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We believe that preparing for your marriage is an incredibly important aspect of wedding planning, so I love how Karina and John used their time of engagement to do just that. Throughout the process, they practiced compromise, balanced priorities, and threw in a whole lot of fun along the way, all while keeping their focus on creating a strong marriage. With the help of their planner, Ashley Huffman Sanders of LFF Designs, Karina and John threw a wedding that felt like “a fun, Southern shindig,” inspired by their summers spent on the Carolina Coast!

Big SW hugs to Blue Ribbon Vendor Anna Routh for sharing this sweet day with us!

Wedding dress shopping was one of my favorite parts of wedding planning. My mom and I had scheduled an appointment at one of the larger wedding dress shops in town, but about a month before the appointment, I saw on Instagram that a new shop in town was having a trunk show that weekend. I called, and on a whim, my mom, two friends, and I went in for an appointment. I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted and picked my dress out right off the rack. It was the third wedding dress I tried on and I knew it was the one. We bought it that day.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We had our ceremony and reception at a private home along the Intracoastal Waterway. Some friends of ours were also married there and we knew it was a very special place. It meant a lot to us to get married and celebrate right along the water where we’ve made so many memories together over the years.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? No, we used a traditional Episcopal wedding service. My uncle married us, which was extra special because he also married my parents.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We hired a ukulele player for our ceremony, which was so much fun. He played traditional wedding ceremony music with an island vibe. Our first dance was to “Magnolia Wind” by Guy Clark. That song seemed to capture our relationship perfectly and we both loved it.

We chose not to do a first look. My husband is pretty traditional and really wanted to see me for the first time when I was walking down the aisle. I’m so glad we made that decision because when our eyes met for the first time, it was such a magical moment!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We both grew up in North Carolina and wanted the wedding to feel like a fun, Southern shindig. We served all Southern foods: deviled eggs, fried chicken, bourbon-glazed pork, mac and cheese, shrimp and grits, collards, hoppin john, and cornbread. We also had boiled peanuts, mini Moon Pies, and Pepsi for a late night snack. John and his groomsmen wore seersucker suits with bow ties, and part of the groomsmen gift included an NC flag Freeker (knit koozies made here in Wilmington).

We had a four-tiered cake with textured white buttercream frosting. Each layer was a different flavor and so delicious! The cake was decorated with flowers and greenery.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I knew when we started planning an outdoor wedding that the weather would be a huge factor. The forecast looked pretty promising for our big day–just a slight chance of storms. All throughout the ceremony and cocktail hour, the weather was perfect. Just as we sat down to eat dinner though, the sky turned black and the wind really picked up. A few cocktail tables blew over and a tablecloth caught on fire! The cake almost blew over, but was saved by my quick thinking cousins! The radar showed a crazy storm headed our way. We rushed to cut the cake and prepare for the rain to come when suddenly, the sky cleared. It never rained. The light coming through the clouds as the storm passed was absolutely beautiful. Our photographer captured a picture of that sky over our tent, and it is my absolute favorite photo of the night. Once the threat of pouring rain was over, the band cranked up and we danced the night away!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. John and I met through mutual friends on July 4, 2009 at Wrightsville Beach. We spent such a fun day boating with friends, and we really hit it off. We exchanged numbers that night and spent the next day together. He cooked me dinner the following week and I was sold! We dated for close to seven years before getting married–part of that time was long distance while I attended graduate school. John was so supportive and drove to Durham nearly every weekend so we could be together. We both knew if we could survive that separation, we could survive anything together. After school, I moved home to Wilmington and we got engaged the following year.
Tell us all about the proposal! We got engaged in November 2014 at Wrightsville Beach–where we met and where we spend most weekends in the summer. It was the day after my 30th birthday, and John woke up extra early to suggest we go to breakfast and then for a walk on the beach. I could tell he was a little nervous while we were walking along the water and thought something was up. A few minutes later, he was down on one knee. Later that night, we surprised all of our friends with the news at a party. It was a perfect day.
When did y’all get married? April 23, 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? Around 175
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I borrowed a pearl bracelet from my mother-in-law, which served as my something borrowed and old. I wore Duke blue nail polish on my toes for my something blue. My dress, veil, shoes, and earrings were all new.
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? Wedding planning, in many ways, was good practice for married life. There was lots of compromising, budget discussing, and balancing of priorities. We managed to have a lot of fun throughout the process, and constantly reminded ourselves that our marriage was much more important than the wedding.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? Right now, we’re enjoying a low-key summer with family and friends and saving for our first home.

Photographer: Anna Routh Photography | Planner: Ashley Huffman Sanders of LFF Designs | Venue: Private residence | Florist: Fiore Fine Flowers | Wedding Cake: One Belle Bakery | Caterer: Gibbs Catering | Rentals: L&L Tent and Party Rentals | Lighting: High Performance Lighting and Power | Band: Mr. Potato Head Band | Ukulele: Kent Knorr of North Carolina Ukulele Academy | Paper Products: Reeves Engraving | Bride’s Gown: “MJ101” by Madison James | Bridal Salon and Veil: Coastal Knot Bridal | Hair Stylist: Kelli Kuperus and Megan Gregory from Sea Grass Salon and Day Spa | Makeup Artist: Amy Kennison | Bride’s Shoes: “Danya” by Naturalizer | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August | Menswear: Jos. A. Bank | Trolley: Azalea Limo

Anna Routh, Fiore Fine Flowers, One Belle Bakery, and Coastal Knot Bridal are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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We love a classic wedding around these parts (all my own hands raised!), but lately, I’ve been trying to come up with the reason why. Why is it that a lace gown makes us weak in the knees, nothing on earth is cuter than a traditional flower girl, and it doesn’t get any sweeter than a tiered white wedding cake? I can’t answer for everyone, of course, but to me, the magic of the classics is that they feel like rites of passage–there is a sense of tradition about these elements that makes a wedding day feel real, turns an ordinary couple into a bride and groom, and creates moments that will be forever revisited. Ally and Gabe combined their favorite classic wedding elements with a big dose of hospitality and a special place in their hearts for the great Southern tradition of community–their ceremony venue came to be when Ally’s mama knocked on a perfect stranger’s door!

I’m so confident Ally and Gabe love looking back at the images our Blue Ribbon Vendor Kati Mallory captured as much as we loved taking a peek at them–and that they will continue to do so for many, many years to come!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. Oh goodness. Finding “the dress” was a bit of a journey for me! It took three shopping trips and about 50 dresses or so before I finally found the one on a trip to Baton Rouge with my mom and BFF/maid of honor. It was the perfect mix of traditional French lace and contemporary design. We celebrated over margaritas!

We tried our best to incorporate Southern details throughout every aspect of our wedding. From our Mississippi coffee table guest book and vintage monogram invitation suite to serving shrimp and grits as the main course, we couldn’t deny our deep Southern roots. We knew that having a wedding in South Mississippi in the middle of March meant unpredictable weather, so exactly one month before our wedding date, my mom and I drove down to Bay Saint Louis and buried a bottle of bourbon upside down under a beautiful mossy oak tree at our ceremony venue! One month later, on the morning of our wedding (in the cold, misting rain), Gabe and his groomsmen dug up the bourbon and toasted to beautiful weather as they finished off the bottle. Sure enough, as the superstition promises, that afternoon, the rain clouds parted and we had perfect weather for our outdoor wedding.

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My precious brother skipped his lunch break the Thursday before our wedding and MIGHT have clipped a few tupperware containers worth of Austin, Texas bluebonnets so that I could stick some in my bridal bouquet as my something blue. We still aren’t sure if that’s illegal or not–whoops! My mom’s best friend, Mrs. Suzy, who is like a second mother to me, handmade my wedding veil the week of my wedding. Everything about it was new, but knowing that she put so much time and love into creating something like that just for me made it so special.

We both decided that seeing each other beforehand would be much more intimate and memorable than sharing these emotions in front of 200 guests. We loved having a few minutes together to soak in the fact that we were actually getting married before the night got hectic. I will never forget the look on Gabe’s face when he saw me for the first time that day. It is a moment that I will cherish for the rest of my life and I’m so thankful to relive it over and over again as I look through our wedding photos.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? We chose to get married in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi because to us, it is the sweetest little town and the true definition of Southern charm. Gabe’s family is from Texas and mine are mostly in Mississippi, so we wanted a destination wedding without guests having to travel too far away. We truly wanted our guests to have a vacation weekend in the South that they would cherish for a lifetime. It’s actually a very funny story how we chose our ceremony venue. I have always dreamed of being married outside beneath mossy oak trees. We picked a destination and reception location before a ceremony venue, which was probably not the best move. We were ten months from the wedding date with no spot to exchange vows and a vision in my head that was not materializing when we started to panic a little. I had driven by this quaint white beach house a million times–the house was situated on a grassy hill overlooking the beach, and was surrounded by century-old oak trees. My mother knew that I loved the house, so one day, she took matters into her own hands. She drove down to Bay Saint Louis and knocked on the front door to ask if her daughter could be married on the property. It could not have been a more perfect venue!

Our florist, Rachel Cuevas of Pine Hills Floral Design, truly went above and beyond to make sure my flowers turned out exactly how I had imagined. My dad and husband handmade a wooden cross to serve as the altar where we would exchange our vows. Rachel transformed the cross into a masterful work of art with her floral design. She incorporated blush peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, and lush greenery throughout the cross, bridal bouquets, and centerpieces. I wanted our wedding to feel romantic, and I knew that flowers would play a crucial role in creating that ambiance.

How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? We joined a couples’ small group at our church. All of the other couples were already married and were able to give advice on things that they had experienced and overcome together. We also got into a habit of praying out loud at night together.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. How is a bride ever supposed to pick just one flavor of wedding cake?! Gabe and I share a love for sweets, so each cake tier was a different flavor: strawberry, almond, chocolate, and red velvet. I am the first of my friends to get married, so as Southern tradition goes, I wanted to pass good luck and good fortune on to my bridesmaids. As each of them removed their cake pull, we found out who would be first to have a child, who would be the next to marry, and who would live a life full of adventure. We also tied in my Louisiana heritage by giving out pralines that were homemade by my Cajun relatives as wedding favors!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Gabe and I are your typical high school sweethearts! We were introduced to each other by mutual friends at our church youth group. I was only 14 years old when we met, and he was 15.
Tell us all about the proposal! From Gabe: When Ally and I finished undergrad at Ole Miss, I think she became suspicious of my proposal. Being an old-fashioned guy, this was a problem for me; I really wanted the proposal to be a surprise. That summer, Ally and I vacationed in Seaside, Florida. This had become a bit of a tradition for us and I didn’t think she would expect anything different about this trip. But, with her nails manicured and outfits straight from a fashion blog, I knew she was expecting the proposal, so I kept the ring in my suitcase and enjoyed a week at the beach. A month later, we found ourselves celebrating the Fourth of July in Austin, Texas. Again, I thought to myself this could be the time, but alas, she was still suspicious, so I held off, the engagement ring stayed in my suitcase, and we enjoyed our time together in the Lone Star State. As summer ended and I started another semester of grad school, I could tell that Ally’s hopes of engagement were crushed. Now that the timing was right, I came up with the perfect plan. Ally and I drove up to Oxford to watch the first home game of the season, and using the excuse of needing more champagne for mimosas, I went to a rooftop overlooking the historic Oxford Square, and waited. We had countless memories on this rooftop together, and Ally planned on meeting with friends there before the game. As she followed a trail of rose petals up the stairs to the rooftop, she still had no idea. Somehow, she didn’t get the hint–she thought it was the aftermath of someone else’s perfect proposal the night before. It wasn’t until she exited the building onto the rooftop and saw me on one knee that she finally realized her day had come. As she approached, she must have said, “yes” three times before I could actually ask her to marry me. Finally, she made it across the rooftop to where I was kneeling, I asked the four words she had been waiting for, “Will you marry me?” and for the fourth time, she answered, “Yes!” I could not have asked for a more perfect day, or a better way to celebrate our proposal than an Ole Miss win with 100,000 of our closest friends in the grove.
When did y’all get married? March 19, 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? Around 200
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We decided to tweak the traditional wedding vows to make them a little more personalized. Our favorite line was, “I promise to laugh with you in times of joy and comfort you in times of sorrow. I will share in your dreams and support you to achieve your goals. I will respect you, encourage you, and cherish you.”
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. We chose to have a strings trio perform all of the music during our ceremony. We both love classical music and could not have imagined a more romantic atmosphere than the sounds of a cello and two violins drifting in the ocean breeze.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are overjoyed to start the next chapter of our lives together in Austin, Texas with our golden doodle fur baby, Hattie! Gabe just graduated from Ole Miss with his Doctor of Pharmacy and I hope to continue my career in the nonprofit event industry. We are looking forward to new experiences, travel, and lots of live music!

Photographer: Kati Mallory Photo and Design | Planner: Saron Mitchell Henderson | Reception Venue: Bay Saint Louis Community Hall | Florist: Pine Hills Floral Design | Wedding Cake: Melissa’s Specialty Cakes | Caterer: Neil’s Southern Delights | Rentals: ABC Rental | Band: 4 Barrel Funk | Paper Products: Fresh Ink | Bride’s Gown: Essense of Australia | Bolero: Justin Alexander | Hair and Makeup: Allie Lee at Blush | Bride’s Shoes: Schutz | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale | Bridesmaid Dress Salon: Bella Bridesmaids | Menswear: Tuxes Too | Bridesmaids Robes: Pretty Plum Sugar | Ribbon: Adorn Company

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  1. avatar Elizabeth reply

    We so loved working on the stationery for this bride and groom, wishing them the best!

  2. avatar Whole Blossoms reply

    Congratulation for to the couple for their Future. I really enjoyed the blog and specially the Groom and Brides Pictures. It looks like they are the happiest couple of the earth.

  3. avatar Dana reply

    love the proposal story!

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Confession: I have been secretly looking forward to writing this post for over a year! Maghon is a very dear friend of Southern Weddings (if you’ve tuned in to our launch party live stream over the last two years, you may recognize her!), and she and her beau, Chris, were married last May. After 20 years of love and friendship, they had plenty of memories to draw from for wedding inspiration, and as a result, their day was packed with meaningful details, plus plenty of Maghon’s cheery calligraphy–she’s the talent behind All She Wrote Notes, after all! As if that wasn’t enough to love about this colorful North Carolina celebration, Maghon and Chris also have a huge passion for their Southern roots, and adopted “Cheers, y’all!” as their official wedding day motto. Join me in raising a glass (or coffee cup!) to toast the Taylors, and enjoy this recap of their joyful day!

We’re so glad our Blue Ribbon Vendor Anna Paschal was on hand to capture every fun moment!

I knew in my head exactly what I wanted in a dress: I wanted to feel like myself. I am marrying a guy who has played basketball with me since first grade, so I wanted to walk down the aisle and have Chris see the girl he’s always known. I also LOVE fun jewelry and accessories, so I wanted a simple dress that didn’t compete and wasn’t too much. My friend (and wedding photographer) Anna suggested I try the J. Crew Warehouse in Virginia, and that same day, we hopped in the car and drove there! I found the EXACT dress I had in mind, and the best part is–y’all won’t even believe this–it was $73! I could have cried, I was so excited!

Describe your wedding flowers. Coral. Charm. Peonies. I wanted a big, beautiful, pink bouquet with peonies, and Kat with Dear Sweetheart Events absolutely nailed it. I knew I was going to give it away to Chris’ grandmother in honor of their 56 years of beautiful marriage later in the evening, so I wanted it to be extra special!

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We did and it was my absolute favorite part of our whole day! I knew that Chris and I would both be pulled in different directions all day and I really wanted a moment that was just for us. We knew from the very beginning that we would do a first look, and our venue even had a porch swing for it! I walked around the corner to see my sweet man, and I don’t ever want to forget the way he looked at me. It was the most simple and comfortable moment, and all of our favorite photos are from those few minutes together. It gave me such a sense of peace and calm to have had that time with him before the ceremony, and I will always be grateful that we did it!

What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? I can’t even pick just one. I truly loved everything, but my absolute favorite was our invitation envelopes. Molly at Ply took my crazy idea and made it happen and it was even more awesome than I could have even imagined. Chris and I exchanged notes every day when we were kids, and when I was moving a few years ago, I stumbled across the box where I had saved every single one he wrote me. He would draw this little heart at the bottom of each one with an arrow going through, and from the moment I found that note, I knew I wanted it to be incorporated into our wedding somehow. Molly took Chris’ original pencil drawing and turned it into an amazing envelope liner that also included a cute message to explain that Chris drew this for me when we were 10 years old. That note is my most prized possession, so it was absolutely the most meaningful detail to me.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We chose to stick with traditional vows, but with one little addition. Chris and I both admittedly have had a crush on each other since first grade and want to make sure we always do. We added the line “to have a crush on you always” to our vows, and that will forever be my favorite! That’s a promise I can’t even wait to keep.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? My best friend from high school, Rachel, read 1 Corinthians 13. Rachel has been such an inspiration to me spiritually over the years and there isn’t anyone else I would have chosen to do that special reading.

Chris and I have known each other almost our entire lives, but we knew we still had a lot to learn. We met weekly with our amazing pastor, Josh Sands, and discussed a different marriage topic every week, from communication to budgeting, family, and everything in between. I was sad when those sessions were over because I loved them so much!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I think making our guests feel like family was the most important Southern tradition that we incorporated. Growing up, my family always held hands around the dinner table to pray, so I got on the mic and explained this tradition to our guests. Before dinner, all 150 of us held hands in a circle and prayed to bless the food and our marriage. My brother did this at his wedding too and I was proud to continue the tradition. We served Eastern and Western North Carolina BBQ with all the fixin’s, and a dessert table that made you feel like you were at a family picnic. Starting from our save the date, the theme of our wedding was “Cheers, Y’all!” and we incorporated that into our signage, coasters, koozies, napkins and anywhere else we could! That’s one of my favorite sayings and totally fits our personality as a couple.

My FAVORITE songs are the ones for our first dance. Part 1: Chris and I both fondly remember our very first middle school dance in sixth grade, when we danced (very awkwardly) to “All My Life” by K Ci and Jo Jo. Every time I’ve heard that song over the past 20 years, I always thought about Chris Taylor. When the music started, we decided to throw it back to middle school and have our arms WAY extended out like little kids do, to make everyone laugh. Part 2: The moment I knew I was going to marry Chris was when we were in the car on the way to watch a Carolina game and he played “Jump Around” by House of Pain. That is the “get hype” song for UNC and the song that they always play before a jump ball. We have gone to dozens of games ever since and I always grab his hand during that song and remember that first moment. So we knew that this would need to be part of our first dance too! We had planned with our DJ to cut out of “All My Life” and into “Jump Around,” but what Chris didn’t know was that I had an even bigger surprise planned (and the only secret I’ve ever kept). My friends at the General Alumni Association helped me invite the UNC mascot, Rameses, to the festivities, and he joined us during our first dance as a HUGE surprise to all of our guests, including the groom!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I have two. A few weeks before our wedding, we got some amazing advice from our friends who said that we should steal away for just a few minutes, step back, and just watch the party happen. Chris and I snuck away in a corner for a little while during our reception and just beamed at all of our family and friends. Love was so, so present at every moment for the entire day, but that’s the picture in my mind when I think back about all of it. My other favorite is that I couldn’t get Chris’ ring on his finger! They warn you that this may happen, but most brides would remain calm and just let the show go on. Not me. I waited almost 30 years for this! Chris gave me a look and said “go for it,” so I practically man handled his finger to get his ring on! We both died laughing and so did the crowd. Chris then looked at everyone and gave them a thumbs up! It was perfect.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Chris and I met in the first grade!! I had a crush on him for as long as I can remember, and he officially asked me to be his girlfriend when we were 10 years old. He was my first slow dance, first kiss, and first guy I ever said “I love you” to. We were boyfriend/girlfriend in sixth and seventh grade, but we weren’t quite ready for forever back then, so we remained friends through high school and college. We reconnected at our five-year high school reunion, exchanged numbers, and started hanging out. It wasn’t until a few years later that we finally went on our first date to play golf in our hometown and we’ve been PAR-TEE-ing ever since!
Tell us all about the proposal! Lots of important life moments for me, and my best memories as a child, have taken place in a porch swing, and our proposal was no different. When I purchased my first home, my daddy built a swing for my porch that is a replica of the one that was on my playhouse when I was a little girl. Every Sunday, Chris and I love to hang out on the porch, me in the swing and him in an heirloom rocking chair that came from my grandparents. We listen to music, catch up on our week, and just chat about life and love. This particular Sunday, we were enjoying our regular porch party when he walked towards me like he was walking in the house, but instead, he got down on one knee and asked me if I would make him the happiest guy ever and be Maghon Walker Taylor! I was SO excited that the first thing I blurted out was “Thank you” instead of yes!! It was so special, so laid back, and so us! Every weekend when I am out there now, swinging in the swing still gives me butterflies. The biggest surprise was that Chris had actually called and booked my dream wedding venue just a few weeks before he proposed, so not only did I have a brand new fiancé, we already had a date and the venue I had always wanted!
When did y’all get married? May 22, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Our bridesmaids walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of “Carolina on my Mind” by James Taylor because Chris and I are both Tar Heel fanatics. I walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys, and chose it because even though we didn’t play the words, I love what they say. For our walk back down the aisle, I have waited on this one forever and always pictured our kiss and walk every time it came on the radio. It was “Gone Gone Gone” by Phillip Phillips. I LOVE every word and feel that Chris and I take turns living out those words for each other every day.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. If you ask Chris or myself what we are having for dessert, it’s almost always going to be banana pudding! We opted for a dessert bar instead of a traditional wedding cake and we asked each one of our moms and grandmothers to make our favorite desserts. They each have their own specialty and it was so much fun to see it all come together. We also had Carolina blue cotton candy from Sweet Puff Candy and Chapel Hill Toffee, which are some of my favorites from two sweet friends.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Chris and I paid for our wedding ourselves, so as much as that certainly was a challenge, we loved working together to have the day that was exactly what we wanted. The hardest part for me was choosing my bridesmaids. I have been blessed with SO many amazing girlfriends throughout my life and if I could have had every single woman there stand up at the front with me, I would have.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? I am a calligrapher, so I addressed our invitations, worked with an amazing stationer to put a handwritten touch on our invites, and created our signage, place cards, and decor. There was so much calligraphy that at one point, Chris was like, “May, we get it that you write cursive for a living! That’s probably enough!” :)
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We just welcomed a new golden doodle puppy, Mr. Teddy Confetti, to our household a few weeks ago and we are looking to move into a larger place. I’ve lived in our current home for four years and started running my business out of our home before Chris moved in. We are so blessed that All She Wrote Notes has continued to expand, but Chris is tired of finding confetti everywhere, so we need a little more space! I am excited to channel my inner Joanna Gaines and make a beautiful home for us wherever we’re supposed to be. God’s plans have been bigger (and far better) than our own throughout our whole journey to find each other, so we can’t even wait to see what He has in store. Right now, we are just enjoying the ride.

Photographer: Anna Paschal Photography | Videographer: Dansby Productions | Planner and Florist: Dear Sweetheart Events | Venue: The Gardens at Gray Gables | Caterer: Prissy Polly’s BBQ | DJ: Mike Marshall of Triad DJ and Events | Guest Appearance: Rameses the UNC Mascot and UNC Pom Pons | Paper Products: Ply Fine Paper | Bride’s Gown: “Miranda” by J. Crew | Bride’s Jewelry: Moon and Lola | Birdcage Veil: David’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup: Jourdan Gallman | Bride’s Shoes: Fan Feet | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Urban Outfitters, Old Navy, Red Dress Boutique | Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic, Saks 5th Avenue, Nike | Groomsmen Attire: Express | Calligraphy, Cake Topper, Signage, and Decor: All She Wrote Notes | Cotton Candy: Sweet Puff Candy | Toffee: Chapel Hill Toffee | Tassel Garlands: Studio Mucci | Ring Bearer Bow Ties: Little Brotique

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  1. avatar Skylar Caitlin reply

    How fun and absolutely adorable is this bride?!? I love the energy and joy that is conveyed through their design choices as well as through Anna Paschal’s images. And those par-tee escort cards, genius! Dear Sweetheart Events really hit this one out of the park (oops, incidental sports pun)

  2. avatar Kristin reply

    Not even kidding. I laughed and cried my way through this whole interview. I love the details + joy + ALL the color!! Such a blessed Southern PAR-TEE indeed!!

  3. avatar Evangeline Smoot reply

    Did anyone notice the bridesmaids dresses? I like that these dresses were different for each body type. This complements the women in them and the color scheme for the dresses blended nicely with the bouquets and the groomsmen attire. Good choices for great ladies.

  4. avatar Vanessa Hodge reply

    This is really colorful and that too from everywhere. It’s always good to see something unique, interesting and different. Thanks for sharing!

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