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Since we’re based in Chapel Hill, we have a soft spot (not surprisingly) for North Carolina weddings, and Engle + Brian’s Bald Head Island celebration did not disappoint. The bride wore a crisp Lee-Ann Belter drop-waist gown, and dressed her maids in chic navy frocks from J. Crew. (Seems like navy is this year’s “it” color, wouldn’t you say?) Engle confessed that her flowers, styled by Kim Fisher Designs, was one of her – and her guests! – favorite details from her wedding, and we can see why! Yes, the boutonnières are just as cute as she promised! Special thanks to Kristin Byrum Photography for sharing!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Brian and I both went to NC State University. Looking back, we crossed paths many times in college and would run into each other at various social functions. However, it wasn’t until December 29, 2007 that we officially met. I had gone to my hometown of Mt. Airy, NC to visit my family for Christmas. I decided to drive back to Charlotte a little earlier than planned so that I could get settled before having to go back to work. On my way back to Charlotte I caught up with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. We decided to grab some appetizers that evening, and then head to her boyfriend’s house for a small cookout. When I walked in the door to the cookout, Brian was standing in the kitchen and we recognized one another instantly. Brian’s best friend was hosting the cookout and sure enough, the hosts’ girlfriend and I were friends. After a night of good food, great friends and shag dancing to beach music, we spent the entire night talking, laughing and reminiscing about how we never actually “met” in college.
Describe the proposal. Brian and I had decided to take our summer vacation to Bald Head Island, NC. We packed the car and left Charlotte to head to Southport, NC. From there, we unloaded our luggage and fishing rods, Brian holding tightly to his tackle box full of new hooks and bait, and we climbed aboard the ferry to head across the water to BHI. Once we arrived in the marina, we collected our luggage and shuttled on over to check into our crofter. The weather was simply perfect when we arrived so we headed to the beach to spend some time in the sun. After the beach we headed back to the crofter to get ready for dinner. That night we went to Eb & Flo’s Steam Bar on the island and had the infamous steam pot while sitting on the deck overlooking the marina. It was one of those days where everything was perfect! After dinner we decided to take a walk on the beach. Instead, Brian steered our golf cart in the direction of the Bald Head Island Village Chapel. Brian proceeded to say that we should take a look inside while no one was there. The chapel was absolutely stunning! Eventually we went to the front of the chapel that overlooked the marsh and plopped ourselves in front of the live oak tree, where we sat and reflected about how great life had been since we met one another. As I started to get up to head back to the golf cart, Brian grabbed my hand. I turned around and he was on one knee: “Engle Nicole York, Will you marry me?” All day long, my ring had been hiding out in the tackle box!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Every single detail! We worked so hard to find vendors and come up with ideas that would represent us and our relationship in some way. Because we got engaged under the beautiful oak tree in front of the chapel, we decided to carry the BHI location and the tree throughout the wedding as our theme. We selected BHI for the location because it is our favorite vacation spot and where we got engaged.

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar Kelly Sauer reply

    You’re so right about the flowers, and that little chapel??? HOW sweet is that? What a lovely wedding!

  2. avatar Caroline reply

    Do you know where she got the invitations? Thanks!

    • avatar Katharine reply

      Hi Caroline! Engle + Brian’s invitations came from Reaves Engraving: Happy planning!

  3. avatar Kim Fisher Designs reply

    Thank you SWM blog ! This was a very special couple and we think that Kristin Byrum captured that beautifully!

  4. avatar Anne Markey- Charlotte Wedding Planner reply

    Ah- I LOVE Kristin Byrum! Great work as always :)

  5. avatar Sonia A. reply

    Beautiful wedding! Could you tell me where the Groom’s tie is from(I haven’t been able to find one like that!) and her flowers…they are tea rose?

  6. avatar Lauren reply

    I second Sonia! My fiance has also been searching for a yellow/white striped tie and they are nowhere to be found!!!!

    Please please PLEASE PLEASE tell us where it came from. Pretty Please?

    With sugar on top?


    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Lauren! Engle didn’t say where Brian’s tie came from, but I found a few other options for you: or or or Hope that helps!!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Sonia! I’m no florist, but those look more like garden or cabbage roses, or possibly peonies, than they do tea roses, to me. I hope that helps!

  7. avatar Sonia A. reply

    THANK YOU Emily! is the PERFECT color that I’m looking for!

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A planner herself (Mercy Design), it’s no surprise Tara’s wedding to her handsome Army beau was styled to perfection. The couple wed on a ranch in California and commissioned Braedon Flynn to photograph their rustic barn nuptials. The bride looked ethereal in a Romona Keveza gown and lace veil (we love Etsy treasures!), while her ‘maids rocked a more playful look in matching Anthropologie frocks. The girls carried cheery bouquets from Kim Curtis of Toast Events, and the gents looked dashing in their dress blues.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Oh my, this is a very crazy story, really. Chris and I met at a tiny high school in Bermuda Dunes, California, and fell head over high school heels for each other. Away at college we broke up, since we both had some growing up to do. I started dating a guy who Chris came to call “Sensible Shoes.” During our eight-and-a-half years apart, Chris and I separately traveled the world and lived out our dreams. Chris followed in his family’s tradition of joining the US Army. My boyfriend at the time (“Sensible Shoes”) had bought a ring and asked my parents for my their blessing, but I just couldn’t marry him. I went to counseling, prayed and prayed, and walked away before I ever got to the altar. At this time, Chris was in Iraq, a half a world away, when we began emailing daily. Things took a rapid turn from there, and the moment we saw each other and admitted our love, it was obvious we would get married. When we kissed that day, he told me he had loved me all his life.
Describe the proposal. Chris got down on one knee in front of a stunning Clyfford still painting in the modern wing of the national gallery in Washington, D.C. It was the perfect place: Chris was from the D.C. area, and it is where we would begin our new life together, and I have always loved art. He proposed with his late grandmother’s ring, some 66 years after it was first put on her finger.
Three words that describe the day are: Whimsy, love and barn.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The barns! I loved the barns. I spent MONTHS helping to restore that first barn. It was VERY special. I also adored the ring bearers and flower girls – seven in all, all my nieces and nephews – adorable!
What was Southern about your wedding? The ceremony and reception both were held at separate barns, at separate ranches. It was very rustic! Guests played bocce ball and tossed horseshoes at the reception, and horses were running outside during the ceremony. We served everything “family style,” and had salmon, steak and crispy fried onions.

Written with love by Katharine
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    The bridesmaids look so stinkin’ cute! Love the style!

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  4. avatar Lisa reply

    Oh my gosh, the story of how they got together is so beautiful!! Congratulations to the bride and groom, on your marriage and your gorgeous wedding! :)

  5. avatar Shauna reply

    Love this. beautiful ceremony!!

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    Love this Ceremony. It is gorgeous!!

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    I love the barn. Is this a place available for weddings? I’m looking for something exactly like this.

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Emily! Unfortunately, I don’t believe the barn is available to the general public for weddings. Tara worked there for many years, and I believe they let her use it for her wedding as a special favor. Sorry about that!

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Ah, Erik Clausen – you must have known I would swoon over your black and whites from Linda + Jojo’s Texas wedding at the Gabrielle Gardens and Restaurant. Because I sure did swoon. Big time. Also swoon-worthy? Linda’s feminine Priscilla of Boston dress, which looks tailor-made for the bride. The b’maids looked chic and sophisticated in gray sheaths (also Priscilla of Boston). Emily would die if I didn’t mention Linda’s cheery bouquet from Blue Lotus Floral Design. Lovely, no? For more from L + J, take a peek at Poser’s post of the big day here.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met October 2008 at a pool hall. Jojo’s cousin, AJ, introduced us. At the time, he was actually dating a girl with the same name. He accidently tagged me in a facebook note instead of her. After that, we exchanged numbers, but nothing really happened except for the occasional text. It wasn’t until January during his birthday week that we ran into each other at a bar again. For weeks after, we would talk to each other through text messages from the moment we woke up until we fell asleep. The next month, we both happened to be going to Austin on the same weekend. The whole time we were there, he was chased me around the city until we were finally in the same place and we had our first kiss. We’ve been together ever since.
Describe the proposal. It was our six month anniversary and my birthday. Jojo took me to New York City to celebrate and we stayed at the W Hotel in Times Square. Our first night in the city, we came back to the hotel after dinner to change for a night out. He offered to put on my sweater and when I turned back around, he was down on one knee. I immediately started tearing up so I could barely see him. I remember him asking me if my answer was yes before he put the ring on my finger.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Emotional, cheery, and unforgettable.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: One: We loved our venue. It helped us create the feel of a small, intimate wedding even though we had over 250 guests. Two: Every aspect of our ceremony. Our faith is the most important part of our relationship. We wanted all our family and friends to feel that. Three: The flowers and arrangements, the paper lantern aisle runners, our mad libs guestbook, and photos of us, and wedding pictures of our parents and grandparents. It all helped that day become ours.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I started looking for a wedding dress a few weeks after getting engaged. I wanted to make sure that I found the PERFECT dress so I did tons of research online on cuts, materials, and designers. I think I tried on about 70 dresses. It was the last place we went to. I was with my mom, both of my sisters, and my aunt visiting from England to Bliss Bridal Salon. We tried on a few dresses and then I tried “it” on. I couldn’t stop smiling. When I came to pick it up a few weeks later, I opted to try on the dress with my eyes closed. When I opened my eyes, all I could think about was walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Jojo at the other end. I couldn’t stop crying.

Written with love by Katharine
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