Athina + Graham

Here at Team Sally Oakley we are in the thick of wedding season, but we couldn’t go too long without sharing the gorgeous wedding of Athina and Graham. Athina and Graham held both their ceremony and reception in the ever versatile Market Hall and their pale blush and gold color scheme is definitely one you will want to Pin again and again. Take a look below and let us know what you think!

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As always a big THANK YOU to our amazing team of vendors who make our job not feel like a job.

Venue: Market Hall

Catering: 214 Martin Catering

Photography: Missy Mimlitsch

Florist: Victorian Seasons

Rentals: CE Rentals and Showtime Events

Cake: Maxie B’s

Ceremony Musicians: Arioso Strings

Transportation: Raleigh Trolley

Officiant: Ed Sansbury

Chalkboards: AB Chalk+Designs

Heather + Jaron

This lovely fete at the gorgeous Merrion- Wynne House gives us goosebumps every time we look back over the photos. Classic, elegant and pretty in pink, is how we would describe Heather and Jaron’s September 25 wedding. Unfortunately, it rained all day long, but we did not let it dampen the day and as you can see from the amazing photos by Burleigh Bodart the wedding was still as beautiful as we knew it would be. Congratulations Heather and Jaron we loved being a part of your big day!

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As always a big THANK You to our talented vendor friends.

Ceremony Venue: Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church

Reception Venue: The Merrimon- Wynne House

Photographer: Burleigh Bodart Photography

Florist: Simply Elegant Floral Designs

Rentals: Party Reflections

Caterer: Unforgettable Food Affairs

Cake: The Cupcake Shoppe

DJ: McSound

Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Mooney

Transportation: Raleigh Trolley, Rick a Shaw

Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase

This past weekend we had the pleasure of being a part of the Carolina Inn Bridal Showcase. Being a preferred vendor at the Carolina Inn is such a great honor and we have loved our years working at the showcase. This year however, we were able to design a styled spaced in the Bryan Courtyard. We went with a garden glam look and we absolute LOVE how it turned out. A touch of glam with gold and a stunning crystal chandelier, eclectic accent furniture, beautiful blooms, pastel ribbons in the trees…it was breathtaking.

Now, we could not have accomplished this without our amazing team of vendor friends. So a huge THANK YOU to Tre Bella for the gown, Eclectic Sage for the florals, Paisley & Jade for the furniture and rentals and AB Chalk Designs for the chalkboard. Also, a shout out to Robin Lin Photography for capturing all this gorgeousness for us so we didn’t have to on an iPhone! We hope you love this set-up as much as we did and as always for more inspired ideas and wedding planning help give us a call!

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

Unplugged Weddings

There is no escaping social media these days, it seems everyone and their mother is Tweeting, Instagramming and Facebooking every detail of their life. But how do you feel about “sharing” your wedding day? Maybe it feels a little too personal a moment to have plastered all over the Internet. Or maybe you just want to be able to look down the aisle and see the happy, smiling faces of your closest friends and family and not a sea of phones and downturned faces trying to “capture the moment”. Not to mention guests camera flashes tends to ruin the photo for your photographer as well (Google it, trust us!).

So there is a new movement in the wedding industry known as the “unplugged wedding”. What is an unplugged wedding? Well, if you couldn’t guess an unplugged wedding is simply asking your guests not to use any cameras, mobile phones, iPads, tablets, etc. during the ceremony and/or reception.


Now, don’t get us wrong there are many upsides to having social media be a part of your wedding. For instance, creating your own #hashtag is a great way to collect candid photos from guests. It is really special to see how your big day unfolded from their perspective. But the overall problem is are your guests really with you if they’re too busy uploading? Having an unplugged wedding, or at least the ceremony, is a great way to ensure your guests are really sharing with you and your fiancé and not their phones. It also allows your photographer- that you’ve probably paid good money for- to actually get those special photos.
So how does one accomplish an unplugged wedding? Here we have listed some surefire ways to keep phones down and heads up.

1. Put it on your wedding website. Your wedding website is one of the best resources for you to get information across to your guests. A simple line explaining how you would prefer guests to not use cameras is an easy way to convey the message.

2. Put it on the program. A note on the back of the program is a simply way to alert your guests to your wishes.program

3. A sign. A chalkboard sign at the venue is a cute and fun way to share your thoughts. How adorable is this one from Etsy?
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4. A no-phone policy- similar to a coat check. Have a basket and tags waiting for guests to tag their phone and place it in the basket as they enter the venue. At the end of the ceremony or reception and at the end of the night they can pick up their phone. To make it a smoother process enlist the help of friends to be in charge of the tagging station and there at the end to hand phones back out. In fact this has become so popular in celebrity circles they create a visiting lounge for cellphones. The idea is to set up a seating area away from the ceremony/reception where guests can check their phone, make phone calls, upload or plug it in without interrupting the wedding itself.

5. Word of mouth. Talk to some of the key players of your wedding and ask them to put the word out. Use your Best Man, Mothers, Ushers and Officiant to spread the word. In fact your Officiant can make an announcement at the beginning of the ceremony restricting the use of mobile devices and cameras.officiant

Need more inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board titled Unplugged Wedding Inspiration. Click here!

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