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Author: Lara Casey

Special thanks to {Kelly Moore} for sharing this beautiful southern wedding with us! The couple’s fun loving spirit really jumped out of these gorgeous images. Enjoy~ Rachel

From Kelly Moore: I actually shot Kelly’s sisters wedding 2 years ago, so by now, I didn’t feel like just their photographer, but their friend and even a member of the family! These two had their wedding in the mountains of North Carolina, where they attended college. They couldn’t have picked a more beautiful place. On top of that, they have such impeccable style, so everything was beautiful. I’m just sad they don’t have another sister for me to shoot another amazing Rosborough wedding!

Vendor reviews from the beautiful bride: Sid Mashburn, did an excellent job making a custom wedding suit and ties, Kelly Moore is an unbelievable photographer in every aspect. Jamie McLean – great band, highly recommend checking out one of his shows. I chose Two Birds Bridesmaid Dresses – they are the best bridesmaid’s dresses in the world. They are one size fits all and look amazing on all body types! Brandon Kop at Stickboy Bread baked two wonderful cakes.

Tell us your story… Justin and I met our senior year at Appalachian State University. I got to our Strategic Management class and sat all alone in the first row (yes, I’m a nerd and always sat in the first row) and in walks this guy….semi-long h,air, hat and a very nice beard. I was praying silently that he would sit next to me and out of all the empty seats he sat directly to the right of me! I was dying inside, but made sure to play it cool. He then asked to “see my schedule” and we compared our classes and chatted. Justin and I sat next to each other for the rest of the semester.
Describe the proposal: The day of the proposal started off as any normal day; nothing was out of the ordinary. We talked about our dinner plans for the night and when I was going to be home. I arrived at home from work at 4:30 sharp and opened the door to a very clean and neat apartment. Justin had cleaned every inch and was sitting on the love seat. I walked in and was so surprised about the apartment being clean that I didn’t even notice my dog Lulu running around with a new Swarovski crystal collar on. Justin still sat in one place…. I began to wonder what was going on. A strange feeling came over me – almost a nervous feeling. With much coaching from Justin I picked Lulu up out of her dog bed (by this time she was burrowed underneath a blanket and I couldn’t see her). I saw a sparkle….My first question was, “where did you get this collar from?” Justin had to convince me to read the silver engraved tag that was dangling from Lulu’s neck. I read the words and the tag was engraved with “Will you marry me!” on one side and the other side said, “I love you.” I looked up after reading the tag and Justin was down on one knee with the ring. It was beautiful and I said “YES.” I thought it was a joke at first and looked around the apartment for a hidden camera….Needless to say it wasn’t a joke and Justin took me to Serenbe Bed & Breakfast that night to celebrate! It was truly a unique proposal and that is why I love Justin so much – he is amazing at surprises!
What attracted me to my husband was: Justin’s sincere kindness and genuine spirit. He has a very gentle and caring nature about him. He made me feel completely comfortable and at ease. I also fell in love with his sense of adventure and ability to have fun anytime and anywhere. We always have a blast together!
What attracted me to my wife was: Her stunning beauty and honesty.
Did you write your own vows? We each wrote a personal message to each other and then recited traditional vows. My favorite phrase was from Justin’s vows…. “Everyday I wake up and realize how incredibly blessed I am to have the love of my life right by my side. I will always love you pootie pants!” (Pootie pants is my pet name for him so he decided to turn it back on me!) That lightened the mood and made me and our guests smile and laugh.
The weather on our wedding day was: 75 degrees and sunny, perfect high country weather during the ceremony and reception. Towards the end of the night it began to rain as we left the ceremony.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The view of Grandfather Mountain from the ceremony and reception site.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: My sister and best friend, Kristin, came down to Atlanta the weekend after I got engaged to start the wedding dress hunt. We went to Bridals By Lori and started pulling dresses from the racks. My mind was made up and all I wanted to was a sheath dress. I tried on 6 form-fitting dresses and my Bridal consultant insisted that I try on just one more. She pulled a Ramona Keveza ball gown from her Legends collection. I tried it on and fell in love – the shantung silk was beautiful and I felt like a bride! I ordered it that day!
Scariest moment? When the wedding coordinator attempted to have the ceremony under the pavilion as opposed to outside. We had to make the executive decision to continue as planned with the outdoor wedding ceremony.

Check back later for Part II of Kelly + Justin…

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
  1. avatar Erin @ Blue-Eyed Bride reply

    the colors in these photos are so amazing and kelly moore is truly the best! what a gorgeous setting and a gorgeous couple. you can feel the love from every single one of these images. the suits are fantastic and i love the school bus shot.

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Our Southern Wedding of the Week photographer, Janey (of {Mary Jane Photography}) got married herself last week!  I personally think Janey + Mark may be one of the cutest couples ever.  Look how stunning she is in her {Vera} gown.   These two look like they are having the time of their lives!  And isn’t that what your wedding day is all about?  The phenomenal {Jasmine *} captured their joy so beautifully.  For more from their delightful wedding, visit {Jasmine} and {Janey’s} blogs.  P.S…khaki + white = perfection!  You can’t go wrong.   Hope you enjoy as much as I did.  Happy Friday everyone ~Rachel

Congratulations, Mark + Janey!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
  1. avatar holly hatam reply

    wish i could be on the beach with them!

  2. avatar The Virutal Bride reply

    Beautiful Pictures!ShannonThe Virtual Bridesmaidhttp://blog.viddia.com

  3. avatar Becka Knight reply

    That’s so awesome. I just saw these on Jasmine’s blog as well and thought they were so beautiful! Congratulations!

  4. avatar Laura reply

    Janey, I love you dress! Who designed it?

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And now, our first post from Rachel…

We first saw highlights from this stunning wedding on one of our favorite daily reads, {OnceWed}.  Many thanks to Carrie of  {Carrie Patterson Photography} for sharing this rustic and playful affair.  How great is the mechanical bull?  I love the picture of Allison in her elegant and flowing dress holding on like a pro!  So many fun details in this wedding.  Be sure to check out Carrie’s {BLOG} for more from this very unique event.  Floral design by {Marigold Floral Studio} in Jackson Hole, WY.  Reception band {Mandatory Air}. Enjoy~ Rachel

Congratulations, Allison + Brian!

lara Written with love by Lara Casey
  1. avatar Emily@oncewed reply

    Carrie’s work is incredible! I’m so glad to see her images up on Southern Weddings!!

  2. avatar Rick Bucich reply

    The white flowers with the dark berries is a nice touch, I really like the contrast and it promotes a certain earthiness I like. Of course the photography is phenominal.Also, the boat is an ideal drink chiller:)

  3. avatar John Pansewicz reply

    On behalf of the band, I can say that we had a great time playing this reception! The guests were great fun and I saw some pretty nice moves on the dance floor. Thanks for having us!

  4. avatar Sarah Danielle reply

    This wedding looks like SO much fun! The mechanical bull!? It’s hard to make that "classy" but somehow they managed it! I bet their guest had a blast.

  5. avatar Marie Louise reply

    Wow – this wedding looks like a blast and what a beautiful location. Where are they?! Absolutely gorgeous photography as well. Love your blog!

  6. avatar Becka Knight (Studio222 Photography) reply

    I could not possibly love the image of the bride riding the bull any more. It’s fab.

  7. avatar this is glamorous reply

    This looks like such a fun wedding — the yellow Wellies, the boat with party supplies — so creative.

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