Weather proof: Rain only made this spring wedding more radiant [Jen & Frayne]

JEN MACCARTHY & FRAYNE ABERNATHY
Julia Laible Photography
Love & Honey Event Design and Coordination

Wedding date 5.20.2016
Occupations She works in sales for architectural finishes; he’s in project management for retail real estate.
Ages They’re both 31.
Hometowns She’s from Oakton, Va.; he’s from North Augusta, S.C.
Where they live now Charlotte.
How they met Through mutual friends in Chicago, the night before their alma maters played each other in a big homecoming rivalry game.

Where they got engaged At their new home, soon after moving from Chicago to Charlotte. Both of their families were in town for Thanksgiving. Frayne surprised Jen with a trail of photographs, love notes, and a ring with a story. Frayne had worked with Jen’s grandfather—a retired custom jeweler who had grown up in his father’s jewelry store—to redesign Jen’s great-grandmother’s engagement ring into one for her.

Wedding in three words Romantic, fun, classic.
Color palette Cream, navy, metallics.
First dance song “The One” by Kodaline.
Favors Navy and champagne koozies with a logo and the phrase “All you need is love.”
What made the wedding special “Friends and family from 16 states and three countries came together to celebrate with us,” Jen says.

Best part of the wedding day “Seeing each other for the first time, as I walked down the aisle,” Jen says. “Frayne doubled over with emotion, and I couldn’t help laughing and smiling to see him so animated.”

Honeymoon Fifteen days of relaxation and adventure. The couple started beachside in the Seychelles, and then traveled to Italy for a tour of Florence, Tuscany, Rome, and the Amalfi coast.
Favorite date night “Taking our dogs for a relaxing walk around our Madison Park neighborhood, heading to Cantina 1511 for tacos and margaritas, and finishing off the night with some ice cream from Va da Vie Gelato or Rita’s,” says Jen.

Advice for brides Love on your vendors, Jen says. They will love you back ten-fold and make sure your day is incredible. Also, she adds, “clear umbrellas make rainy outdoor weddings much more fun.”
Advice for grooms “Let’s face it, on our wedding day, we have it pretty easy,” says Frayne. “Show up on time, and assure her beforehand that no matter what happens—and something will happen—at the end of the day, the two of you will be husband and wife.”

FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS
Photography Julia Laible Photography803-566-0225julialaiblephotography.com
Wedding night hotel The Ballantyne; 704-248-4000; theballantynehotel.com/

OTHER VENDORS: Ceremony, reception venue: Morning Glory Farm in Monroe, N.C. /
Wedding planner: Tina Doody of Love & Honey / Caterer: Best Impressions / Cake: Ella’s Celestial Cakes / Flowers: Springvine Design / Hairstylist: Mirror Bomb / Makeup artist: Erin Ashley Makeup / Gown, veil: New York Bride & Groom / Gown designer: Maggie Sottero / Bride’s shoes: Nordstrom / Shoe designer: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaid dresses: Varied, each was able to pick their own, within guidelines / Tuxedos, designer: Bruce Julian (groom); Men’s Wearhouse (groomsmen) / Invitations: Izzy Designs in Greenville, S.C. / Cinematography: Crown Alley Films / Music: Corda Entertainment (strings) for ceremony, cocktail hour; Split Second Sound for the reception / Transportation provider: Rose Chauffeured Transportation / Engagement ring: Jen’s great-grandmother’s / Engagement ring designer: bride’s grandfather / Wedding rings: Jared Jewelers (his); GN Diamond in Philadelphia (hers) / Wedding ring designer: bride’s grandfather / Clergy: JR Williams, groom’s cousin / Rehearsal dinner: Cantina 1511  / Bridal registry: Macy’s, Crate & Barrel / Travel agent: MoonRings