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Happy Home Making – China for the Newlywed Home

A Tour of Casual to Fine China Ideas for your Newlywed Home, from the Best Raleigh NC Wedding Registry Locations

Most of us would agree that the heart of family life is in the kitchen. The act of sharing a meal together is a bond – be it a groggy-eyed quick bowl of cereal in the breakfast nook, or a conversation-filled dinner in the dining room. We think that when woven into tradition, this is a major contributor to the health of a marriage. So give yourself extra incentive to come to the table by having fun with your Raleigh NC wedding registry.

The truth is, after you get married, it is hard to motivate yourself to pick china patterns. That’s where your wedding registry comes in – this is your opportunity to add some special pieces for your new home. We recommend registering for formal china – perhaps even some mix and match pieces to keep it interesting. These can be used when you are hosting events, or even for special occasions at home. A second set of everyday china should be included too.

This piece explores some of the beautiful combinations available at local Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill NC bridal registries, all photographed by Raleigh wedding photographer, Alaina Ronquillo Photography. The backdrop is the home of Nick and Gretta Nance, local Raleigh newlyweds.


Meet the New Nesters – Raleigh NC Power Couple, Nick and Gretta Nance

Gretta and Nick Nance eloped last October at Jekyll Island in Georgia. After they exchanged vows, they shared their first meal together as husband and wife – a picnic just for the two of them on Driftwood Beach. Gretta and Nick’s wedding picnic is the perfect example of that intimate connection that comes from the sharing of a meal.

Back in Raleigh, we visited this couple just a few weeks after they were married. Their new home was designed by Nick, who worked with Southern Elegance Custom Homes. The house was built with lots of gathering space in mind. This newlywed Raleigh couple had more than just the two of them to think about – together they have four children as well.

“We are totes the Brady Bunch,” says Gretta.

Despite both being busy professionals, Gretta and Nick make a priority to have their own weekly in-home date night. They also have a full family dinner twice a week. Both the breakfast and dining table can fit all six family members, so they never have to sit separately to eat.


Home Accents makes great everyday china for the newlywed home. It is carried by Belk Bridal Registry, in Raleigh and Durham. We love the combination of pastel teal and cream in Gretta and Nick’s breakfast nook!

In-Home Lifestyle Shoot is Perfect for Engagement Photos or Newlywed Portraits

We had so much fun visiting the home of Nick and Gretta Nance. We wanted to capture some moments between the newlywed couple in the areas where they like to relax. They did build the home with several space for just that. So we treated the shoot like a lifestyle engagement shoot. We LOVE the idea of an in-home lifestyle shoot for engagement photos, or newlywed portraits. Keep these amazing shots in mind when planning your own engagement shoot, or Christmas card photos!

Raleigh wedding photographer Alaina Ronquillo Photography was perfect for this task. With her fine art photography style, she shows off the natural light that was built into this home. Gretta Nance was styled by Silverceiling Beauty Consulting, one of our recommended vendors who does wedding hair and makeup from a Raleigh studio, as well as on site at the location preferred by the bride. Silverceiling also has Wilmington and Asheville locations.

Above, we share some ideas of how to mix and match your fine china. Using some of the most gorgeous patterns available at Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, along with some classic gold charger looks, you can add lots of flair to a classic dining area. Bailey’s is located at Cameron Village and Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh. They also have Greenville and Rocky Mount, NC locations.


Kate Spade still has very popular patterns for the classic Southern newlywed home. We especially love the Chapel Hill pattern, with a subtle white lace. Kate Spade dishware is available at Belk bridal registry in Raleigh and Durham.


Congrats to Gretta and Nick Nance on their happy new home!

Want more inspiration for your newlywed tabletop from our local Raleigh wedding registries? Check out another fun newlywed in-home shoot we did with local blogger A Style of Her Own.

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