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A “Crazy Cat Lady” First Look and Greenery Galore

Megan + Mackie | May 5, 2018

Romantic Blush and Greenery Filled Wedding with Exposed Brick at The Cloth Mill at Eno River in Raleigh North Carolina

Oddly enough, Megan and Mackie attended the same high school many years ago but never really ran with the same circle of friends. A “I know who they are but I’m not friends with them” kind of situation. It wasn’t until years after high school that the couple reconnected through the ever so popular Tinder.

When Mackie planned the proposal, he knew he wanted to revisit their first date spot, the Starbucks in the center of North Hills in Raleigh, North Carolina. Megan thought it was just any other morning grabbing coffee to start off their typical Friday afternoon. Little did she knew that all of Starbucks knew what was going to happen before she did.

Megan ordered her typical drink and when she was handed her cup she noticed something other than just her name written. 

“The barista had written out ‘Megan, will you marry me?’ about the same time Mackie got down on one knee and it finally hit me what he had planned. We still take the time to go back and visit our favorite coffee shop where it all began,” told the bride. 

After all the planning and preparing, Megan and Mackie’s wedding day at the gorgeous The Cloth Mill was here. The venue, known for its historic exposed brick and courtyard, provided the most amazing backdrop for the couple’s vision. 

“Our goal was to create a simple but romantic atmosphere. I wanted a lot of greenery, ivory/blush flowers and exposed brick/stained wood,” said the bride. “I also fell in lovewith the market lighting at The Cloth Mill, which we were able to have in both the ceremony and reception spaces.”

But before we talk about all the pretties, we need to talk about this first look.

The couple decided together they would do a first look to help get out any jitters and have time together before the ceremony just the two of them. What Mackie didn’t know is that Megan made other plans for their first look without him. 

The bride decided that she wanted to leave her dress a surprise for when she walked down the aisle. Being a self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady” she couldn’t resist the thought of wearing her favorite oversized cat t-shirt for the first look. 

“I will never forget the look on Mackie's face as he turned around expecting me to be in a beautiful wedding gown but instead in my oversized cat t-shirt,” she said.

When it was time to actually put on her dress, Megan walked down the in the most amazing sweetheart neckline dress that had beaded detail on the top and flowing tulle on the bottom. She added to the look with a single strand of elegant pearls and drop pearl earrings. She finished the look with rose gold glitter Kate Spade Keds with ribbon laces and thanks to her, we now need a pair!

As she walked down the aisle lined with simple rose and eucalyptus ribbon markers and hand lettered wooden signs written with the verses of 1 Corinthians 13, there wasn’t a more romantic moment. The couple exchanged vows underneath the wood pergola that had a simple drape of fabric and two cascading flower bunches on each side. The florals were full of lush roses, hydrangeas and eucalyptus in pale pinks and peaches.  

All florals of the ceremony complimented the bride and bridesmaid’s florals. Similar flowers and colors were used throughout all the bouquets and the bride’s stood out with a hanging ribbon tie. The pale colors of the florals flowed perfectly with the pale color palette Megan selected for her bridesmaid’s dresses. 

“I wanted my bridesmaids to be comfortable, so I actually let them pick whichever dress style they thought looked best on them, and I had them pick between three different colors. It ended up looking beautiful and helped to add to the romantic vibe I was hoping for,” Megan said. Next to the grooms and groomsmen’s navy suits, brown shoes and blush ties, it was a flawless look.

While the bridal party took pictures after the ceremony with the talented Jennifer Hagan of JHagan Photography, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour complete with signature drinks. If it were us, we’d go with the Lemonade Mint Julep over the Classic Margarita, but given that it was Cinco De Mayo a margarita might have been more appropriate!

Another nod to the unofficial holiday, the koozies complete with maracas and a sombrero! 

Once guests entered the reception space they were greeted by greenery galore, hanging lights all around, overwhelming candlelight, simple blooms and the perfect amount of gold accents. 

“For our centerpieces I also stuck with simple candle arrangements to help create a romantic vibe during the reception,” Megan explained. “Ultimately I really just wanted to keep the flowers and design very simple, so that our guests could focus on our ceremony and enjoying the reception afterwards.”

It was the best simple. The guest tables had a simple two toned lightly striped ivory tablecloth. Atop sat a white gold-rimmed dinner plate and gold silverware – one of our favorite wedding day splurges! The mahogany Chiavari chairs popped against the neutral colored tables. The wooden block table numbers tied everything together and were made by the bride, her father and a bridesmaid.

And the head table? To die for. A eucalyptus garland with subtle blooms and plenty of candlelight lined the farm tables. The acrylic gold-rimmed chargers popped underneath the wood of the table. 

Before the night ended, they cut their simple two-tiered ivory frosted wedding cake that sat atop a beautiful wooden box and had the cutest gold glitter topper of the couples last name. Next to the cake was a table full of decadent looking cupcakes that we are sure were all eaten!

The group headed back outside to the bride’s favorite spot in the venue one last time for a group picture and to send the couple off to spend their first night together as Mr. and Mrs.

Congratulations, Megan and Mackie!

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Creative Team

Southern Petals, Inc.

The Cloth Mill at Eno River

Emily Warrick

jHagan Photography

Sweet Sound Productions

Southern Harvest Catering

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