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Classic Spring Wedding at Vanlandingham Estate

Soft. Pretty. Delicate. It’s a design inspiration we’ve heard time and time again from brides all over, yet it never seems to get old. And, judging by these beautifully arranged florals, it’s a look Lily Greenthumbs is definitely no stranger to. With The Vanlandingham Estate as the perfect backdrop, this fairy tale wedding is a fresh take on a timeless combination for pretty. Get a glimpse of the gorgeousness (thanks to Jim Trice Photography!) in the gallery here.


From the Bride… My wedding day inspiration didn’t come to me all at once. It developed and transformed into what it was little by little along the way. I knew I wanted to have the overall feeling be very soft and fairy tale-like with delicate textures and colors. It was important to me that nature be a big part of the design– it’s natural beauty doesn’t cost anything! Having the reception outdoors under an open-air, twinkle-lit frame was my first decision. I knew I had to find the right venue to make this happen, but also somewhere to accomodate the dance party that would ensue shortly after dinner.

The VanLandingham Estate was the perfect backdrop. There is something so special about being in an old home that dates back to the 1800′s. The elegant details and nostalgia added a vintage element to my wedding inspiration and the gardens spoke for themselves. I knew the venue would then help with pulling together the other pieces. I focused my attention next on the bridesmaids’ dresses. I knew I wanted to have each girl in their own, unique dress. It was important to me that they be comfortable and feel beautiful. I cringe at spending money on something I will never wear again (aside from my wedding gown!) so I hated the thought of each of them buying a dress and shoes that they would donate or toss shortly after. I told them the color scheme and sent a few examples from the Internet and then left the rest up to them! I wanted them to have different textures and colors so that each one would stand out. And they did– each girl looked so gorgeous.

One of the main resources that I used for inspiration and for purchasing decor items came from Anthropologie’s bridal site, BLHDN. I fell in love with all the sweet, vintage-y decor and accessories. As many of their items can seem outlandishly pricey, I just kept checking their sale page on a weekly basis to see if my favorite things were listed. And many times they were! The first thing I bought from them were my shoes. I was able to get them on sale and they were perfect! From then on I gathered up other items here and there: a birdcage for the cards, a mix of pennants (lace, floral and gold) to use throughout the reception, mini antique cake stands for my bridesmaids, the table number cards, and a chalkboard sign to name a few.

The dress. I’ll never forget how it happened. As I was walking back to the room to try on one of the other five or six I had selected, there it was, hanging all by itself on a random peg- as if someone just hung it there until they had time to figure out where it really belonged. I pointed at it and said, “I think I want to try this one.” I came out, steped on the block, turned around a few times and started to cry. I knew this was the one. I didn’t think that feeling really existed, but for me it did– and it felt really good!

The flowers literally took my breath away. This is the one area of the planning that you really don’t get to see until the day of your wedding, and to me, one of the best parts! I knew I wanted a mix of blush and ivory flowers with soft greenery accents. From the start, Karen Grennoe, owner of Lily Greenthumbs, was able to see my vision come to life– soft, vintage, candle-lit mercury glass, and low profile flowing centerpieces. When I walked into the reception I felt like I was in my own fairy tale.

As my vision was starting to become much more clear, I couldn’t have pulled it all together without the help of my wedding planner, Ginger Hussey, owner of HeyLove Events. Not only did she seemlessly coordinate and execute all the events of the day, I was able to rent several items of hers to complete my look. I rented her beautiful farm tables, vintage china, market street lighting and chandelier, and the old door for the polaroid guest book. The menus, name cards, and invitations were designed by her talented daughter, Lauren Calnin. I was so impressed how perfectly the menus matched my flowers, without having seen them together first. The lace table runners were made by Marilyn, my step mother, and the cork table number holders were made by my mother-in-law, Linda.

Our wedding day wouldn’t be complete without a solid rave party… and so we made sure to throw one! Corey and I love Electronic Dance Music and so we sought out our amazing DJ, Brandon Willett, who tailored the dancing to match our favorite tracks and mash ups. All our guests raved with us adorned in neon glow, head to toe. We wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Photography: Jim Trice | Videographer: Timm Young Films | Wedding Planner: Ginger Hussey, Hey! Love Events | Floral Design: Lily Greenthumb's | Wedding Dress: Vanessa By Watters Wtoo | Cake: For Goodness Cakes | Ceremony Venue: Myers Park United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Vanlandingham Estate | Catering: Vanlandingham Estate | Make Up: Lovely By Lindsey | DJ: Brandon Willett | Rentals: Party Reflections | Transportation: Ballantyne Limo

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Elegant Old Edwards Inn & Spa Wedding

I can’t help but blush a little when I see the way these two look at each other. It’s a captivating, full-of-joy kind of love. And that love? It’s woven throughout this entire gorgeous day from VUE Photography and Sixpence Productions. Top that off with elegance in every corner and you’ll find yourself perusing one of the prettiest galleries around.

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From the beautiful Bride… Adam and I met our sophomore year at Miami University of Ohio through a mutual friend. His humor, positivity and absolute love of life captured my heart in just a few short months. After four and a half years of moves, long distance, and new jobs, Adam proposed while we were on vacation in St. Lucia with my family celebrating my graduation from graduate school.

As soon as we got engaged, I knew the ideal venue for our June 7th wedding date. I grew up for the majority of my life overseas in London, England. My parents had recently relocated back to the States, to a lake in South Carolina. For the past few years, we had been going up to The Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, North Carolina and I fell completely in love with it. Adam is a huge outdoorsman and loves camping and hiking, so the idea of getting married in the mountains really appealed to him. Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the location was the perfect combination of European charm and the great outdoors. It just seemed to click with both Adam and I.

We wanted the wedding to be timeless, classic and elegant, with English and Southern touches, as well as bringing in Adam’s background with glimpses of Midwest ease and charm. Our 145 guests came from across the United States, as well as the United Kingdom and Switzerland, so we wanted to make sure we made the places we have traveled to and hold so near and dear to our hearts, focal points of the wedding design.

Our color palate included champagne tones, muted gold and pops of coral, also drawing on the lush greenery of the venue. Peonies, garden roses, packed hydrangeas and baby’s breath were the flowers of choice, accented by hundreds of candles. Bridesmaids wore champagne J. Crew silk chiffon dresses with muted gold shoes, while the groomsmen wore champagne ties.

We included many British touches throughout the reception, including mini fish and chips at cocktail hour in the orchard and a signature classic ‘Pimm’s Cup’ cocktail- my favorite refreshing summer British drink. The farm to table menu included everything from a Southern seafood ‘action’ station, to tandoori chicken, to fried buffalo chicken biscuits, to truffle mac and cheese- a nice reflection of us. The groom’s cake was a classic ‘Ohio Buckeye’ cake of chocolate and peanut butter and decorated with all of Adam’s favorite sports teams and activities.

Thanks to the amazing vendors and the absolutely incredible Lindsay Pitt at TOAST Events, the wedding was the best night of our lives. I honestly don’t think I have ever smiled or danced that much in my life! It was the ideal celebration to start our married life together.

Photography: VUE Photography | Videography: Sixpence Productions | Event Planning: Toast Events | Floral Design: Jackson | Durham | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Lush Cakery | Invitations: Paper Daisies | Ceremony Venue: Old Edwards Inn And Spa | Reception Venue: Old Edwards Inn And Spa | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Calligraphy: MM Ink | Band: The Atlanta Allstars | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Bride Jewelry: Givenchy | Bridesmaid Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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Whimsical Botanical Garden Wedding

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From Amanda… I was so honored to be a part of Kate and Jeff’s colorful summer wedding at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill. Kate and Jeff were blessed with a gorgeous summer day. It started off with the girls having mani-pedis at Mina’s Studio. Then, everyone gathered at the gardens for an afternoon of photos followed by a sweet and intimate ceremony. During the cocktail hour guests were entertained with bluegrass music from The Happy Valley Pals and enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres from The Catering Company of Chapel Hill. There were so many fun details incorporated throughout the evening! There were bicycles (they met at a bike shop), pinwheel escort cards, a DIY photo booth, and ribbon wands for a fun and colorful send off.

From Rebecca Ames Photography… Kate and Jeff’s wedding was spectacular and just screamed out whimsical summer. It almost reminded me of a Bohemian Summer Fair with the pinwheels and the colorful photo booth. I loved how they incorporated bicycles into the programs, invitations and thank you gifts. They also made sure to make the wedding eco-friendly by using recycled papers and natural products. ! They even had a ring warming ceremony that was very heart warming. I also really loved how they had a farm table at the reception. What a nice touch Finally, they had a grand exit with homemade colorful ribbon streamers.

Photography: Rebecca Ames Photography | Event Planning: A Swanky Affair | Floral Design: Fernrock Farms | Wedding Dress: Tre Bella Bridal | Cake: Guglhupf | Catering: The Catering Company Of Chapel Hill | Lighting: Get Lit | DJ: Joe Bunn DJ Company | Officiant: Robin Renteria | Hair And Make-up: Mina's Studio | Music: The Happy Valley Pals | Rentals: American Party Rentals | Transportation: The Bridge Bus | Wedding Venue: North Carolina Botanical Garden

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