Kathy and Jordan

Kathy and Jordan’s Bay 7 wedding was full of sweet, classic, southern details that we are pretty sure any bride would enjoy. Not to mention, as family friends it was a joy to help them with the wedding of their dreams.

Check out those honey jar favors, we love any type of edible favor and these did not disappoint! The packaging was adorable and guests love to take home something they will use/eat.

Fellow floral lovers will also love all the stunning arrangements by the talented Tre Bella.  They knock it out of the park every single time! So let’s not waste any more time with the chit chat, dive right in to the photos by the always amazing Dara Blakeley Photography.

 

Congratulations Kathy and Jordan! You make a beautiful couple and we were so happy to be a part of your big day. Much love and happiness to you both!

As always a big thank you to our vendors:

Ceremony Venue: Immaculate Conception Church

Reception Venue: Bay 7

Catering: Angus Barn

Photography: Dara Blakeley Photography

Florals: Tre Bella Florist

Cake: Publix

Linens: CE Rentals

Band: Mr. Potato Head

Hair & Makeup: Onloktion Makeup

Transportation: EcoStyle

 

 

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips
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Wedding dress shopping is a rite of passage for us gals. It should be a fun, relaxing experience and a day where you can truly feel like a princess. But this is not always the case so we’ve rounded up some of the best tips we’ve learned to make the day the best experience possible!

1. First and foremost- set your budget! Just like with all the other details, you need to have a number in mind and stick to it. How much you want to spend is totally up to you and your fiancé but a rule of thumb is no more than 10% of the total wedding budget. And remember, just like with all the other details if you want to splurge- go for it- but you might have to cut corners elsewhere.

2. Start looking early. Now, this is hard for some brides and we get it, your tastes may change!  However, it takes a long time for a gown to be made, fitted, and sized specifically for you (approximately 5 months if not longer). Having said that it is not impossible to find a dress in a short amount of time just be aware that it may cost you a bit more $$.

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3. Make an appointment. Most Triangle area bridal salons require appointments. Plus, it’s a good way to ensure you will have the undivided attention of your stylist.

4. Research, research, research. Browse bridal magazines, Pinterest, Instagram and other wedding blogs to find what you like and don’t like. Sometimes it’s even better to know what you don’t want than what you do. But don’t be afraid to try on everything because you may surprise yourself with how amazing you look in that mermaid gown.

5. Don’t invite every girl you’ve ever met! Seriously, the less people the better. Not everyone shares your taste and while they may mean well having a lot of opinions can really derail an appointment. Be selective in who you choose and ask those who you know will let you have the final say. If you must include all your maids our suggestion is to bring them to the final fitting.

6. Underwear. Ok, hopefully you’re wearing underwear but the right underwear is what we mean here. Bring or wear a strapless bra and a nude thong; a body shaper is another great option. A robe or some kind of coverup is another great thing to have as you will have a bridal shop consultant helping you in and out of dresses.

7. Stop looking when you’ve found the one! For real stop looking! There will always be a prettier, newer, better, etc. dress but the most important thing is to find a dress that you love, that is comfortable and that you can envision be married in. Once you find it stop looking and don’t second guess yourself or you will go crazy.

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To First Look or Not to First Look

That is the ultimate question. As popular as first looks have become, many of our couples still come to us undecided and looking for an answer. Unfortunately, this is one of those questions we have a hard time answering. Mostly because we don’t want to make that decision for our couples as it is such a personal one. The good news is, there is no wrong answer here people! It simply is a matter of what feels most natural to you. So here we will discuss a few pros and cons of having a first look in hopes that this will become an easier decision to make.

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1. Seeing your soon to be husband or wife for the first time on your wedding day is an emotional moment no matter how you do it. As such doing a private “first look” can really allow the couple to let those emotions out and really focus on each other away from the eyes of their guests.

2. Having a first look before the ceremony allows you to take some of those bridal party photos before hand. This is a great time to get one on one photos of you as a couple as well as bridal party photos that are often directly after the ceremony. The pro to this is you aren’t taking a million photos right after the ceremony and can instead focus on enjoying your cocktail hour, you are paying for it after all!

3. First look photo can be anywhere! Well, within driving distance from the ceremony. If you are getting married in a church this is ideal because many churches have restrictions on photos once inside the sanctuary; this means photos shot from far away and maybe not ideal lighting. With a first look your photographer is able to get those shots and really focus on your faces, emotions, lighting, the scenery, etc. making for the perfect photos.

4. Calming your nerves. Seeing your fiancé before the wedding can really help calm couples and eliminate that stress of the day.

5. A con of the first look is that in order to accommodate all the photos before the ceremony you either need a later ceremony start time, or an earlier getting ready finish time. With our timelines we can certainly factor this in to make it more efficient but it does take a little more effort and earlier start times.

6. You lose that anticipation and surprise as you walk down the aisle. You’ve already seen each other so there isn’t a “reveal” as you are walking down the aisle. If this is something you really want a first look might not be for you.

7. It breaks from tradition. This is one of the biggest cons and what couples struggle most with. You’ve envisioned your fiancé seeing you for the firs time as you slowly make your way down the aisle, not pre-ceremony at a separate location.

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So, the question truly comes down to whether or not you want to see each other before the ceremony. The pros certainly outweigh the cons but it is still such a personal decision and one that you both need to agree on and feel comfortable with. In the end there is no right or wrong here, so do what feels natural to you and we will take care of the rest!

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