For their rustic North Carolina nuptials, fashion blogger Laura Leigh Bain and her marketing exec beau Joshua Elliott chose a floral-patterned invitation (“Classic Floral” by Alethea and Ruth) to send to wedding guests. Following an alfresco ceremony, the celebration moved indoors for dinner, dancing, and additional merriment (complete with a s’mores station!).
Bride and groom: Laura Leigh Bain & Joshua Elliott
Occupations: Fashion + lifestyle blogger at Louella Reese (Laura); marketing account executive (Joshua)
Based in: Charlotte, NC
Wedding date: October 15, 2016
Venue: The Arbors Events, Cleveland, NC
Number of guests: 135
Minted save-the-date: “Jotted” (foil-pressed) by Ashley Hegarty
Minted wedding invitation: “Classic Floral” by Alethea and Ruth
Wedding planner: Paris Prusak
Florist: Lily Greenthumbs
Cake designer: Honey Butter Bakery
Photographer: Faith Teasley
How did you and Joshua meet?
We met in our marketing classes in college. My roommate actually introduced us and we worked on a group project together.
Tell us about the proposal!
Joshua planned an incredible day from start to finish, taking me to different places where we had very monumental dates. It ended with the proposal in a sweet park near his home that we frequent often, followed by a surprise dinner with all of our family. All of the details can be found on my blog Louella Reese.
How did you find your wedding venue?
I spent hours searching online for rustic venues in the Charlotte area. After a lot of research, we went through my list of venues and chose four we wanted to visit. The Arbors Events was the last one on our list and we knew the search was over the second we pulled in.
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How did you hear about Minted?
I believe I stumbled upon Minted on Instagram.
How did you choose your wedding invitation (“Classic Floral” by Alethea and Ruth)?
Our wedding colors were green, gold, and ivory, and I wanted an invitation that included all of those as well as having a rustic feel. There were only about three that met those criteria; then, I enlisted the help of my fiancé, mother, and sister to help make the final decision. I honestly loved all three so it was incredibly hard for me to choose. But apparently not everyone else, they all chose the same one! They matched our wedding décor perfectly.
Did you incorporate any other Minted elements into your wedding?
We also ordered our save the dates (“Jotted” by Ashley Hegarty) from Minted, as well as escort cards and table-number cards that matched our invitations.
Who made your wedding dress?
What was the wedding-dress shopping process like?
It was incredible, as I’m sure every bride says. I only tried on about five dresses. The one I purchased was the very first dress I tried on. I had a moment where I felt it was “the one” but wasn’t 100% certain. So my mom told me to step a few feet away from the mirror, walk towards, and imagine walking down to Joshua. As I made the walk and imagined Joshua seeing me in this dress, I melted. Tears ran down my face and I knew this was the one he’d see.
Where were the bridesmaids’ dresses from?
My bridesmaids had two dresses to choose from, both in the same fabric. One was a maxi dress and the other a midi; the dresses were both from ASOS.
What did Joshua wear?
Joshua wore a gray suit from Belk and a custom bow-tie from The Knotty Tie.
Did you make or DIY any of the wedding decorations?
One of my bridesmaids created several custom signs for our wedding, including the most amazing ceremony sign (below) listing the names of all of our wedding-party members.
What were some of your favorite wedding-day details?
The flower crown I wore was one of my favorite details. It really made my whole look and made a statement. I also loved our cakes as we had two, one that represented my personal style and one that represented Joshua’s. We purchased a vintage dresser and decorated it with doilies that were my grandmother’s. The table looked beautiful and, like the flower crown, made quite the statement.
What were some of your fondest memories from the day?
Exchanging our personal vows was by far one of my fondest memories. Hearing what Joshua wrote for me was a dream. Walking down the aisle and realizing we were husband and life was an incredible moment and feeling. Also, our first dance. We took dance lessons and were incredibly excited to share what we practiced with everyone. When the moment came though, I was so lost in our dance and his eyes that I truly felt it was just us two.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Playa Mujeres, Mexico
Any advice for brides who are starting to plan their wedding?
Take it day by day, don’t try to do too much as once. And let others help you! I wrote a whole blog post with additional wedding-planning advice.