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Wondrous in White

Shelbey + Michael | Mar 7, 2020

Classic and elegant wedding with shades of cream and ivory and an abundance of spring blooms at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina 

Michael was the man in the office right down the hall from Shelbey’s at her workplace. He ended up getting transferred with the company to Chattanooga, and asked her out on a date the week before his move. Wildly enough, they remained close and she ended up finding an amazing opportunity in Atlanta, a mere hour and a half from his new place.

“We never spoke as I was a chemist and he was an engineer and the two professions tended to veer away from each other (for no good reason other than ancient rivalries!)” said Shelbey.

The couple was able to enjoy the new cities together and became pretty close pretty quickly, and three years later, Michael proposed at home just the two of them. Intimate and comfortable, it was exactly what Shelbey had hoped for. Right as she opened the door, he was there in his tuxedo on one knee!

“It wouldn’t have been Michael without it,” said Shelbey. “He loves to make you laugh and feel special at the same time.”

On a spring day at a charming, New England-style villa, this couple’s wedding dreams were in full bloom. Cream and magenta tulips were blossoming, and the century-old Magnolias swept the resort grounds as Shelbey and Michael said their “I Do’s” during a quaint ceremony, followed by a lively reception.

“The classic venue was the perfect spot for these two,” said the photographer. “Shelbey vacationed here with her family for years, so it holds a special place in her heart.”

The day started at a picturesque historic hotel with bubbly mimosas and all of the bride’s best friends and family. The ladies posed together outside next to the enchanting green trolly - her bridesmaids donning gorgeous satin, mist-colored gowns with mismatched necklines, and Shelbey in her graceful bridal look. 

Shelbey looked so classic in a short-sleeved, backless ivory gown with a lace bodice and sleeves, sweetheart neckline and full princess skirt. Her blonde waves were twisted into a loose, low bun updo and she wore a pair of dainty stud earrings.

“I had no intention of getting my gown when I did,” said Shelbey. “We went to a local store to find my mom a maid of honor dress and my dress ended up being front and center when we walked in...I tried it on and it was an instantaneous yes.”  

Michael sported a dapper black and white tuxedo, with a pair of tiny cream rose buds on his lapel. He waited eagerly to see his beautiful bride on the immaculately manicured lawn, with white rocking chairs lining the veranda in the backdrop, and had the ultimate reaction to that first look moment. 

“We were able to take a few images in front of the venue’s sweet trollies prior to one of the best groom reactions to a first look!” said the photographer. “He was so surprised and yelled out ‘Holy Sh@*t!’”

Inside the elegant ballroom space, the ceremony decor was simple yet chic. There were white garden chairs for the guests, with sprigs of fresh myrtle affixed to the end seats, and warm natural light flooding in through the grand windows, overlooking the lawn. 

“I love all things white, so I gave the planner that information and she ran with was perfect!” said Shelbey. “Clean and elegant was my goal and the planner accomplished it beautifully.”

The florals in the bridal bouquet and arrangements matched the decor, and included a whimsical mix of creamy hydrangeas, roses, ranunculus, anemones and handfuls of lush greenery. At the end of the aisle, sprinkled with ivory rose petals, there were two white pedestals with statement arrangements in tall, sophisticated glass vases.

“I had mentioned that I also loved navy at some point, and the florist surprised us with these stunning white anemones that were seamlessly placed throughout the bouquets,” said Shelbey. “I could not have loved the final result more.”

Following her wedding party, Shelbey gracefully moved down the aisle on the arm of someone very special. The ceremony was an intimate gathering, light and full of love. Surrounded by their families and closest friends, they pledged to be each other’s person forever - saving their written vows to share with one another at a later time.

“I was incredibly lucky to have my grandmother of 91 years walk me down the aisle,” said Shelbey. “We had picked out her dress, jewelry and shoes together and she looked simply stunning.”

The sky outside looked like a watercolor painting, so the photographer stole the couple and their wedding party for a photoshoot. They posed in front of the club’s charming veranda, lined with white columns, and next to the towering evergreen street clock.

“It was pretty cold, but Shelbey was such a trooper,” said the photographer. “She allowed me to keep her out in the cold for some beautiful sunset pictures - how amazing is that?”

Inside the reception space, there were highboys and round tables with ivory, textured petal tablecloths and gold chiavari chairs. They were topped with gold candle votives, and varying floral centerpieces in antique gold vases and tall glass vases. Every detail was aligned with the classic and elegant, all-white theme. 

Their main goal was to have a quaint ceremony with a lively reception and a big band, since they love dancing and so do their family and friends. They kicked off the evening with their first dance and parent dances, with a very special guest joining in!

“My two-year-old niece jumped in the mother-daughter dance within the first few seconds,” said Shelbey. “It was the cutest thing, she couldn’t help but bust some moves and get some well-deserved attention.”

It made the dance especially memorable when her sister joined in too, since they are all extremely close. With the must-have for their big day being great drinks and a great band, Michael and Shelbey did not disappoint! The bar served tasteful sips all night long, while the band cranked up the music and kept the party rolling.  

“Michael and I both just wanted everyone to feel comfortable, laid back and fully inclined to have a great time,” said Shelbey. “Our band was on point that evening and played all of our favorite beach music.”

Mid-dance party, they cut into a classic, three-tiered ivory buttercream wedding cake with mixed florals and greenery cascading down the side. They clinked champagne glasses and everyone indulged their sweet tooth, just before heading back to the dance floor.

“Even Michael’s grandmother was cutting a rug until the last song!” said Shelbey.

At the end of the night under a period-rich archway outside, the couple skipped hand-in-hand through a sea of floating white rose petals. Their loved ones tossed handful after handful as Shelbey and Michael made their way to the getaway car.

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!

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Creative Team

Jos A Bank
Paloma Blanca

Jennifer B. Photography

Pinehurst Resort

Retro Studio Bar

Soul Jam

Jack Hadden Floral

Jeff Nelson

Bailey Grinde

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