Jessica and Alex: A North Carolina Farm Wedding

Jessica and Alex’s wedding wedding day was filled with love, joy, smiles and lots of laughs!

I first met Jessica and Alex while they were on a visit to the Triangle scoping out wedding venues. They were moving to the area in a few months and had decided that North Carolina would be the perfect place to celebrate their union.

The ceremony took place in Coker Arborteum. Their family friend, and US District Court Judge, Keith Ellison presided over the ceremony. And, like many couples, they chose to have a mixed gender wedding party with their closest friends representing each side. After the ceremony, guests headed over to Rock Quarry Farm where they enjoyed locally grown and catered food provided by Box Carr Farms.  During cocktail hour guests were serenaded with some Southern sounds by Big Fat Gap. One of my favorite details was the cheese cake. To clarify, a cake made out of real cheese!

I hope you enjoy these amazing photos from Riley Maclean Photography and get inspired for your own wedding day!

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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair
Ceremony Venue- Coker Arboretum
Ceremony and cocktail hour music- Big Fat Gap
Reception Venue- Rock Quarry Farm
Catering- Box Carr Farms
Flowers- Bluebird Meadows
Lighting- GetLit Special Event Lighting
Rentals- American Party Rentals
Linens- Party Tables
Hair and make up- Ceremony Salon
Transportation- S&H
Photography- Riley Maclean
Dessert- East Durham Bake Shop


Shannon and Robert: A Romantic Fearrington Wedding

Shannon and Robert’s Fearrington wedding was romantic and beautiful! Both lived in New York but, met and started dating while attending UNC. So, a wedding weekend in Chapel Hill with a reception at the nearby Fearrington was the perfect backdrop for their wedding weekend.

The Fearrington is a lovely venue, with gorgeous grounds and a stunning vintage barn. It was a great fit for the romantic and relaxed vibe they wanted to share with their friends and family. As guests arrive to the crab apple orchard for the ceremony, they were greeted to the sounds of blue grass music from the Greenliners. In honor of Robert’s Jewish heritage, the Fearrington created a romantic chuppah utilizing lots of local greenery. Overall, Shannon and Robert envisioned a classically elegant and timeless wedding. And through the green and white color palette, candles, and other romantic details, it was perfect!

I hope you enjoy these photos and get inspired for your own big day!

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Venue and Flowers- The Fearrington

Officiant- Rev. Kayelily Middleton

Hair and makeup- Make Up by Ashley Mooney

Ceremony and cocktail hour music- The Greenliners

Invitations- Hello Tenfold

Photography- Krystal Kast Photography

Reception Music- The Free

Transportation- Carolina Livery

Lighting- Get Lit Special Event Lighting

Limo- White Glove Transportation

Sara & Toby- Elegant Rock Quarry Farm Wedding

I’m very excited to share this gorgeous rainy day wedding! Sara and Toby were married at Rock Quarry Farm this past September. While the day started off with non-stop rain, it paused just in time for the first look and wedding party photos in front of the old farm house. Sarah decided to have fun by wearing her Hunter boots under her dress to stay dry (which made some really cute photos). After an intimate tent ceremony, guests moved to the barn where they enjoyed fabulous food from Mitchell’s Catering. While Sarah and Toby wanted a laid back celebration, they also wanted it to feel a bit upscale and sophisticated. With the right linens and rentals from Party Reflections, fabulous chandeliers and lighting from Get Lit Special Event Lighting, and gorgeous flowers from Eclectic Sage, we made that happen!

We hope you enjoy these beautiful images from Michael Moss Photography and get inspired for your own wedding day!

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Planner- A Swanky Affair

Venue- Rock Quarry Farm

Catering- Mitchell’s Catering

Rentals- Party Reflections

Lighting- Get Lit Special Event Lighting

Cake- Details Cake Design

Officiant- Robin Renteria

Ceremony and Cocktail hour music- Big Fat Gap

DJ- Damian Maas

Stationary- Hello Tenfold

Flowers- Eclectic Sage

Wedding Dress- Tre Bella Bridal 

Lounge Furniture- ThemeWorks

Photo Booth- Hot Dog Photo Booth

Videography- Jeff Brewer Films

Hair and Make Up- Tiwa Lawrence 

Ellen & Brendan- Country Chic Farm Wedding

Rock Quarry Farm was the perfect location for Ellen and Brendan’s fall nuptials! The couple wanted a beautiful but relaxed wedding. For the men, they chose to skip the formal coats but, dressed up their attire with some awesome leather suspenders! And rather than choose one dress for all the bridesmaids, Ellen allowed the women to pick their own lace dresses in shades of white and ivory.

After a lovely ceremony guests enjoyed fabulous food from Durham Catering which included Deviled eggs with jalapeno, sweet potato biscuits with pimento cheese, mini chicken and waffles, apple braised pork, and even a delicious chile relleno stuffed with shrimp and cheese! So very, very yummy. The highlight of the bar was their specialty Margarita named, “Marvarita, ” after their adorable dog Marvin. Tre Bella Flowers provided beautiful centerpieces which were placed on vintage linens collected by the bride and her  mother. For dessert there were delicious cupcakes but, the big hit was the hand-made Lebanese desserts from Brendan’s family.

We hope you enjoy these amazing images from Casey Rose Photography and get inspired for your own wedding day!

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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair– Amanda Scott

Venue- Rock Quarry Farm

Hair- Meredith Powell

Bride’s Make Up- Tiwa Lawrence

Rentals- American Party Rentals

Catering- Durham Catering

Flowers- Tre Bella Flowers

Photography- Casey Rose Photography

Minister- Robin Renteria

Cupcakes- Gigi’s Cupcakes

Transportation- The Bridge Bus

Anna & Abe- Durham Wedding at Pleasant Green Church and Community Center

Who says a perfectly gorgeous wedding can’t be planned in just three months? When I first met Abe, Anna, and her lovely mother, Debbie, it was late June and they were hoping for a tented wedding on their family property in September. But, after reviewing the logistics and sloped yard it became apparent they needed to find another venue. Being a Durham native I remembered that just down the street from their home is the beautiful Pleasant Green Methodist Church with the adorable Pleasant Green Community Center across the street. The church was warm and welcoming to hosting Anna and Abe’s ceremony and the community center was available. So away we went with the wedding planning!

 From the incredible first look to the sparkler send off, there were so many beautiful details. Pleasant Green Church is a quaint and lovely place. It’s set deep in the woods and was the perfect setting for the intimate and sweet ceremony. A lovely touch to the day was Anna’s Cathedral length veil which was purchased by her grandmother on a trip to Belguim in the early 1970’s. After the ceremony guests took a quick trip across the street to the community center, an old army barrack built in the early 1940’s. The building has a real rustic look. But, with some great lighting, a little fabric draping, and some pretty flowers it can really transform into a beautiful space. Anna chose a color palette of coral, pink, and gold which complimented the warm wood tones and added a touch of glamour. Guests enjoyed a variety of specialty drinks and amazing food from the always fabulous Cafe Parizade. After dinner Anna and Abe opted for a blue grass band to entertain the guests.

I hope you enjoy these images from the fabulous Rebecca Ames Photography and get inspired for your own big day!

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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair– Amanda Scott

Officiant- Reverend Jesse Brunson

Hair and Make up- Mary Katherine Moore

Ceremony Music- Robert Fisher

Ceremony- Pleasant Green United Methodist Church

Ceremony Music- Elizabeth Baron, David Kilbride, Christopher Fischer, and David Meyer (String musicians with the NC Symphony) and pianist Jonathan Moyer.

Reception- Pleasant Green Community Center

Band- Drymill Road

Photography- Rebecca Ames Photography

Rings- JewelSmith

Florist- Tre Bella Flowers

Catering- Parizade

Cake- Details Cake Design

Rentals- Party Reflections

Ceiling Frabric- Party Tables

Lighting- Total Productions

Lindsay & Fred-Beautiful Spring Wedding in Southern Pines

Lindsay and Fred’s gorgeous wedding took place last April in Southern Pines. It was the perfect location for the Raleigh based couple. Southern Pines is known for horseback riding and golf, their two favorite pastimes. They found an adorable church in the heart of downtown for the ceremony followed by the picturesque Weymouth Center for the reception. Elliot’s on Linden created an incredible menu of food stations which included Italian, Southern, and Asian (in honor of Fred’s Korean heritage). For the decor, the couple went with an elegant Southern feel by utilizing  farm tables, lace runners, and an electic mix of vases with soft blush tone flowers.

The highlight of the wedding was a special toast and speech given by Lindsay’s dad, Rob. He told the story of Fred’s father and mother who fell in love while Fred’s father was stationed in Korea. After returning to the US he realized he could not live without her and sent  a letter declaring his love and included a four-leaf clover. When Fred realized his own love for Lindsay he did the same by proposing with  a beautifully written card  and a four-leaf clover inside. Then, on the afternoon of the wedding as Rob waited around the Weymouth to see his daughter for the first time he thought how amazing it would be to find a four-leaf clover in the reception tent. He looked around for several minutes and finally decide to look under the groom’s chair. And there he found a four-leaf clover! He gave it to Lindsay and Fred as a memento of the day and  you will see it with their wedding rings pictured below.  It was an incredible and touching moment to remember.


Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair– Amanda Scott

Ceremony Venue- Community Congregational Church

Reception Venue- Weymouth Center

Catering- Elliott’s On Linden

Cake- Sweet Fi’s

Rentals- Party Reflections

Silverware- CE Rentals

Flowers- Maggie’s Farm

Band- Venture Rays

Photography- Millie Holloman

Transportation-Kirk Tours

Wedding Dress- Claire Pettipone from Lana Addison

Bride’smaids Dresses: Amsale purchased from Bella Bridesmaids

Men’s Formal Wear: Black by Vera Wang for Men’s Wearhouse

Rose & Jeremy- NC Vineyard Wedding

Rose and Jeremy were married this past fall at the family owned and operated Hinnant Vineyards in Pine Level, NC.

Rose wore a gorgeous lace dress accesorized with a clustered pearl necklace and birdcage veil. A touch of Southern and retro all in one! The bridesmaids wore burgundy red and carried twig pomendars instead of  traditional bouquets. Jeremy and the groomsmen kept it polished yet causal with dark grey vests and bow ties.

After an intimate ceremony guests celebrated on the vineyard patio with vintage  Bubble Up and NuGrape sodas along with delicious food provided by Baby Moon Cafe. When it was time for dinner guests found their seats at tables all named after golf clubs. A personal touch since Jeremy is a PGA golf professional. After dinner guests enjoyed a very non-traditional wedding cake made of cheesecake. But, all that good food and cake wasn’t enough to keep this crowd off the dance floor. Once Mellon Belly started performing, they danced the night away!


Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair– Amanda Scott

Ceremony and Reception Venue- Hinnant Vineyards 

Florist- Betsy Boyd

Photography- Big Star Studios

Table Top Rentals- Table of Contents

Linens- CE Rentals

Ceremony and Reception Music- Mellon Belly

Catering- Baby Moon Cafe 

Cake- Sweet Memories

Hair and Make Up- Junction Salon

Bride’s Dress- David’s Bridal

Men’s Attire- Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaids Dresses-  Anne Taylor

Rings- Diamonds Direct and JVI Jewelry

Christina and Ryan: A North Carolina Farm Wedding

When I sat down with Christina and her incredibly fun mom, Shirley, it was clear they wanted a wedding for Christina and Ryan that their guests would not soon forget!

The family’s farm was the perfect backdrop for this sophisticated and lively summer affair. The evening started off with a lovely ceremony where Christina’s adorable dog, Sebastian, served as ring bearer. After the ceremony the guests sipped  Shirleyritas (Shirley’s very delicious and dangerous margaritas) by the pool. Durham Catering offered passed appetizers of  bacon wrapped scallops, sushi, and the best fried green tomato and pimento cheese sandwiches ever!  For dinner guests moved into the main tent overlooking the rolling fields at sunset. It was simply gorgeous! This is where Christina’s theme of horseshoes and butterflies really played out. From the guest name cards tied to miniature horseshoes to the butterflies hanging in the centerpieces no detail was overlooked. Ryan even got his wish for a little Carolina blue, in homage to their alma mater.

After dinner it was time to kick it up with the amazing band Liquid Pleasure! This crowd danced all night long. They  worked up an appetite just in time for some delicious food provided by the Only Burger food truck. For this wedding there was no big send off. Instead the guests were invited to keep the party going in the pool!

Cheers to Christina and Ryan! You certainly had a wedding that no one will ever forget.

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Wedding Planner- A Swanky Affair-Amanda Scott

Caterer- Durham Catering Co.

Cake- Swank Cake

Photography- Caitlin Jamison Photography

Ceremony Music- Musica Musicians

Reception music- Liquid Pleasure

Florist- Tre Bella Florist

Parking Services- Park Inc.-Valet Parking

Rentals- Party Reflections

Lighting- Total Productions

Hair and makeup- Makeupforyourday

Officiant- Unity Counseling and Consulting

Late night snack- Only Burger

Stationary- Inigo Envelope


Betsy & Giles-Elodie Farms Wedding in Rougemont North Carolina

I am proud to present the Triangle NACE Best Wedding of 2010!

Betsy and Giles’ wedding was full of old-fashioned Southern tradition combined with their own fun and unique style.

Elodie Farms was the perfect backdrop for this fall wedding. The front porch was lined with pumpkins and mums. Carnival lights were strung through the trees and hand-made paper cranes hung from the branches.

The ceremony took place in front of an apple tree with the farm’s goats in the background.
Ceremony seating was  hay bails with blankets. The aisle was lined with charming old-fashioned watering cans filled with  flowers. The runner was an old oriental rug from Betsy’s mom.

Besty and Giles had their three dogs escorted by the groom’s men. Instead of traditional ceremony music the couple had a DJ play their favorite Beatles songs. For the bride’s entrance the DJ played Bright Eyes “First Day of My Life.” Betsy and Giles had a hand tying ceremony. Family members were given ribbons and came up to the couple one by one to give them good wishes and tie their hands together as a symbol of their union.

After the ceremony the couple had an old-fashioned receiving line at the front porch. Then guests went inside for some Pulled pork bbq, hushpuppies, and other Southern fare.

There were many activities during the reception. The guests could play cornhole, horseshoe, get their pictures made with carnival masks in a photo booth, or even make their own cotton candy!

For the dessert the couple had a traditional wedding cake along with assorted mini cupcakes and candied apples.

Congratulations to a wonderful couple!


Wedding Planner-A Swanky Affair-Amanda Scott

Venue0 Elodie Farms

Photography- Cameron Michael Photography

Dessert- The Cupcake Shoppe

Rentals- Classic Party Rentals

Catering- Gillis BBQ

Ceremony music- DJ Kristen Stoneman

Reception Music- Big Fat Gap Band

Photo booth- Celebration Photo Booth

Hair and makeup- Djin Salon

Flowers- Tre Bella Flowers