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Today’s couple, Cristina and Drew, created a wedding weekend that truly reflected them through celebrating what they love most in a place that had become “home” for them. And after going to weddings as a young couple, creating their own special day proved to be their favorite thing about wedding planning! Dress shopping, though, was a close runner-up for Cristina. She said, “I loved my experience with Betty Bridal Atelier – my fittings and visits to Charleston were always so fun and a great way to enjoy the planning process!” Of course, I’m smitten with her dress, but I also can’t help but love how they were able to honor both of their parents by hosting their ceremony and reception at the club where Drew’s family have been members for years on Cristina’s parent’s wedding anniversary weekend.

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Thanks for sharing, Olivia Leigh Photographie!

Tell us the highlights of finding your wedding dress. I started my search for my dress fairly early because I knew it would take me awhile. I ended up with a total of 12 separate appointments between boutiques in Charlotte, New York, and Charleston before I was finally ready to commit to my dress! I ended up getting it at Betty Bridal Atelier in Charleston. I learned from my visits to New York that I loved Oscar de la Renta – the classic yet modern and structured look was what I gravitated towards. However, I did not love the idea of going up to New York for fittings in the months right before our wedding. Betty Bridal was a new boutique at the time, and the three-hour drive from Charlotte was a lot more manageable. I went with my mom, and knew I had found the perfect dress when I tried on the Daphne. It’s classic yet modern, with a gorgeous obi in the back that bustles into a beautiful bow detail for a second look.

Did you decide to do a first look? We did – mostly to ensure we could fit adequate photo time into the day. We also had a logistical issue with the club (their golf course was undergoing a renovation), so we needed to be creative with the location of our photos! Our amazing photographer, Olivia, commandeered some golf carts to get us and our bridal party out to an area in the middle of the course for photos – it was beautiful and serene and would definitely have not been possible to fit that in if we were rushing during a cocktail hour.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? We chose to have our ceremony and reception at Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte where Drew’s family have been members for years. After I moved to Charlotte, we often joined them for brunch or dinners at the club, and I have always loved their gorgeous ballroom. It was especially meaningful to host all of our out-of-town family and friends at a venue that was “home” for us.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. For the ceremony, I walked down the aisle to “Ave Maria,” which I have always loved as such a beautiful and romantic song. After traditional music throughout the ceremony, our recessional was “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles, which was so fun played by the string quartet and perfect as we left our ceremony hand-in-hand as husband and wife. Our first dance was Ellie Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You” – we love her and loved the song as a testament to our love being forever.

What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We used Myers Park’s white lawn chairs for the ceremony and patio furniture for the cocktail hour instead of renting new pieces. We also forewent draping the ceiling of our ceremony tent, since guests would only be using the tent for a max of an hour and they would most likely be looking at us at the front and not up at the ceiling :)

What was your favorite detail from your wedding? Creating our welcome boxes for out of town guests that featured our favorite snacks set a great tone for the weekend. I also loved the beautiful pillows from Number Four Eleven that we had made for our lounge area that are now in our master bedroom (and luckily no one spilled wine on them :) In lieu of favors, we provided gold flats for the ladies to change into for dancing that I assembled with hair ties color-coordinated by size. They were a hit, since they provided both a reprieve from heels and the ability to put their hair up on the sweaty dance floor!

Tell us your love story in one sentence. We were introduced by mutual friend when we were living in DC.
Tell us all about the proposal! We were engaged the third weekend in January in 2016 and Drew’s plans almost got sidelined by a very uncommon snow storm in Charlotte that caused the jeweler to be closed almost all week when he needed to pick up the ring! We both worked from home on Friday and I could tell something was up. Once the roads had cleared a bit, I went to an afternoon barre class and came home to my beloved cat, Penny, wearing a new collar that had the ring on it! We had champagne in our apartment and then went to his parents’ house who had family and friends over for cake and champagne to toast to our engagement.
When did y’all get married? June 3, 2017
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 195
What were some of the most meaningful or special parts of your ceremony? We chose to do traditional vows. We also asked a couple who is a dear family friend to do our two readings – they read 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 (which was also read at my parents’ wedding, the same weekend 32 years prior!) and 1 John 4: 7-12.
What did you serve for your wedding cake or dessert? We served a cake with alternating tiers of almond and red velvet. I love almond and am pretty traditional, so that was “my flavor” and Drew’s favorite cake flavor of all time is red velvet (he loves any vehicle for cream cheese frosting).
What was Southern about your wedding? Most of our food was Southern – we had stations that featured shrimp and grits, fried chicken, a biscuit bar, and pimento cheese tarts. Our reception was soft seating and stations as opposed to a seated dinner which is more common in the South than the Northeast (where I am originally from!).
What was your favorite thing about wedding planning? Getting to create a weekend and celebration that reflected me and my husband. After going to countless weddings as a young couple, it was fun to get to create our day! I also loved dress shopping and my experience with Betty Bridal – my fittings and visits to Charleston were always so fun and a great way to enjoy the planning process. Drew went with me on one trip (not to the actual fitting appointment!) and we had a great weekend together in Charleston to re-connect and enjoy time together out of town and away from all the focus on wedding planning.
What was the hardest part about planning your wedding? Making decisions! I am someone who takes a long time to make a decision about anything, so with the amount of decisions needed when planning a wedding, I felt like I agonized over every little detail to ensure they all fit together perfectly.
What was your most memorable moment from your wedding day? Our first dance – we did a choreographed dance and ended up needing to modify it about 10 minutes prior to our reception starting since it included a lift that Drew did not feel comfortable doing after seeing the bow detail on the back of my dress. We quickly modified and practiced while our guests were in cocktail hour, and then executed perfectly! Going to dance lessons in the months leading up to the day was such a fun time for us, so it was great getting to finally show off our work to our friends and family.

Photographer: Olivia Leigh Photographie | Videographer: Seaglass Studios | Planner: Favor Me Events | Venue and Caterer: Myers Park Country Club | Florist: New Creations Flower Company | Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Wow Factor Cakes | Tent, draping, chair, and linen rentals: Party Reflections | Furniture and tent chandelier rentals: Old South Vintage Rentals | Lighting: Wink Lighting | Band or DJ:
Sol Fusion (ECE) | Favors: Rescue Flats | Pillows: Number Four Eleven | Paper Products: Elisabeth Rose Social Stationery | Bride’s Gown and Veil: “Daphne” by Oscar de la Renta | Bridal Salon: Betty Bridal Atelier | Bride’s Earrings: J.Crew | Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist: Lindsay Regan Thorne of Be Pretty | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren | Groomsmen Accessories: High Cotton | Getting Ready Attire: Plum Pretty Sugar | First Dance Choreography: First Dance Charlotte

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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

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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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    Getting married in the same church where your parents did is such a sweet way to honor your family, but that’s not the only reason I am smitten with Blythe and Ryan’s wedding! We are wedding date twins (BDK and I were also married on December 13!), and their ceremony was held at my very favorite church! I grew up attending the amazing Cathedral in downtown Mobile, and I not-so-secretly wish BDK and I had tied the knot there. The columns alone will make you weak in the knees! Add a classic lace Lela Rose gown, stunning all-white blooms, and a yummy menu at the Mobile Country Club, and you’ve just jumped onto the list of my favorite weddings we’ve featured!

    Thanks to 509 Photo for sharing this lovely day with us!

    P.S. Can we talk about Blythe’s getaway style? That dress + that fur–B, let’s be friends, okay?

    How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. It was our sophomore year at Alabama and I was on my way home for the weekend when I got a call from my friend, begging me to turn around and come back to Tuscaloosa, so I did! That night, we went to dinner with a girl who had just transferred from Georgia and did not know many people. After dinner, we went to to DKE house to hang out and meet her boyfriend and his roommate, Ryan. Little did I know, Ryan and I would end up getting married five years later!

    I flew to Birmingham one weekend to meet with our planners, and stopped by Ivory and White to look at dresses. I had seen a Lela Rose dress online that I liked, but I did not know how it would look in person. I tried it on and LOVED it, but then I tried on another Lela Rose dress and loved that one too!! One was more classic and the other was a little edgy, and in the end, I decided to go with the more classic dress.

    Did you decide to do a first look? Why or why not? We did not! Ryan is very superstitious, so the first time we saw each other was at the altar!

    I grew up Catholic and always wanted to get married in the Cathedral downtown. It is such a beautiful church and my parents were married there years before on December 12, so our anniversaries are a day apart! We are members at the Country Club of Mobile, so it was a natural choice for our reception. We loved that the back room opened up to the outdoors!

    Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The wedding party took a trolley ride from the church to the reception, and it was so much fun having everyone together!

    What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? All of the food served was inspired by the South! From the grilled oysters, to the boom boom shrimp, to the Chrissy’s, to the groom’s cake (complete with a Texas flag)!, we loved it all!

    Tell us all about the proposal! I hate New Years Eve–I think it is so overrated, and I would much rather stay at home and have pizza and wine! Ryan made reservations for us at a restaurant called Steele near my apartment, and we planned to meet his parents and friends for drinks beforehand at the Katy Trail Icehouse. For some reason, Ryan wanted to walk there on the trail–he usually never wants to walk! When we got to the trail, I saw candles lit and roses all over the stairs leading up to the trail. I started walking right past it (thinking, “Oh great, someone’s getting engaged and it’s not me–again!). Then, Ryan grabbed me, got on his knee, and popped the question. Of course, I said yes! We then headed to the Icehouse, where all of our friends and family were there to celebrate! It was such a special night and I will never forget it!
    When did y’all get married? December 13, 2014
    How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 250
    If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $50,000-$75,000
    What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I live in Dallas and the wedding was in Mobile, so it was very hard to not be there and plan everything in person!

    Photographer: 509 Photo / Planner: Mariée Ami / Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Basilica Of The Immaculate Conception / Reception Venue and Caterer: Country Club Of Mobile / Florist: Elizabeth’s Garden / Cake Baker: Couture Cakes / Band: Musical Fantasy / Bride’s Gown: “Spring” by Lela Rose / Bridal Salon and Bride’s Accessories: Ivory and White / Hair Stylist: Jason Chambers / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale

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    marissa Written with love by Marissa
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    1. avatar Michelle reply

      Beautiful pics !

    2. avatar Stephanie Scholl reply

      What a classic, romantic, and gorgeous wedding this is! I’m loving all of the details, including the black & white photos!!

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