Rachel and John

Wednesday, October 5, 2011





























I feel like most girls have a preference: pearls or diamonds. It might be the best practical expression of the Jackie-Marilyn duality, and I've always been the girl who goes for a pearl choker and matching studs. I'm pretty sure Rachel, today's bride, is in agreement and I couldn't like her more for it.

These Southern traditionalists were married in their home state of North Carolina; a ceremony at Kenan Chapel was followed by a reception at the Surf Club full of family touches. Invitations by William Arthur, designed by MMInk and with Calligraphy by Hilary arrived in shades of grey and ivory that echoed the beauty of the couple's seaside location, and their classic color palette.

The bride wore a stunning gown from Christos paired with J.Crew peep toe mary janes in patent leather and suede, not to mention plenty of pearls, while her maids wore blush dresses from Amsale. The groom also chose J.Crew when it came to his suit, and the gentlemen wore matching Brooks Brothers ties striped with navy and pink.

The couple worked with Fiore Fine Flowers to create traditional wreaths framed with magnolia leaves for the ceremony site, and their palate of ivory, white and grey with touches of blushes was magnificently mirrored in the lush bouquets and arrangements. Blue cheese biscuits and a magnolia topped cake by Nicki's Cakes designed to look like a buttercream confection the couple's grandmothers would have served paid homage to their Southern roots, while grey and white paper straws matched the antique silver vases and frames that held table numbers. Rachel and John also added frames with photos of both sets of parents on their wedding day at each table, making this truly a family affair.

And of course, we would never have enjoyed the loveliness of this beautiful couple's wedding day without the work of Meredith Perdue, the talented woman behind the lens who so generously let me share these images with all of you!

36 comments:

  1. so classic and pretty! I just love their cake!

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  2. I will take little of the pearls and a little of the diamonds please ;)

    Such gorgeous photos!

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  3. absolutely beautiful details! so elegant.

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  5. Classic, elegant weddings are really starting to grow on me. I love the roses and baby's breath and, of course, all the pearls. I'm such a pearls girl too. :)

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  6. The definition of a timeless wedding. Love every bit!

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  7. Oh that cake is pure perfection. I love this!!!

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  8. Classic and beautiful. You could look at this wedding 20 years from now and use the word timeless!

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  9. what a gorgeous wedding! love her dress... oh and the flowers!

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  10. This wedding is so well photographed, gorgeous. I love the flowers...they pop without stealing the show. Lovely. xo

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  11. I love all of these beautiful details, the colours, the pearls, and those lovely shoes... they are such a soft & gorgeous blush hue. Aww, looks like an amazingly beautiful day!! Hope your day is lovely. xo veronika

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  12. Oh goodness! What an ideal wedding. It's funny when you do these I'm always guessing what the bride and groom look like. What a gorgeous couple! Very wonderful.

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  13. i love the babys breath centerpieces. They look so full and pretty but are still reasonable cost wise. Well done.

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  14. I feel like I was just in a fairytale. Love those first ones of the pearls, perfume and touches on the dress. Gorgeous!

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  15. It is such a treat to see Rachel & John's wedding on La Petite Coquin! Reading all of the sweet comments has been incredibly fun too! Thank you so much, Lena!

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  16. Love seeing the bottle of perfume :)

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  17. Thank you all for your kind words and for featuring our wedding. It truly was a magical day and I love re-living it through the beautiful photos!

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  18. I absolutely love the wedding cake and how beautifully it reflects the whole feeling of their wedding day!!!

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  19. Oh my goodness, this is such a lovely, lovely wedding! It's seriously my favorite that I've seen...ever! :D
    Love the pearls! [I'm a pearl girl myself too!]

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  20. These pictures are phenomenal. It looks like they had a gorgeous day. I love the shoes!

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  21. So much classic beauty! I love the cake, her shoes, her dress...all of it!

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  22. Gorgeous! I am in love with those wreaths!

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  23. That handkerchief is just precious!!

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  24. Classic bride. So beautiful!

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  25. Love the monogrammed handkerchief! It's a great tradition to keep! xoo style, she wrote

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  26. This is beyond charming! So classic and stunning. xx

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  27. love the simplicity of the all white bouquet

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  28. Agree with everyone else...so classic, elegant, sophisticated in a tastefully understated way!

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  29. Oh sooo gorgeous!! so classic...

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  30. The bride and I use The same eau de toilette (Chloe'!!). And this is exactly The Style that I love for a Wedding!
    Cool and chic!
    Laura@RicevereconStile

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  31. i just love the flowers on the cake! they are so so beautiful and fancey! I i love the bottle of the perfume too! so pretty!!

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  33. i love how classic and understated in its elegance this wedding is, the baby's breath center piece is lovely!

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  34. Oh, I love all the detail shots, so pretty!!

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  35. that babies breath center piece is STUNNING. never seen one like it. simply gorgeous.

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