North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains are a stunning backdrop for a wedding that draws inspiration from nature. Caroline and Ryan’s classic fall celebration was all about fun, family and one another – pretty perfect if you ask me!

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“Our families are very important to us, so we found ways to honor those people who couldn’t be there to celebrate on our wedding day. We gathered old photos of our loved ones and displayed them on the player piano during cocktail hour. One of Ryan’s cousins who couldn’t make the trip baked and individually wrapped over 100 pieces of fruit cake, an Indian wedding tradition, for our rehearsal dinner. And we used Ryan’s great grandmother’s cake knife, shipped from India, which made it feel like she was there with us!”

 

 

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Have fun at your wedding! If you are happy, your guests will be happy.

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Make time for date nights – in the midst of wedding planning, it’s great to get away from your long list of tasks and enjoy each other’s company.

 

 

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  I would have made room in our budget for a videographer. It would be nice to relive moments like our vows or our first dance on film.

 

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“Ryan’s last name, “Lobo,” means “wolf” in Spanish. We wanted to incorporate touches of this throughout the wedding, so our wedding website, hashtag, and the paper products all featured his last name. Ryan made a CD of some of our favorite songs he called “Lobolove Songs,” and we even had little wolf figurines as cake toppers!”

 

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The Ceremony

“Ryan is Catholic but I’d always dreamed of having an outdoor ceremony, so we held a small Catholic ceremony at Christ the King Church in Atlanta a few days before our celebration at the Old Edwards Inn.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Relaxed, Outdoors, Simple.

Who officiated your ceremony?  When we learned that our original officiant wouldn’t be able to travel to our wedding, the Old Edwards Inn recommended Rev. Carl Southerland. He helped us to create a traditional ceremony with very personal touches, and it all came together beautifully!

What was your ceremony music?  A local violinist performed the ceremony music. The processional included “La Vie En Rose” for the seating of grandmothers and mothers, “Autumn Leaves” for the wedding party, and “Lover’s Waltz” for my entrance. Our recessional was Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”

What were your ceremony readings?  My mom read, “I carry your heart with me(i carry it in” by e.e. cummings, and Ryan’s dad read 1 John 4:7-12.

 

 

What were your vows like?  We talked about writing our own vows but struggled with where to start. We came across some vows online that were traditional but didn’t feel too formal. They summed up everything that we felt and both instantly wanted to use them:

“I take you to be my beloved [husband/wife], to have you and hold you, to honor you and treasure you, to be at your side in sorrow and in joy, to suffer with
you in hard times, to share with you in prosperous times, to be transformed by our life
together, and to love and cherish you always. I promise you this from my heart, with my
soul, for all the days of my life.”

 

 

“When we had our first kiss, my veil actually got knocked off my head–but I caught it and everyone clapped and laughed. It was a great moment!”

 

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The Reception

“There was rain in the forecast for our wedding day, so we were a bit concerned about our outdoor, tented ceremony. But the day was absolutely gorgeous, and only once the reception was in full swing did it start to rain. The sound of the rain on the roof was so romantic, everyone joked that it was right on cue!”

 

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How would you describe your reception?  Mountain Chic meets Rustic Elegance.

Why did you choose this location for your reception. The Barn, where we held the cocktail hour, and the connected Pavilion had very natural, rustic, industrial touches – bars, beams and chandeliers made out of reclaimed wood – but were surrounded by lush flowers and soft greenery. The Pavilion featured glass windows that opened accordion-style. The space was gorgeous, and practical in case of rain, which turned out to be a winning combination!

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We were inspired by the mountains, the greens and whites of the property, and a classic color palette – black and white and champagne.

 

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What was your wedding menu?  We consider ourselves foodies and Chef Johannes of the Old Edwards Inn worked with us to customize the entire menu. We had a “strolling dinner”, with food stations in different corners of the reception Pavilion, including a shrimp and grits martini bar, and other Southern specialities.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We had a small two-tier vanilla and chocolate chiffon cake, and served carrot cake squares, warm chocolate cakes, apple crisps and macarons. At the end of the night, there was also a fireside s’mores station.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  The cake cutting: Ryan made a beautiful toast and thanked our families and friends for their love and support of us as a couple. Then he made an emotional, surprise toast to me, which had us all laughing and crying. It was such a romantic moment.

What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was Ray Charles’ “It Had To Be You.” My father and I twirled to Nat and Natalie King Cole’s “Unforgettable,” and Ryan and his mother danced to “The Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston.

How did you go about choosing music for the reception?  Ryan worked with our DJ on the reception’s playlist, and we had a mix of romantic, jazzy songs during dinner and great music for dancing throughout the night. Ryan wanted the last song to be the instrumental version of Outkast’s song “Spottieottiedopalicous” for our sparkler exit. DJ Eric actually kept the party going and set up his equipment at a local bar for the unofficial after party!

 

Photography: Orange Photographie / Venue, Hair, Makeup, Rentals, Catering, Cake: Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands, North Carolina / Officiant: Rev. Carl Southerland / Dress: Mikaella, Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique / Earrings, Tennis Bracelet: Kate Spade / Veil: Audrey by Nina / Wedge Sandal: Unisa Zani / Clutch: Jessica McClintock / Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell / Flower Girl Dress: J. Crew “Lyla” / Flower Girl Shoes: Reef Kids / Suit, Shoes, Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein / Shirt: J. Crew / Cufflinks, Bow Tie: Pronto Uomo, Mens Wearhouse / Stationery: Minted / Calligraphy: Lindsay Calligraphy / Floral Design: Buds & Blossoms Florist / Ceremony Music: Lindy Womack / Reception Music: Split Second Sound

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Robb and Sean drew inspiration from their shared career in aviation for their relaxed backyard wedding in Weston, Connecticut. The celebration was so fun that their guests are already asking about a vow renewal!

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“Soon after we got engaged, Sean’s brother generously offered his backyard to us for the wedding. That beautiful space was practically begging for a white sailcloth tent, and we happily said yes!”

 

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The Ceremony

“This was the first gay wedding many of our guests had attended, and I think they were waiting to see how it would play out: Do they walk down an aisle? How do the vows work? Instead of focusing on wedding traditions, we built our ceremony the way we envisioned it, walking out together to The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” and leaving out anything that didn’t resonate with us as a couple.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Love, laughter and aviation.

What was your ceremony music?  Two members of our wedding band, a keyboardist and a flutist played during our ceremony. After walking in together to “Here Comes the Sun”, we walked out to another Beatles classic, “All You Need is Love“.

 

 

Who officiated your ceremony?  Our wedding planner Amy referred us to a wonderful celebrant named Elisa Chase. We met her and quickly knew she was a match for us.

How did you plan your ceremony?  Our officiant asked us to complete a detailed questionnaire about each other, full of very personal questions. She crafted our ceremony and vows using those responses, and it was perfect. It was a true representation of who we are and how we fell in love with one another. After the ceremony, we had many guests asking for copies of it.

 

 

How did you go about planning your wedding?  Originally we thought we would plan the wedding ourselves. But as pilots, we both travel non-stop, and quickly realized that wedding planning would be best left to the professionals. After our first meeting with our planner, we immediately felt a huge relief – and we were excited about all the ideas we’d talked about! Having a planner really let us enjoy the process, instead of stressing over it.

 

 

The Reception

“We put up a beautiful tent in Sean’s brother’s backyard, and filled it with unique furnishings that our wedding planner sourced. As pilots, our wedding had a “aviation” theme, so there were charming little details incorporated throughout. We wanted the theme to be clear without going overboard, and all our guests were delighted.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We were inspired by our shared piloting career to include aviation-inspired details, but we weren’t sure how to bring our ideas to life. Our wedding planner was a huge help in this department, and came up with lots of ideas fit that fit the theme perfectly.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We served several flavors of cupcakes, included salted caramel and lemon meringue, and there plenty extra for people to sample a few flavors or take one home!

 

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What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was Elton John’s “Your Song.” Robb and his mom danced to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and Sean and his mom danced to ” In My Life” by The Beatles.

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Our first dance together was pretty special. It was almost surreal to be dancing to the song we talked about so much for all those months. We were relieved that the “hard part” of the day was over and we could let loose and enjoy our celebration!

 

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If you had to do it over again, is there anything you would do differently?  We said it the day of and we still feel like it was a truly perfect day. Our friends are begging us to do a wedding reunion party since the original was so much fun!

 

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Paper airplane seating cards, aviator sunglasses, aeronautical charts and tables named for airports significant to Robb and Sean were just some of the charming aviation-inspired details the pilots incorporated into their reception décor.

 

Photography: Athena Blude / Event Design & Coordination: Amy Champagne Events / Venue: Private Residence in Weston, Connecticut / Catering: Garelick & Herbs / Officiant: Elisa Chase, Tapestry Ceremonies / Cupcakes: Taste & See / Band: Bock & Blu / Floral Design:  / Transportation: Gateway Limo / Tent, Rentals: Abbey Tent Rental / Chairs, Tavern Tables: New England Country Rental / Linens: La Tavola / Day of Paper: Roseville Designs / Lighting, Runway: Shindig Lighting

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Inspiration drawn from nature is always so lovely, and the setting at Atalaya Castle, a Spanish-style manse set on Murrells Inlet, provided Shelbi and Barend with plenty to work with. From the whimsical oyster details to the gorgeous flowers, you’ll love this oceanside Southern celebration!

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Stationer Wildblumen Ink and calligrapher Ink & Honey teamed up to create a dreamy watercolor and kraft stationery suite featuring oyster shells and white wax seals.

 

 

“When Barend brought me to his home to meet his family for the first time, one of the places he was excited to show me was Atalaya Castle. Not only does it sit on the beach, but the natural colors and beautiful setting provide such a romantic backdrop. I fell in love with Atalaya on that first visit, so when Barend asked me to be his wife, it was the natural choice. It was wonderful to be able to join our families at a location that was special to us, and held many fond memories.”

 

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“My friend Mary, a bridesmaid, works for Amy Osaba Events in Atlanta. She helped design and coordinate the wedding, and the day was a wonderful reflection of us.”

 

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The Ceremony

“We decided to write our own vows. We kept them meaningful, and Barend even surprised me with some humor that really reflected our easy-going and loving relationship!”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Laid-back, casual, and short.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  From the beginning, we knew we wanted the ceremony to be short and sweet. We chose the civil template that our officiant provided, then edited it down, and added our own vows.

Who officiated your ceremony?  Our officiate was Rev. Benjy Simmons; I actually chose him after reading great reviews on Weddingwire!

 

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What was your ceremony music?  Our ceremony music was very special as it was performed by my brother, Bren Bailey, on acoustic guitar. The wedding party walked down the aisle to “In My Life,” originally performed by The Beatles. I walked down the aisle with my mother & father to Cat Powers’ “Sea of Love.” Our recessional was Bren’s acoustic version of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows.”

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  It’s a toss-up between my brother performing the music and my husband’s sweet vows.

 

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Shelbi and her bridesmaids carried colorful bouquets of roses, dahlias, ranunculus, peonies, astilbe, and delicate foliage by Mary McLeod for Amy Osaba Events.

 

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The Reception

“We were inspired by the beautiful colors and natural environment around Atalaya. Our reception was held in one of the castle’s courtyards, and we created a casual atmosphere perfect for our laid-back celebration.”

 

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How would you describe your reception?  Relaxed, seaside elegance.

Did you do any DIY projects?  We made oyster garlands for all of the tables, which looked so pretty lit with votive candles and gray and white tapers in antique brass candlesticks.

What was your wedding menu?  Catering was provided by one of our favorite places to eat when we visit Barend’s family, Hog Heaven BBQ! Barend and I both love oysters, so we decided to make it a Pig Pickin’ and Oyster Roast. The food was served buffet style, with a whole hog as the focal point.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had a four-tiered vanilla and chocolate cake. It was an elegant take on our ocean theme, with grays and blues, candy oyster shells, and pearls.

Did you have a signature cocktail?  During the cocktail hour, we served one of our favorite drinks, the Moscow Mule.

 

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What was your first dance song?  My husband and I danced our first dance to my brother’s acoustic version of “Strangers”, originally performed by The Kinks. It was a great moment!

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  My favorite part of the reception was the Father/Daughter dance. My dad has two left feet, so he insisted on taking dance lessons with me. He spent several weekends visiting with us and going to lessons, so we got extra time together, and the added bonus of learning how to dance! The song we chose was also extra special; we danced to “My Girl” by the Temptations. This song had been my father’s parents’ song, so it was meaningful for both of us.

 

Photography: Exquisitrie by Kelly Sauer / Venue: Atalaya Castle in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: Mary McLeod for Amy Osaba Events / Officiant: Rev. Benjy Simmons, Simple Wedding Day LLC / Dress: Allure Bridals / Shoes: Nina Shoes / Jewelry: Anthropologie / Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal / Groom’s Suit: La Spalla from Suit Supply / Tie: Tie Bar / Groomsmen Attire: Perry Ellis /Stationery: Wildblumen Ink / Calligraphy: Ink & Honey / Silk Ribbon: Silk & Willow / Hair, Makeup: Sandy of Beautiful Salon and Spa / Rentals: Eventworks / Ceremony Music: Bren Baily / Reception Music: Michael Sokolik of Myrtle Beach DJs / Catering: Hog Heaven / Wedding Cake: Secret Chef Café of Myrtle Beach / Dessert: Drienie Scholtz (Groom’s Grandmother)
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  • South Carolina Wedding at Atalaya Castle by Kelly Sauer

    2 March 2015
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