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Chelle Woot­ten cap­tured Kailee and Pearse’s Au­gust wedding on the Prince Ge­orge Ho­tel’s ter­race. Read all about the cou­ple’s po­etic cer­e­mony

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“I love you straight­for­wardly, with­out com­plex­i­ties or pride…so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep,” reads a poem by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, de­scrib­ing a love of no sur­prises, just con­nec­tion. A love like Kailee Joudrie and Pearse McCar­ron. It was the per­fect choice, then, for a read­ing at their in­ti­mate, 150ish-per­son wedding, held in the sum­mer sun on the Prince Ge­orge Ho­tel’s ter­race. Af­ter a chance meet­ing and five years of dat­ing, McCar­ron pro­posed on a walk as the two vis­ited his home­town in north­ern Ire­land. The big ques­tions of wedding plan­ning (like venue, dress and pho­tog­ra­pher) were de­cided al­most right away by Joudrie, who sug­gests a strug­gling bride should make a hand­ful of big de­ci­sions early to get the ball rolling. “We had a hard time man­ag­ing the guest list—like, how do you keep it from spi­ralling to 500 peo­ple?” McCar­ron says. Their so­lu­tion? Choose a dream lo­ca­tion and work back­wards from its max­i­mum oc­cu­pancy limit. Other ways the cou­ple added per­son­al­ity to their big day? Keep­ing a slightly more ca­sual dress code (no tuxe­dos) and swap­ping tra­di­tional bi­ble verse read­ings for per­son­ally mean­ing­ful po­etry. Call it the word ac­cord­ing to Neruda, pa­tron saint for those in stom­ach-flip­ping, head-over-heels love.

I love you straight­for­wardly, with­out com­plex­i­ties or pride.

CAKE Miche­line Briand

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Chelle Woot­ten Pho­tog­ra­phy

FLOW­ERS Chelsea Lee Flow­ers

DRESS Ta­tum’s Bri­dal

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