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If your idea of the perfect wedding is an intimate locale set against the picturesque Smoky Mountains, then this, loves, is for you. Because whether you plan on hosting a small get-together or plan on tying the knot in a sweet elopement, Majors Estate is THE place to do it. Think a stunning heaven on earth where rustic romance takes center stage. Scroll to start planning that dream day.

Located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains on 200+ breathtaking acres, Majors Estate is a little slice of heaven on earth with some of the most amazing venue spaces you will ever lay your eyes upon. (Truly.) From their fabulous Chapel in the woods to their three-story Tower that overlooks the gorgeous valley below, your Big Day weekend will be the definition of serene and peaceful. Not to mention their talented staff + awesome customizable wedding packages that totally take the stress out of planning, i.e., you can make the day completely yours by creating a package that fits all of your needs and wants. They’ll even help you choose vendors, so there’s not a box left unchecked on your wish list. In other words? Majors Estate is the sort of idyllic locale that was basically made for those intimate nuptials where you can really truly celebrate with your closest friends and family… OR the best place ever to elope. Your choice.

Contact Majors Estate to start talking all things wedding. Their talented staff will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process to guarantee everything you’ve ever wanted… whether it’s a day that includes 80 guests or it’s just you and your love at your very cutest. And don’t forget to ask about their engagement weekends and photo shoots. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate saying “YES!” with the one you love.

Photography: Kevin Adams | Photography: Earthmuse Photography

The Bride’s Custom Gown Features an Eight-Foot Train!

I think at some point, every little girl dreams of a wedding just like this one. The regal setting. The stunning ballgown. The real-life Prince Charming to call your own. Take all that storybook romance and it translates into Deidre and Corey’s wedding day captured by Starling And Sage + Lance Cook. P.S. Deidre’s amazing dress? It’s custom-designed, featuring an 8 ft train! See it all right here.



From the Bride… I had been single for four years the day Corey noticed me as I exited a nutrition store. With a delicate and charming approach, I smiled throughout our brief exchange where I gave him my number. We didn’t know until months later, but after that chance meeting, we both had gushed about the other as we left the parking lot. Me to the barista as I ordered my usual coffee, cheesing about the cute guy I just met and him to a friend, suggesting he had just met the woman he was going to marry. That one day triggered many events, developing a solid friendship, courageous trust, and the greatest love of our lives.

After a two-year, wide-ranging courtship, asking my fathers (and a close aunt!) for my hand in marriage, and the sweetest proposal at one of my favorite places to dine, my honey made good on his day-one consideration, he proposed on bended knee. I have never felt so peaceful and confident about a decision. I didn’t know that day in the parking lot, but at some point during our courtship, I knew he was meant for me. We had a very short engagement—1 month. We wanted to marry soon! And we did at our church where there was a small gathering of family, mostly. The following year we wanted a formal affair that exuded elegance, romance, and class effortlessly.

My custom Aurelia Dress with a 8 ft train by Lauren Elaine Bridal worked well with the ethereal Annesdale property where guests were serenaded by the string trio. The spacious green front lawn of Annesdale was absolutely perfect for our Sunday morning ceremony that reflected the memory of my sweet mother-in-law who had passed two years to the day. Our wedding party was all family and all the florals were peppered with purple Agapanthus as a nod to Corey’s mother—her favorite flower. My sisters stood for me and Corey’s brothers stood for him. One father walked me down the aisle and the other performed the ceremony. We only wanted family and close friends involved and in attendance who fully respected our covenant.

I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so the real honors go to my coordinator Andria Lewis and Valerie at Annesdale who were so thoughtful and kind about my adamant and many changes. With a team of wonderful vendors, including crucial planning, execution, and coordination, our wedding was all that we had hoped!

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Photography: Starling And Sage | Cinematography: Lance Cook | Floral Design: Bartlett Florist | Wedding Dress: Lauren Elaine | Cake: Frost Bake Shop | Ceremony Venue: Annesdale Mansion | Reception Venue: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse - Edgewater | Rings: Jared | Makeup: DAdrian Jones | Groom's Attire: Sergio Rossi | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Ceremony Music: Memphis Strings Quartet | Ceremony Music: Memphis Strings Quartet | Dessert Table: Nuha Abuduhair | Drone Operation: Seth Evans | Event Management: Andria Lewis | Hair Styling: Textures by Tia | Junior Maid's Attire: Anagrassia | Veil: J.Crew

Planning your Big Day? This event is an absolute must.

Every January, we bust out our party shoes and hit the ground running in one of Wilmington’s coolest ever events. Yes, I’m talking about Courtyards & Cobblestones, the awesome downtown walking tour that features the area’s finest wedding vendors. Think seven fully styled venues, live music and tasty treats, all happening on January 14th and 15th. This celebration? It’s a can’t miss, lovelies.

An evening perusing seven (yes, seven) mock weddings in one of our fave cities is basically a dream come true, and Courtyards & Cobblestones does NOT disappoint. I’m talking creative teams made up of amazing vendors from Southeastern North Carolina all coming together to conceptualize and style some of the coolest mock weddings you will ever lay your eyes upon. Even better? You’ll be strolling through each and every masterpiece, gathering ideas + inspiration for your own Big Day AND having the time of your life with your loved ones, besties and in-laws included. Not to mention meeting each and every one of the wedding pros that will make it all happen. It’s sooo much fun.

From gorgeous florals to yummy cake tastings to amazing giveaways to swag bags full of goodies, Courtyards & Cobblestones is one celebration you definitely need to attend. Mark those calendars NOW and head to the Courtyards & Cobblestones website here to get tickets. And be sure to enter the giveaway below for one seriously fun weekend.


What: Courtyards & Cobblestones is giving one lucky reader two (2) tickets to the Courtyards & Cobblestones Venue Tour on January 14th and two (2) tickets to the Courtyards & Cobblestones Mix & Mingle Brunch on January 15th, plus a one night stay at Courtyard by Marriott Historic/Downtown in Wilmington, NC.

How: To enter, simply leave a comment below telling us what you are looking forward to the most at Courtyards & Cobblestones! (ex: I can’t wait to find the florist of my dreams!)

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be chosen on Friday, January 13, 2017. For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck!

Wedding Planning Event: Courtyards & Cobblestones | Photography: Eric Boneske Photography | Videography: The Good Life Film Company | Event Design & Planning: Social Butterfly Events | Flowers: Eco Chic Blossoms | Wedding Dress: Heidi Elnora Atelier | Cake: Imaginary Cakes | Jewelry: Reeds | Catering: 128 South | Lighting: High Performance Lighting | DJ: Brian Hood | Transportation: Wilmington Trolley Company | Venue: Belle Vue Wilmington | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center At St. Andrew’s | Wedding Venue: 128 South | Wedding Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center At St. Andrew’s | Wedding Venue: City Club At De Rosset | Wedding Venue: Atrium by Ligon Flynn | Wedding Venue: Bakery 105 | Fashion Styling: ADG Fashion Styling | Health: Pure Barre | Linens & Rentals: CE Rental | Music: Benny Hill Music | Paper & Graphics: Alexis Scott Designs | Photobooth: KMI Photography | Rentals & Tent: Party Suppliers & Rentals | Specialty Rentals: Pomp Event Furnishings | Wedding Dress Boutique: Coastal Knot

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