True Love #TBT

We had some back-to-back gorgeous weddings this past month and are so excited to start sharing our couples' stories. But today, we are taking a moment to sit down, breathe, and reflect on some delightful past weddings. And look at that...it is Thursday, a.k.a. Throwback Thursday, a.k.a. (in our world) True Love Throwback Thursday! An idea from of one of our photographer friends, Jennifer Haygood, we contacted some past clients looking back on their wedding day and asked the question: what was your one favorite photo from your wedding, and why? Here are their answers on this first #tltbt:

From Holly:

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To me, this photo captures everything I wanted for my wedding day - a romantic venue, beautiful flowers, our family and friends surrounding us with love and happiness, and Doug & I walking out as husband and wife! Photo by Millie Holloman Photography

From Kate:

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photographer carolina club wedding planner chapel hill nc

This is one of my (many) favorites from our wedding day. We were supposed to have sparklers as our send off, but sadly, it was pouring rain and below 50 degrees. Luckily, Chelsey came up with the idea to gather all the rose petals off of the tables and line everyone up in the hallway so that we still had a spectacular send off! It was the most amazing ending to a perfect day!

From Nisha:

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photographer rigmor house wedding planner chapel hill nc

This photo of our first dance reminds me of how much fun we had at our wedding! Side note from Chelsey: Nisha & Lars had the most beautifully choreographed first dance! They were so lovely. Photo by Robin Lin Photography

We adore that all three of our brides chose photos that have their groom at their side and all of their family and friends surrounding them. As a planner, the focus if often on the wedding day details, the comfort of family and guests, and the flow of events throughout the day. But when we put that aside for a few minutes and take in these small moments of the day, we get goose bumps: the first dance, the exit, the walk down the aisle. In those small moments we have the privilege to witness, it makes all the long hours of planning and hard work worth it.

To Holly, Kate and Nisha: thank you for sharing!

'Til we Gather Together again...

- Samantha

Sharing Your Day

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sharing your day raleigh durham chapel hill north carolina wedding planner

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If you haven't seen the YouTube video where the groom takes a moment at the altar to change his Facebook status to "Married," we ask you not to Google it. For most of us, this is a "shake your head" moment. Though we would hope most people would keep their phones muted or off during the ceremony, many couples are incorporating social media to add another dimension to their day. Here are a few ideas on how to engage guests with photo sharing on #thebigday (lots of luck to Uncle Harold with his fancy flip phone circa 2008)...

Instagram

You know your friends are already taking photos (and now videos!) of all your wedding deets. Why not create a way to capture them all in one place? A clever hashtag will instantly funnel all images your guests take on Instagram. Make sure you pick a creative tag that is short and not already in use (a quick search will do), then inform your guests: a chalkboard, note on your program, or signage at cocktail tables are great options.

Evenstagram

Many venues have a projection screen on-site. Flash up the website, Evenstagram, and it will give guests a step by step way to create a real-time slideshow at your wedding via Instagram.

Statigram

Not into a day-of slide show? If you still want a slide show to remind you of all the great memories later, Statigram can create a post-wedding slide show using your hashtag.

TwitPic

Designate a "Tweeter of Honor:" Have a tech-savvy friend? Nominate them as the Twitter guru of the day and have them share via TwitPic all the details, plus comments on the delish dinner and your fabulous choreographed first dance!

Of course, there is always a flip side and we do our best on this blog to present several alternatives. You may want to keep your small wedding intimate and private, or you may have an invited guest who is a dignitary or VIP that needs to keep their business confidential. If you would prefer to make your day social media free, find a place to state that somewhere politely prior to the wedding. Your wedding website, signage as you enter the ceremony or reception, and a polite request from your officiant can be good avenues. There are a plethora of reasons you may want to keep your day private, and most people will respect that.

'Til we Gather Together again...

- Samantha

Alternative Gift Registry

We know that for some brides, luring your fiance with a registry gun seems like the perfect way to get him to look at the list of items you have been lusting over since first dreaming of building a home together. The Missoni throw pillows, Marchesa china, or Le Creuset dutch oven that will make the most delicious meal your dinner party has ever indulged in. But, you may not have those dreams, and (take it from me, Samantha) that's okay!

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alternative wedding registry gather together raleigh durham chapel hill north carolina wedding planner

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There are plenty of additional registry typies aside from Macy's, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Williams-Sonoma. For the couple looking to stock their home, those are great options, but here are a few alternatives if you're looking for something a little different:

HoneyFund

You may want a full service resort or to travel to Europe for a month for your honeymoon. With HoneyFund, guests can contribute to your honeymoon experience. Just imagine writing a beautiful thank-you card describing your adventure or enclosing a photo of the two of you enjoying their gift!

I Do Foundation

You may not need much in the way of building a home if you already live together and have plenty of housewares. If you would like to pay it forward, the I Do Foundation gives a couple the opportunity to have guests donate to the charity of their choice.

Hatch My House

You may be renting to save for a down payment on a house, or in the process of remodeling an older home to create the perfect nest. If that is the case, register on Hatch My House and plan for the future of your home. Guests can add toward a down payment, gift a window or door, or more!

Merci Registry

This is a global approach to a wedding registry. Add anything you are interested in, and guests can contribute through this site. Along with an eclectic way to gift, it also allows you to customize your personal site in a design savvy way.

Upon Our Star

This is a lovely way to save up for your true wish together as a couple. Guests can contribute to your goal, whether it be a house, a trip, or future education for your family.

We recommend you register as soon as you can. It can be overwhelming, but friends and family will ask as early as your engagement parties what items you want and need. Remember, the best way to share your registry wishes is through close family and friends, never by asking yourself or including it in invitations. An attitude of graciousness goes a long way, so don't forget those thank-you cards. Happy shopping!

'Til we Gather Together again...

- Samantha