Annika + Brandon

Annika and Brandon’s mid- June wedding at the Merrimon-Wynne house was styled perfection. Annika was one of the most beautiful brides we’ve ever seen and the lace detail on the back of her gown was to die for. The Merrimon-Wynne House is such a gem in the heart of downtown Raleigh serving as the perfect venue for this summer soiree.

Magnolia’s are in our top three of flowers for their timeless beauty and southern roots. In fact we think historic homes and magnolia leaves are always a good idea!

Nothing like a vintage heirloom to get our heart aflutter.

When planning an outdoor ceremony simplicity is key. Chairs and an elegant arbor are all you need to set the space; and for an outdoor wedding we love programs that double as fans.

Seriously still swooning over this dress! Annika and Brandon we wish you a lifetime of love, happiness, and laughter. Thank you for choosing us for your most special day!

 

As always a huge thank you to our talented team of vendors!

Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House

Photography: Katherine Miles Jones

Caterer: Durham Catering

Florist: Tre Bella

Rentals: Party Reflections

DJ: Bunn DJ Co- Randy Bennett

Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Mooney

Transportation: EcoStyle

Officiant: Kayelilly Middleton

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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Elizabeth + Chris

Elizabeth and Chris’ spring wedding at Duke Chapel and The Cookery in Durham was too good not to share. There is something so special about getting married at Duke Chapel. Maybe it’s the exquisite architecture that draws people in, or maybe it’s because couples who meet at Duke come back to get married there. Elizabeth and Chris’ big day was full of laughter and love as these college sweethearts brought their  love story full circle. From Elizabeth’s intricately beaded lace gown to the sinful fried fruit pies this wedding was perfection. Check out these two say “I Do!” from the gorgeous photos by Dara Blakeley Photography.

 

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Congrats Elizabeth and Chris! We wish much love and happiness. As always a big thank you to our vendors.

Ceremony: Duke Chapel

Reception: The Cookery

Photography: Dara Blakeley Photography

Caterer: Durham Catering

Florist: Tre Bella

Cake: Details Cake Design

DJ: Joe Bunn DJ Company- Mitch

Rentals: American Party Rentals

Ceremony Musicians: Duke Chapel

Officiant: Kayelily Middleton

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