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This week’s post has come at the perfect time! We have been having intense “yo-yo” weather here in North Carolina lately, so I could use a good dose of Rosemary Beach daydreaming right about now! Join me, won’t you?

In a previous “Mere Found her Beau” post, you learned that we will be getting married in the quaint Town Hall, and that the white architecture and wood accents couple nicely with the feel we want for our wedding day. Today, I’m excited to share some of the inspiration for how we plan to make this lovely venue even more “us.” Our goal is a light and airy vibe filled with soft, fluffy pastels–and a hint of sparkle, of course! :) Let’s start at the entrance, walk through the ceremony, head out to the courtyard for cocktail hour, and end inside with the reception.

During my most recent visit to Florida, I met up a few of my amazing vendors and dove a little deeper into the design and décor. My planner (Shelby Peaden), florist (Brian of Myrtie Blue), and I all agree that when it comes to the ceremony décor, less is more. We love the outside of the venue just as it is. We’re considering adding floral accents to the entrance, along with a little welcome signage of some sort, but probably not much more than that– the goal is to accentuate, not to mask.

Clockwise from top left: Carla Ten Eyck, Jessica Kettle, Lauren Kinsey, Dear Wesleyann

Inside the venue, we considered placing a welcome table at the entrance for a guest book, but decided once again that less is more, especially considering three things:

1. Our venue is on the small side, so we want to avoid the possibility of any entry “traffic” for incoming guests.
2. I have an awesome photographer, and I think an open layout would make for a pretty indoor photo.
3. The most enticing reason for me is that the thought of looking down a clear, simple, and beautiful aisle to where my fiancé will be standing once the doors open is kind of perfect.

Austin Gros, Dear Wesleyann

All of that in mind, we are leaning toward a simple aisle lined with rows of wooden folding chairs to compliment the beautiful paneled ceiling and wooden light fixtures.

For the ceremony backdrop, my inspiration varied from a floral cross, to strings of twinkly lights, and even a written backdrop accented with flowers. Although my inspiration was a little scattered, it all shared one common detail: soft and sweet floral accents.

Troy Grover, Lauren Fair, Ryan Ray

Following the ceremony, we’re planning an afternoon cocktail hour on the Town Hall’s side courtyard, filled with merriment, music, sipping, and snacking. I imagine that a few simple, draped round tables with wooden chairs combined with a few draped high tops would create an appropriate cocktail hour environment.

Adriana Klas, source unknown

We can’t forget the lounge area–be still my heart! One of my favorite things to do on warm summer nights is to to listen to live music outside. Throw in loved ones and a patio with strings of twinkly lights, and well, I’ll be happy as a little clam! Rosemary’s courtyard has a serene waterfall on the back wall of the courtyard, and if you ask us, we think a lounge area would fit quite nicely there! Here are a few that I could imagine sitting in just about all night.

Clockwise from top left: Caroline Joy, Jen Fariello, Elizabeth Messina

Topping off the night, we will head inside for dinner and dancing! We decided on a casual, buffet-style meal to be enjoyed seated at tables, like at a family dinner. For us Blankenships and McKinneys, this fits us perfectly–there is nothing we enjoy more than sitting around a table with loved ones, chatting and eating great food. Once we had our hearts set on a lovely seated dinner, I began to gather inspiration–remember how I mentioned I love a soft velvet detail? I love, love, love these table settings!

Clockwise from top left: Kim Le, Rylee Hitchner, Tyra Bleek, source unknown

To complete the reception décor, we will have “fluffy” floral arrangements, as I like to call them. :) Not too polished, but still pretty and put together! Aren’t these examples lovely?

Jen Huang, Landon Jacob

Phew! Although this dream of a wedding may still be a work in progress, I have full confidence that my team of amazing vendors can help me to tie together any loose ends in a big, pretty, velvet bow! :)

What are some of your favorite details in your upcoming wedding? I’d love to hear them!

Missed a post? Check them all out here:
An Introduction + Proposal
The Venue
What They’ll Wear

Dear Wesleyann is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Everything is so pretty! Love the lounge areas and “fluffy” florals especially!

  2. avatar Nicole reply

    Meredith, I love this and the way you’re accenting the already gorgeous architecture of the space. The ceremony sounds dreamy!

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Best of 2013: Menswear

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While our Real Wedding brides are absolutely gorgeous, these dapper gents aren’t ones to be outdone. When it comes to wedding wear this year, the boys were giving the girls a run for their money (well, not exactly a run, but maybe a little bit of a jog!). From classic white smoking jackets to a cardigans sans ties, these Southern gents know how to don attire with personalty and style!

Seersucker suit, bow tie, and orchid boutonniere | Claire + Matthew | Pure 7 Studios

Preppy tie and tan suit | Sara + TJ | Katelyn James

Classic black tuxedo | Emily + Tripper | Melissa Schollaert

Casual sweaters | Ana + Kent | Landon Jacob

Tan linen suit and seersucker bow tie | Angela + Tom | Riverland Studios

Mix and match gray suits | Natalie + Shobie | Cassidy Brooke

Embroidered collar | Jessica + Troy | Bamber Photography

Suit and bow tie | Erica + Danny | Megan Thiele

White dinner jacket and monogrammed suspenders | Claire + Michael | Watson-Studios

Smart navy suit | Sophie + Brian | Honey Heart Photography

Katelyn James, Melissa Schollaert, Landon Jacob, Bamber Photography, and Watson-Studios are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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Y’all, I’m a total romantic. I believe in love at first sight (this totally happened with BDK), happily ever after, and even Cinderella stories (I always cheer for the underdog!). That being said, I am not embarrassed to admit that I have cried during every single one of Nichols Sparks’ movies. Come on, The Notebook? I’ve seen it hundreds of times and still ball my eyes out at every viewing.

Even if you’re not a devoted NS fan (like Kristin and myself), you’re in for a real treat with today’s inspiration from our friends Faith Teasley and Kickstand Events. Inspired by Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven, this talented duo created a nautical dream wedding for the characters, Alex and Katie. I’ll let Faith take it away with a little insight into their creative process!

I’ve always been inspired by the North Carolina coastal town of Southport. When I first saw trailers for Nicolas Sparks’ new movie Safe Haven, which is based in Southport, I knew it’s small beach town vibe would be a beautiful source for wedding inspiration. I reached out to the talented ladies of Kickstand Events who were thrilled to create a dream wedding for the Safe Haven characters, Alex and Katie.

We decided to incorporate details that would really resonate with fans of the book and motion picture. We strategically chose locations straight from the movie. The beautiful Southport Marina served as our ceremony and reception location – the Marina staff was absolutely wonderful! The Southport Marina is a perfect venue for an intimate wedding. The white house pictured is the actual home used in the movie. The tower-like structure in the background is seen throughout the movie as well.

In the story, Alex gives Katie a special letter, so we decided to incorporate handwritten letters in the ceremony.

Readers of the novel will recognize the reception menu – it’s straight from Chapter 16.

Kickstand Events’ incredible vision and enthusiasm for this project was beyond amazing. Together, we created beautiful imagery that we hope will bring inspiration to brides seeking a small beach town romance vibe for their wedding.

An extra treat: this adorable couple in action plus behind-the-scenes details in this fun film from the guys at Blueberry Fusion!

Haven’t seen Safe Haven? That’s okay, take a gander at the preview, and you’ll love this shoot even more! But I must warn you, you may get teary-eyed!

Faith Teasley and Blueberry Fusion are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Faith reply

    Yay!! Thank you for the beautiful feature, SW! We had a blast creating these images and are honored to have them on your blog! xoxo

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Marissa, you are definitely not alone–I can’t even watch a preview for a Nicholas Sparks movie without getting misty-eyed! All of the vendors did such a beautiful job incorporating sweet details from the book on this shoot. I especially love that cake!

  3. avatar Sabrina reply

    Just… STUNNING! I haven’t seen the movie (only the preview), but it’s perfect!!

  4. avatar June reply

    What an elegant and beautiful scenario. Loved the book, loved the movie, love the wedding.

  5. avatar MIchelle reply

    That is my boat at the marina!! Nice job. The cake is really a nice touch. Well done.

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    After working at a bakery for the last seven years, I consider myself a bonafide cake snob, it takes a lot to impress me. But that cake?? It is so wonderful!! I’m obsessed.

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