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Ashley + Ross’s light brunch reception was an ideal wedding celebration for this couple who wanted to keep things simple. White flowers in milk glass from the bride’s mother’s collection decorated the space at Collina Farm at Clifton Inn while burlap table runners broke up the white-on-white effect and kraft paper signs directed guests to yummy Southern breakfast fare. (I spot some ham and cheese biscuits!) Self-proclaimed cupcake-obsessed, Ashley wanted to serve up a batch of classic chocolate and vanilla cupcakes for their family and friends to nibble on. Though they love cupcakes, the couple also chose to have a small cutting cake made. We love how it incorporates tradition without stepping on Ashley’s devotion to the smaller sugary treats! Thanks again to Elisa B Photography who captured this lovely affair!

Describe your wedding cake: I am obsessed with cupcakes. We had a local cupcake company whip up a batch of classic chocolate and vanilla goodness and a cutting cake to boot!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: To be honest, our favorite was the lack of details that we had to think about. It was our goal to keep things simple. We did not have specific wedding colors and rather opted for a neutral palette of sand, grey, and lots of white! A good friend helped me turn some scrap burlap into two ring pillows and table squares. Our guestbook was a custom Etsy find and I made most of the other details by hand, like “gluten-free” flags to mark the special cupcakes and cinnamon rolls, signage galore, and wedding wands. We put out some décor and hung a photo line under the tent the night before the wedding, but aside from those small things, we truly enjoyed not being concerned with details whatsoever. We just focused on getting married, on each other and our beautiful families and friends.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Keeping our array of out-of-town guests informed and comfortable. With the majority of our family traveling to Virginia from North Carolina and Texas, it took some extra TLC to make sure each person was clear on the plan for the rehearsal and wedding. We did our best to communicate with everyone ahead of the wedding and then flood them with smiles and thanks when we were finally face-to-face for the big day!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Our venue! We wanted to have a simple wedding. We are not the kind for a get-on-the-dance-floor-and-party-all-night kind of wedding. Plus, we were working with a strict budget. We opted for a morning ceremony and light brunch reception. Collina Farm at Clifton Inn was the ideal location for our wedding. Not only was the farmhouse beautiful and the venue’s team incredible, but we had every convenience. My bridesmaids stayed with me and my parents in the guestrooms of Collina Farm, so when we woke up to get ready on the big day, we were already on site! In the days leading up to the wedding, it barely felt like work. All of the preparations felt more like fun! Being with my best friends at Collina Farm made for the ultimate slumber party, and having my parents so close by really allowed me to include, appreciate and honor them each step of the way. Our out-of-town guests appreciated not having to travel to a different location for the reception, too. Collina Farm had a courtyard space behind it that we used for our ceremony site. Afterward, guests walked across the yard to the farmhouse for the reception. Guests mingled indoors and outdoors, walking about with coffee mugs and plates of fresh fruit and pastries. It felt easy – perfect for our quaint wedding!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I did not realize it until I was getting dressed, but I had not yet put on everything together before the big day! So looking in the mirror for the first time with my veil, jewelry, dress and all was so exciting! I felt so ready!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Our vows were fairly traditional, but we did include two elements in the ceremony that made it extra-special. First, both Ross and I walked down the aisle with both of our parents, and during the ceremony, they jointly gave us their blessing. And second, for our benediction, my very dear friends who are married did a reading and prayer adapted from “A Wedding Sermon” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It read, “What God has joined together, can no man put asunder.” They spoke it in unison and their voices together sounded so strong and loving. It was the perfect ending to our ceremony – apart from the kiss, of course!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Cooking good meals together, singing James Taylor songs together, visiting bed & breakfasts across America, and maybe even having our own bed & breakfast someday!

Photographer: Elisa B Photography // Venue: Collina Farm at Clifton Inn // Florist: Floral Designs by Jacquelyn // Wedding Cake and Cupcake Baker: Charlottesville Cupcake // Cinnamon Rolls and Gluten-Free Cupcakes: Hungarian Bakery // Caterer: Clifton Inn // Paper Products: Delphine Press // Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal via OnceWed // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: ARoyalWedding // Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden // Bride’s jewelry: TZTUDIO // Flower Girl Dresses: Crewcuts from J.Crew // Ring Bearer Shirts: Crewcuts from J.Crew // Groom & Groomsmen’s Ties: Jos.A.Bank // Hair and Makeup: Lora Elaine Cornhole // Rentals: CornChucker // Classical Guitarist: Rafael Scarfullery // Guestbook: Parkside Harmony

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Simon reply

    Some really lovely details. I especially like the clothes line of photos and the take-home centrepieces.

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Megan + Steven’s wedding at The Stockroom in Raleigh was as delightful as their ceremony! While Megan and her mom were the creative geniuses behind the details, A Joyful Occasion coordinated the big day. Catering by Design took care of the food — and man, did their menu sound delicious! The beautiful monogrammed cake was designed by Ambrosia Cake Creations, and the flowering branch, peony, and rose floral arrangements were by Dogwood Tree Floral. One of the most special details? Megan’s (gorgeously monogrammed) reception dress was made by a dear friend, Joslyn Chase! Nancy Ray was, of course, the talent behind the lens.

But you want to know what my favorite detail from Megan + Steven’s wedding was? The BISCUIT BAR! Megan got the idea from SW V3 (see the whole shoot here!), but put her own spin on it. I love that her mother-in-law sewed all the take-home bags! Don’t have an amazingly talented MIL? We’ve put together a shopping round-up debuting this afternoon which will help you whip up your very own biscuit bar. We’ll be back in a flash!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: To be honest, the dress was not my first priority! It wasn’t until I went with two of my bridesmaids, my mom, and her friend to the Carolina Bridal Outlet that I found the one. I felt like a bride as soon as I had it on. It wasn’t too formal, but it was gorgeous. For me, it was comfortable and simple with a little glam. My veil, however, was made from a sample of my mom’s wedding gown. It was cathedral length lace with beautiful detailing. It meant so much that she gave it to me to wear. Paired with my dress, it was absolutely perfect for our ceremony.
Describe your wedding flowers: We used fluffy, pink peonies. They have always been my favorite! I loved the contrast against the mint bridesmaid dresses. We also incorporated some cherry blossoms and garden roses in some of our centerpieces.
Describe your wedding cake: Our cake was a three tiered round cake. It was fairly traditional, with buttercream icing. We filled the spaces between the tiers with peonies and the details of the embedded dots and the monogram dressed it up even more. The inside was delicious! We had different fillings, but our favorite was cookies n’ cream.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Our biggest challenge was actually overcoming some of the emotions that a wedding can bring on. We really came to realize some major differences between his family and mine, and we had to find a way to merge everything, but be true to ourselves at the same time. Steven and I grew closer through it, which I’m very thankful for!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? In our ceremony, we stuck to the traditional vows. We wrote our own promises to one another and kept it personal as we exchanged them in letters the day of our wedding. The cutest part of Steven’s note to me was that he included the “40 Rules for a Happy Marriage” notecard from Hyman’s Seafood – one of our favorite spots in Charleston.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lydia reply

    I love the idea of a biscuit bar! Can’t wait to see your shopping round-up!

  2. avatar Linda Surles reply

    Me too! A Biscuit Bar couldn’t be anymore North Carolina. LOVE IT! I hope they had some sweet tea in the mix, too ;)

    • avatar MeganH reply

      Linda Surles: Of course there was some sweet tea to wash all that down! :) Gorgeous feature, SW!! I am beyond honored and tickled to death!!

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    Megan and Steven’s wedding was absolutely beautiful! I think my favorite was the M + S in green flowers (kermits?) on the chapel doors and of course the biscuits were simply delicious :)

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Yep, we still love the regal navy blue dresses from Monique Lhuillier. A lot! Katie + Matt toasted their “I dos” with an outdoor reception at the Bellamy Mansion Museum. Yes, they did have a party on the porch! (Tres Southern, says Emily.) For more from K + M’s North Carolina wedding, check out Scott Piner’s post on the big day here!

Describe your wedding flowers: I carried a hand-tied bouquet of white gazer lilies, folded tye leaf, white mini calla lilies, green berries, green cymbidium orchids and white roses. Stems tied off with lace from Mother’s wedding gown.
Describe your wedding cake: Instead of a wedding cake, we served Matt’s grandmother’s banana pudding recipe (Matt’s favorite dessert) in china teacups placed on a tiered stand shaped like a wedding cake. It was a surprise for Matt.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Time and budget. After getting engaged on April 22nd, Matt and I wanted to try to get married at the beach, before it got cold, so our out of town guests would be able to enjoy the sun and sand when they arrived. We didn’t realize that finding a venue might be an issue. The Bellamy was perfect and available!
Our wedding planner, Lindsey Cheek, was amazing at helping us overcome both of these hurdles! Even though there are costs associated with a wedding planner, she saved us so much more in the long run. Lindsey has great relationships with vendors in Wilmington, knows how to negotiate, and was never afraid to go to bat for us to help us save money!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? So many things, but especially how much fun we had dancing! When planning our wedding, it was especially important to us that our guests have a great time at the reception. Since it was a destination wedding, everyone traveled to celebrate with us and we wanted them to have fun. So Matt and I both wanted to have a beach music band and big dance floor. We hung Italian wedding lights over the tiled dance floor, which made a huge impact and really defined the space. The dance floor stayed packed from the time supper was over until the band played the song “Last Dance”. The band played an amazing rendition of “Shout!” which probably lasted 20 minutes! Matt’s parents clogged to the University of Tennessee fight song “Rocky Top” and guests pulled out an array of old school moves, including the fishhook, sprinkler, dead bug, Dirty Susan, worm, jump rope, and stanky leg. It was such a fun party!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? No, but my mom insisted on having a hymn, “Oh God Our Help in Ages Past”. There was a flock of birds sitting in the trees right above the ceremony and they began squawking as soon as the hymn started and stopped as soon as it ended. That was funny.

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar Melissa W reply

    Love the details of this wedding! We are looking forward to having Scott shoot our wedding in September. This makes me a giddy bride-to-be!!!

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  3. avatar Susan reply

    I’m dying to know how to dance the Dirty Susan!

    • avatar Katie Breeding reply

      Susan: I just saw your comment about the Dirty Susan! Too funny! Matt’s grandmother (Nana) does a dance she calls the Dirty Susan! She shakes her pointed index finger in the air and dances in a circle kind of (like the hokkie pokkie a little) – not sure if it’s an official move though!

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    is it just me or am i looking at ALice in Wonderland’s wedding photos? haha, i love the concept! i personally liked the “SIP” bottle. and the night scene at what seems to be a backyard? that was priceless, you can never go wrong celebrating such occasions at home. good job! beautiful theme, beautiful night, beautiful bride, what more can you ask for? :)) Happy Valentine’s Day!

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