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Meet New Blogger: Natasha

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Meet New Blogger: Natasha!

Annette Calud Photography
Annette Calud Photography

Hey y’all! I am so excited to share our wedding planning journey with you, but I think it’s only right if you get to know the story of my fiancé, TJ, and I a little better before diving head first into the nitty gritty of planning. Hopefully this will help you understand my vision a little more.

Growing up in Pennsylvania and attending college in Ohio, I couldn’t wait to transplant myself somewhere warm (lake effect snow was only fun the first day I saw it). In 2009 I made the decision to travel to Myrtle Beach for a summer of ocean lifeguarding (I was a collegiate competitive swimmer so the job was only fitting) and that is where I met TJ, whom was also a lifeguard at Myrtle Beach. I remember calling my mom and telling her I found my future husband. Little did I know how true that statement would end up being. Fast-forward to the summer of 2013, and TJ surprised me in the most wonderful way – by proposing on the very same beach where we met – he is such a romantic. At the time, he had 2 years left of law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) so I didn’t think an engagement was on the horizon for at least that long!



Currently I work at Duke University and TJ is in his last year of law school at UNC (he graduates the weekend before we get married!), so you can imagine how much fun our Maltese puppy, Potter, has during the football and basketball rivalry games! Yes, in case you were thinking it – our puppy’s name was chosen because of our love for Harry Potter! Anyway enough about our baby, it only seemed fitting to include the Tobacco Road Rivalry in our color scheme (this includes royal and powder blues). In case you’re unaware, UNC and Duke are within 8 miles of each other and can be considered the number 1 collegiate rivalry in the nation, and due to the tobacco-producing history in the area, it has been appropriately deemed the Tobacco Road Rivalry. We also fell in love with the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area (also known as the Triangle) so planning our wedding here has been truly wonderful, allowing us to explore different areas and learn more about the Triangle. We want all of our family and friends to experience this wonderful area, the south, and especially southern hospitality. Therefore, the theme we decided on is a “Southern Summer Night” which will include a rustic look with elegant touches, some small beach details, and southern staples/traditions (barbecue, mason jars, chalkboards, pies, etc.).

Annette Calud Photography
Annette Calud Photography


I am excited to share with you our planning process, the ways we have saved money so far, how we decided on a $15,000 budget, DIY projects, what was most important to us, the controversies we have faced, tasting/appointments with different vendors, etc.


Is anyone currently planning a wedding in the Triangle?
If you are currently planning a wedding, what fun ways are you incorporating your fiancé throughout the wedding?
Do any of you have any cool themes you would like to share?


is a bride blogger who got married in 2015. You can read her wedding planning posts here.