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Mid-Summer Garden Party Shoot at The Maxwell Raleigh

A note from Tova Mosely, The Maxwell Raleigh Coordinator: “As a North Carolina Native, I grew up immersed in the beauty and charm that the South is known for. My goal for this event was to create a glimpse into Carolina style through color, location, and design elements. The most romantic places in North and South Carolina are Charleston and Raleigh, so naturally my inspiration stemmed from these two cities’ characteristics. . The Maxwell was the ideal venue for this romantic vision: a white brick building with natural wooden accents, old world charm, bronze gas lanterns, and an outdoor space that makes you feel as though you’ve stepped onto the grounds of a 100 year old Estate. It feels both warm and inviting, which are key elements of a Southern home. . As guests entered the patio through The Maxwell’s brick pillars, they passed a vintage tap trailer. Tarheel Tap Company greeted guests with true Southern hospitality, offering a choice of sparkling rosé, prosecco, or blueberry lemonade. I created a garden chic ceremony set up using white rounded chairs and bright florals. The backdrop of the ceremony highlighted Maxwell’s tall grasses. All together it was the perfect combination of colorful and coastal- my favorite things about Charelston’s style. . Raleigh is known for its old Southern charm, art, and lively entertainment. With that in mind, I wanted the reception set up to feel upbeat and fun. The Mack Band kept the room buzzing and set the mood by playing popular Mo-town favorites. The reception space was filled with vibrant florals in simple bud vases. The floral design by Once Gathered included bold colors and lush greenery offset by subtle wooden charger plates and white hemlock stitch napkins. The tables were diverse in place settings but remained cohesive with the chargers and pink goblets.The linens were a green floral print which tied together my vision of a chic garden party in the Carolinas. I incorporated comfortable vintage sofas and lounge furniture from GreenhousePicker Sisters for added warmth and to create a cozy feeling of home.

. For attire the bride wore a dramatic A line gown with an attachable floral embroidered skirt by Maggie Sottero Designs for the bride. The dress featured delicate pink and purple floral details on the skirt. For reception, the bride switched to a two piece dress by Christina Wu for a look that fit the relaxing and fun vibe of the reception. The groom wore a linen suit in “Carolina” blue to compliment his bride, and his state! Bridal attire was provided by a local store, Simply Blush Bridal.


The design truly embraced all the elegance that the Carolinas offer. When it came together it felt like home. After all, there’s no better place for love than home!”


the team

film Bovara Studios

photo Cameron Thompson Photography

venue The Maxwell Raleigh

florist Once Gathered

band The Mack Band

desserts Paige Patisserie

hmu The Makeup Addict Studios

stationary Lauren Andrews Design

catering Cake Couture NC

specialty rentals Greenhouse Picker Sisters

rentals Party Reflections

live painter Ella Anderson

bridal attire Simply Blush Bridal

dog service Ivory Hound Weddings

vintage car Carolina Classic Car Rentals

photo booth Zim Zoom Photo Booth

officiant Ann Mckenzie

hotel Hampton Inn Glenwood South

models Spencer + Briana

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