The wedding of Stephanie and Ted was very special and I loved being a part of it. Just like them, it was simple, unassuming, creative and a LOT of fun.
Unfortunately for me, I never got to see any of the photos from their wedding but as luck would have it, their talented photographer, Kevin Milz, of Kevin Milz Photography, had submitted photos of the wedding to the Southern Bride and Groom Blog and his work was recently featured in a post there. (Thanks for sending me the link, Southern Bride & Groom!) All of the photos here are by Kevin Milz and taken from the Southern Bride and Groom Blog post as well as from the “Featured Wedding” segment on the website of their wedding planner extroardinaire, Erin McLean, of Erin McLean Events. Be sure to head over to both sites to see more of Kevin’s photos and all the fun things Stephanie and Ted did for their wedding.
Stephanie and Ted married last fall (September 2012) at The Oaks at Salem, a stately manor house outside of Apex. Surrounded on all sides by an immense green yard and sitting adjacent to a small pond with an old, magnificent oak tree, stunning is definitely the word I would use. This was my first wedding there and I was immediately taken with its charm and beauty.
The wedding took place on the far side of the pond, under the oak tree. The vertical whites in the photo below are two antiqued doors standing upright, with ferns all around them, creating the entrance to the aisle. Hanging from the branches of the trees were white and green flowers and red and green apples. Single apples were used as aisle decorations, too. Everything was elegant in its simplicity and a beautiful example of less being more. Mother Nature, in her radiant green, added a most fitting backdrop for this fun and happy wedding.
The doors and hanging flowers and apples later became a great setting for the formal wedding photos.
Ted is a Naval officer and as I grew up in the Navy, we had some stories to share about our experiences. I have always thought the Navy dress uniforms are one of the best looking of all our armed services so I was very happy to see Ted dressed in his formal whites - so appropriate for his wedding! Love the photo of him with his handsome son.
As the beautiful sounds of the violins of Udo and Emi Hildebrandt - Elegant Violin Duets - wafted through the trees, Stephanie made her way around the pond, escorted by her parents. What a powerful entrance!
At the end of the ceremony, Kevin caught this lovely photo of their wedding kiss. Notice the expression on the face of Ted’s son as he was watching. Very cute.
Remember the apple decorations on the tree and the chairs of the aisle? Apples showed up again very cleverly placed on the tables as decorations, used in water with a candle as centerpieces and as handmade caramel apple favors for the guests.
Before the wedding began, I could tell from the camaraderie between Ted and all his arriving guests that things were going to be in high gear for this wedding reception. As I left and the partying music was in quasi-deafening mode, it was obvious this night was going to be one to remember. Weddings should be happy celebrations and this one certainly was - complete with lawn games and their own commemorative bar!
The Bride and Groom enjoyed themselves immensely, having as much fun as everyone else!
Stephanie and Ted, I know you are going to have a wonderful, happy life together. Wherever your life takes you, there is no doubt you are going to have fun embracing life as it comes. Here is to all the kisses and hugs in your life... even your photographer knows they will be there!
Other wedding professionals on hand to help Stephanie and Ted create this special wedding celebration;
Florals - The English Garden of Raleigh
Invitations and Cards - Cute Buttons Gift and Paper Boutique
Hair and Makeup - Makeup For Your Day
Rentals - Party Reflections
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