From L, the “broom”: Kristin and I have been engaged since June of 2012 (engagement photos and story in this blog!) and since NC became legal, were planning our wedding for October of this year. Due to circumstances that are happening in the fall, our wedding would have been delayed but Kristin decided she wanted to get married on Valentine’s Day with a three week planning period. Why not? Instead of a big bash, we decided to have an intimate elopement followed by a big party in the future. This ceremony was held at our house with a small gathering of family and close friends. Everything came together in a very short amount of time in large part due to our amazing support system. We were surrounded by love and so excited for this new chapter in our lives. Being legally married here in NC feels AMAZING!!!!
Category Archives: North Carolina
Event CreditsCakes and Dessert: Nicole TurnerCatering: Hutch and HarrisFlorist: Tiffanie HedinLocation: Our home, LoveNestOfficiant: Alex HedinPhotography: Maxine HedinPlanner or Event Designer: The bride and broom
From Victoria: A little over 4 years ago Jessie took me on a photo-safari date to the art walk on the grounds of the North Carolina Museum of Art. A few weeks ago we made our rainy return with our wedding photographers to celebrate our upcoming nuptials. We got some very good (very southern) advice before our shoot that I would like to pass on- take a little nip of whiskey with you to get things warmed up. A little mason jar of High West whiskey from my native Utah, and we were good to go.
Photos courtesy of Hartman Outdoor Photography.
Event CreditsLocation: North Carolina Museum of ArtPhotography: Hartman Outdoor Photography
Alison and Becky’s love story: Like all good stories, ours has featured some real twists and turns along the way with just the right amount of adventure and fun mixed in to keep us interested. We met in 2010 while working at a summer camp in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Actually, we didn’t like each other initially… but that shifted by the summer’s end. After camp we endured four months of long distance dating before deciding to go full “U-haul lesbian” on the situation and move in together.
Fast forward a couple of years and I had made up my mind; I was ready to lock it down. So, early one December morning, I slipped a ring into my pocket and dragged Becky out of bed for a sunrise hike. We climbed up to one of our favorite spots: an open mountaintop with a 360-degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As the sun began to light up the lone tree at the top of the mountain, I bent down on one knee and asked Becky to marry me. And she said yes. (And thank goodness for that, because it was pretty damn romantic and surprisingly difficult to pull off and all good stories should have good endings.)
From Alison, the bridegroom: I had a pretty straightforward vision for the wedding: I just wanted to be outside, surrounded by my favorite people. Becky’s dream was considerably more complex and involved an abundance of details (all dutifully cataloged on Pinterest). I soon realized that this meant we would be doing an awful lot of crafting in the months leading up to the wedding: from placecards to star lanterns to the cake. Towards the end, Becky hosted a handful of Saturday crafting days (which she termed “Crafturdays”) and invited friends over to help us complete the many wedding projects. The Crafturdays featured lots of designing and cutting and painting and sewing and – at least for me – drinking.
In the end, we both got what we wanted. It was a phenomenal day and definitely worth the DIY effort.
We were married on the banks of the New River on a sunny June afternoon in the North Carolina mountains. The gorgeous tent-like structure under which we stood during the ceremony, called a chuppah, was a nod to Becky’s Jewish heritage. In the Jewish tradition the chuppah represents the couple’s future home, and we built ours with the help of our parents and siblings. The wooden posts came from trees we felled at our family homes in North Carolina and Tennessee and the handmade lace cover came from Becky’s grandfather’s family.
Music was central to the day’s festivities. Fortunately, we have lots of friends who are talented musicians, so our Wedding Band was comprised entirely of people we love- they even sang us down the aisle!
The flowers were sustainably grown on a nearby farm and were arranged by family and friends the day before the ceremony. We saved jars for months… it has been nice to have some shelf space back in our lives.
After the ceremony we signed the Jewish marriage document, called a ketubah, which doubles as a work of art to be displayed in the home. Adding a modern twist to the Jewish custom, we wrote our ketubah ourselves and read it as an exchange of vows during the ceremony. We were very fortunate to have Kim Roth of Bright Room Studios create lovely designs for both our invitation suite and our ketubah.
Quite simply, the reception was awesome: it featured great food and a fantastic party. On the food front, Seed to Plate catering did an outstanding job; people are still talking about the dinner. As with our flowers, it was important to us that the food be locally sourced and sustainably grown- not to mention delicious! Seed to Plate delivered on all counts. The other central food item at the wedding – the cake- was one of the biggest projects we tackled. Becky used my great grandmother’s poundcake recipe (a true family treasure) and cleared out our freezer to make room for the cake layers weeks in advance. Additionally, she made about 5 pounds worth of lemon curd and buttercream frosting. Family members assembled everything and decorated the top with fresh flowers and local strawberries.
After stuffing our faces with wonderful food, everyone hit the dance floor. I think I probably danced for about three hours straight (which was understandable, given that I created the playlist).
The final event of the evening was a skylantern sendoff. The lanterns -like everything else- went off perfectly thanks to the careful attention of our day-of coordinator Meris and her husband Paul.
I am pleased to report that I consented (somewhat begrudgingly, I must admit) to having the festivities filmed. The talented crew at Reel Weddings created a trailer that captures the emotion and spirit of our special day. I am quite glad that my better half convinced me we needed to have everything filmed.
On our handmade save the dates we told people to, “Come for the Love. Stay for the Party.” I think we definitely delivered.
These days, we’re living the wifelife dream in an old Victorian house with a cat and a dog and four chickens. Someday soon we plan to start a small working farm.
Photos courtesy of Lillie Elliot Photography.
Event CreditsAttire: J.CrewCakes and Dessert: DIYCatering: Seed to PlateFlorist: Shady Grove Gardens and NurseryLocation: Laurel Springs, North CarolinaMusic: DIYOfficiant: Family FriendPhotography: Lillie Elliot PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: The Whole Shebang - Meris GanttStationery: Bright Room Studios - Kim RothVenue: Private Residence on the New River
From Taz: I was the manager at an animal shelter and Jessica was the new trainee. At first, I didn’t really notice her, other than the fact that she was shy and a fast learner, much like myself. As the second day went on and I was talking with some of my other employees I noticed she was laughing at what I was saying. The way she smiled and giggled at something stupid was so cute and made me smile like I hadn’t smiled in a very long time. From then on I started to pay more attention to her, trying to decide if she played for the same team that I did, but alas, I could not get a definite vibe. With that in mind I invited her to play softball with some of the other workers and myself and to my delight she agreed.
At first it was fun, but I grew more and more intrigued by this incredible woman before me and I knew I had to find out more about her. Then one day the opportunity came to play never have I ever, as the other workers were tired and did not walk to play ball that day. Seeing this as the perfect opportunity I outed myself, and in turn, made her come out as well. Now that I knew we had several things in common I was even more determined to get to know her on a personal level outside of our professional relationship.
As time passed we became more comfortable around each other and the small flirting began. That is until the day that really changed everything, the day that made us both blush. It was when everyone else had left after playing ball and the sun still shone brightly above us that we decided to stay later. We sat on opposite ends of the bench by the field and discussed likes, dislikes, dreams and plans for the future. Then the flirting really began as we threw pine straws and grass at each other between trying to decide what the clouds above us looked like. Time seemed to fly by all the while and before we knew it the sun was starting to make its descent in the distance. After that day we started to spend most days together for several hours just sitting there, even in silence it was magical. I knew that I was starting to fall for this woman, but I wasn’t sure if the feelings were mutual or if a friend was all I would ever be to her.
We both have a love for musicals and a new one had just come out that neither of us had seen so we decided we would go and see it together. October 8, 2012 we met in the parking lot of Wal-Mart in Kitty Hawk and she got in my truck so we could go get a bite to eat before the movie. We decided on pizza and stopped at a little pizza place right up the road and had a slice. We still had plenty of time before the movie so we got a 6 pack of Green Apple Smirnoff and sat in the theater parking lot playing 21 questions while sipping on a drink. After making a pit stop at Kmart we went in to see Pitch Perfect and it was perfect. Holding hands in the dark, shaking from nerves and enjoying just being there, it was shaping up to be a great night, rain and all. After the movie we went back to the parking lot of Wal-Mart so she could head home, but before she got out of the truck I stood in the rain to wipe away her tears. Tears that came from the fear of change and something new, tears that I knew had ensured my place in the friend zone, but I didn’t care. I knew I would be here for her no matter what zone I was in. After almost a month the friend zone lifted and I move into the girlfriend zone and from there I knew I would never let her go.
Almost 2 years of being together, 6 animals and 1 house later I decided it was time to propose. I found a ring online, paid it off and had it on the way while conspiring with our friend from the shelter, Christina, on the proposal. Well, the ring finally came in the day I was to propose and was the wrong size and looked awful so I used my class ring as a substitute and went ahead with the planning. I knew I wanted to do it at the softball field where we spent a good portion of our time early on as a couple. I made a total of 5 signs that said; This is where we first clicked…Between the pine straws and clouds…And the sparkle in your eyes…This is where I fell in love…This is where I gave you my heart. I had also written Marry Me? in the dirt on the softball field and as she walked towards me I dropped each sign, one at a time, making her move closer to the spot where the marry me was written. When we got to that spot I got down on one knee and asked her to say yes and I promised to fix the ring issue and make her happy for as long as she would have me. I was so excited when she said yes that I got up and squeezed her in my arms and just held her close to me, this woman of my dreams.
Event CreditsLocation: Currituck Rural Center, North CarolinaPhotography: Vanessa Mickey, POBX - Photography on the Banks
From Liz: I remember the exact day I met Kristina; it was my first day of work in 2011. I had never met anyone like her and I was infatuated with her personality, confidence, laugh, and mostly her kind heart. We both were going through a rough time (our mothers were undergoing treatments for cancer) and we bonded through the hardship. We were close friends for almost a year when she left for another job opportunity. Shortly after she became available after a long, rocky relationship. We hung out as an attempt to boost her spirits and we just kept hanging out after that! Kristina brings out the best in me, I am so happy around her, and she makes the world seem a better place. I’ve never met anyone so genuinely happy, she sees the silver lining in every situation. I always thought love was a phase that eventually faded, but Kristina has changed that view. With her I know it will be everlasting through any obstacle or hardship that comes our way. She makes me the best version of myself and I could not imagine sharing my life with anyone else other than her.
Kristina proposed on Valentine’s Day at the Hampton Inn & Suites. She had set the room up with champagne, the hot tub was lined with candles, and the ring was in between two champagne flutes. To say I was surprised was an understatement. It could not have been more perfect! I may have cried, but eventually I did say yes.
We waited until my sister was available to take our engagement photos. She is incredibly talented and she made the session comfortable and a fun experience. I loved our engagement photo session. We included our furbaby, Oxford, because he is our world.
I love this blog and have been wanting to submit our photos, even if they are a bit past date, because I am so proud of our relationship and the people we have become through our shared experiences. I truly believe we were destined to meet each other that day in 2011 and I cannot wait to see what our future has in store for us.
Event CreditsLocation: Monroe, NC
From Nella and Dee’s wedding planner: Nella and Dee are getting married! Legally! They are then going to celebrate with a Miami chic-themed affair in Charlotte, North Carolina. They contacted me to plan their celebration for their family and friends. I couldn’t have been more thrilled. This is their e-session shot by Love Shutter Photography at Historic Rural Hill. Their love has no doubt!
Event CreditsLocation: Charlotte, NCPhotography: Love Shutter PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Posh Affairs, LLCVenue: Historic Rural Hill
From Cindy and Valerie: We have been together for four years and can’t believe that our two-year engagement is almost over! We are getting married at one of our favorite North Carolina wineries. This past winter we went up to the mountains with some good friends for an engagement photo session. We had so much fun that we had to share it with you!