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Real Wedding Wednesday: Carley and Nic


On a gorgeous day in September, a sweet couple pledged forever at the Glenward Gates Botanical Garden in Carson, Virginia.


Starting the day off right, Carley and her ladies first hit the spa for a little rest, relaxation, and papering!


They were all glowing by the time they stepped into their gowns. hayes_portraits-019

Carley looked especially radiant in her lace sweetheart neckline gown. I love her headband! All the sparkles.


She and her groom Nic had dated for 4 years prior to their big day. They experienced times of long distance but came out on top and were so excited to finally be husband and wife.


With relatives and friends lining the aisle, the ceremony began. How cute is their little flower girl in the wagon?!


And look! The back of it even says “Here comes the Bride.” Too. Darn. Cute.


The much anticipated moment looked to be very emotional. So sweet.


Then, they were husband and wife!


And their football team—I mean, bridal party, celebrated! So many friends, I love it!


As for Nic and Carley, they only had eyes for each other…



All the feels, y’all.


The tented reception was filled with sweet details: teal napkins to match the bridesmaids dresses, painted bottles, dainty pearls, and a hint of greenery. Whimsically gorg in my opinion.


Speaking of gorgeous…this CAKE! If I hadn’t seen photos of them cutting it I would have thought it was fake because it legitimately looks THAT perfect! I also love that they have a bottle of champagne ready and waiting. Brides, let me tell you…unless someone puts a drink in your hand for you, you will be so busy that you probably wont have one! Plan ahead 😉 .


Nic and Carley danced into the night…


…and left with a bang! Congrats you two!

Photos by Caiti Garter Photography

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Tilley is the life and style blogger behind Recently married, she found a love for all things wedding related! The little details from a big day are her favorite and she loves to share advice to help every bride in her journey of becoming a “Mrs.”! Tilley’s life motto is the same as her blood type: B+. Follow along to see more of her fun and sassy posts on things that make us swoon!