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Friday, March 1, 2013

North Carolina Southern Chic

Words by Alicia Clark
Photos courtesy of Carter Elite Studio

While some couples dream their whole lives of having a destination wedding, other couples simply fall into having a destination wedding. This was just the case for Kyle and Danielle’s wedding in Mooresville, North Carolina. “With both of us being from New England, we began looking for venues in Connecticut and Rhode Island, but everything we found just didn’t feel special,” the couple said.

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After careful consideration, Kyle and Danielle realized that a weekend spent with family and friends would be cause for much grander celebration than having a local wedding where the party usually lasts for just a night.

When the couple happened upon The Trump National Golf Club they couldn’t have been more pleased. It couldn’t have been a more perfect place for golf enthusiast Kyle and beach lover Danielle. “The club surrounding the community’s architecture was designed with a Massachusetts feel, so not only did we have a beautiful golf course on the water, but the surroundings gave us a nautical New England feel.” 

As for planning their wedding, this couple had a relatively simple time. They were able to make several trips to North Carolina before the wedding to meet with potential vendors and to attend the club’s annual bridal show. With their wedding planner, and helpful vendors on hand, planning a Kyle and Danielle’s destination wedding was pulled off easily.

Organization was key for this couple. “I had a wedding binder that kept contracts as well as clippings I pulled from magazines. This helped to show vendors pictures of things I liked, i.e. flowers, colors, design, etc.,” said the bride. Kyle and Danielle also suggest that destination couples get a wedding planner so that planning is as easy as possible.

Guests of this North Carolina sure were in for a treat. Since the couple made a weekend trip out of their nuptials, this made it possible for the couple to spend as much time as possible with their loved ones.

By providing transportation to and from the wedding along with the rehearsal dinner, there was no need to worry about potential drinking and driving. Not only was this safer for guests, but more convenient as well.

Kyle and Danielle’s wedding was a DIY extravaganza!  “I made monogramed fans, ceremony programs, personalized menu cards for each guest (they acted as seating cards with their menu for the evening), thank-you favor boxes at each guests setting of 5 Jordan almonds (an Italian tradition) with the symbolism on a small paper inside the favor box.  Some other projects I did myself: paper pinwheels to be put in a floral arrangement for the kids table, ribbon ties around rock candy for the coffee bar, framed signage for our guestbook, s’mores bar, and memory candle,” said Danielle.

But this was only the beginning of Danielle’s projects. With the help of her mother-in-law, welcome boxes were put together for all of the guests, as were a pamphlet that listed all times relevant to the wedding, nearby restaurants, nail salons and the closest hospital in case of emergency.

After the rehearsal dinner, hangover kits were provided for the guests so that they would feel refreshed for the next morning despite having previously partied the night away.

If you’re looking to pull off a destination wedding of your own, Kyle and Danielle offered this advice: “The most important thing to remember when planning your wedding is that the day is about you and your groom. It can be an overwhelming process but stay true to who you are individually and as a couple to make it the wedding of your dreams.”

Vendors
Photography: Abbie Carter - Carter Elite Studio
Wedding planenr: Michelle Gainey - Lemiga Events 
Ceremony/Reception Site: Trump National Golf Club
Flowers: From This Day Forward
Music: Catlow Group
Linens: First Impressions Linens
Drapes: Party Reflections 
Table and Chair Covers: I Do Linens 
Gown Designer: Mikaella 

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