Jessica and Jon’s Carolina Inn Wedding!

Jessica and Jon were married this past October at the beautiful Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC and we absolutely loved working with them. Jessica had lots of wonderful ideas to make their wedding unique and personal, like incorporating some family pictures tied around her bouquet and featuring them at the reception as well.  They also put together a personalized guest book with their home states, and (this one was our favorite) wrote letters to each other to be read prior to the ceremony.  These special touches helped to truly make this wedding perfect for them!

When the wedding day arrived, Jessica and Jon were calm, cool and collected.  Well, okay maybe they were a little anxious, but who wouldn’t be on one of the most important days of their lives? They wanted to keep most of the traditional aspects of weddings, however they decided to throw in a little twist and do a blind first look. It was such a beautiful day, we chose to have their blind first look outside in the Hill Courtyard. In case you’ve never been part of a blind first look, it’s a opportunity for the bride and groom to talk to each other (or in this case read their letters to each other) without spoiling the big moment of the ceremony.  Just being able to hear each others’ voices calmed any anxiety or nerves Jessica and Jon may have had!

The ceremony was held in the Bryan Courtyard under the big tree decorated by Tre Bella with white lanterns and hanging vases filled with beautiful white flowers. The top of the tree was slightly lit by the sun which turned the tips of the leaves a warm orange color and cast a beautiful glow on the courtyard.

After Jessica and Jon said “I Do” the guests were asked to help grow their love for each other by sending them off with a bubble exit. Guests then joined the bride and groom in the Old Well wing of the Inn for cocktails, dinner, and dancing!

Thank you Jessica and Jon for allowing us to be part of such a wonderful day and thank you so much for writing such a sweet review!

I had the pleasure of working with Gina at A Southern Soiree. She was absolutely amazing and I cannot recommend her enough. She was so responsive, so reassuring and had so many great ideas throughout my wedding planning process. It was amazing to have her there the day of the wedding because she was able to calm my jitters and ensure everything went off without a hitch! All of my other vendors kept raving about how timely the entire wedding was, stating they had never been to another wedding that was so seamless and flawless. My husband and I didn’t have to worry about where to be or where to go because she was right by our side telling us what was next. It was amazing. Thank you so much Gina! I wish I could work with you everyday 🙂

Thank you Kelly Vann Photography for capturing these gorgeous images from the day!

Isn't she beautiful!?

Isn’t she beautiful!?

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Jessica and Jon had the sweetest blind first look to exchange cards :)

Jessica and Jon had the sweetest blind first look to exchange cards 🙂

Love the petal design made by Tre Bella to designate the aisle in Bryan Courtyard

Love the petal design made by Tre Bella to designate the aisle in Bryan Courtyard

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Jessica and Jon asked for guests to send them off with bubbles after they said "I Do"!

Jessica and Jon asked for guests to send them off with bubbles after they said “I Do”!

A unique guestbook idea that showed Jessica and Jon's home state and what state they will be in together :)

A unique guestbook idea that showed Jessica and Jon’s home states and what state they will be in together 🙂

Yay! They're married :)

Yay! They’re married 🙂

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Mint To Be mints that were placed at each place setting

Mint To Be mints that were placed at each place setting

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Everyone loved the glow sticks and sunglasses out on the dance floor!

Everyone loved the glow sticks and sunglasses out on the dance floor!

And who doesn't love a good late night snack like milk and cookies!

And who doesn’t love a good late night snack like milk and cookies?!

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A big thank you to all the wonderful vendors that helped make their day perfect!

Venue – Carolina Inn

Officiant – Ingrid Sagula

Ceremony Music/Cocktail Hour Music – Bloomsbury Boys

Photographer – Kelly Vann

DJ – Unlimited DJ

Florist – Tre Bella

Hair and Makeup – Ginger Mullins

Baker – Sugarland

Photobooth – Raleigh Dream Events