As evenings grow longer and days shorten, country club weddings sound-side are the perfect setting for celebrations especially when we get to work with stellar couples such as Kaitie and Jared. Imagine all friends from college reunited along with many of their family members... The result a day filled with fun, music, happy tears, moments, dance and lots of emotional energy! Kaitie's inspiration were blush colors, with a hint of rustic-chi for their day - Ivories, greens and blues were part of the color palette for the day! Preparations were started at their rental home in Emerald Isle, NC - and followed by final touches at the Country Club. Where bride chose to get ready before going down the aisle - Bridal processional started at right at 5:00 pm and followed by a reveal when Katie walked towards Jared accompanied by her father. - Yes! There were tears and that one moment we all look forward to - Pastor Jim, had beautiful words for the couples and all the guests. After the ceremony, a very fun reception followed - Entertainments was delivered by Tom Bone with Tunes on the move. Everyone danced until about 10:30 pm - The newlyweds opted for a sparkler exit, followed by a cart ride to their vehicle,and said good bye to all friends and family and embarked in their honeymoon prepared for their trip to Jamaica the next day! Congratulations, and we cannot wait to the many more weddings coming up this season, we truly love to capture all the happiness in the day of, every-time!
Vendors: Venue - Country Club of the Crystal Coast DJ - Tom Bone - Tunes On the Move - DJ Services Officiant - Pastor Jim - A Family Friend Cake: Maria Harris - Mrs.. Vingerber's Sweets Rentals: Crystal Coast Tent and Event Rental Vintage Rentals- Arbor - Sweetheart table and Doors - Charming & Quaint Floral Design - Avalon Event Floral Event Coordinator - Barb Contanza
Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A: We wanted our wedding to be very "vintage bohemian." Our colors were neutral and earthy with lots of greenery incorporated. Seems to be a popular trend these days! We got married at the beach, overlooking the sound at a beautiful country club. All of the girls, including myself, walked down the isle bare foot. The bridesmaids dresses were a nude color so the greenery that was in the bouquets really popped. All the guys wore navy suits with vintage suspenders. It was perfect.
Q: Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A: Simple was key for our wedding. We wanted it to feel natural and not overly decorated. Our wedding was outside, overlooking the sound at Pine Knoll Shores, NC, so we already had a gorgeous backdrop. Everything else involved greenery, simple florals, vintage doors, and a wooden archway. The reception also was clean and simple. We used an antique table with vintage chairs for our sweetheart table with romantic candles and vines draping the floor. Each table had lanterns, candles, and greenery to keep the theme alive. The beautiful sheer fabrics draping the ceiling really tied everything together!
Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A: Florals were super simple and classy. We used white roses, baby's breath, and greenery (mostly eucalyptus) for the majority of our arrangements. The boutonnieres were just small pieces of eucalyptus and greenery. Each bouquet was wrapped in sheer fabric with flowing strands of lace. For the ceremony, we had greenery with pieces of baby's breath peaking out of lanterns along the isle. The arch also was full of greenery and white roses. The same went for the reception, lots of greenery with baby's breath. Our "naked" wedding cake was gorgeous!! It was perfectly vintage with a few simple white roses between layers. Everything was very earthy, including the greens with baby's breath sprigs that I had in my hair. The florals that we chose played a huge part in our "vintage bohemian" theme.
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A: We have a very vivacious group of friends and family. Of course, the ceremony was romantic and wonderful. However, some of the most memorable moments were at our reception. Celebrating our marriage with room filled of people that we love was the icing on the cake! Our friends have a running game of "icing" each other. Meaning, if you find a bottle of Smirnoff Ice, you have to get on one knee and chug it. Sounds crazy, but it is something we have been doing to each other since college. Naturally, I tucked one into my garter so that when Jared had to go take it off....well, you know how it goes.....he had to chug it in front of everyone. Try chugging a warm malt liquour drink in front of 200 people without stopping or gagging! It's a good thing my husband loves me. Everybody got a good laugh from that.
Q: Let's talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
A: I knew from day one that I wanted to be barefoot, with a lace and flowing wedding dress. Doesn't sound hard to find, right? Wrong. I felt like I tried on so many dresses. But when you know, you know! I ended up with a sweetheart neckline, Justin Alexander dress. All lace with a jeweled bodice and a train to die for. My veil was floor length, very simple. I had flowers in my hair which pulled the look together, super bohemian. I wore barefoot sandals for the ceremony, all of the bridesmaids did as well. The girls wore nude dresses. Some were strapless, some were one shouldered, and some were haltered. Jewelry was nice and simple too. The girls wore pearl stud earrings that I bought them as gifts, along with their pearl barefoot sandals. I wore crystal tear drop earrings with a matching bracelet. No necklace. The details on my dress is what I wanted all eyes on. All of the boys wore navy Michael Kors suits with brown leather shoes and matching suspenders. Jared matched his suit with a watch I had previously bought him for his birthday. They were so handsome. The best part, all the boys wore matching American Flag socks. This was Jared's gift to all of his groomsmen.
Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A: Jared and I met in college. We were at a party and just hit it off from the start. We were together for just over 4 years when we got engaged. He proposed in Little Washington, NC. We were taking a walk by the waterfront and he popped the question! To my surprise, he invited some of my friends and family to watch in the distance. We all went and got dinner together afterwards to celebrate. Jared was smart, he got one of my friends to take pictures of the entire proposal. I love looking back on those pictures. We were engaged on 4/21/2017 and married on 4/21/2018.
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A: The most special moment of our wedding day was the few minutes that we were alone right after the ceremony. We weren't alone much our entire wedding weekend. So, having those 5 minutes to take in what just happened and realize the significance of it, was priceless.
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?
A: As far as wedding planning, I loved it. I am a huge control freak but I also am a huge planner. I had a blast. Ladies, anticipate that you will be doing most, if not all, the planning. I involved Jared in as much as he wanted to be involved in, which turned out to be the food, alcohol, and music. We don't have a whole lot of advice for marriage yet! But the advice that we have received seems to have this in common: never go to bed angry, always say I love you, and never stop "dating" each other.