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Elegant Southern Charm Wedding

Are you still searching for your something blue? Why not take note from this stylish Bride and add a subtle pop of color on your soles? It’s a super sweet and significant touch and the style doesn’t stop there. Because with Robyn Van Dyke behind the lens and A Swanky Affair coordinating, every minute is overflowing with loveliness as these college sweethearts say “I do” at their Alma Mater. See it all, here!

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Summer
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ChurchEatery
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Elegant

From Robyn Van Dyke PhotographyKelly & Andrew’s wedding day overflowed with love and laughter as these college sweethearts said “I do” at their beautiful Alma Mater. Kelly looked absolutely stunning in her gorgeous tulle gown and radiated with grace and beauty and I loved the mint bridesmaids dresses with pops of pink and succulents in the bouquets! After they were officially announced Mr. & Mrs., they celebrated the night away at The Cookery, a beautiful restaurant in downtown Durham, where there were so many amazing details (including custom chalk art!) and beautiful southern blooms that softened the modern exposed brick and metal accents of the venue perfectly for an unforgettable, beautiful celebration!

Photography: Robyn Van Dyke Photography | Wedding Coordination: A Swanky Affair | Florist: Tre Bella | Ceremony Venue: Duke Chapel | Reception Venue: The Cookery | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Hair & Makeup: Makeup For Your Day | DJ: Damien Maass | Bride’s Dress: Watters | Cake & Dessert: Details Cake Design | Rentals: American Party Rentals 

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Whimsical Boho Chic Wedding in North Carolina

Awash with bright hues and boho accents, this fashion forward soiree is a slam dunk. And I’m not just talking about the Laker playing Groom. Nope, I’m talking amazing tapestriesteepee tents adorned with life-size cut outs, and even a dapper furry friend. From the Bride’s colorful Converse to the cake topper, every detail Millie Holloman Photography and Heart Stone Films shot is sure to delight!

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Summer
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Bohemian

From Heart Stone Films… Lindsay and Ryan were high school sweethearts who met and fell in love at Ravenscroft High School in Raleigh North Carolina. They exchanged personal hand written vows in a beautiful bohemian themed ceremony at the Angus Barn Pavillion. The party that followed was EPIC and we had a blast capturing all of their family and friends celebrating together on the dance floor. Their wedding had some of the coolest details we’ve ever seen! Teepees, life size cut outs, a fabric wall behind the DJ booth, and an amazing tapestry behind the altar all courtesy of the talented Ivy Robinson Events.Ryan spent his college years playing basketball for Duke and is currently signed by the Lakers.

Photography: Millie Holloman Photography | Videography: Heart Stone Films | Florals: Kelly Odom | Wedding Gown: David's Bridal | Stationary: Atheneum Creative | Ceremony Venue: Angus Barn Pavilion | Catering: Angus Barn | Boho Styling & Calligraphy : Bohemian Ink | Photobooth: TruthBooth | Planning & Design: Ivy Robinson Events | Tent: Party Reflections

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Blue + Metallic Wedding Inspiration Shoot

When you gather together Live View StudiosMichelle Wright EventsFive Dot DesignAmy Lynne OriginalsLea Ann Belter Bridal and an ENTIRE team of talented vendors, gorgeous things are bound to follow. Inspired by Ed Sheeran’s wildly romantic song, “Thinking Out Loud” they dreamt up a shoot with calligraphy backdrops, metallic accents, floral cascades- you name it. We couldn’t possibly cover each moment of pretty, so please, please carve out time for the full gallery right here.

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Winter

From Live View StudiosWe were inspired by romantic nights, with stars twinkling above as lovers wrap themselves in each others arms. They look up at the inky deep blue sky, with a million stars glowing like candles. As the night gets late and cooler, there is the promise of a rosy hued dawn soon to appear. Gazing into each others eyes, and reminded of a favorite song, she whispers “kiss me under the light of a thousand stars”.

From this setting, event designer Michelle Wright drew a color palette of mixed blues, grey, and twinkling candles set in an array of metallic elements to bring to life this elegant wedding inspiration. The varied blue colors, from the bridesmaids Jenny Yoo dress combined with a stunning blue pear shaped necklace, to the sprawling table centerpiece with assorted blue candles, and the ring box from France with dark blue velvet underneath a dazzling light blue stone – all contributed different shades of blue. Everything was set against a primarily white background for a glamorous and elegant effect. Sparkling white pears on the table added dimension to the glittering tablescape. The cake incorporated the lyrics from the Ed Sheeran song (Thinking Out Loud), with metallic accents and hand lettering, draped with a beautiful floral cascade. The Camille dress from Lea Ann Belter added both elegance and organic beauty with it’s beautiful french alencon lace details, and sweeping silk organza overskirt. The simple and elegant letterpress stationary with it’s silver lined envelope echoed the aesthetic of the overall inspiration. Inspired by the romance of the song lyrics, the ceremony backdrop is their elegantly lettered wedding vows.

Photography: Live View Studios | Event Design: Michelle Wright Events | Floral Design: Amy Lynne Originals | Cake: Maxie B’s | Stationery: Crafty Pie Press | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair & Makeup: LULA Hair & Makeup | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Venue: Mim's House | Bridal Gown: Lea Ann Belter Bridal | Bride's Ring: H. Stern | Bridesmaid Necklace: Glitz & Love | Candles: Yummi Candles | Ceremony Backdrop: Five Dot Design | Earrings + Accessories: Aubre's Bridal | Groom's Accessories: The Tie Bar | Jewelry Box: Silk & Willow | Linens: CE Rental | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Ring Box: Maintenant | Stand For Backdrop: Sound Illusions | Table Décor: Table Of Contents

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Elegant Emerald + Gold Military Wedding

On this day when we stop and salute the fearless men and women who sacrifice for our freedom, sharing THE most gorgeous military affair we could get our hands only felt fitting. Think classic Southern elegance with groomsmen in uniform all in a row, plus a four-tier stunner from the talents at Sugarland to top off the night. Leave it to Graham Terhune for a photo gallery you’ll likely never want to leave.

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From Graham Terhune… Surrounded by lush, southern countryside, Hope and Zach’s storybook wedding was punctuated by the sound of geese skimming across a sun-struck pond. The Oaks at Salem in Apex provided the ideal, picturesque backdrop for this elegant bride and her uniformed groom as they exchanged their vows under a Carolina blue sky. 

A romantic palette of blush, champagne, ivory and gold carried the vintage glamour theme from the bouquets and décor at the ceremony to the lovely centerpiece ensembles at the reception. The perfect contrasts to the soft floral hues were the deep forest green bridesmaids’ dresses and the dapper military dress uniforms of the groomsmen and ushers. Next to the bride’s stunning Maggie Sottero gown, the ultimate crowd-pleaser was the flower girl dresses which were encrusted in Swarovski crystals and blush ostrich feathers.

The one hundred and fifty guests enjoyed a buffet dinner followed by a decadent chocolate stout wedding cake dessert. The laughter and champagne flowed into the night as guests danced and celebrated the new Mr. and Mrs. The couple was chauffeured from the venue in a white Excalibur while guests waved sparklers for a truly radiant ending to their charmingly beautiful wedding day.

Photography: Graham Terhune | Videographer: K2 Productions | Event Planning: Orangerie Events | Florist: Brides And Bouquets | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Sugarland | Ceremony Venue: The Oaks At Salem | Reception Venue: The Oaks At Salem | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Wtoo | Catering: Belle's Catering | DJ: McSound Productions

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A Coastal North Carolina Engagement Session at Fort Fisher

Note to self: When looking for the perfect e-sesh outfit, look no further than this AH-mazing white Sabo Skirt and top! This simple engagement session shot by Melissa DeLorme Photography is absolutely timeless, which is exactly what the bride-to-be wanted. You can see more romantic moments here!


From Melissa DeLorme PhotographyChristine and Matt’s coastal North Carolina engagement session was a dream to photograph. We traveled down to Fort Fisher, to the exact spot where Matt proposed to Christine, to soak up every ounce of light. From her two piece dress to the romantic spread on the beach, I instantly fell in love with these two beautiful people. The way Christine fit perfectly into Matt’s arms and the way they were completely comfortable with each other in front of the camera made me squeal with excitement as we captured some of my favorite engagement photos to date.

From The Bride…We wanted our engagement photos to be timeless, in a location that will always have a special place in our hearts. Fort Fisher is not only beautiful, but holds countless memories for us…a walk on the rocks during our first date and the spot where Matt proposed just two years later. We couldn’t be happier with the result; the lighting was perfect, the photos are so romantic and Melissa truly captured our love for each other. After the session, we drove straight home, got in our pajamas and ordered a large pizza!

Photography: Melissa DeLorme Photography | Dress: Sabo Skirt | Makeup: Makeup By Amy Kennison | Venue: Fort Fisher

Rustic North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountain Wedding

I would be lying if I told you I was an outdoorsy girl, but after seeing this wedding, that may have to change. Photographed by Blue Bend Photography and set against the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, this rustic North Carolina affair achieves perfection with a muted pastel color scheme, sweet arrangements from Floressence Flowers and a beautiful Lea Ann Belter dress any bride would say yes to. Fall in love with all the details here.

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Summer
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Rustic

From the beautiful Bride… When you decide to plan a wedding you need to make a “must-haves” or “have-nots” list before you can tackle all the details. My husband and I knew we wanted to get married in the mountains with a view, have an intimate ceremony that reflected our relationship, and have a party in a space that allowed guests to mingle (or dance!) without any pressure. We knew we didn’t want a “package” wedding which meant a little extra research and planning on our end to hand-pick our vendors so we could create the wedding we wanted.

We fell in love with Sawyer Family Farmstead in the quaint town of Glenville, NC for the sweeping landscapes, family feel, and flexibility to make the day our own – but it didn’t hurt that our rescue dog’s name is Sawyer. This was the ceremony and reception site and if meeting the owners isn’t enough to charm you, the farm has so many great spaces for guests to explore — southern rocking chairs on a large porch, fire pit complete with s’mores and of course an open air dance floor. The farm has so many unique pieces of decor that add to the family feel.

Including family in the details of our wedding was very important to us. My father died when I was a teenager so I needed to make him a presence without taking away from the celebration of the day. He was 100% Irish and that heritage is important to me so we honored his memory by including a Celtic Handfasting Ceremony while the sweet duo from the Moon & You played “Black Velvet Band.” I also wore a gorgeous emerald ring my dad gave my mom the day I was born.

My sister-in-law, Kelly Kinnaird of Deliver Paper Studio used our vision to design and create a customized wedding suite. My mother added to the family affair by hand calligraphing each envelope. Having a mother-in-law with a background as a featured makeup artist with high-end products made for a memorable bridal look. And finally my sister Shanna,who is a phenomenal baker,whipped up a single layer buttercream cake for our first bite as husband and wife.

We customized our ceremony by choosing readings meaningful to us and writing our own vows. It was such a sweet moment to share our ceremony with our guests and let them experience a little of our relationship. Our officiant was instrumental in guiding our process and of course proofreading our vows.

Our design goals were to create a welcoming, organic yet elegant space. We don’t like things too perfect so we gave our wedding party a few guidelines on color/style and then let them choose their own attire. The ladies at Floressence did a great job creating a soft and inviting space for our reception.

One of the things no one truly prepared me for was how much of my wedding I wouldn’t be present for which is why I’m so glad to have so many wonderful images from our talented photographers.

Photography: Blue Bend Photography | Floral Design: Floressence Flowers | Wedding Dress: Ladies Of Lineage | Wedding Dress: Lea-Ann Belter | Cake: Shanna Quinn | Invitations: Deliver Paper Studio | Catering: Hubba Hubba Smokehouse | Makeup: Charlene Frechette | Calligraphy: Barbara Quinn | DJ: Sound Extreme | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Officiant: Rev. Kathy Jennings | Venue: Sawyer Family Farmstead | Ceremony Musician: The Moon and You | Rentals: Mountain Party Tents

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