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They buried a bottle of bourbon to keep the rain away… And it worked!

Here at SMP, I learn something new everyday.  Today’s lesson? Bury a bottle of bourbon at your wedding site and you’ll keep the rain away, regardless of the forecast.  It’s the sweet southern tradition that this gorgeous bride’s father followed to a tee, and guess what? It worked. What followed was a rainless celebration with lush blooms from Tre Bella Florist, a stunning cake from Ashley Cakes and a whole lot of pretty from Erin McLean Events. See it all captured beautifully by Nancy Ray in THE VAULT.

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Classic

From Erin McLean Events… In the two weeks leading up to their wedding day the forecast was calling for a 100% chance of rain throughout the day on Saturday. Lauren was so worried that the day would be dark and dreary. Little did I know, her dad had visited the ceremony site four weeks prior and buried the traditional bottle of bourbon as tradition calls to do for no rain. The morning of the wedding, the forecast was still not encouraging. Not only did it not rain a drop until all the guests were safely into the reception space for dinner, but we were treated to the most incredible rainbow across the sky above the Carolina Inn. It was an incredible nod from heaven that was shining down on Lauren and Ben on their special day. Ben and Lauren’s father dug up the bottle as a reminder for the couple to keep and know that yes, those old wives tales, dear to all our Southern hearts, do still work their magic.

This wedding was laced with sweet southern nods – from the food to the mint julep inspired centerpieces, and of course the crowd pleasing late night snack – Chick-Fil-A!

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Photography: Nancy Ray Photography | Event Design: Erin McLean Events | Floral Design: Tre Bella Florist | Wedding Dress: Traditions By Anna | Cake: Ashley Cakes | Ceremony Venue: University Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: Carolina Inn | Hair + Makeup: Makeupforyourday | Calligraphy: Well Addressed Calligraphy | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Transportation: Carolina Livery | Live Painter: Dan Nelson Art | Rehearsal Dinner: The Fearrington House | Rentals: CE Rentals

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The Ultimate Anniversary Gift? Why a Puppy of Course!

Alright newlyweds it’s time to take note, because the paper anniversary just got a lot more memorable. Just ask Philip and Shelby who celebrated their first year of wedded bliss with a golden surprise – a golden-doodle to be specific. It’s beyond adorable and thankfully Brittany Brock Photography has captured it all for us to ooh-and-awe over in The Vault!

From Brittany Brock PhotographyPhilip and Shelby were married last year in Nashville, TN. Because where else do you get hitched when you were the reigning Miss Tennessee 2013! There plans to celebrate their anniversary were originally just to lounge around with friends and family, but when the family arrived, including me, we met precious golden-doodle Amelia who had just joined the family that morning! Philip had picked her up in Atlanta that morning and everyone immediately agreed she was the perfect pup and as such we should throw together and impromptu picnic/photo session to celebrate. This shoot reminded my that not everything has to be a “styled” shoot that’s thought out to perfection. Sometimes the best memories are made, and captured, when you run to Trader Joe’s to buy flowers and make your own floral dog collar while your family laughs as you stab yourself with floral wire! Anniversary’s Matter! So whether you DIY a picnic or just capture the day with your iPhone make it a point to have something documented you can look back on!

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Photography: Brittany Brock Photography | Floral Design: Trader Joe's | Goldendoodle Puppy: Heaven on Earth Goldendoodles | Location: At Home | Picnic Basket: Target | Shelby's Dress: Boston Proper

A Vineyard Wedding Gone “Country Chic”

If you’re going to have a Southern wedding, The Vineyard at 37 High Holly is pretty much where it’s at. The beautiful setting played perfect backdrop to this ultra rustic day with a country chic vibe – flower girl cowgirl boots, included. Go see all the images from Sunshower Photography in The Vault.

From The Bride… Our unique country-chic wedding took place at The Vineyard at in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina, right near Highlands. The outdoor ceremony area is located within the vineyard and apple orchard, and the picturesque ceremony area is every bride’s dream. It poured rain on our wedding day and therefore the ceremony area was no longer an option for us, but they were able to completely and beautifully transform the pavilion to fit our ceremony inside there.

We had an awesome “Welcome Party” barbecue thrown by good family friends the night before our wedding so that everyone that came from all different locations was able to meet and mingle before the big day. The pavilion was adorned with beautiful sunflowers, dahlias, apples, candles, red-check tablecloths, and hay bales for a superb barbecue setting. Guests wore jeans, boots, and cowboy hats and enjoyed a live bluegrass band and catered barbecue food. 

The Vineyard owners, Jim and Deedee Vance did things above and beyond- building and creating all sorts of exclusive things for the wedding the next day. My mom handmade the intricate paper magnolias on our arbor we got married under, hand-cut all of the Mackenzie Childs paper pieces to fit on each centerpiece box on the tables, designed wood-grain wedding programs, and so much more. 

One of my favorite special touches of this wedding was when my 3 cousins (2 were groomsmen) rehearsed for months and sang and played the guitar to me and Quint’s favorite song, “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore as I walked down the aisle. The best part was that this was kept a complete surprise to the groom and guests until it happened, which made him very emotional. Followed by the first dance, father/bride dance, and the mother/groom dance, there was a special dance for the bride and groom accompanied by all couples married over 50 years on the dance floor. This was exceptional because both the bride and groom’s grandparents were married the same year and over 50 years.

There was a lavish dinner by Avalon Catering along with a dessert bar and everyone danced the night away in cowboy boots. There was a bouquet toss and garter toss and the garter was wrapped around a football for the groom to throw to the guys. The bride and groom were sent out with a sparkler exit by all of the guests and headed to the honeymoon to Nashville. 

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Photography: Sunshower Photography | Event Planning: I Do Events | Floral Design: Flowers by Aldo | Wedding Dress: Bellissima Bridal | Cake: Patty Cake Bakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bellissima Bridal | Catering: Avalon Catering | Catering: On The Side Barbecue | DJ: Ken Markovitz | Band: Curtis Blackwell & The Dixie Boys | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: The Vineyard at 37 High Holly | Decor: The Vineyard at 37 High Holly | Decor: Ann Kohlmeyer + Kelly Williams + Deedee and Jim Vance | Party Rentals: Professional Party Rentals

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