Samantha and Gibson were married at Angus Barn Pavilion in Raleigh, N.C. on July 4. “The grounds alone are simply breath taking,” Samantha said. “I have always envisioned an outdoor wedding near some body of water, and the Angus Barn definitely has it!” The venue held a special place in their heart as well. “My now husband proposed in the woods which are on the other side of the pond,” Samantha said. Talk about meant to be! The bride donned a strapless lace gown complete with a peach-colored sash. She wore her hair down in loose curls and carried a bouquet of blush roses. Her 7 ‘maids were outfitted in strapless blush chiffon gowns and carried baby’s breath bouquets. The groom opted for a more casual look in tan dress pants and matching vest, along with a cream-colored tie. His men wore navy dress pants and vests, and sported navy neckties. The couple exchanged vows by the water in front of 140 close family members and friends and had a beautiful wooden cross adorned with flowers and greenery as their backdrop. A wooden monogrammed letter acted as the guest book, and the reception tables featured white and burlap linens. Each table had blush and pink floral centerpieces set in mason jars, along with romantic candles. After dinner guests indulged in a three-tiered white cake. During the commotion of the reception, the couple was able to sneak outside for a moment alone, which ended up being their favorite part of the night. “We both feel that standing outside, watching the Brier Creek Fireworks whilst our loved ones mingled outside and boogied inside, was our favorite,” Samantha recalled. “It was the first moment that was simply ours.” Samantha’s best advice? “Remember, take some time for just the two of you, even if you think you’re being rude. It’s your day!”
Jessica and Brett were married at the groom’s parent’s backyard in Greensboro, N.C. on July 12. “My initial thought process for planning our wedding was based around some chickens I saw at the Wayne County Fair in Pennslyvania the week we got engaged,” Jessica said. “They were a beautiful gray color, and I knew that’s what our bridal party needed to wear. I also knew I wanted a lot of green and cream as well as coral and mint for a pop of color too.” The bride wore a strapless lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom wore a white button-up, khaki pants, and gray vest, accessorized with a mint bow tie. Bridesmaids wore short gray chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, berries, and hosta leaves. “Our venue was my in-law’s backyard,” she said. “So, I knew this would be a wonderful place to have our wedding because it was where my husband grew up, and it was cost effect as well.” Guests were greeted with a chalkboard sign that displayed the couple’s love story, which began in September 2008. Fabric was draped across the trees to create a ceremony backdrop, and in lieu of traditional unity candle lighting, they combined paint onto canvas. “I LOVED the handmade signs,” Jessica said. “They added a fun, little quirk to everything. I also loved all of the floral arrangements. They were perfect. I wish I could have kept them longer. I also loved all the antique-y things we were able to incorporate.” Tables were decorated with burlap runners, wine bottle and mason jar centerpieces, and twine-wrapped napkins. The dessert display featured a two-tiered cake topped with birds and assorted cupcakes such as Chocolate Oreo, red velvet, and vanilla with strawberry filling. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make sure to communicate what you want with other people and don’t be afraid to ask for help,” she said. “If I had really thought about this the week before the wedding, I wouldn’t have been such a stress, and it would have alleviated a lot of arguments with the parents!”
Nicki and Chance were married at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, N.C. on June 7. “When we were looking for a venue, we wanted a place that would be sentimental to both of us and would give a Southern charm to our wedding,” Nicki said. “The Bentonville Battlefields was the perfect place because it is a reminder that love can be found in the smallest, most unexpected places. We loved that it was so close to home and had so many memories for us and our community too.” The bride wore a spaghetti strap mermaid wedding gown with a lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls. while the groom wore a khaki three-piece suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Bridesmaids wore short netural dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias, tulips, and berries. “Once the bridesmaids and I were dressed and ready to go to the ceremony, my mom surprised me with a gift,” she said. “It was a beautiful necklace with my new initials on it. We both cried when I opened it and shared a special moment just before the wedding. It was a reminder of how much my mom loves us and supports our marriage. I loved having that assurance in my heart as I walked down the aisle.” During the ceremony, a unity candle was lit. Plus, in lieu of a traditional guest book, a Bible was signed. “Once all guests were seated, it was placed at the front,” Nicki said. “The preacher, Chance, and I also signed the Bible as a reminder that our love is a gift from God. It is a great keepsake!” The reception followed underneath a frame tent. “My favorite details were the table decorations that we used,” she said. “My mother and I decorated each table by hand. Every table was different, but they all had an antique style to them. We spent months searching stores, thrift shops, and old barns around our family farm for items that we could add. We had decorations ranging from old cigar boxes and Coke bottles to tea pots.” The dessert display had endless sweets — rainbow sprinkle cupcakes, pecan pies, and rice krispie treats. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Choose a few things to splurge on and decide on a few things that you can cut back on,” Nicki said. “It will help with your budget! As soon as we got engaged, I knew that my splurges would be my dress and my photographer. I was heppy to cut back on other details that were not as important to me. Of course, every bride’s splurges will be different but make sure you choose those up front before you get too far along in the planning process.”
Lindsay and Matthew were married at Silver Fork Winery in Morganton, N.C. on June 21. “The view of the mountains, the rolling hills, and the grape vines, the big oak tree — it was all amazing!” Lindsay said. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a pair of comfy flats, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, thistles, dusty millers, and berries. “We weren’t going to have our dog, Sophie, at the wedding because she can be a little party shy sometimes,” she said. “But she came to the rehearsal on Friday evening and behaved so well, everyone convinced us to let her come, so we caved. During the ceremony, while we were exchanging our rings, I think she finally realized it was me in that long, white wedding gown, and she came over and started jumping on me. I tried to ignore her. Then, she started jumping on Matt too. Apparently, she was giving us two paws up!” The reception was held underneath a pole tent. Tables were decorated with wooden box centerpieces, vintage plates, lavender sprig-wrapped napkins, and of course, bottles of wine. “We had song requests from our RSVP cards for the homemade playlist,” Lindsay said. “It was fun to see what everyone picked, and we truly got a little bit of everything. I think it made everyone more enthusiastic about participating in dancing because our dance floor was full almost all night.” The dessert? Carrot cake and cupcakes. Yum! “It was my mother’s recipe, and I always made them make it for my birthdays growing up. It was special to have it at another celebration in my life.”
Anna and Eric were married in a traditional church ceremony at St. Thomas Preservation Hall followed by a reception at 128 South in downtown Wilmington, N.C. on May 17. “I loved the charm of the building and the stunning water views of Cape Fear River” Anna said. The bride wore a sweetheart lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a solid tie and embroidered heart patch that said, “I will always love you.” Bridesmaids wore long chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and dusty millers. Guests were greeted inside the renovated brick-walled church with a vintage window panel displayed with the itinerary. “Even after nine years of dating, Anna still gets giddy when Eric kisses her and gives her the sweetest looks of adoration,” according to Aaron, the photographer. The reception followed on an outdoor deck covered with a tent. Farm tables were decorated with gold charger plates, sequin runners, mint napkins, and personalized floral place cards. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Work together as you can really have fun,” she said. Somehow, after dinner, drinks, and dancing, they exited amongst a sea of sparklers and rose off on a pedicab.