If ever there were an evening so deserving of all the glitter, confetti and champagne, it would be this one. Take a cue from Viva L’Event NC + Bohío | Fine Art Photography and celebrate New Year’s Eve in the most sparkly of ways. Because the best is yet to come dears. And if you over do it, this hair of the dog should do the trick tomorrow morning. Cheers to 2017!
Requirements for a fabulous New Year’s Eve Gala are glitter, confetti and lots of bubbly, all of which were the inspiration when we were planning on ringing in the New Year! We wanted our guests to feel like they were attending an elegant house party inside the walls of The Merrimon-Wynne House.
As you walked through each room, something sparkly caught your eye. Upstairs we had a “bubbly room” where you could find a champagne bar to spruce up your glass with different fruits and juices.
Next door was a “dessert room” filled with all kinds of bite sized sweet treats. Across the hall was a “Mule Bar” where guests could choose from a Mexican, Kentucky or Moscow Mule!
A photobooth was set up under our entryway chandelier with props and a big bowl of confetti meant to be thrown into the air.
Dancing took place under a sea of balloons intertwined around the twinkling chandeliers. We created a Resolution Board where guests were asked to share their new years eve resolutions. Once the countdown began, party hats, noise makers and confetti were handed out to each guests.
As the clock struck 12, confetti cannons bursted through the dance floor and “Happy New Year” was shouted throughout the house.
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Photography: Bohío Fine Art Photography | Event Planning: Viva L'Event NC | Floral Design: Meristem Floral | Catering : Beau Catering | Calligraphy: Mason Dixon Design | Event Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House | Magnolia : Weston Farms
This wedding…where do I even begin? The dress from Fabulous Frocks Bridal, the epic floral wall designed by Tre Bella Florist, the pros of Gather Together who flawlessly moved the ceremony indoors when rain hit the scene. And of course, Rachel Red Photography who captured the entire affair from beginning to end. Go see why we can’t get enough of the details behind this incredible day.
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From the Bride…
The invitations | I’ve been designing invitations as a creative outlet and knew I wanted to incorporate a custom set into the wedding design. Jon wanted a modern font and I fell in love with the blush watercolor florals.
The ceremony | Our ceremony was one of the best parts of the day. I knew once we were together at the end of that aisle that we would keep each other calm no matter how big the storm was outside. Instead of being stressful, it was a beautiful reminder of why we fell for each other; we just have a knack for keeping each other happy when life gets crazy.
The floral wall | We wanted something that would blend seamlessly with the outdoor environment we had anticipated getting married in. Little did we know it would become the star of the night after being moved indoors. I will never forget the moment I walked into the carriage house and saw the way he was looking at me, standing amidst all the candles and our floral backdrop; it was pure magic.
The dress | The light taupe tulle was such a pretty color and made it feel unique. I felt like something straight out of a fairytale in the long train, intricate beading, and chiffon flowers. It was the princess dress every girl dreams of.
The guestbook | Our trips usually consist of the two of us jumping in the car and exploring, so we collected vintage postcards leading up to the wedding and asked our guests to help us make a road trip guide. They wrote on the card that reminded them of a place they loved and now we have a collection of travel tips and lovely notes to flip through!
Photography: Rachel Red Photography | Event Planning: Gather Together | Floral Design: Tre Bella Florist | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Cake: Sugarland | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: Eschelon | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Officiant: Rev. Barbara Lodge | Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings | Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House | Bridal Boutique: Fabulous Frocks Bridal | Rentals: Themeworks Creative | Rentals: Party Reflections
This wedding is beautiful. Insanely beautiful… and filled with those crazy cool details we sooo love here at SMP. But beyond all of the gorgeous + intricately planned moments is the story of Claire and Alex, two people whose immense love for one another goes beyond those lush florals and stunning blue hues. It’s a “loyalty” that shines through each and every moment captured by the talented Caroline Lima, and will warm your hearts just the way it should. See what marriage is all about in THE VAULT right here.
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From Caroline Lima Photography… As I’m getting to know my couples, I usually ask them to put pen to paper and answer a few questions about themselves and their relationship. Their answers are always interesting, and quite often inspiring and intensely personal. When I asked Claire what made her fall in love with Alex, her first response was ‘his loyalty’. When I asked Alex the same question, his first response was…can you guess? ‘Her loyalty’. This couple has truly stood by each other’s sides. They’ve faced several of Life’s curve balls together, with their families close at hand. Claire’s dad (with whom she was very close) passed away last August, and when Alex proposed, he chose to do so in the place where he felt most connected to the man who had raised the love of his life…on the golf course just outside Claire’s parents’ home.
Claire and Alex have been writing their story together for 8 years now, since meeting at a party in college. With so much shared history, it seemed perfect that they were married at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, which has its own amazing and storied past. The deep emotion and meaning of the day was present in every detail. Claire was radiant beneath her mother’s veil! As her brother walked her down the aisle, I found myself moved to the core.
The celebration continued at the Carolina Country Club. The shared joy of everyone in attendance was evidenced in the smiles, the tears, the laughter throughout the day. Like many weddings, there was sunlight, music, dancing…But as I watched Claire and Alex through my lens, I kept seeing the loyalty that they spoke of when I first met them. To know someone…to truly know them over many years, to love them for who they are…and to choose loyalty again and again… That is what marriage is really about.
Photography: Caroline Lima Photography | Floral Design: Artfully Arranged | Wedding Dress: Alexia's Bridal | Cake: Macy Cakes | Stationery: Reaves Engraving | Ceremony Venue: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Carolina Country Club | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Hair + Makeup: Onloktion Makeup Artistry | Band: EastCoast Entertainment