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See that first shot by Crystal Genes Photography? Adorable. And those wicker basket favors? Also adorable. I love the gold doilies that were tied on — just an added touch of glam! Britt + Heath and A Plum Perfect Affair worked together to create a reception at The Hotel Concord that would make the Steel Magnolias women proud. The pink and lace details decked the room and looked especially sweet combined with the couple’s pie bar! Britt’s mom arranged a special appearance from the Carolina Panther’s mascot, Sir Purr, who had everyone “hog wild dancing all night!” No one would have ever expected that the wedding lived through a changed wedding photographer (the couple’s first double-booked the day, but it worked out for the best!), broken bridal portraits, a chipped front tooth hours before the wedding, a wrong linen order, and a missing cake topper among other things!

Describe your wedding flowers: I knew I had to have peonies but the florist said they probably wouldn’t be available that late in the season. Luckily, it turns out that they were! My bridesmaids had ivory bouquets with small sprays of feathers, tied together with a black lace bow. My bouquet was the same except had splashes of blush and bashful (just like Shelby from Steel Magnolias!) peonies and was tied with an ivory lace bow. The groomsmen wore freesia boutonnières and the mothers carried a smaller version of my bouquet.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: We had a pie bar with peach pie, pecan pie and apple pie. Our wedding cake was two tiered red velvet with buttercream frosting.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong. We went through three venue changes, and then our first wedding photographer double-booked the day, but we were so glad that happened because we ended up with the best! On the day of, we had broken bridal portraits, a chipped front tooth hours before the wedding, a wrong linen order, and a missing cake topper among other things! I dealt with it and everything worked out perfectly!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $20,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Without a doubt, the photographer. My Dad and I decided on this fact before deciding anything else. It was actually the only thing I splurged on and boy was it worth it. After all, the pictures are what you have to remember this day forever. Crystal and Ben are amazingly talented and were absolutely wonderful to work with!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? When my Dad and I were standing behind the church doors getting ready to walk, he said, “I’ll race ya!” It was a line from one of our favorite movies that only we would appreciate, and perfect for the situation. Right then the doors opened and I got to have my daddy, the model of what a husband should be, help me turn the page to the next chapter in my life.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? No. But the Bible verse from our wedding was 1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, for love covers a multitude of sins.”
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Enjoy the process. Don’t get your feathers ruffled about the little things. After all the mishaps we went through, I am a testament to the fact that it’ll all work out!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are enjoying our time together as husband and wife! Now that the stress of the wedding planning is over, we can get back to all our favorite things to do together: playing board games/Wii, throwing the football, grocery shopping and yard work! We are looking forward to kids someday, but we’ll enjoy spoiling our nephews for now!

Photographer: Crystal Genes Photography // Planner: A Plum Perfect Affair // Ceremony venue: First Presbyterian Church // Reception venue: The Hotel Concord // Florist: Reception flowers by Linda Alexander, and bouquets, boutonnières, alter arrangement and church wreaths by Chelish Moore Flowers // Wedding Cake Baker: Nona’s Sweets // Caterer: Union Street Bistro // Linens: Party Rentals Plus // Paper Products: A Plum Perfect Affair // Bride’s Dress: Allure via New York Bride and Groom // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Veil by Custom NY Bride and Groom, Fascinator from Etsy // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka and vintage Laredo // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm via NY Bride & Groom // Accessories: Grandmother’s Jewelry

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Bridgette Brown reply

    So charming and romantic….Love it! Good job ya’ll!

  2. avatar I Want Wedding Champagne! reply

    Love the bride’s hair and hair flower! Also that dessert table is so pretty and well done! Makes we want a slice of pie :)

  3. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    Such a cute wedding! It makes me feel like they’re in a real fairy tale!

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Britt + Heath’s October wedding in North Carolina was a idyllic Southern dream for the bride. Playing on the colors blush and bashful (Steel Magnolias, y’all!), the couple planned a wedding that would be as sweet as the Carolina air. Britt fell in love with her Allure gown as soon as she tried it on. She then paired the lace beauty with killer accessories like her gold heels, feathery bouquet and an embroidered handkerchief that she inherited from her grandmother. The two said their vows at First Presbyterian Church before making off to the reception. Stay tuned for Part II, where Crystal Genes Photography shares even more of this glamorous day.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. When I transferred from Florida State University to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, we met through mutual friends at a fraternity party. We were friends for a few years before we ever dated. We liked each other but the timing was always wrong, because one of us always had a boyfriend or girlfriend. The summer of 2010 we were like peas and carrots. We spent most of our time going to country concerts, playing corn hole and just having fun. After going to my cousin’s wedding weekend in Banner Elk, we realized we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. Funny how weddings will do that to you.
Describe the proposal. Murphy’s Law has a daily presence in our lives, and the proposal was no different. Heath planned to propose on a vacation we had planned for mid-December to celebrate my college graduation, but he couldn’t wait. He planned a romantic dinner at my favorite restaurant, and as usual, everything went wrong – but that’s what makes for the great stories and memories! The restaurant was supposed to reserve us a romantic table in the back by ourselves, but we ended up at the closest table to the door where all the traffic was. Our server ended up being a friend, so he spent a lot of the time at the table talking to us (obviously he didn’t know Heath was trying to propose). Heath rehashed his plan and as we were leaving, he walked me to the car and acted like he was opening the car door for me and got down on one knee and popped the question.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Fairytale-like, romantic, perfect
In what month did you get married? October – perfect weather for this Carolina Girl!
How many guests attended your wedding? 150
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: I can’t pick just one, so we’ll name the top 3. My childhood friend, Colby sang Miranda Lambert’s “Makin Plans” for our first dance and Sara Evans’ “Always Be My Baby” for the mother/son, father/daughter dance. Having Colby sing made these moments even more special. My mom had a special appearance planned and surprised Heath and I with the Carolina Panther’s mascot, Sir Purr. Our first date was to a Panther’s game so it was only appropriate. Sir Purr had everyone going hog wild dancing all night!
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? My grandmother had a beautiful collection of hankies, and when she passed away, I inherited all of them. I embroidered a personal note on each of them and gave one to my mother, father, mother-in-law, father-in-law and heath’s grandmothers on the morning of the wedding. I got my favorite one embroidered with our names and wedding date and wrapped it around my bouquet. The most Southern part was definitely the food. We served meatloaf, cornbread, fried chicken, crab fritters, sweet potato casserole and collard greens. We had Southern Belle cocktails with sweet tea vodka. Our wedding favors were corn muffins and jam and honey. I stayed up until four in the morning the day before the wedding with some girlfriends baking the muffins and making each favor basket. For the reception, I changed into my cowboy boots for the reception so I could dance.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Saying “yes” to the dress was the easiest part for me! I knew the style I was looking for (lace, with a sweetheart neckline) and as soon as I tried on the second dress, I didn’t want to take it off. After buying my dress, I played “dress-up” just for fun and tried on 20 more dresses! It’s one of those special memories I got to share with my momma that I will never forget.

Photographer: Crystal Genes Photography // Planner: A Plum Perfect Affair // Ceremony venue: First Presbyterian Church // Reception venue: The Hotel Concord // Florist: Reception flowers by Linda Alexander, and bouquets, boutonnières, alter arrangement and church wreaths by Chelish Moore Flowers // Wedding Cake Baker: Nona’s Sweets // Caterer: Union Street Bistro // Linens: Party Rentals Plus // Paper Products: A Plum Perfect Affair // Bride’s Dress: Allure via New York Bride and Groom // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Veil by Custom NY Bride and Groom, Fascinator from Etsy // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka and vintage Laredo // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm via NY Bride & Groom // Accessories: Grandmother’s Jewelry

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Madi reply

    It looks like Britt and Heath had their wedding party surrounding them and mixed on both sides instead of the traditional gals on left gents on right. Is that the case? How did that work? Neat idea!

    • avatar ana reply

      Madi: I got married at the same church in December and the coordinator gave me the option of putting my maid of honor beside me, his best man beside him, and then match up the rest of the bridesmaids and grooms, putting them in couples on either side of us. We opted against it because she made it sound confusing with a lot of crisscrossing getting on and off the alter.

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Melissa + Matthew’s reception at Rock Quarry Farm was a wonderful family affair. I adore the fact that Melissa, Matthew and their son served guests pie at their receiving line, giving them the chance to thank everyone personally for coming. The pies were even made by friends and family! An Only Burger truck kept guests well-fed and a cozy fire pit topped off the night. Big thanks again to Jade and Matthew Take Pictures for sharing this sweet wedding!

Describe your wedding cake: We decided to do pie instead of cake, since we are both much more into pie. In order to take something off of our to-do list, we enlisted our friends’ and families’ help and had them all make a pie or two to share. It was a lot of fun and folks really enjoyed the variety and getting to try one another’s creations. Matt, our son Vince and I served the pie to all of our guests. It was our way of doing a traditional receiving line but with our own personal twist. We got to see all of our guests and thank them for coming and then hand them a slice of pie.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Probably our budget. I think it’s really hard to pull off a nice wedding for $10,000 or under and that was what we had to work with. But we started really early in the process, made some concessions with our decision making (I got my shoes for $10 from Payless as opposed to buying expensive heels) and ended up having the best day that our guests really enjoyed.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? We spent about $10,000.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Photography! After all was said and done, we knew that our photos would last forever and we wanted them to be really good. Jade and Matthew did a brilliant job and we couldn’t be more thrilled.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Getting to have all of our friends and family in one place. I just remember looking around at everything and feeling so blessed.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Matt actually wrote the whole ceremony! We both wrote our own vows. My favorite part was that he wrote his on the back of a photo of our son, very sweet!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Matt is working on finishing his dissertation and we’re enjoying our little family!

Photographer: Jade and Matthew Take Pictures // Venue: Rock Quarry Farm, Chapel Hill, NC // Florist: Flowers from McAdams Farm, arranged by the bride and friends // Pie bakers: guests and family // Caterer: Only Burger and the Carolina Brewery // Paper Products: DIY by the bride // Bride’s Dress: mother of the groom, Debbie Englund // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: DIY by the bride // Bride’s Shoes: Payless Shoes // Accessories: locket from bride’s grandmother, earrings from Anthropologie, sweater from Target

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  1. avatar Sara Gray @ MarryThis! reply

    Love those quilts!

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