Southern formal beach wedding at the Dunes Club in Atlantic Beach, NC | Cynthia Rose Photography

Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Boathouse at Front Street Village, Beaufort, NC
Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church, Morehead City, NC
Reception Venue: Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, NC
Wedding Coordinator: Erin McLean Events
Cake: Mrs. Vingerber's Sweets
Tent: Sperry Tents
Band: Sleeping Booty
Florist: Watered Garden Florist
Event Rentals: Cottage Luxe
Wedding Crest Designer: Simply Jessica Marie
Wedding Gown Designer: Mira Zwillinger
Bridesmaids Dress Designer: Joanna August
Mens Apparel: The Black Tie
Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Makeup For Your Day

If you could pick one moment that stands out to you as the best on your wedding day, what would it be? The entire reception! My mouth literally dropped when I saw the tent for the first time. Erin McLean and her team did a phenomenal job pulling everything together - it was more than I could have hoped for. We felt like the reception was just a giant party with all of our family and best friends. It truly was the most perfect evening! I wish we could relive it again.

During your wedding planning, what was your vision for your wedding day? We wanted to transform the space with the tent and the florals. One of the key focal points was the orchid installation over the dance floor and it was absolutely stunning - one of my favorite aspects of the design! Erin said it perfectly when she came up with the idea of "Southern Formal" décor, but added other elements to make it feel more laid back with the lounge furniture around the dance floor. We also loved incorporating our French bulldog, Truffle, with our wedding crest and the French Bulldog cocktail, which Chas and I actually had on a trip to San Francisco.

Describe any special traditions, personal mementos, or helpful friends/family members who played a sentimental role in your wedding planning or wedding day. As I mentioned, Erin Mclean and her team went above and beyond for our wedding. I shared a few "inspiration" photos with her at the beginning of the planning process and she ran with it. She did an amazing job and truly brought my vision to life. Both of my parents were also tremendously helpful in the planning - I almost feel as though my dad should actually be a wedding planner! Chas' mom, Georgia, has impeccable taste and put together one of the most unique and fun Rehearsal Dinners at the Boathouse in Beaufort. Lastly, I could not have done it without my Matrons and Maid of Honor. They were by my side throughout the whole process and on the wedding day. Chas and I were surrounded by so much love and support - we are very, very lucky!

What made you choose your venue(s) for your wedding day? I grew up going to Atlantic Beach and these days pretty much consider it home. Chas' family lives in Florida, where we met, and so the beach has always been a special place for us. Chas also fell in love with AB over the years, as well as Beaufort, so it felt like the perfect location!

What was your First Dance song? Is there a special story behind it? "Can't Get Enough of Your Love Babe" by Barry White. We both wanted a song that was upbeat and fun. Chas always makes fun of me for my love of Motown, but I think he has secretly grown to love it too.

What was one wedding planning decision that proved invaluable? Erin McLean Events!!! Living in New York and having a wedding in North Carolina would have been impossible without such a talented wedding planner. She and her team made everything seamless and worked with top notch vendors to execute everything to perfection.

A sweet June wedding at the Boathouse at Front Street Village | Cynthia Rose Photography

If you could pick one moment that stands out to you as the best on your wedding day, what would it be? Seeing my handsome husband when I walked down aisle. I was trying not to cry, but I was just really happy. And I love that you captured that moment for us!

During your wedding planning, what was your vision for your wedding day? I did all the planning with my mom and my vision was elegant, semiformal with "beachy" touches (the painting, anchors, lanterns and decor on the reception tables.) Plus at the Boathouse we got to have a nice breeze by the water with the gorgeous sunset for the evening, so everything was perfect!

Describe any special traditions, personal mementos, or helpful friends/family members who played a sentimental role in your wedding planning or wedding day. My parents were incredibly helpful and supportive throughout the whole process.

Charles and I met at my cousin/his best friends wedding (we walked together!); but at my cousin's wedding, my mom carried her train. So for my wedding, my aunt carried mine. :)

Charles and I gave each other gifts: he gave me a beautiful Pandora bracelet with my birthstone in a heart charm and a "Just Married" charm. <3 I gave him a little book with letters I wrote to him and a wooden block with lyrics to our song/first dance.

I realized the week of the wedding that I didn't have a "something borrowed." My cousin so graciously let me borrow her beautiful tennis bracelet and it went perfect with my dress!

My Grannie played the piano while my aunt sang. It was beautiful. I was up there sniffling and trying not to ruin my makeup! And my Papa read a CS Lewis quote that I really love. It meant so so much to me to have them play a role in our day.

What made you choose your venue(s) for your wedding day? Charles actually suggested the Boathouse. I liked it as well and had been there multiple times, but was worried that my parents would not agree. They agreed to come visit and actually came in February. It was a beautiful day with a gorgeous blue sky and a breeze, and they were sold so that was the end of that.

What was your First Dance song? Is there a special story behind it? Our first dance was to "I Don't Dance" by Lee Brice. When Charles and I first started dating, I made the comment that we needed a song for us (cheesy I know). He immediately mentioned that song. I admit I was looking for options and put off even listening to it. But then I finally did and knew that that was in fact our song.

What was one wedding planning decision that proved invaluable? I think that the best part of wedding planning was the decisions we made when it came to vendors. Everything came together so smoothly that we didn't really even have to worry. Family and bridesmaids asked if we needed help with anything in preparation; but we really couldn't think of a single thing because our vendors were on top of everything. And everything was perfect!

And I have to say that apart from my mom who did all the planning with me, Cindy and Vic were the best photographers and were a dream to work with. I know that pictures are very crucial to the wedding day, and we opted not to do videography at all. So there could have been a lot of worry there. But Charles and I, my mom, etc. we all felt at ease. After doing bridals, I had seen a bit of their style, and I knew that they would be there for the perfect shot capturing the best memories. And apart from their incredible work (which speaks for itself,) Cindy and Vic are the sweetest couple and it was a lot of fun having them there. I cannot say enough good things. :)