Sunday, June 14, 2009

Chrissy & Mike's Wedding Weekend

Chrissy and Mike got married two weeks ago, and I think I'm just now catching up and recovering from the fun-filled weekend.

The weekend started with Chrissy's bridesmaids luncheon on Friday at 411 West Italian restaurant on Franklin Street. Everything was lovely and the food was delish. As our bridesmaids gift, Chrissy gave us all personalized "from the library of" stamps and a classic book to go along with it. Here's a pic of all the girls with our gifts:

And one of just the bride and I:

After the luncheon I checked into our room at the Franklin Hotel, where Lee and I were staying for Friday night. The hotel was super nice, new and modern, and I was seriously design-inspired. But more on that in another post. 

After a quick rest and change, it was time for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. The rehearsal dinner was at the Carolina Brewery. The food was yum-o and mad props to Sara for putting together a great photo slideshow for Chrissy and Mike. One of the best parts of the dinner was the groom's cake. It was a replica of Mike's prized Land Rover, and looked like something straight out of Ace of Cakes. One interesting tidbit: the wheels were made out of Krispy Kreme mini-kruellers covered in black fondant - very inventive!

After a few drinks at the bar at the Franklin, we turned in to get some rest for the big day. 

The wedding was at noon on Saturday, so we got an early start at Caju salon in Chapel Hill. Our transportation for the day was a Carolina Livery bus -- SUCH a great idea for getting everyone (bridal party and out-of-town family) where they needed to be. 

The ceremony was at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, followed by a reception at the Carolina Inn in the Old Well ball room. The weather couldn't have been better...a perfect Carolina May day. I didn't get many pictures of the cocktail hour, etc as I was busy performing bridesmaids duties, but I tried to make up for it once the reception started. Here's Chrissy and Mike's first dance:

You know I'm a sucker for the details, so here's a good detail shot:

Chrissy and Mike are big wine enthusiasts, so they went for a wine theme, from the wine-colored bridesmaids dresses and color scheme to the escort and place cards. The escort cards doubled as favors and were split bottles of wine from one of their favorite vineyards. The place card holders were wine corks. I love love LOVE the way they all turned out.

The flowers were beautiful as well - roses, hydrangea, peonies, and hypericum berries in white, pinks and burgundy. There's nothing like big, beautiful peonies to make a bouquet or centerpiece. Here's a shot of my bouquet:

The reception was wonderful -- the food was great, the bar was great :-), and I think everyone had a great time. Here's one last shot of the bride and I:

Congrats Chrissy and Mike! Thanks for letting me be a part of your big day.

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