...and I’m sure we all have an opinion about which coast is the best. But, Natalie & Jordan’s love story has roots set on both sides of the country. This mellow, music loving couple planned their Raleigh wedding while living in San Francisco; and, shortly after their May 2019 nuptials, they packed bags once again to call the East Coast home. We’re thrilled to have them back!
Transcontinental wedding planning doesn’t come without it’s extra demands; but, it’s definitely a hybrid process of planning destination and local. Since Jordan’s parents are based in NC, coming home for a few planning trips was a little less demanding than, say, a site visit to St. Lucia. Regardless, three thousand miles is still a trek… this is where a few thoughtful planning tricks + the right vendor team helps create a seamless experience.
Now.. back to our couple at hand.
If their wedding style was a place, I’d vote it’s a little Richmond, VA meets Austin, TX.
How so? The day boasted timeless + clean details throughout, elegant florals + fixtures, the tastiest dinner we’ve sampled so far (hint: it didn’t taste like “wedding food”), nods to Jay-z and Kayne among other known artists, and a generally sassy vibe. See exhibit A: bride tossing cape. This mirrored their engagement session from Summer of 2018 where Natalie channeled her inner Frida Kahlo and Jordan made a #suitandtie look like the most natural attire to be caught in on a nature preserve.
We’re breaking the rules here and sharing their engagement session + wedding day together. While anything that Justyn Lord Photography captures deserves a stand alone post, we love how the September and May images tell more of a complete story in their style + personalities.
Amy of Plume Events did an incredible job, per the usual, of pulling their vision together and creating florals to fit the mood, too. My favorite feature was the alternative altar that Natalie envisioned and Amy executed: two side tables decked with florals set a modern and simple stage for saying “I Do” against the backdrop of our preserve.
If you’re planning a wedding in a stateside city that isn’t your own, scroll to the bottom for a few good insights!
Distant Wedding Planning
Tip 1: Use Facetime to help pre-tour your venue!
When you’re researching venues, ask their team if you can connect by Facetime, first. Pictures are incredible but there’s nothing like meeting the people and seeing the layout of the space in real-time to understand if the personalities + space really works for you!
Tip 2: Combine your engagement photos with your HMU trial
Odds are, you’ll visit your venue at least once between booking and saying I Do. Use this visit to test run your beauty look! You can take a page from Natalies book and schedule your engagement photos for the same day. Talk about time-management!
Tip 3: Book your planner earlier than usual
If you’re using a day or month-of coordinator, book them in advance and use their local expertise to help source your remaining vendors (florals, food & bar, dessert, speciality rentals, etc)! Even though their services don’t kick in until closer to your wedding date, they’ll be HAPPY to send their favorite vendors your way - this makes their job easier in the long run.
Natalie & Jordan are simply those people you click with instantly. From their first tour to the wedding day, working with them was the sort of easy and fun that we wish for every couple!