Carolina Wedding Bells

April 21, 2012

Happy Wedding Day to Matt + Abby!!



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I have known Matt since I was young. We were in all of the same classes throughout high school and are great friends who also happen to love to argue (Duke v. Carolina!) We were voted “Most Likely To Succeed” together in high school, and all of our classmates have joked for years that political Matt Compton would be president someday. He isn’t far off because he actually works in the White House!

I’ve known Abby since she and Matt started dating years ago and these two are truly the perfect match. She is sweet as can be and works in Washington for Share Our Strength.


After the gorgeous ceremony (I honored the “please no photography” request), we headed to the Carolina Inn for a lovely reception.


Beginning with a snazzy first dance

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We sampled a few passed apps, such as this fried green tomato + pimento cheese!


Cocktails –


A mix of pineapple + grenadine + lime for me and the babe


Matt’s mom, Marcia, is a loyal KERF reader : ) I brought her some Cville Cluster granola, which she loves!



We were starving by the time dinner was served and the food tasted amazing!


Southern style with a twist – cheddar ham biscuits, crawfish hushpuppies, goat cheese + artichoke balls and lamb.


Plus the main stations of prime rib, shrimp + grits and antipasto


Lots of dancing followed!


Until it was time to rumble the cupcake mountain!



Matt and I actually went to high school with the owner of The Cupcake Shoppe in Raleigh who did the ‘cakes for tonight!

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And these ‘cakes were AWESOME!


Matt and I tried a vanilla and a chocolate. The buttercream was fabulous and the cake part moist and sweet. I especially loved the fondant hat! This wedding cake lover was very happy!


Matt let me hold his champagne during the toasts so I’d feel cool : )


I loved all the North Carolina themes at the wedding, including party favors of Krispy Kreme and Cheerwine!



We didn’t dance the night away, as Matt has been up since 4 in the morning and was ready to head back on the earlier side, but we had a great time and wish Matt and Abby the best!


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1 [email protected] April 21, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Her dress!!!!! I love that she works for SOS.


2 jenna k April 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm

i love your wedding posts. :) that food looks amazing, and mmm cheerwine!
cute wedges, btw!


3 Björg April 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm

That looks beautiful :)
I love weddings, those cupcakes look delicious
…and love your cute green dress, even see a little tummy there ;]


4 Kris April 21, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Love the Cheerwine party favor! Never had it until DH’s family brought it to the beach when I first met them. I was like “cheer what”? I like the original; not the reformulated though.


5 Amanda April 21, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Oh my gosh, so beautiful! I’m from Illinois but I’ve actually been to a wedding at The Carolina Inn in that same room! Ahhh these pictures brought back memories! That food was absolutely amazing, and LOVE the Krispy Kremes. Are you guys going to stop at Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen for breakfast?! Thanks so much for sharing Kath!


6 Allison k April 21, 2012 at 10:34 pm

So…whenever I see you eat pimento cheese, I try to rack my brain about a food that we have out west that wouldn’t be found in other parts of the country…

The only Two I can come up with (and these are super regional to the inland northwest) are finger steaks and fry sauce!


7 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen April 21, 2012 at 10:35 pm

love the color of your shoes with that dress :)


8 Kelly @ Vegolosophy April 21, 2012 at 10:37 pm

mmmmm cupcakes and donuts, looks delicious! Looked like a fabulous time :)


9 Elizabeth April 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm

What does the tag say on the Cheerwine bottle? Great pictures & I love her wedding dress!


10 KathEats April 22, 2012 at 7:29 am

It was a quote about cheer, but it’s blurry : (


11 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 21, 2012 at 10:43 pm

What a gorgeous wedding! Congrats to the happy couple!


12 J @ ... semplicemente ... j April 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Loved the party favors! Looks lovely.


13 jassy @ Healthy Egg April 21, 2012 at 11:24 pm

it’s a beautiful wedding :) like the idea of krispy kreme :)


14 Khushboo April 21, 2012 at 11:36 pm

love the idea of serving cupcakes at a wedding!


15 Amy April 21, 2012 at 11:42 pm

I love your dress!! Is it possible to share where you bought it from?


16 KathEats April 22, 2012 at 7:27 am

Thanks, it’s yet another loehmanns find :)


17 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 22, 2012 at 12:05 am

The bride looked beautiful and way to rock your green dress with baby inside :) I was my sister’s maid of honor when I was about 24 weeks I’d say, and I bought the dress when I was about 13 weeks, thinking there’s no way that I won’t be able to fit into it….well, I was thankful that the wedding was the weekend it was, because by the next weekend, no telling if I would have been wearing the intended dress :)


18 jeanette April 22, 2012 at 12:29 am

What a great post! Congratulations to the happy couple!


19 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats April 22, 2012 at 1:18 am

She looks absolutely stunning!! So classic. And the whole wedding looks beautiful. Hope you had fun!


20 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles April 22, 2012 at 1:42 am

That cupcake tower is SO gorgeous! Genius idea – that, and the Krispy Kreme donuts! Perfection.


21 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl April 22, 2012 at 1:53 am

What a beautiful day! And I love the cupcake idea. They are so cute.
Can you send me some of those goat cheese + artichoke balls? :)


22 [email protected] April 22, 2012 at 5:10 am

wonderful that you got to spend such a special day with your long-time friend.
love those cupcakes!! nothing beats a perfect buttercream when it comes to frosting.
wishing matt and abby the very best!


23 Michelle (Better with Berries) April 22, 2012 at 7:04 am

I love some good wedding pictures! The bride is absolutely stunning and her dress is amazing – simple and gorgeous.


24 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 22, 2012 at 7:30 am

What a beautiful wedding! Love the cupcake tower! I am going to something along the same lines for my son’s graduation for his classmates…he has a peanut/tree nut allergy and he would not be able to eat anything ordered from a bakery so I have offered to bake them something special!


25 mary @ minutespermile April 22, 2012 at 7:35 am

cheerwine and donut party favors, so cute! great photos.


26 Sarah @ Fresh Living April 22, 2012 at 7:37 am

What great food! You’re probably one of the few who doesn’t have a post-wedding headache, ha! Some of the benefits of pregnancy…


27 Hillary April 22, 2012 at 7:46 am

Apparently yesterday was a big day for weddings—I know of three people who got married last night! Glad you guys had a great time; looks like a beautiful wedding!


28 Jennie April 22, 2012 at 7:51 am

Kath, it seems as though you attend several weddings each year. Do you have a favorite gift you give to couples? My good friend is getting married this summer and I am searching for a great wedding & shower gift, do you have some suggestions? Thanks!!


29 KathEats April 22, 2012 at 8:10 am

I always buy off registries because those are the items the couples want most. And I usually pick foodie items – often 2-3 medium priced things to add up to a fun gift.


30 Ann April 22, 2012 at 7:54 am

Just wondering why you have decided to start moderating the comments?


31 KathEats April 22, 2012 at 8:12 am

It was just time.


32 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth April 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Are you moderating them all? I had noticed mine were being moderated and wondered about it but maybe you are having to do them all. I have noticed some very critical and unkind comments in the past.


33 KathEats April 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Yeah I am. It was a workflow change, but it’s also very refreshing and I’m glad I started doing it.


34 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon April 22, 2012 at 8:01 am

Kath, I love that green dress!! You look beautiful!


35 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 22, 2012 at 8:02 am

I love the idea of the cupcake “cake.” Looks like a fun wedding!


36 Angel7 April 22, 2012 at 8:14 am

Gotta love moist, yummy cupcakes!

Cheerwine must be a southern thang, because I have only heard about from you :)


37 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries April 22, 2012 at 8:28 am

looks like a beautiful and fun wedding!! i just have to say that i absolutely love your green dress and wedges!! very cute!


38 robin April 22, 2012 at 9:08 am

Looks like a fun time!


39 Lea @ Healthy Coconut April 22, 2012 at 9:22 am

Love the chevron print donut holders, I spot it in the end.

I’ve only been to weddings here in Cali and I would love to attend a wedding from your area…it’s looks so cozy and quiant


40 Rachel April 22, 2012 at 9:31 am

i love the carolina inn! i live just two blocks away :)


41 kyla April 22, 2012 at 9:53 am

Kath, you seriously should consider going into wedding photography! You have a gift for catching the best non posed moments and highlighting the beauty of the subjects and the event! Gorgeous!


42 KathEats April 22, 2012 at 10:01 am

Oh thank you. It sure it hard to get shots once the sun sets! My photos aren’t grand, but most couples like seeing the recap up by the time they wake up the next morning :)


43 ashley April 22, 2012 at 10:32 am

Mmmm….Krispy Kreme…..So it seems the wedding was at Duke and reception at UNC….huh?! Whose side is he on?


44 KathEats April 22, 2012 at 11:04 am

No, it was all at UNC. He’s all Carolina! Ours was at Duke though :)


45 Katie Cummings April 22, 2012 at 11:08 am

I’m not a wedding-crazy female by any means, but this post is gorgeous! The food especially looks amazing! I love the southern fare, I’m guessing it was a buffet?


46 KathEats April 22, 2012 at 11:34 am

Yes, and stations


47 Laura April 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

How did they request no photography? I’m thinking of doing this for my wedding and am unsure the best way to do so.


48 KathEats April 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

It was in the program, although I doubt many saw it. They requested no applause too but people still clapped


49 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs April 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Aww what a beautiful wedding! I love weddings. Her dress is beautiful :)


50 Elle @ nutritionella April 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm

The weather was perfect for a wedding yesterday – not so much today! Carolina Inn receptions are incredible, aren’t they?


51 Cait's Plate April 22, 2012 at 8:57 pm

What a beautiful wedding. The bride’s dress is INCREDIBLE!!


52 Leah April 23, 2012 at 6:45 am

Kath, what a beautiful recap of your friends’s wedding! Thanks for sharing! I love your navy blue wedges! Would you mind sharing where you bought those?? Thanks!


53 KathEats April 23, 2012 at 6:57 am

I believe I got them at Rack Room. They are super comfy


54 marnie April 23, 2012 at 7:51 am

i have never had grits…but those look good! have you ever done a post on making them? if not, i would LOVE a tutorial from you! i am headed to the south next month and can’t wait to try true southern food!


55 KathEats April 23, 2012 at 8:14 am

I’ve cooked them plenty of times but there’s not too much to it if you follow the instructions on the package. It’s a lot like cooking oats, millet or oat bran


56 Marcia Compton April 24, 2012 at 8:28 am

I was so happy to see you and your pictures are great, The food was wonderful but my cville crunch was and still is great, Hope to see you again soon, MUCH love Marcia


57 KathEats April 24, 2012 at 8:30 am

We had a wonderful time! Glad we could be a part of the day :)

I had your granola sitting in my kitchen for a few days and almost opened it a handful of times it was so tempting! I had to go get my own bag this week :)


58 Morgan Farlow November 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I am having a southern style wedding next February. We are also planning on having Cheerwine as a favor and in googling a cutsie saying, I ran across your blog. Do you know what is says on the tag?


59 KathEats November 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Unfortunately I don’t remember and I can’t read it :(


60 Daniel March 5, 2013 at 5:47 am

“Small cheer and merry welcome makes a merry feast” -Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors


61 Daniel March 5, 2013 at 5:49 am

Sorry…that should be “Small cheer and good welcome makes a merry feast”


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