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North Carolina DIY Wedding from Heather Fink Photography

This sweet North Carolina couple had just one criteria for their DIY wedding: to be the best day ever. And it absolutely was thanks to the family and friends who came alongside to handcraft every wedding detail, inside and out. From the bride’s dress and veil, both handmade by her sister, to the couple’s friends who teamed up to coordinate, decorate and design, it’s a wedding of stunning simplicity that let nothing outshine the love. The whole day was captured behind the lens of Heather Fink Photography and you can see all that and more right here.


From the bride…We got married in my parents beautiful backyard located in Salisbury, North Carolina. The weather was surprisingly cool and perfect for a late August evening. My sister (also my Matron of Honor) made my dress and veil. Friends of ours coordinated the wedding, decorated the cake, arranged flower bouquets.  Our budget was very small so all of the decorations were DIY with the help of my amazing bridesmaids. It was the happiest, most beautiful day of our lives. We laughed so much, and cried a little bit when we promised that we would love each other til death do us part (we wrote our own vows). The reception was informal and very comfortable, we finished up the evening at dusk with Chinese lanterns, which were a big hi-light for us We wanted our wedding day to be the best day ever, and it absolutely was.

Wedding Photography: Heather Fink Photography | Venue: Bride’s Parent’s Home in Salisbury, North CarolinaFloral Design: Friends of the Bride | Catering: Friends and Family | Wedding Invitations and Programs: DIY | Wedding Dress + Veil: Made by the Sister of the Bride | Brides Shoes: Flora, Carlos by Carlos Santana | Hair: Friends of the Bride | Makeup: DIY

Salisbury Wedding from A Southern Soiree + Katy Cook Photography

There is just something about a train station that is so romantic. Maybe it’s the thought that it’s like a crossing point in your life. You can jump on a train and end up anywhere, starting a whole new chapter. It definitely evokes the most perfect image for a wedding – so when I heard this wedding, captured by Katy Cook Photography, took place at the Salisbury Train Depot, I couldn’t contain my excitement. And when I saw the fantastic vintage elements A Southern Soiree helped our bride and groom incorporate, I knew this would be a perfect soiree. You’ll see what I mean when you visit the gallery!

Ben and I met at the hospital where we both work and started dating shortly after.  After a wonderful two years together Ben proposed and we decided to have our wedding in my hometown of Salisbury, North Carolina.

Our ceremony was held at First United Methodist Church and it could not have been more perfect.  The wedding service was traditional with absolutely beautiful music and solos.  During the service rain fell outside, only to stop and result in a beautiful rainbow shortly after the ceremony was over.  This solidified something I already knew, my father, who has passed away, was definitely there in spirit.

The reception was held at the Historic Train Depot, also in Salisbury. I dreamed of a vintage, southern reception, inspired by my mother’s back porch where she keeps potted plants in abundance.  I love the look of the overflowing pots and decided I needed to have them everywhere, and that is just what we did.  The color palette was neutral with ivories, creams, and lace overlays, with a pop of color added with wildflowers.  My mother and I collected vintage vases, votives and other “knick knacks” throughout the engagement to complete the look.

Kailey with A Southern Soirée did an amazing job filling the overwhelming large venue, paying special attention to all of the details I envisioned.  Two of my favorites were the guest book, which was a vintage file box filled with cards for guests to leave us a sweet note, and the small white wire tables that served as children’s tables with arts and crafts!

A Krispy Kreme doughnut bar was set up to serve as the favors.  This was unique to Ben and I since he is from the home of Krispy Kreme, Winston Salem, North Carolina. Also, Krispy Kreme recently started making cheerwine filled doughnuts, and since the Cheerwine company was founded in Salisbury, this made the perfect tribute to both of our hometowns.

Also, I am very blessed to have a genus artist/illustrator as a new sister in law!  She did an amazing job designing the save the dates that tied into the menu card design.  I loved this personal touch on our wedding day. The band Rubberband kept the energy at the reception going well into the night.  They kept the guests entertained and the dance floor full!  A bride’s dream! The day was truly amazing and one I hope not just myself but others will remember for a lifetime!

Photographer: Katy Cook Photography / Event Design: A Southern Soiree / Event Planning: A Southern Soiree / Ceremony Location: First Methodist Church / Reception Location: Salisbury Train Depot / Band: Rubberband / Caterer: Holly Tate Fine Catering / Rentals: Happy Rentz / Cake: Wow Factor Cakes / Dress: Hayden Olivia / Doughnuts: Krispy Kreme

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