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Whimsical + Elegant Charlotte Wedding

Darlings, I cannot wait to share today’s recipe for pretty. Take two Irish Catholic cuties, pair them up with the planning genius that is The Graceful Host, add a dash of whimsy and a dash of elegance and the result is one ridiculously beautiful, classic wedding day. Dressed in kelly green and a turquoise navy, the hues will make your eyes dance in every capture from Lauren Rosenau Photography. See more in here!

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From The Graceful HostHard to believe that just a few months ago this sweet couple, Katelyn and Phillip, were married in a beautiful ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’ll never forget my first phone call from Katelyn. This busy bride-to-be knew that she needed a planner, and she’d do whatever it would take to get one – even changing her wedding date so that she could book me! Honored and humbled just skims the surface of how I felt when this amazing bride said that she couldn’t imagine getting married without my help.Working with these two was such a blast! There was no shortage of laughter at each meeting. Katelyn came to me with a vision of a vintage romance meets artistic whimsy meets elegance wedding inspiration that had no shortage of personal touches and was big on family traditions. I mean, we’ve got two Irish Catholic families here! Katelyn had gotten her dream dress from Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City. It was a beautiful and timeless lace gown with a cathedral length lace trimmed veil and a jeweled champagne sash for a pop of sparkle. Her dress became a source of inspiration for a number of wedding details. I worked with Katelyn to create something unique and beautiful in a color palette of navy, cream and kelly green keeping accents of vintage charm and whimsical elegance throughout each detail. The centerpieces included unique flowers like green trick, kale, anemone, hostas and bells of Ireland for a bit of an artistic touch. Along the head table we had three tall candelabras with smilax, hanging amaranths, umbrella fern, white stock, and bells of Ireland wrapped and draped around for an ultra romantic look. As with most brides, Katelyn also wanted to create an intimate atmosphere using a lot of candle light. Personal touches were important to this couple, so we included as many as possible: the bagpiper that greeted guests upon arrival to the Catholic Church and lead the couple out of the ceremony was a nod to their Irish heritage, the fire helmet sitting on the front pew of the church with a family rosary was in honor of the brides late grandfather, & the lace detailing on the wedding cake which was inspired by the brides wedding dress – to name a few. The bride and groom danced the night away at the Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte, NC, and left the reception to a ribbon wand exit on the front staircase. As they got into a pedicab, they waved good night to family and friends and headed off to start their honeymoon.

Photography: Lauren Rosenau Photography | Videography: Brian Bunn Films | Floral Design: New Creations Flower Company | Cake: Wow Factor Cakes | Ceremony Venue: St. Peter's Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Mint Museum Uptown | Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Something Classic Catering And Cafes | DJ: All The Right Grooves | Bagpipes: Carolina Bagpipes | Chair Rental: Chiavari Chairs Of North Carolina | Hair + Makeup: Who's The Fairest | Wedding Dress, Veil + Belt: Kleinfeld Bridal | Wedding Planner + Designer: The Graceful Host

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Virginia Countryside Wedding Inspiration

This photo shoot by Elisa Bricker has almost too much beauty for me to count. From the stunning organic calligraphy paper suite by Stephanie Fishwick to the rich, earthy florals from Flower Afternoon, this whole scene in the Virginia countryside, styled by the talented Mallory Joyce, has me captivated. With a gallery as full as this one, I’ll be happily pinning into the weekend ahead.

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From Elisa Bricker… This basis for this inspiration shoot came from deep colors and tones – a desire to show a less traditional and earthier event. The organic free-form calligraphy paper suite pairs beautifully with the locally sourced bouquet, and is tempered by a delicate cake and table.

Photography: Elisa Bricker | Floral Design: Flower Afternoon | Wedding Gown: Bella Rosa Bridal | Jewelry: Goldie O | Hair And Makeup: Avenue 42 | Creative Direction And Styling: Mallory Joyce | Paper Suite & Calligraphy: Stephanie Fishwick | Rentals: Festive Fare | Venue: Glenmore Manor

Elegant New Orleans Wedding

Classically elegant weddings make me swoon, especially when said wedding is a perfectly planned hometown affair by Sapphire Events. From the gorgeous Ivory And White Boutique clothed Bride, to the soft and pretty Kim Starr Wise blooms, every lovely detail snapped by Greer G Photography is positively radiant. A gallery as beautiful as this one is timeless beyond compare and can all be seen here.

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From Sapphire EventsMargaret Anne and Kyle planned a destination wedding in Kyle’s Hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Margaret Anne is a classic beauty with classically elegant taste. She aimed for a minimalistic color palette with major “wow” factors for the reception.

The beautiful floor-to-ceiling-to-floor draping created a huge impact that amazed guests upon entering the reception venue, and the light and ethereal decor design contrasted beautifully against the hundred-years-old cypress pine beams and rustic elements of this warehouse space. Margaret Anne was the first to view the space as she arrived in her limo with Kyle, and she squealed when she saw the lights aglow. Sweet, simple, traditional, and decidedly Southern, this celebration exemplified everything Margaret Anne and Kyle had imagined for their big day!

Photography: Greer G Photography | Videography: Studio Vieux Carre | Event Planning: Sapphire Events | Floral Design: Kim Starr Wise | Cake: Pure Cake | Reception Venue: The Gallery At The Chicory | Lighting: Luminous Events | Band: MoJEAUX | Bridal Salon : Ivory And White Boutique | Church: Rayne United Methodist Church | Makeup: Kiss And Makeup | Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals

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Romantic Charleston Fall Wedding

I really try not to pick favorites, but today I just can’t help it. Gathering Floral & Event Design and Kristin Newman Designs created an absolutely stunning Southern affair, and I’d be lying if I said that my eyes were dry watching the film by East West. Tim Willoughby captured every beautiful moment and this gallery pretty much just made my day.

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From East West… Jodi (the bride) & John (the groom) decided to plan a destination wedding to Charleston after the groom planned a proposal in Charleston. During their first trip to the city, they fell absolutely in love with the atmosphere and romance of the city and decided it would be the perfect location to bring their closest family and friends to celebrate their marriage.

The bride is in the wedding business herself and launch her newest venue in Raleigh, NC: http://merrimonwynne.com

From The Bride… We were engaged in Charleston and it immediately became one of the most important pieces of our love story. The city’s beauty, hospitality, and charm won our hearts and we decided that since it was a place that wasn’t mine or his, but ours, it was the perfect setting to celebrate our wedding.

What we wanted most was to have a big celebration and to give our guests a wonderful experience. We hosted 3 events that we hoped would allow everyone to get to know Charleston and feel how important they are to us at the same time. Live music was a big part of each event. At our Thursday night beach party, we had music on the back porch overlooking the ocean, which led to dancing and singing, and was followed by everyone setting off Thai wish lanterns that symbolized our love for travel and our hope that everyone there would make a wish that was special to them. For Friday night, we took our guests from the beach to the historic district, where we dined alfresco under market lights and listened to live jazz music at our favorite Italian restaurant. We knew right away that we wanted to have a traditional church wedding, but we wanted it to feel intimate and full, so we chose the French Huguenot Church because of its setting, history, and warmth. Our reception was at the gorgeous Lowndes Grove Plantation, where we had dinner under the stars beside the river and a canopy of live oak trees. We wanted the meal to feel elegant but inviting, and to give our guests the sense that they were at a beautiful family dinner. We knew the reception had to be capped off with a rocking band and a giant party on the dance floor, and we followed our reception with an afterparty complete with a french fry bar, where the dancing continued until the early hours of the morning.

It was truly a weekend beyond our wildest dreams, made possible by an amazingly talented team. Each moment was captured perfectly on film by East West and in beautiful images by Tim Willoughby. Kristin Newman Designs took our vision for our guests experience and made it a reality, and Gathering Events + Designs created a backdrop for the experience that was perfect in every way. To this day the thing that we hear the most from our guests is that it was magical, which is all we could have asked for.

Photography: Tim Willoughby | Cinematography: East West | Event Planning: Kristin Newman Designs | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang Georgina | Cake: Jim Smeal | Invitations: Oscar And Emma Custom Design | Shoes: Kate Spade | Caterer: Fish Restaurant | Lighting: Technical Event | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Church: French Huguenot Church | Event & Floral Design: Gathering Floral & Event Design | Live Band: Groovetown | Make Up & Hair: Meg Workman | Plantation : Lowndes Grove | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Pane E Vino | Rentals: Snyder Events

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