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A Saturday post on the Southern Weddings blog? Heavens to Betsy!

Nope, you’re not dreaming. We just thought Saturdays would be the perfect time to share our favorite wedding films that come across our desks — kind of like the grown-up, wedding-lover version of Saturday morning cartoons! Plus, posting video on Saturdays means y’all can watch with the sound up without worrying about a boss peeking over you shoulder! :)

This week’s treat is from Phillip and MacKenzie of Inkspot Crow Films. They’re sharing the beyond-fabulous wedding of Katharine + Alex, a gorgeous couple who were married last month in Pinehurst, NC. We’ve included the vendors below because we know y’all are going to go crazy over this beauty; if you want to read up on a few more details, check out Inkspot Crow’s blog post here!

Enjoy!

Stunning! Here’s the talented group who made it come together:

Coordination: Lucy Hamilton and Lisa Johnson of Hamilton Johnson & Co // Ceremony: Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church Pinehurst, NC // Reception Design: J.W. Walton of The Catering Company of Chapel Hill // Reception Location: private lot in CCNC Pinehurst, NC // Flowers: Maggie’s Farm, Pinehurst, NC // Catering: CCNC Pinehurst, NC // Lighting: Dave Watson of Get Lit Special Event Lighting // Band: Big Blast & The Party Masters // Makeup: Fiquet Bailey Swain of Luxe Apothecary, Raleigh, NC // Hair: Samantha Slate

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Esther reply

    AHHH!! Cinematography has become one of my favorite aspects of a wedding, and it’s because of videos like this! First off, the silk robes for the bridesmaids were gorgeous! And is it just me or does the groom look a bit like a younger version of Dr. McDreamy?! But the best part was definitely the “love without brussel sprouts.” :)

  2. avatar laurie c reply

    what a great video and wonderful way to get me excited about the wedding I’m shooting today!! would a great cinematographer… looked like a fairytale wedding!!

  3. avatar MeganH reply

    this is utterly perfect in every single way. wow. (this may be hard to top in the next following saturdays!)

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    […] Weddings Magazine & Blog. If you haven’t checked out their post of this film, please click here! To read more about this classic Pinehurst wedding, read our blog […]

  5. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    Holy moly! What an absolutely stunning wedding! Great job Inkspot Crow for capturing such a fabulous couple in love – and editing that gorgeous film in less than a month! Two thumbs up :]

  6. avatar Teresa Bryson reply

    LOVE it:)

  7. avatar Desiree reply

    Who gets on a Leer Jet after their wedding!? How fabulous! That has to be one of the most glamorous weddings I’ve seen. Love it.

    And that priest is amazing! He should travel…seriously!

  8. avatar David Watson reply

    It was such an amazing opportunity to work with so many professionals on this event. What a beautiful event. Such a honor to be in this magazine.

  9. avatar Jacqueline L. reply

    I love the bride’s natural/soft look. She’s stunning! He’s pretty darn’ handsome as well. And the plane exit? Really? Awesome! The film was really well done, I especially like the Morning Benders track.

  10. avatar Laurien reply

    Omg, I think I just fell in love <3 And I want a priest with a sense of humour like that at my wedding : ) Inkspot Crow… AMAZING!

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Thank you all so much for letting me share my sister’s wedding! My entire family (and many of our friends) had a hand in putting it together, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. After all the lugging of endless crates of wine, the frantic phone calls between Minnesota, Connecticut, North Carolina, Maine, and back again, and the whole getting-up-at-5-am-the-morning-of-the-wedding thing, it was definitely all worth it. As a final gift to Kate and Cormac, my boyfriend John and I made them this film from the week. It’s not quite up to the standard we usually feature on SW, but it definitely, I think, captures the heart behind the day. Enjoy!

P.S. Since I know not all of you necessarily care about the family vacation/getting ready parts, feel free to skip ahead to 3:53 for the start of the wedding weekend or 6:00 for the morning of the wedding!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar PEggy reply

    Love, love, love the video!!! I have watched it maybe 6 times now and I still cry every time.

  2. avatar brooke @ claremont road reply

    Emily, I love this!! How sweet of you and your boyfriend to make this, and I loved seeing how everything came together. From the cases of Blue Moon (my favorite!) on the boat, to the fast-motion decorating of the tent and the adorable fist-bump between the best man & ring bearer, it showed how everyone they love was involved in making their special day happen. So sweet.

  3. avatar Meredith reply

    So much fun! Kate + Cormac are so lucky to have that video- it’s so much fun to watch it months later, I cannot imagine what it will be like for them to watch it years later. Good job, John & Emily!

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    […] My second highlight would have to be my sister’s wedding. Again, magical doesn’t really begin to cut it. Time with my family has become increasingly precious as I’ve gotten older, and we were so lucky to be able to spend 10 full days with each other getting ready for the wedding in our favorite place in the world. I wrote five posts on the SW blog about Kate and Cormac’s big day — check them out here, here, here, here, and here. […]

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When Julie from Elysium Productions emailed me with the reel from Sierra + Lennie’s Charleston wedding, I jumped at the chance to feature it on the SW blog.  The entire Elysium team is ridiculously talented (truly one of the best in the industry), and this particular clip is just gorgeous. 
But on to the wedding!  Sierra + Lennie’s celebration could not be more perfect for Classic Wedding Week.  All-white florals and planning and design courtesy of A Charleston Bride, a perfect mix of elegance and history for a venue with the William Aiken House, and a gold-laurel-wreath-topped cake by Jim Smeal.  Of course, Sierra’s Reem Acra gown and Vera Wang veil didn’t hurt, either.  But Sierra’s (and my!) favorite part?  The South African details – a zebra skin, carved wooden giraffes, native wine – these ex-pats incorporated into the reception to bring a taste of their country of choice to their US celebration.
Enjoy the clip, and another big thanks to Julie for sending it our way!
How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story.  We are both Tarheels, and our college roommates introduced us!  Lennie played men’s tennis at UNC, and my roommate knew a couple of his teammates, including his Argentinean roommate. Eventually, we went out as a group and were introduced. Lennie phoned and asked me out the next week, and over the next couple months, we became inseparable. I am from California and Lennie is from South Africa, so we literally are from opposite sides of the world. The fact that we crossed paths in North Carolina solidifies that we were meant for each other. 

Describe the proposal. We went on safari at Singita Lebombo in the Kruger National Park for Lennie’s father’s birthday, or sso I thought.  At the last minute, Lennie’s folks had to change their travel plans, and we ended up going solo. We took a private plane to a remote dirt landing strip adjacent to our camp. Shortly after our arrival, Lennie told me we would be going on a late afternoon game drive, and would be stopping for cocktails at sunset. Thirty minutes into the drive, we approached a breathtaking canyon and a full view of the park. We got out to enjoy the sunset and saw a spread of champagne, sushi and hurricane lamps awaiting our arrival. As we sat along the edge of the cliff and took in the sunset, he proposed. I loved that we had that moment just between the two of us, in an isolated locale at the bottom of Africa.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The authentic South African items we incorporated. We wanted to create a chic African lounge in the after-party tent, while still keeping with the look and feel of our Southern wedding. We brought over a beautiful zebra skin, carved wooden giraffes, local South African wine and handmade sweets. Although it was only a handful of things, they had a huge impact and allowed us to share a little local flavor with our guests.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration?  We met in the South and it was a destination wedding, so we wanted our guests to experience Charleston to the fullest. Our hospitality kits had pralines, benne wafers and Firefly sweet tea vodka. We also created a starter called  “A Taste of the Low Country” that was a trio of South Carolina’s culinary stand-outs: fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, and shrimp & grits. Since nothing is more Southern than bourbon, we also re-created our favorite cocktail from The London Hotel in NYC called The Wild Belle.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Finding my dress was a breeze. Before we were engaged, I had ripped out a picture of Ali Larter at the 2007 Golden Globes in an ivory Reem Acra gown that I pictured myself getting married in. After the proposal, I scheduled a trip to New York to visit the Reem Acra salon in search of the gown. I quickly scanned the dresses on the floor and only saw it in red. I then described it to the sales associate, Holly, and she brought out an updated version of the dress with the embellishments on the straps. It was exactly what I wanted, plus a bit more glam and sparkle.
Describe your wedding flowers: Our flowers were white and ivory with one type of bloom per arrangement. It was a beautiful mix of hydrangeas, peonies, ranunculus, and roses all in silver vases and julep cups.  After dinner the party moved to the tent where we to created an “African chic” lounge vibe. We continued with the white floral, but incorporated orchids, banana leafs and potted palms to give it a lush, jungle feel.
Describe your wedding cake: Five tiers, including carrot cake, almond buttercream, and chocolate ganache with kaulha. Each tier had a beautiful design that we borrowed from elements of the wedding. Our designer even created the topper of a gold laurel leaf wreath that matched our wedding logo. 
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Seeing how much fun everyone was having. Every time I looked at our guests, they were smiling, dancing, drinking and enjoying the evening. It was an amazing feeling to have all your favorite people together celebrating.

Congratulations, Sierra + Lennie!


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  1. avatar Lily reply

    Gorgeous video clip and great interview, especially the part where they met, if you're the romantic type you can't not love it. Do you have more pictures?

  2. avatar Carina reply

    This wedding is beautiful!! Love all the details. Do you mind sharing where the bridesmaids' dresses are from?

  3. avatar Sierra reply

    Thanks! I had the bridesmaid dresses made in South Africa by a fabulous seamstress. Let me know if you want her details. I designed them based on a Priscilla of Boston design. If you are doing color, there are lots of options, but off-white was hard to find so I had them made. Fabric was from Mood in NYC and the flowers were from MJ Trimmings in NYC.

  4. avatar Amanda reply

    This video captures everything about this wedding beautifully! What an amazing day I'm sure it was! Do you perhaps know the name/artist of the song?

  5. avatar Lily reply

    I would like to know where the bridesmaids dresses are from, as Carina does. Can you share that with us?

  6. avatar Emily @ Southern Weddings reply

    Hi Lily and Carina! As Sierra said, her bridesmaid dresses were custom made in South Africa. The name of her seamstress was Scarlett Smith Couture. I hope that helps!Emily @ SW

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