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Publisher’s Letter Congratulations! We’re so excited you picked up a copy of our inaugural issue of The Carolinas Magazine. After many years publishing Trendy Bride Magazine, we decided to come up with something exclusively for North and South Carolina couples. Weddings happen every day all over the world. But, it’s our belief that the most beautiful, gentle and soul-stirring weddings happen close to home. And the options for planning a wedding in the Carolinas are endless. From the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina to the historic port city of Charleston, S.C., the experiences are as vast as the Carolina blue sky and as memorable as the cotton candy sunsets. Our hope is you will connect with the pictures and content within these pages to provide inspiration for your wedding day, as well as help you team up with the most trusted, professional vendors to bring your vision to life. Whether you’re planning a large, luxurious affair in Asheville or a small, intimate elopement in Myrtle Beach, one thing’s for sure... There’s nothing like a Carolina wedding. Thanks,

Carl & Michelle Butler Publishers The Carolinas Magazine John 3:16

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Credits Publishers: Carl & Michelle Butler Editor: Laura Donahue Graphic Design: Autumn Wilkins Creative Director: Michelle Butler Ad Sales: Carl ButlerÂ

Cover Photo: Keepsake Memories Photography Venue: The Watson House Florals: Dream Makers Wedding Estates Dress: Kelly Faetanini Model: Brianna Glasby (Directions USA) The Carolinas Magazine is a bi-annual print publication available in print and online at thecarolinasmagazine.com. All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any form without the prior written consent of publisher. The information in this publication is believed to be accurate; however, The Carolinas Magazine cannot and does not guarantee its accuracy. The Carolinas Magazine cannot and will not be liable for the quality or performance of goods and services provided by advertisers or any other portion of this publication. The Carolinas Magazine is not responsible for loss, damage or any other injury to unsolicited manuscripts or artwork (including but not limited to drawings, photographs and transparencies), or any solicited materials. When submitting to The Carolinas Magazine do not send originals. Originals will not be returned. EMAIL:

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Wedding Poem...................... 11

INSPIRATION

REAL WEDDINGS

Enchanting Emerald Isle Keepsake Memories Photography.......................... 14

Charleston, South Carolina Perry Vaile Photography.......... 30

WEDDING PLANNING Wedding Planning Checklist.... 22 How to Say “I Do” to a Venue............................. 24

Asheville, North Carolina Natalie Watson Photography.......................... 36 Charleston, South Carolina Virgil Bunao Photography....... 48 Corolla, North Carolina Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography.......................... 54 Apex, North Carolina Foxtail Photography............... 58

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Credits from left to right: Perry Vaile Photography, Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography, Virgil Bunao Photography, Josh Deaton Photography, Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography, Natalie Watson Photography

What’s Inside


What’s Inside

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina Josh Deaton Photography....... 68 Asheville, North Carolina Simply Sarah Photography...... 72 Charleston, South Carolina Rachel Red Photography........ 76 Durham, North Carolina Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography.......................... 84 Raleigh, North Carolina Ally and Bobby Photography.......................... 88

Asheville, North Carolina Rachael McIntosh Photography.......................... 92

WEDDING PLANNING

Johns Island, South Carolina Sara Bee Photography.......... 100

Wedding Resources.............. 120

Making it Official................... 117

Nashville, North Carolina Magnolia Photography.......... 104 Raleigh, North Carolina Mikkel Paige Photography..... 108 Wilmington, North Carolina Foxtail Photography.............. 110

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It’s the unspeakable emotion one feels as they begin to say their vows, under a tree dripping in Spanish moss. Or maybe it’s the pleasure of sipping sweet tea from a Mason jar, Beneath a heaven of string lights as the perfume of honeysuckle hangs in the air. The way a father dots his eyes as he offers his daughter his arm. Or the way the family minister cracks a joke everyone understands. The way the emerald Atlantic beckons you to stay as your friends make their promises in the sand. Or how the mountains, blanketed in a patchwork quilt of color, implore your soul with romance as the autumnal season sets in. It could be the history, the tales of old, that fill our minds with wander, and its peppered landscape of barns, mills, manors and gardens that continues to shape our stories.

Or maybe – just maybe – it’s the essence of Southern tradition. That renders these memories so rich.

It’s what makes it a wedding in Carolina.


Enchanting Emerald Isle KEEPSAKE MEMORIES PHOTOGRAPHY

Emerald Isle is a colorful fixture on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, and the Watson House and Gardens is one of its many hidden gems. Trendy Bride partnered with Keepsake Memories Photography for an inspirational shoot featuring the venue’s greenhouse-inspired patio, coastal views and yes – a horse!

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This premiere venue boasts a flair for classic Southern elegance and vintage charm. Dream Makers Wedding Estates provided abundant and plush florals, as well as rentals, to create an enchanting Southern oasis both indoors and out. And a timeless traditional white wedding cake with sugar flowers from Imaginary Cakes incorporated the cohesive floral inspiration. Endless possibilities include a chic celebration in the gardens followed by a splendid evening stroll on the sand with the venue’s own horses. Through this classy and carefree showcase, couples can imagine the wedding of their dreams right on the Bogue Sound.

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Credits Photographer: Keepsake Memories Photography Venue: The Watson House Concept + Styling: Trendy Bride Floral Design + DĂŠcor: Dream Makers Wedding Estates Horses + Rentals: Dream Makers Wedding Estates Wedding Dresses: Justin Alexander Cake: Imaginary Cakes Hair: Hair by Mercedes Quinn MUA: Allison Barlow Invitations: Minted Model: Brianna Glasby (Directions USA)

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Wedding Planning Checklist Wedding planning. Two words that pack a lot of decision-making punch and for some, a lot of stress. But before you get overwhelmed with linen colors and cake flavors, we’ve created a wedding planning checklist to help you navigate your way to the big day!

1. SET A DATE You may have to adjust it according to your venue’s availability but it gets you started! 2. HIRE YOUR WEDDING PLANNER If you are looking for full wedding planning services, you want to hire your planner early on so they understand what you’re looking for and can help you secure vendors. 3. BOOK A CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUE Some venues book two years or more in advance. If you find something you love, lock it in. 4.  BOOK YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER AND/OR VIDEOGRAPHER Photographers typically book one to two years in advance. Also, discuss and schedule your engagement and/or bridal portrait sessions. 5. DECIDE ON YOUR BRIDAL PARTY Not only do you want to share your wonderful news with them but you need to make sure your bridal party attendants have enough notice to prepare for your special day.

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6. START GUEST LIST Having an approximate number of guests will help when deciding on catering, rentals and venue space. It will also dictate how much things cost. 7. BOOK ENTERTAINMENT Research and find a great DJ, or live band, and lock them into your date. The best DJs are often booked well in advance. 8. BOOK CATERER If your venue doesn’t have on-site catering, you’ll want to find a local caterer. Be sure to ask who will be providing glassware, china, flatware, etc. or if that will need to be rented. 9. PURCHASE YOUR WEDDING DRESS Purchase/order your dress at least six months before your big day. You’ll also want enough time to do fittings. 10. RESERVE/BLOCK OUT HOTEL ROOMS OR LODGING FOR OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS This is definitely a huge convenience for your loved ones traveling far for your big day. 11. DECIDE ON A COLOR PALETTE OR THEME Decide on what you want your wedding day to look like and stick to that vision.

12. REGISTER Pick two or three retailers and create your wedding registry four to six months before the big day. 13. SELECT THE PAPER SUITE A suite can include invitations, inner and outer envelopes, reception details, save-the-date cards, RSVP cards, printed maps and hotel information. If you’re hiring a calligrapher, make sure you allow extra time (and budget) for that personalization. 14. SEND SAVE-THE-DATES Send out your save-the-date cards at least six months before your wedding. 15. SELECT BRIDESMAID/ GROOMSMAN ATTIRE About six months before the big day, start looking at bridesmaid dress and groomsman suit/tuxedo options. Make sure your groom is on track with his look, too! 16. SECURE AN OFFICIANT You also will want to map out all the details of the ceremony, as well as understand what documents are needed.


17. BOOK A FLORIST Factor in ceremony arrangements, reception centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, mother and grandmother corsages and any additional touches.

25. FINALIZE THE CEREMONY DETAILS Music, readings, symbols of unity, and the order of the ceremony should all be shared with your officiant and planner.

18. PLAN YOUR HONEYMOON You can do this anytime but don’t wait until the last minute as fares will certainly rise the closer to your departure date.

26. PURCHASE RINGS Give yourself enough time to order, resize and engrave, if necessary.

19. SIGN CONTRACTS FOR RENTALS If your event requires extra tables, chairs, draping, uplighting, lounge furniture and even portable toilets, make sure you have everything you need ahead of your big day. It’s better to have extra than not enough! 20. PLAN THE REHEARSAL AND REHEARSAL DINNER DETAILS Share the guest list with the host and send invitations to everyone who will be included. 21. FIND A CAKE BAKER Depending on the size of the shop, try tasting and booking within six to 12 months. 22. PURCHASE BRIDAL ACCESSORIES This may include shoes, jewelry, undergarments, hair accessories, a veil, and if desired, a second look for the reception. 23. SCHEDULE HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTISTS Schedule trials with a couple of different salons three months before the big day. Don’t wait too long! The best book fast! 24. ORDER FAVORS If you plan to drop off welcome bags for out-of-town guests, be sure to include those items, as well.

27. SUBMIT ANNOUNCEMENTS TO YOUR LOCAL PAPERS Make sure to review a proof before it prints. 28. GET YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE Be sure to take all the proper documentation and purchase a few extra copies if you are planning to change your name. 29. MAIL INVITATIONS Send out approximately six weeks before your date. 30. ORGANIZE RSVPS Keep an accurate headcount of all of your guests. If there’s someone who still hasn’t responded, reach out to them to see if they can make it. The final number is important for many of your vendors. 31. MAKE SEATING ARRANGEMENTS If your guests can sit anywhere they like, ensure there’s something or someone who can direct them where to go. 32. ENJOY BRIDAL SHOWERS AND YOUR BACHELORETTE PARTY Take time to enjoy being a bride. 33. O  RDER PROGRAMS AND MENU CARDS Have your groom, planner or trusted friend/family member help you proofread everything.

34. MAKE FINAL PAYMENTS AND TIP ARRANGEMENTS The less you have to worry about on your big day, the better. 35. CONFIRM TIMES AND DETAILS WITH ALL VENDORS, OR CHAT WITH YOUR PLANNER If you’re handling all of the details, make sure you confirm all times and services with your vendors. If you’re working with a planner, check in with them to ensure all items are confirmed. 36. RESERVE TRANSPORTATION This includes getaway cars and any extra vehicles you need for family/ friends. 37. PURCHASE BRIDAL PARTY AND PARENT GIFTS Don’t forget about your parents, officiant, flower girls, ring bearers and anyone else who may play a part, as well. 38. WRITE VOWS If you’re reciting them, practice a little before the big day. 39. MAKE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE WEDDING NIGHT Are you staying in town or heading out to your honeymoon? Make sure you have a plan in place. 40. GET YOUR HAIR CUT AND/OR COLORED Plan one last trip to the salon to ensure your locks look fresh and healthy. 41. SCHEDULE SPA OR NAIL APPOINTMENTS Whether you’re going with your bridesmaids or planning for some alone time, make sure you find a salon that can accommodate your group. 42. WALK DOWN THE AISLE AND MARRY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE! T H E C A RO L I NA SM AG AZINE.C O M

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How to Say “I Do” to a Venue You have the perfect guy. You have the perfect ring. Now, you need to find the perfect venue for your big day. A barn? A ballroom? A gallery? With all the options out there, finding the ideal location that fits your dream vision can be a daunting task. However, by keeping a few things in mind during your search, you’ll make the process of uncovering that hidden gem of a location much easier – and more fun! • Guest list. As you tour a venue, consider the size of the space and how it might fit with the number of guests. Be mindful if the space will feel too large or too small. If the majority of your guests are low-key and not much for burning up the dancefloor, a smaller venue can be great. If you think you’ll have the celebration of the year, search for something that’s more forgiving with space. And if there are guests on your list who may require special assistance, question if the venue will be functional for them. • Location. If you don’t want your guests traveling too far or want as many to attend as possible, consider a venue closer to home. However, if you have your heart set on a destination-type venue, be upfront with guests about travel expectations and consider a venue with hotels nearby. • Time of year. Your desired wedding date can be dictated by the venue - or vice versa. Are you planning to wed in the fall, when weddings are most popular? Is your ideal venue going to be as comfortable in winter as it is in summer/early fall? Keep this in mind when looking for a venue. Also, like with those pesky popup thunderstorms during Carolina summers, make sure your coveted outdoor wedding venue has an indoor option. • Experience. Some venues have impeccable views overlooking the city, or lush gardens that meander through historic properties. Others are merely a shell for which you have to infuse your own personality. Give thought to the type of experience you want for yourself and your guests on your big day, and if the venue can deliver on that. • Amenities. Every venue has different accommodations and policies. Know and understand what’s included when you book the venue and what you’re allowed to bring in. Ask about any tables, chairs and other rentals included with your booking. Inquire if you can bring in outside catering and/or a bar. Also, consider

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Making it Official W R I T T E N B Y: P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y:

T h e Pal o A l to Pl a n tati o n | Kee p s a k e M em o r i es Ph o to g r a p hy

how much added décor you will need to provide. If you don’t want to do much decorating, think about an option with expansive views or lots of character, such as a waterfront venue or an historic home. • Vision. Does the venue meet your vision? Does it evoke your personalities? If you always hoped for a romantic rustic barn wedding, a ceremony in a garden might not fulfill your wedding dreams. Stick to what you want and find an option that meets all, or most of your requirements. But more than checking items off a list, make sure it speaks to you! • Budget. The least fun but most necessary aspect of finding a perfect venue is staying within budget. You may pine for that luxurious ball room in the heart of the city but if it eats up your entire wedding budget, how great will the overall experience be? Learn where to compromise. Just like when you’re searching for the perfect partner, you should never settle when it comes to finding your perfect venue. And if you run into snags, don’t be afraid to seek the help of a planner. Most of the time they know many venue owners and can help you in your search.

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Charleston, South Carolina P E R RY VA I L E P H O T O G R A P H Y

Emily and Aaron’s Charleston, S.C., wedding was inspired by their venue – The Middleton Place. Hoping for a classic, yet edgy vibe, they pulled off this spectacular outdoor event thanks to eye-popping florals, unique design elements and modern style.

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Blossom Bay Design created the notable floral arrangements, full of black and white tones that mirrored the wedding color palette. The couple balanced the contrast with inventive touches such as clear invitations and wedding signage by Moon and Lola and Cameron Morgan Design, as well as a beautiful marbled wedding cake from Tessa Pinner Cakes. Emily looked stunning in a long-sleeved lace gown, featuring a modern neckline, and statement pearl earrings. Aaron channeled classic style in a navy tuxedo. And their adorable white poodle was as darling as ever with a simple floral collar. They said “I do” under a beautiful shade tree and enjoyed a candlelight reception catered by The Middleton Place. Marble table runners and place cards from BHLDN, as well as place settings from Snyder’s Events, completed the beautiful reception tables. From the carriage rides to the toasts, it was a stylish Southern affair to remember in Charleston for Emily and Aaron.

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Credits Photographer: Perry Vaile Venue + Food: Middleton Place Flowers: Blossom Bay Design Wedding Dress: Lela Rose Bridal, The Canyon Dress (Alexia’s Bridal, North Carolina) and skirt was Muse by Callie Tein for Modern Trousseau (Modern Trousseau, Charleston, S.C.) Shoes: Betsey Johnson Invitations + Wedding Signage: Moon and Lola, designed by Cameron Morgan Design Earrings: Moon and Lola Ring Box: The Mrs. Box Violinist: Seth G Music Flatware, Chargers, Napkins: Snyder Events Marble Runner/ Placecards: BHLDN by Anthropologie Videographer: Hart to Hart Media Hair: Bethany Teachey Groom’s Tuxedo: Ashworth’s Clothing, Fuquay Varina, N.C. Getaway Car: Maid of Honor’s father’s car Cake: Tessa Pinner Cakes

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR COUPLES WHO ARE PLANNING THEIR DAY?

Be decisive and stick to your budget! I had the hardest time committing to color palette, a dress and pretty much every decision throughout. It’s so hard because of Pinterest! There are so many beautiful weddings online so I think what helped us most was curating a Pinterest mood board of our dream wedding day. After that, picking the most important elements and noticing what kept reappearing in the board helped me determine what I really wanted!

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Asheville, North Carolina N ATA L I E W AT S O N P H O T O G R A P H Y

Kristi and Mike planned their June wedding at the breathtaking Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C. - a place they fell in love with several years ago. With an attention to detail, these two had guests eager for their big day months in advance thanks to ingenious save-the-dates from Gifts for the Good Life.

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Their sunny day was a mixture of woodland and whimsical, chic and modern. Kristi used a color palette of pink, light purple and peach to cultivate a romantic impression on the inn’s patio. She wore a flower crown to match her floral-inspired Elizabeth Fillmore sheath gown, and met her groom under a floral arbor that was as stunning as it was aromatic thanks to Designs by Sean. The panoramic view of the mountains was a priceless backdrop. After saying “I do,” they celebrated indoors with family and friends with a meal catered by the Grove Park Inn.

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Credits Photographer: Natalie Watson Photography Venue: Grove Park Inn Food: Grove Park Inn Lighting + Decor: Event Effects Group, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Flowers: Designs by Sean, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore Bride Shoes: Jimmy Choo Tuxedo: John Varvatos Groom Shoes: Gucci Invitations: Stationery Bliss, Miami, Fla. Save-the-Dates: Gifts for the Good Life

FROM THE BRIDE:

My advice is to plan a wedding that you, yourself, would love to attend! Or I would tell future brides to marry a caterer/event planner like I did. Makes this whole wedding planning a lot easier LOL! - Kristi

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Charleston, South Carolina VIRGIL BUNAO PHOTOGRAPHY

Allison and Christian planned a dazzling Charleston wedding teeming with gold and sparkles thanks to Lindsey Boyce of A Charleston Bride. The ceremony took place at the awe-inducing Grace Church Cathedral, and cocktail hour and the reception followed at the historic Governor Thomas Bennett House. Allison looked simply stunning in not one, but two bridal gowns. She carried a gorgeous white and green-inspired bouquet from Palmetto Bloom, who supplied all of the floral design for the big day. Christian looked exceptionally stylish, as well. His custom navy blue and black tuxedo from Klein Epstein & Parker was accessorized with a cool pocket square, velvet loafers and bow tie.

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The indoor/outdoor event was brilliant from start to finish, with both its shiny gold dÊcor and accents, and romantic string lights. And the couple’s floral-inspired wedding cake was a shimmering centerpiece with its white and gold flower embellishments. Guests were immersed with the historic Charleston ambiance as they dined and danced under the white tent provided by Sperry. And all enjoyed a delightful sunset from the comfort of elegant lounge furniture supplied by Ooh! Events.

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Credits Photography: Virgil Bunao Planning: Lindsey Boyce of A Charleston Bride Ceremony: Grace Church Cathedral Reception: Governor Thomas Bennett House GROOM: Custom Tuxedo (and shirt): Klein Epstein & Parker Velvet Loafers: Magnanni Bow Tie: Paul Stuart Pocket Squares: Ralph Lauren Sunglasses: Tom Ford BRIDE: Gown #1: Jenny Packham Dixie Dress from White on Daniel Island Gown #2: Jodi Moylan of White on Daniel Island-Couture Designed two-piece gown for reception Bride’s Shoes: Ralph Lauren purple label Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids in Columbia Groomsmen Tuxedo Rentals: Berlin’s (White Dinner Jackets with Navy Tuxedo Pants & Bow Ties) Custom Engagement Ring + Wedding Band: Aucoin Hart Jewelers, New Orleans Custom Crest: Betsy Weir of Lemontree Calligraphy & Illustration, Melbourne, Australia Videography: Adam Siegal of Siegal Films Custom Design of Stationary + Calligraphy: Erin Boyce of Sweet Magnolia Paper, Dallas, TX Flowers: Palmetto Bloom-Jonie LaRosee Cake: Jim Smeal Hair + Makeup: Madison Hughes Band: Mo’Sol Technical Event Company: Lighting and Stage background (Lindsey Boyce) Transportation: ACW Limo Food + Bar: Cru Catering (Lindsey Boyce) RENTALS: Rentals: Synder Events (Lindsey Boyce) Tent: Sperry Lounge: Ooh! Events Linens: La Tavola Linens

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Corolla, North Carolina C A L L I E D AV I S O F N A N C Y R AY P H O T O G R A P H Y Courtney and Michael are happiest near water and live oaks, so an outdoor wedding at the prestigious Whalehead Club in Corolla, N.C., was ideal for many reasons. Seated on North Carolina’s idyllic Outer Banks, the sound-side venue and historic destination was a way of ensuring the couple could revisit their wedding location year after year - in a place Courtney’s family has made many vacation memories. Courtney and Michael met on the third day of high school. While they dated briefly their freshman year, they reconnected junior year and have been together ever since, experiencing many teenage milestones and the journey into adulthood together.

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Courtney was a stunning bride with a modern flair. She chose a Blush by Hayley Paige mermaid-style silhouette with a beaded belt and crisp modern veil, and a pair of gold Jack Rogers sandals for her walk down the aisle. Michael and his groomsmen were quite dapper in navy blue Michael Kors suits and polka dot bow ties. However, each gentleman wore a quirky pair of J. Crew socks for a little dose of fun. Courtney employed the assistance of The Proper Setting to help with planning their dream wedding in Corolla. The team worked with Bells and Whistles to create romantic floral arrangements. The rich teal green and deep navy blue color palette definitely showed when guests opened their Weekend Paper Co. invitations. Thanks to Kayleigh Teachey’s impeccable calligraphy, they were both artistic and chic. Courtney and Michael were wed in front of a wooden bridge adorned with an antique window and wooden cross. The couple said “I do” and sealed their vows with not just a kiss but a group prayer with their bridal party. Guests were treated to a trolley ride from OBX Trolley. Afterwards, everyone in attendance enjoyed the evening under a clear tent surrounded by gorgeous tables from Ocean Atlantic Event Rentals. Café Lachine created an exceptional meal and the couple celebrated with a sweet chocolate chip-covered cake. And Callie Davis with Nancy Ray Photography and Benny Baldwin with Reel Love Weddings captured everything on film and video. Now, every time Courtney and Michael head east towards Corolla, they’ll be reminded of the joyous day that joined them together.

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Credits Photographer: Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography Wedding Planner: The Proper Setting Shoes: Jack Rogers (Bride), Johnston & Murphy (Groom) Watch (Groom): Jack Mason Socks (Groom): J. Crew Groomsmen Suits: Michael Kors Florist: Bells and Whistles Wedding Dress: Blush by Haley Paige (River Gown) Bridal Salon: Hayden and Olivia Bridal Catering: Cafe Lachine

Paper Products: Ginny Young Invitations: Weekend Paper Co. Calligraphy Signs + Invitation Addressing: Kayleigh Teachey Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie Ginger Gown Videographer: Reel Love Weddings (Benny Baldwin) Hair + Makeup: Lovie’s Salon & Spa Trolley: OBX Trolley Event Rentals: Ocean Atlantic Event Rentals Koozies: SipHipHooray

OUR ADVICE FOR COUPLES WHO ARE PREPARING FOR THEIR BIG DAY IS ABSORB EVERYTHING YOU CAN.

On your day, you will feel more love than you have ever felt in your life. All of the important people in your life gather to celebrate and support you as you begin a marriage with your best friend. Remember this in the planning process when you find yourself stressed and wanting to elope. Your day will be perfect regardless of the forecast or things that may go wrong. You won’t remember your veil flying off during the ceremony, you’ll remember the way others looked at you as you were sharing your first dance as husband and wife. T H E C A RO L I NA SM AG AZINE.C O M

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Apex, North Carolina F O X TA I L P H O T O G R A P H Y

Andrea and Matt’s wedding day at The Oaks at Salem in Apex, N.C., was a true family affair. Their classic, yet fun event featured family heirlooms, like the bride wearing her mother’s gown and grandmother’s veil, cherished family photos and floral arrangements designed by the bride’s family. The backdrop of The Oaks was made that much more beautiful thanks to their burgundy color inspiration and timeless style. Surrounded by family and friends, Andrea and Matt said “I do” in a stunning outdoor wedding with every detail captured by Foxtail Photography.

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Credits Photographer: Foxtail Photography Venue: The Oaks at Salem Videographer: Blank Bits LLC Cake: Various flavored cakes from Publix Bakery (Raspberry Elegance, Southern Style Red Velvet, Carrot Torte, Chocolate Lovers Delight) Shoes: Sam & Libby Caterer: 214 Martin Street Rentals: Party Reflections DJ: All Events DJs

Flowers: Handmade by bride’s family (Trader Joe’s) Makeup: Bride’s sister Hair: Annie Roberts Hair and Makeup Dress: Mother of the bride’s dress with alterations by Olga’s Bridal and Formal Couture Invitations: David’s Bridal with Momenti Design Studio for envelope insert, calligraphy on addressing envelopes done by bride Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie Rings: Diamonds Direct

FROM THE BRIDE: Plan your wedding together. Your marriage is much more important than the wedding. Start investing in that now by working together to make big decisions, organize and plan, delegate responsibilities and help each other out. The growth that you experience and what you learn about each other makes your wedding planning process a valuable journey rather than a forgotten means to an end. Matt and I were able to learn to budget together, decide what what was important to us, and learn how to communicate together in a new way. Also, pre-marital counseling can be very helpful in serving you in your marriage. Take the time to prepare yourself so you can bring your very best to your marriage and be more prepared for the inevitable curveballs that life will throw at you.

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina J O S H D E AT O N P H O T O G R A P H Y

Clemson University graduates Stephanie and Sean knew a wedding filled with the relaxed charm of the Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet, S.C., was the perfect choice. Thanks to the creative planning of Love & Honey Weddings (and the mother of the bride!), Stephanie was able to create the soft, feminine and whimsical event she envisioned. The ceremony was held at the Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, where Stephanie wore a classic lace fit-andflare gown from Lily Rose Bridal and Sean donned a navy blue tuxedo. After saying “I do,� they celebrated with family and friends at the utterly Southern plantation that overlooks the inlet and boasts gorgeous live oaks.

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Deaton Photography captured all the romantic details including the delicious cake from Coccadotts Cake Shop and guests getting down to the sounds of A Town A List.

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Credits Photography: Josh Deaton Photography Wedding Planning + Design: Love and Honey Weddings Church: Belin Memorial United Methodist Church Reception: Kimbel’s at Wachesaw Plantation Signage, Design: Darling Devotion Hair + Makeup: Vanity Salon Dress: Lily Rose Bridal Florals: Out of the Garden Rentals: Ooh! Events Cake: Coccadotts Cake Shop Band: A Town A List Invitations: Ooh La La FROM THE BRIDE: Don’t get wrapped up in the details - get wrapped up in the fun, excitement, and fact that all of the planning is really about celebrating the most special day with your most special person! The details are fun, but it’s more fun to sit back at the end of a planning session and realize it’s all happening just to celebrate the start of a whole new life with someone-that’s pretty cool.

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Asheville, North Carolina S I M P LY S A R A H P H O T O G R A P H Y

It was one of their favorite getaways to Asheville, N.C., that inspired Erin and Nitesh’s magical mountain wedding. With the help of Mary Bell Events’ planning expertise, they chose the Deepark at Biltmore Estate to serve as the backdrop for their special day.

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Erin was a stunning bride in a beaded lace V-neck gown and personalized her look with a beaded hairpiece and traditional henna tattoos. Nitesh was a classic groom in a black tuxedo and long black tie. After marrying under string lights outside, they celebrated with family and friends surrounded by romantic candlelight and pink and white flowers from Flower Gallery. An added bonus to marrying at the Biltmore Estate: the views. The couple captured enchanting photos all around the property thanks to Simply Sarah Photography.

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Credits Photographer: Simply Sarah Photography Venue: Ashley with Biltmore Estate Planner: Mary Bell Events Dress: Augusta Jones from The White Magnolia, Atlanta, Ga. Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka Groom’s Tuxedo: Custom Sebastien Grey Clothiers, New York, N.Y. Paper: A+P Designs, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Hair: Powder Me Pretty Makeup: Blush Asheville Florist: Flower Gallery Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Musician: Karen Rose trio DJ: Kipper (Remix) Officiant: Vaughn Talbert Food + Bar + Baker: Biltmore Estate Transportation: Elite Transportation

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR COUPLES WHO ARE PLANNING THEIR DAY? Nitesh and I really wanted to enjoy the planning process and ensure that our wedding day felt authentic to our relationship. We chose the wedding details that were most important to us and didn’t sweat the smaller details. Taking our time to select the vendors that we were most comfortable with and understood our wedding vision was also an important step along the way. For our destination weekend, hiring a wedding planner that was experienced in the area was crucial. Her knowledge of the area and of best practices, as well as the strong relationships with vendors in the community proved invaluable for us.

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Charleston, South Carolina RACHEL RED PHOTOGRAPHY

Katelynn and Kevin pined for a winter wedding and the historic Gadsden House in Charleston, S.C., was the perfect backdrop to their special February day. Inspired by winter hues like berry and emerald green, the wedding planner bride used seasonal ambiance to create a seamless day from start to finish. Their wedding locale was especially unique. They both grew up in the Midwest and lived in Charleston before moving to California ahead of the wedding. Charleston is where they met and where they got engaged. And since there’s nothing like the Carolinas, the couple invited friends and family to the Palmetto State to celebrate their nuptials.

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The historic manor boasts many charming spots from which to photograph, so Rachel Red Photography took every opportunity to capture the couple in the quaint Southern venue. Katelynn looked impeccable in her strapless fit-and-flare Sofia by Matthew Christopher gown. But this bride had a surprise up her sleeve. For the ceremony, she wore a gorgeous overskirt, giving the impression that it was a ball gown; however, for the reception, the overskirt was removed for a completely different look. Groom Kevin is a Captain in the Air Force so he chose to wear his uniform on his wedding day, along with several of his groomsmen. Snyder Rentals and EventWorks Rentals helped bring the experience to life, and Social Spool provided beautiful draping to add softness and create distinct spaces for the reception. TEC added in special lighting to make sure the Gadsden House was well-lit for the celebration. Reception tables featured white linens from LaTavola embellished with vibrant centerpieces, modern gold accents and seamless place settings that matched the wedding color scheme. Studio R channeled Katelynn’s emerald and berry vision in the invitation suite, signage and escort card display. And J. Lily Design added the perfect finishing touch with gorgeous calligraphy. So, even though they now live many miles away from Charleston, Katelynn and Kevin’s magical winter wedding day lives on.

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Credits Photography: Rachel Red Photography Planning + Design: Katelynn Rowe for Luke Wilson Events Weekend Coordination: Luke Wilson Events Venue: The Gadsden House Rentals: Snyder Rentals + EventWorks Rentals Lighting + Structures: TEC Draping: Social Spool Florals: Branch Design Studio Linens: LaTavola Stationery + Signage: Studio R Calligraphy: J.Lily Design Videography: Hart to Heart Media Catering: Cru Catering

Bar: King Street Hospitality Group Cake: Ashley Bakery Doughnuts: Glazed Getaway Car: Tri-County Transportation Bridal Boutique: Southern Protocol Wedding Gown: Sofia by Matthew Christopher Wedding Gown Belt: Blushing Bride, Ivy and Aster Wedding Gown Overskirt: Eden Overskirt, Lee-Ann Belter Bridal Earrings + Bracelet: Emma Katzka Shoes: Kate Spade Bridesmaid Boutique: Bella Bridesmaids Charleston Bridesmaid Dresses: The Dessy Group, Alfred Sung D728 Ceremony Music: Charleston Virtuosi

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR COUPLES WHO ARE PLANNING THEIR DAY? 1. If you can swing having a welcome party, do it! It was the best decision we made during the process because it allowed us to spend more time with our friends and family who traveled so far to celebrate with us. We were able to make all of our rounds on Friday and then again on Saturday during our seated dinner, which meant we spent the rest of the night on the dance floor! 2. If you’re on the fence about a first look, we recommend you do it! You have so much more time for photos and it’s much less stressful. T H E C A RO L I NA SM AG AZINE.C O M

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Durham, North Carolina C A L L I E D AV I S O F N A N C Y R AY P H O T O G R A P H Y Stephanie and Kevin didn’t have to go far to find the perfect wedding venue for their al fresco garden affair. The two Duke University graduates knew the Duke Gardens in Durham, N.C., had everything they were looking for on their special day. The couple met as seniors when they both were enrolled in an improv class and cherish their time spent at the university. For the proposal, Kevin knew just how to surprise Stephanie. He contacted his improv professor and reenacted the couple’s first meeting on stage. He proposed in front of a live audience and of course, Stephanie said “yes” – no improv required.

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Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography was on-hand to capture all of the splendid moments from Stephanie and Kevin’s day. Co-Art Hair made Stephanie and her bridesmaids feel fabulous with hair and makeup styling. The bride chose a beautiful Watters Couture gown with an illusion neckline and A-line silhouette to channel the floral inspiration of her wedding vision. Kevin looked classic and handsome in a crisp black tuxedo complete with a black bow tie and white pocket square. Kenneth Rogerson and the Duke Quartet filled the air with beautiful music as guests ascended on the Angle Amphitheater, where the couple said “I do.” The flower arrangements from Bowerbird Flowers and Apothecary were radiant. Durham Catering provided guests with delicious fare for the indoor reception. Bunn DJ Company made sure everyone enjoyed lively music for dining and dancing. And for added brilliance, Get Lit incorporated special lighting to the venue. Details Cake Design took cues from Stephanie’s imagination and curated a gorgeous dessert bar. A two-tier naked cake was displayed on an ornate cake stand and embellished with peonies and yellow roses to bring the entire wedding design full circle. Thanks to the help of fabulous vendors, Stephanie and Kevin could enjoy every minute of their special day in a most special place. They were immersed with the love of friends and family, the colors from a myriad of blooms and the memories of a life-changing chapter in their lives.

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Credits Photographer: Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography Venue: Duke Gardens Planner: Dana from C&D Events Caterer: Durham Catering Flowers: Bowerbird Flowers and Apothecary Cake + Dessert Bar: Details Cake Design Wedding Dress: Watters Couture

Shoes: Adrianna Papell Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. and Nordstrom DJ: Bunn DJ Company Strings Quartet: Duke Quartet, Kenneth Rogerson Lighting: Get Lit Makeup + Hair: Co-Art Hair Invitations: Paperless Post

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR COUPLES WHO ARE PLANNING THEIR DAY?

Pick a great wedding planner that understands your vision and who you trust to help you with organizing all the details of the wedding. When the wedding day comes, you will know she will take care of everything and you can enjoy this perfect day!

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Raleigh, North Carolina A L LY A N D B O B B Y P H O T O G R A P H Y

In just four months, Ellen and Wesley planned a romantic winter wedding at Raleigh’s Merrimon-Wynne House. The venue served as the chief inspiration behind their special day and included beautiful white, blue and green floral accents from Serendipity Designs. Both the ceremony and reception took place within the Carriage House to employ its chandeliers and exposed beams. Ellen wore a classic strapless A-line gown from Justin Alexander and Wesley chose an equally timeless black tuxedo to say “I do.”

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From the Simply Paper invitation suite to the bridesmaids’ BHLDN dresses, the entire day was painted in various shades of blue. But even the chilly season couldn’t keep these two inside. They managed a few photos on the lawn to cap off their beloved day in Raleigh with the help of Ally and Bobby Photography.

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Credits Photographer: Ally and Bobby Photography Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House Wedding Coordination: Happily Ever After Invitations: Simply Paper Company Catering: Rocky Top Catering Cake: Buttercream’s Bakeshop Florals: Serendipity Designs Rentals: CE Rentals Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander

Stole: Eliza J Shoes: Kate Spade Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN Matron of Honor Dress: ASOS (maternity) MUAH: Parlor Videographer: Thomas Blake Film and Photography DJ: Top Notch Entertainment Strings: Students from Duke Orchestra

FROM THE BRIDE:

First and foremost, make time for premarital counseling and separate time for preparing to enter the covenant of marriage. Wedding planning wise, ask for help from friends, family, and hire vendors you get along with well! Your vendors see weddings all the time and have great ideas to help cut costs and still make your vision come to life. I only had four months to plan, and so that helped take the pressure off of having every detail that our Instagram perfect world makes us feel is required for a wedding. Pick what is important to you, make sure that’s what you want, and the other details will fall into place. Guests won’t know if you don’t have everything you’d envisioned. Good Southern food was important to us, and that is what our guests still bring up to this day!

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Asheville, North Carolina RACHAEL MCINTOSH PHOTOGRAPHY

Carrie and Clément’s big day infused both American and French influences to honor their respective heritages. The Deerpark at the grandiose Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., was the perfect setting for their vintage-meets-modernmeets-fun event, where silver and white set the tone. Carrie wore a stunning beaded Monique Lhuillier gown with a cathedral-length veil while Clément looked timeless in a classic black tuxedo. The bridesmaids looked smashing in silver gowns while the groomsmen donned classic tuxedos, as well.

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The ceremony took place in front of a beautiful arbor made of greenery, styled by Bloom Room. The floral artist also provided the bride’s chic bouquet made of dahlias, roses and silver dollar eucalyptus. The couple celebrated throughout the evening with delicious offerings from Biltmore Catering as well as a croquembouche cake to honor the groom.

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Credits Photographer: Rachael McIntosh Venue: Deerpark at the Biltmore Estate Food + Wine: Biltmore Catering Flowers: Bloom Room Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier Shoes: White House Black Market Invitations: Drolet Paperie DJ: Pat Lance Hair + Makeup: Tracy’s Salon on Main, Big Stone Gap, Va.

FROM THE BRIDE:

It is ok if not every little detail goes exactly as you planned. Don’t stress. The guests probably won’t notice anyway! Also, finding a great photographer can make a huge difference (not just in the photos you will keep forever, but also as someone you end up spending most of the wedding day with). T H E C A RO L I NA SM AG AZINE.C O M

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Johns Island, South Carolina SARA BEE PHOTOGRAPHY

Brelyn and Bubba wed in the heart of South Carolina’s low country at the Island House on Johns Island. The laidback couple wanted a lively affair, so with the help of Elevents & Co, they planned a fun, colorful day with a casual island flair. The outdoor ceremony featured colorful signage and a palm-inspired arbor. Brelyn wore an ASOS dress with lace from her mother’s own wedding gown while Bubba wore a navy blue suit.

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After vows, rings and kisses, the couple enjoyed a reception filled with floral inspiration from Duvall Events. A chic white tent, lucite chairs, colorful table linens, and modern geometric accents outfitted the space. Brelyn and Bubba showed their loved ones the magic of the Palmetto State through a fun, bright and cheerful celebration – perfectly mirroring the couple it honored.

Credits Photography: Sara Bee Photography Wedding Planner: Elevents & Co Venue: The Island House Food: Duvall Catering Flowers + Décor: Duvall Events Wedding Dress: ASOS + lace from my mother’s wedding dress Shoes: Betsey Johnson Invitations: Bride (diy)

FROM THE BRIDE: At the end of the day, it’s not about the flowers, or the décor, or the food - it’s about you. Our vendors seamlessly handled every detail, so we lucked out. But if something’s not like you envisioned, just brush it off and focus on what the day is all about.

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Nashville, North Carolina MAGNOLIA PHOTOGRAPHY

Hannah and Conner’s timeless and classic wedding at Rose Hill Plantation in Nashville, N.C., was the epitome of Southern elegance. The bride’s father, Keith Lloyd of Keith Lloyd Designs, was the event planner and finessed many of the all-important details for the big day. Monumental Designs curated a custom crest for Hannah and Conner that was displayed both at the reception and on wedding favor cookies. Hannah channeled a “Gone with the Wind” vibe thanks to her dramatic gown from Alexia’s Bridal and veil from Coastal Knot Bridal in Raleigh. Conner looked equally timeless in his tuxedo from Hilton’s Clothing in Wilson.

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And together, they made a dreamy pair as they dined and danced with guests in the Nathan Hall ballroom before making a romantic getaway in Conner’s grandfather’s 1977 Chevy Impala SS.

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Credits Photographer: Magnolia Photography (Jana Tyler) N.C. and S.C. Event Coordinator: Keith Lloyd Designs, Raleigh, N.C. Food: Rose Hill Plantation Dress: Sachin & Babi, Alexia’s Bridal, Raleigh, N.C. Veil: Coastal Knot Bridal, Raleigh, N.C. Shoes: Badgley Mischka, Alexia’s Bridal, Raleigh, N.C. Invitations + Programs + Crest: Momental Designs, Wyoming, Pa. Videography: Wrinkled Blanket Media, Raleigh, N.C. Wedding Cake: Ashleigh Cakes, Raleigh, N.C. Rings: Henri Daussi, Diamonds Direct Crabtree, Raleigh, N.C. Makeup: Caroline Sharp, Merle Norman, Wilson, N.C. Hair: Melody Raper, Mitchell’s, Wilson, N.C. Tuxedos: Hiltons Clothing of Wilson, N.C. Bow Ties: Collared Greens Cookie favors: Southern Sugar Bakery, Raleigh, N.C. Place Cards: Paper Buzz, Raleigh, N.C. Bride’s Robe: Plum Pretty Sugar “Quilt Squares” Calligraphy Sign: Christy Britt Designs, Durham, N.C. Music: Save The Date Music, Chapel Hill, N.C. Dave Spencer--gutiarist, Warren Ferguson—violinist Vocalists-- Wendy Ferguson and Josh Berrus Sound, Lighting + DJ Team: Jeff Simpson of Simpsound Rentals: CE Rental, Party Reflections and Table of Contents, Raleigh, N.C. Flower Girl + Ring Bearer Clothing: Shutterbugs Boutique, Raleigh, N.C. Silk+ Jeweled Ribbons for Coach Lighting Arrangements + Bouquets + Corsages: D. Stevens, Phoenix, Ariz. Floral Designers: Nelson Simpson, AIFD, PFCI; Doug Odom, NCCPF; Pat Murray, AIFD, CFD, NCCPF, AAF; Stephanie Garrett, AIFD, CFD, NCCPF; Janet Blackard, Linda Buckner, Sarah Callahan, Joseph Barnes, Eva Keith, Anne Hawkins, Tom Guenther, Bart Bisig and Danny Hinton Flower Supplier: Cleveland Plant & Flower Company, Raleigh, N.C.

FROM THE BRIDE: One of the best things that we did during our engagement was premarital counseling at our church. We had been dating for so long and had talked about marriage quite a bit, but the premarital counseling was really a great way to bring up important topics and outline what we wanted our marriage to look like before we entered it. I would also advise having a wedding planner. My planner was my dad, who is very well-versed in the bridal industry. Without having someone with “wedding know-how” the planning would have been a lot more stressful. Also, having a good support system and people you can rely on to help you get planning done is key. My mother, mother in law, maid of honor, and my bridesmaids were really helpful in making sure I didn’t feel overwhelmed.

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Raleigh, North Carolina M I K K E L PA I G E P H O T O G R A P H Y Ahead of their vivid wedding at The Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh, N.C., Mollyann and Sean were inspired by florals, boxwood, marble, mixed metallics, and geometric elements. And thanks to Eclectic Sage, ThemeWorks and Cottage Luxe, they had all that and more! With the help of C+D events, they incorporated their love for travel with luggage tag escort cards and a globe guestbook – thanks to Etsy. Even the boxwood ceremony backdrop was adorned with “Let the adventure begin.” Mikkel Paige was on-hand to photograph their lively wedding day, in the city they call “home.”

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Credits Photographer: Mikkel Paige Officiant: Kayelily Middleton Planning + Design: Becca, C+D Events DJ: Joe Bunn, Bunn DJ Company Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House Harpist: Eryn Jones Fuson Flowers: Eclectic Sage Desserts: Sugar Euphoria Hair + Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Mooney Cake Topper: Moon and Lola Wedding Gown: Gilded Bridal, designer Kate McDonald Catering: Rocky Top Catering Stationery: One and Only Paper Bar Signage: Color Me Calligraphy Envelope Calligraphy: Quietude Co. Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids, designer Alfred Sung Rentals (farm tables, votives, blush glasses, copper chairs, Bridesmaids’+Bride’s Earrings: Kendra Scott marble chargers): Cottage Luxe Bridesmaids’ Getting Ready Shirts: Plum Pretty Sugar Rentals (lighting, boxwood bars and ceremony backdrop): Suits: The Black Tux ThemeWorks Groomsmen Gifts: Swell Bottles and White Whale Mixers Rentals (lounge area and sweetheart table chairs): Luggage Tags: Currys Leather, Etsy Greenhouse Picker Sisters Guest Signing Globe: Spoon Feather Designs, Etsy Ceremony Backdrop Sign: DelovelyDetails, Etsy Photobooth: Zim Zoom Photobooth Videographer: Thomas Blake Films FROM THE BRIDE:

Wedding planning is not easy; however, you chose to marry this person because you make a good team. Make sure that you both take the time to work on the details and plan for your big day. It can be overwhelming but in the end, it will be worth it and will bring you both so much joy! Also, to ensure that you truly get to enjoy your day to the fullest, hire a wedding planner or a day-of coordinator at the very least. They are absolutely worth the investment!

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Wilmington, North Carolina F O X TA I L P H O T O G R A P H Y Sophie and Trevor’s Wilmington, N.C., wedding was a self-described “modern day elopement.” They envisioned a 1940s social event with Frank Sinatra songs, oil lanterns and dimmed lighting. The Belle Vue Wilmington fit their 50-guest event impeccably and many wedding day items like floral arrangements and invitations were done by the couple and their family. With the assistance of Casey Pham from Mojave Blossom, they were able to combine all the elements for a timeless affair. With friends by their side and close family looking on, everyone enjoyed this intimate, romantic wedding in the heart of Downtown Wilmington.

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Credits Photographer: Foxtail Photography Venue: Belle Vue Food: Desserts from Trader Joe’s, Costco, Taste of Italy, etc. Coffee: Bespoke Coffee and Dry Goods Videographer: Zachary Hutchinson at Hutch Productions Flowers + Boutonnieres: Bride’s mom Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie Groom + Groomsmen Attire: H&M Wedding Dress: Lana Addison Bridal in Cary, N.C. Shoes: Zooshoo.com Hair: Brush Dry Bar Makeup: Bangz Hair Salon & Spa Invitations: Trevor and I are graphic designers so we made them ourselves! Wedding Planner + Coordinator + Artist of Signs at Wedding: Casey Scanlan at Mojave Blossom Everything else was all done by my mom and sister! They truly made our wedding so beautiful! FROM THE BRIDE:

The main thing I would want to tell everyone planning their big day is just relax. If things go wrong, let it be. Don’t think too much about everything, don’t care what people may think, go with the flow. Sometimes the wedding planning can take over your mind/life and you forget what you’re really planning this wedding for. You’ll enjoy every step of wedding planning if you just always remember “I’m marrying the love of my life, that’s all that matters”

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Making it Official In order to legally get married in North and South Carolina, you must get a marriage license from a local Register of Deeds Office. Upon your visit, you and your partner must fill out an application (be sure you know your Social Security numbers!) and present valid IDs (a driver’s license, passport, military ID or state-issued ID card). In North Carolina, a marriage license costs $60 and is valid for 60 days. In South Carolina, marriage license costs vary from county to county and are valid for six months. In both states, the license can be used in any county. Be sure to check out local and state government websites for more details. Find your Register of Deeds office:

NORTH CAROLINA Buncombe County Register of Deeds 205 College St, Asheville, NC 28801 (828) 250-4303

Cumberland County Register 117 Dick St # 117, Fayetteville, NC 28301 (910) 678-7775

Wake County Register of Deeds 300 S Salisbury St #1700, Raleigh, NC 27601 (919) 856-5460

New Hanover County Register of Deeds 320 Chestnut St #105, Wilmington, NC 28401 (910) 798-4530

Durham County Register of Deeds 200 E Main St, Durham, NC 27701 (919) 560-0480

Onslow County Register of Deeds 109 Old Bridge St, Jacksonville, NC 28540 (910) 347-3451

Forsyth County Register-Deeds 201 N Chestnut St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 (336) 703-2700

Carteret County Register-Deeds 302 Court House Square, Beaufort, NC 28516 (252) 728-8474

Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds 720 E 4th St, Charlotte, NC 28202 704) 336-2443

Pitt County Register of Deeds 100 W 3rd St, Greenville, NC 27858 (252) 902-1670

Cabarrus County Register-Deeds 65 Church St S, Concord, NC 28025 (704) 920-2112

Dare County Register of Deeds 962 Marshall C Collins Dr, Manteo, NC 27954 (252) 475-5970

Guilford County Register of Deeds 201 W Market St, Greensboro, NC 27401 (336) 641-7556

SOUTH CAROLINA Beaufort County Deeds 100 Ribaut Rd, Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 255-2000 Charleston County Register of Mesne Conveyance 101 Meeting St #200, Charleston, SC 29401 (843) 958-4800

Register of Deeds (Greenville) 301 University Ridge #1300, Greenville, SC 29601 (864) 467-7240 Richland County Deeds 1701 Main St #101, Columbia, SC 29201 (803) 576-1910

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WEDDING PLANNING

Wedding Resources PHOTOGRAPHERS

Megan Manus Photography Website: http://meganmanusphotography.com/ Email: hello@meganmanusphotography.com

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Danielle Flake Photography Website: http://danielleflake.com/ Email: danielleflakephotography@gmail.com Phone: (252) 341-9634

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Keepsake Memories Photography Website: http://www.keepsakemp.com/ Email: admin@keepsakemp.com Phone: (910) 279-1995

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Megan Dickerson Photography Website: https://www.wilmingtonweddingphotographer.com/ Email: megandickersonphotography@gmail.com

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Stephanie Axtell Photography Website: https://www.saxtellphotography.com/ Email: axtell.stephanie@gmail.com Phone: (812) 322-7903

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Alayna Kaye Photography Website: http://alaynakaye.com/ Email: laynakward@gmail.com

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Megan Travis Photography Website: http://megantravisphotography.com/ Email: megantravisphotography@gmail.com Phone: (336) 420-0747

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Nikki Whitt Fancy This Photography Website: http://www.fancythisphotography.com Email: jnwhitt@gmail.com Phone: (919) 699-3519

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Karen Doody Photography Website: http://www.karendoody.com Email: info@karendoody.com Phone: (252) 646-5358

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Southern Protocol Bridal Address: 164 Market Street, Charleston, S.C. Website: http://southernprotocol.com Email: michelle@southernprotocol.com Phone (843) 212-5160

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Highgrove Estate Address: 1613 S Main St, Fuquay-Varina, N.C. Phone: (919) 552-6154 Website: http://www.highgrove-nc.com Email: info@highgrove-nc.com The Boat House Address: 2400 Lennoxville Rd, Beaufort, N.C. Phone: (252) 838-1524 Website: https://frontstreetvillage.com/ Email: info@frontstreetvillage.com

Palo Alto 15 Address: 1706 Belgrade-Swansboro Road, Maysville, N.C. Phone: (252) 422-1841 Website: http://www.dreamweddingestates.com/palo-altoplantation/ Email: dreammakerwe@gmail.com The Watson House 16 Address: 10114 Coast Guard Road, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 Phone: (252) 422-1841 Website: http://www.dreamweddingestates.com/weddingvenues/ Email: dreammakerwe@gmail.com

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Tryon Palace Website: https://www.tryonpalace.org/weddings Email: weddinginfo@tryonpalace.org Phone: (252) 639-3518

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Islander Hotel & Resort 18  Address: 102 Islander Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 Phone: (252) 354-3464 Website: http://www.islandernc.com/weddings-1/weddings.htm Email: sales@islandernc.com

Thornbury Brides Address: 233 Middle St, New Bern, N.C. Phone: (252) 631-5140 Website: https://thornburybrides.com/ Email: info@thornburybrides.com

Wedding Inspirations Bridal Boutique Address: 308 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, N.C. Phone: (828) 253-3012 Website: http://www.weddinginsp.com Email: wedding-inspirations@usa.net

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Bask Hotel At Big Rock Landing Address: 814 Shepard St, Morehead City, N.C. Website: http://www.baskhotel.com/ Email: info@baskhotel.com Phone: (252) 499-9200 Neuse Breeze Wedding and Event Venue Website: http://www.neusebreeze.com Email: neusebreeze@neusebreeze.com Phone: (252) 447-2937


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Fords Fluent N’ Food Catering Website: http://www.fluentnfood.com/ Email: fluentnfood@gmail.com Phone: (336) 202-2792

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Avalon Event Floral Website: https://www.avalonflowers4events.com/ Email: avalonfloral@centurylink.net Phone: (910) 381-6366

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Famous Baking Company Facebook: www.facebook.com/famousrestaurantandbakery Email: famousbakingcompany@gmail.com Phone: (252) 635-0079

Imaginary Cakes Website: http://www.imaginarycakes.com Email: yum@imaginarycakes.com Phone: (910) 795-0920

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Abba Design Website: https://www.abbadesigngso.com/ Email: abba_design@yahoo.com Phone: (423) 462-1085 Mary Bell Events Website: http://marybellevents.com Email: mary@marybellevents.com Phone: (828) 450-2209 Shawn Schindler Events Website: http://www.shawnschindlerevents.com/ Email: info@shawnschindlerevents.com Phone: (919) 417-0460 Bubbly Events Website: http://bubblyeventsnc.com Email: katie@bubblyeventsnc.com Chestnut & Vine Day-of Wedding Coordination Website: www.ChestnutandVineWeddings.com Email: Erin@ChestnutandVineWeddings.com Phone: (919) 307-7747 Based in Wake Forest, N.C. Contact: Erin McCauley Party Perfection Weddings + Events Website: www.myperfectparty.net Email: geneva@myperfectparty.net Phone: 252-876-7143

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Crystal Coast Tent & Event Rentals Website: http://crystalcoasteventrentals.com/ Email: events@crystalcoasteventrentals.com Phone: (252) 764-2761 Charming & Quaint Event Rentals Address: 2400 Highway 24, Newport, NC 28570 Email: charlene@ec.rr.com Phone: (252) 240-9291 Facebook: www.facebook.com/CharmingandQuaint

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World Class Wedding Venues Website: https://www.worldclassweddingvenues.com/ Email: contact@worldclassweddingvenues.com Phone: (919) 937-7107 The Carolinas Magazine Website: www.thecarolinasmagazine.com Email: thecarolinasmagazine@gmail.com P.O Box 1135, Jacksonville, NC 28541

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Eye Do Makeup & Hair Design N.C. Website: www.beautybyeyedo.com N.C. Email: eyedomakeupart@gmail.com S.C. Website: www.eyedoairbrush.com S.C. Email: eyedomakeupandhair@gmail.com

BRIDAL SHOWS 36 Wedding Festivals Website: weddingfestivals.com info@weddingfestivals.com Phone: (864) 235-5555

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Carolina Bridal Fair Website: http://www.carolinabridalfair.com/ Email: info@carolinabridalfair.com Phone: 704-574-3977

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The Carolinas Magazine  

2018 Winter/Spring Issue

The Carolinas Magazine  

2018 Winter/Spring Issue

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