Laurie & Grant | North Carolina Wedding from Ali Harper

You might not guess it from Ali Harper‘s beautiful photos, but Laurie and Grant planned their wedding in under six months! Says the bride, “Don’t be afraid of a short engagement – we got engaged in April and were married in September. I’m pretty detail-oriented and I had a good sense of how I wanted things to turn out, and I tried to stay organized and I let people help me.”

Laurie wore her grandmother’s sapphire earrings, so the acted as both something borrowed and something blue.

I love the groom’s polka dot socks!

Forgoing a signature cocktail, the couple served some of their favorite wines instead.

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We loved the idea of a relatively close-to-home destination wedding. Highlands made sense for us because Grant is from Atlanta and I’m originally from North Carolina so it was a good mid-point for a lot of our guests. Also, the Old Edwards Inn has a great reputation which was important because we booked it sight-unseen! We were both living and working in New York City when we got engaged and we knew we wanted a short engagement so we didn’t have time to get to North Carolina to look for venues.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We really wanted our guests to have a great time. It was important for us to show our creativity and our sense of humor as well (wedding buses had signs from New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority; the host for our wedding day picnic was my dog, Jenny). We also got engaged in Hong Kong, where my parents have lived for the last 15 years, so we incorporated the Chinese double happiness symbol often used in Chinese weddings to signify happiness, wherever we could, including Grant’s cufflinks.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  This is such a hard question – there were so many! If I have to narrow it down I think walking into the church with my Dad and seeing Grant waiting for me was probably the best best moment. I also loved the wedding day picnic that we had before the ceremony. The picnic was really important to us because a lot of people travelled very far to be with us and we wanted to spend as much time as possible with all of our guests so I just loved the additional time we had with our guests at the picnic.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We’re both pretty traditional so we included a lot of traditions but we also only focused on those traditions that had meaning to us. We didn’t want to feel like there was a rule book that was choreographing our day and we couldn’t stray from.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Don’t lose sight of the most important part of your wedding day: you’re marrying your best friend. It’s easy to get caught up in the details but I tried to remind myself of the real importance of the day.


See more of Laurie and Grant’s timeless North Carolina wedding in the gallery.

Vendor Credits

Photographer: Ali Harper / Event Planner: Elizabeth Fletcher, I Do Events Atlanta / Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue:  The Farm at Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, North Carolina / Officiant: Martha Porter / Gown: Monique Lhuillier purchased at Mark Ingram Atelier / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Dresses: "Melanie" by Thread / Floral Designer:  Oakleaf Floral / Stationery: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Furniture Rentals: Settee Atlanta / Linens: Party Tables / Cocktail Hour Music: Curtis Blackwell & The Dixie Bluegrass / Reception Band: Right to Party / Cake: LuLu's Bakery / Groom's Cake: Chocolate Cake Charleston


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