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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

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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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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I’ll be honest, this wedding inspiration had me at “dogwood bouquet,” friends! Add in the gorgeous tulle wedding gown, the chic bridesmaid look (love those cap sleeves!), and the sleek gold accents, and I knew I had to share these photos with y’all. Big hugs to Hannah Lane for sending them over and to the sweet real-life married couple who posed as our bride and groom!

Photographer:  Hannah Lane Photography | Invitation Designer: Catharine Perry Design | Jewelry: Everistta Bridal | Hair and Makeup: Danna Breaux, Lashes and Lace; Hillary Parker; and Mirror | Mirror | Dress Shop: Ivory and Beau | Handmade Goods Designer: Lovely Retro Renos | Menswear: Menguin | Event Planner: Mingle | Cake Designer: Sablée | Linens and Coverings: Snyder Event Rentals | Event Venue: Sunshine Oaks Retreat | Floral Designer: The Purple Magnolia | Tulle skirts: Whimsy Luxxe

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  1. avatar Ann Cunniffe reply

    Thank you, Emily, for including us as an inspiration for spring weddings! Hannah’s photos are beautiful!

  2. avatar Hannah reply

    THANK YOU! This is such an honor and I’m so very blessed to have worked with all the incredible vendors involved :)

  3. avatar Stephanie reply

    Beautiful! Love Whimsy Luxxe skirts!!

  4. avatar Lindsay Everistta Bridal reply

    Thank you so much for sharing our beautiful Charleston shoot! Every detail was so gorgeous! I loved designing jewelry for this shoot.

  5. avatar Adrienna reply

    Thank you so much for featuring our gown!

  6. avatar Danna reply

    Thanks so much for this gorgeous shoot Hannah Lane!!!

  7. avatar Catharine Perry reply

    Thank you, Southern Weddings! It was so fun to contribute the invitations & laser cut signage to this beautiful shoot. :-)

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    […] shoot with me. (I seriously couldn’t have done it without her). PLUS we were featured on Southern Weddings!!! Ahhh! You can check out that post […]

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Learning about unique companies that are creating truly amazing products is a huge highlight of working for Southern Weddings, and when Sasha Nicholas crossed our path a few years ago, I think it’s safe to say that our entire team fell head over heels. Their monogrammed pieces are gorgeous, well made, and completely heirloom-worthy, and when they asked us to create a shoot for them that brought their pieces into a wedding setting, we immediately dreamed up the perfect place for them: a sweetheart table!

As monogram etiquette states, a married monogram shouldn’t be used till after the bride and groom say their vows, making dinner the perfect place to debut your new moniker. I admittedly hoarded as many little details as I could from my wedding to save in a keepsake box, but how much sweeter would it be to have your dinner plates proudly displayed in your china cabinet, where you could see (and use!) them every day? That’s exactly what the Sasha Nicholas dinner plates would be perfect for–they would add the loveliest, most unique touch to your sweetheart table, and then continue to remind you of that first special meal together as husband and wife long into your marriage! P.S. Want to sweeten the deal even more? Sasha Nicholas allows you to add a message to the back of each plate!

We fell in love with Sasha Nicholas’ Weave Gold-Rimmed Dinnerware, and while the monogram comes in five gorgeous color options, we couldn’t resist Raspberry for this mini shoot! I love the idea of a sweetheart table nestled in the garden–away from most of the guests for a little privacy, but close enough to hear the festive sounds of laughter, music, and clinking glasses nearby.

Our Blue Ribbon Vendor, Stephanie Scholl, did a fabulous job pulling perfectly peachy details for this shoot that complemented both the raspberry monogram dishes and our gorgeous surroundings, the WRAL Azalea Gardens. Sage Paper Co. lettered the softest blush place cards and chair signs, CE Rental provided that great textured linen, and Serendipity Designs hit it out of the park with the dreamiest spring centerpiece!

Dinner plates are far from the only monogrammed goodness Sasha Nicholas has available–their champagne buckets and napkin rings in particular are two more options that would be a perfect fit on a sweetheart table or incorporated into your wedding day in some way. How special would it be to celebrate every anniversary with bubbly chilled in the same bucket you used to toast your new marriage?

We are SO excited that Sasha Nicholas generously offered to gift a lucky Southern Weddings reader a pair of their monogrammed Weave 24K Gold Rimmed Dinner Plates, just like the plates you see in this post! The winner will be able to choose their monogram letters, style, and color from the options found on their website. Enter via the Rafflecopter below–a winner will be selected and emailed on April 27.

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Thank you so much to Sasha Nicholas for partnering with us on this shoot, and to the fabulous team who helped bring it to life!

Photographer: A.J. Dunlap | Planner and Stylist: Stephanie Scholl Events | Florals: Serendipity Designs | Monogrammed Dinner Plates, Champagne Bucket, and Napkin Rings: Sasha Nicholas | Rentals: CE Rental | Paper Goods: Sage Paper Co. | Venue: WRAL Azalea Gardens

This post is brought to you by Sasha Nicholas-–thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Shelby reply

    Beautiful!

  2. avatar Sara Rae reply

    Oh my! these are amazing! I would definitely use these to host a special anniversary dinner for my husband!

  3. avatar Brina reply

    This would look sooooo beautiful on the sweetheart table at my wedding this November!

  4. avatar Victoria W reply

    My fiancé and I would eat off of these beautiful plates the moment we became husband and wife! We would be sure to bring them out for our holiday dinners and anniversaries as well!

  5. avatar Sarah reply

    Oh my goodness! These plates are so, very pretty! My fiance and I are getting married in May (just a few weeks), and we didn’t register for fine china; because I will eventually be getting some family china :) However, it would be so fun to have a couple of plates with our initials on them, just for us to use!

  6. avatar Sara Colbert reply

    So beautiful! Would love to win those pretty plates!

  7. avatar Shelby Vanhoy reply

    THIS is so gorgeous! Love all of the spring pinks! Can’t wait for Stephanie Scholl to help plan my own wedding next June!

    xo, Shelby
    http://www.prettyinthepines.com

  8. avatar Jen reply

    these are stunning!!!

  9. avatar Stephanie Scholl reply

    What a complete honor & joy it was to style this, ladies!! I am so grateful for y’all – and for every other fabulous vendor involved! It was a picture perfect day in the gardens for this shoot, and these monogrammed dinner plates are simply amazing! xoxox

  10. avatar Kate R. reply

    LOVE. These are so beautiful!

  11. avatar Emilee reply

    I think these would be so cute to eat on for every anniversary!

  12. avatar Natalie reply

    I would love these with my new married monogram!

  13. avatar Erin reply

    These are gorgeous. Would love to incorporate in our 2017 wedding!

  14. avatar Tara F. reply

    These are so cute!! A perfect accent to my vintage China that we received for our wedding!

  15. avatar Kylie reply

    I saw these in a store about a month ago and I’ve been day dreaming about them ever since! I would be ecstatic to win these and use them at our wedding next June and for future holidays or just a Sunday brunch!

  16. avatar Lauren Powell reply

    Love these plates so much! They are stunning.

  17. avatar Lauren reply

    Wow! These are beautiful! I would love to use these at our wedding this fall, but really would love to have them for all of the special meals we’ll share together in years to come. I’d love to celebrate our anniversaries by cooking dinner together and eating it off of this china to remind us of our wedding day!

  18. avatar Kimberly Wolf reply

    We definitely would use ours for our sweetheart table and special occasions like our anniversary! This post is perfection! S much inspirations! Our wedding colors are blush and gold :)

  19. avatar Taisha Navarro reply

    These plates are gorgeous, and such a neat idea to use them at your wedding and then have them to make future dinners extra special!

  20. avatar Whitney reply

    I love these! I would love to have them to use for my girls gatherings to set a beautiful table

  21. avatar Carol reply

    These are so beautiful! I would love to use them at our wedding sweetheart table and then at weekly date-night dinners as newlyweds, as a constant reminder of how wonderful and special our wedding day was.

  22. avatar Tammie reply

    They would be a special gift for my son’s upcoming wedding to him and his wife-to-be!

  23. avatar Matt reply

    Love this — would be such a special way to remember the big day

  24. avatar Alana reply

    Was so wonderful to be a part of such an amazing shoot! My heart is so grateful!! <3

  25. avatar Bonnie C. reply

    My fiance’ and I are getting married October 22nd! I would love to add these to our dishes! (:

  26. avatar Caroline reply

    Such beautiful plates! I love this personal touch that you can enjoy for years to come.

  27. avatar Abigail reply

    Those plates would look gorgeous with a navy monogram on our sweetheart table!

  28. avatar Susan reply

    Amazing!

  29. avatar Lorelei reply

    These would be perfection for our anniversary and our china cabinet!

  30. avatar donna reply

    i would gift this to my best friend who is getting married this summer

  31. avatar Kristin reply

    I would use them for our sweetheart table!

  32. avatar Anna reply

    beautiful designs!!

  33. avatar Bethany reply

    This is so lovely!

  34. avatar nicki reply

    This is just gorgeous tableware. I can see myself ordering gifts that will be appreciated and unique for their recipients.

  35. avatar nicki reply

    SO beautiful. What an amazing product. Thank you for a bit of beauty.

  36. avatar Allison reply

    I have some salad plates from her with the monogram we used on all of our wedding items! I just love them and hope to continue to grow the collection.

  37. avatar Amy reply

    These are beautiful! I’d love to gift a set to my friends, who also happen to be my pastor & wife, for their 10 year anniversary this year!

  38. avatar Mallory Moran reply

    How elegant! I would love to start with two plates and grow our collection over the years (anniversary gifts!).

  39. avatar Emily reply

    I love the plates in pink!

  40. avatar Lindsay Colvin reply

    Would love for these to adorn our dining room table! What classic pieces.

  41. avatar Astleigh H. reply

    I just adore all of the details! Lovely!

  42. avatar BarbaraMae reply

    These are so lovely! I can’t wait to start using me new monogram. These plates would be an awesome way to start.

  43. avatar Laura reply

    Oh my goodness! I would love to use the set of monogrammed plates to celebrate our anniversary and other special occasions. Nothing like fancy dinnerware to make an evening feel special!

  44. avatar Jessika reply

    I’d use them for my wedding in November!

  45. avatar LeeAnne reply

    What gorgeous details!

  46. avatar Heather G reply

    Oh my goodness so cute. Would love these for a tea party when my daughter gets older.

  47. avatar Ashley T reply

    These would be beautiful for my 30th birthday celebration.

  48. avatar Sam reply

    I would use this for our sweetheart table as well, and then always cherish them!

  49. avatar Lindsay (Sincerely LMS) reply

    These would be perfect for our wedding in October!

  50. avatar abby r reply

    i would use them as often as possible! special occasions, breakfast, a monogram is good for everything!

  51. avatar Jessica reply

    Just beautiful!

  52. avatar Lauren reply

    Oh I would love to have these to display in our china cabinet!

  53. avatar Brooke reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! Would love to use these for our sweetheart table at our June 11th wedding… and of course for every special occasion after the “I do’s!” :)

  54. avatar Erica reply

    Love these! I will be an H soon :)

  55. avatar Shelly J reply

    Beautiful. I would love these to use to celebrate for my 10th anniversary!

  56. avatar Grace reply

    Love this!!! Would use these all the time!

  57. avatar Rachel reply

    These would be perfect for my southern garden party themed wedding!

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