Wedding at the Graylyn Estate | Kathy + James are Married!

this couple is near and dear to me, and you have to know the back story.  you see, i helped plan their engagement a few years ago at the biltmore estate!  i will never forget the day i got the phone call from james in alabama.  he said, “nicole, i’m not sure you can help me.  but heres the deal…i have a ring and i want to propose.  i want it to be really special…so i thought i should call a wedding planner!” man. he touched my heart.  he was so excited, and wanted something so special for kathy.  so i decided to take on the job of pulling off one of life’s ultimate surprises.  it was all i could do to not be hiding in the bushes!  we had the blanket, the flowers, the champagne, the glasses…and she said yes!!  perfect.  i told him to give me a call if he decided to get married in asheville, figuring i would probably not hear from them.  a few months later, i get a call.

james :: nicole, this is james.  we are not getting married in asheville.

nicole :: well thats okay!

james :: we want to get married in winston-salem.  and we want to take you with us.  we want you to be a part of our day.

nicole :: {squeal!} of course!

so we begin the planning process from asheville, and they decide on the graylyn estate – a gorgeous property in winston-salem.  i was fortunate enough to be able to take a team from asheville with us to winston!  and james + kathy sure had an amazing wedding team!!  so many hours of planning, phone calls, and designing, and it all leads to this wonderful day…

here are some of my favorite images from the rehearsal ~ a time when we really like to get to know the family!

getting ready starting early since the ceremony was at 11:00 am…{umm.. 5:30 am for the ladies!}.  but that did not stop the excitement that you could just feel! hope you enjoy some of my favorite images from jill + ian of realities photography!


the details were fabulous.  beth from studio flora diva freaking nailed it.  i love that woman.  seriously.  kathy had a soft wedding color palate of greens + blues, which was perfect for a garden ceremony and reception.

… and some of my favorite of the day below.  i truly, truly connected with kathy + james, and am so glad we still chat!! and yes, that is me crying right after i sent kathy down the aisle.  and i cried. the. entire. ceremony.  how could i not when i had the most amazing experience to be a part of everything from the beginning?

kathy + james – what an honor it was.  you both will always, always hold a special place in my heart.  cannot wait to see you next time you are in asheville!

the wedding team ::

winston salem wedding planning + design :: verge events

asheville wedding photographer :: realities photography

asheville wedding florist :: studio flora diva

north carolina wedding band :: the swinging richards, eastcoast entertainment

cake :: cakes by chloe

hair and makeup :: be pretty

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