Rustic Lakeside North Carolina Wedding {Kelly Rae Stewart Photography}

Nestled between the woods and a lake in Thomasville, North Carolina, is the beautiful Angel’s Cottage, where Timothy and Kayla tied the knot. They had their first look in the woods, a beautiful ceremony surrounded by trees and loved ones, and a view of the lake at their reception. These two have an absolutely adorable love story (read below), the kind that most girls dream about, and their day was filled with so many thoughtful, handmade rustic details. Rustic signs, burlap around the bouquet, and on the tables, and pretty pink and ivory colors created the perfect natural style for these two love birds. During their ceremony they included their guests in a special way by setting aside time for a personal moment with each person (also below). Thank you Kelly Rae Stewart for sharing these images, and congrats to the lovely couple!

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From the Bride…

Before the Ring:
Timothy and I met when we were 12 and 13 years old in our youth group during middle school! We were best friends during high school and finally started dating when I was 16 and he was 17. I was his first and only girlfriend and he was my first and only boyfriend. 

The Proposal:
Timothy proposed to me on February 11, 2012. He was in college at NCSU and traveled home to celebrate Valentine’s Day early. I thought we were simply going out to dinner for Valentine’s Day. Little did I know, but he had already asked my father’s permission and talked with the manager of the restaurant to plan everything out. We went to the restaurant and I noticed we were the only table with a candle and everyone kept smiling at me, but I still did not put ANY pieces together; I am quite naive :) However, the manager said he wanted to go get his camera to take a picture of us because he thought we were so “cute,” ha! When he returned, Timothy proposed in front of everyone at the restaurant, and I, of course, said yes! 

Inspiration/details of the wedding day:
We wanted our wedding day to be small and family-oriented. I am so biased, but I absolutely love everything about our wedding. I wanted light colors to be the theme: light pink, tan, and ivory. I wanted it to be so natural and absolutely perfect. We also wanted to represent our relationship with God through our wedding. 

Most memorable moment/s:
We wanted our wedding to personal. Instead of a general candle or sand unity, our guests were each given a flower at the beginning of the ceremony. During our ceremony, we had a time set aside for all of our quests to walk up and place their flower in a large vase and personally hug both of us. It was such a beautiful moment–one with tears–but something we both will never forget. 

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Photography: Kelly Rae Stewart Photography / Venue: Angel’s Cottage on the Lake / Tent and Chair Rentals: Grand Rental Station / Flowers: DIY by bride’s aunt, ordered from Sam’s Club / Bride’s Dress: lace was purchased by bride at a fabric store in Charlotte and then was designed by Charlotte Custom Couture / Bridesmaid Dresses: Belk / Hair: Jamie at Dietz Salon in Lexington, NC / Rustic Signs: Made by bride’s sister / Favors and other details: DIY by bride and bridal party 

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Easy Luxury Wedding Venue Ideas

If you like natural style but not so much that a barefoot wedding in the woods is your ideal, then don’t worry. You might have your sights set on a venue with a bit more luxury and you can still find the ultimate dream location at which to tie the knot. There are some beautifully luxurious options out there, and we may just have the right ideas to make your dream wedding come true.

A luxury hotel can easily host all your guests and take care of a lot of the details for you. The Ritz Carlton is one of most popular luxury hotels in the United States, offering opulence and extraordinary service from their wedding specialists. You can incorporate natural details on your tables, in your floral design, and how you accessorize you and your bridesmaids. In many areas you can find a luxury hotel that has beautiful gardens on the grounds, or a nearby park to have your ceremony at.

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Of course, if you choose to travel for your venue, it opens up the world to you in terms of choice. You could choose to marry at a luxury hotel near your honeymoon destination, whether it is near home or overseas. Budget may determine some of the aspects of your wedding but don’t let this hold you back from marrying in your dream venue.

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Castles are some of our favorite luxury venues because they offer the lavish feel of another era. They can be found all over Europe, but those in Ireland or Scotland seem to be most popular for a fairytale wedding. The weather may not be choice, but the elegant interiors of the castles should more than make up for it. There are also a few castle sin the United States believe it or not! And for luxury venues with outstanding landscapes (think vineyards, and five star mountain resorts), there are hundreds of places all over the United States. Aspen and Lake Placid come to mind. They can fill you with awe and add that extra special something to your wedding photography. For more ideas on the best of luxurious wedding venues, look online, or find venues at Dreamwedding.

You don’t have to choose just one venue. You could choose a small country garden to marry in, and then move your party to a big fancy reception venue in town. Alternatively, if your state allows, you can marry on an exclusive beach or a celebrity owned lake before taking to a luxury restaurant or hotel for your reception. If you have particular landscape shots in mind for your photography, don’t hesitate to hop in the back of a wedding car for an hour or so to complete your album before heading on to the reception.

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Photo by The Story Telling Experience

One of the fun things about a luxury wedding, is that there are often many attractions in the area so that out-of-town guests can make a long weekend or week-long vacation out of the trip. Whichever venue you pick, it needs to be right for both of you, with or without your guests. And in many cases, resorts will send you off with a gift certificate to come back for a free weekend stay on your anniversary.

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Naeem Khan Spring 2015 Bridal Collection

Naeem Khan has been on my radar lately and his spring 2015 bridal collection has simply blown me away. From intricate embroidery and graphic lace that mesmerizes to metallic beading and detachable trains, this collection is like a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Each one is truly unique and impressive in its own way. I was particularly enamored by Sardinia, a tulle strapless leather embroidered gown, and Saint Moritz, an organza sleeveless beaded gown with an equally gorgeous matching cape. Below you’ll find the front views of 17 of my favorites, but the back of these gowns are just as impressive so be sure to check out the entire collection!

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Aspen
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Barcelona
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Bel Air
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Belize
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Bellagio
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Beverly Hills
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Cornelia
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Hollywood
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Ibiza
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Madison
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Madrid
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Malibu
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Rome
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Saint Moritz
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Santa Fe
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Sardinia
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Taj Mahal
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