A Wedding Designed Around a Love of Literature

As you will read from photographer Caroline Lima below, this couple is glowing and radiant in every single way possible. They have a big love, not only for each other, but those in every corner of their lives. And isn’t that what a wedding day is all about? The cherry on the top are the sweet, sweet details—like their guest book made with library-themed cards for their guests to write them messages and put in an old card catalog—fitting for the Bride who happens to work at a library! See more of their day right here.

From Caroline LimaWhen I first worked with Courtney and Jon last fall on their engagement session, I was struck by how genuine they are. I think it’s impossible not to be drawn to their kind, calm personalities. We had such a good conversation, strolling through the UNC campus. And as I watched them through my lens, I could clearly see the depth of their feelings for one another. When we parted ways that day, I immediately began to look forward to their Chapel Hill Carriage House wedding. Well, the day finally arrived! And it was every bit as beautiful and special as I knew it would be.

For one, Courtney’s smile is absolutely contagious! She was glowing and radiant, and just like Jon cares so much for the people around her. As her bridesmaids were helping her dress, Courtney took time to tell them she felt honored to have them there. She made all of her loved ones feel as special and important as they really are to her. And so did Jon. It is such a pleasure and a gift to see that kind of love and generosity…and it all starts with the bride and groom.

The ceremony took place at the University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill. Before it began, Jon and Courtney exchanged letters and gifts. Watching the emotion on Jon’s face as he read Courtney’s words was so touching. At one point, he broke off and said (obviously to himself) “What did I do to deserve her?” A genuine moment that I will never forget! Later, as he watched his bride come down the aisle, tears welled up in Jon’s eyes. So beautiful! And the surprising part? The deep and true emotion of this wedding transitioned into a very exciting dance floor! This bride and groom can definitely cut a rug! I can’t help but giggle now, remembering how much fun it was to watch them at their reception at The Carriage House! A huge thanks to Kast Events, such a perfect and smooth day!

Photography: Caroline Lima Photography | Videography: Jon Clark Weddings | Event Coordination: Kast Events | Floral Designer: Bowerbird Flowers | Stationery: Blush Paperie | Ceremony Venue: University Presbyterian Church | Reception Venue: Chapel Hill Carriage House | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Beau Catering | Hair and makeup: Onloktion Makeup Artistry | Cake Artist: Buttercream’s Bake Shop | Cocktail Hour Music: Arioso Strings | Groom + Groomsmen's Attire: Bernard's Formalwear | Reception Music: Joe Bunn