Amanda & CJ

Amanda and CJ met when they were in high school together. They had the same group of friends, so were always around each other from time to time at some point. CJ graduated two years before Amanda, so they didn’t see much of each other after that. Their paths crossed again after Amanda graduated and they have been a power duo and unstoppable ever since.

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It was definitely love at first sight, at least for me anyways. I knew from the time I met up with CJ again after graduation that he was my soulmate and that I was going to fall head over heels for that boy. He had that spark about him that always made me feel like I was the only one in the room and he made every worry in the world disappear.
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We got engaged at a family New Year’s party on December 31st, 2015. He made a scrapbook with every picture that we had ever taken together and put our favorite love song quotes underneath every picture. At the end of the book was a white page that read, “Will You Marry Me?” He was on one knee behind me with the ring and was ready to propose. We had been together for six years before we got engaged, so of course it was the best day of my life up to that point.
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Amanda and CJ held their ceremony and reception at the beautiful Grandover Resort & Conference Center. Their colors were blush, navy and champagne gold. This was a trio that Amanda loved and were absolutely stunning when paired together.

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One of the most unique elements of the wedding ceremony was the chandelier in the middle of their altar. It was the perfect touch of elegance.

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My wedding day was filled with joy, excitement, and a LOT of nerves. Oh boy, there were so many nerves and different emotions. I was so excited and nervous to walk down the aisle and say, “I do”. The weather was perfect and we had all our closest friends and family there with us to be a part of our day. Everyone and everything looked absolutely amazing! The flowers and centerpieces for my tables were out of this world. To top it off, I got married to my best friend on the most beautiful day.
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TriadWeddings Magazine helped me so much with getting ideas for décor and foods that I wanted to have. It also helped me with do’s and don’ts for the big day. There’s not a single thing I would change about my wedding. Everything turned out wonderful. I would do it all over again tomorrow if I had the chance!
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CEREMONY/RECEPTION/CATERING Grandover Resort & Spa

PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY Muir Photography

GOWN Bridals by Lori

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Group USA

GROOM/GROOMSMEN’S FORMALWEAR Step and Style

INVITATIONS UR Invited

CAKE Easy Peasy Decadent Desserts

FLOWERS ABBA Design

OFFICIANT Matthew Smith

HAIR SERVICES Kenneth Taylor Salon

MAKEUP SERVICES Amber Harper

WEDDING PLANNING/COORDINATION Epic Event Planning

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT Diarra Thompson/DJ Deneiro

PARTY RENTALS Southern Event Rental, Party Reflections

FAVORS Totally Wedding Koozies

PHOTO BOOTH Joy Squad

SEWING/ALTERATIONS Elizabeth's Bridal

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Kelly & Tyler

Kelly and Tyler met when they use to “cruise” down their main street with friends and show off their cars. They’d hang out at Starbucks and Cookout. Kelly was the new girl in town and once they met, it was love at first sight!

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It was a day after Easter and Tyler took Kelly to a favorite park where he had planned an Easter egg hunt for her with those little plastic eggs. He had written little notes and placed them in the eggs, and the last egg had the proposal in it!

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Held at Villa de l’Amour, Kelly describes their wedding day as ‘beautiful, a little hectic, a tiny bit stressful…but amazing to say the least’.

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Their colors were mint and grey, and eight bridesmaids and seven groomsmen were there to help them celebrate this special day.

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One of the most unique elements of our wedding was having my Mom walk me down the aisle.
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My venue’s assistant went above and beyond. She was absolutely amazing and helped in every way she could! Also, my photographer and her second shooter did amazing work; definitely ran around like crazy women getting every shot in every angle and really captured every moment!
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The only thing I would change about our day is I would have had it earlier, and on a Saturday rather than a Friday.
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CEREMONY/RECEPTION Villa de l’Amour

PHOTOGRAPHY Alayna Kaye Photography

GOWN CocoMelody

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES David’s Bridal

GROOM/GROOMSMEN’S FORMALWEAR Black Tie Formals

INVITATIONS Hobby Lobby

CAKE Denise Watson

CATERING Thyme 2 Cater

FLOWERS Grace Flower Shop

OFFICIANT Steve Smith

HAIR SERVICES Jesse Jean Hallett

MAKEUP SERVICES Tiffany Tilly (Hair Logix)

WEDDING COORDINATOR Erika Poole

MUSIC/LIGHTING/PHOTO BOOTH Anything Music

CANDY BUFFET Cookies & Candy by Mother of bride

SEWING/ALTERATIONS Nabil Alterations

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Katelyn & Alex

Alex and Katelyn met on eHarmony. After a few weeks of getting to know each other, they met for coffee on their first date.

It was definitely ‘this is something special’ at first sight. We both realized right away that we had never met someone like this and felt a great possibility for the future.
Alex did such an incredible job surprising me when he proposed! We were having coffee at the shop where we first met on our six-month anniversary. Before heading to dinner, he took me up to the rooftop of the building next door and there were rose petals all over the roof and in the pool. He even had a secret photographer capture the whole proposal. If that wasn’t enough, after he proposed we continued to our dinner reservation only to find a room full of my family and closest friends. He had everyone come together and catered the perfect engagement party for us. We even have a priceless video of me walking in completed shocked and overwhelmed with emotion!
I found TriadWeddings Magazine so helpful in searching out possible wedding venues to tour, dress shops, cakes and overall inspiration for the event by looking at photos from other weddings. It was hands down the best and most helpful bridal magazine I looked at.

The couple hosted their ceremony and reception at Millennium Center. They didn’t have a specific theme, but wanted modern and classic décor that would hold up to the test of time. With their style being more classic traditional, they incorporated the colors of navy blue and gray with gold accents and touches of blush pink and white in the floral arrangements.

One of the most unique elements of our wedding day was that my father-in-law was our officiant. It was such a special and personal touch for Alex’s dad to marry his only son to his new bride.
One thing I would change about our day…I FORGOT TO WEAR MY VEIL!!! Our wedding day was as close to perfect as one could expect, but of all the little things to forget, I walked down the aisle without my cathedral veil on! I realized on the alter, but there was nothing I could do at that point. I put it on after the ceremony for a few pictures, but that’s the only thing I would change if I could do it again - not forget!
Our wedding day was the most incredible day of my life! Everyone tells you this, but you can’t fully understand until you have been through it. There is nothing more magical than marrying your best friend surrounded by every person you love and cherish. Feeling all the love and support around us was the cherry on top to marrying the man of my dreams! We were having such a good time dancing and partying with all our friends and family we didn’t want the night to end!

CEREMONY/RECEPTION/LIGHTING/RENTALS Millennium Center

PHOTOGRAPHY Russell-Killen Photography

GOWN/ALTERATIONS Divas Boutique and Bridal

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Myline's Bridal

GROOM’S FORMALWEAR Runway Men's Wear

GROOMSMEN’S FORMALWEAR Belk

INVITATIONS Zazzle

CAKE Easy Peasy Decadent Desserts

CATERING Local 27101

FLOWERS Millennium Center & Sedgefield Florist

OFFICIANT Paul Kendall

HAIR/MAKEUP The Makeup Culture

EVENT DESIGN/WEDDING COORDINATOR Kaitlyn Kiser

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT/PHOTO BOOTH Your Personal DJ

VIDEOGRAPHY REEL Weddings

FAVORS Beau-Coup

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Sophia & Ben

Sophia and Ben were set up by mutual friends. Sophia's best friend from college, Laura, ended up transferring to University of Vermont where she met Ben's best friend, Dan. Laura and Dan ended up setting them up long distance!

It was pretty much love at first sight. Ben drove up two hours from Connecticut to take me out on our first date. We walked around a pond, had our first kiss, and sparks flew. A few days later I returned to Union College (NY) for my Sophomore year and Ben (who had already graduated) drove up almost every weekend after that. We were long distance for three and a half years before finally moving in together. We’ve been together for seven years!

While trekking up Mt. Mansfield to show Sophia where Ben's dad's ashes were spread, Ben had something special tucked away in his gym shorts. Not knowing when, or where, or how he'd pop the question, they reached the summit to a beautiful view and twenty or so other people. Not able to get the courage to propose with an audience, they started their descent; passing dogs and other couples along the way. On the way down, Sophia found a spot that would make the perfect picture. Hopping up on the big rock, Sophia urged Ben to join her, which he did. He quickly pulled her close and kissed her on the forehead. “Will you marry me?” Sophia said as she often joked. Getting down on one knee, Ben then replied, “Will you marry me?”

Sophia and Ben held their romantic and rustic themed wedding at Summerfield Farms, incorporating dusty blue, rose and ivory accents, and lots of greenery and succulents.

The day itself was a bit overcast, chilly, and even rained a bit. Definitely not the weather we were planning for in May, but it still ended up being the perfect day! The girls and I stayed over in the Bungalow at Summerfield Farms the night before and had a relaxing morning hanging out and getting our hair and makeup done!

Some of the most unique elements of our wedding day were watching the Father of the Bride dance to Gangham Style (it was hilarious), and the Groom receiving his dream guitar - a custom Paul Reid Smith (PRS) - from his Bride!
If I could change anything about the day, I probably would have gotten a cake instead of doing s’mores by the fire pit. You never really know what the weather will be like (even in May!) and for us, it ended up being a bit too chilly for s’mores.

CEREMONY/RECEPTION Summerfield Farms

PHOTOGRAPHY Danielle Flake Photography

GOWN BHLDN

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES WeddingtonWay.com

GROOM/GROOMSMEN’S FORMALWEAR CombatGent.com

INVITATIONS thepaintgrind (the bride)

CAKE In lieu of a cake, we chose to do s'mores by the fire pit

CATERING Fresh.Local.Good. food group

FLOWERS FLORA Wedding + Event Flowers

OFFICIANT All Faiths Wedding Officiants of the Triad

HAIR/MAKEUP Updo's Studio

WEDDING PLANNER Thepaintgrind (aka the Bride)

WEDDING COORDINATOR Patricia Huerta

MUSIC/LIGHTING DJ Harlem

RENTALS Carolina Event Rentals

VIDEOGRAPHY QVisuals

FAVORS Koozies designed by thepaintgrind (the bride)

TRANSPORTATION Holiday Tours

HONEYMOON/TRAVEL CTA Travel Services

FLORAL PRESERVATION Instead of preserving the flowers professionally, I rooted the succulents!

SEWING/ALTERATIONS Sara's Alterations

GOWN PRESERVATION Organic Cleaners

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Hannah & Jonathan

Hannah and Jonathan met in the tenth grade, when he moved back to Greensboro and started going to her high school. They became close friends and actually dated each other’s best friends throughout high school. Those relationships ended and Hannah and Jonathan remained close through college. It wasn’t until their senior year of college that Jonathan decided he wanted to be more than friends and finally asked Hannah out on a date.

Our engagement was perfect. It was supposed to just be a date night. Jonathan picked me up at the door, hot cider in hand. (Way better than flowers in my book!) We began to head to ‘dinner’ or so I thought. Next thing I know, we are veering off into his old neighborhood, the one where my favorite park is over by Hamilton Lakes. We pull into the gravel lot next to the park and he starts to get out. No explanation. I follow right behind him. It’s dark and freezing so I’m wondering why in the world we are making this detour. Then I see it, hundreds of candles lighting the pathway down by the lake, where he has built a teepee…the kind you see on Pinterest. With candle lights strung up the poles, and blankets with lanterns inside. Up in the tree, there is a huge sheet also draped with Christmas lights that is being used as a screen for the slideshow he has projected onto it. We climb into the teepee and watch the slideshow of pictures of the two of us from our tenth-grade beach trip together as just friends, all the way up to our sweet date night pictures. After the slideshow he begins to read to me out of a devotional he had with him. He read me a passage on marriage and what it should look like. Then, from behind the tent came his big pup, Murphy, with a sign around his neck that says, “Will you marry my brother?” Jonathan got down on one knee, told me he loved me, and asked me to be his bride.
TriadWeddings Magazine has especially been an inspiration to me throughout the whole process of planning a wedding. I am a designer, so I love looking through magazines that inspire or spark creativity. TriadWeddings did just that for me throughout this season. My bouquet was actually inspired by one of the bride’s bouquets that I saw on the cover of one of the recent issues. My mom and I also attended the Marry Me event, and it was of huge help to us. We loved getting to visit each vendors’ booths, taste samples, look into honeymoon options, dresses, cakes, and more.

Hannah and Jonathan had their ceremony at First Friends Meeting Church, with their reception following at The Public. They didn’t have a set theme, but knew they wanted an intimate, traditional feel incorporating neutral colors of blush, gray and blue.

I had seven bridesmaids, and a sweet flower girl, who is Jonathan’s cousin. She is 22, she has Down’s Syndrome and was the absolute sweetest flower girl there has ever been! My bridesmaids were my sisters, friends from college and high school, and friends from post college. Jonathan had 11 groomsmen! He couldn’t choose, so he didn’t! We didn’t really care that our numbers weren’t perfectly matched up. It was about who has walked alongside us through our lives and that’s who we wanted there.
One of the worship songs we did was probably one of the most unique parts of our wedding. It was called ‘But for you who fear my name’. We asked some friends of ours, Bennett and Hannah Dixon, to play it. Bennett was on the banjo, Hannah played the guitar, and they both sang. Another groomsman played a little Djembe drum. At the very end of the song, they all started whistling to the tune of the hymn. It was the most unique and beautiful worship song, with the backdrop of this simple, elegant church with light pouring through the windows. It was magical.
We can’t say enough good things about Lee Comer and her team at The Public. Being the first wedding reception in that space, we were not quite sure what to expect, but they absolutely exceeded our expectations. We spent time walking through the floor plan and table placements to ensure that the traffic flow with 250 guests would not get too crowded during the reception. And their event coordinator put together a great floor plan, mapping out every detail, even adding in a second bar area to accommodate our large number of guests.
Our wedding day was wonderful. We wanted Christ as the center, we wanted to be surrounded by friends and family. We wanted delicious food, and we wanted everyone to dance. And, I think we did just that. It was a gorgeous day, a little chilly. But, the light pouring in the church was surreal. We felt so loved by friends and family.

CEREMONY First Friends Meeting Church

RECEPTION The Public

PHOTOGRAPHY Andrew Neel

GOWN Divas Boutique and Bridal

BRIDEMAIDS’ DRESSES assortment, BHLDN, Nordstroms, etc.

GROOM’S FORMALWEAR Custom suit design by Lewis & Harris

GROOMSMEN’S FORMALWEAR assortment

INVITATIONS Bride and Groom's design

CAKE The Baker and the Bean

CATERING Fresh.Local.Good. food group

PARTY RENTALS Carolina Event Rentals

FLOWERS Everything except for the centerpieces and bridesmaids’ bouquets were from Jordan House. Everything else was done by Noel Morris 

OFFICIANT Alan Hawkins

HAIR Dawn from Blueprint The Salon

MAKEUP Hilary from Blueprint The Salon

EVENT DESIGNER Samantha Kosco

WEDDING PLANNER Mother of the Bride

WEDDING COORDINATOR Renee Harris

MUSIC DJ Greg Camacho

TRANSPORTATION Proximity Hotel

SEWING/ALTERATIONS Amy Badger

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