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Coastal Wedding in the Outer Banks of NC

We get kind of excited (read: ecstatic) when one of our lovely LBBers ties the knot—because we know lots of swooning is sure to follow when we get a peek at the pretty imagery. So when the sweet Sara of Mint 102 sent over her soft coral, love-filled day, shot by Millie Holloman? A bit of bubbly-poppin’ was in order. Cheers to you darling Sara on your gooorgeous wedding!


From the beautiful Bride…Scott and I met in Wilmington, NC in 2007 at our gym and it wasn’t until about a year later that we went on our first date, taking both of our crazy chocolate labs to play ball on the beach. We dated for a few years before Scott decided to go back to school at the Virigina Tech Carillion School of Medicine in 2011. After a long distance relationship and a LOT of driving, Scott proposed on Wrightsville Beach with our two chocolate labs in tow, reminiscent of our very first date years ago.

When we started this whole wedding planning process, we knew we didn’t want it to be anything too fancy or formal, as that really just wasn’t our style. We wanted it to be relaxed, casual, and most importantly…a really awesome party. We loved the idea of renting a huge beach house for a week so our friends and family could stay and vacation right along with us. So when we found the Croatan Ridge home out in Buxton, NC, we knew that was the perfect place.

As a partner and designer of Mint 102, our wedding and event branding company, I wanted to make sure the event was well branded, of course. It might sound a bit strange, but Scott and I love a good skull and crossbones. So we paired our unique wedding logo with a soft coral to peach ombre pattern and a touch of gold made for a lovely juxtaposition. From the invites and save the dates, to the mason jars and water bottle labels, there definitely wasn’t a shortage of skulls present on our big day, that’s for sure.

The week leading up to the wedding was full of DIY wedding preparations, family meals and late nights of drinking games and catching up with all of our amazing friends and family. Our wedding was simply a night cap to the awesome vacation spent with some of our most favorite people in the world.

The day itself was perfect for us, but not because of the weather. While we were expecting the average 70-75 degree weather on the OBX, we were instead greater by some seriously crazy winds (and I mean wine blowing out of glasses, freezing cold, OMG is there hurricane coming and we didn’t know it- type winds…the proof is in the crazy hair). So everything after the ceremony had to be moved from the amazing pool deck overlooking the sound inside to the pool house…but hey, it didn’t rain!

We will be forever grateful for this awesome day and to all that traveled so far to celebrate with us. A very special thank you to our parents, our families, our friends, and to all of our vendors for all of their love and support throughout the wedding planning process and playing such a huge part in making this day happen!

Photography: Millie Holloman Photography | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Mint 102 | Bridesmaids Shoes: Toms | Catering: The Catering Company Of Hatteras Island | DJ: Barry Wells | Grooms Attire: Jcrew | Logo And Other Paper Goods: Mint 102 | Private Home: Croatan Ridge Property - Buxton, North Carolina | Rentals: Ocean Atlantic Rentals

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Intimate DIY Wedding with Handmade Dress

We’ve seen our share of DIY brides grace the pages of SMP, but perhaps none quite as crafty as this. Not only did she put together an amazing modern-glam affair at the US Army National Guard Armory, but along with her mother and grandmother she handmade her dress. You read right – her wedding dress! Anchor And Veil Photography came along to capture the pretty, and you can see more in the gallery right here.

From the Bride… Even before the wedding day, the special moments began: our families pitched in to put together the entire scene, with fathers-in-law-to-be on ladders helping each other hang drapes, and mothers-in-law-to-be arranging flowers and table settings. It couldn’t have been a better way to bring two families together.

Most of our wedding was DIY. My mother, grandmother and I created the wedding dress from a vision I had! We started with fabric and began draping and pinning it until the silhouette was right. Over two months and three fittings, the dress took shape and bears the mark of each of its makers: the flutters on the skirt were all hand-sewn, and each seamstress had her own technique, making each flutter almost like a fingerprint of the person who sewed it.

In addition to the wedding dress, my mother made the vests worn by Judah, my nephew and ring-bearer, and my brother. I created my niece, Bella’s, dress our of raw silk that she painted to match our wedding colors. My mother also made the ring bearer’s pillow.

The tables, linens, and chairs were rented, but we made or embellished almost everything else. The chandeliers are IKEA, but we spray-painted them and added some flourishes. I loves color and pattern, so me and my mother made the napkins — two of each pattern — for our guests to keep as mementos of the occasion. We crafted our signature cocktails for the event (“The Milo” for him and “The Meg” for her). During our cocktail hour, the charcuterie plate featured bread, toast squares, and goat cheese from Forget Me Not Farm, the farm My parents own. The vases are also IKEA, painted at home and brought with us. My father made the bocce court and my brother made and painted the cornhole set as a wedding gift that we had at our reception

We made our save-the-dates and wedding invitations, too, and my mother and Drew’s father’s wife made the gift bag treats (my father custom silk-screened the bags with their farm logo). We have always been DIY types, so having our wedding any other way was almost inconceivable! We may not have saved time, but the memories of the process are what we cherish the most.

Photography: Anchor And Veil Photography | Cakes: Maxie Bs | Shoes: Jcrew | Catering: Farm Burger | Day Of Coordinator: Bash Events | Venue: US Army National Guard Armory

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Pink and Gold Bridesmaid’s Luncheon

What better way to kick off a wedding weekend then with a bridal luncheon? This Bride-to-be, and the owner of Simply Put Vintage, chose to spend some quality time with her besties before the big day and shower them with a little love. Love in the form of sequins, vintage china and sangria as seen through the lens of Emily March Photography. See even more here.

From Kaitlin Briley Holland, the bride and owner of Simply Put VintageFirst and foremost, I wanted my bridesmaids to feel so very loved. Not only have they walked me through the exciting time of being engaged, but they are lifelong friends. How can you possibly thank them enough? Well, for starters I tried sequins, vintage china, white sangria, and sweet potato biscuits. That seemed to do the trick!

I wanted this luncheon to be glamorous, light, feminine, and the perfect balance between modern and vintage. I designed the invites myself and we had them printed on gold foil polka dot invites. They coordinated perfectly with our table top decor – a white sequin linen, gold and blush china, gold flatware, and vintage crystal. I loved the juxtaposition of the ghost chairs against the soft elements of the table. We used a vintage gold bar cart to hold the white strawberry sangria (a personal favorite of mine) and a light grey dresser for the food.

It was so fun getting dressed up and spending the afternoon before the wedding laughing and eating great food. It was also the perfect opportunity for me to gift my bridesmaids with a pair of Kate Spade earrings to wear the next day. It brought me so much joy to shower my best friends with love, gifts, and food and it was the perfect way to kick off my wedding weekend!

Photography: Emily March Photography | Event Design & Styling: Kaitlin Holland Creative | Historic Home: Merrimon-Wynne House | Linens, China, Chairs: CE Rental | Vintage Rentals: Simply Put Vintage

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