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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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Elegant North Carolina Family Farm Wedding

Ladies and gents, you’ll want to spend some serious time cozying up to this beautiful backyard wedding from Jen Fariello. Because tucked in this gallery are stunning images of a day filled not only with pretty planned by Sheila Motley Events but so much love I can feel it through the screen. With lovely florals from Southern Blooms By Pat’s Floral Designs and a picture perfect cake from Sugarland Bakery, it’s safe to say this wedding is a winner.

From the Bride…Falling in love is hard. But when it happens, it is easy.

That was certainly my experience.

By age 30, I had almost given up on the idea that I would find true love. A loving, trusting, caring, life partner who would challenge and inspire me.

Almost.

No, I didn’t marry my high school sweetheart or one of the many eligible, highly suitable suitors just because the clock was ticking, they looked good on paper, and society told me to do so.

I had all but resided to the notion that I was content and happy being a good, loving daughter, sister(hopefully an aunt one day), god mother to my best friend’s son, and doting mother to my loyal dog, Holly.

Life was good. As good as could be expected if not ever so marginally incomplete.

And then I received a mysterious email. Mysterious might be a bit dramatic.
Let’s simply call it random.

I had been alerted by a women with whom that I had become friends with that she felt compelled to pass my email address along to her son and now feared that perhaps she had over stepped her bounds and done a bad thing.

Thankfully out of embarrassment or boredom, my friend’s son had taken the time and initiative to reach out.

He explained that he was fiercely independent and that his mother had never before inserted herself or meddled in his life and as such he could not help but be intrigued.

From there we began trading slightly flirty emails about life, dogs, and other matters.

Did I mention that I lived in Palm Beach and he lived in New York?

Very quickly our email exchanges blossomed into marathon, all night telephone conversations and I knew that a rare, special someone had appeared on the horizon.

To be blunt, I suggested that he might now have yet another reason to visit Palm Beach.

He replied that he a slightly conflicted relationship with his hometown (who doesn’t) and now had really only one reason to visit Palm Beach and would I like to meet for dinner a Cafe Bolud that Saturday night. To be clear, he asked me to dinner, on a date. Not for drinks, not for coffee, not lunch, not to casually hang out or get together. He was bold and confident if not slightly humble while being refreshingly old fashioned. Let that be a lesson to all you “boys”.

Of course I accepted and from there, it was off to the races! Thank god for JetBlue and even more leg room!

We saw each other every weekend alternating between New York and Palm Beach.

Later that August he asked me to marry him in the wake of a holiday we had taken in Turkey choosing instead to get down on one knee on top of a cupola overlooking Charleston, SC.

Nicholas Sparks couldn’t have penned it better if he tried!

We would be married over a year later on my parents farm outside of Durham, NC. However, my mother had been visualizing if not planning the day since my family moved there from Chapel Hill over twenty years ago.

She would often joke that she was planting in anticipation of the big day when in reality, I was merely 12 and far more interested in horses than boys.

People often talk about their wedding as being one of the happiest and most beautiful days of their life. And thanks to my mother, and my above mentioned best friend who pulled double duty as maid of honor and wedding planner, ours truly was.

The weather was perfect, which I attribute to the bottle of Makers Mark that we buried beneath the alter.

Photography: Jen Fariello Photography | Event Planning: Sheila Motley Events | Floral Design: Southern Blooms By Pat's Floral Designs | Cake: Sugarland Bakery | Catering: BoxCarr Farms | Make Up: Pam Hung | Lighting: The AV Company | Band: Adrian Duke | Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings | Furniture: Beehive Events | Tent: Skyline Tent Company

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Classic Raleigh Wedding at Angus Barn

I might be a little bit biased, but I wholeheartedly believe this is one of the sweetest weddings you’ll ever come across. As a guest I can tell you that as stunning as the images from Nancy Ray are – and trust me, they’re ridiculously stunning – they capture a mere faction of joy felt on that day. From Anna’s heirloom veil, to the bluegrass band that played through the night, it’s Southern tradition with a twist and you can click right here to see for yourself.

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From Nancy Ray… I am thrilled to share Anna and Ben’s Raleigh wedding with you. If I can summarize this wedding with one word, it would be “sweet!” The first look, the groom’s unending tears, the heirloom veil from the mother of the bride, the unique dress that fit Anna’s personality perfectly, the pickle mason-jar favors, the beautiful floral printed stationery, the photos on display from weddings gone by, and hands down, the best father-daughter first look I’ve ever photographed – there was a sweetness to this wedding that is hard to put into words. Even the milk glass and the lacy toms (worn by the bride) were perfect examples of the vintage charm that Anna and Ben love. I’ll never forget this couple, their precious families, and the sweet atmosphere of their wedding day. Anna and Ben sure have friends and family who treasure them individually, and now, as a couple. What a sweet, sweet day!

Photography: Nancy Ray Photography | Floral Design: Flowers On Broad Street | Wedding Dress: Traditions By Anna | Cake: Blue Moon Bakery | Invitations: Paper Daisies Stationery | Ceremony Venue: Kirk Of Kildaire | Reception Venue: The Pavilions At The Angus Barn | Shoes: Toms | Catering: Angus Barn | Bluegrass Band: The Hey Brothers | Film Lab: Indie Film Lab | Hair + Makeup: Hairlines | Veil: Mother Of The Bride's Veil | Wedding Dress : Lula Kate

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