Katy & Monica tied the knot Sunday surrounded by friends and family at one of their friend’s houses, and it was a perfect Chapel Hill wedding day, with Carolina Blue skies, love, laughter, and even a few tears.
You may remember these ladies from their engagement session (also in Chapel Hill) earlier this year, and they brought just as much positive energy to their wedding day. One of my favorite moments was during the ceremony, when everyone laughed at the very fitting part of the Velveteen Rabbit reading, when the skin horse says “generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off.” Monica had a little less hair at the wedding, since she’s been kicking cancer butt, but Katy’s also been loving her so much that she’s definitely Real. They both are.
Anyway, let’s give some love to the vendor team and then on to some photos!
Venue: Friend’s house in Chapel Hill
Planner: Beauty & The Budget Events
Photo: Kivus & Camera
Floral: Blooming’ Rose Flowers
Hair and Makeup: Wedded Kiss
Officiant: Jake Horowitz
Band: Tea Cup Gin
Video: John Hayes Films
Catering: Amante Pizza
Cake: Danielle Kattan Cakes
A little bit of makeup to start the day, but then both brides had to get some pool time in before getting fully ready, because it’s definitely still summer in North Carolina.
Out on the front lawn, Stephanie from Beauty & The Budget Events was getting the ceremony set up with help from Bloomin Rose Flowers and some of Katy & Monica’s friends. Their ceremony sign reads “Please choose a seat not a side, either way, it’s for a bride.” LOVE
As guests were arriving, Monica’s Maid of Honor (/ “Best Lesbian”) made sure Monica wasn’t going to overheat by pinning an ice pack to her shirt, underneath her jacket. There is a market for this for these summer weddings. Start a website ladies!
And then it was time for the ceremony itself; the Tea Cup Gin band played both brides in and everyone cried.
Let’s take a closer look at something in that last photo. This little dragonfly decided to land on Katy during the first reading and she sat there for quite a bit. I did some quick googling and it turns out dragonflies symbolize transformation, so she was clearly stopping by because Katy & Monica were transforming into wives.
See, I promised tears AND laughter. All the joyous emotion at this ceremony.
After the ceremony we had some time for portraits and if you’ll scroll on down, you’ll see that I had an amazing assistant helping ensure everyone was looking my way and smiling.
Y’all. How awesome are these two? If you look closely, you can see that the floral pattern on Monica’s shirt matches the lace on Katy’s dress.
Meanwhile, everyone gathered out around the pool for the couple’s first dance and dinner.
The people with Monica in that second image below are the chef from Amante, who served up a delicious meal, and Ann, the owner of the beautiful house hosting the celebrations.
After dinner, everyone made their way back inside for toasts, a couple songs, and some special dances: Katy with her dad, Monica with her brother in law, and an anniversary dance for all of the happy couples in attendance.
If there’s a catwalk above the dance floor and you don’t use it for the bouquet toss, what are you even thinking?
And then it was time for the newlyweds to grab umbrellas, and for everyone to grab some props and head outside, because…
This party had an after-dark second line! I love when a little bit of New Orleans finds its way to NC.
A couple more night portraits, and that’s all folks. Congratulations Katy & Monica!!!
P.S. I’m going to have a rider now, and I’ll require capri suns at all future weddings.