | Videography: Twenty-One Films | Event Designer: Erin McLean Events | Event Coordinator: Erin McLean Events | Florist: Tre Bella | Ceremony Venue: The Cotton Room | Reception Venue: The Cotton Room | Hair Stylist: A Go Go Salon | Officiant: Rabbi Michael Shields | Cake Artist: Ashley Cakes | Make Up Artist: Make Up For Your Day | Programs: Wiregrass Weddings | Reception Band: The Dickens

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Preppy Durham North Carolina Wedding at the Carolina Inn

My inner prepster is totally in love with this wedding. With its gorgeous pink and green palette, seersucker bow ties and traditional yet fun styling, it is complete preppy perfection. Beautifully planned by Erin McLean Events, every gorgeous image sitting in this gallery from Robyn Van Dyke Photography will make you grin from ear to ear. See just what I mean right here.


From Robyn Van Dyke PhotographyThis gorgeous, southern wedding was inspired by seersucker and a joyful, preppy color combination of pink & green! This couple met while they were both working on a summer internship in D.C., and happily tied the knot this past summer on August 3rd! Their wedding day was so beautiful with all the green seersucker bow ties & details throughout their ceremony & reception, and I just loved how the bridesmaids’ lime-green Lula Kate dresses made the beautiful pink bouquets just pop! Erin McLean Events did a beautiful job with the design of the event to make the bride’s vision come true with pink sequin tablecloths, green wreaths, green seersucker wrapped vases, ties, and even decorated the fireplace mantle with candles wrapped in green seersucker bows! The pink lighting also added so much to the atmosphere of the gorgeous event and after lots of celebration and dancing, the couple happily departed with all of their guests waving green & pink ribbon wands!

Photography: Robyn Van Dyke Photography | Florist: Tre Bella Florist | Invitations: Paperwhite Press | Reception: Carolina Inn | Bridesmaid Dresses: Lula Kate | Hair & Makeup: Makeup For Your Day | Band: The Adrian Duke Band | Cake Artist: Ashley Cakes | Chapel: Duke Chapel | Wedding Design & Coordination: Erin McLean | Wedding Design & Coordination: Erin McLean Events | Wedding Dress Designer: Alvina Valenta

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Colorful Farm to Table Wedding Inspiration

If I wasn’t craving springtime already, this gorgeous shoot from Ashlee Little Weddings + Events and Kendall Lynnette Photography will have me begging Punxsutawney Phil to rethink his prediction of an early spring. Sitting in this gallery is everything I just adore about that wonderful season – bright blooms, pretty dresses and farm to table dinners – so if you need me today, I’ll be devouring all the goodness right here.

From Ashlee Little Weddings + EventsThere is something about picking a tomato right off the vine on a hot afternoon in North Carolina, the steam rising from the ground following an afternoon rain shower, and shucking corn right on your front porch. The soil in the South has a certain richness to it that cultivates a beautiful final product.Our styled shoot celebrates the ability to take product from the ground straight to your plate – Farm to Table.

Set at a fabulous private residence in Durham, North Carolina, the white-washed farm table from Simply Put Vintage Rentals featured bountiful vegetables, fresh-cut blooms, and vintage place settings. A gorgeous mustard colored settee and other furniture details provided a beautiful backdrop for our bride and bridesmaids. Carrying hand tied bouquets of dahlias, chrysanthemums, zinnias, and celosia, our bridesmaids wore casual dresses from LaMaLu Boutique with bow back details. The bride wore a champagne colored gown with an ivory lace overlay, and her hair featured a gorgeous braided crown detail.

The final product has us ready to put on our cowboy boots and pull a chair up to the table!

Photographer: Kendall Lynnette Photography & Design | Makeup: Adrian Shirey | Makeup: Joanne Maye Makeup Artistry | Hair: D-Spot | Hair: Hair By Andrayah Poncé | Coordination, Styling, & Floral Design: Ashlee Little Weddings + Events | Dresses & Jewelry: LaMaLu Boutique | Photography - Assistance: Brittany Pelegrino Photography | Rentals: Simply Put Vintage Rentals | Venue: Private Residence

The Cotton Room Wedding

When Julia Wade sent along this cozy candlelit affair, I nearly fell off my chair. Because on top of all the romance a girl could ever hope for, it’s a day that balances tradition and modernity in the prettiest of ways. The Cotton Room played the perfect setting, and you can have a peek at the galleryHeart Stone Films’ lovely capture for lots, lots more.

From Julia Wade… Get ready for some serious fall/winter coziness. My sweet Susan & Justin put their entire heart and soul into this wedding and what resulted was the warmest and most welcoming wedding I think I’ve ever photographed. Glowing candles, the PERFECT bride & groom chairs draped in magnolia leaves, and a handmade (by Susan and her dad!) escort card display complete with tiny keys for each of their guests. All of the letterpress was hand written and designed by the groom.

These two were relaxed, knew their style through and through and executed it with lots of love. The Cotton Room was THEIR perfect backdrop.. Celebrating their love for their city and their roots. Susan’s parents were married in the same church 30+ years ago.

I hope you enjoy this gorgeous downtown loft wedding in beautiful Durham, NC!

Photography: Julia Wade | Videographer: Heart Stone Films | Flowers: Tre Bella | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Cupcakes: The Cupcake Shoppe | Reception: The Cotton Room | Bridesmaids Dresses: Allure | Catering: Triangle Catering | DJ: Joe Bunn | Bride Shoes: Badhley Mischka | Chapel: Duke Chapel | Hair Artist: Makenna Smith | Letterpress: Shed Letterpress | Make Up Artist: Ashley Mooney | Photobooth: Classic Carolina Photobooth

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