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Stylish Wilmington, NC Wedding at the Brooklyn Arts Center

Just when I think I’ve seen the most beautiful wedding to ever grace our screens, a wedding like this North Carolina stunner from Blueberry Creative pops up and leaves me utterly speechless. Effortlessly elegant, every detail just embodies this couples’ personal style, and it’s safe to say they’ve got lots of it. See even more here.


From Blueberry CreativeWhere do we even start with these two?! We knew the wedding was going to be spectacular after we visited Parisa and Jeremy at their home in Chicago for their engagement session. These two exude style and we were blown away by them during our photo shoot. While we’re in the subject of these two, it’s worth mentioning that they started their own artisan apothecary, Town & Anchor.

Once their wedding day arrived, we were completely overwhelmed by the generosity of their family and friends and how welcome they all made us feel. The day was filled with heartfelt sentiment. Both the bride and groom are writers and their vows are some of the most eloquent we’ve heard. (We used them for the main story in their wedding film.) The toasts given by Parisa’s brother and sister had everyone at the venue in tears and, if they weren’t already, surely the song Jeremy wrote and performed did the trick. 

Photography: Blueberry Creative | Cinematography: Blueberry Creative | Event Planning: Design Perfection | Floral Design: Design Perfection | Cake: One Belle Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center | Reception Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center | Catering: Milner's Cafe & Catering | DJ: Brian Hood | Transportation: The Wilmington Trolley | Transportation: The British Taxi | Designer: Design Perfection | Musician: Justin Lacy | Photo Booth: The YouBooth | Rentals: Party Suppliers & Rentals | Rentals: CE Rental

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Rime Arodaky

Loves, if you haven’t yet met Rime Arodaky, it’s soooo time you do.  Because this talented French designer knows a thing or two about making you look all kinds of beautiful.  Imagine a breathtaking collection of gorgeous gowns + honeymoon attire that will completely change your wedding world.  It’s boho chic meets rock ‘n’ roll for your big day and beyond… and we can’t get enough.

Known for her intricate lace detailing, stunning silhouettes and bohemian-inspired stylings, Rime Arodaky’s fabulous new line, “La malle de la mariée” (“The Bride’s Suitcase”), brings a sweet Coachella meets Californian vacation vibe to your honeymoon… and beyond.  Think gorgeous lace cover-ups, beautiful gowns and uber-chic swimwear, all with that dash of rock ‘n’ roll that appears in every fabulous masterpiece Rime Arodaky creates.  Which means that you’ll look just as amazing saying “I do” as you will frolicking on the beach post-wedding with your sweetie.

To start your wedding journey with Rime Arodaky, visit her website for more information on her breathtaking + custom-fit gowns, or to make an appointment.  And for that perfect honeymoon or summer look, visit the Rime Arodaky eshop.  And for your daily dose of inspiration, follow Rime Arodaky’s Instagram NOW!


Fall Beach Wedding

Inside and out, this wedding is beautiful.  The kind of wedding that is overflowing with gorgeous details and breathtaking scenery at every turn.  But what really stands out against all of the pretty is the thought and meaning that the adorable bride and groom put into each and every moment, crafting a day that was truly, truly their own.  Click here for more from Kaytee Lauren… and prepare to fall in love.


From Kaytee Lauren… Just this past October I shot a beautiful fall beach wedding in Corolla, NC. The couple lives in Laguna Beach, CA, but most of their friends and family are back here on the East Coast, so they got married here on the East Coast and brought some of California with them to inspire their wedding.

From the Bride… Pj and I met several years ago at a restaurant in our small town of Laguna Beach. I worked part-time as a server and had a crush on Pj, who was one of our “regulars.” We were always just acquaintances, and it wasn’t until we bumped into each other at a surf industry work event, that our relationship first began. We dated for two years and I knew instantly that he was the one. Pj and I took a celebratory vacation to the Turks & Caicos after I finished graduate school in May, and this is where he proposed during a romantic sunset dinner on the sand. After asking Pj what his version of our “love story” was, he informed me that our story is about two people who were meant for each other, waiting for exactly the right time for their relationship to begin. We’re both so thankful that we waited for each other and feel that this was all part of a greater plan.

We both knew we did not want a long engagement, and were just so excited to officially start our lives together as husband and wife. We thought seriously about eloping, but ultimately decided it was so important to for us to have our family and closest friends present. We live in Southern California, but our families are spread out over the East Coast and Wisconsin, so it was tough to find a destination that wouldn’t require a full day of travel for our guests. After considering so many locations, we ultimately decided that a beach wedding in the Outer Banks of North Carolina was the perfect spot. Corolla is a small town beach community on the Outer Banks, known for it’s beauty and wild horses that graze the beach. I grew up taking trips with my family to Corolla, so it definitely was a special place for me. Pj and I had just spent last New Year’s Eve in Corolla with some friends, so it was a place that meant something to him, as well.

We planned this wedding in exactly three months, and I am so happy we did not wait until next year! Fortunately, since I had recently graduated and was beginning the job search, I had the time to fully devote and throw myself into the planning process. I wanted to make sure that every detail was a reflection of us as a couple, and that our guests had a great time.

We both share a love for the beach, and knew we wanted to say our vows with our feet in the sand. We rented a beach house with a huge backyard and walkway out to the sand, so it created the most perfect backyard beach party vibe. Guests arrived for the ceremony and were greeted with a rum punch – which was fitting since this was our favorite drink during our vacation in the Caribbean. The shining sun and beautiful glassy waves were the most perfect backdrop for our ceremony.

I had so much fun with all of the details and again, wanted our wedding to truly speak to all the things that make us who we are as a couple. PJ and I are at the beach almost every day, whether he is surfing, or we’re out with our dog in the sand, and one thing we take with us everywhere is our bright beach “Mexican” blanket. We decided that the perfect favor for our guests would be a fun blanket that they could use for the night in case it was chilly, and to take home as a reminder of our special night! I found a great yoga equipment company that sells blankets at wholesale and were pretty reasonable. We rolled the blankets and tied them with twine and a beautiful tag that read “to have and to hold, in case you get cold,” and placed one on each guest’s seat.

Adding to the backyard beach vibe were the table settings. I rented farm tables and found the most perfect gray and white ikat runners. I chose to use gray, white, and muted pastels for the colors, and topped each table with modern, wooden lanterns, votives and hobnail vases for the flowers.

We decided it would be fun to find a great photo (either something super funny, from back in the day, or with PJ or I) of each of our guests and use this as the escort card, rather than simply writing their names. We named each table after one of our favorite beaches, which was then written on the mini Polaroid-style photo. Our guests loved checking out all of the old photos, and definitely got some good laughs of Pj sporting dreadlocks with friends from his college days, and other never-before-seen photos.

The tables were marked with a wooden block stating the beach name in beautiful white script, and sat next to a driftwood photo holder which held a photo of this beach that we had taken together. We also added beautiful ombre menus (with a personalized note on the back) to each place setting, a gray linen and topped it off with a small piece of driftwood.

The sign accompanying our escort card display read, “friends and family, please find your smiling face. At one of our favorite beaches you will find your place!”

I definitely wanted our guests to have an authentic southern experience while at our wedding so the menu was very important. Dinner included shrimp and grits and rosemary fried chicken and desserts included all of our favorite sweets. The baker worked with me to recreate our favorite southern desserts including banana pudding, pecan pie, coconut cake & the most delicious naked almond cake with raspberry filling and butter cream frosting.

This was definitely one of my favorite touches. We used an app on our iPad called “Thrilled for you,” and set it next to a sign instructing guests what to do. Throughout the night our guests took “selfie videos” and we had a blast watching them afterwards. I think the messages are so much more fun than the standard guest book options, and it’s something we will watch again and again for years to come. We knew it would take some effort to get a lot of guests to try it out, so we instructed some of our tech-savvy teenage guests to help out and encourage everyone to give it a shot.

My dad passed away a couple of years ago and I wanted to find a way to remember him and feel his presence during the most important day of my life. My sister gave me a beautiful locket with a photo of my dad and I in it, and we tied it around the bouquet. I loved having this reminder of him while my brother walked me down the aisle, and throughout the rest of the night.

When Pj proposed, our waiter came over and set his phone down for us and informed us that he had a special song he wanted to play. It was a reggae version of John Legend’s “All of Me,” but by Jah Cure. We knew there was going to be no other option for “our song,” and first dance. We also chose to engrave our rings with this meaningful script. Pj’s ring says “all of me,” and my ring reads, “Loves all of you.” Since we normally wouldn’t have chosen this as our song, we decided to have two more slow dances, or “dedications” throughout the night. They announced Phi’s song for me, which was “Stuck on you” by Lionel Richie, and later my song for PJ which was “Sea of Love” by Cat Power. Our wedding reception was one big dance party and we both loved that playing these extra songs slowed it down and brought it back to another intimate moment between the two of us.

Photography: Kaytee Lauren | Videographer: Emotion Pictures | Event Planning: A Premiere Event | Flowers: Studio Posy | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Catering: Coastal Provisions | Makeup: Rebecca Wood | Hair: Lovies Corolla | Calligraphy: Starry Night Calligraphy | Entertainment: DJ Bruce | Groom's Attire: J Crew | Transportation: Corolla Shuttle | Bride's Dress: Thei Couture | Bride's Earrings: Kate Spade | Desserts: Great Cakes | Favor Blankets: Sunshine Yoga | Wedding: Pelican's Landing

Goodstone Inn & Restaurant + A Promotion!

Tucked amongst the gorgeous Virginia countryside with Blue Ridge Mountain views, you’ll find the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant; a beautiful country estate where saying “I do” is beyond amazing.  Picture a cozy + intimate setting, 265 acres of natural beauty and top-notch service from a team that knows a thing or two about luxurious weddings.  Breathtaking views + Southern hospitality?  Yes, please.

Known for their award-winning and locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine, plus their historic guest residences, each and every moment spent at this ivy-covered retreat is simply fairytale-esque.  From the amazing pool to the breathtaking views to the intimate, unhurried vibe that will follow you throughout your festivities.

Contact the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant today to start planning your dream day.  And bonus!  If you book your all-property wedding in July, August or November of 2015, you will receive:

  • A gift certificate for dinner for two in the Goodstone’s award- winning restaurant.
  • A $100 gift certificate to the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant spa.
  • 50% off the Bull Barn for your wedding, plus a special Romance Turn-Down Service (Value $1,025.00).  In addition to the standard turn-down service, the Romance Turn-Down includes: Chocolate-covered strawberries, a bottle of champagne, an artisanal cheese tray, closed drapes and dimmed lights, soft music and lavender pillow mist.

View full package details here.  Happy planning, lovelies! xo


Sentimental North Carolina Family Homestead Wedding

For many of us, family is the very epicenter of a beautiful wedding. And this stunning bride took that notion and turned it into something truly magical. Transforming an old, unlived in home that had been in the family for generations – with the help of A Southern Soiree, photographer Richard Barlow and Life Stage Films the couple said their i-do’s under a handmade floral altar with heirloom details for days. And the result was nothing short of lovely.  Click here to see even more!


From A Southern SoireeKathryn and Ryan were married this past October in their hometown of Clinton, North Carolina. This was a very special wedding for everyone involved especially when Kathryn and Ryan decided they wanted to host their ceremony at Kathryn’s Granny Parker’s house. The house and family land is filled with a million memories, including the marriage of Kathryn’s parents!

From the Bride… The McPhail-Vann Family Home was built in the 1830s. It’s been added to over the years and multiple members of the family have grown/lived/celebrated in that house. My Granny Parker was basically my Great-Grandmother because she raised my Grandmother and her siblings. She was actually my Great-Great Aunt who took in four young children at the age of sixteen. My father, who spent many a day playing in this home, told me all about all of the parties and holidays that were spent there with a large majority of our family. This house has always been a hub for activity and family. No matter how far family has moved away, they always come home — this is our family homestead. Since my Granny Parker’s passing, the house has been kept by my Grandmother Jo, my father, and my Aunt Mary Jo. The house has been unlived in for the past few years, but once I decided that I’d like to get married there, my mother and I had a mission to bring it back to its old glory. My mother worked hard, with the help of my dad, my aunt, my grandmother, my brothers, and my cousins, and made the house shine. Our wedding was one of three (including my parents) that took place at the house. My Great-Great Aunt Hilda was also married in the house. Multiple family wedding receptions were held there as well, including my Grandmother and Grandaddy’s, my Granny Parker’s and my Aunt Mary Jo’s.

Reverend Richard Vaughan married my parents in the home in December of 1981. He performed many of our family’s weddings! It was very important to me that he be a part of my wedding and marriage to Ryan.The ceremony was held underneath the pecan trees on the family farm, which made for the perfect backdrop. English Garden made a beautiful arbor where we dressed it up even more by adding a chandelier hanging from the tree.

After the ceremony was over, guests were invited to Coharie Country Club for dinner and dancing! At the reception we kept it very cozy for guests to feel as though they were being invited into the couple’s home. Groupings of lounge furniture provided by Simply Put Vintage as well as the Bride’s very talented and thrifty mother, were placed outside! As guests arrived to the reception they were asked to find their favorite Bible verse and either circle or highlight it and leave a message for the couple. We thought this was a sweet idea instead of a traditional guest book. Guests enjoyed the night full of delicious food, great music provided by Groovetown Band, and care-free dancing!

Photography: Richard Barlow | Cinematography: Life Stage Films | Event Planning: A Southern Soiree | Floral Design: English Garden | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge - Victoire | Invitations: PaperBuzz | Reception Venue: Coharie Country Club | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Entertainment: Groovetown | Lounge Furniture: Simply Put Vintage | Rentals: Dutch Iris Table Toppers | Rentals: CE Rental

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