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The Perfect Accessory for This Southern Bride? A Family Heirloom Veil.

This wedding is “Southern classic” in every single way. Beginning with an heirloom veil worn by the bride (her grandfather first bought it for his daughter even before she was engaged!) and ending with a moonshine bar set-up at the reception, the entire affair was a celebration of this couple’s Southern roots. Pop over to The Vault for images by Anna Routh and don’t you dare miss the film below from Blueberry Creative.

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From Anna Routh Photography…. Alden and Kevin’s classic Charlotte wedding was one of the most spectacular events I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. Alden’s style is spot on, so it’s no surprise her gown was a complete stunner with that amazing back detail. She pulled her look together with an antique veil (a family heirloom), shoes with just the right amount of bling and simple jewels. She was truly the picture of elegance.

Alden and Kevin’s family is incredibly important to then, so keeping the wedding party to family and including very special items from their parents’ marriages was an important decision for them. Alden and Kevin each walked down the aisle with small books that were presented to Alden’s parents on their wedding day in their hands, keeping the love of their families close at all times.

The reception that followed at the modern Mint Museum UPTOWN in Charlotte was nothing short of epic. Utilizing three areas of the museum, Alden’s goal (with the help of her creative and ambitious father’s vision) was to bring a ‘Southern’ scene to life. To say she accomplished that is an understatement. From the giant Magnolia brought in for cocktail hour, to the projections of moving magnolias on the walls and life size photos of iconic southern imagery, to the dining room dripping with neutral florals, and even down to the moonshine bar – it doesn’t get much more southern than that.

Alden and Kevin’s wedding was an absolute blast, and I’m so honored to have been a part of it. Congratulations, you two!

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Photography: Anna Routh Photography | Cinematography: Blueberry Creative | Event Planning + Design: Rogers & Gala | Floral Design: The Blossom Shop | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church Charlotte | Reception Venue: Mint Museum UPTOWN | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Something Classic | Band: Jessie's Girls

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Find Out How These Classmates Went From Hola to I Do

Want in on a little secret? SMP may have a thing for beautiful blush weddings (and believe me, that’ll never fade) but right now we’re hankering from some solid jewel tones. And Graham Terhune must’ve felt that craving because he delivered with this gem of a winter wedding. From the deep hues to a love story straight out of middle school Spanish class, these pics in our Vault have it all!

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Rustic

From the Bride… I’m not a writer; more of a DIY crafter at best so humor me as I tell this story… Mike and I met in 7th grade Spanish class. The story goes that on the first day I was already in a desk when Mike walked into the class, he could see the back of my head and bee-lined for the desk behind the short blonde. “¿Cómo te llamas? Me llamo Mike.” We were Spanish partners for the rest of the year. 

There was a solid seven years that Mike was regrettably stuck in the “amigo” zone. It wasn’t until college that I saw the romance in being understood and being accepted all in all. We dated junior and senior years before Mike commissioned into the Army following our graduation. And I had it bad for my best friend. But fresh outta school we were too young to get serious. The Army had Mike headed for Afghanistan and I moved to California for a design internship.

We both went our separate ways. And it was five years later that I made my bold move. It was 10:30 AM, I was living in Austin at the time, and I had a wild spontaneous idea, I texted Mike: “I’m single again… and this is your last chance before I get scooped up by a Texan.” Luckily he took me up on that offer; he asked if he could fly out the next weekend and take me out on a date – we were engaged nine months later.

The wedding planning was similar to our story in a sense… it was a slow burn. I fell in love with it over time, and it wasn’t until I finally had all my key vendors on lock that I really started enjoying the process. I had the vision of a moody burgundy mixed with bright whites, live greenery, and vintage brass. It goes without mentioning I also had a field day with the calligraphy brush and India ink and tried to letter anything with a flat surface that would sit still. For as hungry I was for the design details during the planning season, they all were a blurry beautiful haze on the wedding day. I married my forever person/favorite human and was absolutely humbled by all our people in one room that came to celebrate alongside us. And that was more than enough to focus on during our big day. We are stationed on the other side of the country from family and friends so our entire guest list traveled to our new home.

Favorite moments include our photos in the field (for the opportunity to calm down and catch some couple time), our unplanned first dance where I got weird, the time my dad dropped the mic after his toast, and our foursome family sing-along dance to Ray LaMontagne’s “You are the Best Thing.” My cheeks were sore from all the laughing and smiling all day. Having a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime honor and I would highly recommend it.

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Photography: Graham Terhune Photography | Event Planning: Vision Events | Floral Design: Bowerbirds Flowers | Cake: Cake Dreams | Ceremony Venue: St Anthony Of Padua | Reception Venue: Country Club Of North Carolina | Makeup + Hair: The Makeup Culture | Band: The Boulevard Ensamble | Photo Booth: All Events DJs | Rentals: Greenhouse Picker Sisters

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You’ve Got to See This Apple Orchard Wedding

Literally everything about this wedding is awesome.  Think a darling bride and groom, heartwarming speeches by some seriously sweet friends + family (read: the Father of the Groom is hilarious) and a breathtaking Sky Top Orchard setting.  And honestly?  That’s just the beginning.  Press play on the brilliant film from Sixpence Productions, then stay tuned for some beautiful imagery from Realities Photography below. (Oh, and head to THE VAULT for sooo much more.)

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From Sixpence Productions… Each year we are lucky enough to be invited to North Carolina to film. This year it was a Flat Rock Wedding at the gorgeous Sky Top Orchard which is owned and operated by Katie’s family. Katie and Sean’s family and friends were full of fun and we laughed our way through our entire weekend with them.

There were so many personal touches which absolutely made this wedding. From Katie’s little sister Margaret performing an acoustic version of “The First Day of my Life” for Katie and Sean’s first dance, to the incredible barrel of apples wedding cake designed and created by Katie’s close friend, chef Lindsay Cromartie. As a wedding film maker, one of the things which delighted me was Katie and Sean’s dog Bandit running around through the weekend with a GoPro on his back. We even managed to include some of the “Bandit-cam” footage in their final film as a surprise for them.

From the Bride… Sean and I met in Washington, D.C. on a kickball team that played every weekend on the National Mall. I had just started graduate school and we weren’t ready to start dating at that time. But we reconnected a couple years later when I graduated and have been together ever since!

One of our favorite things to do in D.C. is walk the monuments at night with our dog. They are lit up and beautiful and the crowds of the day are gone. Our third date was at the Jefferson Memorial, we sat on the big steps, played cards and drank hot chocolate. Two years later Sean took me back to the same place with our dog and asked me to marry him. That weekend before he proposed he took me to all our favorite first date spots, including the first place we had dinner together at Bonsai Sushi in Arlington. He also put a large white bow on our dog, so I suspected something was happening! We left for vacation to Southeast Asia a few days later and got to celebrate our engagement abroad.

Our wedding style was rustic elegant. Since we planned to have the wedding at Sky Top Orchard, the apple orchard were I grew up, we wanted to implement a lot of farm themes, including an open tent, farm tables, soft colors, and wagon rides for our guests to get from the site of the cocktail hour to the reception.

Some of our favorite things about the wedding include my sister singing our song for the first dance, our choreographed dance (only because we had so much fun at dance class together), our delicious wedding cake made by one of my bridesmaid’s Lindsay Cromartie who is a pastry chef and owns her own bakery, Gateaux in Flat Rock, N.C. and the venue. We also loved our caterer, Flipside catering based out of Charlotte, N.C.! The chef won the N.C. State Competition Dining Series in 2014, and the food did not disappoint! The caterer, Melodie McAbee, created such a beautiful cocktail hour with such an incredible eye to detail and presentation. We had the cocktail hour in the fruit stand. It was completely transformed and beautiful! We later moved to a beautifully decorated tent on top of the mountain for dinner and dancing.

Our wedding favors were cider glasses, with a large apple tree and our names and wedding date. The hard cider we served as a signature drink was made from Sky Top Apples.

Our dog, Bandit, wore a Go-Pro during the wedding. We had so much fun looking back at the footage of him. We forgot to feed him dinner that night, but our guests did not!

One of my favorite moments was first look with Sean. It was located in one of my favorite gardens at my parents house and it was special having a moment with just Sean, Bandit and I before the wedding. Our family along with bridesmaids and groomsmen were nearby too, so it was great having all the people we loved in one place.

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Photography: Realities Photography | Cinematography: Sixpence Productions | Event Planning: Honey Darling Events | Floral Design: The Bloom Room | Cake: Lindsay Cromartie | Invitations: Old City Press | Catering: The Flipside Catering Co. | Hair + Makeup: Bliss | Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy | Band: Mo Sol | String Quartet: Cafe String Quartet | Venue: Sky Top Orchard | Event Rentals: Classic Event Rental | Getaway Car: Family Friend | Hair Piece: Etsy | Licensed Music For Video: "Fly On' By Humming House From The Music Bed | Trolleys: Elite Limousine

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