Real Wedding: Hunter and Josh – Effortless Elegance
Hunter caught Josh’s eye when they were both students at East Carolina University. She was with a friend, and after Josh saw her, he kept asking the girl who her “blond friend” was. Finally, the friend introduced the two, but they started out as just friends. But like all good love stories, that friendship slowly blossomed into something more as the two spent time together. Hunter and Josh would walk to class, meet up at parties, and even go to the gym together. It wasn’t until Hunter’s mom met Josh that things changed. Her mom not-so-subtly told Hunter “he’s the one.” Soon after, Hunter and Josh started dating.
Five years later, Josh met with Hunter’s dad to ask for her hand in marriage, and then he popped the question during a family vacation to Atlantic Beach over the Fourth of July weekend. While the rest of the family was enjoying drinks, dinner, and live music at the Coral Bay Club, Josh and Hunter went on a walk on the beach. He proposed under the stars with the waves crashing in the background, and Hunter enthusiastically said, “Yes!”
In June, they were married in Raleigh, which is where Hunter grew up. The ceremony was held at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, which is where Hunter’s family are members. The Reverend Doctor John W. Yates III officiated the ceremony. Hunter wore a satin and lace Allure Couture gown that flowed down the aisle behind her as she walked. Pearls lined the dress. She wore a cathedral-length veil outlined with pearls that her mother wore on her wedding day. Her rounded bouquet included white roses, white gardenias, and a mix of summer white and blue hydrangeas. Her bridesmaids wore champagne gowns and carried bouquets that complemented her own.
After the intimate ceremony, guests moved to the Carolina Country Club for the elegant reception. Hors d’oeuvres were passed during the cocktail hour, which featured an open bar. Guests were able to enjoy drinks, delicious food, and delightful conversation as they awaited the arrival of the newly married couple. The reception was decorated in similar colors to the ceremony. Gold linens draped the tables, and centerpieces of hydrangeas, roses, and bells of Ireland were arranged in blue and white chinoiserie vases. The décor was chosen to imbue Southern charm, which the couple embodies themselves.
Multiple food stations were set up at the reception so that guests could have their choice of Southern favorites and delicious comfort food. Some of the stations included pork tenderloin, shrimp and grits, a mashed potato bar with multiple toppings, mini cheeseburgers, Thai chicken, mini crab cakes, assorted finger sandwiches, and a fresh summer fruit display.
As if that weren’t enough, guests were also treated to delicious wedding cake followed by a champagne toast. The traditional, four-tiered cake featured horizontal textures on each of the layers. Flowers intertwined perfectly on the cake, creating a stunning design. The cake was topped by a Waterford porcelain couple and had a timeless, beautiful design. It was placed on a gold, lace linen under a chandelier to spotlight it, and blue and white hydrangeas were placed around it.
The Band Punch from EastCoast Entertainment kept guests dancing throughout the night in celebration of Hunter and Josh. When the night came to a close, guests treated Hunter and Josh to a romantic rose petal toss as they made their way to Hunter’s dad’s red 1987 Corvette. They hopped in the car and sped off to The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary for the night. Then they left for a week-long honeymoon in Jamaica to start their happily ever after.
Planner: Jennifer V. Events
Photographer: Ray Barbour
Videographer + Lighting: Lumen Weddings
Ceremony: Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Venue: Carolina Country Club
Florist: Petal Pushers 3
Hair: Alysia Bartholomew
Make Up: Salon Hue
Rentals: CE Rental
Invitation: Reaves Engraving
Calligrapher: Mary Ivey Stewart
Transportation: Raleigh Dream Limos
Get away car: Dad’s 1987 Red Corvette