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Spring/Summer 2017

Katherine & Simon

Simon and Katherine had their first date after he brought her a Greek salad during her lunch break. She was teaching first grade in Summerfield and he was living in Winston-Salem at the time. He drove a total of one and a half hours to spend approximately 15 minutes with her before her kids came back from their specials. Needless to say, Katherine was smitten and they went on a real first date later that evening.

“It was love at first sight! I watched him saunter across the parking lot with my Greek salad in tow with such an air of confidence that I couldn’t help but immediately fall head over heels. He was so tall and handsome that I got completely flustered. All the ladies in the front office of the school were also drooling over him, so that didn’t help my state of nervousness. Luckily, he thought that my jitters were cute so I was able to land a second date where I was able to play it cool more successfully,” remembered Katherine.

“Simon proposed to me by getting down on one knee under an arbor overlooking a bay in Newport, Rhode Island. We were attending a cocktail party held at a beautiful cliff-side mansion in celebration of his graduation from Naval Officer Candidate School. He popped the question just before it started raining and, of course, I said yes.

“Our wedding was full of details that reflected the fun loving personalities of both myself and the groom. From my blue gown and the alternative song choice of “Trap Queen” for the first dance to the small geometric fortune cookies that contained weird but true facts and the completely one of a kind handmade decor, I wanted to make it obvious that the wedding was inspired and unapologetically bold,” Katherine continued.

Katherine based her colors around her custom made blue gown with white leather detailing. She chose her gown color because she wanted something that was completely unique, yet still elegant and bride-like.

“I wanted something modern, bold and edgy, but still retain the feminine quality of a traditional bridal gown. The sleek lines and bright color created a show-stopping gown with tons of wow factor,” said Katherine.

.A recurring theme of lush florals (both real and handmade) with blue, gold, and geometric accents was prevalent through the ceremony and reception. Katherine owns a small business called KMHallberg Design that specializes in creating custom displays for special events, so she was able to create paper flower garlands, paper flowers, and geometric accents for the ceremony and reception. The one of a kind ceremony backdrop was made from paper flowers that were all cut, dyed, and strung by hand. The white flowers created a stunning contrast to the lush greenery and bold blue wedding dress.

“My mother walked me down the aisle and was also the officiant for the ceremony. I wrote the ceremony myself with a few edits from my mom. We exchanged our own vows, which were heartfelt, but also extremely silly. My flower girl completely wiped out right before she was supposed to walk down the aisle. She spilled most of her basket and completely forgot to toss the surviving petals during the processional. Fortunately, she remembered to throw them during the recessional. I was too concerned with trying not to cry and ruin my make up so I didn’t even notice until after the ceremony was over. I wanted to achieve a modern fairy tale feel for the day. I wish the day could have lasted longer!” Katherine concluded.

The Gardens at Gray Gables
McCardell Photography
I Do Bridal Couture
ModCloth, Nordstrom
Navy Dress Whites
Joseph A. Bank
Sweet Meg’s
Sweet Basil’s Catering
Weddings by Keepsake Bouquets
Sheila Taylor
Summerfield Day Spa and Morgan Peoples
Sarah Broyhill
KMHallberg Design
A Touch of Southern Events
Friendly Neighborhood DJ
Happy Rentz and Sharpe Pursuits
O. Henry Hotel
Elizabeth’s Alterations
Elegance Dance Studio
Photo credits: McCardell Photography