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North Carolina Wedding from Abby Jiu + Salt Harbor Designs

Southern weddings have this certain je ne sais quoi that I could stare at all live long day. It’s a good mash-up of classic beauty, romance and a penchant for monograms. Oh do they know their way around a good monogram and this particular affair is ripe with details baring those adorable initials as well as pretty in pink florals by Salt Harbor Designs and a whole boat load of great images snapped by Abby Jiu. Have a look here for even more!

From Abby JiuParlett had just moved to the DC area and her friend wanted to set her up.  She was at first reluctant to her friend’s idea of a blind date, but she agreed.  It was arranged that she would go as this guy’s date to an upcoming wedding.  Parlett started the day off with hesitancy, but the moment she answered the door to meet her date, she knew she had made a good decision.  She didn’t know anyone at the wedding that day, but Greg was super attentive and never let her side. She enjoyed being around his friends too! The couple later married in Wilmington, the hometown of where the bride.  

Inspiration for the wedding: Their mutual friend, who works for Lilly Pulitzer, designed their wedding logo and from there Parlett found the inspiration for her Southern wedding.  Putting it on pillows that lined the tented cabanas.  And serving as inspiration for the invitations too.  Parlett and greg chose the venue, City Club, because the tiered garden and grand porch reminded her of the quintessential Southern home.  

From the Bride, her favorite moment of the day – “Seeing Greg for the first time was also such a special moment. My dress had been in a bag in our living room for a month leading up to the wedding and I couldn’t wait for him to see me in it. It was one of the hardest things not to show him the dress. When I turned around to see him I remember thinking that he had never looked so handsome!”

Photography: Abby Jiu | Floral Design: Salt Harbor Designs | Ceremony: The Atrium | Catering + Reception Location: The City Club | Invitations: J Pink and Co | Band: Groovetown | Wedding Cake: One Belle Bakery | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Make up and Hair: Blush Hause of Beaute | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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Wilmington Wedding from Theo Milo Photography

Anytime a Carolina wedding comes our way, we know it’s going to be an instant charmer. And with all that southern charm alongside a sense of easy elegance, it’s not hard to see why this bash set at The Balcony on Dock was a complete and total hit. Salt Harbor Designs put together all the beautiful blooms and Theo Milo Photography caught every last chevron-inspired detail. It’s a wedding we just know you’ll want more of, and you can find it right here.

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From the Bride…My husband and I met and fell in love in Wilmington, North Carolina, and when he proposed we both immediately knew that’s where we wanted to get married.  We wanted our wedding to reflect our love for this beautiful coastal community.  We started the planning process by selecting our ceremony and reception venues.  For our ceremony we chose The Little Chapel on the Boardwalk, a church located across the street from the ocean.   At first we had a difficult time settling on a reception venue because Wilmington offers so many wonderful locations, but when we saw The Balcony on Dock, in downtown Wilmington, it instantly became the obvious choice.  The building dated back to the 1840s, and we loved the historical feel of the exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and large windows overlooking downtown.  We chose a gray and white color scheme, and incorporated chevron print throughout our design.  Our invitations from Bon Bini Print and Design featured a rendering of Wilmington’s historic riverfront drawn by my dad.
 
I originally wanted an all lace dress, so when I chose a ruched dress by Romona Keveza, I decided to incorporate lace into my veil instead.  I wanted to honor the memory of my grandfathers, who both passed away, by stitching fabric from an old pajama shirt and necktie into the lining of my dress.  The bridesmaids wore JCrew dresses in aged driftwood, sandals from Fibi and Clo, and handmade necklaces. Our pictures were very important to us, so we decided to do a “first look,” which allowed us to spend plenty of time before the ceremony getting great shots, and plenty of time afterwards mingling with our guests.  Our photographer, Theo Milo Photography, suggested the NC Arboretum as a spot for pre-wedding photos.  It was one of our favorite parts of the day!  The weather was beautiful and the gardens were gorgeous.
 
After our ceremony, our wedding party made the 8 mile trip from the beach to downtown in a restored trolley.  We enjoyed horderves and cocktails under edison lights on The Balcony’s patio.  At some point, I saw a youtube video of a ukulele player covering Billy Jean, by Micheal Jackson, and thought that live ukulele covers would make for a pretty cool cocktail atmosphere. After cocktail hour we made our way to The Balcony’s third floor dining room.  Salt Harbor Designs decorated the space beautifully with large lanterns and floral centerpieces that included hydrangeas, brazilla berries, and lambs ear.  A few of my favorite touches were our “cupcake in a jar” wedding favors, a made-to-order mashed potato station and a signature key lime martini cocktail.  We ended the night by making a grand exit in a vintage British Taxi.

Wedding Photography: Theo Milo Photography | Ceremony Venue: Little Chapel on the Boardwalk  | Reception Venue: The Balcony on Dock | Floral Design: Salt Harbor Designs |  Cake: Nickis Cakes | DJ: Active DJ Entertainment | Invitations and Welcome Bags: Bon Bini Print and Design | Ukulele Player: Kent Knorr  | Guest Favors: Perfectly Frosted | End of Reception Transportation: The British Taxi | Rentals: Party Suppliers | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza via Traditions by Anna | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew in “Aged Driftwood” | Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: Handmade | Bridesmaids’ Sandals: fibi and clo

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Wilmington Wedding at Poplar Grove Plantation by Jen + Ashley Photography

Nothing says I am a bright and fabulous Southern shindig quite like chevron lounge furniture. It makes for really pretty photo-ops by Jen + Ashley Photography and an all around crazy adorable wedding. One that we encourage you to check out in its entirety right here because there is so much more chevron, a crazy in love Bride and Groom and maybe a striped pouf or two just waiting to be pinned.

From Jen + Ashley PhotographyOlivia and Jon’s wedding was designed entirely by the bride and her brother! They wanted to create a sweet, low-key wedding with plenty of southern charm! Approaching the wedding as more of a backyard dinner party than a grand affair, they chose details that reflected Olivia and Jon’s low-key and easy lifestyle. Simple details like a custom bean bag chair “lounge,” natural florals and a playful navy and yellow color palette tied the whole event together perfectly. Olivia sourced many of her details from family, friends and T.J.Maxx, and she purchased her gorgeous lace gown from a boutique in her hometown of Washington, North Carolina. Serving good, southern food, the buffet, which included ham biscuits, fried chicken and pimento sandwiches, went perfectly with the amazing southern pound cake served with homemade vanilla ice cream and fresh peaches. Wanting a wedding that would keep all their guests entertained, they included bocce ball, cornhole and ladder ball on the plantation lawn and served homemade, fresh-squeezed lemonade and apricot peach tea. All of the place cards for the food and drink, along with the invitations, were created and printed by the bride and her brother. Choosing unfussy, simple yet beautiful details kept the wedding true to the vibe Olivia and Jon had imagined!

Wedding Photography: Jen + Ashley Photography / Wedding Venue: Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, North Carolina / Floral Design: Fiore Fine Flowers / Event Design: The Bride + The Bride’s Brother / Catering + Wedding Cake: Scarborough Fare / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the Bride + The Bride’s Brother / Musician: Matthew Kanon / Vintage Mason Jars: From the Bride’s Grandfather / Wooden Boxes: T.J.Maxx / Mercury Glass: Target / Vintage Frames: From Family / Wedding Dress: Forever Yours International via Ava Formal Wear / Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender / Hair: Brush Salon

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