Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Wedding: Ceremony & Bridal Party

When you have an amazing wedding photographer, it makes it difficult to choose which wedding photos to share, so I've separated out our wedding into our ceremony and bridal party for today's post! 

Our ceremony was held at First Baptist Church in Wallace, NC, about 15 minutes away from the country club where we spent our wedding weekend and where the reception was held. I've always loved the church as it's full of bright light and white ceilings, and I knew it would be perfect for us to say, "I do." We also had a fairly large wedding, so it was the perfect indoor venue to seat our guests. Stephen and I both knew we wanted to get married in a church, so finding one that fit for us made the planning so easy.

We were married by Stephen's uncle, who has been a pastor for years. That was very special for us as it brought such meaning into our ceremony. A friend of mine, Hailey Best, is an incredibly talented vocalist and actress, and she sang two of my favorite songs: "The Prayer," in memory of my Nonny, and "Oceans," a song I have come to love over the last couple of years. My aunt did a reading of verses that were special to us! 

I will never forget the doors opening, looking at my dad, and then at Stephen as we made the trek down the long aisle to Stephen. I feel like the ceremony was a blur as it felt so surreal, but one of the moments I love most is hugging Stephen outside of the church, knowing we were finally married! 
You probably noticed that we had quite the large bridal party! We had 11 bridesmaids and groomsmen, and Stephen's (and my) niece served as our flower girl while my little cousin was our ringbearer. Every person in our wedding was and is so important to us, and it was an honor for us have them by our side! We felt so privileged and so loved throughout the wedding because of those individuals and our families!
Location: First Baptist Church of Wallace & River Landing Country Club
Wedding Dress: Coastal Knot Bridal
Flower Girl Dress: Coastal Knot Bridal
Mother of the Bride Dress: BCBG
Bride's Earrings: Kendra Scott
Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin 
Bridesmaids' Earrings: ZIA Boutique
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Tuxes: Joseph A. Banks
Photographer: Kate Supa Photography
Florals: Olive Branch Florist
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6 comments

  1. Your photos are absolutely stunning, Zelle! I too had a large bridal party (7 on each side+a flower girl & ring bearer) and I thought it was wonderful to have all of our favorite people beside us on such a big moment in our lives :)

    xoxo, SS


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  2. Absolute perfection Zelle! Your photos are just breathtaking and your bridal party is just gorgeous!! Side note - your dad kind of looks like Tim McGraw :) xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. Your pictures are gorgeous!! Can't wait to see the rest! xx

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  4. WOW! You straight up look like you came out of a bridal magazine :) Congrats!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    www.askawayblog.com

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  5. Wow, absolutely beautiful! I love the bridesmaid dresses and the flowers. Everyone looked so wonderful and happy too!! :-) Oh and your mom is gorgeous like you! :-)

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  6. Seriously, your wedding photos are some of the most gorgeous that I’ve ever seen! Your church ceremony looked beautiful!

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