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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Wedding

Once in a while, we come across a wedding so sweet that our own words simply won’t do it justice. This pretty pastel wedding capture by Critsey Rowe is overflowing with perfect little moments that will surely inspire. Every image is a true testament of this couple’s love for each other, and you can get wrapped up in all the loveliness right […]

Once in a while, we come across a wedding so sweet that our own words simply won’t do it justice. This pretty pastel wedding capture by Critsey Rowe is overflowing with perfect little moments that will surely inspire. Every image is a true testament of this couple’s love for each other, and you can get wrapped up in all the loveliness right here.

Brianne was a classic beauty wearing Modern Trousseau. She paired it with a stunning beaded belt and simple cathedral veil. Her look was breathtaking and we loved all the little touches she added to create her overall look. A little about the bride and groom and their big day…

“While they were away at summer camp during high school, Brianne Hough (23 and a first grade teacher) met Matt McMullan (24 and an accountant) but their romance didn’t begin until they both decided to go to the University of North Carolina. The pair dated long distance after graduation until Matt proposed at his family’s beach house in December. “Matt planned the proposal on this particular weekend so that we could be with our closest camp friends during our annual New Years Eve trip in the days following our engagement,” says Brianne. “It was such a special way to bring in the New Year!” After a traditional church ceremony at First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia, the couple invited guests to celebrate at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, North Carolina. The newlyweds wanted a color palette that was bold yet classic, and settled on navy with pops of blush and gold for their glamorous summer soiree. Lush peony and orchid arrangements filled the timeless ballroom reception with gold mercury glass accents adding a touch of sparkle. “I love big, bold, fluffy flowers and ended up choosing to include some taller arrangements for height and drama,” says Brianne. “I’m so glad I did—they were so beautiful with orchids and calla lilies cascading from the sides and beautiful gold vases.” Despite their formal reception, the couple still wanted to honor their summer camp history and incorporated some special details. “Our napkins had lyrics to camp songs on them and we sent our guests home with individually wrapped, gourmet S’mores!” says Brianne.” A blurb from The Knot Blog.

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Critsey Rowe Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia

 

Critsey Rowe Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia

 

Critsey Rowe Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia

 

Critsey Rowe Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia

 

Critsey Rowe Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia

 

Critsey Rowe Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia

 

Critsey Rowe Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia

 

Critsey Rowe Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia

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Spring/Summer Wedding Favor Ideas

Spring and summer are a time when the flowers are in bloom and the sun is shining! We think it is such a fun idea to incorporate the season you are getting married into your wedding favors. Think succulents, seeds, oils and nature. Here are a few of our FAVORite ideas and DIY ; )   […]

Spring and summer are a time when the flowers are in bloom and the sun is shining! We think it is such a fun idea to incorporate the season you are getting married into your wedding favors. Think succulents, seeds, oils and nature. Here are a few of our FAVORite ideas and DIY ; )

Spring Wedding Favor Ideas

 

Spring Wedding Favor Ideas

 

Spring Wedding Favor Ideas

 

Spring Wedding Favor Ideas

 

Spring Wedding Favor Ideas

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Style Bridal Shoot

A little styled shoot at the Duke Mansion to brighten your Tuesday morning. The incredible vendors who made this happen: Photography: Allison Kuhn , Venue : the duke mansion , Dress Designer : hayley paige , Dress From : hayden olivia bridal , Flowers : the bloom room , Hair & Make-up : Bethany Grotz

A little styled shoot at the Duke Mansion to brighten your Tuesday morning.

The incredible vendors who made this happen: Photography: Allison Kuhn , Venue : the duke mansion , Dress Designer : hayley paige , Dress From : hayden olivia bridal , Flowers : the bloom room , Hair & Make-up : Bethany Grotz

Allison Kuhn Photography dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Allison Kuhn Photography dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Allison Kuhn Photography dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Allison Kuhn Photography dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Allison Kuhn Photography dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Allison Kuhn Photography dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Allison Kuhn Photography dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Allison Kuhn Photography dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Allison Kuhn Photography dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Allison Kuhn Photography dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

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Leah and Kyle’s Asheville Wedding

We have been itching to share these incredible Asheville wedding photos with you! Leah chose to do her bridal portraits among the cherry blossom trees and boy, oh boy, they took our breath away. For the ceremony and reception, the couple chose the stunning vineyard of Bruntshirt overlooking the mountains in Asheville, North Carolina. Leah was a […]

We have been itching to share these incredible Asheville wedding photos with you! Leah chose to do her bridal portraits among the cherry blossom trees and boy, oh boy, they took our breath away. For the ceremony and reception, the couple chose the stunning vineyard of Bruntshirt overlooking the mountains in Asheville, North Carolina.

Leah was a classic beauty in her custom made Modern Trousseau gown. The french lace dress with an off the shoulder sleeve was a perfect complement to the church ceremony and outdoor reception.

Words from the photographer: “The weather, which is naturally unpredictable in the Asheville mountains, was of course…unpredictable! They shared their First Look in the vineyards of Burntshirt while the thunder rolled in the background with darkening skies and the smell of rain on the horizon. Interestingly enough, the rain was never a topic. Dating for nearly four years and getting to know this couple and the love they share, a downpour truly wouldn’t have hindered their spirits or mood. To witness a First Look is truly a remarkable experience, with Leah and Kyle’s being no exception. The tears, emotion, excitement and complete adoration that they share was so apparent and something I truly love about this couple. As the wind picked up and thunder grew louder, we decided to cut our time short and head back in only to have a torrential downpour start moments following us seeking shelter!

The ceremony was held at the beautiful and rustic Biltmore United Methodist Church in downtown Asheville and the reception continued through the night at Burntshirt Vineyards. At the close of the evening I looked out towards the vineyards and the fog was just so intense! Knowing this couple, their love for photography and trust in me, I said, “So, there’s this amazing fog outside…..” and without even finishing Leah says, “Let’s go!” ” Julia Laible Photography (Just wait until you see those shots at the end of the gallery!)

We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness Leah and Kyle!

Julia Laible Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 

Julia Laible Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 

Julia Laible Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 

Julia Laible Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 

Julia Laible Photography

 

Julia Laible Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 

Julia Laible Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 

Julia Laible Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 

Julia Laible Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 

Julia Laible Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 

Julia Laible Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 

Julia Laible Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Getting Ready Location – Groom | Mountain Inn and Suites Ceremony | Biltmore United Methodist Church Reception | Burntshirt Vineyards DJ | Sound Extreme Entertainment  Gown From | Hayden Olivia in Charlotte, NC Gown Designer | Modern Trosseau Hair | Tiffany Lynn with Salon Twelve26 Makeup | Leah Shores – i.e. The Bride! Bridesmaids Dresses | Renz on Etsy Groom | J.Crew Groomsmen | Men’s Warehouse  Second Shooter | Hayley Watson with Lovely and Light. 

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Websurfing Wednesday

One of the first things a bride-to-be thinks about is what she wants the theme or feel of her wedding to be. There are so many directions a wedding can go and with the internet at our finger tips, we have an abundant number of options!  One of our favorite trends right now? Incorporating the […]

One of the first things a bride-to-be thinks about is what she wants the theme or feel of her wedding to be. There are so many directions a wedding can go and with the internet at our finger tips, we have an abundant number of options!  One of our favorite trends right now? Incorporating the cities you love and live in to the decor and theme of the wedding! Here are some of our favorite ways we found to do that.

City Wedding Cake

Cityscape cake

City Scape Invitations

Skyline Invitations

Travel Signage for Wedding

Travel Signs

City Cookies as Wedding Favors

City Themed Cookie Favors

Unique Wedding Seating Cards

City Inspired Seating Cards

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Map Place Cards

 

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Friday Feature: Styled Shoot on the Classic Bride

 We are so excited to have been a part of this delightful styled shoot which was featured on the Classic Bride Blog! Here are a few of our favorite images from the shoot, but you can see the full post here. “Let’s start this week out right with a girly soiree at The Duke Mansion in Charlotte, […]

 We are so excited to have been a part of this delightful styled shoot which was featured on the Classic Bride Blog! Here are a few of our favorite images from the shoot, but you can see the full post here.

“Let’s start this week out right with a girly soiree at The Duke Mansion in Charlotte, NC, including a fun confetti toss! This gorgeously styled shoot by Social 10 Events hits the perfect notes of preppy and classic and I think you’ll find plenty of inspiration for a bridal shower, engagement party or even a beautiful spring wedding. / Images by Cathy Durig Photography.”

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Classic Bride Blog

 

Classic Bride Blog

 

Classic Bride Blog

 

Classic Bride Blog

 

Classic Bride Blog

 Credits: Photographer: Cathy Durig Photography / Event Design: Social 10 Events / Stationary: Elle Dee Designs / Hair & Makeup: Cali Statt Artistry / Cake: Sweet Scene Cakes / Desserts: Queen’s Sweets / Bridesmaid Jewelry: Button Box Designs / Gown: Hayden Olivia Bridal / Venue: The Duke Mansion

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Websurfing Wednesday: Spring Flowers

Why is Spring a great time of year for a wedding? The seasonal flowers of course! By sticking with blooms that are found during the Spring time, you can save cost and have fresh flowers at your wedding without breaking the bank on out-of-season blossoms. This handy guide shows common Spring blooming flowers typically seen in […]

Why is Spring a great time of year for a wedding? The seasonal flowers of course! By sticking with blooms that are found during the Spring time, you can save cost and have fresh flowers at your wedding without breaking the bank on out-of-season blossoms. This handy guide shows common Spring blooming flowers typically seen in the Northern Hemisphere.

Spring Flowers

mage Credits: Feverfew bouquetTulipsDaisiesPeoniesLilacsAnemonesDaffodilsWax FlowerRanunculusOrchidsForget me nots

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Wedding Tip Tuesday

Tipping for the wedding can be an unclear part of the process. Who to tip, how much, what is appropriate, etc. We found an incredibly helpful article written by The Knot  with a break down on what vendors you should be tipping on your wedding day. With all of the expenses of your big day, and […]

Tipping for the wedding can be an unclear part of the process. Who to tip, how much, what is appropriate, etc. We found an incredibly helpful article written by The Knot  with a break down on what vendors you should be tipping on your wedding day. With all of the expenses of your big day, and gratuities can really add up – here is their “cheat sheet” on a breakdown of what’s customary for each vendor.

Wedding Planner

Wedding planners won’t likely expect anything; however, if yours did a great job you can always offer a token of your appreciation. (Note: Non-monetary thank-yous like professional photos of the wedding for the planner’s portfolio can go a long way too.) Approximately 50 percent of couples do tip their planners — typically those with more opulent weddings.

Protocol:

Optional

The $tandard:

Up to $500, or a nice gift

When to Tip:

The bride should hand off the envelope at the end of the reception, or, she should send a thank-you note with photos or a check after the honeymoon.

Wedding Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist

This is one area where a gratuity is definitely expected. Tip between 15 – 20 percent just as you would in a hair salon, and consider giving a little extra if there’s a crisis, like one of your bridesmaids has a meltdown over her updo and it requires a redo at the last minute.

Protocol:

Expected

The $tandard:

15 – 25 percent, depending upon the quality of service

When to Tip:

At the end of your service

Wedding Delivery and Set-up Staff

Slip a few dollars to anyone delivering important items to the site ( wedding cake , flowers, or sound system). And if a lot of gear needs to be brought in and set up (tents, chairs, or port-a-potties), the workers deserve a tip too.

Protocol:

Expected

The $tandard:

$5 – $10 per person

When to Tip:

Drop off cash envelopes the day before the wedding to the catering manager so the person accepting deliveries can turn the tip.

Wedding Ceremony Officiant

If your officiant is affiliated with a church or synagogue, you’re often expected to make a donation to that institution. If you’re a member you’ll probably want to give a larger amount than if you’re not. However, if you’re getting married there and they’re charging you to use the space, feel free to give a smaller amount. If you’re using a nondenominational officiant, no tip is required because they will charge you for their time.

Protocol:

Expected (depending on officiant)

The $tandard:

Donate $500+ to the church or synagogue, or, for a nondenominational officiant, an optional tip of $50 – $100

When to Tip:

Most ceremony fees are required prior to the wedding. Otherwise, have the best man pass the cash envelope at the rehearsal dinner if the officiant is in attendance.

Wedding Ceremony Musicians

If you worked with a mini orchestra to come up with the perfect score for your service (and they pulled it off flawlessly), consider showing some monetary thanks for their talent. However, you probably don’t have to tip the solo church organist who was required to play.

Protocol: Optional

The $tandard:

$15 – $20 per musician

When to Tip:

At the end of the ceremony.

Wedding Photographer/Videographer

You’re not expected to give your shutterbugs any dough beyond their normal fees. Yet if the wedding photographer or videographer doesn’t own the studio, consider tipping each person (or give a certain amount with a thank-you note to disperse to staff).

Protocol:

Optional

The $tandard:

$50 – $200 per vendor

When to Tip:

At the end of the reception.

Wedding Reception Staff

This type of staff includes the on-site coordinator, maitre d’, and banquet manager. A service charge (typically 2 percent) is almost always built in to the food and drink fee, so check your contract. If the gratuity is not included, tip as follows.

Protocol:

Expected

The $tandard:

15 – 20 percent of the food and drink fee (based on labor, not the cost), or $200 – $300 for the maitre d’.

When to Tip:

If it’s covered in the contract, the final bill is typically due before the reception. Otherwise, have the father of the bride or best man hand the envelope to the maitre d’ at the end of the reception since you will need to know the final tab to calculate the percentage.

Wedding Reception Attendants

When it comes to bartenders, waitstaff, parking, bathroom, and coat-room attendants the rules of tipping are dictated by your contract. If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it’s not included, ask ahead of time how many attendants will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.

Protocol:

Optional, based on contract

The $tandard:

$20 – $25 per bartender or waiter; $1 per guest for coat room and parking attendants; $1 per car

When to Tip:

Although tips are traditionally passed out at the end of the event, you could alternately distribute them at the beginning of the evening, to encourage all the workers to give you great service.

Wedding Reception Band or DJ

Whether you hire 12-piece swing band or grooving to a DJ, tipping musicians is completely optional. (Depending on the quality of the job and how willing they were to follow your ideal playlist!) And don’t forget about any sound technicians they bring with them.

Protocol:

Optional, yet preferred

The $tandard:

$20 – $25 per musician; $50 – $150 for DJs

When to Tip:

At the end of the reception, by the best man.

Wedding Transportation

Again, check your contract, as gratuity is usually included. If it isn’t, plan to tip provided they show up on time and don’t get lost!

Protocol:

Expected

The $tandard:

15 – 20 percent of the total bill

When to Tip:

At the end of the night or after the last ride. If you used a separate company for the guest buses, designate a bus captain to hand the driver a tip, otherwise, this duty falls to the best man.

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Websurfing Wednesday

 How adorable are these cursive stamps?! These self-inking red rubber woodblock stamps allow you to remind you guests that each item was certainly ‘sent with love,’ ‘from the newlyweds,’  or send ‘cheers’ all around for your upcoming wedding and wedding festivities. These are perfect for stamping on your envelopes, some gift tags, or even on your gift boxes. Designed […]

 How adorable are these cursive stamps?! These self-inking red rubber woodblock stamps allow you to remind you guests that each item was certainly ‘sent with love,’ ‘from the newlyweds,’  or send ‘cheers’ all around for your upcoming wedding and wedding festivities. These are perfect for stamping on your envelopes, some gift tags, or even on your gift boxes. Designed by Saffron Avenue sold exclusively online at Hayden Olivia Shop.

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Bohemian Glam Asheville Styled Shoot

“The term “Bohemian” describes people who live unconventionally, usually artistic and whose lives are acts of free or regard for conventional rules and practices. During design and execution of this Boho styled shoot, we kept these characteristics in the forefront of our minds knowing that weddings do not have to be complicated or even “rule-followers” […]

“The term “Bohemian” describes people who live unconventionally, usually artistic and whose lives are acts of free or regard for conventional rules and practices. During design and execution of this Boho styled shoot, we kept these characteristics in the forefront of our minds knowing that weddings do not have to be complicated or even “rule-followers” to be stunning. Simple yet powerful details included an elegant flowing gown from Hayden Olivia Bridal boutique, tapas-style food from Catering by Corey, sure to make your palate awaken, signature grapefruit sangria cocktails, so delicious and refreshing as well as florals sure to make your jaw drop. The scene was dreamy, whimsical and romantic. Same goes for the overall design of the shoot; it was just that, a dreamy boho environment.”

From the photographer Catrina Earls

Catrina Earls Photography

The invitation designer, Chambley from Redroot Factory and Kristen from Kristen Henderson Calligraphy paired up to create the perfect invitation, map and reply card using watercolors complete with our styled shoot inspiration, the cupid arrow….because, love is in the air!

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

The ceremony alter was creatively constructed of hand-made dream catchers that suspended in the air, by a piece of driftwood, and caught every ray of sun as it shown through the lace, beads and feathers. An easy DIY project completed by Candace from Mingle Events and Vintage Rentals. This ceremony backdrop was very artistic and unconventional, very Bohemian.

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 Magnolia leaves acted as ceremony programs and the wording was so beautifully written it could turn anyone into a “hippie at heart.”

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 Cupid arrows were displayed in a hand-made basket and doubled as escort cards all the while guests signed a guest book globe that beautifully spoke the words of a true free spirit, a Bohemian.

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 Candace, of Mingle Events, also designed a gorgeous sweetheart table that paired wonderfully with a hand-crafted bench. The DIY bench seat was sweet enough for two lovebirds and was constructed from a vintage upholstered headboard. The table was adorned with yellow, green and deep blue glassware, along with cupid arrows with name cards adorned with gold calligraphy for the Mr. and Mrs. The table was completed with romantic white candles in brass candlesticks and a 6 foot floral garland created by Blossoms at the Biltmore, that dripped to the barn floor.  Rustic chandeliers, cafe lights and sun peeking through the slatted walls illuminated the space and created the perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner for two.

Catrina Earls Photography

Whimsical desserts created by Ruth and Ranshaw were as tasty as they looked.

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Catrina Earls Photography

The groom was dressed to impress in a wooden bowtie accompanied by mix-matched cuff links while the bride was stunning in a Hayley Paige gown and fur shawl.

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

But, all eyes were on the Bohemian floral crown that was so lush even a day-dreamer would notice.

Catrina Earls Photography Dress from Hayden Olivia Bridal

 To send the bride and groom off to their happily ever after was a canoe. Yes, a restored 1910 old town tripper with mahogany decking and white ash gunwales. Now how artistic, unconventional, dreamy and Bohemian is that?

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