Gina and Cory and their summer chic wedding is why we love our job. They are such a sweet couple who took full advantage of all the Southern Charm that North Carolina has to offer.

Both graduates of Duke, the couple decided to come back to the place where they met and fell in love for a destination wedding with their families and friends.

 Cory’s family held a BBQ rehearsal dinner at the Kings Daughter Inn catered southern style by the Q Shack. Fun idea: If having a lot of out-of-town guests or a destination wedding like Gina and Cory make sure to incorporate local favorites into your wedding so your guests can truly enjoy the destination.

They chose Bay 7 as their venue and we think it was the perfect backdrop for the ultimate southern wedding. A big thanks to Kevin Milz Photography for allowing us to use all these amazing pictures!

If you haven’t checked out Bay 7 you really should.  It is a perfect blank canvas for any kind of party you are hoping to throw.

Check out these beautiful farm tables from Classic Party Rentals. They went perfectly with the family style dinner served by Catering Works. The arrangements are by Tre Bella. We think the neutral palette of white and green flowers is the perfect accent for this southern style wedding.

 And our personal favorite the pink champagne! A couple after our own heart. We love the look of the big rustic farm tables. Gina and Cory went with an off-white linen table runner- the perfect accent to an already beautiful table. We also love the pop of blue in the water glasses!

We also love the personal touches; again incorporating the blue. Gina and Cory know how to throw a party.

Or how about these adorable “I DO” stickers? Gina had them on the bottom of her shoes too. You also can’t tell but they were blue. There are no words for these beer koozies. I mean c’mon, too stinking cute!

 Lastly, we leave you with a few more of our favorite photos…and a few tips. Don’t be afraid to mix textures, metals, fabrics and colors.

 Gina and Cory utilized a lot of wood textures to play off of the exposed wood beams at Bay 7. Bay 7 also has a lot of exposed metal and, to play off of it, they used silver vases and candelabras for their centerpieces.

For draping and hiding the reception setup during the ceremony the couple choose light and airy white fabrics. The clean lines and crisp color worked well with all of the industrial elements of Bay 7. The market lights dangling from the ceiling drew your attention up to the exposed metal and beams but also created a down-home southern feeling.
All of this contrasting and mixing created a truly unique and visually pleasing atmosphere and we think it is the epitome of Southern Charm!

 Who wouldn’t love this picture. We bet Gina wins!

 American Tabacco campus is such a cool backdrop for photos. We love it for engagement photos too!

 Yummy shrimp and grits passed hors d’oeuvre courtesy of Catering Works. Seriously if you haven’t tried these you are missing out.

 And a simply stunning cake by Cinda’s Creative Cakes. There is something so perfect about a simple white cake.

 The juxtaposition of rustic, southern elements with the industrial venue created a truly unique wedding. Congrats Cory and Gina and thank you for allowing us to help you celebrate your big day!