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I am taking the day off today to enjoy this gorgeous sunny day with my husband, but first I wanted to leave you with this sweet engagement session preview. It’s just a teaser for their wedding that we’ll be featuring soon…you can’t imagine how giddy I am to share! We will return with our normal schedule tomorrow, and with that Icelandic wedding gem as promised!

4th of July Inspiration Round Up

Aren’t you glad it’s (4th of July weekend) Friday? I compiled a few of my favorite 4th of July, vintage Americana weddings and engagement sessions ever featured here on Ruffled. Click on the images to see the full post. Don’t worry, international stylish brides. I also have the most darling Icelandic wedding to show you on Monday!

A 4th of July wedding:


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A Fun + Fresh North Carolina Wedding

I love when a wedding is all about the fun, and Carol and Wilson’s wedding was just that! Fun, fun, fun! They even had glow sticks, and what says “we bring the party” more than glowsticks?! Kellie Kano was on hand to capture this fantastic wedding, and I’d say she did a pretty rockin’ job! The focus may have been on fun, but that certainly didn’t take away from the the pretty factor. Just look at Carol! Her awesome veil, beautiful dress, and amazing shoes- she was an absolutely stunning bride!

More from the stunning bride herself, Carol:

Sweet, Fun, Funky, Stylish, and Rock ‘n’ Roll are just a few adjectives I would use to describe our wedding. Wilson and I have a passion for music and design, so we tried to incorporate these elements into our wedding.

Wedding photo first look as bride and groom

How totally amazing is Carol’s veil? It’s so gorgeous, and to be honest, I’m a bit obsessed with it!

Bubble wedding veil birdcage netting

yellow pom billy button bouquet and bout

Yellow and black heart Vivienne Westwood wedding shoes

Rock 'n roll modern bride

I found my wedding dress at a wonderful shop in Charlotte called Hayden Olivia. The women here were fabulous, and worked with me to find the perfect dress. I had been searching all over Raleigh and Charlotte, and I had not been able to find anything that was truly modern. Hayden Olivia has a huge selection, so I knew I would find my dress here. I wore the “Macy” from the 2010 Modern Trousseau Collection.

barn wedding yellow and peach colors

groom boutonniere ideas yellow

yellow and pink wedding ideas

herb rosemary groom boutonniere

Love all the billy balls! They provide such a fun pop of yellow, and paired with those lush coral peonies, they create utter perfection.

Grey peach and yellow bridesmaids dresses mismatched colors

mismatched bridesmaids dresses in gray and pink

gray and pink wedding colors bridesmaids groomsmen bridal party

I knew I wanted a sweet and romantic ceremony, but a fun and exciting reception. We are fun loving goofy people, so we wanted our reception to be a party where everyone we love could get together and have an amazing time.

vivienne westwood heart wedding shoes

melissa vivienne westwood heart wedding shoes

We didn’t want a traditional cake with flowers or piping, but we knew we wanted lots of texture. Besides looking beautiful, the cake tasted amazing too! The layers alternated between a chocolate fudge cake and pound cake, with cream cheese icing, chocolate ganache, and raspberry filling.

felt DIY bird wedding cake topper

wedding cake slices photo

The glow sticks, guitar picks, and concert poster guest book were just a few of the music-inspired touches that made our day great.

fun wedding with packed dance floor

Some advice from Carol:

Don’t be stuck to what you decide in the beginning, because your plans will inevitably change. Go with the flow, and plan in the moment. You will have much more fun this way!

You can see Carol’s bridal portraits on Rock ‘n Roll Bride right here.

Wedding Vendors (Charlotte, North Carolina):

Ceremony Venue: First Methodist Church in Belmont, NC / Reception Venue: Mount Holly Citizen’s Center / Photographer: Kellie Kano / Florist: Vickie Sieber 704-616-0539 / Caterer: Belmont Food and Beverage / Cake: Tizzerts / Band: The Dickens / Invitations: Designed by bride, groom and bride’s father / Bride’s Dress: Macey by Modern Trousseau from Hayden Olivia / Birdcage Veil: Erin Cole from Hayden Olivia / Shoes: Vivienne Westwood / Reception Jewelry: Anthropologie / Bridesmaid’s Attire: J. Crew / Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: Suits by Mizanni, Shirt, ties and cufflinks by David Donahue

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