Lindsay and Jimmy had an elegant and fun wedding at the gorgeous Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

We wanted our wedding to provide the feeling of “us” and what makes us think of love. It was simplistic and romantic using our amazing venue to provide an overall vibe.

 

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

My vendors did a great job creating the feeling we wanted with lots of whites and off white flowers, floating candles for lighting, and linens that kept the rooms romantic. We made our own table numbers out of wood pallets and ours had a heart. Each plate had a favorite quote and note from us welcoming our guests and thanking them for being with us.

 

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?

I loved my flowers! Watered Garden were amazing from day one! I had roses, peonies, hydrangeas (all white and creams) with a little greenery incorporated. We had two large pillar bouquets as our marker for the ceremony and then low center pieces surrounded by different level floating candles.

 

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

My favorite parts of our wedding were our first look. It was just us and Cara and it was a special and private moment that meant a lot to us and helped calm us before the ceremony started. I had my 3 nephews and niece walk me half way down the aisle to meet my mom and sister who gave me away. Our vows ❤️ Our first dance. ❤️ We had a private last dance that was not planned, but Cara and our DJ Randy made it happen and we were surprised when he played what was originally going to be our first dance song.

 

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

We just went with classic. We’re not big bells and whistles people. I randomly went dress shopping and was shocked when I started crying in my dress. It’s a Casablanca gown called morning glory and the subtle details on the top layer of the gown is what got me. Jimmy went with a black tux and had his brothers wear white bow ties to mix it up. My bridesmaid dresses were black sleeveless cocktail dresses that were $90 at Belk! I provide silver drop earrings and earth tones multilayer bracelet.

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We were set up by his sister. She and I sat next to each other in a 12 hour lecture class for continuing education in massage therapy. She called Jimmy afterwards and said “I met your wife.” She was right! Our first trip together was to a house isolated on a mountain in Asheville so one day when we were leaving my nieces birthday party to go babysit his nephew (so I thought) I noticed we had made a turn onto 64. I asked “where are we going!? “ He handed me a sheet of paper with random facts about the town and then a riddle. I teared up and asked “are we going to the house?” He smiled. He had a bag packed in the trunk and had even called my office earlier in the week and had them cancel my clients! We got to the house and went out to the deck that meets at a point where you literally feel like you could reach out and touch the mountain. That’s where he proposed.

 

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

The first look ❤️ It didn’t disappoint and also our ceremony. It was personal, powerful, and realistic about marriage and love.

 

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

Find people who keep it simple for you! Don’t try to please everyone with YOUR wedding. Remember what it’s about: The two of you.