Cara and Clark’s wedding in Raleigh in June was such a beautiful and special celebration and we were honored to be a part of it! From the beginning, they were an amazing couple to work with and had some of the most beautiful and classic details incorporated in their big day.  The couple both attended UNC Chapel Hill (Go Tar Heels!) and paid homage to their Alma Mater with touches of the traditional ‘Carolina Blue’ throughout the day.  From Cara’s gorgeous Carolina Blue Badgley Mishka heels to the custom Tar Heel themed corn hole boards, the couple was able to include connections to the school and state where their love story began.  Being in the South, the couple stuck to tradition by burying a bottle of Woodford Reserve bourbon to help keep the rain away. Luckily, the rain was no where in sight and the day couldn’t have been more perfect!

In addition to their love for UNC, you could tell that Cara and Clark’s relationships with friends and family members were very important to them. Cara and Clark had a large bridal party that included an adult flower girl. What a unique and personalized way to honor a close friendship! While the bridal party was getting ready Neil Boyd Photography was able to catch a blind first look between the soon to be Mr. & Mrs. as they exchanged hand written notes and gifts.  We love being able to witness sweet, genuine moments like this since it is often easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the day.

 Cara’s dress was stunning and outlined the sweetheart neckline under a scalloped neckline lace overlay.  Her bouquet included soft tones and light greenery that complimented the overall look and paired beautifully with the pale rose bridesmaid dresses and the classic tuxedo for the groomsmen.  The ceremony was held at Hayes-Barton Methodist Church, which is beautiful in itself.  It’s tucked away on Fairview in Five Points amongst some of the most beautiful homes in the city.  With its vaulted ceilings and breathtaking stained glass, it was an intimate scene for Cara and Clark to take their vows and commit to each other in front of their closest friends and family.  

Once they were pronounced Mr.  & Mrs. (cheers!) the Raleigh Trolley escorted the gorgeous group to some of the favorite hot spots around town!  Cara and Clark's amazing portraits outlined the downtown Raleigh skyline and captured the energy and excitement of the group at the infamous Krispy Kreme downtown location.  How fun are these? The bridal party was such a great sport and wasn’t going to let the (very) hot NC summer temperatures stand in their way! 

While the bridal party and the newlyweds were taking their portraits, the wedding guests were able to enjoy and marvel at the beautiful reception venue, the Merrimon-Wynne.  Nestled amongst downtown Raleigh, Cara was able to transform the venue incorporating her personal style while maintaining an elegant, classic scene.  Cara’s vision came to light with overflowing floral garlands and candles freely floating from a hanging installation that was to die for created by Meristem Floral!  

On the tables, Cara chose a gorgeous place setting that included Carolina Blue linens on a white table cloth with to die for floral arrangements and staggered candle settings.  Complementing the seating, classic gold serve ware and place cards customized with the newlyweds monogram hand stamped with gold wax seals were set for dinner service.  In addition to the beautiful setting, Clark and Cara’s showcased their love for sweets by having Oscar William Cotton Candy supply a cotton candy cart during cocktail hour. Such a fun way to incorporate a personal touch and add a unique element for their guests!

Once the bridal party arrived and made their entrance, the party officially began! It was the epitome of a classic, southern reception and the room was overflowing with love for Clark and Cara.  From the first dance to the speeches, the night went off without a hitch.  The guests danced to the amazing music of LEGGZ Band and dined with dinner service from Rocky Top Catering.  Dinner was served to the guests on vintage china which continued to compliment the overall vision for their big day. 

After dinner and dancing, Clark and Cara were able to fill their sweet tooth with their beautiful four layer cake from Edible Art.  The cake complimented the day and showcased a light lace overlay on each layer partnered with simple beaded bands.  Once the cake was served and the last dance was held, Clark and Cara continued to honor the old Southern tradition of digging up the bourbon they had originally buried.  With the send off as the last event of the night, the bridal party waved on the newlyweds through a sea of sparklers under the summertime sky. 

We were so honored and humbled to be a part of Clark and Cara’s big day in downtown Raleigh.  As their personalized napkins stated, it was truly the ‘best day ever’ and a perfect start to their new lives together. Congrats Clark and Cara and cheers to many more memories as Mr. and Mrs!

Oh and from one Tarheel to another, Rah, Rah, Car’lina!