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Lindsay and Ridge wanted a destination wedding that was easy for their guests to travel to, and when they visited Grandfather Golf and Country Club and saw the breathtaking backdrop, they simply knew it was the place. Even more special, since they had spent time in the Grandfather Mountain area with Lindsay’s grandparents, it was not only the views that had them hooked, but also the sweet family memories they would be adding to with their wedding day. Lindsay and Ridge worked with their florist, Kelly of Philosophy Flowers, to incorporate combinations of white and green florals that complimented, but didn’t compete with, the natural beauty of the setting. I, for one, am sure glad they did because I adore how the simple color palette makes Mother Nature look all the more amazing! Guests were invited to change into flip flops, walk on the shoreline, dance under the stars, and watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Anyone else have a bit of wedding guest envy?

Big hugs to Natalie Watson for sharing this dreamy day with us!

I let my bridesmaids choose their own white dresses. I know it’s not typical for anyone other than the bride to wear white to a wedding, but I wanted everything to look simple and natural (and not take away from the beautiful setting). I also wanted the dresses to reflect each girl’s individual style, and for them to be able to wear them again.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I had always wanted to wear my mother’s wedding dress from her marriage to my father in 1979–it was my dream cap-sleeved vintage dress! My twin sister had made minor alterations to the dress to wear for her wedding in 2009, and I knew I wanted to continue the tradition. I had my mother’s seamstress cut out the back of the dress to update the design and to make it fit me more comfortably. I tried the dress on for the first time with my mother and my grandmother, and it brought us all to tears!

We decided not to do a first look. This was one detail of our wedding that we both felt was important to stick with tradition. Our reception site was located within walking distance of the ceremony site, so we knew we would have ample time after the ceremony for pictures together, without missing too much time at the reception.

Ridge’s cousin, a local pastor, was our officiant. We both wanted traditional vows and he made a recommendation that we thought was very reflective of our faith, vows, and love for one another.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Ridge and I knew we wanted a destination wedding that was convenient for most of our friends and family. I spent many years in the Grandfather Mountain area with my grandparents and it holds a very special place in my heart. The backdrop at Grandfather Golf and Country Club is breathtaking. There is an amazing view of the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains above a lake with a sandy shoreline! We felt it was the best of both worlds: elements of the beach and the mountains in one place. The day we visited the site, we knew it would be perfect for our ceremony and reception.

Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers was amazing! I wanted to incorporate colors that complimented the natural beauty of the setting, so we chose to stick with mostly white and green combinations. She suggested a circle of white petals for us to stand on during the ceremony, as well as vibrant greenery draping the arbor. I wanted to soften the outdoor reception venue with greenery, a combination of whimsical arrangements, and ample candle light and vintage votives. Kelly’s vast botanical knowledge, combined with her creativity and artistic abilities, helped to create the most gorgeous setting!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The setting. We wanted a fun party in a relaxed and unique environment. June 6 was the perfect early summer day in the mountains and Grandfather Golf and Country Club had just completed renovations on their Beach Club Pavilion. People were able to change into flip flops to walk on the shoreline, dance under the stars, and watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met through a mutual friend at a big Christmas party in December 2007. The following night, we ran into each other at our favorite local pub and I re-introduced myself (in case I did not make a big enough impression the night before!). We ended up exchanging numbers and meeting up almost daily over the holiday season. The rest is history!
Tell us all about the proposal! Ridge loves to ski and planned a last-minute trip to Vail, Colorado for the two of us in January. On the last ski day of our trip, my legs were exhausted, so I decided I wanted to head back to the hotel a little early. Ridge asked a photographer to take our picture before I skied down the mountain. I was a little puzzled because it was snowing so hard that you couldn’t see any scenery! As we posed for the picture, he got on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was shocked and it was perfect!
When did y’all get married? June 6, 2015
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 200
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. I spent an afternoon with my mother listening to wedding songs on YouTube and we picked our favorites that would fit with the relaxed, but romantic, setting and sound good played by the cello and violin duet: “Butterfly Waltz” for the seating of mothers/grandmothers, “Ave Maria” for the musical interlude, “Canon in D” for the processional, and “Trumpet Voluntary” for the bride’s processional. Ridge and I chose to dance to “Stuck on You” by Lionel Richie. I have been the biggest Lionel Richie fan for most of my life! It reminded me of the past, our goal of sticking together for so many years, and how the wait was worth it!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I borrowed my mother’s diamond earrings, and wore her sapphire and diamond bracelet for my something blue. My wedding dress was old and my shoes were new (they were wedges–my husband is 14″ taller than me!).
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? The timeline. We got married three months to the date after picking our reception venue. I had always wanted a summer wedding and was too excited to wait another year! After seven years of dating, we were more than eager to take the next step. The limited time forced us to make big decisions very quickly!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $50,000-$75,000
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The look on my husband’s face as I walked down the aisle. I’ve never seen him so happy!
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together? We are currently looking for a new house! We look forward to growing our life and family together in the city where we met (Charlotte, North Carolina).

Photographer: Natalie Watson / Venue and Caterer: Grandfather Golf and Country Club / Florist: Philosophy Flowers / Cake Baker: Ugga Mugga Bakery / Band: The Company Band / Hair Stylist: Jacquelyn Buckner of Borealis Salon / Makeup Artist: Bryn Golob of Shear Shakti Salon / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Natalie Watson reply

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. avatar Jennings King reply

    just love this bride & groom! lovely wedding and Natalie did an awesome job capturing it! love – Jennings

  3. avatar Beth Zagst reply

    What a great day it was. I loved to hear about the dress and its nostalgic touches. Thank you for including the cake in this amazing blog. Great job capturing the magic of the day in print!

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We were joking in the Southern Weddings office the other day that although our working lives might occasionally look glamorous on Instagram, 99.5% of our jobs is sitting at our desks and answering emails – ha! Last Thursday, however, was the exception to the rule. We got a rare treat when our friend Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers came to our office with gorgeous blooms in tow, and taught us each to make a spring arrangement!

Big hugs to Marcie Meredith for these photos!

We each got to choose from a selection of vessels – low bowls, compotes, and urns. Kelly started by showing us how to use chicken wire to hold the flower stems inside the container, which was super helpful!

Then, we each got to pick our favorite blooms from our personal “flower shop.” There were so many beauties to choose from, including forsythia, Japanese ranunculus, and coral amaryllis! Each SW lady gravitated towards different blooms, which was neat to see. Kelly taught us the basics of constructing an arrangement, then moved from gal to gal consulting and tweaking based on our individual process.

We were all so impressed with how easy Kelly made everything and how wonderful of a natural teacher she is! We were also pretty proud of our finished arrangements :)

Here’s mine – Lara said it looked like something Carmen Miranda would wear, which I took as a compliment and thought was 100% accurate!

Lisa, surprising no one, headed straight for the blush pinks and whites and added delicate movement with ivy. I’m sure Kelly, who is doing Lisa’s wedding flowers, was the least surprised of all!

Lara packed as many blooms as possible into her little urn, including beautiful tall forsythia. Morgan’s was interesting and textural, with a girly flair – just like her!

Finally, Nicole went with an interesting combination of green, kumquat orange, ruby red, and dark blue. She had to play around with the shape of hers for awhile, but I think was really happy with it in the end!

In addition to doing weddings (beautifully!), Kelly runs a comprehensive floral education program called Team Flower, which offers online, in person, group, and individual training and mentoring. If our little workshop was any indication, we can’t recommend it highly enough!

Have y’all ever taken a flower workshop? It was so fun!!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Alyssa Maxwell reply

    You all did a beautiful job! Love all your creations!

  2. avatar Stephanie reply

    So much fun!! It’s definitely on my to-do list to become much more confident with my floral arranging skills this year. I love the variety of shapes, textures, colors, and flower choices – every arrangement is really beautiful!

  3. avatar Michael and Carina reply

    Love these! Makes us want to join the next floral workshop just for the fun of it!!!

  4. avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

    These are beautiful and so uniquely reflective of each of you :)

  5. avatar Rhiannon reply

    Amazing! You gals are all so talented on top of being so sweet and lovely! And go Kelly! Xoxo

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First of all, on the heels of my last Lisa’s Southern Wedding post, I’m overjoyed and delighted to let y’all know that I found a wedding dress!!!! I was pretty nervous beforehand (I knew I was going to be incredibly picky, and I only had one weekend to shop with both my mom and my two sisters), but I ended up having a wonderful experience and found something that I absolutely love. Yay!! :)

Moving on from dresses to my other very favorite wedding topic, let’s talk about flowers! As you can probably tell on my Pinterest, flowers are a soft spot of mine–I love them, and they are the first thing I notice about any wedding, so it’s no surprise that they were one of the first details I started thinking about. Dave and I actually have two florists who will be working their magic at our big day. One is the very talented Mary Stevens at Fearrington, who will be creating our reception arrangements–a topic for another day. Mary is lovely and I’m excited to work with her!

While I love so many bouquets, I have never seen one that is perfectly on-point with what I want for myself. I searched high and low for a florist who I thought would totally get me and turn my mismatched “almost the right color palette,” “pretty texture,” “love this shape”-captioned pins into something magical. Then, Emily stumbled upon Kelly of Philosophy Flowers, who lives just a few hours away in Boone, and passed her website on to me–I could hardly email Kelly quickly enough! Here’s a peek at her beautiful portfolio:

Shortly after Dave and I booked Kelly for our wedding, the SW gals and I also recruited her for a V7 editorial! It was so much fun to meet her in person and see her in action–not to mention, it was the perfect confirmation that I made the right choice.

Without giving away too much of my floral inspiration, here are just a few images showcasing some of the flowers and styles that I love–I have had some of these pictures saved on my computer for years! Overall, I’m dreaming of super romantic bouquets featuring Southern blooms that have deep sentimental meaning to me.

Clockwise from top left: Eric Kelley via V5’s Love in Bloom, Jose Villa via V3’s Something Blue, Melissa Schollaert via V5’s Honey and Pecan, Thayer Allyson Gowdy via Brides

As well as my bouquet, Kelly will be creating two simple and elegant altar arrangements for our ceremony and bouquets for my eight lovely bridesmaids. I’m having a hard enough time narrowing down my bouquet inspiration, so I hardly have a clue of what I want the bridesmaid bouquets to look like! I’d love to know, were your bridesmaid bouquets similar to yours, or were they totally different? And if you’re wedding planning like me, what are you thinking for yours? I’d love any ideas!

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Alana reply

    Oh my! Kelly’s work is gorgeous!! I do love mismatched bouquets : ) Each one just a little different, with it’s own beautiful personality just like all the lovely bridesmaids!!

  2. avatar Anna reply

    Hi Lisa! I just got married last month and I had the HARDEST time deciding about flowers. My Bridesmaids dresses were a orange/red so I didnt want things too be too busy. I ended up mirroring the girls flowers to mine but smaller and loved it the result. Here are a few of the pictures if you still need some inspiration :)

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Awww, congratulations!! You’re right, they looked beautiful! :)

  3. avatar Julie reply

    These are such beautiful flowers Lisa! I too am planning my wedding (it’s in December). I decided to have the bridesmaid’s bouquets mirror mine with color scheme and flower types but gave the florist the freedom to arrange each a little differently to make them unique. Since my bridesmaids will have matching dresses, I thought this would be a good way to showcase some contrast!

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Thanks Julie! My girls will be in matching dresses too, so I’ll definitely have to consider that! :)

  4. avatar lena reply

    What swoon-worthy inspiration–I can’t wait to see the bouquets!

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Thank you, friend! So much of my floral inspiration comes from your perfectly-curated Pinterest! :)

  5. avatar Emily reply

    My bridesmaid bouquets were a bit more pink/blush than mine (which had more white in it). Mine also had white and black anemones, which theirs did not, and a bit more greenery. And mine was bigger :)

    • avatar Lisa reply

      I don’t know if I’ve ever seen pictures of just your bridesmaid bouquets! At our next planning meeting, I might need to see your wedding photos in their entirety :)

  6. avatar Anna reply

    These pictures are swoon-worthy, you found an awesome florist! I just got married a few weeks ago and went with different flowers for my bridesmaid bouquets. I had always wanted a fluffy all-white bouquet of my own, while I dreamed of my girls bringing out more colors in their flowers.

    It worked out perfectly, my girls wore navy dresses and carried bouquets that were full of bright colors: pinks, oranges, yellows, and coral while I had an all white bouquet wrapped with navy and white striped ribbon. It all tied together so nicely. I also love when the groom has a boutonniere with a similar flower as the bride’s bouquet to distinguish him from the rest of the groomsmen!

  7. avatar Corinna reply

    Love the simplicity and beauty of all these arrangements!

  8. avatar Kat reply

    Oh, so fun!!!! Flowers are a favorite of mine!!! I had a bright bouquet & my bridesmaid’s bouquets all had white. All of them were textured and gorgeous, just different colors. I loved the contrast of my white gown with a bright bouquet & their bright gowns with white! Can’t WAIT to see what you decide!!!

  9. avatar Molly reply

    Ah wedding flowers! My favorite! I can’t wait to see what you’ll choose! I was obsessed with mine and sent no fewer than 4 pinterest BOARDS to my florist! Ha!

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