Archive for December, 2010

We are delighted to have one of our favorite weddings to have worked on featured in Weddings Magazine. Andrea and Michael had a beautiful vintage inspired wedding day, incorporating this top trend for weddings in the coming year. From the brooch inspired detailing on Andrea’s gown to the powder blue classic getaway car, vintage touches were sprinkled throughout Andrea and Michael’s big day. Read on for details of how the perfect elegant vintage look was achieved..
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(Photography by Abigail Seymour )

Andrea’s timeless grace and style made it clear that her classic essence needed to be reflected in her wedding day details. One such element was Andrea and Michael’s custom created crest based off their new monogram. The crest was incorporated throughout the day as a traditional element appearing in surprisingly modern ways such as the tiny crest adorned flags in the reception’s signature cotton candy martinis. Themes are another popular trend for 2011, and the bride and groom opted to tie in their crest throughout several facets of their big day including invitations, menus, and even their gorgeous cake.
Other vintage elements included “pale pink linens with floral applique cream overlays” and a “stunning family tree, covered with pictures of grandparents and parents and lit by garden lights.” Including older black and white photos of your parents and grandparents on their wedding days is a simple yet chic way to add a vintage touch to your reception decor. In addition, pale colors, such as the pale pink linens used at the reception site, give the essence of classic taste without an outdated look.

Look for more vintage trends in 2011! Happy New Year!

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Planning a wedding in the coming year? Here are the top trends we expect to see in weddings throughout 2011.

1) Coral & Honeysuckle: 2011 weddings are looking bright with vibrant coral and honeysuckle. However, incorporating this shades in an elegant manner can be challenging as they are hard to match. Try incorporating different shades of coral and honeysuckle in your flowers, including bouquets and table arrangements. This will help you avoid any stark contrasts and be able to seamlessly blend any shades that might slightly vary.

Story Photographers

2) Gorgeous tables are one of the top wedding trends for 2011 and this gets us excited! This year tables will be all about the specialty linens. While brides realize that standard white linens are a fine option, it’s the specialty linens that will really take your reception décor to another level. Knowing this we always make sure to budget for the perfect linens for each of our lovely, stylish brides. And don’t forget all the details that go on top of the linens- lush flowers, custom stationary and one of a kind place settings are all on our list for 2011. After all, your photographer needs details to photograph.

Nick Pironio Photography

3) Vintage: When it comes to hot trends in 2011, nothing is newer than that which is old, or perhaps we should just say “vintage”. Brooches, antique lace, milk glass- these are just a few example of the countless vintage items that will make big appearances in 2011 weddings. We recommend incorporating classic style with gorgeous silhouettes by mixing vintage elements with more modern and chic elements for a perfectly designed event.

Abigail Seymour Photography

4) Jewel tones are a simple way to add sparkle to your big day. From bridesmaids’ dresses to flowers and linens, striking shades such as cobalt blue, emerald and deep purple will be popping up on the top wedding blogs this season.

5) Bridal gowns with pockets:This function savvy style just started to come onto the scene in 2010, but it doesn’t look like this trend will fade anytime soon. Designers have continued to incorporate this trend into their 2011 runway shows, including many bridal gown designers. Bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses are the perfect hand free alternative to having to worry about toting a clutch or hand bag around all evening

6) Themes: No, not a Vegas Theme of Murder Mystery sort of theme. Rather, couples are looking to create a complete experience for their guests that begins with the save the date and carries through with the invitations, wedding programs, cake, escort and place cards, and even favor bags. Pick a theme that means something special to you and your groom, such as travel, design, or a style motif and incorporate this theme throughout your wedding details.


7) Lighting is one of the biggest ways you can completely transform a ceremony or reception space. Whether it’s setting the mood, incorporating a color scheme, or just having some fun lights on the dance floor lighting can give you major bang for your buck by turning an unattractive ballroom into a reception wonderland.

Logan Jarrad Photography

8) Videography: In 2010 lots of brides cut videography out of their budgets. However, more brides are now realizing that wedding day video is so much more than just a shaky camera and bad focus. Wedding videographers now offer a variety of video related services including movie trailers of your wedding day with top industry editing. What a great way to relive your day!

9) Shorter Bridal Gowns of Reception Dresses: Modern brides want to be just as carefree as their guests when it comes to their big day. And choosing shorter dresses that allow a bride to move freely from greeting guests to having a blast on the dance is becoming a popular choice. Many brides who want a more traditional long wedding gown for their ceremony are opting for a shorter, more comfortable reception dress to change into after the vows.

Pronovias 2011 Collection

10) Photobooth: Forget traditional guest books where your friends and family only get to leave their signatures. Photobooths along with scrapbook style guest books where guests can paste in their pictures nearly instantly and write a little note is one of the fastest growing wedding reception trends. Obviously these are not new, but we are seeing at least 50% of our couples asking for them. We love them!

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Stephanie & Pat were married this past summer at Celebrity Dairy Farm in Siler City. Their big day combined vintage elements with hints of southern hospitality resulting in a truly lovely summertime wedding.

These gorgeous colorful flowers were from Knot Hill Flower Farm.

Thanks to Megan Kime of Megan Kime Photography for these fabulous images of Stephanie & Pat’s special day.

Mason jars were used as decor throughout the ceremony and reception adding a taste of vintage inspiration.

Love these images of the new Mr. & Mrs.

Lanterns are a beautiful way to add a romantic touch of elegance as the sun goes down and these mason jar lanterns were the perfect touch for Stephanie & Pat’s relaxed outdoor reception.

Their vibrant yellow cake incorporated elements of the the outdoors.

For favors, the couple chose to stick with the theme of their venue and give their guests sweet scented goat’s milk soap.

Congratulations, Stephanie & Pat!

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Heather and Ryan were married this past October in the undisturbed coastal beauty of the Outer Banks. And what a gorgeous Outer Banks wedding they had from start to finish.

Thanks to the talented Hadar Goren of Hadar Goren Photography for capturing the beauty and romance of Heather and Ryan’s special day.


The Budleigh, in the heart of Downtown Manteo, was the perfect backdrop for a chic yet laid back evening reception. The reception site featured porch areas, giving guests the freedom to spread out and enjoy the beautiful weather.

The hydrangea centerpieces coordinated with the same shades of purple, rose, and white used in the hydrangea bridesmaids’ bouquets as well as the groomsmens’ boutonnieres.

Ocean Boulevard Bistro provided the delicious reception fare.

The guests loved the lounge area we created using several armless white sofas. Choosing an armless furniture design in a solid color creates a sense of modern elegance.

The favors, coordinated with the wedding’s purple color scheme, were mini-boxes of Hershey kisses. Adorable and what guest doesn’t love a little chocolate at the end of the evening?

This serene coastal backdrop provided the perfect setting for breathtaking portraits.


Congratulations, Heather and Ryan!

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