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Romantic North Carolina Plantation Wedding at The Saratoga Springs

This wedding pulled at every single one of my heart strings. Every single one. It’s gorgeous, of course, and beautifully captured by Perry Vaile. The Flowers from Joel Houston and stationery from Elisabeth Connolly are completely pin-worthy, it’s true - but above all of that, this couple is just so special. And even though I don’t know them, I feel like I do after spending far too much time falling in love with this gallery. Join me here.


From the Bride…Tyler and I met in 8th grade. My earliest memory of him was related to trying to get his middle school girlfriend out in dodgeball during PE class. We began dating towards the end of high school and continued all the way though college. Our relationship was built on a deep friendship we had with one another. We loved spending time together and quickly became each other’s best friend. Tyler proposed to me after we had been dating for 4 years on a lake we had spent lots of time on in high school. He made a video interviewing all of our closest friends and family about the news of us getting engaged and finished it off with a clip of himself telling me to turn around. On a dock, at sunset, with pictures and candles surrounding us, my now husband got down on one knee and asked me to spend forever with him. It was perfect.

Tyler and I both envisioned our wedding being casual and outdoors. We wanted it to be Christ-centered and for everyone attending to have lots of fun. We chose The Saratoga Springs as a plantation-type setting close to the city, with it only being 20 miles outside of Charlotte, NC. My girls wore lace-overlayed, blush dresses. His groomsmen wore tan pants, vests, and neutral ties. Tyler wore a green, textured tie and a full tan suit. We loved the personal touches to our wedding. His mom made my sash, I made many of the decorations, and his uncle married us. We also loved the garden feel that our wedding had. Perry Vaile Photography shoots so well in natural, outdoor settings. I think she truly did an amazing job shooting our wedding. My favorite part of the day was getting to exchange gifts and pray together before the ceremony, but without seeing one another. We got to hold hands, talk, and laugh with each other and it was a very special time. We loved our wedding day and love having these pictures to remember each moment.

Photography: Perry Vaile Photography | Flowers: Joel Houston | Cake: Icing On The Edge | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Modcloth | Hair And Makeup: Heather Bryson | Groomsmen Suits: Studio Suits | Hairpiece: Happily Ever Borrowed | Invitation And Signage: Elisabeth Connolly | Venue: The Saratoga Springs

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Colorful Classic North Carolina Wedding

M’dears, this is what happens when traditional elegance meets modern whimsy. Designed by Leigh Pearce Weddings, this Southern soiree is brimming with color, most notably in the cheerful florals from Amy Lynne Originals. And the reception? It’s a casual elegance like no other with crisp linens from La Tavola, gilded pretties here and there and candlelight sprinkled throughout. Anna Paschal made sure no detail went un-captured and you can see them all right here!

From the beautiful Bride… Once we got engaged, Andrew (my now husband!) and I discovered that we had two very different visions of how we wanted our wedding to look. Andrew wanted formal and traditional and I wanted informal and unique. However, we both agreed on how we wanted our wedding to feel: fun, joyful, and celebratory. We wanted our guests to experience our joy and love. We wanted them to feel comfortable enough to let loose, dance and enjoy each moment of the ceremony and reception.

With the help of our wedding planner Leigh Pearce, we found a beautiful middle ground in the design of our wedding. Everything came together in a way that represented both of our personalities. For the ceremony we were able to combine the traditional feel of Phillips Chapel with the lively colors in the flowers and bridesmaids dresses. The reception was held at Revolution Mills, an old renovated cotton mill. This location gave the reception the unique touch that I was looking for with the industrial elements of the building while still providing Andrew with the classic look of the rich dark wood and exposed brick that ran throughout the venue.

Of course, it was the décor that truly melded our styles together. Soft whites, pinks and mints were punctuated with golden yellows, bold pinks, and sumptuous teals. Milk glass and gold vases, soft patterned linens, and candlelight made the tables feel luxurious, timeless, and airy. Prior to the wedding everyone warned me to enjoy my food tasting because that would be the last time I’d get to taste my wedding food. WRONG. I was actually able to sit down at my wedding and eat our delicious dinner of elevated southern comfort food!

Then came the dancing! One of the many reasons that I chose Revolution Mills was for the dance floor. Many previous brides who had enjoyed their receptions at this venue opted for a dance floor upstairs with the dining area. However, there was a beautiful downstairs area that was framed in by the large double staircases. I loved the idea of having something different than any other wedding I had ever been to. We decided to make that downstairs area our dance floor and string Edison bulbs across the banisters making a canopy over us as we danced the night away. It was a brilliant idea! I loved being able to see our guests surrounding us as they stood on the bannisters to watch our first dance.

I’m sure that I’m forgetting a million important details as I’m describing one of the most beautiful days of my life. However, what really stands out to me when I think of my wedding is how the day felt. I remember taking a moment to pause during dinner to look around the room. All I saw were smiling, laughing faces. The room felt relaxed and full of joy! I was sitting next to my amazing husband and surrounded by people who loved us very much. While the entire event seems like somewhat of a blur, I will always remember that feeling. That feeling of being unbelievably blessed, loved, and grateful for it all.

Photography: Anna Paschal Photography | Event Design: Leigh Pearce Weddings | Event Planning: Leigh Pearce Weddings | Floral Design: Amy Lynne Originals | Wedding Dress: Nitsa's | Cake: Maxie B's | Invitations: Smitten On Paper | Ceremony Venue: Phillips Chapel At Canterbury School | Reception Venue: Revolution Mill Studios | Catering: Painted Plate | DJ: K2 Productions | Accomodations: Proximity Hotel | Hair And Makeup : Carla White | Programs, Cocktail Napkins, Escort Cards, Table Numbers, Menu Ca: Confetti Grey | Rentals: Triad Event Rentals | Rentals: Simply Put Vintage | Rentals: La Tavola

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Romantic Dairy Farm Wedding

The Fearrington House might be my new favorite place in the world to say I do.  And when I say it “might,” I mean that it totally is.  Dairy farm meets classic beauty, it’s the perfect place to celebrate romantic nuptials just like this one: a day filled to the brim with lace, rustic meets gorgeous details and one breathtaking moment after another captured by Krystal Kast.  Get your pretty on right here.


From Krystal Kast Photography… Meg and Nick met in Washington DC and, after dating for two years, they moved to North Carolina for graduate school at UNC Chapel Hill. The weekend before they started school, they we went to dinner at Fearrington. After dinner, they passed a wedding reception at the Fearrington Barn and sneaked a peek inside. Meg whispered to her mom, “I am going to get married here!” The next summer, Nick proposed to her on top of a mountain while they were vacationing in western North Carolina. They knew right away that they would be saying their vows in the Fearrington gardens.

From The Bride… Nick and I wanted our wedding day to be simple and relaxing (as relaxing as your wedding day can be…) with a small group of our closest family and friends. We looked for ways we could add small personal touches throughout. We designed and printed our save the dates, invites, and thank you cards. They reflected the simplicity and rustic feel we wanted for our day. My sister designed our monogram for the invites, which we also printed on labels for our welcome bags. We designed and printed our own wedding weekend crossword puzzle and newsletter with directions, restaurant and shopping recommendations, and travel info to include for our guests. We opted not to have attendants, and instead found ways to include our parents and siblings into other aspects of our ceremony. We asked our 65 guests to pass our rings to bless them during the ceremony so everyone could be included. For cocktail hour, we pulled dozens of old childhood pictures from albums, reprinted them and strung them between two vintage ladders with clothespins along with our seating arrangements. It created a really fun centerpiece to complement the surrounding gardens and pastures. Instead of a more formal plated dinner, we worked with Fearrington to create an amazing reception menu (including our favorite, Carolina pork bbq) that allowed us to mingle with all of our guests before we started the dance party. We were so happy to have created such a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere where we could really enjoy every moment of our wedding!

Photography: Krystal Kast | Wedding Dress: Lea Ann Belter | Shoes: Kate Spade | Engagement Ring: Ageless Heirlooms On Etsy | Jewelry: Traditions By Anna | DJ: Joe Bunn | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Cufflinks: The Rusted Key On Etsy | Guest Book: Delovely Arts On Etsy | Handkerchiefs: Couture Wedding Hankie On Etsy | Makeup And Hair: Carla White | Ring Bowl: Paloma's Nest On Esty | Venue: The Fearrington House | Wedding Rings: Blue Nile

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