I’m not sure there could be a more beautiful venue for a wedding than the White Garden at Graylyn Estate. Everything about it is just perfect. And although Mother Nature wanted to tease us all day with the threat of a deluge, it never happened. Instead, we had the most perfect light a photographer could wish for in an outdoor venue…lovely clouds giving us soft, diffused light and rich vibrant images. I’ll take that!
Lauren and Evan are a perfect pair. They are both medical professionals who met in med school at UNC-Chapel Hill. Lauren received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Wake Forest University and Evan also has a degree in Psychology as well as Biology from the University of Louisville. While they were both at Chapel Hill in med school, they met, struck up a friendship and before you know it, they were inseparable. Lauren is now in her fourth year as a surgical resident at the University of Alabama Birmingham and Evan is an assistant professor at the same university. Through all of the studies and years that have been required of each of them, they have made it through. Not an easy task! But their love prevailed and brought them to be married at Graylyn just a couple of weeks ago.
Planning a wedding for these two busy professionals, who happen to live HOURS away from Lauren’s home in Winston-Salem (and were only able to be home a couple of times before the wedding), was a feat suited for only the most-organized of mothers. And Lauren has just that. Not only is she organized, she is calm. And even with the constant threat of rain on this day, that prevailing calm was everywhere. Never a worry. I just LOVE working with moms and brides like that. In the end, it always works out. It may not be exactly like it was planned, but if you can go with the flow and keep a cool head, it makes for a wonderful day!
We joined Lauren in the Gardener’s Cottage where she and her lovely group of girls were getting dressed. Her ivory lace fitted gown was absolutely stunning on her and such a perfect design to accent her petite figure.
Her lovely full-length ivory veil was a perfect compliment to the dress.
And some very sassy navy blue shoes…a perfect “something blue.” Lauren’s flowers featured blush pink roses, ivory hydrangeas and white calla lilies. They were designed by Beverly’s of Midway. Beverly and I have worked together on a good many weddings and I have to say that her designs are always refreshingly creative and her service is beyond compare. In addition, you just won’t find a nicer person to work with!
Sweet, beautiful group of friends! Before they arrived at Graylyn, Heather Kiser of HK Hair studio provided make-up and hair styling for all of them.
Of course, the boys were busy playing pool over in the main house. There is always such a high level of stress amongst the groom and his fellas…NOT! My friend and colleague, Grant Blair, worked with the guys as they got ready and captured some of the mood of the day.
And as if pool wasn’t stressful enough, apparently there WAS some stress regarding Evan’s first dance with his mother! So his brother, Jason, like any good Best Man would do, stepped in to practice with him! Priceless!
Love these beautiful pearl necklaces that Lauren gave to her bridesmaids. So pretty!
Oh my goodness. I think that smile says it all. What a beauty she is!
Love the fun and colorful socks that Evan chose to gift to his groomsmen!
And if there has ever been a more gorgeous location for bridal portraits, someone please direct me. This area outside Graylyn is just in a league of its own. Fabulous light and so beautifully manicured. I was in heaven. Shout out to Missy Warren for the beautiful styling on the day of.
Drop. Dead. Gorgeous!
Yum! How deliciously beautiful!
Dad’s turn to be bowled over by the gorgeous bride!
And yes, there is still more practicing! Evan found his mother before the ceremony and took the opportunity to make sure he had it all just right! And after watching the first dance later in the evening, I would say the practicing paid off. Not a beat was missed and every step was perfect!
With all of the details out of the way, the boys decided to relax and have some fun with a little round of croquet. How perfectly delightful!
Time for the ceremony to begin as the guests were assembling and making their way out to The White Garden.
Love the chalkboard sign in the image above. You will see several others throughout this post. All were created by Carole Murray of Calligraphy by Carole. Her work is amazing and I highly recommend her services. She is fabulous at addressing envelopes for invitations!
The string quintet below was part of Elegant Ensembles and under the direction of Mark Snow. Beautiful music for the day!
And the new Mr. & Mrs. are official!
The gazebo in the yard was filled with the most beautiful light after the ceremony. A perfect place for family and bridal party portraits.
One of my all-time favorite bridal party shots! You guys rocked it!
And just as the sun was beginning to set, we had a few quiet moments with Lauren & Evan alone.
Inside, everything was perfectly set and ready for the reception to begin. Terri Crawford and Kim Snyder, from When Next We Meet were on top of every little detail and kept the evening flowing ever so smoothly.
The punchbowl below was used at Lauren’s grandmother’s wedding reception and Beverly adorned it with beautiful flowers to form a gorgeous centerpiece on the foyer table.
The fabulous wedding cake, as well as the delicious groom’s cake were provided by Christina’s Dessertery. Amazingly beautiful and delicious!
The wedding cake featured a banana pudding layer…a shout out to Lauren’s southern North Carolina roots. The groom’s cake was designed to look like a bottle of Kentucky Bourbon, as Evan hails from the great state of Kentucky. How adorable is all of this?
The toast by Evan’s brother, Jason, will remain one of my favorites. He should be a stand up comedian. He had everyone in complete stitches and had perfect comedic timing. So much fun to watch the expressions!
Out on the lawn was a large display of corn-hole boards. Perfect for the wonderful fall evening.
And inside, there was some serious rug-cutting going on. Lauren and Evan’s friend, Monee Amen, from Birmingham is a doctor of internal medicine, but also works as a professional DJ. She gave them her services for the evening as a wedding gift. I’m telling you, she had the most amazing selection of music and just kept the party going non-stop all night. It’s really a gift to be able to do that!
And I love these adorable little to-go boxes with left-over cake. What a perfect sentiment with which to send their guests on their way.
I’m so honored to have been able to be part of Lauren & Evan’s day and share in the joy of all those that surrounded them. I wish them a lifetime of happiness together!