North Carolina Cotton Farm Wedding from Perry Vaile Photography
November 22, 2013
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To say I'm obsessed with this wedding might be the understatement of the century. The feeling I get when I look through Perry Vaile Photography's gorgeous images is akin to the feeling I had on my own wedding day. Giddy, butterflies in the stomach, smile reaching from ear to ear, happiest day ever kind of feeling. The cotton fields, the tent, the rustic charm... everything is the best. Seriously. The best.
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From the photographer... The skies on Rebekah and Nick's wedding day (October 12th, 2013) blanketed the state of North Carolina in thick overcast clouds and added a little romance to the day. This wedding could have been celebrated in December based on the lovely muted palette that was the theme for the day! The beautiful town showed off rural sweetness and was chock full of soy bean fields and puffy cotton balls dotting the horizons with enough charm to last a lifetime. We actually got to shoot their bride and groom portraits in a cotton field owned by the bride's family filled with a heaping of Carolina fog.

Attire: Rebekah asked her bridesmaids to choose any dress they wanted within a tan color palette and the variety is really what makes the set so beautiful! All of the ladies wore cowboy boots, and even the bride and groom brought some sweet southern country beauty to their outfits with Lucchese and Double H boots! Since Rebekah knew the fields would be filled with cotton, they chose boutonnieres made of fresh picked cotton puffs for the groom and groomsmen and put the men in pale tan suits and vests.

Traditions: One of the most beautiful parts was the letter exchange - the photo I snapped looks just like a painting but has so much heart behind it - the first line of the letter reads "Rebekah Jean Shingleton... the most beautiful girl in the world..." It's a perfect sampling of the southern soulfulness that filled this wedding and if that's not enough to get your romantic heart pitter pattering I don't know what will! Rebekah's mother walked her down the aisle, which I thought was so sweet and she enjoyed her first dance with her brother, such beautiful ways to incorporate her family into the special day! They also had two vintage wedding dresses hanging on a door near their ceremony wore by her mother and grandmother on their wedding days!

Ceremony: The ceremony was outdoors facing the cotton fields across a small lake, with a wooden cross at the altar, and the processional walked through a stunning wooden wall with doors, all of which was built by family and friends for the special day. The guests were driven through cotton fields to get to the ceremony space by tractors - even the bride and bridesmaids arrived (hidden from groom's view) on a big beautiful green tractor owned by family friends.

Reception: The reception was under a SIX POINT tent nearby next to the water and filled with pumpkins, mason and coke glasses, baby's breath and small candles. Looming overhead were giant chandeliers that lit up the evening for the 300 guests. The couple exited from within the tent to a family friend's vintage mustang and were showered in beautiful confetti!

Family friends made the cake, wooden ceremony details and created reception decor! It was a group effort by all of the people that loved Rebekah and Nick!