Kelly and Greg

Raleigh, North Carolina

 

 

Photography | f8 Photo Studios | @f8photostudios

Ceremony Venue | Edenton Street United Methodist

Reception Venue | The Stockroom at 230 | @thestockroomat230

Location | The Glass Box

Event Planner | Sally Oakley Weddings & Events @sallyoakleyweddings

Gown Designer | Hayley Paige | @misshayleypaige

Gown Salon | Tre Bella Bridal | @trebellainc

Men’s Attire | USA Kilts @usakilts

Makeup Artist | Makeup By Ashley Mooney | @makeupbyashleymooney

Cake Designer | Hayes Barton Cafe | @hayesbartoncafeanddessertery

Linens | CE Rental | @ce_rental

Kelly & Greg met in college and brought their love for their alma mater together in a gorgeous winter ceremony. No NC State alumni wedding would be complete without a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Wuf!

 

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

The main inspiration behind our day was our love for NC State, Greg’s Scottish heritage, and our love for a good time. Greg plays the bagpipes and competes in the Highland Games so he wanted to incorporate that into his attire of the day with his whole “kilt and caboodle.” We love and met at NC State so red was a common theme of the wedding as well as the mascots my sisters surprised us with at the reception.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

It all was rentals from CE rentals and flower centerpieces from Dogwood Flowers. The main idea behind the layout was to encourage socialization and mingling of our guests as well as leaving a big space for dancing.

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

The flowers were mainly designed to fit in with our shades of red color scheme. Mel included many roses which we loved to enhance the theme of love for the day. The flower girl’s flowers were an adorable ball of flowers that stuck with our color scheme and she loved. The flowers mostly served as enhancements of our design and focus.

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

The main way we personalized the day was the invitation of the NC State mascots. My sisters surprised me with them that day. We also personalized the day by making sure the reception was focused around mingling and dancing because we love parties where we get to mingle around and talk to everyone there and get to see our friends. Our favorite parts of the day were watching the NCSU vs UNC football game while getting ready at the glass box, having the mascot surprise, and dancing the night away.

 

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

Greg decided on his outfit because of his interest and engagement in his Scottish heritage. The tartan is the MacGregor tartan which is the clan from which he is a descendant. The ensemble is traditional formal Scottish attire, which included an 8 yd kilt, Prince Charlie vest and jacket, fly plaid, ghillie brogues, hose, sporran, and sgian dubh. For my dress, I wanted one with an open back that was rather simple. I didn’t want the “princess gown” so the Bunny by Hayley Paige was perfect for what I was looking for. My shoes were gold gladiator sandals because I’m not someone who wears heels all the time and I wanted to be comfortable and not have to worry about changing my shoes throughout the night.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met as freshman at NC State. We had Chemistry 101 together and met in passing first semester, introduced briefly by a mutual friend. But we didn’t speak to each other though until second semester when I went to a party with the friend we shared classes with. My friend was talking to Greg and I didn’t know anyone else so I went and talked with them and he asked for my number before leaving that night. After talking for a while and going on a few dates, Greg asked me to be his girlfriend one night while we were spending time together in Yarbrough Court on NC State’s Campus behind Leazar Hall, which I happily agreed. Seven years later, he brought me back to the same courtyard one the pretense that the design school had created an interesting art feature there but ended up asking me to be his wife in the same location he had asked me to be his girlfriend. After the proposal, we went to Big Boss Brewing to, what I had believed, was meet some of his coworkers for a drink (he had told me this prior to the proposal). But when we got there, my family and many of our friends were there to surprise me after the engagement.

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

For Greg, it was seeing me come down the aisle and mine was walking down the aisle toward him. We did not do a first look so the walk down the aisle at the start of the ceremony was exciting and special for both of us.

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Don’t lose sight of the reason for the event. At the end of the day, make sure you will get a chance to enjoy all that you are doing and all that you have planned, our planner definitely helped us make sure we got a chance to enjoy our food, friends, and family that day.