Sunday, November 30, 2014

Our Fall White Pumpkin Once Upon a Dream Wedding in the Foothills of North Carolina

 I have been told time and time again that our wedding should be in a magazine.

I truly believe our wedding was one of a kind. If this hadn’t been my wedding I would have never imagined in a million years that I would have a wedding like this. It came together and really was a fairy tale, once upon a dream wedding.

Our wedding was the perfect southern fall wedding, an elegant shabby chic event with almost every detail a beautiful representation of the two of us. Our love of nature was sprinkled into our wedding and reception making our special day remarkable.

Our photographer called our wedding a Modern Romantic wedding.

I was thrown a bridal shower at a local winery, Silver Fork, which was also amazing and I had a good ole’ southern girls Bachelorette party in Charlotte, NC. The day before the wedding I enjoyed a relaxing day at the Rock Barn Spa in Hickory, NC. We had an amazing rehearsal with a dinner to follow at a great local restaurant, Root and Vine, in Morganton and we had the best grooms cake EVER!  

We live in NC so there were a few southern Traditions and special touches throughout of big day. We buried bourbon the month before to ensure we had beautiful weather for the day of. There is a bit of a story here. You are supposed to bury it on the site of the venue but as a true southern belle I couldn’t ask my preacher to let my burry Bourbon on the church grounds! Luckily friends owned a day spa across the street from my church so I figured, close enough, and buried it there! It worked like a charm we had the most beautiful fall day!

Our October 4, 2014 wedding was a traditional church wedding held at the beautiful First United Methodist Church in Morganton, North Carolina at 6:00 pm. The ceremony was simple yet elegant.

Our theme was elegant chic fall. Our wedding color was Navy with Taupe accents and we had white pumpkins galore! We selected our date because early fall is our favorite time of year and early October is when autumn starts to sneak in to the foothills of the North Carolina Mountains. 

My Dress was a Mori Lee strapless mermaid in light gold. It was the perfect dress for my evening wedding, the detail sparkled like a candlelit chandelier. The bridesmaids wore a Bill Levkoff one shoulder Navy gown and the groom and groomsmen wore suits from Jos A Banks. My husband made our ring box that our ring bearer carried, my flowers were perfectly perfect, I placed the pictures of my grandparents who I lost just months before the wedding into my bouquet. I had something old, a handkerchief tucked into my dress that belonged to my great-great grandmother, something new, my dress and shoes, something borrowed, my dear friend loaned me her beautiful earrings to wear for the wedding, something blue, the handkerchief I carried was embroidered with a blue A which was perfect since I would become an Avery, and a Six Pence in my shoe (if you look close at the picture you can see it peeking out a bit). So many little things went into making this day so wonderful.

The morning of the wedding we had of course hair and makeup then we had brunch at my friends day spa and all the bridesmaid got ready before heading to the church for pictures and the Main Event! We did have a first look which I highly recommend! We had the most intimate moment with each other before the wedding and all nervousness just floated away! We were then able to join all of wedding party and family and take all our pictures before the wedding so we didn’t miss a minute of the after celebration!

Our wedding again was perfect, simple, traditional, and elegant with a little bit of fall sprinkled in.  

Our reception followed immediately at The Old Armory, Morganton, NC. Since we were the first ones out of the church we were the first to arrive at the reception site and we had an old fashioned receiving line which was amazing!! We were able to greet ALL of our guests as they arrived; they were able to speak with us, hug us, congratulate us and give us there love! We didn’t miss speaking to anyone that night thanks to that!

 James and I attended High School together but it was nearly 20 years later that we re-united and became a couple. He proposed three years later and we enjoyed a two year engagement! I have two teenaged daughters and was a single mom for nearly 12 years. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law were the ultimate wedding planners. I had a vision board started and they took it and ran! We were kept out of the reception décor planning so it was a complete surprise! We did select our vendors, for food, cake, entertainment but the rest they planned at it was beyond our wildest imagination!

We wanted white pumpkins for the décor. They found a pumpkin farmer willing to order white pumpkin seeds and give it a try to grow a few for the wedding. He grew two-hundred and fifty white pumpkins! We were in pumpkin heaven! White pumpkins were in abundance everywhere for our celebration.

The Old Armory is a large rustic open venue; our wedding was a moderate to small intimate event with 175 guests. After securing the venue my planners (aka in-laws) realized quickly that they would need to get creative in filling the space. They spent months planning and sketching layouts and developing niches and nooks throughout The Armory. There were two sitting areas, quaint and comfy spots to sit back relax and enjoy a glass of wine, a dance floor, a cake table, food tables, a bar for the wine and beer, a kids table, a wishes table, gift table, a photo booth, the list goes on and on. The dining tables were covered with blue table cloths and monogrammed burlap overlays. The centerpieces were so full and chic comprised of white pumpkins, candles, floral arrangements, owls, and many family heirlooms were incorporated to create the intimate look. The China we used and served the guests on was a collection of my family and my husband’s family place settings! It is so special now to look at my photos and see those special family heirlooms as a part of our big day. We will have those pieces for ever to pass down throughout the generations to come. Every burlap accent throughout was monogrammed. The bar, kids table, gift table, cake table and there were an abundance of monogrammed throw pillows throughout. There were photos of us from throughout our dating years hanging on the walls in the Armory as they would if they were in the dining room or placed perfectly above the mantel at home.  

We shared with our guests this amazing full dinner, we had a Roast Beef carving station with Blue Cheese Dressing and Au Jus, French Cut Chicken Breast with Beurre Blanc, Salda, Haricot Vert, Garlic Mash Potatoes and Rolls. We served Wine and Beer along with Tea and Water. We even had custom beer cozies and an Avery IPA flown in for the occasion. We had an incredible DJ that knew how to keep a crowd entertained. Our cake was also perfect with beautiful white pumpkins! We even this week enjoyed the top for our anniversary! We sent our guests off with many tokens to remember our day by including hankies at the wedding, cozies, smores, etc. Our guest sent us off later that evening with a fantastic sparkler send off! We drove that night to Charlotte and boarded a plane the next morning to a dreamy honeymoon at Bucuti and Tara Beach Resort in Aruba!

 And they lived happily ever after!

We are so grateful to all of our close family and friends who made our day absolutely perfect!

We are ever so appreciative of our wonderful vendors who helped make our day complete:

Our Amazing Photography by Beth Patton Studio, Morganton, NC

Ceremony at First United Methodist Church Morganton

Reception at The Old Armory Building, Morganton, NC

Our fabulous Florist Garden Gate Downtown, Morganton, NC

Our wedding musicians Morgans StringStudio, Morganton, NC

The reception entertainment, our DJ/Emcee DJ Joey B, Morganton, NC

Our beautiful, delicious Cake by Callie's Confections in Asheville, NC

Our incredible food by Food Experience in Asheville, NC

Words cannot express how deeply thankful we are for Johnese Avery and Melissa Parks for making our dreams come true! They put so much thought, time and love into our reception making it the fabulous reception it was, way beyond our wildest imagination!

I wish that I could more eloquently describe this once in a lifetime experience! Our photos tell the story of our special day!

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