Weddings

Suzanne & MC — Raleigh, NC

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Wedding days are always joyous, but the entire process of bringing Suz & MC's wedding vision to life was full of tremendous love- it overflowed from their relationship, their families, and their adoring friends. Beyond the positivity these two brought to the table, they also had clarity of vision and trust in our artistry that energized us throughout the design process. Suzanne is a Store Manager at Anthropologie, and MC is a teacher, which explains a lot about their impeccable style (hello, stunner BHLDN outfits) and their supportive, encouraging way of working together and with us.

Brainstorming with the couple, we came up with a plan that brought a fresh, modern look to the timeless Merrimon-Wynne House with garden-inspired elements like potted plants, thoughtful Ikebana-style arrangements, vining greenery on bars and stairs, a copper arbor brimming with garden roses, and an elegant hanging hoop installation. As we set up for the day, we were struck by the camaraderie of the family and friends that filled the house - you could feel the emotion and excitement building, morning to night. Little heartfelt details like baptismal cloths that MC's father thought to have us tie around each of the brides' bouquets, and the poem written and read by a bridesmaid during the ceremony, are what wedding days are all about. Suz + MC, we wish we could do it all over again!

See more from this lovely day on Inspired By This.

Photos by Radian Photography

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Vendors: Photography - Radian Photography | Planning and Design - Amanda Blair by Design | Venue - Merrimon Wynne | Rentals - Cottage Luxe and Party Reflections | Makeup - Michelle Clark | Hair - Parlor Blow Dry Bar | Dresses - Bhldn | Catering - Donovan's Dish | Dessert - Rise Biscuits and Donuts

Lauren & Evan — Saxapahaw, NC

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How about that beautiful bold red? It's not often we get to play with red for a wedding, but Lauren and Evan's day was the perfect opportunity. We feel so lucky to have met and worked with Lauren and her family, not only because she wasn't afraid to embrace color, but because her strength of character and sense of self truly personified the striking aesthetic she embraced. Haw River Ballroom set the perfect tone for the couple's casual elegance and their goal to plan a really fun, tight-knit, family-style party with great music and food. The floral backdrop we created for the ceremony was the biggest project of our setup, and we were really excited about how it turned out -- how the bold reds and deep purples played with the red stage curtain. And while that backdrop on the stage and the large wreath hanging in the mezzanine were amazing focal points, we loved the sentimental details Lauren dreamed up, like the floral bursts growing out of the drawers of a family heirloom sewing table. Oh, and the best cake topper ever - "Mutual Weirdness Forever."

Thank you L+E, cheers to a lifetime of mutual weirdness and all the good things! 

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Vendors: Photography - Carolyn Scott Photography | Venue - Haw River Ballroom | Ceremony Structure - Groom's Father | Makeup - The Makeup Culture | Bridal Dress - Elizabeth Dye | Bridal Boutique  - Gilded Bridal

Korie & Chris — Chapel Hill, NC

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Weddings are such special occasions in so many ways—you get to witness two people declare their love for each other and celebrate their future as a couple. But perhaps our favorite thing about weddings is witnessing how families come together to help create a truly memorable day. Korie and Chris were surrounded by so many loved ones who tirelessly worked alongside our fellow vendors to put together a beautiful wedding. We were in awe of their dedication and spirit, which felt contagious, leaving us feeling like we were part of the family ourselves. 

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Vendors: Photography by Katherine Miles Jones | Planning by Hand Stitched Events 

Lauren & Adam — Raleigh, NC

When a good chunk of your job consists of making people's wedding day dreams come to life, you can get pretty paralyzed with the expectations placed on your work. That's why we think it's so important to work with people who truly believe in what you do. Lauren and Adam were a dream couple to work with. They had so much fun with their day and it showed in every single detail they crafted and each vendor they hired. We loved that Lauren wasn't scared to embrace bright color in her bouquet and that she wanted to try something fun with her wedding cake (made by the super talented Sugar Euphoria). Perhaps our favorite part was getting to work with Taylor and Andrew Lovette from Blue Barn Photography who took lovely photos and graciously shared them with us. 

Vendor List:

Photography: Taylor and Andrew Lovette of Blue Barn Photography  |  Planner: Jordan Williams of Ever After Planning  | Venue: The Glass Box and The Stockroom at 230  |  Cake: Sugar Euphoria  |

Hannah & Jeff — Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Jeff and I were married on April 8, 2017, on the windy Snaefellsnes Peninsula of western Iceland in the company of 27 loved ones. I'd read about Iceland and held it in my daydreaming mind for years. The idea to get married there came to fruition relatively smoothly, to my surprise, thanks to an awesome planner, adventurous friends, and an uncommonly supportive family. Naturally, Nikelle and I were giddy about doing flowers for my wedding, and managed to ship some flowers wholesale from Holland to Reykjavik. We were set back a few hours with a Customs snafu, but successfully picked up our flowers the day before the ceremony and headed off to Hotel Búðir

A word of advice to those hoping or planning to do flowers for a destination wedding - make sure you are aware of all the necessary paperwork you'll need from Customs ahead of time (and your wholesaler might not know, depending on the country in question). By the time we found out we needed more paperwork to release our flowers from Customs, our flowers were sitting in wait at the shipping office, and we could only get our hands on an Icelandic form! Thank goodness for our wedding planner, Birna from Pink Iceland, who helped us translate. For an early April wedding in Iceland it was easiest and closest for us to order from Holland; if you are able to source your flowers in-country, this is a safer bet for a smooth pickup. 

Once we got to Hotel Búðir, boxed flowers in tow, the manager generously let us process in the chilly mist behind a shed, and the cooler-like conditions perked our flowers right up. We spent my wedding morning making arrangements in a bright room overlooking the water that I wish could be our permanent studio. To me, this flower time following a long walk was the perfect way to start my wedding day; it eased my nerves and helped channel my energy. I found it hard to find the words to express my feelings that day, but the flowers helped me communicate those overwhelming emotions in a different way, as I can always count on them to do. How lucky am I to have Nikelle to help me carry out such an insane plan as DIY flowers in a foreign country? There's just so much that could've gone wrong with the shipping and the weather and the tight timeframe, but it all came together beautifully. The selection was a bit limited through our wholesaler, but it was the perfect time of year to get several of my favorite flowers from Holland: hellebore, checkered frittilaria, lilac, and black ranunculus. 

Our ceremony was intimate and warm inside the perfectly quirky, black church of Budir. After Dad walked me down the aisle and I joined Jeff in front, our guests stood and read this enchanting Icelandic poem aloud together, a sweet surprise orchestrated by friends who love to scheme:

“On earth’s part
all days start beautifully
patiently it revolves and revolves
with its trees
and oceans and lakes
deserts and volcanoes
the two of us and the rest of you
and all the animals”

-Pétur Gunnarsson

We cried and laughed, and I felt my mother's presence strongly with us in the wind that whistled around the church. Jeff looked so handsome. Our minister was warmhearted and funny, and shared thoughtful words about the investment of time in each other that a lifetime of growing love requires.

My best friend since college, Lauren Martinez, was my Maid of Honor, and she  looked stunning in a dark green dress that beautifully complemented the landscape. We hadn't seen each other in three years, and I would've traveled across the world just for our reunion. As overwhelming as weddings can be, they're an amazing opportunity to reconnect and forget the distance.

Our photographers Styrmir Kári & Heiðdís led us on an adventurous photoshoot after the ceremony, up mountains and along rocky beaches, braving the wind and catching astonishing views of the landscape. Birna held our coats during shoots and jumped in to bundle us up and offer hot cocoa in between. I couldn't recommend our photographers S&H, or our planners at Pink Iceland highly enough - every detail turned out beautifully, and the process felt more like corresponding with old friends than with wedding vendors (I hate the word "vendors"- it feels so impersonal). It was as easy as planning a wedding abroad could be. 

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We returned to the warmth of the Hotel for a beautiful meal of Icelandic lamb and salmon. Igor, the bartender Elsa's dog, was everyone's favorite guest. We stayed up late, soaking up each other's company in a place that felt like a dream. Many guests had never met before, but mysteriously as it often happens when traveling, everyone bonded swiftly and tightly around memories we'll hold for a lifetime. I've never felt so loved or so hopeful for our future. 

THANKS, FRIENDS:

Venue: Hotel Búðir | Planner: Pink Iceland | Photographer: Styrmir Kári & Heiðdís | Flowers: Wylde | Hannah's Gown: Alexandra Grecco | Wedding Gown Retailer: Lovely Bride Charleston | Wedding Cake: Sandholt Bakari | Jeff's Tie: Rise and Ramble |

Lauren & William — Raleigh, NC

Lauren came into the shop one day in November already knowing that she wanted something very unique. Perhaps it was because her wedding was, infact, very different from most. Lauren and Will had already been married several months before we chatted and wanted to have a proper celebration. Of course this made us want to work with her immediately. She wanted color and elegance with a good dose of creativity. We loved working with her and the rest of her team of vendors, including Libby McGowan Photography and 214 Martin Street

Brooke & Thompson — Raleigh, NC

Sometimes you meet with a bride and you realize you want to be their florist and their best friend. Brooke was one of those brides—down-to-earth, organized with impeccable taste. I may have been just as excited for the wedding as she and Thompson were. I mean, she wanted a floral color palette with color (you have no idea how rare that is). And their choice to get married at Thompson's family home was so perfect. I loved everything about their day and I love when I see these two wonderful people around town. 

Photography: Hartman Outdoor Photography | Planning: Jessica Tilton of Chad Biggs Event Planning and Design | Reception Venue: Vita Vite | Calligraphy: Handmade Letters

Sydney + Aaron – Raleigh NC

Graphic designers—they're my people. I'm a graphic designer, so is my husband, so are some of my closest friends. When I first met with Sydney to discuss her wedding and she mentioned she was a designer, that's when I knew I had to work with her. I think I'm drawn to the designers ability to think through all the details and communicate a feeling effortlessly through aesthetics and storytelling. This was definitely the case with Sydney and Aaron's wedding. Sydney brought every aspect of her day to life with a simple elegance that I was more than grateful to be a part of. These photos from Ashley Huma of Photography Anthology capture the spirit perfectly.

Photography: Ashley Huma of Photography Anthology | Wedding Co-ordination: Erica Greenwood of Folie a Deux Events  | Venue: Bridge Club 

Cassie & Ryan — Wake Forest, NC

I got to be honest, I could not wait to work on this wedding. The colors, the location, the vibe, the bride and her family—all of it. Amanda Honeycutt from Amanda Blair by Design had such an amazing vision, and seeing it all come together at The Sutherland in Wake Forest was so rewarding. These photos from Jordan Maunder Photography captured everything so perfectly, from the smallest design details to the overwhelming emotions on the bride and groom's face. I'm in love with it all. 

All photos were taken by Jordan Maunder Photography. Big thanks to my girl gang, Hannah Ross, Deana Nyguen and Mary Ann Bitter for their help!

Mia & Dennis — Brooklyn, NY

What is it that makes two people so utterly perfect for each other? I don't know if there's a simple answer to that question, but looking through the photos of Mia and Dennis' wedding makes it seem clear as day. These two were made for each other and I'm overjoyed that I got to spend this special day with them as their florist and their friend. Also, these photos!! I'm obsessed with Jennifer Sosa and her photography, especially these ones. She captured everything so perfectly. *Sigh*

I mean, this girl is stunning. 

All photos by Jennifer Sosa