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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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Saying “I do” in the Outer Banks of North Carolina is EVERYTHING

Guys, I love ALL weddings… I really, truly do.  But, if I am being honest, it’s those seaside nuptials in paradise that really get my heart pumping. I’m talking miles of sandy beaches, crystal blue waters and, of course, a beautiful locale like the Sanderling Resort making every moment happen perfectly.  I mean, a vaca of a lifetime meets the ultimate wedding? Yes. Please.

Located in the oh-so-stunning Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Sanderling Resort is everything you’ve ever wanted (and more) for your Big Day. Think space for 15-180 guests, luxe accommodations and mesmerizing sunset views to add a little touch of romance to your festivities. From their ah-mazing venue options to their knowledgeable staff to their relaxing spa, the team at Sanderling Resort will turn your dreams into an absolute reality.  We promise you that.

Contact the Sanderling Resort TODAY to speak to one of their full-service event planners and begin planning your destination celebration.  We can’t wait to see you say “I do” in the Outer Banks, lovelies.

See Style Blogger Taylor-Rae’s Bridal Shower

Leave it to the ever-so-chic Style Souffle to have a bridal shower decked out in pretty. Beginning with a champagne-stocked bar cart and ending with a floral handpainted cake, it’s the kind of party that’ll perfectly kick off your own weekend festivities and we’re diving right in. More from Josh Deaton in The Vault!

From Style Souffle… First comes love, then comes marriage… but before that there are a few events along the way that every bride and groom-to-be look forward to experiencing. One of which is the bridal shower! Unlike Taylor-Rae’s soft-romantic, European countryside inspired wedding, this was the perfect opportunity to embrace her love for bright colors and beautiful florals in a Boho-Chic inspired bridal shower and luncheon. Her mom, a former corporate event planner, worked with a team of local vendors to bring the bride-to-be’s vision to life at the intimate party on May 15, 2016, at a family friend’s estate in Charlotte, North Carolina. Thirty guests celebrated the bride-to-be in a festive fête designed in pops of fuchsia, vibrant orange and mixed metallics.

Beautiful ombre watercolor invitations set the tone for the party and read, “Please join us to Celebrate Taylor-Rae with an Afternoon of Love and Laughter before the Happily Ever After.” The invitations matched the menu cards displayed that afternoon.

August Lily created arrangements of Tulips, Garden Roses, Carnations, Gerbera Daisies, Snap Dragons and Iris’ that were displayed on the mantle and throughout the house. A wide selection of foliage (including ferns, rose hips and ivy) were mixed in for texture to create a boho, natural vibe. Trademark of the theme, the bride adorned a beautiful flower crown that coordinated with the floral arrangements.

As guests’ arrived, they signed an adorable Minted “XOXO” print, which would later be displayed amongst the gallery wall in the brides office – who is Founding Editor of Lifestyle & Fashion blog, Style Souffle (@stylesouffle). Guests were also asked to leave a token of advice on slips of handmade paper infused with flower petals for the bride to read on her wedding day!

Rather than having a seated luncheon, guests helped themselves to a selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Dean & Deluca, which included: shrimp with lime dressing, tea sandwiches, tuscan bean dip, cajun crab cake bites, a variety of tossed salads and antipasto platers. A handpainted cake by WOW Factor Cakes was the centerpiece of the dessert table. Fresh fruit, macaroons and truffles were also offered.

The weather couldn’t have been better that afternoon, and everyone eventually found themselves setting by the pool for a fun guessing game with questions selected specifically for Taylor-Rae and her groom – who made a surprise appearance! All in all, it was a lovely shower and Josh Deaton was there to capture it all on film!


Photography: Josh Deaton | Floral Design: August Lily Florist | Cake: Wow Factor Cakes | Stationery: Swoozie's Denver | Catering: Dean & Deluca | Bride: Taylor-Rae (@stylesouffle) | Location: Taylor-Rae (@stylesouffle)

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