June 19, 2017
Kay & Seth were married at an intimate Raulston Arboretum wedding. Their serene, garden wedding was incredibly beautiful! Intimate weddings are the absolute best in my opinion, because getting married to love of your life remains the focus of the day, instead of getting lost in crazy details. It was an absolutely gorgeous day for a Raleigh spring wedding. The sun was out, the birds were chirping, the flowers were blooming, and there was a lovely breeze that caught gusts of wind in Kay’s elegant wedding dress, only further adding to the romance of the day.
After a calm & lovely wedding morning of bridal preparation at their home. Kay traveled to the Raulston Arboretum to put on her amazing vintage inspired wedding dress and meet Seth for their first look. If you are considering a first look for your wedding day…do it! It is such a magical time to share with the groom 🙂 After the first look, it was wedding time and they headed up to the Finley-Nottingham Rose Garden to say their wedding vows.
White chairs, only seating 18, lined the paved walkway to the rose garden, only the sound of nature could be heard in the background, and blush, cream, mauve, and pretty pinks echoed throughout the bridal bouquet & bridesmaid dresses.
They were surrounded by only their very closest family & friends. The only one who couldn’t make it, sadly was Seth’s mother due to her health. However, even though she couldn’t be there in person, she was able to join the celebration via modern day technology, FaceTime. Everyone was able to stay in touch & share in all the love as they passed around the phone throughout the day…extra special because it was mother’s day! What an amazing time we live in!!!
After their sweet & simple wedding ceremony & family photos, the group traveled downtown Raleigh to Mulino, to have a mediterranean feast. Cocktails were served poolside on the rustic patio, along with elegant appetizers, which included caprese kabobs (my favorite!)! Next, everyone headed indoors to their private event space for dinner….and how gorgeous was it inside!!! Everywhere you looked there was stunning decor, filled with dramatic colors & mediterranean inspired patterns. It truly felt like you were in old Italy with the stucco walls and dripping candle wax.
After much wine, lamb tagine, laughs & wedding cake, the newlyweds were sent on their way to Hatteras via sparkler exit! Perfect way to end a perfect day!
Hugs to both of you Seth & Kay! I was so honored to be a part of your day!
VENDORS THAT MADE IT ALL HAPPEN//CEREMONY VENUE: The Raulston Arboretum // RECEPTION VENUE: Mulino // CATERER: Mulino // COORDINATOR: DIY // PHOTOGRAPHER: Me 🙂 Sarah Joann Photography // FLORIST: Rhapsody in Blooms // CAKE ARTIST: Ambrosia Cake Creations // MAKE-UP ARTIST: Megan Oliveri // HAIR ARTIST: Megan Oliveri // TUXES: Bobby Macc OFFICIANT: // BRIDAL GOWN: Lillian West // INVITATIONS: Minted //