I would be lying if I told you I was an outdoorsy girl, but after seeing this wedding, that may have to change. Photographed by Blue Bend Photography and set against the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains, this rustic North Carolina affair achieves perfection with a muted pastel color scheme, sweet arrangements from Floressence Flowers and a beautiful Lea Ann Belter dress any bride would say yes to. Fall in love with all the details here.
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From the beautiful Bride… When you decide to plan a wedding you need to make a “must-haves” or “have-nots” list before you can tackle all the details. My husband and I knew we wanted to get married in the mountains with a view, have an intimate ceremony that reflected our relationship, and have a party in a space that allowed guests to mingle (or dance!) without any pressure. We knew we didn’t want a “package” wedding which meant a little extra research and planning on our end to hand-pick our vendors so we could create the wedding we wanted.
We fell in love with Sawyer Family Farmstead in the quaint town of Glenville, NC for the sweeping landscapes, family feel, and flexibility to make the day our own – but it didn’t hurt that our rescue dog’s name is Sawyer. This was the ceremony and reception site and if meeting the owners isn’t enough to charm you, the farm has so many great spaces for guests to explore — southern rocking chairs on a large porch, fire pit complete with s’mores and of course an open air dance floor. The farm has so many unique pieces of decor that add to the family feel.
Including family in the details of our wedding was very important to us. My father died when I was a teenager so I needed to make him a presence without taking away from the celebration of the day. He was 100% Irish and that heritage is important to me so we honored his memory by including a Celtic Handfasting Ceremony while the sweet duo from the Moon & You played “Black Velvet Band.” I also wore a gorgeous emerald ring my dad gave my mom the day I was born.
My sister-in-law, Kelly Kinnaird of Deliver Paper Studio used our vision to design and create a customized wedding suite. My mother added to the family affair by hand calligraphing each envelope. Having a mother-in-law with a background as a featured makeup artist with high-end products made for a memorable bridal look. And finally my sister Shanna,who is a phenomenal baker,whipped up a single layer buttercream cake for our first bite as husband and wife.
We customized our ceremony by choosing readings meaningful to us and writing our own vows. It was such a sweet moment to share our ceremony with our guests and let them experience a little of our relationship. Our officiant was instrumental in guiding our process and of course proofreading our vows.
Our design goals were to create a welcoming, organic yet elegant space. We don’t like things too perfect so we gave our wedding party a few guidelines on color/style and then let them choose their own attire. The ladies at Floressence did a great job creating a soft and inviting space for our reception.
One of the things no one truly prepared me for was how much of my wedding I wouldn’t be present for which is why I’m so glad to have so many wonderful images from our talented photographers.
Photography: Blue Bend Photography | Floral Design: Floressence Flowers | Wedding Dress: Ladies Of Lineage | Wedding Dress: Lea-Ann Belter | Cake: Shanna Quinn | Invitations: Deliver Paper Studio | Catering: Hubba Hubba Smokehouse | Makeup: Charlene Frechette | Calligraphy: Barbara Quinn | DJ: Sound Extreme | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Officiant: Rev. Kathy Jennings | Venue: Sawyer Family Farmstead | Ceremony Musician: The Moon and You | Rentals: Mountain Party Tents