It’s Wedding Wednesday at Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re sharing Melissa and Cory’s sweet, quintessentially Southern Real Raleigh, NC wedding at the NC State University Club in June.
Melissa and Cory met while working as restaurant servers during college. He went to NC State, she went to UNC, and they worked at Rudino’s, a sports bar halfway between their respective schools. The two quickly became friends, but it took them an entire year before deciding to officially begin dating and become a couple.
Melissa and Cory were both finishing up a semester of law school, which happened to be right around Melissa’s birthday. Cory had always taken her out for a birthday celebration, but he suggested waiting until the following day so she could commit to her studies. After her exam, Melissa went to her parent’s house and found Cory waiting for her! He handed her an envelope that contained tickets to the Nutcracker ballet for the following evening. He told her he was going to get dressed up, so she should, too. The two went out to dinner at one of their favorite local restaurants, 42nd Street Oyster Bar, where Cory had first told Melissa that he loved her three years prior, and then went to see the ballet. On the way home, Cory suggested that they stop by Rudino’s to see some friends. When they arrived, he took her to the restaurant’s porch, where they had first met. He’d set up a table covered in candles and roses. He got down on one knee, and popped the question! Of course, Melissa said yes! The couple went back to Melissa’s parents house, where Cory’s family joined them to celebrate their engagement.
The couple tied the knot at Melissa’s parent’s church, Fairmont United Methodist, followed by a reception at the NC State University Club. Melissa and Cory’s wedding paid homage to the couple’s home state of North Carolina, and was celebrated in quintessential Southern style with a color scheme of pale Tiffany blue and bright geranium pink. The color palette was carried out through the stunning florals — arrangements of hydrangeas, spray roses, Queen Anne’s lace, and chamomile daisies — the beautiful bridesmaids dresses, the boy’s ties, and soft table linens. Melissa’s mother actually made the couple’s wedding cake herself, and wait ’til you see the pictures, it’s a beauty! The couple also had strawberry jam that they made as wedding favors for their guests.
Melissa changed into a white going-away dress for the grand exit and wore a corsage her mother had made, just as she had done at her wedding years prior. Enjoy the couple’s stunning photographs, courtesy of Wake Forest Portrait Shoppe!
Ceremony Location: Fairmont United Methodist Church
Reception Location: NC State University Club
Minister: Rev. Randall Holste
Rehearsal Dinner: Backyard Bistro
Bridesmaid Luncheon: Caffe Luna
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Nina
Bridesmaids Dresses: Gorgeous Gowns
Mother of the Bride Dress: Gorgeous Gowns
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen Gifts: Monogrammed ties
Hair and Makeup: Bottega
Photographer: Wake Forest Portrait Shoppe
Videographer: Beth Lawrence
Florist: MEWS Designs
Cake: Bride’s mother, Ginny Evett
Invitations: Invitation Box
Ceremony Music: Dayle Welch
Reception Music: The Perfect Beat
Guest Accommodations: DoubleTree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone
Wedding Favors: Homemade strawberry jam
Transportation: Classy Transportation