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CHARLESTON S O U T H

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To stay in Charleston is to be swept back to an era of flickering carriage lanterns and cobblestone streets. It is a world of lovingly manicured gardens, spectacular architecture, sophisticated interpretations of Southern cuisine, and soul-stirring coastal landscapes—a fabled setting for your dream wedding. Find everything needed to plan your special day at CharlestonWeddingGuide.com.

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Cornelius, NC 704-895-1007

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LilyRoseBridal.com

DRESS BY: ESSENSE OF AUSTRALIA

Bridal Boutique

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CASEY HENDRICKSON PHOTOGRAPHY

JACQUI COLE PHOTOGRAPHY

THE BALLANTYNE, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, CHARLOTTE Rich in Style, Grand in Experience – Your Wedding Weekend Destination

Experience authentic Southern hospitality, inspiring venues, picturesque grounds, luxurious accommodations and resort amenities designed to complement your wedding celebration. Select from The Ballantyne’s gorgeous ballrooms and stunning outdoor spaces or the casual elegance of The Lodge, a private retreat.

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LAUREN FRIDAY PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIDAL LUNCHEONS • REHEARSAL DINNERS • CEREMONIES • RECEPTIONS POST-WEDDING BRUNCHES • UPSCALE DINING • GOLF OUTINGS • SPA & SALON For wedding inquiries or to arrange a tour, please contact 704 248 4070 or sales@theballantyne.com. THE BALLANTYNE A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, CHARLOTTE 10000 BALLANTYNE COMMONS PARKWAY, CHARLOTTE, NC 28277 704 248 4000 THEBALLANTYNE.COM

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IN THIS ISSUE

GET THE LOOK

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THEKNOT.COM

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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WEDDING TOOLS

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THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

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ASK THE KNOT SQUAD

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TRENDING

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VENUE SCOUT

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EXPERT ADVICE

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MARRIAGE LICENSES AND WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

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LAST LOOK

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154 WILD AT HEART

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CATHRINE WESSEL

SPRING/ SUMMER 2020

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What if planning your wedding could be simple? ELEGANT SETTING & EXCELLENT FOOD, TOGETHER AT LAST

WWW.HIGHGROVE-NC.COM 919.552.6154 | 1613 South Main Street | Fuquay-Varina, NC @highgrovenc

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@HighgroveEstate

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CONTENTS

REAL WEDDINGS 51

ASHLYN + MASON March 23, Canton, NC

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ALICIA + TAMEK A June 1, Charlotte, NC

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CADIE + IAN June 6, Wilmington, NC

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AURELIA + JONATHAN June 2, Salisbury, NC

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JESSICA + AMIT March 30, Charleston, SC

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JULIANNE + CHARLIE

STYLE + PLANNING 71

May 25, Greenville, SC

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CHLOE + ALDRIC June 15, Columbia, SC

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ASHLEY + CHRIS April 20, Charleston, SC

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AMONG THE FLOWERS

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A bespoke Amsterdam styled shoot takes a romantic turn.

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STAR SEARCH Your horoscope may hold the answer to your ideal venue.

CANDY CRUSH The sweetest stationery suites for every style and palette.

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BUDGET BLASTING TIPS Timely advice to help keep your bottom line in check. ››

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: CASEY HENDRICKSON PHOTOGRAPHY; JOHNNY MILLER: JESSICA HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY

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wedding + special event venue

168 EAST KINDERTON WAY, BERMUDA RUN, NC 27006 | 336.397.2010 | WINMOCK.COM JAKE + HEATHER PHOTOGRAPHY | REBECCA ROSE EVENTS

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CONTENTS

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GET THE PICTURE How to ensure you get images you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

SET THE MOOD

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Use our colorful inspiration boards to inform your celebratory style.

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DÉCOR FOR EVERY BUDGET Serious money-saving tips for style at any price.

FA S H I O N + B E AU T Y 137

THE KNOT BEAUTY AWARDS

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The highest-rated products for your bridal beauty arsenal.

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ACCESSORIZE IN STYLE A comprehensive guide to pulling off a totally personalized look.

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WILD AT HEART Unexpected wedding looks that are unapologetically romantic.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: KATIE HOSS PHOTO; COURTESY OF VENDOR; DANIELLE COONS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Mary Bell EVENTS

Wedding planning at its finest. Serving Asheville, Charleston, Savannah and beyond. Offering complete design and luxury planning services for today’s busy bride.

(828) 450-2209 • mary@marybellevents.com

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ON THE COVER

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COVER Dress in all sizes, price upon request, Costarellos.com; engagement ring, $2,156 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry .com; earrings, $220, Oscar de la Renta, Nordstrom.com

In love with our gorgeous cover dresses? Check out more fashion-forward styles for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

COVER

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Dress in sizes up to 12, $6,445, VivienneWestwood .com, engagement ring, $43,657, ChristopherDesigns .com; earrings, $2,155, AnabelaChan .com; shoes, $515, FreyaRose.com

Behind the Scenes The Simple Life

PHOTOGRAPHY Cathrine Wessel FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR John Ruidant for Evo Haircare/See Management MAKEUP Deanna Melluso for Dior/See Management PROP STYLING Nassimos Studio

Get a sneak peek of what went on at The Knot cover shoot

Brookfields Farm a note about our shoot location

HORSIN’ AROUND Photographer Cathrine Wessel snaps a shot of our model posing with a friendly horse from Brookfields Farm.

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BLUE JEAN BABES Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor Shelley Brown and Photo Director Sarah Rozen #twinning in denim overalls on set.

FINISHING TOUCHES Our wardrobe styling team adds the final tweaks to a Viktor&Rolf shirt dress before the first shot of the day.

For an authentic country-themed shoot, we went for the real deal— taking over a family farm in Hudson Valley, New York. Brookfields Farm’s scenic 160 acres is home to herds of horses, cows, goats—and more.

BEHIND THE SCENES: COURTESY OF SARAH EVANS; BARN ICON: ANDREJS KIRMA/NOUN PROJECT

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Dress in sizes up to 22, $7,500, Monique Lhuillier at Alexia’s Bridal Boutique, Alexias Bridal.com (Raleigh, NC); earrings, $16,550, LeVian.com

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Happily Ever After Starts Here

NOVELI WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

ANGEL RUFF PHOTOGRAPHY

BRITTANY NAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY

ANGEL RUFF PHOTOGRAPHY

Enter the building through 10-ft. French oak double doors from the 1800s French Carriage House to a 5,000-sq.-ft. venue facing a 30-ft. wall of glass along a serene 20-acre lake. Indoor/outdoor venue accommodates seating for 375 with Caterers’ Kitchen, Bridal Suite and Groom’s Room. LEAH NAOMI PHOTOGRAPHY

325 Huitt Rd., Anderson, South Carolina 29626 (864) 293-3606 | theoaksweddingvenue@gmail.com

www.TheOaksWeddingVenue.com VIRGIL BUNAO PHOTOGRAPHY

KELSEY FARNHAM PHOTOGRAPHY

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E D ITO R IN CHIE F

MANAG IN G E D ITO R

Susan Berryman

Kristen Maxwell Cooper

E XECUTIVE E D ITO R

Lauren Kay

S E NI O R FA S HI O N & B E AUT Y E D ITO R S E NI O R S T YLE & PL ANNIN G E D ITO R PH OTO E D ITO R RE AL WE D D IN G S E D ITO R A S S O CIATE RE AL WE D D IN G S E D ITO R J U NI O R D E S I G NE R RE AL WE D D IN G S D E S I G NE RS A S S I S TANT E D ITO R , RE S E ARCH CO NTRIB UTIN G PH OTO D IREC TO R CO NTRIB UTIN G ART D IREC TO R

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Sarah Evans

Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Kristen M. Cusumano Becky Murray Louis Baragona Emma Gray Pitt Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Sharlyn Pierre Sarah Rozen Michele Parrella

PRO D U C TI O N PRO D U C TI O N MANAG E R Jesse Hardy S E NI O R G R APHI C D E S I G NE R Katie Hover G R APHI C D E S I G NE R Nicole Daberkow PH OTO PRO D U C TI O N MANAG E R Carly Steier CO NTE NT E D ITO R Lois Brunnert Bethune THE K N OT.CO M , S O CIAL M E D IA & VID EO S E NI O R MANAG E R , D I G ITAL CO NTE NT Morgan Gibson S E NI O R NE WS E D ITO R Esther Lee MARK ETIN G MANAG E R , D I G ITAL CO NTE NT MaryKate Callahan A S S O CIATE PH OTO E D ITO R , D I G ITAL Jessica Kane AS SO CIATE E DITO R , E- CO MME RCE Emily Platt A S S I S TANT E D ITO RS , D I G ITAL Sarah Hanlon, Maddy Sims AS SO CIATE DIREC TO R , SO CIAL ME DIA Whitney Little E D ITO R , S O CIAL M E D IA Sarah Hooper MARK ETIN G MANAG E R , S O CIAL M E D IA Trisha Tucker S E NI O R MANAG E R , VID EO PRO D U C TI O N Daniela Kelley McInerney VID EO PRO D U CE R Siobhan Carty VID EO E D ITO R Leslie Grill A S S O CIATE VID EO PRO D U CE R Olivia DiTomaso VID EO PRO D U C TI O N A S S O CIATE Raul Ferrari

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THE S TU D I O @ THE K N OT WO RLDWID E VP, CU S TO M CO NTE NT & HE AD O F S TU D I O Nick Fortunato E D ITO RIAL D IREC TO R Elizabeth Roehrig E XECUTIVE PRO D U CE R Joanna Dedvukaj D E PUT Y E D ITO R Kate Traverson INTEG R ATE D PRO D U CE R Alexandra Vicino S E NI O R E D ITO R Cassie Kreitner S E NI O R MANAG E R , CRE ATIVE MARK ETIN G S O LUTI O N S Jessica Bendes SALE S MARK ETIN G A S S O CIATE MANAG E R Jolie Klein A S S I S TANT MANAG IN G E D ITO R Kelsey Paine S E NI O R D E S I G NE R Amanda Kocis Gallagher A S S O CIATE PRO D U CE R Claire Flanagan A S S I S TANT S O CIAL M E D IA E D ITO R Stephani Schell SALE S & MARK ETIN G G RO U P VP, LO CAL SALE S John Pike, jpike@theknotww.com PU B LI S HE R Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknotww.com S E NI O R D IREC TO R , S H OWS & E VE NT S Susana Diharce, sdiharce@theknotww.com (866) 960-9909 D IREC TO R , PRO D U C T MARK ETIN G Bevin Stella, bstella@theknotww.com (212) 515-3544 PRINT S TR ATEGY S PECIALI S T printspecialist@theknotww.com (402) 596-8489

S E NI O R D IREC TO R , PU B LI C RE L ATI O N S CO O RD INATO R , PU B LI C RE L ATI O N S

Melissa Bach, pr@theknotww.com Emilie Berman, eberman@theknotww.com

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D I G I TA L DOWNLOAD Get even more ideas on TheKnot.com/carolinas and at @TheKnot on social.

Real Weddings

GET INSPIRED

BEST OF WEDDINGS

LOCAL LOWDOWN

Ready to assemble your pro squad? Discover the top-rated wedding vendors in your area and find out why couples love them at TheKnot.com/bow.

Gather your dream team of local wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/carolinas. You can connect with planners, photographers and other vendors by searching by region and price in our local Marketplace. Your state directory has everything you need to know to get married, even where and how to secure a marriage license. You’ll also discover real wedding inspiration from other Carolina couples.

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Abhi and Peter Haschke filled their wedding at Rhubarb entirely with DIY details. Abhi used her pottery skills to make bowls and succulent pots for each guest. The project included creating 60 pieces of pottery during the weeks leading up to the celebration. “The night before, we stayed up until 2 a.m. trying to get the pottery glazed, fired and ready for the guests,” Abhi says.

LOVED ON INSTAGRAM

#TheKnot

#TheKnotRings

#TheKnotRegistry

Find endless inspiration, no matter your style or budget. @wanderlustcreatives

Browse some bling, or snap a selfie with your sparkler. @headstandsandheels

Post pics of your fave gifts, or get ideas for your registry asks. @tedandchelsea

FOLLOW US

#MakeTradition Show us how you put a new spin on tradition to personalize your day. @feelandfocusphotography

Keep up with everything weddings by following along with The Knot on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. You’ll get tons of tips and tricks to help with your planning journey, plus ideas and inspiration, the latest nuptial news and so much more.

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Y our perfect day begins with an unforgettable destination.

PHOTO COURTESY OF LANDON JACOB

18th Lawn of Harbour Town Golf Links

A world-renowned destination, The Sea Pines Resort is situated on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean amidst the stunning landscape of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Boasting beautiful beaches and one-of-a-kind wedding venues, The Sea Pines Resort offers a spectacular beach club, the area’s top-rated restaurants on TripAdvisor and the island’s only four-star accommodations. Let our experienced wedding professionals help you create your perfect day and memories that will last a lifetime.

Sea Pines Beach Club

Atlantic Room

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC

Harbour Town Clubhouse

Contact Wedding Sales Manager Ann Bentley Hill at (843) 842-1495 or ahill@seapines.com. TO VIEW OUR VENUES AND CURRENT PROMOTIONS, PLEASE VISIT SEAPINES.COM/WEDDINGS.

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Before you jump into the planning, take some time to really enjoy and reflect on your engagement—because this is a huge moment. You’ve found your person. And on the journey to find them, there was likely a slew of circumstances and chance that helped you navigate the almost eight billion people in this world and bring you two together. In other words, this is big. Now take a deep breath because the hardest part is over! What’s up next? Celebrating your unique love story with all of your friends and family. If you’re not sure where to begin (trust me, I’ve been there!) then you’ve come to the right place. These pages are chock-full of tips, tricks and advice for everything from finding your perfect wedding venue to deciding on accessories to match your style. And make sure to check out our Real Wedding stories. They’re a great place to find amazing vendors in your area, as well as local-specific ideas for food, décor and more. After you’re finished reading, download The Knot Wedding Planner app to make sure your planning stays on track. You’ve got this!

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KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER EDITOR IN CHIEF @kristenmax kristen@theknot.com

STAR SEARCH I’m a big believer in astrology, so if you can’t make a decision on your venue, let your sign be your guide. For all of the Sags out there (it me!), let your wanderlust take the lead and look into an exotic locale like Hawaii (p. 79).

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Accessories are an easy place to add a pop of personality. Even if it’s just for the reception (p. 149).

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TOO PRETTY TO EAT How stunning is this handpainted cake? While these flowers are expertly crafted from sugar, you can get a similar look (and maximize your budget) by opting for real stems (p. 71).

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: CATHRINE WESSEL; SARAH LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY; LORELY MEZA PHOTOGRAPHY; DANIELLE COONS PHOTOGRAPHY; KATIE HOSS PHOTO; COURTESY OF VENDOR

C O N G R AT S , YO U ’ R E E N G AG E D

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TOOLS

Congratulations

YO U ’ R E E N G A G E D ! Here are the big to-dos from “yes” to “I do.” Turn the page for more, including the tools you’ll need and how to get your personalized checklist.

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HIRE YOUR TEAM Research and book pros—anyone you have to have should be locked in ASAP.

GATHER YOUR CREW Ask your besties to stand by you at the altar and in the months leading up to your day.

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PLAN THE CEREMONY Meet with your officiant to discuss the details and attend prewedding counseling if required.

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COMPLETE YOUR TEAM Book any outstanding pros like hairstylists, makeup artists, day-of transportation or a photo booth for your reception.

SHOP FOR RINGS Try on and purchase your wedding rings—then insure them. (Now it’s starting to feel really real, right?)

CHOOSE A POINT PERSON If you don’t have a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, task an attendant or family member to be the go-to so you can relax and enjoy the day.

DECIDE WHAT TO WEAR Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Choose what your wedding party will wear too.

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NAIL DOWN THE BUDGET Envision your wedding and decide how much you want to spend (and who else will be contributing).

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BUY YOUR WEDDING PAPER Select invites, thankyous and other stationery. If you place one order, you may snag a discount.

FINALIZE OTHER PARTY DETAILS Plan your rehearsal dinner, after-party and morning-after brunch.

GO FOR FITTINGS Have the final attire fittings and arrange for dress and/or suit pickup.

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GET THE MARRIAGE LICENSE Head to the state registrar’s office in the county where you’ll wed for this must-have doc.

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The planning and hard work are behind you—time to celebrate your new status.

CARD: COURTESY OF RIFLE PAPER CO.; MARIACHI BAND: GETTY IMAGES; MODEL: RODIN BANICA/MCV PHOTO; COMPUTER: SHUTTERSTOCK; COUPLE: EMELY TAVERAS; CEREMONY: THE YOUNGRENS; BOUQUET: SARAH ANNE WARD; CONFETTI: SHUTTERSTOCK; ALL OTHER IMAGES: ISTOCK

BOOK A VENUE Search for the perfect place to celebrate, keeping budget and guest count in mind. Then set the date.

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PHOTOGRAPHED BY PERRY VAILE AND PRODUCED BY CHARLESTON WEDDINGS; FLORALS BY OUT OF THE GARDEN

Imagine...

For wedding info, contact Kathleen McCormack

KMCCORMACK@DISCOVERSEABROOK.COM • 843.768.7869 • WWW.SEABROOKISLANDWEDDINGS.COM

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TOOLS

Organizing all those details and a checklist? There’s an app for that. The Knot Wedding Planner pulls together your vision, pros and guests to put planning in the palm of your hand.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY YUNHEE KIM

F I N D Y O U R W E D D I N G S T Y L E We know—you’re probably figuring out where you should even start. We’ve got you covered. Once you download the app, the first thing you’ll do is swipe on images you love in our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your vibe. Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision (more on that on the next page). K E E P O R G A N I Z E D Not sure what to do when? No sweat—we’ve put together a checklist for you, and it’s totally customizable. So if Uncle Jeff is officiating, we’ll take “find an officiant” off your list. Plus, our budgeter will help you track your overall spending and how much you’ve put toward each detail. C O M P I L E Y O U R T E A M After sharing all your info (budget, location, guest count) we’ll help you assemble your squad. And if you want to keep scrolling, we’ve got thousands of award-winning pros (located right where you are), plus reviews, on The Knot Marketplace. M A N A G E Y O U R R E G I S T R Y Now for the fun part: your registries. Your people will want to shower you with gifts from “we’re engaged” to your wedding day, so keep your wish lists fully stocked right from your phone. Our universal registry tool lets you add items from anywhere you shop—so you don’t have to choose between bespoke pottery on Etsy and the latest smart home tech at Amazon. And if you’d rather ask for money to put toward things like your honeymoon flights or a home down payment, start a cash registry on The Knot. T H I N K O F Y O U R G U E S T S Your wedding website is going to be your new best friend. Fill it with need-to-know info, like hotels and your registries, then share it with guests. You can stay on top of RSVPs too. And don’t forget to have guests download The Guest—a photo sharing app that will sync all of their photos in one place (it’s like a free wedding album you can see in real time).

PROP STYLING: JULIE FLYNN AT HALLEY RESOURCES

Plan Your Wedding on Your Phone

G E T Y O U R D A Y - O F T I M E L I N E As you check off to-dos (so satisfying, right?) the app creates a detailed day-of timeline. Share it with your pros, wedding party and VIPs. This way, everyone knows when it’s all going down, and you can focus on enjoying some champagne and having a blast with your people.

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The 1927 LAKE LURE Inn & Spa

Grand History. Majestic Beauty. Unforgettable Memories.

GRUEN PHOTOGRAPHY

Western North Carolina's Premier Lakeside Mountain Wedding Venue

JACOB DEAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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TOOLS

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YO U R W E D D I N G V I S I O N

CREATE YOUR VISION All that swiping will leave you with tons of inspo, which you can add to anytime. Plus there’s room for personalized, #MakeTradition musthaves (think: late-night taco truck, dog-friendly ceremony space or room for a sangeet).

SHARE YOUR IDEAS When you’re ready, send your vision board to your fam and the people bringing your day to life. A series of images will help convey your idea of what a “romantic garden party” looks like.

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DISCOVER YOUR STYLE No couple is just one set style—instead, you’ll get a series of words that describe your vibe. Bonus: You can use this lingo when talking with your pros.

PERFECT YOUR COLOR PALETTE Check out the colors that match your wedding style. And not to worry—you can always change them up as you plan.

GET PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS We’ll take your quiz answers and match you with vendors based on your location, style and budget—starting with your venue.

SAY “I DO” WITH EASE As you check off your to-dos, we’ll create a custom day-of timeline to help you pull off the main event.

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YUNHEE KIM, PROP STYLING BY PAM MORRIS; ; LIGHTBULB: DAVO SIME/NOUN PROJECT; SHARING: LOGAN/NOUN PROJECT; TARGET: DAVID/NOUN PROJECT; CHECK: RÉMY MÉDARD/NOUN PROJECT; PALETTE: BOHDAN BURMICH/NOUN PROJECT; MAGNIFYING GLASS: XINH STUDIO/NOUN PROJECT

Not sure how to define your style and theme? That’s okay! Download The Knot Wedding Planner app and take our Style Quiz to get your personalized Wedding Vision.

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The Charlotte Region’s Premier Wedding Destination

David Laurence Portraits

The biggest day of your life should be celebrated at the best venue. For more than 20 years, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden has created a reputation as the foremost venue, creating unforgettable memories for brides, friends and family. Let us help create yours!

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden • 6500 South New Hope Road • Belmont, NC 28012 • 704.829.1268 • www.DSBG.org

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MAKE TR ADITION

WITH THIS RING

The low-key couple purchased their wedding bands from Etsy and wrote their own vows. Plus, one of K’Cey’s pals officiated.

THE DETAILS

Demi Brown (26 and the head baker at Harmony Bakery and a yoga instructor) and K’Cey Johnson (24 and a network engineer) invited 25 guests to witness their mountain ceremony just south of Asheville.

THEIR WEDDING, THEIR WAY

PEAK SEASON

Fog, blisters and blustering winds didn’t stop this pair from climbing their way to the top of Black Balsam Knob alongside their closest friends and family. BY B EC KY M U R RAY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMELIA FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY

CAKE Espresso icing

BOUQUET Demi

covered the chocolate and vanilla vegan cake that the couple cut into together. FLOWER “GIRL” “My sister was never a flower girl, which she’s pretty salty about, so I included ‘flower-girling’ in her maid of honor duties,” Demi says.

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carried artichokes, flowering kale, quicksand roses, waxflower, plum ranunculus, blue thistle and peach foxgloves. BESTIES “We didn’t have a wedding party, but we asked our guests to dress within our color palette to make our photos even more spectacular,” Demi says.

DINNER Posthike, the party continued at Rhubarb with toasts and a family-style meal of IPA-brined cauliflower, wood-fired chicken, smoked ribeye and more. ALL THE WAY UP After the

ceremony, everyone ate Vortex Doughnuts, then hiked to the top of the mountain to pop bubbly. “My mom got married in the Blue Ridge mountains, and we really enjoyed the surroundings and nature,” K’Cey says. Moreover, it was the closest choice for the Maryland residents, who initially had eyes on Yosemite.

THE TEAM CEREMONY SITE Black Balsam Knob, NC RECEPTION SITE, CAKE & CATERING Rhubarb, Asheville, NC PHOTOGRAPHY Amelia Fletcher Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Ryan Pham FLOWERS Urban Farm Girl; flower crown & arm band: Pomona Floral ATTIRE Demi: BHLDN; K’Cey: Menguin HAIR & MAKEUP Pop of Color

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Demi asked a friend to make her crown with dried flowers so she could rewear it— which she did at their reception party one month later.

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Q+A

ASK THE KNOT SQUAD

THE CREW

We tapped our experts for answers to your of-the-moment questions. ETIQUETTE

How do I tell my guests I want to have an unplugged ceremony?

CEO and editor in chief, Black Bride

BRITTANY LO

CEO and founder, Beautini

A LY S S A L O N G O B U C C O Senior style and planning editor, The Knot

M A R Y C H A T M A N : A simple note on your wedding website and a small, concise sign advising guests that you’re having an unplugged wedding should suffice. Say something like, “We want our friends and family to be present at our ceremony, so we ask that you put away all cameras and cell phones. We’ve hired an amazing photographer, so don’t worry— this memory will be captured and we can’t wait to share the photos with you.” It gets the point across without cell phone shaming.

Honor your dad’s competitive ping-pong streak with a cocktail hour tournament.

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BEAUTY

BRITTNY DRYE Founder and editor in chief, Love Inc. Mag

B EC KY M U R RAY Real Weddings Editor, The Knot

MARK INGRAM

Owner and creative director, Mark Ingram Atelier

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I’ve heard that, as the bride, I should get my hair and makeup done last so it’s the freshest. Is this true?

My partner’s father passed away and we’re hoping to find a few thoughtful (but not too heavy) ways to remember him on our day. Any suggestions?

B R I T T A N Y L O : Not necessarily. I actually always pick my bride as the first client for a few reasons. First, if you need your hair blown out and set for your hairstyle, then you want to be able to let it sit for the longest amount of time so it holds throughout the night. Additionally, the beginning of the day tends to be the most relaxing—it can get pretty chaotic as the morning goes on. From an emotional standpoint, you might be a bit calmer if you’re taken care of first rather than stressing that there may not be enough time for you to get ready. Plus, you’ll be able to chill before getting dressed and make sure you love your look before pictures begin.

A L Y S S A L O N G O B U C C O : Your wedding day is a celebration of you and your partner’s love, so it should be a celebration of the people you love too. Even if they’re no longer with you, their memory can be honored in incredibly special and meaningful ways. Think of how your partner’s father would have liked to commemorate you two had he been able to be there, and work that into the day. Did he always hit the dance floor when Earth, Wind & Fire came on? Play something by the band as the last song of the night. Was he a big fan of family pingpong tournaments? Set up a few tables for a showdown during cocktail hour in his honor. Giving a nod to a deceased loved one’s essence—and personality—is the greatest tribute of all. ››

43%

of brides contribute toward their bridal party’s makeup

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ADVICE

Make a grand entrance with mom by escorting her down the aisle.

PLANNING

B R I T T N Y D R Y E : If space allows, having two aisles is a great way to showcase both parties equally with a dramatic meeting at the altar. If you go this route, make sure you have a photographer and a second shooter to capture both of your entrances and reactions. Another popular option is walking down the aisle together to symbolize unity. If you’re torn between the traditional and creating your own twist, why not combine the two? One of you can walk halfway down the aisle solo, where you can then meet in the middle and take your final steps to the altar together.

MAKE TRADITION

In the spirit of #MakeTradition, how can couples personalize their wedding day looks? B E C K Y M U R R A Y : Start with your favorite item. What’s your go-to accessory or signature addition when you dress for everyday life? If you feel your best in a bold lipstick, don’t feel the need to go nude and natural on your wedding day. If you’re known for rocking quirky socks in your nine-to-five, pick a new pair just for the occasion. Personalization is just that: personal. Wear what makes you feel the most “you” on your wedding day, not what you think you’re “supposed” to wear. #MakeTradition is all about being confident in the customs you inherited while staying true to what makes you unique.

FASHION

How much should my venue inform the style of my dress? M A R K I N G R A M : Aside from your own personal style, nothing influences your wedding fashion more than your venue. Obviously, an outdoor daytime garden wedding and a formal evening ballroom affair require very different looks. A clean and modern warehouse pairs well with a sleek sheath dress, while a detailed ball gown is perfect for a fairy-tale château. Let the venue be your guide and find a gown that will complement the setting.

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Neither of us wants to meet the other at the altar during our ceremony. Any nontraditional suggestions for walking down the aisle?

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TRENDING Honor your partner’s culture by looking into each piece’s meaning.

H AV E

fun W I T H Y O U R

FA S H I O N Today’s dress code is “you do you.” When it comes time to celebrate, your wedding day look is one of the most striking ways to make a statement about both your personal style and your cultures. These couples ran wild with accessories, colors and prints—and there’s no reason you can’t too.

FASHION FUSION J O H N + TA N AY S A N TA R O S A , C A

“It was important to us to acknowledge our respective cultures,” John (right) says. “While researching Indian culture, I was gobsmacked by the beauty of traditional menswear. I was excited to wear the sherwani.”

TAILOR MADE “When it comes to my everyday style, I tend to lean masculine,” Jen says. “That said, I didn’t want a traditional black suit or tie for my wedding day. Purple struck me as feminine but different, and the flower necklace was the cherry on top. It totally stole the show.”

SEEING RED CLAIRE + CHRISTOPH CHAGRIN FALLS, OH

“I knew from the very beginning that I didn’t want to wear a white wedding dress,” Claire says. “I tried on dozens of gowns, but as soon as I saw this one, I freaked out. It was exactly what I wanted: free and fun.” ALL DRESSED UP DON’T BE SCARED TO ADD A FUN TOUCH TO A CLASSIC LOOK. KNOWN FOR WEARING F U N K Y P A T T E R N S ? L E T ’ E M P O P O N Y O U R T I E O R V E S T.

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TRENDING

MAKE

meaning W I T H Y O U R

Semi-custom menus allow your place settings to still feel personal.

PLACE SETTINGS Okay, yes, the whole free-food-andopen-bar thing is a huge draw, but give guests even more reason to get comfy, raise a glass and mingle at their seats with the help of a personalized place setting. When done right, your loved ones will feel like it was set just for them.

SWEET SYMBOLISM M A D D I E + J O H N L O N G M O N T, C O

“The flamingo represented John’s Florida roots, while the robin symbolized my home of Colorado,” Maddie says. “Alongside the two birds, I wrote a poem explaining how our food combined our different places of origin.”

STITCHED WITH LOVE “Alana’s mother monogrammed all 110 napkins with our married name,” Clair says. “After the reception, we kept a set or two for ourselves and gave the rest of the napkins to members of our family as a thank-you gift for all of their hard work.”

PICTURE PERFECT SO P H I E + ATA E F I O K WA S H I N GTO N , D C

“I’m known as a serial photographer, and I wanted those memories to touch our wedding day,” Sophie says. “Six weeks before the wedding, we went on the journey of finding 95 different photos of us with our guests. It was a fun, meaningful way to go down memory lane.” S I N C E R E LY YO U R S A D D I N G A H A N D W R I T T E N N O T E AT E A C H P L A C E W I L L L E T A L L O F YO U R G U E S T S K N O W J U S T H O W S P E C I A L T H E I R AT T E N D A N C E I S T O YO U .

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A L A N A + C L A I R K A N S A S C I T Y, M O

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Not a big dancer? Hire local performers to take the stage.

W I T H YO U R

FIRST DANCE Take your dance floor debut to the next level by showing off some one-of-a-kind moves, whether that means giving someone else the spotlight or choreographing a Dirty Dancing–worthy number—lift optional. Just let the rhythm of the day decide.

BREAK IT DOWN DIANE + JJ DENVER

“We wanted to give back to our community, so we asked kid dancers from the School of Breaking to take on our first dance,” Diane says. “The school inspires kids through the power of music and dance.”

PASS THE MIC “We surprised my parents by giving them our first dance, complete with a serenade,” Dre says. “My mom and dad eloped over 30 years ago due to racial tensions and never got that big, white wedding of their own, so it was our gift of gratitude to them.”

RAISE THE ROOF N O A H + PJ E A R LT O N , N Y

“We really wanted to surprise everyone,” Noah says. “The video of our dance, which included a Dirty Dancing lift, went viral, and the proceeds allowed us to donate $40,000 to the It Gets Better Project.” J OY F U L N O I S E T U R N YO U R P R E W E D D I N G DA N C E L E S S O N S I N T O F U N D AT E N I G H T S —T H AT S H O U L D H E L P F I G H T A N Y S T A G E F R I G H T.

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DRE + DAN LOS ANGELES

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Ask about our ELOPEMENT PACKAGES

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Photographer: Matt Lusk

WEDDINGS AT SANDERLING! When planning a wedding for 15 – 200 guests at Sanderling, everything you desire is near at hand. Along with luxurious accommodations, a pampering spa and salon, picturesque ceremony and reception venues, a professional planner and catering team set an idyllic stage for your memorable event. Sanderling defines what is truly real in life. A simple connection to family and friends and the beauty that abounds for your special day in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

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TRENDING

FLOWER POWER Earrings, $168, LeleSadoughi.com

KEEP IT

chic W I T H

MUSTARD USTARD +SAGE This unexpected duo is equal parts sweet and vibrant—perfect for spring.

STRINGS OF GOLD

ALTAR BOUND Velvet vow book, $91, Elmo-PaperStories.com

Classic ribbon in Oro, from $6, TonoandCo.com

TEXTURED TOPPER Headband, $225, JenniferBehr.com

ELEGANT EATS

GREEN GODDESS

Floral greenery menu, $6 for printable download, PlumSugarPaperie, Etsy.com

POSH PERCH Green velvet chair, $60 per day to rent, RentPatina.com

GOOD VIBES Mini smudge sticks, $15 for 3, WorldMarket.com

FINE DINING Saapaivakirja plate, $36, Marimekko, Amara.com

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FANCY FEET Shoes, $1,045, ManoloBlahnik.com

FRESH PICK AERIN Éclat de Vert, $225 for 1.7 oz., EsteeLauder.com

FLOWER BOUQUET: TIFFANY LEE PHOTOGRAPHY; ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF VENDORS

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Dress in sizes up to 28, $270, TheiaCouture.com

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New York Style Meets Southern Charm

WE CATER, YOU PARTY 843.282.7100

www.21maineventsatnorthbeach.com

Two Ceremony Locations • Oceanview Lounge • Private Dining • Grand Ballroom

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TRENDING

KEEP IT

BRIGHT LINE

funky W I T H

LAVENDER +TEAL

Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Violet Femme 82, $25, Marc Jacobs, Sephora.com

DISCO FEVER Disco ball balloons, $25 for 3, FabfunctionsByKelly, Etsy.com

The ’80s are back and better than ever with an electric duo that keeps the good times rolling.

SWANKY SIP Milly acrylic tumbler, $28, Amara.com

MAIL CALL

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Modern wedding invitation, from $85, finedaypress, Etsy.com

TABLE TOPPER Melamine terrazzo dinner plate, $10, WestElm.com

COLD SHOULDER Dress in sizes up to 28, $270, Amsale.com

Logan rainbow mirror flatware, $60 for 20-piece set, Cambridge, HomeDepot.com

SOFT SCENT Lil’ Dipper eau de parfum, $77 for 1.7 oz., Pinrose.com

BOLD BLING Earrings, $68, KendraScott.com

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STRAPPY STEPPER Shoes, $99, VinceCamuto.com

KISS: THE LIGHT & GLASS; ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF VENDORS

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A magnificent, 130-mile string of barrier islands, the Outer Banks, North Carolina, is a place of breathtaking natural beauty, charming seaside towns and endless possibilities. Steeped in history, infused with romance, and defined by authenticity, an Outer Banks wedding is a true reflection of your relationship. What better way to begin your life together? Let us take care of the details.

Extraordinary awaits.

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TRENDING

GEO DETAILS Eclipse Blocks napkins, $24 for 4, WestElm.com

PRETTY TIPS Gel Couture nail polish in First View, $12, Essie.com

KEEP IT

refined W I T H

SKY BLUE +SIENNA DREAM WEAVER Bag, $395, LoefflerRandall.com

This warm-meets-cool pair is a unique combo suited for any style.

VELVET TOUCH Dress in sizes up to 24, $290, JennyYoo.com

STATEMENT STUDS

PAINTERLY PAPER Collage wedding invitation, $234 for 100, Ann Gardner, Minted.com

BACK TO BASICS Raina dinner plate, $25, Dansk, Bloomingdales.com

LET IT GLOW Amber candlesticks, $50 for 3, Hubsch, JungLeeNY.com

PERKY POUT BUCKLED UP Shoes, $48, JustFab.com

Matte Revolution lipstick in Sexy Sienna, $34, CharlotteTilbury.com

SOMETHING BLUE Custom heart patch, $18, TheDailyDisco, Etsy.com

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PLACE SETTING: LAUREN SAYLOR OF @AFABULOUSFETE; ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF VENDORS

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Earrings, $125, LizzieFortunato.com

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PHOTOS BY MAGNOLIA PHOTOGRAPHY

Kaminksi House Museum The Kathryn and David Kossove Terrace Your Happily Ever After starts at the Kaminski House Museum in historic Georgetown, SC (just 60 miles north of Charleston). Weddings on the lawn of the Kaminski House Museum or special events in The Kathryn and David Kossove Terrace feature Southern style charm and tradition in our historic waterfront settings.

1003 Front Street, Historic Georgetown, SC KaminskiMuseum.org 843-546-7706

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FLOWERS BY JOSEPH BARNES/PETAL & OAK

Whether intimate or grand, One Eleven Place offers elegant surroundings and professional wedding experts to guide you through creating an event to remember. Our distinctive ballroom opens onto an expansive garden patio, making it easy to seamlessly transition from ceremony or cocktail hour to reception. Large or small, lavish or simple, One Eleven Place is the perfect venue for the event you have envisioned.

RECEPTIONS • REHEARSAL DINNERS • SPECIAL EVENTS C A R Y, N O R T H C A R O L I N A

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The Lace House

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COURTESY OF THE LACE HOUSE; COST APPLIES TO A SATURDAY WEDDING IN SPRING OR SUMMER 2020; GUEST COUNT IS DEFINED AS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER THE VENUE CAN ACCOMMODATE FOR A PLATED DINNER AND DANCING.

ON LOCATION

The first—and often hardest—decision you’ll make is where to throw down. Here are 10 spots to make that task a bit easier. BY B EC KY M U R RAY

THE LACE HOUSE COLUMBIA, SC COST

HALF-MILE FARM BY OLD EDWARDS HIGHLANDS, NC

VIEW POINT AT BUCKHORN CREEK GREENVILLE, SC

N E W THE EVENT SPACE AT HI-WIRE ASHEVILLE, NC

GUEST COUNT

COST

from $21,200 100 ABOUT This 19th-century updated farmhouse has all the charm of a B and B with the amenities of a luxury hotel. It’s only available to book from May to October.

COST

from $2,500 200 ABOUT This property sits on 35 acres and offers totally unobstructed views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, thanks to structures like its timber-frame pavilion.

COST

GUEST COUNT

GUEST COUNT

from $3,500 400 ABOUT The French-inspired architecture of this historic home built in 1855 is what turns heads—just check out the intricate ironwork (above). Fun fact: It’s located on the Governor’s Mansion complex.

VENUE AMENITIES

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PLANNER

GUEST COUNT

FLOWERS

RENTALS

CATERING

CAKE

TRANSPORTATION

from $3,950 200 ABOUT After a ceremony in the beer garden, snap pics in front of the living green wall, then kick off cocktail hour with eight Hi-Wire brews of your choice on tap.

ON-SITE ACCOMMODATIONS

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ON LOCATION THE TWICKENHAM HOUSE BOONE, NC

from $6,800 200 ABOUT The charming Old English manor is minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and sits on 400 private acres (look left). COST

GUEST COUNT

THE RIVER HOUSE AT LOWNDES GROVE CHARLESTON, SC

from $2,000 72 ABOUT Nestled between live oak trees and the Ashley River waterfront, this downtown gem feels miles away. What’s sweeter? Dancing on the brick terrace. COST

GUEST COUNT

THE HORSE SHOE FARM HENDERSONVILLE, NC

from $8,500 400 ABOUT Sweeping views of Mount Pisgah make for a picturesque ceremony backdrop, though there’s no shortage of indoor options if that’s preferred. COST

GUEST COUNT

The Twickenham House

THE VENUE BY SOUTHERN BLEACHERY TAYLORS, SC

from $3,500 350 ABOUT This former mill comes by its high ceilings, original oak floors and dramatic windows authentically (see right). The all-white brick just seals the deal. COST

N E W POOGAN’S COURTYARD CHARLESTON, SC from $100 per person 80 ABOUT Located in the historic district, steps from Market Street, this intimate spot serves up popular dishes from its famed namesake eatery, Poogan’s Porch. COST

GUEST COUNT

The Venue by Southern Bleachery

BARRIE LEIGH FIELDS MOORESVILLE, NC

from $3,300 110 ABOUT The outdoors is where this venue really shines—it has two acres available just for your ceremony. From there, party on inside the rustic-industrial space. COST

GUEST COUNT

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There’s something magical about mountain weddings.

Highlands, NC | 828.787.2610 OldEdwardsInn.com/Weddings Follow us on instagram @OldEdwardsEvents

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EXPERT ADVICE

ALL ABOUT

C AT E R I N G WHAT’S YOUR SIGNATURE DISH?

BEST BITES Tanya recommends adding fresh produce to your menu for spring and summer events: Succotash or gazpacho will do the trick.

D I S C OV E R SalthouseCatering.com

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WHAT’S THE BIGGEST MISTAKE COUPLES MAKE DURING THE CATERING PROCESS? I don’t think of couples as making too many mistakes, since any errors are simply due to a lack of experience. Couples don’t realize how big of a feat it is to consider all the necessary details when planning for a wedding menu, not to mention the food for a rehearsal dinner, postwedding brunch and any other events. Consider your caterer an educator who’s there to help you understand each step.

HOW MUCH SHOULD CAROLINA COUPLES EXPECT TO SPEND ON FOOD? Being that we’re in Charleston, it tends to be a bit of a microcosm. The price really depends on the market. That said, our typical price per person is approximately $90 to $120. This includes food, bar, rentals, labor and tax.

WITH THAT IN MIND, WHAT ARE SOME WAYS COUPLES CAN SAVE ON CATERING? First, any catering fees should be quoted up front—no hidden fees. Wedding budgets aren’t the place for surprises! Take stock of the details, from flatware to linens. The easiest way to cut costs is to cut the guest count, but you can also consider a buffet-style meal because it means fewer rentals and staff.

WHAT SHOULD COUPLES BRING TO THEIR FIRST APPOINTMENT, AND WHAT ABOUT THE TASTING? By the time of our first appointment, hopefully you’ve picked a date and secured your venue. Much of our job rides on those two factors. At our first meeting, we’ll ask for a rough number of guests, whether you have any food allergies or aversions, what style of food service you envision for dinner and a rough idea of the day’s timing. These first questions lead us to the next phase: the tasting. At the tasting, we try items from each course, starting with passed appetizers and then moving to stations or a seated dinner, all with a cross-section of our menu. By the end, we’ll hopefully all leave feeling confident that, no matter what, it will be beautiful—and, of course, delicious.

WHAT CREATIVE FOODS OR UNIQUE SPINS ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW FOR RECEPTIONS? The old rules for wedding food have gone out the window. We’re seeing more combined styles of service. Think: plated salads followed by a station-style dinner and a late-night snack after dessert. I’m loving all of the surprises couples are giving their guests when it comes to food.

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OUR PRO Tanya Gurrieri, owner and operator of Salthouse Catering in Charleston, South Carolina

Believe it or not, we’ve won multiple awards for our buttermilk brined fried chicken. Whether with bourbon brown sugar gravy and a fluffy biscuit or served hot Tennessee style, it’s a major fan-favorite for guests. If you’re going for a Lowcountry fave, try shrimp and grits to give out-of-towners a true taste of Charleston. It makes an excellent passed app, but also works as a main course.

Find a local caterer at THE K N OT.CO M/CARO LINA S

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EXPERT ADVICE

ALL ABOUT

FLOWERS WALK US THROUGH A COUPLE’S FIRST APPOINTMENT AT PINE STATE FLOWERS.

Maggie Smith, owner and lead florist at Pine State Flowers in Durham, North Carolina

S T R O N G R O OT S Pine State’s specialty is working with locally grown flowers, with nearly 100 percent sourced from the surrounding counties.

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D I S C OV E R PineState Flowers.com @pinestateflowers

WHAT FLOWERS BLOOM IN NORTH CAROLINA AND WHEN? We have almost every flower you can dream of, from hellebores in January to paperwhites in December, and we’re lucky to work with professional flower farms that can provide us with fresh, local blooms year-round. Our favorite local picks include lisianthus and dahlias in the summer and fall, and peonies in May. One of many advantages is that I’m able to source and mix in rare local flowers that clients often haven’t even heard of. It adds a fun element of surprise.

More and more, clients are getting experimental with color. This year, have fun with deep reds and yellows. Though neutrals are timeless, it’s fun to work with color.

HOW MUCH SHOULD COUPLES EXPECT TO SPEND ON FLOWERS, AND HOW CAN THEY SAVE? When factoring in the process of consultations, designing, sourcing and arranging flowers, Carolina couples should expect to spend from $2,500 to $3,500. Most florists require a minimum for larger weddings, which, in turn, requires their team to set up on-site. If you don’t need any large-scale installations, look for a florist who offers à la carte pickup options. We also sell bulk flowers by the bucket, so you can easily collect them in small bottles and bud vases and meet up with friends to arrange them a day or two before the wedding. If you can’t find a local florist who can also source bulk flowers for you, try finding a flower farmer at a nearby farmer’s market. They might be able to help.

ANY FLOWER TRENDS OR COLOR COMBINATIONS YOU’RE JUST NOT THAT INTO? I used to be hesitant about asks for red and blue, but after trying it at a few weddings, I’m a convert! Another advantage of local blooms: They come in a wider range of more subtle colors and hues than traditionally imported flowers, so we can challenge ourselves as florists to make any color combo look natural and beautiful.

WHAT’S THE ONE FLOWER YOU’VE BEEN WANTING TO DESIGN WITH FOR A WEDDING BUT HAVEN’T YET? I’m very lucky. I’ve worked with so many flowers, but there are some fleeting beauties that I wish were available more often, including sweet peas, bearded iris and peonies. Their seasons are so short. If I had to pick, my dream bouquet includes chocolate cosmos and deep red dahlias.

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Before we book a client, we ask them to fill out a questionnaire that tells us a bit about what they’re looking for. This could include showing us colors, styles, a Pinterest board or pictures of weddings they love. From there, we talk more in depth about their design sensibilities and what they’re envisioning for their wedding. Each wedding created in our studio is unique, and we aim to mix our clients’ style with the variety of seasonal flowers available on their day. Since we don’t know exactly what flowers we might have from week to week, all of our appointments are for the sake of building trust and strengthening our relationships.

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introducing a new wedding venue located in the heart of the reynolda historic district

photography by jake and heather

winston-salem, north carolina 336.758.barn www.reynoldabarn.com

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Real Weddings

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3.23 | CANTON, NC

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THEIR STORY Being a wedding venue director, Ashlyn Ohlendorf (22) knew exactly what she wanted—and did not want— for her wedding to Mason Gibbons (23 and a middle school physical education teacher). “I wanted something different and a bit more minimal,” Ashlyn says. “I don’t like being looked at or getting too much attention.” With that in mind, the pair picked greenery over flowers, kept the color palette neutral and streamed basketball games instead of dancing in honor of Ashlyn’s late dad’s love of the game. “March Madness was bigger than Christmas for him, so it was a way to feel his spirit,” she says. — LO U I S BAR AGO NA

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FASHION Ashlyn didn’t just pick a black hat and leather jacket for style—she also wanted comfort. “I actually wore the wide-brim hat and jacket because they helped me feel a bit more secure with everyone looking at me,” Ashlyn says. CAKE For dessert, Ashlyn and Mason cut into a cheese wheel cake. “Though I’m not a big foodie, I am a huge fan of all cheeses,” she says. For those guests looking to satisfy their sweet tooth, the pair also served cookies, macarons and cupcakes.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Chestnut Ridge, Canton, NC PHOTOGRAPHY Gabrielle Von Heyking Photographie VIDEOGRAPHY Inkspot Crow Films PLANNER Candace Hightower/Mingle Events FLOWERS Inspired Design of NC GOWN Alexandra Grecco, Lovely Bride, Charleston, SC SUIT Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse; bow tie: OTAA WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Various HAIR & MAKEUP Flawless Airbrush Makeup HAT Goorin Bros. ENGAGEMENT RING Midwinter Co. WEDDING RINGS Ashlyn: heirloom; Mason: Benchmark STATIONERY Invitations: August + White; programs, escort cards & menus: Social Paper Co. RENTALS Professional Party Rentals CATERING Catering By Corey CHEESE WHEEL CAKE Murray’s Cheese DESSERTS Nettie’s Bakery and Tea House OFFICIANT Clint Davis MUSIC Ceremony: Mitchell Gibbons FAVORS Donation to the American Cancer Society TRANSPORTATION Young Transportation & Tours HONEYMOON Asheville, NC GUESTS 100

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NIA CAPRI PHOTOGRAPHY

southern. modern. industrial.

Nestled on 60 acres of rolling hills, Board & Batten is a wedding and event venue near High Rock Lake, NC. From the moment you book an event you will be treated like family. Hospitality is at our heartbeat, so we take care of every detail in order for you to enjoy an enchanting evening that you and your guests will remember for years to come. The idyllic setting and expertly designed event space evokes a war mth and elegance best felt in person.

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336.793.1155 • www.boardandbattenevents.com

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6.1 | CHARLOTTE, NC

Alicia + Tameka PHOTOGRAPHY BY CASEY HENDRICKSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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THEIR STORY Alicia Steed (now Terry, 32 and a senior investigator of elder abuse and financial exploitation) and Tameka Terry’s (36 and health and PE teacher) once upon a time began in college at UNC Greensboro. After a mountaintop proposal and a three-year engagement, the couple kicked off their happily ever after with a royal affair. “I felt like a princess in a modern fairy tale,” Alicia says. To drive home the theme, old-fashioned storybooks topped tables, and the newlyweds exited in a carriage. — LB

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RECEPTION After the ceremony, Alicia and Tameka welcomed loved ones to a party at the Gantt Center’s rooftop pavilion. Gold chiavari chairs and floating candles sparkled against the space’s floor-to-ceiling windows. CAKE The newlyweds cut into a regal gold and ivory cake with layers of almond and strawberry lemonade. FAVORS Alicia and Tameka gifted guests with wine corks for practical reasons: “Our family and friends love to party, so they’ll use them,” Alicia says.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture, Charlotte, NC PHOTOGRAPHY Casey Hendrickson Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Reel Weddings PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER A Simple Affair Events FLOWERS Fleur-De-Re GOWN Morilee, Poffie Girls, Gastonia, NC SUIT Twisted Tailor, ASOS.com; shirt: H&M WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Alicia’s wedding party: Morilee, Poffie Girls; Tameka’s wedding party: ASOS.com; The Tie Bar HAIR Alicia: Shea’s Suite; Tameka: The Crowned Shop MAKEUP ColorLovers Makeup Artistry VEIL & TIARA Poffie Girls ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Reeds Jewelers STATIONERY Invitations & escort cards: Olive Paper; menus: Delighted Calligraphy RENTALS BBJ Linen; CE Rental; Creative Solutions; The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture; La-Tea-Da’s; Split Second Sound CATERING La-TeaDa’s CAKE Sky’s the Limit Bridal Sweets OFFICIANT Please Marry Us MUSIC Split Second Sound PHOTO BOOTH ShutterBooth FAVORS MyFairGuestBook, Etsy.com TRANSPORTATION SilverFox Limos HONEYMOON Grenada GUESTS 90 HASHTAG #ARealLifeTerryTale

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6.6 | WILMINGTON, NC

Cadie + Ian PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIN L . TAYLOR PHOTOGR APHY

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THEIR STORY Cadie Foresta (27 and a corporate meeting planner) and Ian Edwards (31 and an account manager) honored each of their identities with their wedding day, combining her love of colorful blooms and family ties with his British roots. “We meshed our cultures as much as we could,” Cadie says. “His groomsmen wore Union Jacks on their socks, and we ate fish and chips hors d’oeuvres.” In Cadie’s honor, the couple decorated Wrightsville Manor with her fave flowers and paid tribute to her mom, who passed away a month before the wedding. “I felt her throughout the day when I needed her,” Cadie says. — LB

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SEATING CHART DISPLAY Partygoers found their spots by checking out the acrylic signage with black calligraphy. PUNCH BUGGY PICS Throughout the night, everyone snapped pics in a vintage green Volkswagon van. CENTERPIECES Cadie and Ian chose bud vases and amber bottles for the tables and filled them with roses, goldenrod, foxglove, mums and eucalyptus alongside brass candlesticks. “The flowers added that boho feel,” Cadie says.

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SWEETHEART TABLE Garlands of colorful flowers and candles framed the manor’s dramatic mantel and marked Cadie and Ian’s spot. TOTAL SCORE The couple honored Ian’s favorite soccer team, Norwich City, with a green and yellow groom’s cake bearing the Premier League team’s flag. DESSERTS Beyond cake, guests chose from several miniature-size treats, including cheesecake in flavors like tiramisu and Key lime, and pies from lemon meringue to chocolate.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Wrightsville Manor & Gardens, Wilmington, NC PHOTOGRAPHY Erin L. Taylor Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Little Eye Film Co. PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER Melissa Burton/Knot Too Shabby Events FLOWERS Eco Chic Blossoms GOWN Essense of Australia, Bridals by Elena, Gambrills, MD SUIT The Groomsman Suit; tie: The Tie Bar WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Azazie .com; groomsmen: The Groomsman Suit HAIR Mane Studio MAKEUP Makeup by Amy Kennison ENGAGEMENT RING Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts WEDDING RINGS Cadie: Maertens Fine Jewelry & Gifts; Ian: Kay Jewelers STATIONERY Invitations: Minted.com; seating chart and table number calligraphy: Handwritings by Hannah RENTALS Design Perfection; L&L Tent & Party Rentals; Relic Vintage Rentals CATERING A Thyme Savor CAKES Creative Cake Design by Tammy Hodge OFFICIANT Angela Kelley MUSIC Ceremony: Maura Kropke, violinist; reception: Atlantic Premier Entertainment PHOTO BOOTH Little Green Booth HONEYMOON Thailand GUESTS 85 HASHTAG #BeautyAndTheBrit

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6 . 2 | S A L I S B U R Y, N C

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THEIR STORY Aurelia Edwards (26 and a digital media coordinator) and Jonathan Helms (29 and a unit director at Boys & Girls Club) know how to have a good time, so it only made sense for their wedding to be the ultimate celebration. “We called our theme block party—emphasis on the party,” Aurelia says. Trolleys transported guests from the church ceremony to the downtown reception, which Aurelia and Jonathan filled with sidewalk chalk art, a confetti toss entrance and light-up wristbands. — LB

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SPECIAL DELIVERY Guests stepped off the dance floor and up to trucks offering everything from margaritas and wine to pulled pork and ice cream. “We wanted everyone to have a variety of options,” Aurelia says. WORD PLAY Aurelia and Jonathan surrounded the DJ booth with displays of different sentimental song lyrics, including stanzas from “XO” by Beyoncé and “New Year’s Day” by Taylor Swift. “We wanted to fill the reception with personal touches,” Aurelia says.

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WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE First Presbyterian Church, Salisbury, NC RECEPTION SITE East Council Street, Salisbury, NC PHOTOGRAPHY Joseph & Andrea Sides/Connection Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Jake Newton & James Turner EVENT PLANNING & DESIGN Ivy Robinson Events FLOWERS Flowers By Oralene GOWN Hope Whitley, Hope’s Bridal Boutique, Kannapolis, NC SUIT Bruce Julian, Charlotte, NC; pocket square: Hope’s Bridal Boutique WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Belsoie, Hope’s Bridal Boutique; groomsmen: Bruce Julian HAIR & MAKEUP Olivia Carpenter ENGAGEMENT RING Heidi Gibson WEDDING RINGS Aurelia: Heidi Gibson; Jonathan: Ellis Jewelers STATIONERY Invitations & programs: Atheneum Creative; menus: Lucy’s Lettering RENTALS Cooke Rentals CATERING Big Tasty; Jade & May Company; The Smoke Pit ICE CREAM Poppin’ John’s Homemade Ice Cream OFFICIANT Randy Kirby MUSIC Cassidy Daniels; Nic Clay FAVORS Wristbands: PixMob TRANSPORTATION F&M Bank Trolley System HONEYMOON Asheville, NC GUESTS 200 HASHTAG #HelmsYeah

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S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 2 0

S T Y LE+PL A N N I NG

AMONG the F L O W E R S A bespoke Amsterdam styled shoot takes a romantic turn when the real-life couple modeling decides to say “I do.”

B Y A LY S S A LO N G O B U C C O PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIELLE COONS PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNING & DESIGN BY MANGO MUSE EVENTS, CLASSY AFFAIRS S T A T I O N E R Y, ART DIRECTION + STYLING BY MOMENTAL DESIGNS VENUE ORANGERIE ELSWOUT

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STROKE OF GENIUS Unite your overall vibe with artistic touches at every turn. Here, brush strokes and painted illustrations appear on everything from the place cards and table numbers to the invites and ceremony programs.

PAPER TEAR: SHUTTERSTOCK

Painting and stationery, MomentalDesigns.com; calligraphy, FlourishGraceCalligraphy.com

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FIELD OF DREAMS

A HAPPY H E L LO

Let your ceremony setting do the talking by keeping other details to a minimum.

Greet guests with gift baskets filled with sweet treats and souvenirs.

ALL IN WHITE Brides Robin (left) and Chantal (right) rocked totally unique wedding looks.

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BOLD BUNDLE Accent blooms with small fruits, like the kumquats seen here, for added interest. Flower field, Noordwijkerhout; ceremony chairs, TheBridalBlush.nl; welcome stationery, MomentalDesigns.com; outfits, IDoIDo.nl; bouquet, NicoletteCamille.com

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DESSERT DELIGHT

MARBLED MEMO

Pair an unexpected painterly cake exterior with equally wow-worthy sugar flowers for a bold look.

Escort cards are a great place to nod to your overall design aesthetic. Here, marbled paper and white calligraphy add a colorful touch.

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Splurge on a personalized ketubah or marriage certificate as a displayworthy keepsake of your day.

DINE ALFRESCO Pull colors from your venue into your tabletop dĂŠcor for a dining scene that is in harmony with its surroundings. Cake, SugarLipsCakes.com; calligraphy, FlourishGraceCalligraphy.com; painting, MomentalDesigns.com; centerpiece and table styling, NicoletteCamille.com and TheHouseofArtz.com; tabletop and furniture rentals, MyGreatestRentals.com

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REAL COUPLE

Chantal + Robin When Netherlands-based nutrition influencers and real-life couple Chantal and Robin Settels teamed up with an A+ vendor team (including Mango Muse Events, Classy Affairs, Momental Designs and Equally Wed’s Kirsten Ott Palladino) to model for this styled shoot, making it their actual wedding quickly became a no-brainer. The duo, engaged for three years, rounded up friends and family to pull off a unique— and perfectly styled— celebration in Amsterdam.

We are so here for the chic bridal jumpsuit.

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L AY E R S O F LOV E LY Vine-like hellebores add whispy dimension to a centerpiece.

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Sometimes more is more. Here, a sunny floral centerpiece is complemented by a dynamic blue and gold place setting, bevy of glassware and unique standing vellum menu. Centerpiece and table styling, NicoletteCamille.com and TheHouseofArtz.com; rentals, MyGreatestRentals.com; menu, MomentalDesigns.com

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STYLE + PLANNING

TAT S F O R T W O Incorporate a cocktail hour activity for guests that nods to a shared passion (temporary tattoos, anyone?).

EDIBLE ART Ensure your main meal is a feast for the eyes—and stomach— by incorporating artistic plating and edible floral accents.

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S I G N AT U R E “ S I P ” Who says your namesake drink has to be a cocktail? Mix things up with bright smoothies or açai bowls instead.

F L OAT I N G FA R E W E L L Exit your ceremony or reception aboard a boat for an extraInsta-worthy moment.

Temporary tattoos, Tattly.com; catering and food styling, TiffanyFoodStylist.com; boat, AmsterdamBoatCenter.com; florals, TheHouseofArtz.com

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A R I E S MAR 21-APR 19

T O TA L T R E N D S E T T E R S

V E N U E TENTED WEDDING

You want classic elegance with a twist, Aries—plus something you can make your own. A ballroom that has hosted many-a-wedding? Not for you, thought leader. Instead, pop up a tent somewhere unexpected and use the blank canvas below to craft a unique wedding with loads of details that are so totally you.

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TA U R U S APR 20-MAY 20 V E N U E VINEYARD HOPELESS ROMANTICS A Taurus loves all things romantic and beautiful—what fits that description more than a pastoral winery? Decadent eats are a priority too, so choose a spot that pairs their vinos with

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WILD RULE-BREAKERS Embrace your quirky, adventurous nature with a weekend-long bash at a summer camp. The unique venue is the perfect way to celebrate your silly side, so pack your wedding events full of fun of details, like custom mugs and camp color wars.

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For Cancers, the most meaningful things are the most personal. When searching for a wedding venue, consider hosting in your own backyard or childhood home. Then, incorporate thoughtful details that celebrate your personal story.

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Bring on the glitz, glam and dazzling drama— Leos love it all. Center stage is where you shine, so put yourselves there—literally—by hosting your dream day at an opulent vintage theater. Lights, camera, “I do.”

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E D GY E C L E C T I C S

Pile on the personality, Libra! You’re all about edge and embellishments, so book a venue where you can make your mark. A loft or industrial space does just that, offering a raw backdrop where you can amp up the charm and vibrancy without it feeling too sweet.

S C O R P I O OCT 23-NOV 21 V E N U E RESTAURANT DARING DUO Dark, mysterious, reserved. Sound like you, Scorpio? We thought so—and we have a hunch that you’ll love the exclusive privacy a moody restaurant (or even speakeasy!) will lend to your day.

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8403 Vintage Club Drive, Wilmington, NC 28411 Office: (910) 686-8180 EXT. 106 • www.portersneckcountryclub.com

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ONE OF THE BEST WEDDING BANDS IN THE SOUTHEAST Serving the Southeast / 919.772.2366 / david@theozagency.com / www.theozagency.com

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C A P R I C O R N DEC 22-JAN 19 V E N U E COUNTRY CLUB CLAS SIC CHARAC TERS Capricorn, you’re an old soul at heart. You play by the rules and love a look that is expensive and timeless. Host your nuptials at a formal country club, then pile on the plaid for a dose of old-world prep.

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V E N U E MODERN ART MUSEUM C R E AT I V E C H A R M E R S You’ve probably been described by friends as cutting-edge and authentic—so you definitely won’t want a cookie-cutter wedding locale. Trade a chapel for a modern art museum, where your colorful personality and original ideas (neon-spray-painted baby’s breath centerpieces, anyone?) will be right at home alongside the work of Jackson Pollock, Andy

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Pisces gravitate toward spaces with a dreamy quality, so an airy, light-filled greenhouse is the perfect spot to swap vows with your forever person. Keep décor to a minimum (too much “stuff ” can overwhelm you) and the guest list intimate to cater to your introverted nature.

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If pricey peonies are on your musthave list, be prepared to save elsewhere.

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vendor and venue recommendations specific to your budget, which means no more falling in love with a pricey pro you can’t afford (don’t worry, we’ve all been there). The result? An easy-to-follow spending road map that will ensure you stay in the black from your first deposit to your last tip.

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Before you write a single check, figure out how much you can afford to spend. That’s where we come in—with The Knot Wedding Planner app, we’ll help you settle on the right number for your celebration and offer suggestions for how much of that budget you should put toward each part of your wedding, from catering to cake. Plus, we’ll help you turn money to action with

When it comes to wedding planning, there’s no shame in playing favorites. Before you do too much research, sit down with your partner and make a list of each of your celebration priorities. The goal? Decipher where your money is best spent and what will really set the day apart for you. Remember, there are no wrong answers here—and it’s okay not to agree on everything! ››

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This is all about compromising and figuring out what’s going to make you and your partner the happiest. Once you have your list, move forward with booking those vendors first and spending your money accordingly.

selection, opt for a high-impact item, like a wow-worthy charger plate or patterned tablecloth. Anything else will likely go unnoticed by your guests and isn’t worth the up-charge.

GO FOR GREENERY It may sound harsh, but the best way to save money is to slim down your guest list. Each person you invite adds to your budget—you’re likely shelling out at least $100 per person between catering and entertainment—so compile your invites thoughtfully. Consider giving a plus-one only to couples that are engaged, married or living together. Then, if you still need to size down, put a few hard-and-fast rules in place, like “no coworkers.” The tighter you keep your count, the more money you’ll have to put toward other details, like a string quartet for the ceremony.

HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER This may seem counterintuitive, but hear us out. Spending up front on a knowledgeable wedding planner can pay off big time for your budget and your sanity. A skilled pro will help you navigate everything from vendor selections to contract negotiations, ensuring you’re spending smart throughout the process. Another bonus? They’ll have a handle on venues and services in your area, so they can help you score insider-only deals and achieve coveted looks for way less.

Good news—this piece of advice is totally on trend. Big blooms often up the price per arrangement, so stretch your floral budget by opting for a greenery-heavy look instead. Utilize a textural mix of greenery for larger moments at your wedding, like a hanging installation. Then, concentrate your flower usage to areas that will be center stage in photos, like your bridal bouquet.

OPT FOR A ROAMING DINNER If you’re hoping to save on catering, and a bare-bones buffet isn’t really your style, look no further than the roaming dinner. Basically an all-night cocktail hour, an up-and-at-’em dinner consisting of passed bites and serve-yourself stations is a fresh (and frugal) take on the traditional reception meal. You’ll save some money since there’s less waitstaff needed, and guests will get to mingle all night instead sitting down for a formal meal. Just make sure the variety (and amount) of food guests would expect of a traditional dinner is still there, with lots of options.

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PLAY UP YOUR VENUE DÉCOR Choosing a party spot with good bones is a priority when looking to make the most of your money. Getting a great deal on a ballroom won’t matter if you have to then spend big to cover up ’80s wallpaper and flooring you hate. You want to make sure your chosen venue feels 85 percent of the way “there” without having to add anything extra. When touring potential locations, pay attention to things you can’t tweak easily (or without spending a fortune), like good lighting, an open space, inoffensive wall coverings and decent flooring. From that “blank” slate, you can then work with your vendors to come up with décor accents that fit the space’s characteristics (and your budget), instead of working hard to disguise them.

SKIP THE RENTALS Trust us, no one is going to remember whether you chose silver or gold flatware on your wedding day. When it comes to rentals, it’s best to work with what your venue has to offer. While it may be necessary to rent some items, when it comes to purely stylistic choices, avoid upgrading unnecessarily if your budget doesn’t have the wiggle room. If you must elevate your venue’s basic dinnerware

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It’s important that the photographer and the couple are on the same page about what they value in wedding pictures.

The photography industry can be complicated to navigate as a newly engaged couple, and hiring your wedding day photographer is arguably one of the biggest decisions you make throughout your entire planning journey. After all, this will be the person or team responsible for capturing all those emotional, tangible moments (not to mention all the beautiful details you’ve spent months planning) that will allow you to relive your day 10 or 20 years from now. Don’t stress—we’re here to help you out. We’ve rounded up our best advice to guide you in narrowing down your style and finding a true-to-you photography pro perfect for capturing every second of your unique celebration.

and contrast-y editorials of a favorite fashion blogger, then maybe you’ll want to seek out a photographer with a flair for the exaggerated and dramatic. By pairing your aesthetic choices (hint: you figured these out in step one) with the “vibe” you desire, you’ll end up with a photography blueprint that you can then easily articulate to potential pros to help explain your goals when it comes to your wedding pictures.

The first step to finding your dream photographer is a fun one (seriously!)—just go get inspired. Spend some time poring over any and every kind of imagery you love, such as sunny home décor shots, a fashion blogger’s Instagram feed or moody avantgarde French movie posters. Save each image that draws your eye as you go—then, once you have a good collection of inspiring photographs, take a step back and try to narrow in on what draws you to them specifically. Is it the soft pastel color palette? The offthe-cuff happy grins of the people in the picture? The interesting angles and perspectives? The more you familiarize yourself with what details you like, the easier it will be for you to eventually identify that same quality in a potential photographer’s portfolio.

DECIDE ON A “FEELING” Once you and your partner have figured out what inspires you image-wise, dig deeper and dissect what feels most authentic to your relationship and celebration, and how you envision your eventual wedding album looking. If you’re a timeless couple that has your heart set on formal, Vanity Fair-like family portraits, you may gravitate toward a more classic photography style. If a lot of your inspiration ended up being fly-on-the-wall images that bottle an authentic moment in time, then lifestyle photography may be the right choice for you. If you fell in love with the sharp

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DO YOUR RESEARCH Now’s the time to hit the web and find the pro who will bring your day to life. Browse The Knot Marketplace for photographers (and other vendors) in your area and price range, then peruse their portfolios and social media channels to identify if they’d be a good fit for your day. As you browse, ask yourself questions that are good indicators for a successful “match.” How do they capture the moments that are important to you? Have they shot in a venue similar to yours (bonus points if they’ve worked at your venue before)? Do they seem friendly and personable with their online audience? If available, check out reviews from past couples as well. Then, go ahead and send an introductory email with a bit of info about you and your soon-to-be spouse, your event (don’t forget to include your date!) and the vision for your day—you can even attach a few inspiration images you love from their portfolio, if you’d like. Once you’ve chatted about specifics (like whether their cal is even free to shoot your wedding), schedule some time to talk with them either on the phone or via video chat before signing on the dotted line so you can get to know each other on a personal and professional level. Why? You’ll be spending the most time with them on your wedding day, and you want to feel comfortable as they capture some of your and your family’s most emotional moments. ››

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Tip: Skip the detailed shot list (they don’t need it!) and, instead, perfect your day-of timeline to pass off to your photographer. envisioning, like retouching services or an engagement session. Ask about any additional fees that could add up too, like having to pay for your photographer’s travel and lodging. Finally, settle on an image delivery date and make sure it’s reflected in your contract so you know exactly when you can expect your shots.

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FINESSE THE CONTRACT To get the most out of your photography investment, you’re going to want to make note of several important points when choosing your package and reviewing your contract. Most photographers offer a variety of services to suit their couples’ individual needs. This can include everything from day-of edits and digital proofs to adding a second shooter, scoring tangible prints and ordering a gorgeously assembled album. With all those options for customization, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel unsure about what you actually want or need. When you’re ready to make things official, present your chosen photographer with your budget and rough day-of timeline and get their opinion on the best package for you. The amount of time they spend at an event or the number of shots they provide you with may be flexible, so see if you can find a middle ground that works for both of you. Now is also the time to inquire about the cost of any add-ons you’re

Instead of putting together a detailed shot list for your photographer, pass along your final day-of timeline a few weeks ahead of your wedding and give them an idea of what images you’d like captured (like a picture with each bridesmaid or detail shots of the heirloom jewelry you’ll be wearing). Then, let them do their thing! As long as you’ve provided a schedule that you’ll (mostly) stick to, they’ll be able to budget for time spent on your details, dance floor and everything in between on their own accord. Ahead of the wedding is also the time to give them a heads-up on any familial or friendship intricacies they should be aware of, like divorced parents who may want separate family portraits, a grandmother that needs to remain seated for shots, or a groomsman and bridesmaid that don’t get along (hey, it happens). If you’re hoping to get your wedding published online or in a magazine, relay that to your photographer as well. This way, they’ll know to put a little extra emphasis on snapping shots of all your amazing details and will likely come armed with gorgeous styling accessories, like ribbons, linens and more—all with the goal of helping your wedding day aesthetic truly stand out.

BE RELAXED AND READY Guys, take a big deep breath with us now. You’ve put a lot of work into finding and working with the right photographer up until this point, so—like with all your pros—it’s time to put your total faith in them. In the week leading up to your wedding, reach out to re-confirm all the important details (like your venue location, day-of timeline and any surprises you’ve planned for your guests or partner) and answer any lingering questions they may have, then chill out. The only thing that’s left for you and your partner to do now is enjoy yourselves and go get hitched— your pros will happily take care of the rest.

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Mackensey Alexander is a wedding and portrait photographer who focuses on capturing authentic connections among couples, family and friends.

Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions, like what kind of backup equipment they bring day of, or if they have a second shooter. And always ask to see several full galleries!

I always ask clients to pinpoint what they value most about their wedding and photography. When you look back on photos, what emotions do you want to remember?

Engagement shoots are great practice and are especially important for couples who are anxious about being in front of the camera. The more relaxed you are, the better the shots.

In my experience, the more pressure you put on yourselves, the more stiff the shots become. Focus on the connection between you and having fun—not documenting your love for Instagram.

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Topsail Manor is a grandiose, eight-bedroom oceanfront manor that boasts luxurious amenities, spacious accommodations and elegant coastal décor. Designed to accommodate large groups, Topsail Manor’s approximately 8,000 square feet provides the perfect venue for your entire wedding day from the ceremony to reception.

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Farm-to-Table Fresh Food is the focus of this delicious décor vibe. Play up farmer’s market accents (like cheese plate centerpieces) with rich hues of wine and emerald for a scene that’s a feast for the eyes—and stomach.

Pickled veggies in weck jars are an easy and unexpected twist on table numbers.

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Instead of traditional floral centerpieces, display heirloom veggies on vintage trays.

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Bottle those good vibrations with a happy palette reminiscent of the West Coast. Pink, peach and coral team with zesty citrus details for a look that’s equal parts playful and energizing. Use your invitation suite to give guests an early peek into your event style.

Dried citrus and resin are the key ingredients for this DIY keepsake place card idea.

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There’s throwing a party—and then there’s throwing a party. Pack in the color, sparkle and shine with a more-is-more wedding scene that ignites disco fever. All that’s missing? You two newlyweds, setting the dance floor on fire.

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Fact: Everything tastes better when eaten with holographic flatware.

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Small vessels, like this ceramic bowl, are the perfect vase for Ikebana-style arrangements.

When working with a slimmer budget, go intentionally minimal. Sparse arrangements are very right now, so capitalize on the trend by sprinkling your tables with Ikebanainspired buds. Your bouquet can follow suit with a posy of one or two feature stems.

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News flash: You don’t have to sacrifice style to stay in budget. A Pinterest-worthy wedding can be yours, regardless of how much you want to spend. Don’t believe us? Read on for our best money-saving tips for your florals, cake and more. B Y A LY S S A LO N G O B U C C O PHOTOGRAPHY BY YUNHEE KIM STYLING BY ELIZABETH MACLENNAN

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Have your florist focus the attention on one or two statement blooms per arrangement for big impact.

SNEAKY SWAPS These three buds are a great way to up the style without going over budget.

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A healthy budget for buds means your table centerpieces can feel a bit more robust. Task your florist with creating an arrangement that features lots of sprawling edges for a full, organic look.

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$275 E UCALYP T U S With a variety of colors and sizes, eucalyptus is great for capturing a rustic look.

RO S E S Tons of colors and swirly petals make roses a wedding no-brainer.

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STANDOUT VASE At this price point, your vessel can become part of your look. Choose something eye-catching, like this copper urn.

If you’ve got money to spend, you’re going to want to go big on blooms. Accent loads of oversize florals, like ranunculus and roses, with more bespoke unexpected (and pricey) additions, like orchids, muscari and kumquats.

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Spring for some sort of custom addressing (even just printed) for an extra-special feel. Etheral Bouquet suite in aqua, from $234 for 100, Petra Kern, Minted.com

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100 If you’re keeping your paper spend to a minimum, opt for a beautiful pre-made suite from a company like Minted. You can customize your paper type, verbiage or color palette, so it will still feel like “you.”

TOP TIP If budgetfriendly is a focus, opt for a simple printing method, like digital.

LINE IT UP Don’t forget your liner! It’s a great personalization moment. Latourell semicustom suite, $1,669 for 100, KelseyMalie Calligraphy.com

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100 For a bespoke look, find a stationer who offers semicustom suites, where you can have them tailor spot calligraphy or a venue sketch to reflect your celebration. A bigger budget is also a great time to upgrade your print process, so splurge on a luxe letterpress design.

LET T ERPRES S Made by pressing an ink-coated plate into paper to create an impression, letterpress printing is a great way to create gorgeous texture.

CA LLIGRAPHY Handwritten elements are always a thoughtful touch. Hire a calligrapher to write out special words on your invite (like your names) or address your envelopes.

A RT WO RK We love a special artistic detail, like a custom crest or detailed local map. Guests will immediately know it was created especially for your celebration.

Find your stationer at THE K N OT.CO M/MARK ETPL ACE

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Spend money on meaningful upgrades for a design that reflects your true couple style.


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complete your suite MA IN INV I TAT I O N

R E S P O N SE CAR D

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Be sure to include the most important info here, like the time, place and dress code of your event.

Request RSVPs back a month before your day, and provide an addressed (and stamped) envelope.

Use a details card to hold any additional info (like hotels or your wedding website URL) for guests.

MORE IS MORE A larger budget means you can incorporate more pieces into your suite, like a custom map. Custom invitation suite, from $4,000 for 100, CiarraClaire.com

SPLURGE YOUR BUDGET

$4,000 INVITE COUNT

100 A robust invitation budget gives you the opportunity to pull out all the stops. Splurge on upgraded paper and printing processes, plus sweet details that won’t go unnoticed by guests (think: wax seals, custom illustrations, calligraphy and vintage stamp sets).

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Play with unique paper shapes, like this die-cut RSVP reminiscent of Michigan.

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BUTTER BELIEVE IT Buttercream frosting costs less $$ than fondant but can still score you a stunning finish.

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The trick to getting a gorgeous cake on a budget? A buttercream exterior. Paired with watercolor detailing, gold accents and a budget-friendly fresh floral swag, it’s a gorgeous addition to your reception.

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FEED YOUR FRIENDS Have more than 70 guests? No worries! Ask your baker to make a basic sheet cake in the back to serve your crew.

filled with flavor Upgrade from basic chocolate or vanilla with one of these fresh combos. C I T RU S

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Tart citrus makes for a delicious dessert addition. Layer it in as a curd or drizzle over top for some zest.

Made hip by Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding, this sophisticated floral flavor pairs well with lemon.

What better time for bubbly than your wedding? Sweet and tangy champagne cake goes great with strawberry.

Rich espresso will woo chocolate lovers—add it as a mousse filling or use it as a rich buttercream exterior.

*According to THE KN OT 2 0 1 8 RE AL WE D D IN G S S TU DY

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Have a little more to spend? Upgrade your exterior to fondant, which will give your baker more control over the design and finish. Then, add a burst of intricate sugar flowers for a detail that is every bit eye-catching.

Keep design details, like this watercolor finish and raw gold leaf edge, to one tier for maximum impact on a budget.

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Don’t forget about presentation! Placing your cake on a beautiful stand can give the illusion of a larger, dramatic cake.

GO BIG A slew of sugar flowers bring the drama. Tip: Save one or two after your wedding day—they’ll last! All cakes, EverythingLulu.com

SUGAR SWEET The bakery world comes with lingo all its own. We’ll help you decode every delicious detail.

FO N DA N T A firm icing sheet draped over a cake, made of sugar, corn syrup and gelatin.

BU T T E RC R E A M A butter-based creamy frosting that can be easily piped or flavored.

CAKE ICON; NOCICONIST/NOUN PROJECT

G AN AC H E A rich chocolate topping that can be used as an icing or filling.

N AK ED A cake devoid of any frosting on its sides, often showing its layers.

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SPLURGE YOUR BUDGET

$1,820 SERVES

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DISH AND THAT Rethink your reception meal with these four different (and delicious) ideas.

BU F F E T

KEEP IT SIMPLE A streamlined setting is great for family-style service. Menu, $300 for 100, CiarraClaire.com

The most casual option, guests at a buffet get up and serve themselves.

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FAM I LY STY L E Have large, shareable plates brought to each table for a dinner party atmosphere.

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Traditional and chic, a plated dinner pairs well with formal affairs.

Stay on budget by styling your tabletops with the basics your venue has to offer. For an extra pop of personality, splurge on custom menus.

ROA M I N G Skip the seated meal all together in favor of an extended cocktailhour-style dinner.

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TIE THE KNOT Velvet ribbon adds texture. Teak flatware, $1 each to rent, CasadePerrin.com; Wood charger, $9 to rent, bread plate, $4 to rent, BorrowedBlu.com; custom menu, $450 for 100, CiarraClaire.com

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Upgrade pieces of your venue’s basic setting with rentals for a mixand-match look that’s high on style but doesn’t blow your budget. For maximum impact, layer in a charger plate, flatware and unique menu.

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impactful add-ons Splurge on rental upgrades that fit your budget for amped up style

C H ARG ER Set your tables with a luxe charger plate for pretty predinner photos.

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SPLURGE YOUR BUDGET

$6,000 GUEST COUNT

If your budget allows (and your Pinterest board inspires!), you can rent every piece of your tabletop dĂŠcor for a one-of-a-kind look. Build a place setting with unique china patterns, chic cutlery and luxe linens for a dinner experience that is truly top notch.

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LIGHT IT UP

Use votives to add a romantic glow.

High-end dinnerware calls for a more formal place setting, so dress your table to the nines.

Lace charger in dusty blue, $13 to rent, Maison Collection brushed gold dinner plate, $7 to rent, and salad plate, $6 to rent, CasadePerrin .com; Luna flatware, $2 per piece to rent, BorrowedBlu.com; Gold leaf napkin ring, $12 for 4, WorldMarket .com; Firenze Delft Blue napkin, $15, Juliska .com; Menu, $600 for 100, CiarraClaire.com

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PUT A RING ON IT Napkin rings are a sweet and sophisticated touch.

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Choose bespoke dinnerware to carry your vibe onto your tables.

Swap in vintage or gilded flatware to up the class at each place setting.

Add a printed or textured linen (like a napkin or tablecloth) for interest.

Finish with a customized selection of drinkware that suits your menu.

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THEIR STORY Jessica Stein (33 and a merchandise planner) and Amit Rustgi (34 and a vice president in asset management) combined Southern charm with Indian tradition for their wedding weekend. “It was really cool to see how our two backgrounds blended so beautifully,” Amit says. The couple filled the historic Lowndes Grove Plantation with ranunculus, tulips and hydrangeas for the customary Indian ceremony. For the Hindu vows, Jessica wore Amit’s mother’s original wedding dress with a modern fit. Amit rode in on a white horse for the baraat, which led to seven vows under a colorful mandap. — LB

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SETTING “Because Jessica is from South Carolina, we decided to go to Lowndes Grove,” Amit says. “It was a showstopper.” Jessica, Amit and their guests partied in full view of the Ashley River. The couple encouraged everyone to wander the property between the ceremony and reception while serving Southern classics like chicken and waffles and pimento cheese crostinis. OUTFIT CHANGE For the reception, Amit and Jessica switched up their style with Western standards: a lace gown for her and a dapper black tux for him.

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DÉCOR The greatest inspiration behind Jessica and Amit’s celebration was color—all the colors, to be specific. The pair draped the tent in fun fabrics, hung umbrellas in Indian-inspired patterns and took centerpieces to new heights with ranunculus and hydrangeas. CAKE After eating chicken souvlaki, shrimp and grits, fried chicken and tacos at different stations during dinner, guests tried slices of cake painted in watercolor shades of coral, orange and yellow.

Jessica + Amit’s

WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Lowndes Grove Plantation, Charleston, SC PHOTOGRAPHY Jessi Nichols Photography PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER Intrigue Design & Events FLOWERS Loluma GOWN Ceremony: heirloom; reception: Lovers Society, Lovely Bride, New York City TUXEDO J.Crew; Nordstrom HAIR & MAKEUP Ash and Co. ENGAGEMENT RING Sky Global WEDDING RINGS Wedding Ring Originals STATIONERY Invitations: The Paper Merchant Naples; programs: Pine Press; seating chart: J. Lily Design RENTALS Snyder CATERING & CAKE Patrick Properties Hospitality Group OFFICIANT Rashmi Rustagi (friend) MUSIC Power 2 Party/ OtherBrother Entertainment PHOTO BOOTH Rehab Events DANCE LESSONS Stephen Carrasco FAVORS Bangles & bags from India TRANSPORTATION Tri County Transportation HONEYMOON Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania GUESTS 200 HASHTAG #AmitAndJessSayYes

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4.8 Stars on TheKnot.com by brides like you.

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THEIR STORY Much like Greenville itself, Julianne Orr (29 and an oncology clinical pharmacist) and Charlie Darling (32 and an emergency medicine pharmacist) wanted their wedding to combine quirky, colorful bohemian style with classic Southern formality. “Greenville is the town where we first met,” Julianne says. “It’s a beautiful city, and we wanted to reflect that.” In that spirit, an illustration of the Liberty Bridge marked the invitations, while jewel-tone ranunculus and peonies filled the Huguenot Loft. — LB

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The newlyweds made their getaway in Charlie’s mom’s blue 1973 Mustang. “It was the best nod to our colorful personalities,” Julianne says.

BOUQUETS Julianne and her bridesmaids carried a vibrant mix of peonies, sweet peas, ranunculus and roses. CAKE The couple, who admits they aren’t major cake fans, chose flavors to honor the cake eaters in their life: a top tier of butter pecan because it’s Julianne’s dad’s fave, middle tier of lemon with raspberry compote for her mom—known for baking lemon muffins—and a bottom of salted caramel because, as Julianne asks, “Who doesn’t love salted caramel?”

Julianne + Charlie’s

WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Huguenot Loft at the Peace Center, Greenville, SC PHOTOGRAPHY Angela Zion Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Perry Productions PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER Upstate I Do FLOWERS Bella Blooms GOWN Daughters of Simone, BHLDN TUXEDO Gregory’s Formal Wear On the Go, Greenville, SC WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: Joanna August; groomsmen: Gregory’s Formal Wear On the Go HAIR & MAKEUP Bethanne Pistolis/The Browning Studio VEIL Erin Young Designs ENGAGEMENT RING Victor Barboné Jewelry WEDDING RINGS Julianne: Reis-Nichols Jewelers; Charlie: Staghead Designs STATIONERY Mospens Studio RENTALS Berbank Events; Industry Event Rentals; Professional Party Rentals CATERING Good Life Catering; late-night pizza: Antonino Bertolo’s Pizza CAKE Couture Cakes of Greenville OFFICIANT Rev. Tim McClendon MUSIC Collective Music Solutions HONEYMOON Athens, Naxos, Mykonos, & Santorini, Greece GUESTS 225 HASHTAG #OrrMyDarling

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B reathtaking landscapes for creating lasting memories

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CHARLESTON, SC

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6.15 | COLUMBIA, SC

Chloe + Aldric PHOTOGRAPHY BY JESSICA HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY

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THEIR STORY Chloe Perkins (26 and a process improvement engineer) and Aldric Morton (30 and a graphic designer and graduate instructor) mark their love in greenery. It all began when the pair met at a St. Patrick’s Day event, surrounded by clovers. After a woodsy engagement photo session, the couple realized the shade could also influence their wedding design. “We saw photos of us enclosed in trees and it was amazing,” Chloe says. “We chose airy shades of green.” Aldric designed the stationery, and he even tucked a few clovers into the illustrations. “We wanted to represent our start,” he says. — LB

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KICKS Chloe and Aldric slipped into their dancing shoes for the reception, trading in fancy footwear for custom high-top Converse. Aldric chose light gray, while Chloe rocked purple, of course. CAKE After a buffet-style dinner of country barbecue favorites, including pulled pork, fried chicken and mac and cheese, Chloe, Aldric and their guests ate slices of marble cake decorated with a fondant shamrock pattern in honor of the couple’s St. Patty’s Day meeting.

Chloe + Aldric’s

WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE 701 Whaley, Columbia, SC PHOTOGRAPHY Jessica Hunt Photography PLANNER & EVENT DESIGNER Avila Dawn Events FLOWERS & EVENT DESIGNER Xpression’s Floral & Event Design GOWN Justin Alexander, Evelyn’s Bridal & Formal Wear, Lugoff, SC TUXEDO TheBlackTux.com; accessories: Belk; The Tie Bar; Treehut WEDDING PARTY ATTIRE Bridesmaids: New York Bride & Groom, Charlotte, NC; groomsmen: TheBlackTux.com HAIR Hair by Mandy MAKEUP Pretty and Pinned VEIL Evelyn’s Bridal ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Jared STATIONERY Vistaprint.com RENTALS Something Borrowed CATERING Shealy’s BBQ CAKE Vintage Bakery DESSERTS Publix OFFICIANT Pastor Eric Morton (Aldric’s uncle) MUSIC DJ iAM FAVORS Candy: Mars HONEYMOON St. Lucia GUESTS 150 HASHTAG #ItsMortonTime

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THEIR STORY Ashley Anderson (an account manager) and Chris Sykora (a financial analyst) met in his hometown of Charleston, and not in one of the city’s storied romantic spots, but on the water taxi. Three years later, the pair welcomed loved ones, including their pup, to an intimate backyard ceremony at Chris’s family’s home on Coburg Creek. “Their property captures Charleston’s beauty,” Ashley says. A pair of dolphins witnessed their vows from the water. — LB

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SETTING Ashley and Chris marked their first look in downtown Charleston, riding to different historic spots in a rickshaw and encountering plenty of Southern hospitality as they explored. “Everyone was congratulating us and snapping photos of us,” Ashley says. “We felt like celebrities.” CAKE The newlyweds ate slices of almond amaretto cake topped with vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream, delicate pearls, soft-pink sugar flowers and blue buttercream berries for a pop of color.

Ashley + Chris’s

WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE A private residence, Charleston, SC RECEPTION SITE Anson Restaurant, Charleston, SC PHOTOGRAPHY Perry Vaile Photography PLANNER, EVENT DESIGNER & FLOWERS Allison Doares-Sykora/Callie Weddings & Events GOWNS Alyne by Rita Vinieris; Liancarlo, Neiman Marcus SUIT Hart Schaffner Marx, Neiman Marcus; bow tie: Brackish; pocket square: Nordstrom HAIR Tamsyn Rickards MAKEUP Pamela Lesch Makeup VEIL Judy Shannon ENGAGEMENT RING Heirloom WEDDING RINGS William Sheahan Designs STATIONERY Invitations, monogram cards & menus: Stephanie Fishwick; calligraphy: Cotton and Cursive; wax seals: WaxSeals.com; programs: DIY RENTALS Callie Weddings & Events; Custom Audio & Lighting; EventHaus Rentals; Nüage Designs CATERING Anson Restaurant CAKE Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal OFFICIANT Ron Sykora (Chris’s father) MUSIC Palmetto Strings KOOZIE FAVORS Sevargo GUESTS 35

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10 Inspired Venues for Intimate Gatherings of 15 Guests to Grand Celebrations for 500.

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FA S H I ON + B E AU T Y

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to find the very best for your bridal beauty arsenal. The result? Everything you need to get gorgeous for your wedding day. See all the winners, plus get more expert advice at TheKnot.com/ beautyawards.

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The name says it all. Not only does this powder give your complexion an appearance worthy of the most flattering Instagram filter, it also staves off dreaded T-zone shine. Genius Magic powder, $45, CharlotteTilbury.com

One swipe of this Rihannaapproved gloss makes your pout look instantly fuller. And while it leaves behind a super-lustrous sheen, it doesn’t feel sticky. Gloss Bomb universal lip luminizer, $18, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, Sephora.com

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A high-drama mascara coats lashes in an innovative shrinkwrapping formula that curls, separates and lengthens. And, it will survive even the most emotional vows. The Curling mascara, $28, KevynAucoinBeauty.com

An intense, long-lasting formula means even the most elaborate cat eye won’t crease, smear or fade away. Plus, this liner’s organic, plant-derived ingredients won’t irritate your eyes. Phyto-Pigments liquid line & define, $24, JuiceBeauty.com

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Cleansing micellar water cuts through stubborn waterproof mascara, eyeliner and lipstick, but won’t leave your face feeling stripped of its natural oils. We call that a major skin win. Sensibio H2O, $15, Bioderma, Dermstore.com

Experiencing wedding-planninginduced dark circles or stress breakouts? This triple threat concealer covers up blemishes, contours and highlights. Born This Way super coverage multi-use sculpting concealer, $29, TooFaced.com

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This highly saturated lip color goes on easily in one coat without drying lips or dreaded clumping. Best of all, it stays put through first kisses and after-party eats. Infinity longwear matte lip cream, $22, IlMakiage.com

Cult favorites earn their status for good reason—this triedand-true formula offers major coverage, has a matte, cameraready finish and major lasting power (like 24 hours of wear). Double Wear stay-in-place makeup, $42, EsteeLauder.com

Super-soft synthetic bristles guarantee perfectly blended makeup every time. Another plus? They’re infused with bacteriakilling charcoal powder to keep them fresher longer. Deluxe charcoal antibacterial brush set, $62, Sephora.com

A little of this gel-cream goes a long way, allowing you to build a rosy glow. Bonus: It’s totally compact and doesn’t require a brush—so it’s easy to apply wherever you are. Cloud Paint cream blush, $18, Glossier.com

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BEAUTY AWARDS

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Begin Your Journey at the Historic White Home It doesn’t matter how much you have in life, or where you go. It’s who you have beside you that makes the difference. Capture the perfect moments in a simple or elaborate wedding at the White Home. This beautiful southern gem built in 1838, owned and operated by Historic Rock Hill, has hosted generations of wedding parties, large and small. With more than three acres of gardens, open green space and four private indoor rooms — your wedding stage is set.

We are a full-service venue, located in the heart of Rock Hill’s downtown historic district. Whether you choose our white glove service or have your own wedding planner — we can assist in every detail from catering options to entertainment and rentals. Visit our website to view our photo gallery and book your tour with our event planner today.

The White Home | 258 E. White Street, Rock Hill, SC | rentals@HistoricRockHill.com | www.theWhiteHomeSC.com | 803.329.1020

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BEAUTY AWARDS WINNERS

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Whether you’re going for a dramatic smoky eye or a more natural wash of color, you’ll use this versatile mix of 12 neutral, matte and shimmery shades well beyond your wedding. Naked3 eyeshadow palette, $54, UrbanDecay.com

Use this silky microfiber sheet mask infused with rich botanical extracts and anti-aging superfoods like green tea and rice the night before your wedding for an instantly dewy complexion. Luminous dewy skin mask, $12, Tatcha.com

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Don’t be afraid to amp up your natural bridal glow. This creamy luminizer goes on smooth and won’t make you look shiny. And, its sleek design makes it a must-have for your emergency kit. Highlighter, $24, MilkMakeup.com

It’s definitely a splurge, but hear us out: Not only does one spritz of this fancy mist keep your makeup from melting, creasing or cracking, it also smells amazing and dries pretty much immediately. Airflash Radiance Mist setting spray, $50, Dior.com

Throwing an outdoor affair or jetting off to a sunny locale for your honeymoon? Shield yourself from aging sun damage with this fast-absorbing formula that won’t leave behind a chalky residue. Ultra sheer dry touch sunscreen SPF 45, $11, Neutrogena.com

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Sweep this powder of superfine pigments where the sun naturally hits your face (forehead, cheekbones and jawline) to sculpt your features and give your complexion a sun-kissed effect. Warmth all-over face color bronzer, $22, BareMinerals.com

Conquer your brow goals once and for all with this handy retractable pencil. It offers a triangular precision tip, buildable, soft color that won’t smudge and a spoolie brush for blending—all in one. Brow definer, $23, AnastasiaBeverlyHills.com

These falsies come in sections versus a strip, so you can choose the level of lash drama that works for you. Apply a few to the outer corners of the eyes for a subtle look or go all in for a glam vibe. The Lashify control kit, $145, Lashify.com

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PR I M E R This multitasker smooths skin for flawless makeup application, is packed with antioxidants and creates a barrier between your skin and your makeup, preventing clogged pores. The Silk Canvas filter finish protective primer, $52, Tatcha.com

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Unlike a lot of other primers, this one works for all skin types and won’t cause breakouts.

A wallet-friendly gem, this is every bit as effective as its pricier counterparts. Apply a few drops in the a.m. or p.m. before your moisturizer or night cream to give your skin an ultra-hydrating boost. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum, $7, TheOrdinary.com

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AC NE T RE ATME NT Dab on this powerful spot treatment up to three times a day to zap any zits that pop up at inopportune moments (say, right before you take engagement photos or walk down the aisle). Rapid Relief acne spot treatment, $22, Murad.com

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FAC E MI ST A favorite of both celebs and makeup artists, this invigorating spray made of mint and rosemary tightens pores, soothes dry patches and calms stressed-out skin. Break it out whenever your makeup needs a quick pick-me-up. Beauty Elixir, $49, Caudalie.com

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TONE R If you keep up with beauty influencers, you’ve probably heard of this potion. Essentially a facial in a bottle, it hydrates while balancing your skin’s pH for a noticeably more radiant complexion. Lotion P50V, $67, Biologique-Recherche.us

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CL E AN SER Part makeup remover, part gentle cleanser, this versatile gel leaves your face feeling spotless AF but never irritated. Use on wet skin to start your day or on dry skin to dissolve dirt and makeup. Milky Jelly cleanser, $18, Glossier.com

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Believe the hype. This can dramatically change your complexion for the better.

Think of this mud mask as a vacuum for your face. A blend of activated charcoal plus six acids shrinks pores and can even clear up acne. Supermud activated charcoal treatment mask, $59, GlamGlow, Sephora.com

Good skin is just as important as flawless makeup. Give your skin care routine a serious upgrade with our must-haves.

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EYE CREAM

Pumpkin spice latte fans, this one’s for you. A gentle exfoliating mask uses fragrant pumpkin enzymes and exfoliating apricot seed powder to polish away dead cells without damaging delicate skin. Overtime Mask, $44, Summer Fridays, Sephora.com

Look like you got your prewedding beauty rest (even if you didn’t) with this miracle cream that combats dark circles, fine lines and overall puffiness—trust us on this one, it’s worth the investment. The Eye Balm Intense $215, CremedelaMer.com

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M O I STURI Z E R The protein-enriched cream is the best of both worlds; its unique mix of active ingredients replenishes skin while also reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage. Protini Polypeptide Cream $68, DrunkElephant.com

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Whether you’re rocking your natural texture or going for the elaborate updo you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest, these are the products and tools you can trust to lock in your best hair day ever.

HAIR

Going au naturel for your nuptials? Whether your hair type is kinky, curly, coily or wavy, this cream will stave off frizz and give your ’do voluminous oomph. Coconut & Hibiscus curl enhancing smoothie, $11, SheaMoisture, Target.com

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This drugstore gem is under $5 a bottle, works for almost every hair type and leaves your mane feeling soft and looking gorgeous and glossy— what’s not to love? Intensive Repair shampoo and conditioner, $4 each, Dove, Walmart.com

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CURLY HAIR SHA M P O O + CON D ITION ER Attention: We found the curly hair holy grail. This duo fights frizz, detangles and adds shine. Almond & Avocado shampoo and conditioner, $13 each, DesignEssentials.com

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VO LU M IZ ER Forget everything you think you know about mousse. Work a dollop of this lightweight formula from roots to ends for bouncy, long-lasting volume that’s never stiff or crunchy. Southern Belle volume-boosting mousse, $26, TheDryBar.com

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HA I R S PRAY

Just a dab tames unruly locks, smooths flyaways and gives subtle texture whether you blow dry or air dry your hair. The best part? It’s versatile enough to work for the guys too. Grooming creme, $31, BumbleandBumble.com

Work one to two drops of this liquid gold through towel-dried tresses to add intense moisture and condition split ends—without weighing down hair or leaving it greasy. Moroccanoil Treatment Original hair oil, $44, Moroccanoil.com

Your wedding photos are no time for lifeless locks. Spray on roots to absorb oil and product buildup, and keep hair looking fresh from your first look to your morningafter brunch. Gold Lust dry shampoo, $44, Oribe.com

This hair spray has strong hold that will last for hours, but is flexible enough to allow you to adjust—or totally change up— your ’do throughout the day. Spray & Stay intense hold hairspray, $19, Big Sexy Hair, Ulta.com

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C U R L I NG I RO N Say goodbye to overworked arms— an innovative iron does the heavy-lifting for you. With the push of a button, it rotates either clockwise or counterclockwise for perfectly even curls. Beachwaver Pro Swarovski Crystal Collection, $239, Beachwaver.com

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This treatment was developed for none other than Audrey Hepburn in 1974—and it remains a best-seller for good reason. Use before shampooing for lustrous locks that feel stronger. Elasticizer, $30, PhilipKingsley.com

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F L AT I RO N One of the smartest tools we’ve ever met, this ingenious flat iron uses sensors to gauge your hair’s thickness and the speed at which you’re styling, and adjusts its heat settings accordingly. Our minds are blown. Platinum+ styler, $249, GHDHair.com

It’s especially restorative if you’re struggling with breakage from coloring or heat styling.

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C U R L I N G WA ND If defined waves are your go-to, allow us to introduce you to your new besties. This trio comes with interchangeable wands for tight, medium and loose waves, and works with just a single pass. Whirl Trio styling wand set, $300, T3Micro.com

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BLOW-DRYE R Thick-haired brides, rejoice. This powerful hair dryer is worth every darn penny. It’s light as a feather, never singes your scalp and will dramatically cut down your drying time. Supersonic hair dryer, $500, Dyson.com

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H E AT E D RO U N D B RU S H Even if your at-home blowout game isn’t on point—don’t stress. This easy-to-use dryer and round brush combo will give you “just left the salon” hair in minutes. One-Step volumizer hair dryer, $60, Revlon, Ulta.com

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G E L E FFEC T P OLISH Pair with the accompanying top coat for a long-lasting, high-gloss finish that mimics a professional-quality gel mani—no UV lamp required. Gel Couture in Moments to Mrs., $12, Essie.com

Bathe and bronze your way to head-to-toe confidence with these essentials.

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B O DY S CRUB

Slather on this überluxurious cream fortified with healing vitamin E before bed and wake up with picture-perfect hands that stay smooth and silky all day. Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E, $8, MarioBadescu.com

The luxe-looking pastel packaging makes it almost too pretty to use. But you’ll be glad you did once you feel how the gently exfoliating formula leaves your skin feeling revived and supersoft. Coco Rose body polish, $36, Herbivore.com

It’s like your natural nail color, only better. This shade hits the sweet spot between nude and ballet pink. (And if it isn’t your hue, no worries. This line offers over 200 other options.) Nail Lacquer in Be There in a Prosecco, $11, OPI.com

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One use (seriously, one!) and your hands will feel totally rejuvenated.

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B O DY LOTI O N Basically a spa day in a jar, this whipped moisturizer enriched with almond milk melts into skin and leaves you feeling hydrated for up to 48 hours. Almond Milk Concentrate, $54, USA.LOccitane.com

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BA S E C OAT A good base coat should do more than just make your mani last. This one helps polish glide on smoothly and creates a protective barrier to keep nail staining at bay. Here to Stay base coat, $10, Essie.com

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P OL IS H R EM OVER It may be on the pricey side, but this must-have removes even the darkest and most stubborn polish in seconds while also moisturizing with lavender and aloe. The Stripper, $19, DeborahLippmann.com

Lathering up with this aloe-infused rinse makes you feel squeaky clean, while the eucalyptus scent satisfies your senses. Eucalyptus & Aloe body wash, $18, H2OPlus.com

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DEO D O RA NT There’s bound to be some stressful moments during the wedding planning process. Swipe on this clean-scented stick to make sure you stay dry. Fresh Invisible Solid, $5, Secret, Target.com

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A sweet-smelling blend of keratin and oils softens and conditions cuticles while also strengthening weak, brittle or peeling nails. We saw results in just one week. Intense Recovery treatment, $7, Cutex, Target.com

The last thing you want to worry about on any important day is messing up your nails. Swipe this on for a durable sheen that dries almost immediately after application. Dry Fast top coat, $10, Seche Vite, Ulta.com

NAILS

All eyes are about to be on your hands. Are you ready for your ring close-up? Get pristine digits with these necessities.

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S E L F TA NNE R This clear liquid magically turns into a mousse. The fastabsorbing formula gives you a beachy glow in eight hours and lasts for a week. Invisi foaming tan water, $39, Vita Liberata, Ulta.com

It creates a naturallooking tan that’s never orange.

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WINNERS

Scent has the ability to evoke a memory even years later. Choose a special one to remind you of your day every time you wear it. BEST

FRESH Not into heavy floral perfumes? You aren’t out of options. Scents inspired by modern greenery are right on trend. This mix of citrus, lush greens and magnolia is as crisp and vibrant as it gets. Éclat de Vert, $225 for 1.7 oz., Aerin.com

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SPICY If you’re feeling bold, dab on this musky choice that is as every bit as sultry as its flame-red bottle. A bouquet of Bulgarian rose plus woody notes packs a seriously seductive punch. Narciso eau de parfum Rouge, $98 for 1.6 oz., Narciso Rodriguez, Bloomingdales.com

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This powdery, ultra-feminine scent lives up to its name. Just a spritz or two and you’ll be transported to a thriving garden full of blooming tuberose and jasmine. Bloom, $97 for 1.6 oz., Gucci, Macys.com

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Once you catch a whiff of this intense combo of smoke and leather, you won’t forget it. No matter your gender, this unexpected scent is sure to turn a few heads. Santal 33, $189 for 1.7 oz., Le Labo, Barneys.com

BEACHY Created with summer days in mind, a smooth blend of dry coconut wood, cashmere and sandalwood creates a relaxing scent perfect for equally laid-back nuptials. Sun Saint, $65 for 1.7 oz., Pinrose, Sephora.com

This is a compliment magnet. Both women and men stop to ask me what scent I’m wearing. BEST

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Whether perfume isn’t really your thing or you’re new to wearing fragrance in general, this hybrid of floral and citrus notes is a great place to start. It’s pleasant but never overpowering. Reserve Acqua Neroli, $98 for 3.4 oz., Clean, Sephora.com

Calling all bridechillas. This is the boho bride’s answer to a signature scent. A unique blend of oakmoss, plum and freesia is all about the wild contrast of soft, fruity notes and sharp florals. Nomade, $105 for 1.7 oz., Chloé, Macys.com

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C LA S S I C Inspired by the young Coco Chanel, this elegant perfume is equal parts sexy and serious. A balanced blend of light florals and heavy musks means it can work for any wedding theme, location or time of year. Coco Mademoiselle Intense, $115 for 1.7 oz., Chanel.com

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CALI STOTT HAIR & MAKEUP ARTISTRY We tapped bridal beauty guru Cali Stott to get the scoop on pulling off a gorgeous wedding look.

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Cali Stott is a hair and makeup artist located in Stallings, North Carolina. In addition to weddings, Cali has experience working in film and television, as well as runway shows.

You’ve been dreaming of this day your whole life, and you want to feel fabulous when you walk down the aisle. So, hire professionals, relax and let them take care of you on your day.

Be true to what makes you feel beautiful and confident when choosing a bridal beauty look. Don’t get wrapped up in other people’s expectations and forget that this is about you.

Bring pictures of the hair and makeup you’re envisioning to your trial and remember to voice your likes and dislikes. Having solid direction will help give your artist a starting point.

Try to be realistic about the beauty inspiration you choose. For example, if you have short hair, don’t expect to end up with long curls. Work with what you already have.

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CLASSIC Simplicity is key to nailing timeless bridal style. For sparkle that won’t clash with a classic gown, invest in understated jewelry like pearl drop earrings, diamond studs or a thin tennis bracelet you’ll want to wear long after your wedding day. To make a more dramatic statement, consider crystal-encrusted or pearl hair clips, or a long, sheer veil with lace edging that matches the fabric of your gown. Looking to infuse a pop of color into your streamlined ensemble? Give a nod to the “something blue” tradition with a pair of baby-blue heels or a sapphire pendant. Another thought: Pair a black-velvet sash with your dress. It’s a bold accessory that creates a sophisticated contrast and accentuates your waist.

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FASHION + BEAUTY Layer on lots of different bracelets for a cool, mismatched effect.

RUSTIC Give a nod to your outdoor surroundings with nature-inspired details in a stonewashed palette. Lush flower crowns with a mix of blooms or sprigs of baby’s breath are a great place to start. To add some sparkle to your ensemble, go for antique gold, rose gold or pewter jewelry embellished with raw gemstones or crystals. If you’re going all in, skip the fancy heels and opt for distressed boots in leather or suede. For fall or winter nuptials, keep warm with a faux-fur coat, denim jacket or textured knit wrap.

Saying “I do” with your toes in the sand? A seaside locale calls for effortless wedding attire and fun, colorful accessories. Freshwater pearls, tropical statement earrings, cowrie shell bracelets and delicate layered necklaces are right on trend. If you’re feeling bold, a straw hat decorated with local, fresh flowers makes for a cute photo. Where footwear is concerned, less is more. Forgo shoes altogether or swap out your heels for embellished sandals. If you want the added height of a heel without any of the fuss, white or metallic grosgrain wedges or platforms offer more stability on the sand than traditional stilettos or pumps.

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ROMANTIC A touch more luxe than a rustic wedding, gauzy fabrics, floral embellishments and soft, pastel hues emphasize the dreamy feel of romantic nuptials. Whether you’re wearing a sexy, curve-skimming dress or a frothy, embellished ensemble, consider wearing a long, sheer veil for a dramatic detail that won’t distract. Or, channel your inner Renaissance heroine with a boho Juliet cap veil plus floral accents. Polish off your look with lots of whimsical jewelry (we love pieces that incorporate oversize flowers, butterflies and even bees), or focus on one statement piece, like a pair of ornate chandelier earrings.

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VINTAGE This style can refer to a wide range of time periods, so first narrow down the feel you’re going for. Is it the sophistication of the ’50s or the glamour of the ’20s? If the former, a birdcage veil is a totally retro option and works with a variety of dresses. If you aren’t crazy about the idea of wearing a veil, hair combs and headbands with classic touches like lace or pearls also add polish to any hairstyle. To channel the glitz of the Roaring Twenties, opt for feathery and beaded headbands, art deco statement accessories and swinging fringe details. Vintage style also lends itself to old-fashioned jewelry. Repurpose your own family heirlooms or browse local estate sales and vintage stores to find special pieces with an antique vibe.

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Feeling fearless? Consider a gauzy, pale green ball gown with bold botanical details. Dress in sizes up to 22, $7,500, Monique Lhuillier at Alexia’s Bridal Boutique, AlexiasBridal.com (Raleigh, NC); earrings, $16,550, LeVian.com; engagement ring, $6,880, FireandIceDiamonds.com

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RUSTIC ROMANCE Slip on a lingerie-inspired frock with delicate lace embellishments for a look that’s equal parts sweet and sultry. Dress in sizes up to 12, $4,990, earrings, $1,600, DanielleFrankel Studio.com, engagement ring, $1,490 (not including center stone), KirkKara.com; wedding band, $2,400, SingleStone.com

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FARM FRESH A slinky silhouette edges up the Ăźber-feminine feel of a rose-print gown. Dress in sizes up to 12, $6,445, VivienneWestwood .com; engagement ring, $43,657, Christopher Designs.com; earrings, $2,155, AnabelaChan.com; shoes, $515, FreyaRose.com

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If your personal style is more carefree, opt for an unstructured silhouette. This tiered dress has great movement and is effortlessly gorgeous. Dress in sizes up to 12, $8,779, LihiHod.com; hat, stylist’s own; earrings, $225, JenniferBehr.com

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Go 3-D to put a new twist on classic bridal florals. An oversize organza flower paired with smaller silk blooms is pure whimsy. Dress in sizes up to 20, $5,800, VeraWang.com; engagement ring, $4,400 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry .com; earrings, $325, JenniferBehr.com

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Guipure lace with a pretty paisley motif is the best of both worlds: It’s casual enough for a laid-back affair but still feels polished. Dress in any size, price upon request, Costarellos.com; engagement ring, $2,156 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $220, Oscar de la Renta, Nordstrom.com


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If dresses aren’t your thing, or you’re looking for a sharp ensemble for the events surrounding your day, a pantsuit with a more relaxed fit is right on trend. Custom suit, shop similar styles at SavannahMiller .com; engagement ring, $35,098, ChristopherDesigns.com; earrings, $4,250, SelinKent.com

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Make your entrance just as striking as your exit with a cut out back, plus a sweeping train. Dress in sizes up to 28, $4,480, RosaClara.es; engagement ring, $4,312 (not including center stone), SimonGJewelry.com; earrings, $5,200, DoyleDoyle.com

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A frothy take on the classic shirt dress is just made for the fashionista willing to take some (super-fabulous) risks. Dress in sizes up to 20, price upon request, Viktor&Rolf at Betty Bridal Atelier, BettyBridalAtelier .com (Charleston, SC); engagement ring, $17,339, ChristopherDesigns .com; earrings, $1,355, Mastoloni.com

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North Carolina Marriage License Requirements

GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In North Carolina, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Those under 18 must

have parental consent. Couples must apply for and sign the license together at the Register of Deeds office. A Social Security number and a driver’s license (and sometimes a birth certificate) are required as proof of identification. Residency and blood tests are not required. If previously married, the bride or groom may be asked to provide the appropriate documents regarding the divorce or death. There is no waiting period to obtain the license, which is valid for 60 days. The fee for a marriage license is $60; methods of payment vary. All offices are open Monday through Friday; in some counties appointments are required. Please call ahead to get all of the details.

WHERE TO APPLY Alamance County

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Iredell County

Brunswick County

Cumberland County

Guilford County

Johnston County

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Register of Deeds 75 Courthouse Dr. Bolivia, NC 28422 (910) 253-2690 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Buncombe County

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Cabarrus County

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Catawba County

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226 Pollock St. New Bern, NC 28560 (252) 636-6617 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 117 Dick St., Rm. 114 Fayetteville, NC 28301 (910) 678-7775 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Davidson County

203 W. 2nd St. Lexington, NC 27292 (336) 242-2150 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Durham County

200 E. Main St. Durham, NC 27701 (919) 560-0480 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Forsyth County

201 N. Chestnut St., Fl. 2 Winston-Salem, NC 27101 (336) 703-2700 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

325 N. Marietta St. Gastonia, NC 28052 (704) 862-7511 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 201 S. Eugene St. Greensboro, NC 27402 (336) 641-7556 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Harnett County

305 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd., Ste. 200 Lillington, NC 27546 (910) 893-7540 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Henderson County 200 N. Grove St., Ste. 129 Hendersonville, NC 28792 (828) 697-4901 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

201 E. Water St. Statesville, NC 28677 (704) 872-7468 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 207 E. Johnston St. Smithfield, NC 27577 (919) 989-5160 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Mecklenburg County

720 E. 4th St., Rm. 106 Charlotte, NC 28202 (704) 336-6090 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

New Hanover County

216 N. 2nd St. Wilmington, NC 28401 (910) 798-4530 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Onslow County

109 Old Bridge St. Jacksonville, NC 28540 (910) 347-3451 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M–F; 4:30 – 5:45 p.m., T. & Th. (by appointment only)

Orange County

228 S. Churton St., Ste. 300 Hillsborough, NC 27278 (919) 245-2675 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Pitt County

100 W. 3rd St. Greenville, NC 27834 (252) 902-1650 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Randolph County

158 Worth St. Asheboro, NC 27203 (336) 318-6960 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Robeson County

500 N. Elm St., Rm. 102 Lumberton, NC 28358 (910) 671-3044 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Rowan County

402 N. Main St. Salisbury, NC 28144 (704) 216-8626 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Union County

Register of Deeds 500 N. Main St., Ste. 258 Monroe, NC 28112 (704) 283-3610 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wake County

421 Fayetteville St., Ste. 300, Fl. 3 Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 856-5460 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Wayne County

224-226 E. Walnut St. Goldsboro, NC 27533 (919) 731-1449 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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South Carolina Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In South Carolina, the legal age to obtain a marriage license is 18 years old. Parental consent can be granted for those younger than 18 years of age. Residency and blood tests are not required. The fee for a South Carolina marriage license varies according to the county, typically between $50-$100. There is no expiration date for a South Carolina marriage license. No proof of divorce is required if previously married. There is a 24-hour waiting period before the marriage license is in effect. Proof of age is required in the form of a passport, driver’s license, etc. Some counties may require a social security card. WHERE TO APPLY Aiken County

Probate Court 109 Park Ave. SE, Rm. E126 Aiken, SC 29801 (803) 642-2009 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Anderson County Probate Court 100 S. Main St. Anderson, SC 29622 (864) 260-4049 Call for hours

Berkeley County

Probate Court 300 California Ave. Moncks Corner, SC 29461 (843) 719-4519 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Charleston County

Judicial Center– Probate Court 100 Broad St., Ste. 469 Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 958-5183 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Beaufort County

Hilton Head Island Satellite Probate Office 539 William Hilton Pkwy. Hilton Head, SC 29928 (843) 255-5866 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., T-W, F Beaufort Probate Office 102 Ribaut Rd. Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 255-5850 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Dorchester County

Probate Court 5200 E. Jim Bilton Blvd. St. George, SC 29477 (843) 832-0104 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Florence County

Probate Court 180 N. Irby, Rm. 206 Florence, SC 29501 (843) 665-3085 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Greenville County Probate Court 301 University Ridge Greenville, SC 29601 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Horry County

Probate Court 9630 Scipio Ln. Myrtle Beach, SC 29588 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., M, W-F, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., T

Lexington County

Probate Court 205 E. Main St., Ste. 134 Lexington, SC 29072 (803) 785-8324 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Pickens County

Probate Court 222 McDaniel Ave., B-16 Pickens, SC 29671 (864) 898-5903 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Richland County

York County

Spartanburg County

Although The Knot strives to provide accurate information, we assume no responsibility for changes since publication. Please confirm all details with your local licensing bureau and inform us of updates or errors at help@theknot.com.

Judicial Center– Probate Court 1701 Main St. Columbia, SC 29201 8:30 a.m – 4:45 p.m. Probate Court 180 Magnolia St. Spartanburg, SC 29306 (864) 596-2556 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sumter County

Probate Court 215 N. Harvin St. Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 436-2166 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Probate Court 1 E. Liberty St. York, SC 29745 (803) 684-8513 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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North Carolina Publications

GUIDELINES FOR ANNOUNCING YOUR WEDDING IN THE LOCAL PAPERS Photographs may be submitted to accompany the announcement; however, instant photos or color copies are not acceptable. In some instances, photographs may be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the announcement. Call to get all of the details before submitting. GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

PUBLICATION

CONTACT

TIME CONSTRAINTS

FEE

Asheville Citizen-Times

(828) 232-5998 Attn: Weddings PO Box 2090 Asheville, NC 28802

Nonpaid weddings must be submitted within 30 days after the wedding date by noon on the Wednesday prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

Basic announcement is free; larger announcements range from $50 to $210.

Charlotte Observer

(704) 358-5260 Attn: Celebrations PO Box 32188 Charlotte, NC 28232

Must submit info at least 24 days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Fees range from $115 to $1,885.

Greensboro News–Record

(336) 373-7053 Attn: Celebrations Rep. PO Box 20848 Greensboro, NC 27420

Must submit info by 5 p.m. Wednesday, at least 11 days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes All announcements must be proofed before they can be published in the paper.

Six-line announcements (no photo) are free. For longer announcements, rates start at $30.10 and must be prepaid.

Raleigh News & Observer

(919) 836-2800 Attn: Special Occasions Dept. PO Box 191 Raleigh, NC 27602

Must submit info by 4 p.m. on Monday, six days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

The cost is $40 per column inch, approximately eight lines of text.

Wilmington Star-News

(910) 343-2325 Attn: Occasions PO Box 840 Wilmington, NC 28402

Must submit info by 4 p.m. Thursday, 10 days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Optional; must be typed and double spaced.

There is no charge for submitting a basic announcement. The fee for an announcement plus a photo is $18.55 per column inch. There is also an additional $13.25 online posting fee.

Winston-Salem Journal

(336) 727-7422 Attn: Celebrations Dept. 418 N. Marshall Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Must submit info by noon on Friday, nine days prior to the desired Sunday publication.

Form: Yes

There is no charge for submitting a basic announcement. Packages range from $90 to $2,500.

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FEE

PUBLICATION

CONTACT

TIME CONSTRAINTS

The Post and Courier

(843) 937-5775 134 Columbus St. Charleston, SC 29403

Must submit by 3 p.m. on Monday, two weeks prior to the wedding date.

Form: Yes; available online.

Online-only fee is $75; online and print packages vary in price .

The State

(803) 771-8431 Attn: Celebrations The State Media Company PO Box 1333 Columbia, SC 29202

Must submit by 3 p.m. the Monday before the desired date of publication and online posting.

Form: Yes; available online.

The cost varies according to text and/or photo size. Packages range from $117 to $422.

Island Packet

(843) 706-8181 Attn: Celebrations PO Box 5727 Hilton Head Island, SC 29938

Must submit info by 3 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the Sunday of publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Standard announcement is free; larger packages range from $140 to $535.

The Greenville News

(864) 298-4130 Attn: Celebrations 305 S. Main St. PO Box 1688 Greenville, SC 29602

Must submit by noon Wednesday, prior to Sunday publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Prices range from $20 to $120 according to size.

The Sun News Daily

(843) 444-1771 Attn: Celebrations PO Box 406 Myrtle Beach, SC 29578

Must submit info by 4 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the Sunday of publication.

Form: Yes; available online.

Starting at $30 for a one-column passage without photo, ranging up to $350.

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RESOURCE INDEX 21 Main Events at North Beach

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The FarmHouse Siloam

90

1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa

21

Gambill Estate

99

Alexander Homestead

107

Haley’s Garden Flower Shop

101

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

2

Highgrove Estate

5

The Barn at Reynolda Village

49

Historic Rock Hill

139

Bistro Catering & Events

107

Isis Music Hall

96

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

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Jennette’s Pier

59

Board & Batten Events

55

Kaminski House Museum

41

Brideside

31

Laurel Ridge Country Club

95

Cannon Green

131

Lavender Oaks Farm

99

Cape Fear Botanical Garden

50

The Lily Rose

1

Chapel Hill Country Club

93

Malak Jewelers

17

Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina

135

Mary Bell Events

9

Charleston Virtuosi

151

Melrose Knitting Mill

27

Charleston Wedding Guide

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Mena Garcia Beauty

85

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

23

Middleton Place

127

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

151

Nitsa’s

33

Duvall

116

Oaks at Salem

102

Erin Padgett Events

63

The Oaks Wedding and Event Venue

11

Events by Good Food

123

Old Edwards Inn and Spa

45

The Farm

25

One Eleven Place

42

Farm Girl Flowers

95

Ooh! Events

136

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Outer Banks Wedding Association

39

The Sea Pines Resort

15

The Oz Agency

83

Seabrook Island Weddings

19

The Pavilion at Pirates Cove Marina

93

Summerfield Farms

29

Pawleys Plantation

153

Technical Event Company

121

Porters Neck Country Club

83

Timeless Events

90

Rhudy’s Jewelry Showroom

13

Topsail Manor

101

Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure, NC

96

toujours

85

Sanderling Resort

35

Wakefield Barn

27

Sawyer Family Farmstead

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LAST LOOK

Chris and I are creatives who work with our hands for a living,” Stephanie says. “Because making things is important to us, we wanted to express that at our wedding, so we casted our own rings together. We had an absolute blast, which shows who we are: We work together while enjoying the other’s company.”

Stephanie + Chris

10.6 | BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC P H OTO G R A P H BY FO L K + WAY FA R E R

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