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I am so pleased to introduce today’s wedding, Megan + Steven, to you! Both Megan, the bride, and Nancy, the photographer, are sweet NC friends of mine. Megan, in fact, was the first person to recognize me in real life from seeing my photo on SW! (We met at church!) There are so many neat things I want to tell you about her wedding: first, she got married at the height of peony season — LOVE those bouquets by Dogwood Tree Floral! Her wedding to Steven took place at the Meredith College Chapel, where Megan and most of her bridesmaids went to school. I also would be remiss not to mention Megan’s gorgeous ensemble — dress by Casablanca, shoes by Paris Hilton via My Glass Slipper. Her bridesmaids and honorary bridesmaids shined in pink and aqua dresses from J. Crew, accessorized with vintage handkerchiefs Megan collected over several months (I even helped on one weekend shopping trip!). Check back soon for more pink, blue, and Southern loveliness from Nancy Ray!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Steven and I met on April 18, 2009 at Tobacco Road in downtown Raleigh. Friends set us up and, after a couple weeks of phone conversations and messaging, Steven finally asked me out to dinner and trivia. There was an instant connection. My friends even spied on us to see how the date would unfold. I was clueless that they were even there! (From the groom) Cut to several dates, concerts, and adventures following, we became inseparable. Leading up to our one-year anniversary, I approached Megan with the grand idea of traveling to the biggest city of each state each year…for the next 50 years. At this point, I think she started to understand my intentions and we were both excited because we knew where things were heading. But she still didn’t pick up on the big hint in her birthday card a few weeks before I proposed when I hinted that this would be the best year of her life yet!
Describe the proposal. Steven and I had been in Charleston for the wedding of Steven’s college roommate. On the last day of the trip, Steven suggested one last walk around Battery Park. Near the gazebo, Steven pulled me aside by an old tree. At that point, I was suspicious of something going on because he grabbed my hands and took off his sunglasses. With an attempt to get down on one knee (and right back up again because of a pine cone!), Steven popped the question and pulled out the most amazing ring. So excited and so happy, I said “YES!” I had no expectation that we would be getting engaged any time soon, but what an amazing surprise! What made it even more special was that this was the 29th anniversary of my parents’ wedding.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Sweet, fun, personable.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Oh gosh…I think I’m going to have to go with our biscuit bar! I had seen one before in Southern Weddings V3, but we wanted our guests to take them as they left. Steven’s mother handmade all our burlap to-go baggies and she also made some of the jellies! They were a perfect snack the next day on our flight to Mexico!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We had several Southern details and traditions! First would be our ceremony location. We got married at Jones Chapel at Meredith College. Being married in a chapel was very important to us, and since it took place at my alma mater, I included all twelve of my girlfriends from college and childhood in my bridal party! We served true Southern cuisine, replicating our lunch on our engagement day. With the mac’ n’ cheese bar, fried chicken, succotash, and sweet potatoes, our guests had a feast! I also arranged for “Elvis” to surprise Steven for our first dance. Being a Meredith girl, nothing would be complete without something monogrammed. In addition to our cake monogram, my reception dress featured my new initials front and center. It was handmade by my dear friend and honorary bridesmaid Joslyn.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar madelynne miller reply

    This wedding and is incredibly sweet and beautiful! I LOVE the color scheme, it is pulled off without being too girly and stiff. The groom’s bow tie is precious :)

  2. avatar Brittany reply

    Love love LOVE this! Nancy Ray is so talented…I hope she has some weekends still open for summer 2012! ;) Thanks for featuring her, and I am excited to see her on the SW blog in the future!

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Talk about a classic Southern bride! Caitlin stunned in her a-line Priscilla of Boston gown and Hey Lady shoes and her four bridesmaids looked simply elegant in Ann Taylor. Add in the groom’s grandparent’s beautiful home in the background, and you have a crowd-stopper! We have to agree with the bride, who said her favorite detail was the flowers. The knockout bouquet and other floral accents were the work of Roses are Red and the gorgeous affair was captured by Vitalic Photo. Don’t forget to come back and check out Part II, it’s just as beautiful. I promise.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Eight years ago, I went on a family vacation with my best friend and bridesmaid, Alex. Charlie is her older cousin and was also on their family vacation. I instantly had a huge crush on Charlie! We spent the next few years flirting and seeing each other at every family function. Charlie finally came to his senses and we started dating as soon as I graduated high school. It was love at first sight; the week after I met Charlie I told my mom that I was going to marry him and the rest is history!
Describe the proposal. It was simple, a surprise, and all around amazing! I was cooking Charlie’s favorite meal (chicken parmesan) after work and he came home with flowers. He was being extra sweet but I didn’t suspect anything. I was cutting up a cucumber and turned around and Charlie was on one knee with a ring. I was so caught off guard that I actually thought it was a joke until I saw that his hands were shaking. It was really sweet and a perfect night!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Dreamy, Elegant, and Romantic!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: This question is too hard, I loved everything! My favorite thing was the flowers! I absolutely love peonies and hydrangeas. The centerpieces turned out even more beautiful than I imagined! Charlie’s favorite detail was the dance floor over the pool. He also says his other favorite detail was stealing the show with his wedding vows (I’ll admit it, they were really good and everyone was tearing up).
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? I knew I wanted to incorporate lace into our wedding. My dress and veil both had lace details. We found a beautiful lace to make belly bands for the invitations. The bridesmaid dresses were black lace and the cake had a lace design. We each had our own signature drink at the cocktail hour. Charlie’s was a John Daly (sweet tea vodka with lemonade) and mine was a Bellini (peach champagne drink).

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Elizabeth – Glessner Photography reply

    What a beautiful wedding! I am absolutely in love with the venue – can’t believe they were so lucky for it to be the groom’s grandparents house!!!

  2. avatar Nicki reply

    Caitlin is gorgeous, I love everything about this wedding down to the aqua vintage Mercedes!

  3. avatar bridal girl reply

    This is really beautiful. Congratulations to the couple for a job well done! Wish them the best even though I don’t know them personally! I love the style of the wedding.

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  6. avatar Desiree reply

    Charlie!!! Soooo exciting that you were featured on here! Never in a million years did I think that the kid I shared 80% of high school classes with, would wind on on a blog that I am now advertising on…for his wedding! You snagged a gorgeous lady, sir! I’m pretty sure I met her last year at the Brooks n Dunn concert :) It was a beautiful wedding! I wish you and Caitlin a lifetime of sweet memories and joy! God Bless you both!

  7. avatar Lesley V Frank Photography reply

    My jaw dropped when I saw that venue! Simply Gorgeous! And that bride, just beautful! What a romantic day!

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