Anna + Jeff’s Classic Chapel Hill Wedding

Anna and Jeff’s photographs from the fabulous Blue Barn Photography team have finally arrived, and I cannot wait to share these stunning images with y’all!! Their timeless southern wedding was perfectly captured, and I am so excited for you all to get to experience the magic that took place on July 22nd at the beloved Carolina Inn.

Anna and Jeff’s special day was nothing short of perfection. The classic color scheme, exquisite florals, and flawless signage was enough to make anyone swoon. The day was filled with touches of Carolina blue, plenty of classic black & white, and stunning greenery. Needless to say, it was flawless. This wedding was extra special to me, because I was not only the wedding planner but the florist! It was such an honor to be Anna and Jeff’s florist, and it was so rewarding to see all of the gorgeous bouquets and arrangements come to life. (I couldn’t have done it without my incredible team, by the way – or my husband who let our home be filled with over a thousand flowers for several days!)

Anna and Jeff’s big day took place in Chapel Hill, and it did not disappoint! Their ceremony took place at the University United Methodist Church where they said “I do” and performed communion surrounded by the sweetest friends and family. Afterwards, everyone headed to The Carolina Inn for an outdoor cocktail hour complete with a bluegrass string band, and a gorgeous reception filled with delicious food, college mascots (UNC and UGA!), and the best company. The dance floor was packed all night long, and it was such a fun celebration for these two dearly loved people.

This precious couple is so special to me, and I am so honored and humbled to have gotten to plan and be such a huge part of their special day. We spent over 1.5 years dremaing up, designing, and planning this incredibly special day, and I loved getting to know Anna so well along the way – what a treasure she and Jeff are! The highlight of the day was sitting down with Anna during the reception and eating a slice of wedding cake together (so sweet – and her idea!!). It was an incredible day, and I wish these newlyweds the happiest of marriages!

I can’t get enough of these breathtaking photos so I hope you enjoy them as much as I am!

 

 

Vendors:

Photographer Taylor and Andrew Lovette of Blue Barn

Planning, design, styling Stephanie Shaul Events
Venue + catering Carolina Inn
Videographer Dogwood Media
Florist Stephanie Shaul Events
Band 10 Spot Band
Bluegrass band Counterclockwise String Band
Rentals CE Rental
Hair + makeup Teighla Norris
Cake Simply Cakes
Invitations, signage, calligraphy Haylily
Bridal gown La Belle Mariee Bridal

Hand-crocheted garter by my Grandma

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My incredible grandma crocheted me this stunning, intricate garter for my wedding day, and it definitely has a place of honor on our wedding gallery wall now that our wedding has come and gone! My grandma wasn’t able to travel from Ohio and join us for our wedding, but she was most certainly with us in spirit in so many ways, especially as I wore this beautiful masterpiece she lovingly made for me. As soon as we got engaged, Grandma started on this garter right away, since it took countless hours (and a lot of eye strain!) to handcraft. I know so much love and prayers were poured into every miniscule stitch, and it is something that I will treasure forever. She even tied it with a Carolina blue ribbon, both for my alma mater and for my “something blue.” It was the perfect bridal accessory on our wedding day, for sure.

So many meaningful, deeply special touches make up a wedding day, and this is one that I treausre so close to my heart. We tried to think of highly meaningful, personal details to weave our loved ones into our wedding day, especially of those who couldn’t be there with us in person.

Thank you for sharing your gift with me, Grandma!! This is the most beautiful garter imaginable, and I’m so grateful you made it for me!

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first three photos by the incredible Ally and Bobby Photography

My Bridesmaid Luncheon at the Carolina Inn

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Over the next few weeks, I’m ecstatic to be sharing all about our wedding and the festivities that came along with it! Though our wedding was about three months ago, it still is so fresh in my memory, and I love remembering how special every single event was. It truly was the perfect, perfect wedding weekend in every way, and Rob and I know how deeply blessed we are.

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all of my beautiful bridesmaids!

Our immediate families traveled into town on Wednesday and Thursday, and we were so glad to have everyone in Raleigh to celebrate a few days before our wedding! The first big event to kick off the wedding festivities was for the ladies, and it was my bridesmaid luncheon. The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill graciously hosted this beautiful event for me, and they went above and beyond to love on us well! The Carolina Inn is an incredibly special place: I lived just across the street from it my senior year of college, it’s a beloved place to any UNC grad, my sister and her husband were married here four years ago, many of my friends have celebrated their wedding festivities here, and I even plan many weddings at the Inn! I was so incredibly grateful to have the Carolina Inn play a part in our wedding weekend, and I’m so glad the ladies in my life were able to experience (or re-live!) its charm and beauty.

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I invited all eleven of my bridesmaids, my mom, Rob’s mom, my new sister-in-law, and my aunts and cousins to attend the luncheon, which is a definite Southern tradition! I know my dad and Rob were a little jealous they didn’t get to partake in the delicious fare of the Inn (though I know some of Rob’s family enjoyed the Inn’s restaurant while we lunched!). Even though I chose the menu and the linens for the bridesmaid luncheon, it was even more beautiful than I imagined when we walked into the Club Room! It really took my breath away, and I definitely cried a happy tear or two. It was definitely a “pinch me” moment… knowing I was celebrating our upcoming marriage with the ladies closest to me, that everyone had traveled from so far for us, the love, support, and encouragement of my family and friends throughout my entire life, and that the Carolina Inn was the stunning backdrop of this special luncheon!

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my sister/best friend/MOH + me!

I wanted this to be an uber-girly, fun luncheon to celebrate how special my bridesmaids and our moms are to me, and I wanted to spoil them! The Club Room at the Carolina Inn is picture perfect, oh so Southern, and quintessentially “Carolina” with the blue walls and white trim. I wanted one big table for all of us to sit it, and it was adorned with a salmon pink linen, topped with blue and white hydrangeas, and I even added in my own gold pineapples to the centerpieces. I set out hand-calligraphed placecards for all my guests, thank you notes for all the ladies, and their bridesmaid gift bags, filled with all their goodies. (You can see what I gifted them here!) This is also when I gave our moms their special gifts, as well. The pink, white, blue, and gold decor made me so happy, and it was even better when all of my bridesmaids arrived for their celebration!

 

We dined on baked brie with berries and honey, chicken salad with biscuits, fresh fruit with a trio of amazing dips, sweet potato fries, and then beautiful key lie pies that were adorned exquistely! There was also champagne, of course! The Carolina Inn definitely outdid themselves with the menu, the food, and the service. It was absolutely delicious, the staff was impeccable, and I know we were all so full and satisfied!

 

It was the perfect Southern meal, and I loved being surrounded by all of my best friends, our moms, and some of my family. They are the best of the best, and it’s hard to put into words how blessed I am by these friendships! I know how lucky I am to be surrounded by the most loving, fun, thoughtful, kind, wise, supportive, and encouraging women in the world!!

A huge, huge thank you to the Carolina Inn for hosting us for my bridesmaid luncheon – y’all are the best!!