Ali & Bryan- Fall Wedding at the Carolina Inn

Romantic, eclectic, and stunning are just a few words to describe Ali and Bryan’s Carolina Inn wedding. Ali knew she wanted to marry in her home town of Chapel Hill and when she inquired about available dates at the Inn, Halloween was the only option. But, rather than shy away from the day she was excited to incorporate fall elements with fun Halloween twists to entertain her guests.

The ceremony took place outside in the Anne Hill Courtyard. Ali was conscious of the fact that her ring bearers and flower girl would miss traditional trick-or-treating so she she dressed them as characters from the Wizard of Oz and let them trick-or-treat down the aisle. When guests saw Glenda the Good Witch, the Scarecrow, Lion, and Tin Man it was a show stopper! The ceremony was performed by Bryan’s childhood friend and incorporated Jewish elements to honor Ali’s heritage. But, to honor Bryan’s Irish side, Ali had a custom Kippah designed with a shamrock!

After the ceremony guests moved inside where they enjoyed dinner in the beautiful ballroom that incorporated romantic and flowing centerpieces from Tre Bella combined with Ali’s personal touches. She had  DIY table numbers made from small framed artwork, vintage dessert platters, and even an antique globe as the guest book. After dinner guests enjoyed the fabulous entertainment of Attraction and danced the night away with some fun Halloween props and costumes!

I hope you enjoy these images from Mikkel Paige Photography and get inspired for your own big day!

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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair– Amanda Scott

Wedding Invitation- Minted 

Venue and Catering- The Carolina Inn

Photography- Mikkel Paige Photography

Linens- CE Rentals

Lighting- Carey Sound

Ceremony music- Joe Bunn DJ

Reception music- Attraction 

Flowers- Tre Bella Florals

Makeup- Tiwa Lawrence 

Hair- DB Sutton

Dessert- Details Cake Design 

Popcorn- The Mad Popper

Wedding Dress- Martina Liana

Bridesmaids Dresses- Nordstrom, Tadashi Shoji 

Men’s Formal Wear- Jos A Bank, Calvin Klein

Susie & Matt- Winter Wedding at the Carolina Inn

Susie and Matt chose a quite weekend, between Christmas and New Year’s Eve to host their wedding celebration with close friends and family at the beautiful Carolina Inn.

The day started off very relaxed with a first look in the Brian Courtyard. There, the couple also took a  few photos with their adorable Golden Retriever. In the early evening hours guests gathered in the Chancellor’s ballroom for an intimate service and then moved to the reception in the Old Well ballroom. This wedding certainly was about great food. For passed appetizers guests enjoyed bacon wrapped scallops, duck confit profiteroles, and fig mascarpone beggar’s purses. For dinner there was a  red pepper and goat cheese bisque followed by a baby greens salad with golden beets and walnuts, and finally a duo of filet mignon and chicken. But, all of this food didn’t slow guests down. Right after dinner everyone danced the night away with the amazing sounds of Brian McGuire of McSound Productions!

We hope you enjoy these photos from Michael Moss Photography and get inspired for your own wedding!

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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair– Amanda Scott

Venue- Carolina Inn

Photography- Michael Moss Photography

DJ and Lighting- McSound Productions

Flowers- Eclectic Sage

Bridal Gown- Tre Bella

Hair and Make Up- Bella Trio

Officiant- REVonCall

Cakes- Yellowbird Baking

Linens- CE Rentals

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Caroline & Billy- Rock & Roll Wedding at the Carolina Inn

I’m so excited to present Caroline and Billy’s Rock &  Roll wedding at the Carolina Inn! What I love about this wedding is that it shows you can add personal touches, make it a little fun and funky, and keep it classic and beautiful. It’s the perfect combination!

Caroline and Billy are both music fanatics. Billy even teaches music and has a band. So, it was an important detail to bring into the wedding day. The guest book was recycled from vintage records, guests left their cards in a guitar case, and the wedding favors were CDs with their favorite music designed to look like mini records. But, my favorite detail was the escort cards created to look like concert tickets! There were so many other special touches. For the ceremony Caroline wore her mother’s wedding dress. And it was only appropriate that their adorable Boston Terrier, Grady, attend the ceremony. I love Caroline’s expression when she sees Grady as she walks down the aisle! And as a special surprise detail, Caroline had a Tardis groom’s cake made for Billy in honor of their favorite show, Dr. Who.

We hope you enjoy these images and let them inspire  you to create a unique and special day for yourself!

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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair– Amanda Scott

Ceremony and Reception Venue- The Carolina Inn

Photography- Alexa’s Photography

Videography- Jeff Brewer Films

Florist- Watered Garden Florist

DJ and Lighting- No Regret Productions

Ceremony Music- Musica Musicians

Vintage Rentals- Farm and Filigree

Hair- Syd’s Hair Shop

Make Up- Abby Stutz

Officiant- Sande Southworth

Transportation- Greenway Transit

Desserts- The Cupcake Shoppe