My Bridesmaid Luncheon at the Carolina Inn

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Over the next few weeks, I’m ecstatic to be sharing all about our wedding and the festivities that came along with it! Though our wedding was about three months ago, it still is so fresh in my memory, and I love remembering how special every single event was. It truly was the perfect, perfect wedding weekend in every way, and Rob and I know how deeply blessed we are.

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all of my beautiful bridesmaids!

Our immediate families traveled into town on Wednesday and Thursday, and we were so glad to have everyone in Raleigh to celebrate a few days before our wedding! The first big event to kick off the wedding festivities was for the ladies, and it was my bridesmaid luncheon. The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill graciously hosted this beautiful event for me, and they went above and beyond to love on us well! The Carolina Inn is an incredibly special place: I lived just across the street from it my senior year of college, it’s a beloved place to any UNC grad, my sister and her husband were married here four years ago, many of my friends have celebrated their wedding festivities here, and I even plan many weddings at the Inn! I was so incredibly grateful to have the Carolina Inn play a part in our wedding weekend, and I’m so glad the ladies in my life were able to experience (or re-live!) its charm and beauty.

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I invited all eleven of my bridesmaids, my mom, Rob’s mom, my new sister-in-law, and my aunts and cousins to attend the luncheon, which is a definite Southern tradition! I know my dad and Rob were a little jealous they didn’t get to partake in the delicious fare of the Inn (though I know some of Rob’s family enjoyed the Inn’s restaurant while we lunched!). Even though I chose the menu and the linens for the bridesmaid luncheon, it was even more beautiful than I imagined when we walked into the Club Room! It really took my breath away, and I definitely cried a happy tear or two. It was definitely a “pinch me” moment… knowing I was celebrating our upcoming marriage with the ladies closest to me, that everyone had traveled from so far for us, the love, support, and encouragement of my family and friends throughout my entire life, and that the Carolina Inn was the stunning backdrop of this special luncheon!

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my sister/best friend/MOH + me!

I wanted this to be an uber-girly, fun luncheon to celebrate how special my bridesmaids and our moms are to me, and I wanted to spoil them! The Club Room at the Carolina Inn is picture perfect, oh so Southern, and quintessentially “Carolina” with the blue walls and white trim. I wanted one big table for all of us to sit it, and it was adorned with a salmon pink linen, topped with blue and white hydrangeas, and I even added in my own gold pineapples to the centerpieces. I set out hand-calligraphed placecards for all my guests, thank you notes for all the ladies, and their bridesmaid gift bags, filled with all their goodies. (You can see what I gifted them here!) This is also when I gave our moms their special gifts, as well. The pink, white, blue, and gold decor made me so happy, and it was even better when all of my bridesmaids arrived for their celebration!

 

We dined on baked brie with berries and honey, chicken salad with biscuits, fresh fruit with a trio of amazing dips, sweet potato fries, and then beautiful key lie pies that were adorned exquistely! There was also champagne, of course! The Carolina Inn definitely outdid themselves with the menu, the food, and the service. It was absolutely delicious, the staff was impeccable, and I know we were all so full and satisfied!

 

It was the perfect Southern meal, and I loved being surrounded by all of my best friends, our moms, and some of my family. They are the best of the best, and it’s hard to put into words how blessed I am by these friendships! I know how lucky I am to be surrounded by the most loving, fun, thoughtful, kind, wise, supportive, and encouraging women in the world!!

A huge, huge thank you to the Carolina Inn for hosting us for my bridesmaid luncheon – y’all are the best!!

 

Loving Lately

-This past weekend, Rob and I went to Charlotte for a friend’s wedding, and it was so nice to be home visiting my parents for a couple days! It also coincided perfectly with Father’s Day, which was wonderful spending the day together with my dad. I had a few wedding planning meetings while I was in town, but we had ample time to relax and enjoy a little getaway, too. Plus, it was amazing dressing up and attending Claire and Tony’s wedding at Quail Hollow Country Club! It’s been so, so long since I got to attend a wedding simply as a guest (not as a wedding planner or a bridesmaid, though I love these two roles dearly!), and it was even better that Rob and I got to attend a wedding together so soon after our own wedding! We had a blast catching up with friends, enjoying cocktails on the terrace, and dancing all night long.

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-We’ve been putting the finishing touches on our first home together! Rob assembled my new nightstand while I was working a wedding, and our gallery wall (outfitted in a ludicrous amount of wedding pictures!) is now complete, too!! I’ve been printing our wedding pictures right and left, and they’re framed all over the place. It’s such a sweet reminder of the best day ever! We are loving living together, and it’s been so much fun settling into married life in our little home. Fresh peonies on my nightstand don’t hurt, either (leftover from a wedding!).

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-One of my very best friends (we were bridesmaids in each others’ weddings!) had her first baby recently!! I traveled to visit them one day, and it was so incredibly special meeting sweet baby Claire! I got in lots of newborn snuggles, and Claire even fell fast asleep on me. She is so beautiful, so perfect, and so incredibly loved! Being an honorary auntie is the best.

-One word: frosé. It’s the trendy cocktail of the summer (frozen rosé), and boy it is delicious! My interns and I made sure to pop by Skinny Dip Charleston’s rooftop bar while we had a wedding in Charleston, and it did not disappoint. It was a hot afternoon, but the rooftop was the perfect little oasis with adorable details, a convenient downtown location, and amazing frosé. You better try it yourself; it’s the perfect summer refreshment!

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-These fabulous friends and I got to celebrate Alexa (from Sage Paper Co) before she left us and moved to Colorado last week! Alexa and I met over 1.5 years ago and clicked instantly, bonding both personally and professionally. We’ve shared lots of coffee and wine dates, countless texts, plenty of girl’s nights, and a whole lot of styled shoot projects, and I’m forever thankful for her friendship! She also created and designed the wedding invitations and programs for our wedding day and celebrated alongside us as we became husband and wife. I know how lucky Colorado is to have you, Alexa, and I’m so unbelievably excited for this next step + new adventure!!! Cheers to dreaming big and chasing your dreams – I’m so proud of you!

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-I’m loving the new mural at one of my very favorite coffee shops in Raleigh, Sola. I frequent it often, and this happy mural makes me so proud of our city. Plus, who doesn’t love sitting outside on Sola’s new patio with an iced chai latte?

Now tell me: what have you been loving lately? I’d love to hear!