A Pink-and-White Outdoor Destination Wedding in North Carolina
Kendra and Jeff
We’ve all heard the old phrase “Mother knows best.” But the statement rings even truer for Florida natives Kendra and Jeff, whose mothers were the very reason that they met. Knowing their daughter and son would be a perfect match, the women sent Jeff to Kendra’s boutique to get his mother a Valentine's Day gift. The two hit it off, had their first date the following week, and have been inseparable ever since.
Four-and-a-half years later, on June 16th, 2012, they tied the knot in Highlands, North Carolina, near Jeff's family's vacation home. Their intimate, garden-party affair had bright colors, lush flowers, and plenty of personalized details.
When the couple had a hard time finding their ideal wedding stationery, Kendra took matters into her own hands. She asked a graphic designer friend to help create the suite's leaf and wreath motif and designed the rest herself. Laughing Owl Press letterpressed the suite.
Each of Kendra's 'maids carried full, deconstructed bouquets of ranunculus, roses, peonies, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller leaves, vines, and ferns.
The First Look
Before the ceremony, the couple shared a private moment, then posed for portraits taken by Nancy Ray in the venue’s apple orchard.
A Hidden Detail
Kendra’s mother sewed the couple's names and wedding date onto a napkin that belonged to the bride's late grandmother. The fabric was then sewn under the layers of the gown, serving as her something old and her something blue.
Kendra and her father took a quick look out the window before the ceremony began.
Guests sipped pink lemonade from Julep cups before the service.
Here Comes the Bride
Kendra was all smiles as she walked down the petal-strewn aisle to wed Jeff in front of 125 loved ones.
Jeff's uncle, a minister, officiated the ceremony, incorporating many personal touches into the service. "When he got choked up asking the guests to be seated, I knew we were in for a very special ceremony," the bride said.
A Joyful Kiss
Jeff threw up a cheerful fist pump as he kissed his new wife, marking the transition to the lively reception that would follow.
A framed menu outlined the newlyweds' signature beverages, one of which was the Greyhound made with vodka and fresh grapefruit juice.
Different beer samplings were also available as a nod to the groom's love of craft brews.
Venue in Bloom
Pink-and-white striped table linens brightened up the rustic reception space, while compotes of cascading floral arrangements provided an overgrown garden feel.
A Glowing Display
Clusters of candles cast a warm glow over the seating card table.
Blooming Escort Cards
Single roses in mini terracotta pots had paper flags calligraphed with guests’ names to guide them to their seats.
Ten feet of greenery topped the head table, which was also embellished with candles and mixed flowers.
Leafy Chair Embellishments
Garlands also adorned the back of the bride's and groom's chairs.
The Table Numbers
Simple pink numbers in white frames accompanied glass vessels brimming with mixed coral blossoms, vines, and ivy.
Dinner is Served
For the main course, guests had the option of pintade--a guineafowl dish--or beef tenderloin.
Setting for Two
Knowing that they'd be hard pressed for alone time, Kendra and Jeff decided to dine at a private table for two overlooking the water, where they enjoyed their newlywed status.
One Cake, Three Flavors
This multi-tiered confection featured different flavors for each tier, including banana cake, dark chocolate cake, and vanilla cake, each with their own icing flavor. Vibrant pink-and-green blooms carried out the garden-party theme, and two cheeky gator toppers paid homage to Jeff's alma mater, the University of Florida.
Dog figurines representing the couple's three pups also topped a few of the layers.
The First Dance
Kendra and Jeff shared their first married dance to "You Are the Best Thing" by Ray Lamontagne.
A Sparkly Exit
The couple departed through a path of loved ones holding festive sparklers at the end of the evening.
After saying goodbye to guests, the pair made their great escape on the back of a trolley.
Photography: Nancy Ray Photography
Venue and Catering: The Farm at Old Edwards Inn
Wedding Planner: Nicole Riley of Verge Events
Band: US Beat
Florist: Beth Hohensee of Studio Flora Diva
Cake: Tiffany's Baking Co.
Letterpressing: Laughing Owl Press
Hair: The Secret Spa
Makeup: Blush by Wendy Balance
Linens: I Do Linens