Wedding Day Inspiration

in , by Mackenzie Elaine Wasilick, October 01, 2019

Although I went to school for event planning and even worked as a wedding planner for a period of time, I cannot say that I've always had a clear vision for what I imagined my wedding would be. I've always loved weddings, but I've never been the girl who always dreamed about hers being a certain way. Nevertheless, I couldn't be happier to be back in my element - planning out details that I know will remain sentimental to Andrew and I throughout our lives.

In the process of selecting our venues and vendors, almost everyone we have inquired with or solidified has asked for us to identify three words that we would use to describe our vision for our wedding day. At first I felt the exercise was a bit cheesy - BUT it ended up providing us some guidance as moved throughout the process and kept bringing us back to our overall goals. We used the words of elegant, timeless, and festive to help guide us into selecting Sacred Heart Church for our ceremony and the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel for our reception.
While North Carolina has some of the most spectacular views and destinations, we've never imagined our wedding as an outdoor affair. We wanted the pomp and circumstance of big church wedding and are going the route of a ballroom reception to help us create the atmosphere we want to achieve. The church is historic and the ballroom has stunning, modern chandeliers with a neutral pallet. With many outdoor-focused venues, there's so many elements you have to bring in or create from scratch. Rentals can get more costly and catering staff may have to work kitchen spaces where they may be unaccustomed. I loved the fact that our venue is already a formal setting with their own kitchen and staff housed in the facility. I also knew that our budget would most likely not allow us to fully transform an outdoor space into an elegant and *comfortable* affair in the North Carolina August heat. We feel confident that no matter which elements of decor we select, our venues will provide us an aesthetic backdrop that we love.
As someone who loves color and especially loves a good event theme, I have to constantly remind myself that "timeless" is a goal of our event. I want to be able to look back on our wedding photos, eighty years from now, and feel that the style and aesthetic is something I'd still feel comfortable with and proud of. Andrew and I are lucky to share the same viewpoints on our style and what we'd like to prioritize. We've decided to stick with a classic white and black scheme with hints of "greenery" - meaning that we are hoping the elements of green come from our florals or other aspects not as obvious as guest table linens or bridesmaids dresses. Green is my all-time favorite color and I think will be a great "pop" to mix in during this season where depending on the weather, it could be extremely hot, middle of a hurricane, or finally starting to cool down for fall (fingers crossed!).
You know that feeling when there's something in the air that just makes you excited? For some its tailgating before a big game, others it might be a graduation. There's something celebratory about the feeling of "festive" that I'm hoping to capture for our wedding day. Of course Andrew and I are excited to begin our lives together as husband and wife - we want to ensure that our guests also feel that sense of excitement and liveliness that we will be feeling. We want to celebrate the making of this moment - our fondest memories and favorite shared items, whether it be a signature cocktail or our home state's designated flower. There's also something hospitable about festivities. There's good food and beverages - let's not forget about entertainment. But more than that, people are taken care of. We want our guests to feel that they too are a priority on our day because they mean so much to us. We wouldn't be the people we are today without our friends and families who support us.

All that being said, here are the pictures I've gathered to help guide our planning process! Fingers crossed as we continue bringing this vision to life!

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