Anna + Michael |
Bright flowers, jeweled toned dresses and sparklers? Yes, please! Michael and Anna’s late fall wedding is what dreams are made of. The vibrant colors of the floral centerpieces bring the perfect look to the classic Merrimon-Wynne House. The emerald green bridesmaid dresses couldn’t be better for a November wedding. And what better way to end the night surrounded by the light of your family and closest friends.
The couple met just over three years ago. How might you ask? None other than Tinder! Anna had been unsuccessful in the online dating world for a few years, but lucky for Michael, she was his first – and last – match! Needless to say, when Anna found herself wanting to go on a second, then a third date with Michael, she knew there was something about him!
“We have similar upbringings and the same values, plus we make each other laugh,” said Anna. “What's not to love about that kind of love?”
Once engaged, they immediately knew they had three priorities for wedding day: the band, the food and the bar!
“When we thought about our wedding, we wanted a big party,” said the bride. “We are both from Eastern North Carolina and we do weddings a little differently than most – the focus is on the band, the food, and the bar! No seated dinners, no long speeches – let's get to the dancing, folks!”
Urns full of large wild bouquets of hydrangeas, roses, lilies and ferns in bright pinks, deep purples and cheerful oranges welcomed guests into their outdoor ceremony. Matching arrangements adorned the corners of their dark wood arbor, complemented by dark wood chivari chairs. The leaves of the trees in the background were the perfect shade of fall colors as an added bonus!
The bride walked down the aisle in her ballgown-style dress carrying a bouquet of greenery and neutral colored florals, including anemones and roses. The neutral colors of her bouquet was the perfect balance to the bright colors of the bridesmaids bouquets, which matched the aisle urns.
A childhood friend of the groom’s served as their officiant, making the ceremony that much more meaningful to the couple. They exchanged personalized vows, one of the most special moments of the day according to the newlyweds:
“…we put so much thought and time into writing them and we wanted them to really say what we wanted our marriage to be. The promise you are making to each other needs to be from the heart and with intention, so we did just that!”
Moving inside, Anna and Michael incorporated some very thoughtful touches. With family being so important, wedding photos of the couple’s parents and grandparents were displayed on the mantles throughout the house. For the guestbook they used Vivian Howard's cookbook "Deep Run Roots" as a homage to their love of Eastern North Carolina and good southern cooking – how creative!
Similar colored and styled floral arrangements took center stage, in addition to the antique silver serving pieces the florist incorporated into each centerpiece. Against the neutral, textured tablecloths, the emerald tones of the florals made the room pop. Décor was kept light elsewhere to keep the flowers as the center of attention and bring out the beauty of the house. The exposed beams, the high ceilings, the chandeliers, the uplighting – can it get any better? The bride was right, the florals were all that was needed in this beauty of a room!
Can we just take a minute and honor the cake? The simple white cake was decked out in the most amazing flowers. It saw atop an antique-style cake stand – a perfect match to the serving pieces in the centerpieces.
With music being so important, they knew they wouldn’t have to question anything by using the same band the bride’s sister used at her wedding. No wonder the bride and her family felt comfortable jumping right on stage with the band later in the night!
Another thing the bride shared with her sister – the veil! Anna wore her sister’s cathedral length wedding veil, in addition to her sister’s simple tear drop earrings. The family heirlooms didn’t stop there, Anna also wore her grandmother’s gold bangle for the wedding. All of the family touches are so special! All of the jewelry worked so well to complement the bride’s Sachin and Babi gown.
“The dress I chose was the very first dress I tried on,” said Anna. “I only had to try on three total to make my decision – I know what I like and Alexia's Bridal found the perfect dress for me! The Sachin and Babi gown I wore was light, ethereal and a little different than the traditional wedding gown, and was exactly what I wanted.”
The groom and groomsmen wore blue suits from Joseph A. Banks. When it came time to make a decision about a tie, there was no question – bow ties! A Cole Haan tan dress shoe rounded out the look for the gentlemen.
The couple shared one last wedding day kiss as they exited their reception with the lights of sparklers, and their family and friends surrounding them.
“The point of the day is to marry your best friend, as long as that happens the day is a success! How often do all of your friends and family get together to celebrate you both?!" The bride’s right (as always!), and marry her best friend she did. It just makes it that much better that she had the perfect venue, florals, dress, band and décor to go along with it!
Betsy Diedrick McLean
A Southern Soiree
Krystal Kast Photography
East Coast Entertainment
Arioso Strings Inc.
Milestone Media Group
Makeup by Ashley Mooney
Rentals & Decor
Sachin & Babi
Jos A Bank