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Romantic Fearrington Village Barn Wedding

A lakeside dock proposal on Christmas Eve? Yes, please! That sweet, sweet moment (that I’m totally swooning over) led to this cozy-as-ever Southern soiree at The Barn At Fearrington Village. The merriment that ensued included a bluegrass band, treasured family heirlooms passed down as gifts, a quiet moment alone, a perfectly glowing party and so much more captured at the talented hands of Perry Vaile. See it all here!

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From the beautiful Bride…At midnight, just as Christmas Eve turned into Christmas Day, Jeff asked me to marry him in the woods behind my parents’ house in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, standing on a lakeside dock that he helped my Dad and my brother build a few years ago. Just as we were surrounded by family at our engagement, we wanted our wedding day to be personal, intimate, heartfelt, and full of meaningful ways to incorporate our family and friends into our celebration.

The day started off with my sister, my soon-to-be sister-in-law, and me and my family getting ready at my parents’ house. We took bridal portraits in the woods where Jeff had proposed to me, using a vintage 1800s chair and trunk that belonged to my great-great-grandparents. Our ceremony took place at the hometown church where Jeff and I both grew up, and our reception was at the gardens and barn at Fearrington Village.

Before the wedding, my family gave me some incredibly special gifts with deep family connections, which I will treasure forever. My mom made me a custom handkerchief with a swatch of lace from her own wedding gown sewn into it. My family gave me two sixpence for luck, one from 1820, which is the year the Black-Cole House was built, where my grandmother and her six siblings grew up, representing the Cole side of my family. The other coin was from 1920, which is the year that my grandmother “Mama Gee” was born, representing the Didow side of my family. Another special gift was the loan of a blue butterfly pin (for my “something blue”) that was worn by my cousin at her wedding.

Right before the wedding, Jeff and I took a moment back to back (so he couldn’t see my gown) to read each other letters that we had written about getting married. It was an incredibly special moment, just for the two of us. I also gave Jeff custom cufflinks, engraved with the longitude and latitude of the location where we would shortly become husband and wife.

At the service, our siblings were our attendants, and cousins and an uncle were greeters and readers. We had a whole group of flower children, including cousins and a niece and nephew. Other friends played violin and sang. Our dads (both Marines) jointly read the Blessing of the Hands, to which they added their own impromptu last line, “Semper Fi! Oorah!” Jeff and I exchanged custom wedding rings engraved with imprints of each others’ fingerprints on the inside of each band.

Jeff and I love the outdoors, the South, and bluegrass music, so we had a bluegrass band – including a mandolin and fiddle – play at our cocktail hour, which was outside in the gardens. At the reception, guests found their seats in the barn using table assignments posted on a fun vintage door that my Dad found at an antique store. We named each table after our favorite spots in North Carolina (our home, where we both grew up) and in Washington, DC (where we currently live). Most of these spots were favorite hiking and camping destinations, including Max Patch Mountain, a bald (mountain top pasture) with 360-degree views at the North Carolina and Tennessee border, where our amazing photographer Perry Vaile took our engagement pictures. Other tables were named after our favorite spots to get biscuits and chips con queso when we’re in North Carolina!

The recipe for our wedding cake was based on an old family recipe. My very dear cousin Susan used to make me strawberry cake for my birthdays, and legend has it that one year, she went through five “practice cakes” before making one that met her standards! It brought back special memories of her to taste her recipe at our wedding.

One of my favorite parts of preparing for the reception was combing through old family pictures. At the reception, we displayed framed pictures of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days, as well as a picture of my maternal grandmother in her Navy nurse uniform. We handmade our favors, which gave guests a choice of chocolate (Jeff’s favorite), lemon drops (my Dad’s favorite), or honey from our neighbor’s farm. In light of our love for the mountains, I surprised Jeff with a groom’s cake modeled on one of our favorite weekend hiking spots, the Shenandoah Mountains, and one of my wonderful friends painted a mountain scene that served as our guestbook.

We are so excited to share these pictures by Perry Vaile Photography – after a long search, we had just about given up on a finding a photographer that felt just right, and the second we found Perry’s work, we just knew! We’re simply thrilled to have these images and these memories of our wedding day.

Photography: Perry Vaile | Invitations: South | Ceremony Venue: University United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: The Barn At Fearrington Village | Shoes: Paris Xox | Engagement Ring: Charleston Alexander | Wedding Bands: Brent & Jess | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair And Makeup: Bella Trio | Calligraphy: Calligraphy By Carrie | DJ: DJ Bunn Company | Bluegrass Band: The Guilty Pleasures | Bow Ties And Suspenders: Dapper Gent | Bride's Dress: Judd Waddell | Clutch: Hoganfe | Cufflinks: Tracy Tayan Designs | Earrings: Erin Cole | Florist (ceremony): Tre Bella | Florist (reception): Fearrington Village | Flower Girl Dresses: David's Bridal | Food And Cake: Fearrington Village | Programs: Ply | Tuxedos: Allure

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Whimsical Botanical Garden Wedding

The most memorable weddings, in my opinion, are equal parts fabulous and fun. LBB members A Swanky Affair and Bunn DJ Company are the perfect team for just that, giving a summer fair feel to this Carolina couple’s big day. Pin wheels, streamers, and bicycles are only the start of the playful details. Rebecca Ames Photography captured all the whimsy here!

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From Amanda… I was so honored to be a part of Kate and Jeff’s colorful summer wedding at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill. Kate and Jeff were blessed with a gorgeous summer day. It started off with the girls having mani-pedis at Mina’s Studio. Then, everyone gathered at the gardens for an afternoon of photos followed by a sweet and intimate ceremony. During the cocktail hour guests were entertained with bluegrass music from The Happy Valley Pals and enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres from The Catering Company of Chapel Hill. There were so many fun details incorporated throughout the evening! There were bicycles (they met at a bike shop), pinwheel escort cards, a DIY photo booth, and ribbon wands for a fun and colorful send off.

From Rebecca Ames Photography… Kate and Jeff’s wedding was spectacular and just screamed out whimsical summer. It almost reminded me of a Bohemian Summer Fair with the pinwheels and the colorful photo booth. I loved how they incorporated bicycles into the programs, invitations and thank you gifts. They also made sure to make the wedding eco-friendly by using recycled papers and natural products. ! They even had a ring warming ceremony that was very heart warming. I also really loved how they had a farm table at the reception. What a nice touch Finally, they had a grand exit with homemade colorful ribbon streamers.

Photography: Rebecca Ames Photography | Event Planning: A Swanky Affair | Floral Design: Fernrock Farms | Wedding Dress: Tre Bella Bridal | Cake: Guglhupf | Catering: The Catering Company Of Chapel Hill | Lighting: Get Lit | DJ: Joe Bunn DJ Company | Officiant: Robin Renteria | Hair And Make-up: Mina's Studio | Music: The Happy Valley Pals | Rentals: American Party Rentals | Transportation: The Bridge Bus | Wedding Venue: North Carolina Botanical Garden

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Classic Carolina Inn Wedding

This Carolina Inn wedding from Events by La Fete is classic right down to it’s very core. The stunning Bride donning a fluffy sweetheart dress from Alexia’s Bridal Boutique, heavenly bouquets of white blooms and one crazy cute flower girl… every inch is traditional beauty done so right. Have a look at the gallery from Walters and Walters for so much more!

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From the beautiful Bride… When envisioning the look and feel of our wedding, both Ray and I knew from the beginning that we wanted our day to be romantic, timeless and elegant. On such a special day, we really wanted to appeal to everyone’s senses: from the textured linens and overall decor, to the aroma of our florals and tasty foods, to the sounds of our favorite songs being spun by the DJ, a complete all around-experience was a must. The first and most important decision in creating our vision was choosing the perfect venue. The Carolina Inn absolutely captivated us with its beautiful courtyards and historic feel, and truly met all of the criterion we desired for our special day: beauty, elegance, romance, and it was certainly a plus that both Ray and I met and graduated from UNC. We absolutely fell in love with The Old Well room and its signature black and white tiled floors, and it was the perfect reception space to compliment our decor. Our color scheme consisted of victorian lilac, blush, ivory and golds that were very soft and romantic, which we incorporated in our wedding party’s look as well as floral arrangements. Speaking of flowers, I knew this would be the one detail that would truly take our vision to the next level. Our ceremony included a beautifully patterned aisle runner designed for me to make my grand entrance upon, and we declared our vows to one another in front of two glamorous columns with stunning floral arrangements sitting atop of both. Our reception tables consisted of high and low floral centerpieces that stunned guests with their sweet aromas, and candles that provided soft lighting to create a truly romantic atmosphere. All while the sounds of Sinatra serenaded our guests as they fellowshipped over lunch. Finally, and I’m sure every girl would agree, was the ever so important decision of choosing my wedding dress. Believe it or not, I bought the first dress I saw and tried on! The Kenneth Pool design was flowy, romantic, and was the perfect fit to accentuate my petite frame. It had just enough flare on its own that it didn’t require much accessorizing, so I chose to keep it simple with earrings and a very dainty bracelet. My goal was to be the most beautiful bride Ray had ever seen, and this was absolutely brought to fruition in large part due to this most beautiful dress.

With the ever-changing fads of today’s weddings, it was important that we made choices that would create a vision we could share with our children and loved ones years from now and still be as equally pleased with the decisions made. We wouldn’t change one thing about our day (not even the rain) and would absolutely re-live this most perfect day over and over again!

Photography: Walters And Walters | Event Planning: Events By La Fete, Katie Dunn | Floral Design: Fresh Affairs | Wedding Dress: Alexia's Bridal Boutique | Cake: Simply Cakes | Invitations: Hello Tenfold | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: The Carolina Inn | Make Up: Ashley Mooney | Lighting: Total Production Services | DJ: Randy Bennett | Rentals: CE Rental | Venue: The Carolina Inn

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