A Wedding with Radiance and Grace

Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story no one on earth has ever read, which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before. –C.S. Lewis


My cousin Konrad married his beautiful bride, Laura Grace, this past weekend at the Stowe Manor in her home town of Belmont, North Carolina. A lavish affair it was.

drinks and wedding feats

Filled with joy and laughter,

wedding laughter

nostalgia and sentimentalism,


and everything in between.

catering wedding food

We filled our bellies and souls with Southern comfort food and charm. We sipped, noshed and grooved the night away.

mr wedding coolwine_and_wedding

zen kat family

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer; Shoes: Michael Koors; Jewlery: Stella & Dot

The bride’s elegant demeanor carried us through the weekend, starting with the bridal luncheon, where we lavishly lunched with the ladies.

bridal luncheonWith gifts and treats, the ohhs and ahhs were flowing.


Decadence and demure. Comfort married with grace and style.


The cake was out of this world- a most moist batter enveloped in vanilla buttercream icing with thin layers of tart berry filling. Laura Grace let the hostess pick the cake, and there was not an ounce of disappointment with the choosen local baker. #golocal


The bachelor’s radiant cake from the rehearsal dinner was quite tasty too with layers of immensely rich fondant icing covering a mix of chocolate and vanilla cake with layers of sweet icing for every bite. A sugar lover’s dream come true.


No detail was left untouched.

cousin time

Best wishes to this adorable couple and happy honeymooning!

adios to the married coupleI think wedding guests should get post-wedding honeymoons too. The more celebrations the better, right? I’ll just be reminiscing on the delicious cakes and delectables until then.

Have a Marvelous rest of your Monday!

best is yet to be


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  1. tricia says

    Luv that Coral Lilly Dress!!! Lookin Good!!!!!
    Great Katzen Photo – all looked happy & healthy….

      • says

        THIS ALL JUST MEANS we all need to meet up and take a bunch of photos of all of us together 😉 We will all look like supermodels thanks to both of your stunning photog SKILLS!!! Oh wait, we already LOOK LIKE SUPERMODELS!

  2. says

    That is a gorgeous wedding! I love Belmont! And your dress is so beautiful! Also, you’re a brilliant photographer. I’m sure your friends will love all these pictures you took!

  3. says

    OMG what is wrong with me! I am starting to get all WEDDING and LOVE sappy!!!! Since when am I a GIRL with FEELINGS?!?!?!? AHHH HA AH AH!!

  4. says

    What an absolutely gorgeous wedding! And a gorgeously written post. :) I love weddings, but I’ve only been to one. It was about 12 years ago, and I was the flower girl. I keep hoping someone I know will get married just so I can attend the wedding haha.

  5. says

    My goodness, what a beautiful wedding! I don’t thinknive ever seen one that truly traditional and southern, and that cake! As always, I am having a blast living vicariously through you :)