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It’s not often that we get to hear a couple’s love story from the groom, but when we do, it’s such a treat! Brandy and Quint are so adorable together, and their colorful wedding was wonderfully reflective of their fun-loving, joyful personalities. These North Carolina natives drew tons of inspiration from their Southern home state, from the foods they served to the way they incorporated family into the ceremony. After all, as Brandy says, “So much of being Southern is celebrating family.” We couldn’t agree more!

Thank you so much to Anna Routh for sharing Brandy and Quint’s wedding with us!

From Quint: We owe our meeting to a mutual friend, Damian Hall. Damian has known Brandy for a few years through one of Brandy’s bridesmaids, Elizabeth, and he was in my part-time MBA classes at North Carolina State University. After getting to know me, he decided to play matchmaker and asked each of us if we cared to be set up. We both were game, so he gave me Brandy’s phone number. After an exciting initial phone conversation, I asked Brandy to a concert, Joshua Radin, at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh. We met for the first time outside of Sono, a sushi place on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh. We shared many laughs, smiles, and even a practical joke on Damian that night. It was a great meeting/first date, and we have been stuck on each other ever since.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress. I was very nervous about finding “the” dress. Lana Addison, a boutique in downtown Cary was recommended to us by a friend. It was the perfect place to find a dress. Small and intimate, with a great collection of beautiful gowns. Joining me was my mom, sister, and two best friends. The dress I selected was the third one I tried on! Even though I tried on many more, we all kept going back to the Martina Liana gown. It was a fitted lace gown with a sweetheart neckline. I also had two sashes I wore for the day. I wore a taupe sash for the ceremony, tied in a bow in the back. For the reception, I changed into a crystal embellished sash. The gown had vintage-inspired, re-embroidered, textural cotton lace detail, a scalloped hem and a traditional chapel train.

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? We decided not to do a ‘first look. We really wanted to save that moment for the ceremony. Sharing this sweet moment with our friends and family was perfect for us.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? While we didn’t write our own vows, we poured over samples of vows and pieced together the ones that we felt were most important and meaningful to us.

We were married in the gardens of the Weymouth Center and I wanted to add to the beautiful, natural flowers in the environment. I used pink and coral roses, gerbera daisies, and green and white hydrangea. Our designer also incorporated many other small orange blooms in miniature vases. It was very eclectic and perfect for our outdoor garden affair. As opposed to matching table florals, we used old vases (brown and blue glass) and lots of white milk glass in various shapes and sizes. I switched things up a bit and had the bridesmaids carry white bouquets with hydrangeas and other blooms while I carried a bouquet with coral and pink accents. My bouquet handle carried a small charm of a pug, as a tribute to our sweet pug, Pearl! The bridesmaids all wore different dresses and the maid and matron of honor wore a slightly different color, so the white bouquets added the symmetry we needed.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? Our food, for starters. We had a buffet menu of Eastern pulled pork BBQ (our favorite food), fried chicken, baked mac and cheese, roasted vegetables, baby green salad with strawberries and goat cheese, mini biscuits and cornbread with honey butter. We also had lemonade served out of mason jars. The groomsmen wore khaki slacks and vests with plaid bow ties. Even our sweet ring bearer, Lawson Akom, wore a khaki suit with a chevron bow tie. Adorable! During the reception, we played a bit of beach music to get the crowd warmed up. One element that makes me feel Southern was having the entire event outdoors. Both of us grew up in NC and love being outside. It was important to us to incorporate the natural beauty of our venue. As the sun set, twinkle lights and candles were used everywhere.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Pies, pies, and more pies!! Quint and I love pie and we felt it was a nice touch to add to our Southern wedding. We had pecan, peanut butter, key lime, chocolate, lemon and strawberry. Some were full sized and a few were mini. We did have a small cake as well, since we couldn’t miss the opportunity to “cut the cake.” We had two layers–one peanut butter and the other strawberry, all covered in buttercream icing.

Tell us all about the proposal! From Quint: On my drive back from Pinehurst, NC after asking Ms. Barrett’s permission to marry Brandy (meeting Brandy to go see “The Five Year Engagement,” ironically), I began brainstorming about how I wanted to carry out this important moment. It only took me about 25 minutes to hatch my plan. I knew that Pinehurst was on the short list of Brandy’s favorite places in the world, so that location was settled. Since it is known for its golfing, I wanted to incorporate that as well. I had our friends, Justin and Elizabeth, reach out to Brandy about visiting us from Philadelphia, and had them express interest in riding with us to Pinehurst to play a round of golf. Brandy bought it. My plan was to propose on the 5th hole of one of the eight Pinehurst courses. Why the 5th hole? Why not the 18th green? Glad you asked. Being that I am the 5th (V), the number five has always had a special meaning to me, and I did not want to leave any detail untouched. With the help of Justin and Elizabeth, we got a tee-time of 11:20 AM on Pinehurst Course No. 3, and a customized golf ball with “Brandy, will you marry me” on it. Justin also helped me arrange for my dad to hide out around the 5th hole so that he could take pictures and capture the moment as it happened. Now, I’m not a great golfer, so I had alternating fears about my plan: a) I would play absolutely terribly and be about 20 over par through those five holes; or b) I would play tremendously and not want to end our round short on the 5th green! The nerves didn’t hit until the tee box for the 5th hole, but I somehow managed to make it to the green in regulation. Once Brandy reached the green, I replaced her actual ball with the customized ball and waited for her to approach. I got an assist from Elizabeth, who encouraged Brandy to remove her golf glove from her left hand because “all of the professionals putt without their gloves.” After some initial confusion about her ball, she bent down, read the question, and turned to find me kneeling with the ring. What I actually said is hazy in my memory, but I’m pretty sure she got the point that I was asking her to marry me! She said “YES” of course, and then I calmly sank my par putt. From there, it was a whirlwind of pictures on the course, followed by some celebratory champagne in the clubhouse. Brandy kept saying that she needed to call her mom and her best friend, Whitney, but I had a plan arranged for that, so I managed to stall her. I had gathered a group of our closest friends a couple of minutes away at Ms. Barrett’s house for a surprise celebration. It was a perfect celebration for a perfect day.

When did y’all get married? June 8th, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 175
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? Whitney Akom, the matron of honor read a piece by Wilferd Arlan Peterson titled “The Art of Marriage.”
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. For our first dance, we chose “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. We had discussed several different options for our first dance, but it was decided after Quint randomly watched “I Love You, Man” on Comedy Central one night and heard that tune on the soundtrack. We listened to it and realized it was perfect for our first dance! A couple of years ago at a friend’s wedding, “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison played. Quint and his mother simultaneously shared their love for that song, so it was only natural for them to use it for their mother-son dance.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: It’s hard to pin down a favorite detail, however, we were thankful and blessed to have my Aunt Bebe marry us. She is my father’s sister. Although my Dad is not with us, having Bebe be such a special part of our wedding was perfect and something we will always cherish. So much of being Southern is celebrating family. :)
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I wore a new double-stranded Chanel pearl bracelet given to me by my mom as my something new. My something old was a handkerchief that was Quint’s grandmother’s. My something blue was my garter and my something borrowed was a ring that belonged to one of my bridesmaids.
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Ray! Ray was our wedding planner/designer/caterer/ extraordinaire!! He always made us feel reassured and was able to make our vision come to life. I also feel it is important to note that my sister and mom were such a huge inspiration for many of the special touches at our wedding. They both are have a talent for design and crafting.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? There were so many memorable moments. We both wanted our reception to be a great time to “get down” with our friends and families. As we introduced our bridal party into the tent, we had selected a different song for them to dance to. Needless to say, this was hilarious. The night continued into a huge dance party, tons of celebrating, and lots of laughter.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Our advice would be to not stress yourself out if something (details, etc.) don’t work out. No one will know but you. Enjoy the day!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Enjoying each other every day. Down the road, we look forward to starting a family!

Photographer: Anna Routh / Planner, Florist, Dessert Baker and Caterer: Ray McDaniel / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities / DJ: More Entertainment / Bride’s Gown: “Martina Liana 404” at Lana Addison Bridal / Paper Products: Blue Eye Brown Eye / Bride’s Veil: Lana Addison Bridal / Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage Chanel / Hair Stylist: Salon Jasemin / Bride’s Shoes: Jack Rogers / Wedding Party Attire: J.Crew

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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Now that V5 is out on shelves, we get asked quite frequently if things have slowed down a bit and all of us SW gals are relaxing. Well, we are quite relaxed, but the V5 hubbub has not died down. (Especially with surprise collector’s editions sprouting up throughout the South!) Nope, we’re still on the post-print high, soaking in the gold foil on our cover and the love in our pages. We still can’t believe this magazine is ours!

That’s why, in celebration of five years of publishing, of great love stories and of amazing friends, vendors and readers, the V5 Launch Party was a must-do! We were blown away by how many people came to celebrate with us last month. Over 200 of y’all! We had a blast at the Carolina Inn hugging everyone and piling into the Cheese Photo Booth.

Those adorable buttons up there are from our event sponsor, Busy Beaver Button Co.! They greeted guests as they began rolling in at 7:00 on the dot. (Apparently, they were so well liked that many people from the event down the hall from us wanted to take them!)

Ryan Ray and Stefanie Miles of Lavender Joy Weddings, the talented brains behind our cover, didn’t know they could come until the very last minute. We are so glad they did because not only did we get to give them giant hugs, but we got to witness them seeing their cover in person for the very first time!

With our fifth anniversary cover donning glitzy gold and bright yellow, you know we jumped on the chance to make the whole party and gold glitter bash! Our intern Alexia was crucial in executing ideas. (In all seriousness, we do often refer to her as the official glitterer in the SW office.) We’re big fans of rustic and glam, so we just love that Floral Cotton provided us with some fluffy bolls to stick in our glittered mason jar. Those cheery and dressed up yellow centerpieces are the work of Expressions of Love, who nailed our color theme.

Y’all, let me tell you. There was no shortage of delicious (mini) Southern food at this party. Heidi at the Carolina Inn is a master at creating menus. Ours was full of mini pies, mini chicken and waffles, pulled pork sliders, a sweet potato bar, a sweet tea bar, a hot chocolate bar and so much more. Of course, we washed it all down with something sweet, courtesy of our friends at Cheerwine.

After we cut the (delicious red velvet) cake, we had to hop into the Cheese Booth! The lovely people below are Faith Teasley and Stacey Lanning, the photo and styling masterminds behind our feature, “In Celebration of the Mason,” followed by photographer Lauren Larsen and V5 Real Wedding couple Hailey + Rhet!! We couldn’t resist dropping a few poses with our new cover, Ryan Ray and Stefanie Miles.

Yahoo! The party was quite a big night for us. (Lara’s car and mine are still covered in glitter!) Since we’re still celebrating, we’re giving away one of our swag bags from the party! This gilded bag is full of a golden V5, fun buttons and a Sweet Tea Society manifesto. Want to win? Leave a comment below telling us what you love about weddings.

In other merry news, ornaments should be rolling into your mailboxes as I speak! If y’all are participating in our annual ornament swap, you should have sent your ornaments out on Friday. Slipped your mind? Get them in the mail today!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Laura reply

    There’s not too much that I don’t love about a wedding…but the very best thing about a wedding is the happiness. From the moment a bride puts on her dress, to the moment when the groom sees her for the first time and then the celebration on the dance floor, everyone is always happy and that’s as awesome as it gets.

  2. avatar Mollie reply

    I’m nowhere near planning my own wedding, but I love weddings that have a heavy emphasis on family, and two families becoming one. I want an small(ish), intimate wedding, but it’s impossible for me to imagine it without my family there! :)

  3. avatar Cassie reply

    I love the hope that you can’t help but feel at a wedding. It’s palpable in the air. Hope for the happy couple, hope that love conquers all, hope in general. Love it!

  4. avatar Melody reply

    I love when the bride sees her reception space for the very first time. It brings tears to my eyes when you know in your heart that every dream she’s had for her wedding is coming true in that amazing moment.

  5. avatar Dee Shore reply

    That Sweet Tea, as well as the Chicken & Waffles bars, are brilliant. I want!

  6. avatar Shelby reply

    Looks like such a blast! Y’all need to head down to Atlanta for the next Launch party!! What do I love about weddings? Tough to narrow it down, but I’d day the traditions of two families coming together to celebrate the love and the beginning of two wonderful people’s forever. Love never fails, y’all!

  7. avatar Ashley reply

    Love the happiness and love surrounding weddings!

  8. avatar Emily Tuohy reply

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  9. avatar Loverly reply

    What a great party! Wish we could’ve been there. What a sweet and cheery recap, and we’re glad it was such a success!

  10. avatar Callie reply

    I love weddings because they’re more than just a display of unity between two people, and more than just an expression of love between two people. It’s a celebration of love between all sorts of people. It’s an expression of emotion that’s so beautiful, so well-planned and so thoughtful, that it makes everyone in the room feel something. Whether it’s your first wedding or your thousandth, whether you’re the bridesmaid or barely know the bride, there’s something in the air at weddings that goes beyond everyday emotions. It’s like the love between the couple transcends, and permeates the entire climate of the wedding.

  11. avatar Christin reply

    There is so much that I love about weddings, but two of my very favorites are 1) the flowers and 2) the vows. Floral creations can turn any space into the perfect ambiance the couple is trying to achieve and often bring the outdoors in (particularly for the glistening prone summer bride who would not dare get married outside in the heat!). And the vows. The vows, whether traditional or personalized, really exemplify all the joy, hope and LOVE that that couple has for one another and their future. It makes me teary-eyed just thinking about it!

  12. avatar Nicole Saffron reply

    First off, the love is the best part of a wedding, but I also love the history of the details. What brought the couple to have these things at their wedding – their grandparents cake topper, a mama’s wedding gown, etc. So many special family historic details. Love!!

  13. avatar anna reply

    my favorite part about weddings is hanging with the girls 30 minutes before when everything is DONE, seeing the grooms face when the bride walks in, and the true celebration of love, friends and family that helped make it all possible

  14. avatar Amanda reply

    What I love about weddings is the different details and touches that every bride brings to the table! Every wedding we do at The Barn has a similar theme, but all the details vary in style and personality!

  15. avatar Katie reply

    I love the ability to showcase a couple’s personality. No 2 weddings are the same the way no 2 couples are the same! Weddings should be a showcase of a couple’s love.

  16. avatar megan reply

    one of my favorite things about weddings is the father’s toast. gets me every time!

  17. avatar Emily reply

    I LOVE all the pics from your events. I always with I could jump right on in! Your blog has given me SO much inspiration for my upcoming June wedding. Don’t know how I’d do it without you! :)


  18. avatar Meghan P. reply

    I love weddings for bringing families together to create a new family. The wedding itself is the celebration of two halves becoming whole, and in my opinion is the perfect springboard into a wonderful life full of love. I cannot think of anything better than being surrounded by so many people who all share the same love and support for you in your journey to find happiness and love. The greatest of these is truly love, and I am thrilled to start a wonderful life with the man I love with our families standing by our side.

  19. avatar Sandryte reply

    I really like the tears at the weddings! You can fake the smile, but you can never fake the feeling with happy tears! Like when the couple is entering the church it’s beautiful to see the eyes of the bride, of her parents. So emotional!!

  20. avatar Kristy reply

    I enjoy seeing the grooms reaction and the two families coming together.

  21. avatar Katie reply

    Love this! What’s NOT to love about weddings?!

  22. avatar Yasmin Sarai reply

    What I love about weddings is how it is a glimpse of what Heaven will be like… a joyful celebration, a delicious feast, and beauty and love all around!!

  23. avatar Parker reply

    I love the class and style of weddings! The color schemes, the small details, all of the thought that is put into the day make each one so classy and unique!

  24. avatar Cece reply

    I love the feeling of family. I think it’s one of the few times in a couple’s life when they are surrounded by all those they love the most…and that warm fuzzy feeling is contagious!!

  25. avatar Kristen reply

    I love stealing my couples away for a few minutes during their reception to take photos of them so in awe of each other. Intimate and romantic times are witnessed through my viewfinder!

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  27. avatar melanie reply

    what do I love about weddings? love, laughter, family, friends, joy, tears, details, dancing, vows from the heart that cause you to choke back tears, good food, fun music, memories made for a lifetime, and the start of a new life together for the bride and groom!

    what do I love about weddings? pretty much everything!! :)

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