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Blackberry + Mint Winter Wedding Inspiration

Darlings, if you’re on the hunt for a gorgeous winter color palette, search no more, because this one is a stunner: pale mint and blackberry, paired with a sweet peach and forest green. Perfection, right? And it’s completely elevated by the glowing candlelight and quaint architecture of this shoot set at The Merrimon-Wynne House. Dreamt up by Nancy Ray Photography and Rebecca Rose Events, you can get your pin on right here in the gallery.

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From Nancy Ray PhotographyThe inspiration for this shoot came from the restlessness we felt at the end of winter, when the sunlight is streaming in through tall windows and hinting at the beauty outside. We loved the playfulness of blackberries and mint – both the berries and herbs themselves, as well as their color palette that is soft and rich at the same time. In starting to plan for this shoot, I really wanted a beautiful indoor space with clean white walls and elegant architectural details. A space where candlelight could glow, florals could be organic and striking and this simple concept could be conveyed with sophistication and beauty, and captured on film. Nancy suggested the historic Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina and we were both immediately smitten with the idea. We imagined an intimate dinner reception, cigars and brandy to follow and just a tiny bit of frolicking on the large wrap-around porch. Jared (my little brother!) and Jordy are engaged to be married later this year and their playful chemistry is evident to all who interact with them, which made shooting these two together a true joy.

Photography: Nancy Ray Photography | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Hair And Makeup: Make Up For Your Day | Calligraphy: Jordy Lievers - Inkaboutit | Bridesmaid Gown: Adrianna Pappell | Flatware: World Market | Invitation Suite & Paper Goods: Rebecca Rose Creative | Linens: Nuage Designs | Styling, Creative Direction And Floral Design: Rebecca Rose Events | Suit: DKNY | Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House | Wedding Boutique: Nitsa's

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Classic Southern Elegance at The Merrimon-Wynne House

When a wedding day is sprinkled with the sweetest happy tears like this one, you know it was a beautiful one, inside and out. With Events By La Fete behind the planning, it’s no surprise it went off without a hitch. Gingham bow ties, turquoise ‘maids, a stunning Bride covered in lace, a darling cake from Sugarland Bakery… everything in it’s pretty place. See it all in the gallery from Ginny Corbett!

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From the beautiful Bride…Chris and I grew up a quarter of a mile from each other in Raleigh, NC. We were friends through high school and we attended his Senior Prom together. After he left for college we remained friends until the next year, when I too attended East Carolina University. Chris promised to show me the ropes and we spent a lot of time together. One day I worked up the nerve to tell him I did not just want to be friends anymore and the rest is history!

Nearly 9 years later, when it came to planning our wedding there were a few things we had to have, it to take place in our hometown of Raleigh, NC, a killer party and Ginny Corbett as our wedding photographer. (Looking at the beautiful images I am sure you can tell why)

The biggest challenge was that we wanted to have the wedding somewhere we had never attended a wedding. This posed a challenge because we had been to ALOT of weddings. We were feeling discouraged when a coworker of Chris’s told him about the Merrimon Wynne house, a brand new event venue. We were immediately intrigued and scheduled a meeting with the owner Jodi right away. The home was in disrepair and left a lot to be desired, but Jodi explained her vision and Chris and I knew we HAD to have our wedding there. The Merrimon Wynne house far exceeded our expectations, the grounds and home we immaculate and the perfect backdrop for our day.

Jodi gave me the information for our amazing planner Katie Dunn with Events by La Fete. I met Katie with my my Mom and Sister and we all felt so comfortable with her, I knew she understood my vision even though I was not quite sure I did. She helped assemble the most talented group of vendors and wedding professionals to bring our vision to life. We envisioned a comfortable day of classic southern elegance filled with blues and greens and soft neutrals.

Chris wanted a hand in two things, the venue and the guys attire. We selected tan seersucker suits, tan bucks, monogrammed pocket squares and High Cotton bow ties which went perfectly with the “fresh” bridesmaid dresses and gold jewelry. The mix of fresh flowers and candles kept everything light and bright, the pop of pink in the bridesmaid bouquets brought some playfulness to the palette and the draped lights made the tent glow and kept the party going well into the evening. We loved our custom wood “guestbook” and the oversized chalkboard seating chart, but I think our favorite detail was the cold gelato which was much needed on the warm June evening.

The day was not without its challenges, we had to move the ceremony from the lawn to under the tent due to the threat of bad weather. Thankfully, that bad weather came as the space was being flipped for the reception and all the guests were comfortably inside for cocktails. Chris and I were able to narrowly escape the downpour and take a few more portraits on the beautiful porches of Merrimon Wynne. Unfortunately, the rain was torrential and the head table was soaked, but ALL our vendors worked tirelessly and there was little sign that that there had been any rain at all.

We danced the night away and cherished the rare occasion to have all of the most precious people in our lives all in one place. The next day we both agreed there was absolutely nothing we would change about the day, even the rain!

Photography: Ginny Corbett Photography | Wedding Planner: Katie Dunn With Events By La Fete | Florist: Fresh Affairs | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung | Caterer: Rocky Top Hospitality | Hair: Make Up For Your Day | Brides Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake And Gelato: Sugarland Bakery | Rentals: Party Reflections | Signage: Calligraphy By Carrie | Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House

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Emerald + Gold Wedding Inspiration at The Merrimon-Wynne House

As much as I’m a summer wedding gal and can’t imagine getting hitched any other season, I love attending fall and winter weddings. And after seeing this charming shoot at The Merriman-Wynne House, I’m feeling quite cozy envisioning myself walking over crunchy fall leaves into this beautiful historic home, greeted by this friendly guy and a ribbon-wrapped brew. See the rest of this golden emerald inspiration in the gallery from Rebecca Ames.

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From One & Only Custom StationeryWe drew so much inspiration from the beautiful architecture of the Merrimon-Wynne House that we decided to stage an evening, candlelit affair that was filled with lush florals and one of a kind touches throughout. Our favorite thing about the house is that while it is a historical landmark, it also feels light and modern. Everywhere you look there is a special detail, and beautiful craftsmanship that you just can’t find anywhere else. We wanted our shoot to feel the same way – beautiful from a distance, and when you look closer you see special touches, exquisite materials and impeccable craftsmanship. This was what we kept in mind as we created the stationery and signage for the shoot. We wanted each shot to warrant a closer look.

We worked with Anna from Simply Elegant Floral Designs, and she created pieces that complimented the beautiful architecture of the home. She was especially inspired by the blue arched doors, and created a greenery piece to accentuate the curvature without overpowering the doors.

Dark, saturated romance was at the forefront of our minds for this shoot, as we contrasted the light beauty of the home with rich emeralds, golds, and blushes. All of our stationery featured a unique material or printing process – from the hand torn programs featuring cloth covers stamped with a gold monogram, to the hand dyed save the dates, and the completely hand written, dip dyed menus.

The invitations were presented as a scroll tied with ribbon in a blush lined box. We sprinkled even more special details throughout the shoot, such as the customized, wrapped drink bottles decorated with flowers, the monogrammed coasters, the paper cut cake topper, and the hand dyed calligraphy wedding certificate. One of our favorite features of the night was the stairway display. Anna covered each step in candles and florals, capping it off with a greenery piece at the foot of the stairs. It was a stunning welcome as you walked through the doors, and gave off the most romantic glow.

Photography: Rebecca Ames | Hair: Kellsie Hazinski At Tanas Cary | Chocolate & Confections: Videri Chocolate Factory | Florals: Simply Elegant Floral Designs | Makeup: Tiwa Lawrence | Rentals: Party Reflections | Stationery, Signage, Coasters, Programs, Escort Board, Chalk Boa: One & Only Custom Stationery | Vessels, Hurricanes & Chalkboards: Table Of Contents | Wedding Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House | Wooden Bar: Themeworks Creative

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