For Morgan Rogers and Jonathan Godin, one blind date turned into lasting romance. “Our friends Mike and Cassie set us up,” says Morgan. After a few dinner dates, the doctor duo (both are in their residencies at Duke!) quickly made things official. Just two and half years later, Jon popped the question on top of a mountain near Primland, the couple’s favorite resort for a weekend getaway, on January 18, 2014.
Exactly nine months later, the couple invited 300 guests to Morgan’s hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina for a traditional ceremony at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and a romantic tented reception at Old Town Club. See how Leigh Webber Photography captured their big day, as planned by Events by Reagan.
Morgan and John kept their wedding invitations classic with ivory-hued stationery but opted for a pop of color with bright pink details on their save-the-dates.
Guests were greeted with M+J welcome boxes that were filled with treats from both Winston-Salem and Jon’s hometown in Michigan.
Morgan fell hard for her Monique Lhuillier gown while shopping at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City. “I knew the moment I slipped it on,” she says. “The lace was so beautiful and modern!”
She styled the long-sleeved stunner with a cathedral-length veil, diamond earrings, and blush Kate Spade heels.
Morgan’s nine bridesmaids wore champagne and mocha dresses by LulaKate, Kate Spade earrings, and pointed-toe nude pumps. The bride carries a bouquet of all-white roses, while her ‘maids added pink to their bouquets. As a sentimental touch, the bride had her florist wrap the stems with fabric from her grandmother’s wedding dress.
The groomsmen looked sharp in black tuxes that were topped off with white Juliet rose boutonnieres.
Photo: Leigh Webber Photography
Morgan’s father walked her down the candlelit aisle at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the very same church where she was baptized and confirmed.
To accommodate a sit down dinner for their 300 guests, Morgan and Jon worked with the club to add a large tent to the golf course. Then, planner Reagan Barnes transformed the blank space with the addition of drapery, an ivory carpet, and crystal chandeliers.
Ivory tabletops were dressed with votive candles, gold-lined chargers, modern stemware, and a mix of high and low vases of hydrangeas, roses, and greenery.
Morgan and Jon compromised on their four-tiered frosted cake, alternating between lemon almond (the groom’s fave!), caramel (the bride’s pick!), and classic white flavors.
The Atlanta Party Band was a hit, playing tunes like Michael Bublé’s “Everything” and Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.” “We sent the band a long list of requests,” says the bride.
Guests showered the couple with rose petals before they made their grand getaway in a vintage Rolls Royce.
After a glamorous honeymoon at Eden Rock and Hotel le Toiny in St. Barts, Morgan has this day-of advice for brides-to-be: “Remember to take a deep breath,” she says. “You’ll be married at the end of the day!”
Ceremony Venue: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church || Reception Venue: Old Town Club || Wedding Planner: Events by Reagan || Bride’s Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: Kate Spade || Hair & Makeup: Ego Hour || Groom’s Attire: Ralph Lauren || Bridesmaids Dresses: LulaKate || Florist: Amy Lynne Originals || Invitations: Oscar and Emma Custom Design Studio || Calligraphy: Brown Fox Calligraphy || Cake: Maxie B’s || Videography: Thomas Hart for Hart to Heart Media || Photography: Leigh Webber Photography
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