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North Carolina Florals
If you love the idea of supporting small local businesses and want to plan a more mindful wedding, consider going green – not just with your wedding greenery, but your bouquet and florals, too. There is a field-to-vase trend in the floral industry right now, so it’s a perfect time for brides to take advantage of local growers providing great, year-round flowers choices for local NC wedding bouquets. In recent years, the list of viable flowers has grown substantially. Plus, sourcing through a local grower is more sustainable and often better, fresher quality than what is available through more commercial markets.
These bouquets are all sourced from local NC growers by Durham florist, Ninth Street Flowers. “North Carolina is a great state for field grown flowers,” says owner Larry Wood. Larry makes a point to source as much as he can from local farms and growers.
North Carolina Wildflower Look
If you truly want to go local, it helps to go into your floral planning process with an open mind and more than one top flower choice.
“Many flowers are only grown as field crops, so a bride will have to accept a certain ‘wildflower’ feel to her bouquets to be happy with what is available locally,” says Wood.
Are you wondering how going local will affect your budget? Many imported flowers cost less because they come from large production farms in Southern America and are so plentiful to what’s regionally available. If you are a bride or couple who is flexible and wants to go with local and even native flowers, check with your florist to see if they buy from local growers. You may be surprised and are able to not only support the local growers, but also stay within or close to budget.
Using local flowers brings a fresher look to your wedding and comes with the added benefit of supporting our community’s economy. If you want to go local, it pays to do a little research ahead of time and keep an open mind about a couple of top flower choices.
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Roses of pink and coral are weaved within a garland of greenery by Tre Bella Flowers to create sweetly sophisticated table runners for rustic wood tables and chairs. This table is perfect for celebrating and conversing while being just frilly enough to add your favorite flowers and colors with a natural look. The complementary bouquet has a freshly gathered garden touch.
The table runner ran all the way onto the floor to create a lush and romantic scene. With various different romantic blooms and floating candle votives, the table could not have been more beautiful and full of romance. You could easily replace the pinks and corals used by here with the color scheme of your wedding!
With the chair rentals being on the plain side with their natural wood finish, Tre Bella decided to add greenery and florals to the back of the chairs to compliment the florals of the rest of the table. They created picture perfect seating arrangements!
Tre Bella designed a perfect bridal bouquet using the same blooms that were in the table runner. With the various green leaves and mixture of pink, corals and white flowers, the bouquet had a romantic garden feel to it that complimented the entire inspiration of the shoot.
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Floral Design: Tre Bella Flowers | Rentals: American Party Rentals | China & Glassware: Kate Spade from Belk | Place Cards: Calligraphy by Jessica Yee, The Oblique Pen | Gown: Hayley Paige Blush from Tre Bella Bridal | Jewelry: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | Hair & Makeup: Bella Trio Day Spa | Venue : The Merrimon-Wynne House | Photographer: Katherine Miles Jones Photography
The Art of Elegance
Beautiful flowers combined with an eye for design reminiscent of the Far East, but uniquely all-American in this two-tiered sculpted arrangement. University Florists artfully combines many NC native flowers with classic orchids and garden roses, achieving a timeless elegance. Get inspired for your wedding with this North Carolina elegant wedding floral inspiration photo shoot.
University Florists created a simple yet elegant tablescape with natural colors as a base and added a pop of brights with peach and coral roses within the arrangements. The rose gold candle votives added throughout the table in a symmetrical manner pulled together to create a romantic vision for the table.
The NC florist completed the wedding tablescape with beautifully delicate small vases placed on the center of each place setting that complimented the overall theme of the table.
The bride wore a uniquely classic Monique Lhuillier gown from Raleigh wedding dress studio, Alexia’s Bridal. The beautiful a-line satin skirt with lace details on the top perfectly paired with this elegant setting. The bridal bouquet was created with matching bright florals from the table arrangements. Pinks and coral roses were tied together with an elegant light green ribbon and could not have looked more stunning held by the bride.
Everything from the florals to the jewelry screamed “elegant” within this shoot. Bailey’s Fine Jewelry adorned the bride in simply classic jewels. It’s hard to decide which is more gorgeous, the beautiful spring colored bridal bouquet or the stunning halo diamond ring!
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FLORAL DESIGN & CONTAINERS: University Florists | RENTALS: American Party Rentals | GOWN: Monique Lhuillier from Alexia’s Bridal | JEWELRY: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House | HAIR & MAKEUP: Bella Trio Day Spa | PHOTOGRAPHER: Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Wedding Reception Inspiration
This hunting themed design by The English Garden uses rich garnet colors in the flower design and linens from Party Reflections. The bride wears a daring and darling two-piece gown from Alexia’s Bridal and poses with her riding gear. A vintage bracelet and ring form Bailey’s Fine Jewelry and a burberry styled menu from One + Only Paper add distinctive details.
This spectacular chandelier from Get Lit Special Event Lightning was adorned in complementary garnet florals to bring life to the pergola that stood above the inspirational table. A mixture of colored and textured glassware from Party Reflections perfectly pairs with the floral arrangements from The English Garden.
Embrace the romance of this wedding pergola repurposed as an intimate wedding party table on the verdant lawn of The Merrimon-Wynne House. The English Garden themed this glorious table with a hunting club stately ambiance including crystal and fine china accents. They added a surprise mix of cultivated and wild flowers in rusty reds, antique greens and golds.
One + Only Paper created a burberry styled menu that paired impeccably with the garnet colored linens and floral arrangements. The collection of textured and colored glass and fine china all meshed beautifully to create this hunting inspired theme.
The English Garden created a bountiful bridal bouquet that perfectly coincided with the floral decor of the table and venue. With rusty reds, wild flowers, and beautifully arranged green leaves, this bridal bouquet was a piece of living art.
The bride wore a beautifully unique two-piece gown from Alexia’s Bridal. The dress was a fun take on a classic wedding look. Paired with beautifully vintage pieces from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, this look was everything and more!
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FLORAL DESIGN & CONTAINERS: The English Garden | PERGOLA & CHANDELIER: Get Lit Special Event Lighting | RENTALS OF CHAIRS, GLASSWARE, FLATWARE & LINEN: Party Reflections | GOWN: Alexia’s Bridal | THEMED CHINA & JEWELRY: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | MENUS & PLACE CARDS: One + Only Paper | VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHER: Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Dessert Table Inspiration
Floral Dimensions shows us the dramatic beauty that floral design can add to your dessert table, creating one of the most gorgeous décor elements of the room. These giant floral and greenery wreaths are hung above the table and visible from every direction. The yummy and lovely desserts will be anticipated by all and the presentation couldn’t be more delightful!
Sugar Euphoria, based in the Raleigh, NC area, is known for designing exquisite wedding cakes as well as custom dessert bars for your celebration. They created a beautiful array of cakes and treats for this naturally sweet dessert display!
Durham, NC based wedding florist, Floral Dimensions designed a hanging floral display with the help of Get Lit Special Event Lighting. Having an arrangement hanging above the table allowed the beautiful flowers and greenery to be viewed from anywhere in the room and really brought together the table as a place to mix and mingle while enjoying an array of desserts for the reception. They used a beautiful blush colored ribbon to hang the wreath floral arrangement which perfectly complimented the color scheme.
Floral Dimensions used fresh flowers to completely transform the desserts on the table. Each cake was draped and adorned with roses, vines and greenery that perfectly coincided with the floral arrangements in the hanging wreath as well as each vase.
The bridal bouquet was a thing of pure magic! Using the same florals that can be found all around the venue, Floral Dimensions created a bountiful collection of florals to compliment the bride’s tulle and lace Hayley Paige gown from Coastal Knot Bridal and stunningly elegant earrings from Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.
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FLORAL DESIGN: Floral Dimensions | SIGNS: Floral Dimensions Stationary Studio | DESSERTS: Sugar Euphoria | GLASSWARE, CHINA, & LINEN: American Party Rentals | WREATH BASE: Get Lit Special Event Lighting | GOWN: Hayley Paige from Coastal Knot Bridal | JEWELRY: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP: Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHER: Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Summer Catering in NC
Summer is around the corner and wedding season is among us. That means finding the right seasonal fare to serve at your wedding! Depending where you are located, that could mean different things. We brought together some of our favorite local North Carolina caterers and are sharing some of the top Summer wedding catering trends!
If you are anywhere near the North Carolina coast you know that seafood is a must have. We have some of the best and freshest catches around! Donovan’s Dish shared with us this casual seafood boil that is sure to bring together any family. Having such an informal yet stunning way of presenting a classic meal is perfect for any North Carolina bride and groom!
Seafood Fine Dining
In the other spectrum is a more traditional presentation of a classic seafood meal. Parizade put a mediterranean spin on this seafood dish and made a summer dish just that much more summery. For the bride and groom that doesnt want to get their fingers dirty, this option is just what you are looking for!
Rocky Top Catering transformed a cold weather dish, curry, into a Summer favorite. They created an amazing shrimp curry to go with the season and accented it with bright colors to perfectly blend in with a Summer wedding. You can easily turn any dull dish into a bright plate with the help of some sauces or seasonal flowers.
Sliders are no new trend, but pulling together colorful sliders like these pork belly, portobello and crab cake bites from Southern Harvest Catering, give a non exciting dish a Summer overhaul. Using vegetables that are in season and fresh only grow your guests hunger when they see them coming around at your wedding!
Salads are a common item on the wedding menu. Spice things up by having a not-so-traditional type of salad. Catering Works created this frisee salad with a shrimp cocktail and pistachio vinaigrette. Not only is it aesthetically beautiful, it is the perfect light Summer dish.
Oysters are really hitting their stride right now. New oyster bars are popping up left and right and we just can’t get enough of them! Rocky Top Catering took their oyster presentation to a new level with these oysters in 6 different ways. These are perfect for cocktail hour at any formal wedding. You can also have raw oysters for a more casual reception.
Photography by Riley MacLean Photography
Minerals, Rock Crystals, and Gem Wedding Decor
Bloom Works brings a jewel-tone palette from amethyst to sapphire to this glitzy table inspired by a trend in minerals, rock crystals and gem decor. Flanked by four sparkling chandelier columns, the elegant head table has an arch above and a one-of-a-kind runner composed of flowers, clematis vines, succulents, crystal geodes and rock crystal candle holders. Bloom Works is happy working with locally grown flowers or exotics, and they creatively juxtaposed both here in this elegant, radiant designs.
Stunning tear drop candle holders hung from the gold vine arch creation that brought together the tall arrangements and created one masterpiece of a head table.
Purple rock crystal candle holders were added to the tabletop design that effortlessly blended in with the glitzy tablescape inspired by the popular trend.
Our beautiful bride wore a simply, yet elegant, strapless gown by Amy Kuschel from Lana Addison Bridal. Her look was topped off with unique jewelry pieces by Bailey’s Fine Jewelry. Her look was complemented perfectly with the array of bridal bouquets that were created by Bloom Works.
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FLORAL DESIGN: Bloom Works, division of Catering Works | CRYSTAL COLUMNS: Get Light Special Event Lighting | TABLETOP CHINA, GLASSWARE, FLATWARE, LINEN & CHAIRS: Party Reflections | CUPCAKES: Catering Works | PLACE CARDS: Cute Buttons | GOWN: Amy Kuschel from Lana Addison Bridal | JEWELRY: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP: Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHY: Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Garden Floral Wedding Inspiration
This dream garden grows splendid roses in coral, peach and gold colors of sunset within eye-catching geometric shaped vases and tiny terrariums. The romantic tablescape by Eclectic Sage is set beneath a luxurious hanging arrangement. This look is completed with ribbon woven through the white lattice backdrop, menus and place cards.
With such an array of colors and metals, One + Only Paper kept their menus and placecards unique yet simplistic. The geometric touches on the designs perfectly complimented the geometric accents of the tablescape.
Golden accents were not only added to the table with vases and decor but also to the bride. Bailey’s Fine Jewelry adorned the beautiful bride with vintage inspired gold pieces.
Eclectic Sage didn’t just use their impeccable skills with floral arrangements for the table display. The brides floral crown and gorgeous bridal bouquet matched perfectly with the garden blooms of the entire wedding scene.
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FLORAL DESIGN, LATTICE RIBBON DECOR & CONTAINERS: Eclectic Sage| TABLETOP CHINA, GLASSWARE, FLATWARE & LINEN: Party Reflections | MENUS & PLACECARDS: One + Only Paper | GOWN: Lela Rose from Alexia’s Bridal | JEWELRY: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP: Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHER: Katherine Miles Jones Photography
Romantic Floral Inspiration
The captivating design perfectly meshes with the charm of The Merrimon-Wynne House. We love that Fiore Fine Flowers mixed florals you might grow in your home garden like blush and cream dahlias and roses, with gorgeous and exotic white phalaenopsis orchids. The bounteous bundles are enhanced with special touches like silk ribbon chair embellishments, watercolor place cards and mixed golden vases. This soft extravagant mix is as romantic as it gets.
Fiore Fine Flowers adorned the beautiful antique fireplace of The Merrimon-Wynne House with green leaf runners, blush and cream dahlias and roses, and candles. They added a mix of gold lanterns and vases to pull together the classic gold and blush color theme.
Fiore Fine Flowers created a large cream and blush bridal bouquet with dahlias, roses, and draping white phalaenopsis. A gold satin sash tied together the gorgeous bouquet to compliment the gold accents of the scenery.
Watercolor blush menus and place cards from If It’s Paper add a whimsical and artistic touch that perfectly pairs with the elegant tall gold vases with white and blush shaded blooms from Fiore Fine Flowers.
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FLORAL DESIGN: Fiore Fine Flowers | CHAIRS, GLASSWARE, CHIND & LINEN: Party Reflections | MENU & PLACE CARDS: If It’s Paper | GOWN: Hayley Paige from Coastal Knot Bridal | JEWELRY: Bailey’s Fine Jewelry | HAIR & MAKEUP: Bella Trio Day Spa | VENUE: The Merrimon-Wynne House | PHOTOGRAPHER: Katherine Miles Jones Photography
North Carolina Outdoor Wedding Inspiration
There is a good reason so many North Carolina couples desire an outdoor wedding. When the weather is on point in our state, the open air surroundings are nothing short of mild and magical. And indeed, all is aglow with romance in this spring outdoor wedding with a pastel color palette. The end result was an intimate industrial, garden chic wedding designed around geometric shapes and a soft feminine palette of mint, copper and pastels. This modern NC wedding in a country setting was designed by local wedding planner team, A Southern Soiree.
This formal affair is designed to feel intimate and casual. The ceremony was adorned in wood elements and florals to bring out a garden chic feel. The outdoor dining area defined by market light poles is intentionally cozy, and is set with a mix of table groupings, all conducive to sharing food and good company.
Fashion & Beauty
Smart suits in soft grey pair handsomely with bridesmaid dresses, each unique and in complementary shades of the palest blue. Mismatching bridesmaid dresses gives the opportunity to add a variation of colors while still staying in one palette and theme.
To photograph the classic beauty of the venue, Casey Rose Photography chose film photography for its unparalleled ability to capture rich textures, depth and dynamic range in soft, natural colors and soft light.
Flowers & Décor
The English Garden created naturally styled floral bouquets and arrangements in a feminine palette of mint and mixed pastels. Adding mixed metals created an industrial look that perfectly paired with the feminine beauty of the scenery. “We blended texture, metal and pastels to create an unexpected design,” says Megan Gillikin of A Southern Soiree.
A formal affair designed to feel cozy and casual, the perfect setting for guests to enjoy the outdoors and good company.
Elegant passed hor d’oeuvres adds an easy, delicious touch to the guest’s experience. Edible Art Bakery produced geometric garden chic cakes to incorporate the events themes.
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STYLING A Southern Soiree | PHOTOGRAPHY Casey Rose Photography | FLORALS The English Garden | RENTALS American Party Rentals | PAPER Paperbuzz | BRIDAL GOWN Theia from Lana Addison Bridal | BRIDESMAIDS GOWNS Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh | FORMALWEAR Bernard’s Formalwear | HAIR & MAKEUP Bella Trio Day Spa | JEWELRY Moon & Lola | LIGHTING & CEREMONY DRAPER Get Lit Special Event Lighting | CAKES Edible Art Bakery