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October 26, 2016

“This wedding reminded me of the Secret Garden, tucked away in a beautiful garden at NC State’s own arboretum. The bride and groom valued their family over anything, desiring it to be as simple and beautiful as possible. This is why they didn’t have a wedding party. They put a lot of time and care into preparing everything themselves including the food, flowers, programs, invitation suite, decorations, favors {the hand-caligraphied cards with notable quotes on them}. The whole affair was two families literally pulling together as one. It may seem simple, but the details were thoughtfully and intricately planned and prepared.” –Joanna Sue Photography

We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're in love with this Bride's invitation suite she DIY'd!
Stunning dress shot at this stunning garden wedding!
We love this shot of this darling Bride's wedding shoes!
We're in love with this Bride's invitation suite she DIY'd!
We're in love with this Bride's invitation suite she DIY'd!
We love this stunning ring shot!
The beautiful Bride getting ready for the ceremony!
The beautiful Bride getting ready for the ceremony!
The beautiful Bride getting ready for the ceremony!
The beautiful Bride getting ready for the ceremony!
Super sweet note to the Bride from her Groom. So sweet!
Super sweet note to the Bride from her Groom. So sweet!
Super sweet note to the Bride from her Groom. So sweet!
We're crushing on this gorgeous Bride's wedding style!
We're crushing on this gorgeous Bride's wedding style and stunning blush bouquet!
The Handsome Groom getting ready for the ceremony!
How sweet is this first look?! LOVE!
How sweet is this first look?! LOVE!
How cute are these ceremony programs at this secret garden wedding?! LOVE!
We love this darling couple and their super sweet ceremony!
We love this darling couple and their super sweet ceremony!
We love this darling couple and their super sweet ceremony!
We love this darling couple and their super sweet ceremony!
We love this darling couple and their super sweet ceremony!
Crushing on this darling couple's first kiss and Mr. and Mrs!
Crushing on this darling couple's first kiss and Mr. and Mrs!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We are in LOVE with this crafty Bride's handlettered ceremony vow canvases!
We are in LOVE with this crafty Bride's handlettered ceremony vow canvases!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!
We're in love with this gorgeous hand lettered seating chart!
Cute family food set-up at this intimate wedding!
How cute are these donut holes at this couples intimate reception!
We love this darling simple wedding cake with garden rose topper! LOVE!
We love this sweet Mr. and Mrs. cutting the cake!
We love these cute Mr. and Mrs. mugs the Bride and Groom used at their intimate garden reception!
We love these cute Mr. and Mrs. mugs the Bride and Groom used at their intimate garden reception!
We love these cute Mr. and Mrs. mugs the Bride and Groom used at their intimate garden reception!
We love this gorgeous shot of the Bride at her reception!
We're swooning over this super romantic garden wedding!

What is your favorite wedding day memory?

After we took communion, I remember finally having the chance to look at everyone and I was so overwhelmed with love and joy to be in that moment with our loved ones. There was morning sunlight, lush trees and ‘Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing’ playing in the background. It was just a beautiful, peaceful and joyful time.

What did you DIY for your wedding?

As the saying goes, many hands make light work! Ross’s family is simply amazing! They baked and brought country ham biscuits, sausage balls and other pastries, as well as helping create decor and set-up. I hand lettered small sayings, such as “I choose joy” or favorite lyrics that resonated with Ross and I as wedding favors to our guests. Completing the envelopes and invitation suites was one of my favorite things, as I am obsessed with all things stationery. One thing I always knew I wanted, was to buy flowers from the amazing Raleigh Farmers Market to create the floral arrangements, which we made with a small group of family. We DIY’d our hand lettered invitation suite, our floral arrangements, the ribbon wands, vows canvases, hand lettered notes/favors to guests on vintage frames, paper tassels, programs, food labels and our thumbprint guestbook! My Father-in-Law spent the day before making 100 ham biscuits, relatives made cake, sausage balls and my Grandmother made mints.

Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?

On our teacher and scientist salaries, we planned and paid for most of the wedding expenses as early as possible. We booked the venue first, which was affordable due to it being owned by a public university. We knew our minister, which made the ceremony so personal and special. His Aunt, was our wedding planner, has great connections and was able to find us the best options for our budget and for the occasion. If you don’t have a wedding planner and plan on doing a lot DIY, it is a must. We could not have done it without her. It helps to have a vision – we knew we wanted to center it on family and faith and to keep it as simple as possible. Our wedding was beautiful and everything we could have wanted. -Linda, the bride

Event Credits

Photographer: Joanna Sue Photography // Venue: JC Raulston Arboretum // Ceremony Music: Triangle String Quartet // Invitations + Decor + Favors: Linda Creative (The Bride)


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