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Preppy Southern Wedding | Dana Laymon Photography

Sorry for the lack of posts this week – I’ve been bedridden with a terrible virus that completely wiped me out (stomach virus on top of being pregnant is brutal!) So to make up for it, I’ve got a fabulous real wedding for you today. I love all of the hints of the South in this wedding, but the pineapples most of all – for those of you that don’t know, the pineapple is a traditional expression of “welcome” throughout the South. Pretty perfect for a wedding, don’t you think? 

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I was born and raised in Wilmington, NC, a sweet little city nestled between the beach and a historic riverfront. The coastal beauty and southern charm of my hometown inspired so many of our wedding details. We also had a blend of casual elements with more traditional details. Our Catholic ceremony took place in the old, gorgeous, ornate church I grew up attending. Our reception was overlooking the Cape Fear River, where I had shared many lunches with my family on the dock and, years later, where Jordan and I had shared many post-date walks. I loved being able to share these important places with my friends and family!

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I absolutely loved walking in to the reception and seeing our families and dearest friends gathered around and welcoming us. It was breathtaking to realize that so many people came to celebrate with us! A close second favorite moment of the day: seeing my students all dressed up for the ceremony. I’m a Pre-K teacher, and I just had to have my wonderful students there with me to celebrate. We even had a special round of applause for them at the end of the Mass for making it all the way through!

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Advice for couples planning now? I would suggest going with your instincts instead of what you think other people want. I had a lot of people raise an eyebrow over things like my color choices. It bothered me at first, because I always want everyone to be happy! Once I realized that the best option was to just stop hemming and hawing and make a decision, it was a lot easier for everyone involved. Also, Pinterest was absolutely essential. It is such a wonderful planning tool!

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What made your wedding YOU?

Our wedding was Southern, traditional, easygoing, welcoming, and full of love!

Personally, I love this bride’s color choices and preppy Southern style. Another favorite: including the place and things that are meaningful to the couple. That’s how you make your wedding YOU. Congrats to Kelly & Jordan!

{Vendors} Photographer: Dana Laymon Photography / Ceremony Venue: Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary / Reception Venue: The River Room / Wedding Coordinator: Melissa Mendoza of The River Room / Reception Decor: A Boxed Event / Florist: Bloomers / Catering: Coastal Catering and Events / Wedding Dress: Mori Lee / Shoes: Jack Rogers / Men’s Suits: Cape Fear Formal Wear + The Belle and the Beau / Stationery: The Green Kangaroo / Wedding Gown: Fountaine Bridals / Linens: Party Suppliers / DJ: DJ Professionals

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