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Whimsical + Elegant Charlotte Wedding

Darlings, I cannot wait to share today’s recipe for pretty. Take two Irish Catholic cuties, pair them up with the planning genius that is The Graceful Host, add a dash of whimsy and a dash of elegance and the result is one ridiculously beautiful, classic wedding day. Dressed in kelly green and a turquoise navy, the hues will make your eyes dance in every capture from Lauren Rosenau Photography. See more in here!

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From The Graceful HostHard to believe that just a few months ago this sweet couple, Katelyn and Phillip, were married in a beautiful ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’ll never forget my first phone call from Katelyn. This busy bride-to-be knew that she needed a planner, and she’d do whatever it would take to get one – even changing her wedding date so that she could book me! Honored and humbled just skims the surface of how I felt when this amazing bride said that she couldn’t imagine getting married without my help.Working with these two was such a blast! There was no shortage of laughter at each meeting. Katelyn came to me with a vision of a vintage romance meets artistic whimsy meets elegance wedding inspiration that had no shortage of personal touches and was big on family traditions. I mean, we’ve got two Irish Catholic families here! Katelyn had gotten her dream dress from Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City. It was a beautiful and timeless lace gown with a cathedral length lace trimmed veil and a jeweled champagne sash for a pop of sparkle. Her dress became a source of inspiration for a number of wedding details. I worked with Katelyn to create something unique and beautiful in a color palette of navy, cream and kelly green keeping accents of vintage charm and whimsical elegance throughout each detail. The centerpieces included unique flowers like green trick, kale, anemone, hostas and bells of Ireland for a bit of an artistic touch. Along the head table we had three tall candelabras with smilax, hanging amaranths, umbrella fern, white stock, and bells of Ireland wrapped and draped around for an ultra romantic look. As with most brides, Katelyn also wanted to create an intimate atmosphere using a lot of candle light. Personal touches were important to this couple, so we included as many as possible: the bagpiper that greeted guests upon arrival to the Catholic Church and lead the couple out of the ceremony was a nod to their Irish heritage, the fire helmet sitting on the front pew of the church with a family rosary was in honor of the brides late grandfather, & the lace detailing on the wedding cake which was inspired by the brides wedding dress – to name a few. The bride and groom danced the night away at the Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte, NC, and left the reception to a ribbon wand exit on the front staircase. As they got into a pedicab, they waved good night to family and friends and headed off to start their honeymoon.

Photography: Lauren Rosenau Photography | Videography: Brian Bunn Films | Floral Design: New Creations Flower Company | Cake: Wow Factor Cakes | Ceremony Venue: St. Peter's Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Mint Museum Uptown | Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Something Classic Catering And Cafes | DJ: All The Right Grooves | Bagpipes: Carolina Bagpipes | Chair Rental: Chiavari Chairs Of North Carolina | Hair + Makeup: Who's The Fairest | Wedding Dress, Veil + Belt: Kleinfeld Bridal | Wedding Planner + Designer: The Graceful Host

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Blackberry + Mint Winter Wedding Inspiration

Darlings, if you’re on the hunt for a gorgeous winter color palette, search no more, because this one is a stunner: pale mint and blackberry, paired with a sweet peach and forest green. Perfection, right? And it’s completely elevated by the glowing candlelight and quaint architecture of this shoot set at The Merrimon-Wynne House. Dreamt up by Nancy Ray Photography and Rebecca Rose Events, you can get your pin on right here in the gallery.

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From Nancy Ray PhotographyThe inspiration for this shoot came from the restlessness we felt at the end of winter, when the sunlight is streaming in through tall windows and hinting at the beauty outside. We loved the playfulness of blackberries and mint – both the berries and herbs themselves, as well as their color palette that is soft and rich at the same time. In starting to plan for this shoot, I really wanted a beautiful indoor space with clean white walls and elegant architectural details. A space where candlelight could glow, florals could be organic and striking and this simple concept could be conveyed with sophistication and beauty, and captured on film. Nancy suggested the historic Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina and we were both immediately smitten with the idea. We imagined an intimate dinner reception, cigars and brandy to follow and just a tiny bit of frolicking on the large wrap-around porch. Jared (my little brother!) and Jordy are engaged to be married later this year and their playful chemistry is evident to all who interact with them, which made shooting these two together a true joy.

Photography: Nancy Ray Photography | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Hair And Makeup: Make Up For Your Day | Calligraphy: Jordy Lievers - Inkaboutit | Bridesmaid Gown: Adrianna Pappell | Flatware: World Market | Invitation Suite & Paper Goods: Rebecca Rose Creative | Linens: Nuage Designs | Styling, Creative Direction And Floral Design: Rebecca Rose Events | Suit: DKNY | Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House | Wedding Boutique: Nitsa's

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Classic North Carolina Wedding at The Carolina Inn

Wonderfully elegant yet with the lofty-goodness of The Carolina Inn, this stunning North Carolina soiree will stick with you today. Because as you carefully peel away all the layers of gorgeous sitting pretty in this gallery, you’ll quickly realize this wedding has it all. It’s modern yet classic, elegant yet fun, and all captured to perfection by Graham Terhune Photography - making every image a must see.

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From Graham Terhune PhotographyJulianne and Taylor are New York City residents who decided to celebrate their wedding in a place very dear to both of their hearts, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. When deciding on a location, Julianne and Taylor wanted their wedding to feel authentically “them.” Thus, they chose to get ready in one of their favorite spots, The Carolina Inn and they held their ceremony and reception at the Cotton Room in Durham. Both places were perfect for the couple. The Carolina Inn provided the classic, Chapel Hill feel and allowed both Julianne and Taylor to get ready with their friends, and then hold their first look and portraits in such a beautiful space. Julianne and Taylor chose the Cotton Room for their ceremony and reception because it felt lofty and like their cozy apartment in NYC. Julianne and Taylor’s wedding day was full of joy, laughter, friendship and compassion. We were blown away by the calm nature of both the bride and the groom – they were completely about soaking in the day and the special commitment between one another. We think that both Julianne and Taylor were radiant on their wedding day. 

Photography: Graham Terhune Photography | Florist: Purple Puddle | Cake: The Cupcake Shoppe | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Accomodations: The Carolina Inn | Bride's Dress: Nicole Miller | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Make Up And Hair: Onloktion | Wedding Venue: The Cotton Room

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