Upon being proposed to, sweet bride Catey describes the following days as feeling like “Christmas morning!” That same mix of anticipation and euphoria is palpable each time I read the interviews of our featured couples. And as a writer/reader of wedding blogs, I think the same anticipation awaits us as the viewers of such beautiful days! Beautiful days made all the more better by exceptional photographers like Charlotte, NC wedding photographer JJ Horton Photography. Ah, love. Don’t miss the full gallery below!
Can you give us an overview of the event? In our opinion the wedding was so much fun. It was extremely casual and intimate even with a decent sized guest list. We are both very close with our families and friends so seeing everyone come together was an awesome feeling.
Was there a specific theme or style? I would say the theme was vintage, chic and earthy with a hint of country. It was in Michael’s parents’ backyard which is an amazing backdrop and even though it was a fall we were able to incorporate pumpkins without over doing it. Not to mention the ones we did find (Michaels mom picked them up at our local farmers market) were all kind of shades from hunter green to light charcoal. They didn’t even look real! A lot of our guests said the decor reminded them of something out of a Pottery Barn magazine, and I really must give all the credit to our amazing florist/friend John Paulin from the Grassy Knoll. His vision was impeccable!
What inspired the theme or style? I would say the setting gave us our original idea. I found a lot of different things online but having the reception in the backyard helped our creative juices flow. Our florist is also an interior decorator so he had tons of ideas and plenty of props to use. I really love silver accents and all things mercury so I think that gave the wedding a vintage feel.
What were the playful twists that made the event unique? Well, I forced the groomsmen to all wear different colors and patterns of JCrew socks! We also supplied the guests with dancing shoes, and personalized cup holders. We went a little over board on the favors!
Did you DIY any of the details? Yes, one of the favors we had were all DIY. They were my grandmother’s recipe for “Italian Wedding Cookies”. My mother and I make these cookies every single Christmas, along with the rest of the women in our family. I thought it would be a perfect favor for people, we also included a small index card with the story and recipe! Granted I wasn’t able to help with the cookies too much since we needed about 800 of them two days before the wedding, my mother and my Aunt Carol worked endlessly until they were completed. And they were perfect!
What was the most memorable moment? The morning of the wedding was awesome! My bridesmaids and I danced around the hotel room to Red Hot Chili Peppers and had such a good time relaxing and getting our makeup done my the fabulous Lindsey Reagan Thorne with “Be Pretty”. The thing I remember most though was reciting my vows to Michael. We had a very traditional Catholic wedding and our priest required that we memorize our vows and recite them without his help. We both stressed out about messing up, but learning those words gave us the chance to really look in each others eyes and speak to one another as if nobody else were watching. It was an amazing moment and one of the best feelings of the day. I highly recommend it! Michael says his most memorable moment was our first dance, which was extremely special when my brother played the guitar and sang. One more memory we cannot leave out is that one of the groomsmen decided he would do a back flip into the pool from the diving board…in his tux, remember this is October in North Carolina….a little cold for a late night swim, but it was hysterical and we wouldn’t expect anything less!
Tell us about the food and desserts: Well, I couldn’t tell you much because I didn’t even try it! I heard it was awesome though! All kidding aside it was great, we had an entire table set aside for pies, cobblers and cakes from “The Dessertery” in Greensboro NC. Along with our wedding cake (we like to eat!). I did get to try a small portion of when we cut the cake and that was great! Out wedding cake was a small three tiered vanilla flavor. It was covered in tiny flowers that created an ombre effect from top to bottom, fading from deep yellow to white. I got out toppers on Etsy of course! They were a “Mr. & Mrs.” mushroom with a small veil and top hat, everything turned out perfectly. And who could forget those 800 cookies!
Tell us how you met! We met in church when we were about 10 and 11 years old. We always had the same group of friends growing up and decided to start dating when we were 14 and 15 years old. We dated through high school and then college at NC State. After we were done with school we began working and got engaged shortly after!
Tell us about the proposal…details! It was like any other Friday night. We had been talking about getting engaged and about our future but I was pretty much in the dark about when! We went to one of our favorite restaurants in Greensboro, Flemings Steakhouse and had an amazing dinner. I noticed Michael going to the bathroom a lot, and he was acting a little odd…the thought of him proposing crossed my mind once but that’s it! I didn’t think much of it. We were done eating and walking to our car, it was really cold outside and we were one of the last cars in the parking lot. He put his jacket around me and we walked to the car….VERY slowly! He walked me to my side of the car and said “okay let’s get you in the car…” Well, the door was locked so when I turned around to point that out I saw Michael hiking up his pant leg and getting down on one knee! Quite honestly I can’t remember what he was saying but I heard the words “I wanted to know if you would marry me?” And BAM! Little red box, beautiful ring! “OF COURSE I WILL!!!” I responded jumping into his arms, I could feel him shaking a little bit…maybe nerves…maybe because it was 40 degrees outside, either way it was the best proposal I could have asked for. It was private, sweet and sentimental just the way we like it! I felt like I was in a fog for two days after that! I remember feeling like a kid on Christmas Eve not being able to sleep, I kept waking up and rubbing my fingers together saying “Yep, the ring is really there!”.
What were the honeymoon plans? Michael’s parents planned our honeymoon for Little Palm Island which is a small place in the Torch Keys (Key West, FL). I cant even put into words how amazing it was. The service was unlike anything we had ever experienced, it is a small island that is roughly a quarter of a mile around with a maximum capacity of 60 guests. Needless to say, it was perfect.
Venue: Private Residence | Caterer: Visions Catering | Photographer: Jessica Horton, JJ Horton Photography | Hair & Makeup: Lindsey Regan Thorne, Be Pretty | Floral/Decor: John Paulin, The Grassy Knoll | Rentals: Happy Rents | DJ: AKA Entertainment | Stationary: Ashleigh’s Fine Paper | Event Planner: Jody Young | Videographer: Stephen Garrett, Cana Collective | Favors: My mom Mary and Aunt Carol | Transportation: Sterling Carriage Vintage Limousines | Cakes: Creative Cakes by Christina Johnson | Dessert: The Dessertery