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I am pretty sure that today’s bride, Corinne, and I are wedding soul sisters–a spring date, a church ceremony, a classic getaway car, snazzy signature cocktails, and blush blooms galore? Yes please to all of the above! While even the smallest details (hello, gorgeous escort card board!) can contribute to the moments you’ll remember from your wedding day, I love the way Corinne and Greg were also sure to plan a few particularly special opportunities for the two of them to celebrate together, like their post-ceremony getaway car ride and the private last dance they shared to close out their reception. That commitment to creating intentional moments has even carried over into their newlywed life–one of Corinne and Greg’s favorite activities is hosting dinners on the porch of their new Atlanta townhouse!

Thanks so much to our Blue Ribbon Vendor Graham Terhune for sharing this special day with us!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I decided to take a lunch break to look at dresses one day. I ended up finding one that I absolutely loved, but I knew I couldn’t make a decision without consulting my mom. I tried on a few more dresses at boutiques in Atlanta, but nothing could quite live up to the delicate lace and silk organza of the dress at Nitsa’s in Winston-Salem. The store was really accommodating and actually sent the dress to their Charlotte location for me. I tried it on one more time and knew it was the one!

I had seen pictures of beautiful white and blush bouquets on Southern Weddings that I used as inspiration for our florist! We included white peonies, ranunculus, and David Austin roses in all of the bridesmaid bouquets, all tied up with hand-dyed silk ribbon. My bouquet had a special touch of white lilac and a jeweled piece from my mom’s wedding bouquet.

Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We had a traditional Catholic ceremony that started at 2 P.M., a bit earlier than most weddings! We decided to wait until the ceremony so that we could have that special moment of seeing each other for the first time as the church doors opened.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did not write our own vows. We thought the traditional ones were just as meaningful, though!

One of our favorite details of the day was the vintage car that we drove away from the church in. Since we had the “Just Married” sign on the back, people cheered and honked as we drove to the reception!

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? St. Pius X in Greensboro is a beautiful church and our family’s parish. We chose the Greensboro Country Club for our reception venue because of their great service, beautiful ballroom, and outdoor space for cocktail hour!

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The biggest challenge we ran into was planning from afar. Greg and I had both just moved to Atlanta and it was difficult for us to break away from our new jobs to make trips up to NC. We had great vendors who made it easier, and my mom did a good amount of the planning remotely!

Greg and I are huge fans of dessert! We had a simple, four-tiered cake with chocolate (for him), lemon (for me), and traditional almond. We included our custom monogram from the invitation suite in gold on the third layer and decorated it with fresh flowers. It was delicious!

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Greg and I danced the night away at our reception, and before we exited, we had one last dance, just the two of us. The band played Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are The Best Thing” for us. It was such a special way to close out the best day of our lives!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Greg and I met at our alma mater, Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Two of our best friends (who are now married as well) set us up on a blind date for homecoming weekend! We dated long distance for four more years as Greg finished up school in Charlottesville and I worked in Georgia and North Carolina.
Tell us all about the proposal! We met my sister and brother-in-law at my family’s home one weekend when my parents were out of town. We love to spend time in our hometown together and we had plans to eat at all of our favorite restaurants and play golf that day. My parents have a small boat, so we all decided go for a ride before dinner that night. Greg got down on one knee at the dock on the way down to the lake. To my surprise, my family and Greg’s then appeared around the corner to pick us up and kick off the celebration!
When did y’all get married? April 23, 2016
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 185
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? Once Greg and I were both in Atlanta, we began pre-marital counseling with our local Catholic church. While we had been dating for a few years before getting engaged, the counseling provided a framework to discuss important aspects of our relationship.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? We were absolutely thrilled to have Graham Terhune Photography as part of our wedding. Graham and his wife, Samantha, are such professionals and did a great job documenting the day and making us feel comfortable. We were also so happy to have our family help us make the welcome bags for our guests! Greg’s aunt made her famous “butter crunch” toffee and my sister made her signature decorated sugar cookies. We loved sharing a piece of both our families in those bags.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Our advice for wedding planning is to not sweat the details! Our priest ended up getting sick and not being able to make it to the wedding (thankfully, he has recovered and is doing better). We never expected such a big twist in our plans, but at the end of the day, nothing is more important than being surrounded by your closest family and friends on the day you get to marry your best friend!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are living in Atlanta for the next few years as Greg finishes up his training. We recently bought a townhouse and have loved hosting our friends and family for dinners on the deck! We are looking forward to getting to know the city better and taking trips as a married couple!

Photographer: Graham Terhune | Videographer: Twenty-One Films | Ceremony Venue: St. Pius X Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Greensboro Country Club | Florist: Botanica | Wedding Cake: Delicious Bakery | Rentals: CE Rentals | Band: Attraction | Paper Products: Southern Engraving | Bride’s Gown:“Addison” by Rivini | Hair Stylist: Emily Joyce of Mod Studio | Makeup Artists: Faith Webb and Shannon Brinn | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Ice Cream Truck: Ice Queen

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  1. avatar Andrea reply

    The prettiest bride — Corinne was positively glowing that day! Such a fun wedding and special couple. So many amazing details!!!

  2. avatar sientatealamesa reply

    Beautifull wedding.

  3. avatar Sandee McClain reply

    It was a memorable day for everyone and Graham captured it perfectly! The bride and her family did a wonderful job with every last detail, creating a special day we will not soon forget.

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Ellie and Nick met in a fraternity house in college, and while their love story might not have started in the most romantic way, their wedding is another story! Ellie and Nick worked with their florist, Botanica, to take the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts from a monochromatic museum into a romantic reception full of lush blooms, and of course, lots of Southern details! During their wedding planning, they not only focused on planning for their marriage, but on being hospitable and throwing a party guests would enjoy just as much as they did. I can’t help but love that they included a generational blessing given by their fathers and grandfathers. Such a sweet way to not only honor their family, but also to include them in their celebration.

So wonderful of Kristen Weaver to share this lovely day with us!

Tell us all about the proposal! During September 2013, I was in my last year of law school at the University of Chicago and Nick had just started his first year of medical school at the University of Florida. I made a trip to Gainesville for the weekend to see Nick and attend the UF-UT football game. On Friday, Nick suggested that we visit Paynes Prairie, a state park just south of Gainesville. We had the prairie all to ourselves and enjoyed seeing the wildlife and hiking the trails. Toward the end of our trip, we climbed to the top of a three-story watch tower and relaxed on the porch swing. Before heading back down, he got down on one knee to propose. After his very sweet speech, he reached into his pocket to pull out the ring, but accidentally pulled out the car keys instead! He had taken the ring out of the ring box so he could stealthily fit it into his athletic shorts pocket, but it had gotten caught up in the keychain. After a good laugh, I said yes!

I’ll admit, finding my wedding dress was harder than I anticipated. I bought a dress at the first boutique I went to–my mom, grandmother, and my three best friends were all there, and I foolishly let the excitement get to my head. Afterwards, I had some regrets, but assured myself that I would be happy when the dress arrived and I could try it on again. Well, it turned out that the boutique ordered it two sizes too small and then told me I must have gained weight (in fact, I had lost weight). I left in tears and tried to avoid talking about wedding dresses for as long as I could. Thankfully, my mom sensed my anguish and booked a trip to visit me in Chicago so we could go shopping for THE dress. We went to a few places, but we knew the search was over when I tried on the Esther dress at Vera Wang. We all cried (even our sweet bridal consultant!) and then celebrated with champagne and mini cupcakes. It was total redemption from our first experience and one of my favorite memories from wedding planning.

Describe your wedding flowers. We worked with Ian and Zoe at Botanica and they totally nailed it. I brought in pictures of loose, cascading bouquets and arrangements, but only had a vague idea of what colors I wanted. It was Ian’s idea to use more neutral tones for the ceremony and then pump up the color for the floral arrangements at the reception, which was in a rather monochromatic room.

We chose to have a first look. Those few minutes when it was just the two of us were the most peaceful moments of the whole day and a feeling I’ll remember forever. Even though we saw each other beforehand, nothing could have taken away the thrill of seeing him at the end of the aisle. It was the best of both worlds! Plus, we were much more relaxed in our pictures before the ceremony–after the ceremony, we were itching to get in there and celebrate with our friends and family!

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We found out a few months before the wedding that there would be a huge evening festival in the same park where we were going to hold our ceremony. Thankfully, the music wouldn’t start until an hour after the ceremony, and the wonderful people at Botanica assured us that they could create a wall of greenery to stand between us and the event. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because the wall created so much privacy that the ceremony felt much more intimate than it would have otherwise, festival or not!

To begin the ceremony, my cousin sang the praise and worship song “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman. Nick and I love the song and thought that it would set the ceremony off on the right foot. I chose “Dawn” from Pride and Prejudice to walk down the aisle to. I’ve always loved the book and the movie, and I thought it was a beautiful arrangement. Nick and I walked back up to aisle to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” We wanted something fun to let everyone know that the party had started!

We chose the Museum of Fine Arts with our guests in mind. Most of our guests were coming from out of town, so we wanted them to be able to enjoy their weekend without worrying about the logistics of driving, parking, and all that good stuff. The museum fit the bill of being close to a major airport, within walking distance of a ton of great restaurant and hotel options, and large enough to hold 180 people.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? To me, being Southern is all about family and hospitality. To honor our families, we featured pictures of our parents and grandparents at the ceremony and cocktail hour, we chose my uncle to officiate our ceremony, he read out of a Bible that has been passed down from my great-grandmother, and we had our fathers and my grandfather come up during the ceremony to give a generational blessing. We got to keep the handwritten notes from my grandfather’s blessing, and they are among our greatest treasures. In all of the wedding plans, we tried to focus on being hospitable and throwing a party our guests would enjoy just as much as we did. We had custom corn hole boards set up during the cocktail hour and on the patio during the reception. We made sure all of the children felt welcome and entertained by including a box at their seats with a coloring book, an I Spy game, and some other fun goodies. And of course, the food was Southern! Our cocktail hour appetizers included blackened alligator, fried green tomatoes, and game sausage. Dinner began with a basket of cornbread at every table and included a shrimp and grits station. Our late-night snack was BBQ pulled pork sliders on sweet potato biscuits. We made sure our guests went home with full bellies!

We had a wedding cake (lemon cream cake with raspberry filing and simple buttercream frosting) and a late-night dessert bar of fried Oreos, Twinkies, and Snickers with raspberry sauce!

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Our love story didn’t start in a very romantic way–we met at his fraternity house during our sophomore year at the University of Florida. My friend had just finished an exam and was planning a low-key night in with her friend, Michael, and she invited me to tag along. Turns out, Michael was Nick’s best friend and fraternity brother (he even ended up being the best man at our wedding). Nick wandered into Michael’s room at some point during the night, we started talking, and we hit it off right away. We exchanged numbers and kept talking, even when I moved to Italy for a summer abroad. He asked me to be “official” from 5,117 miles away over Skype.
When did y’all get married? November 22, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 180
How did you plan for your marriage while planning your wedding? Nick and I tried to keep in mind that the real event was committing ourselves to each other in front of God, our friends, and our family. All of the other stuff was just icing on the cake. With that in mind, we tried to be conscious of how we dealt with each other during the process, because we knew we were setting the foundation for our marriage.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? We got really lucky with an incredible team of vendors, but I will say that we just adored Bryan and Tracey from Lucky Lemon Films. They really took the time before the wedding to get to know us as people, not just as a generic bride and groom, and to let us get to know them. Nick and I are both camera shy, but they made us feel so at ease. Their work is incredible and we really felt like they captured who we are in the wedding film they created. We can’t stop watching it!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are enjoying settling into our first home together in Gainesville with our dogs. 2014 was a hugely busy year for us, so we are taking it easy and cherishing our first year of marriage!

Photographer: Kristen Weaver / Videographer: Lucky Lemon Films / Planner: Nancy Cotto / Venue: St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts / Florist: Botanica / Cake Baker and Caterer: Olympia Catering / Rentals: Botanica / Lighting: Encore Lighting / Band: Brett Foreman Band / Paper Products: Invitation Consultants / Bride’s Gown: “Esther” by Vera Wang / Bride’s Accessories: BHLDN / Hair and Makeup: Rachel Reumann / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nordstrom / Groom’s Attire: J. Crew / Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Dog Sketch: DM Creative Studios

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6 Comments
  1. avatar Bridget reply

    What a delightful wedding. Her wedding ring is one of the prettiest I’ve seen.

  2. avatar Kristen Weaver reply

    I can’t say enough about how much I adored Ellie and Nick, and photographing their wedding was definitely an honor for us! They are a beautifully wonderful couple and I’m so happy to see her wedding published on Ellie’s favorite blog!

  3. avatar Michelle reply

    Wow, this place looks so amazing !

  4. avatar Kristin reply

    Where are the flower girl dresses from?

  5. avatar ashley reply

    Hi i was just wondering who the designer was for the bridesmaods dreses

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