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May the Fourth Be With You and this Elegant Star Wars-Themed Wedding

The phrase “Star Wars wedding” doesn’t exactly evoke an elegant affair, but this beautiful Bride and Groom’s rustic North Carolina wedding is as elegant as they come, even with a Stormtrooper and Boba Fett appearance at cocktail hour. From the Star Wars touches to the heartwarming first look, the Force was clearly with this sweet couple, thanks to Asheville Event Co. See all the special moments captured by Almond Leaf Studios in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Mike and I started dating in Florida. He was an assistant swim coach for the University of Florida and I had gotten a position as an intern at the School of Veterinary Medicine. For our first date he took me to the butterfly gardens at the UF Natural History museum, then rock climbing and THEN to a fantastic dinner with some live music. I remember texting my mom from the butterfly garden and basically saying “he’s it.” We spent the next six months traveling all over Florida, having all kinds of adventure. We ended up living in Washington, D.C. and are literally in the middle of planning a cross-country road trip as we move our little family of three to San Francisco in May. Writing this now I have to laugh because I knew adventure would be one of the central themes in our marriage. Mike proposed in New York over Christmas in 2014 and from the beginning of planning I knew our big day needed to be somewhere that reflected us as a couple…fun, unpredictable, and definitely outdoors.

We loved Laurel Ridge Country Club for it’s charm and rustic elegance (okay, I loved it for that reason, Mike’s specifications were that the place have four walls and a roof). We wanted a wedding that was beautiful and relaxed with a lot of our personality thrown in the mix! Asheville Event Co. did such a fantastic job of suggesting vendors who were the absolute best. I learned pretty early that I really wanted to just give Missie an idea and have her execute it and handle the details. Which she did. Flawlessly. The team incorporated Star Wars characters for cocktail hour (seriously), created the most stunning ceremony space, and ran back to our family cabin when I realized AT THE RECEPTION we had forgotten the garter. I got to peek at the ceremony space before our first look and I remember thinking “this is it. This is exactly what I saw in my head.” We planned the big day in nine months and seven months later our friends and family still talk about how beautiful and fun our wedding was, which is just incredible. My favorite detail from the whole day had to be my bridesmaids earrings. I am a total history nerd and so I knew I needed to incorporate that into the wedding in some way. I found antique pearl earrings in a vintage shop in Paris, they had been found hidden away after WWII, and I knew right then that was my gift to my girls!

My favorite moment had to be our first look. Initially I was very against a first look thinking it would take something away from the ceremony, but one day during planning I thought “I want a moment that is just ours…that we get to keep forever, just the two of us.” And everything else just fell into place. I loved everything about my dress and could not wait to see his face that day. On the way to where we were meeting, there were a lot of leaves, making it difficult to walk in heels, so, I took them off and walked up to him barefoot in this dream lace dress in the middle of the mountains…and the moment was perfect. Then we met up with our bridal party, who were accompanied by some extra guests (Boba Fett and a Storm Trooper) and Mike’s face when he realized my surprise made every second of extra planning worth it. We had a beautiful, short ceremony and a long awesome reception where we basically didn’t leave the dance floor. A tunnel of sparklers guided us to the antique Rolls Royce that was our getaway car and our driver sped away to the Inn at Biltmore where we stayed for two nights before leaving for a two week honeymoon in Florida and the Caribbean.

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Photography: Almond Leaf Studios | Cinematography: Almond Leaf Studios | Event Planning: Asheville Event Co. | Floral Design: flora | Wedding Dress: Essense | Cake: Ruth And Ranshaw | Invitations: Designed By The Bride And Printed At Old City Press | Bride's Shoes: Monolo Blahnik | Makeup: Blush by Wendy | Hair: Ananda Hair Studio | Calligraphy: Mason Dixon | DJ: Split Second Sound | String Quartet: Cafe String Quartet | Venue: Laurel Ridge Country Club | Photo Booth: Hot Dog | Rentals: Classic Event Rental

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The Perfect Accessory for This Southern Bride? A Family Heirloom Veil.

This wedding is “Southern classic” in every single way. Beginning with an heirloom veil worn by the bride (her grandfather first bought it for his daughter even before she was engaged!) and ending with a moonshine bar set-up at the reception, the entire affair was a celebration of this couple’s Southern roots. Pop over to The Vault for images by Anna Routh and don’t you dare miss the film below from Blueberry Creative.

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From Anna Routh Photography…. Alden and Kevin’s classic Charlotte wedding was one of the most spectacular events I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. Alden’s style is spot on, so it’s no surprise her gown was a complete stunner with that amazing back detail. She pulled her look together with an antique veil (a family heirloom), shoes with just the right amount of bling and simple jewels. She was truly the picture of elegance.

Alden and Kevin’s family is incredibly important to then, so keeping the wedding party to family and including very special items from their parents’ marriages was an important decision for them. Alden and Kevin each walked down the aisle with small books that were presented to Alden’s parents on their wedding day in their hands, keeping the love of their families close at all times.

The reception that followed at the modern Mint Museum UPTOWN in Charlotte was nothing short of epic. Utilizing three areas of the museum, Alden’s goal (with the help of her creative and ambitious father’s vision) was to bring a ‘Southern’ scene to life. To say she accomplished that is an understatement. From the giant Magnolia brought in for cocktail hour, to the projections of moving magnolias on the walls and life size photos of iconic southern imagery, to the dining room dripping with neutral florals, and even down to the moonshine bar – it doesn’t get much more southern than that.

Alden and Kevin’s wedding was an absolute blast, and I’m so honored to have been a part of it. Congratulations, you two!

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Photography: Anna Routh Photography | Cinematography: Blueberry Creative | Event Planning + Design: Sikky Rogers Of Rogers & Gala | Floral Design: Ted Todd Of The Blossom Shop | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church Charlotte | Reception Venue: The Mint Museum Uptown | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Something Classic Catering And Cafes | Band: Jessie's Girls

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Find Out How These Classmates Went From Hola to I Do

Want in on a little secret? SMP may have a thing for beautiful blush weddings (and believe me, that’ll never fade) but right now we’re hankering from some solid jewel tones. And Graham Terhune must’ve felt that craving because he delivered with this gem of a winter wedding. From the deep hues to a love story straight out of middle school Spanish class, these pics in our Vault have it all!

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Winter
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From the Bride… I’m not a writer; more of a DIY crafter at best so humor me as I tell this story… Mike and I met in 7th grade Spanish class. The story goes that on the first day I was already in a desk when Mike walked into the class, he could see the back of my head and bee-lined for the desk behind the short blonde. “¿Cómo te llamas? Me llamo Mike.” We were Spanish partners for the rest of the year. 

There was a solid seven years that Mike was regrettably stuck in the “amigo” zone. It wasn’t until college that I saw the romance in being understood and being accepted all in all. We dated junior and senior years before Mike commissioned into the Army following our graduation. And I had it bad for my best friend. But fresh outta school we were too young to get serious. The Army had Mike headed for Afghanistan and I moved to California for a design internship.

We both went our separate ways. And it was five years later that I made my bold move. It was 10:30 AM, I was living in Austin at the time, and I had a wild spontaneous idea, I texted Mike: “I’m single again… and this is your last chance before I get scooped up by a Texan.” Luckily he took me up on that offer; he asked if he could fly out the next weekend and take me out on a date – we were engaged nine months later.

The wedding planning was similar to our story in a sense… it was a slow burn. I fell in love with it over time, and it wasn’t until I finally had all my key vendors on lock that I really started enjoying the process. I had the vision of a moody burgundy mixed with bright whites, live greenery, and vintage brass. It goes without mentioning I also had a field day with the calligraphy brush and India ink and tried to letter anything with a flat surface that would sit still. For as hungry I was for the design details during the planning season, they all were a blurry beautiful haze on the wedding day. I married my forever person/favorite human and was absolutely humbled by all our people in one room that came to celebrate alongside us. And that was more than enough to focus on during our big day. We are stationed on the other side of the country from family and friends so our entire guest list traveled to our new home.

Favorite moments include our photos in the field (for the opportunity to calm down and catch some couple time), our unplanned first dance where I got weird, the time my dad dropped the mic after his toast, and our foursome family sing-along dance to Ray LaMontagne’s “You are the Best Thing.” My cheeks were sore from all the laughing and smiling all day. Having a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime honor and I would highly recommend it.

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Photography: Graham Terhune Photography | Event Planning: Vision Events | Floral Design: Bowerbird Flowers | Cake: Cake Dreams | Ceremony Venue: St Anthony Of Padua | Reception Venue: Country Club Of North Carolina | Makeup + Hair: Stephanie Sevilla With The Makeup Culture | Band: The Boulevard Ensamble | Photo Booth: All Events DJs | Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters

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