Leslie & Jon
A beautifully intimate courthouse elopement, a super fun celebratory photoshoot, and one of our very own from Southern Bride and Groom – What more could you ask for? We here at Southern Bride and Groom are so excited to share with you that our very own Leslie has wed the love of her life, Jon, in an intimate elopement! Of course, it wouldn’t be a SB&G wedding without breathtaking photographs by Jamie Blow Photography and a fun photoshoot to celebrate the nuptials!
Leslie and Jon met while listening to a band on Ocean Isle Beach. He asked her to dance and the rest is history for these two. Jon proposed on Christmas Day at Leslie’s family’s holiday party with the same ring that her grandfather used when he had proposed – three times! – to her grandmother.
Leslie and Jon knew they wanted a small and untraditional wedding. While they were discussing the many options that comes along with planning a wedding, they also purchased their first home as a couple. Leslie joked, “I was looking more at WayFair for the perfect dining room table instead of wedding gowns! I knew then that my focus was more on “nesting” with my husband-to-be than the usual bridal searches.”
They decided on eloping to the courthouse in Nashville, NC and having a party to celebrate with family and friends at a later date. Just because they eloped, doesn’t mean they didn’t get to include everything they wanted.
Leslie’s gorgeous bridal bouquet, hair flower, and flower crown for her step-daughter, Taylor, were made by SB&G Preferred Vendor, Bowerbird Flowers. “Her whimsical, yet polished look is exactly what I pictured when Jon and I were thinking of planning our wedding day. Working with her was a pure joy!”
Leslie and Jon opted for a stunning natural light look for their photos. While the wind picked up the day of, you would never know from the beautiful photographs. Leslie said, “Jamie Blow has the best energy! She made everyone around us so comfortable. She went with the flow of the day and never missed a beat.”
Celebratory Elopement Photo Shoot
Moon & Lola‘s cake topper on top of the beautifully designed cake and fun cupcakes by Winde Jackson Cakes were the perfect addition to the celebration! “Winde with Winde Jackson Cakes is a local Rocky Mount sweetooth aficionado! Her delectable cakes and treats are just as beautiful as they are amazing to eat! I called her last minute and she was so on board. She was especially excited about our cupcakes. She even made them vegan for me, without me even asking. That’s just Winde – she really knows her brides,” shared Leslie.
A beautifully special moment for Leslie was It was sharing with Jon and his daughter Taylor the note she had authored to them. While it was her words that carried the message of loving each of them individually and as a family, she trusted Jessica Yee of The Oblique Pen to put her words into a beautiful memento.
“Jessica Yee went above and beyond with her calligraphy. She artfully wrote my words in her breathtaking calligraphy on beautiful textured paper, and even illustrated a simple flower at the bottom,” shared Leslie. “Her attention to detail is just uncanny.”
Leslie had her hair and makeup done by the one and only, Makeup For Your Day.”I only had two requests: a flower in my hair and a bold, red lip,” said Leslie. “This was a spontaneous elopement, so there was no trial-run, and their team nailed it!”
Between the stunning florals, pretty dresses, fun cupcakes and props, and beautiful photographs to remember the day, it was a picture perfect celebration. When asked if she would do it over again – she immediately answered, “100% yes!”
Leslie used nearly all Southern Bride and Groom vendors for her elopement and celebration.
“Working with SB&G has been such an amazing experience! I have the opportunity to see different weddings, styled shoots, and vendor collaborations. There are Real Wedding and Editorial Shoots that have stuck in my mind. I feel like I’ve seen it all – high-budgets and small, intimate events.
Some brides-to-be and couples may not know this, but SB&G has a vetting process for every single vendor that is invited into the upcoming annual publication. The newly-engaged couples have trusted SB&G for reliable, professional, and impressively creative vendors 30 years, and our small, local team takes that to heart. We love LOVE, and no matter how big or small the celebratory events surrounding a couples’ engagement, the SB&G Team wants to be sure we are an essential, helpful source to make their day that much more special.”
SB&G Preferred Vendors
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jamie Blow Photography | HAIR & MAKEUP : Makeup for Your Day | FLORIST: Bowerbird Flowers | CALLIGRAPHY: The Oblique Pen | CAKE & CUPCAKES: Winde Jackson Cakes | JEWELRY & CAKE TOPPER: Moon & Lola | SPARKLE DRESS: Coastal Knot | GROOMS WEAR: Belk of Crabtree Valley
VENUE: Nashville, NC Courthouse | COURTHOUSE DRESS: Bevello Boutique | PINK DAUGHTER’S DRESS: Francesca’s | MANICURE: Paintbase | BRIDE’S RING: Heirlooms (Grandmother’s engagement ring & Mother’s anniversary band) | SHOOT VENUE: Rocky Mount Mills Historic Bridge