Y’all, I have the sweetest NC wedding to share with you today. Allie and Robert wanted their September wedding to be a meaningful time of worship, and their photos are radiant with love, joy, and friendship. I teared up as I read their story and browsed through their beautiful photos by Wendy Yang Photography. Enjoy!
From the bride:
The wedding venue was a gorgeous farm out in the country sitting atop a hill. A friend of ours owns the property, and I’ve always loved it since the first time I saw it. Even before we were considering marriage, I knew I would love to get married there. We love the mountains, and this venue had a mountain vibe! There was a small A-frame lodge where dinner was served and a barn for dancing and dining.
Our ceremony was very God-oriented, and we wanted His name to be proclaimed throughout it. We had a lot of scripture readings that we love along with music during portions of the ceremony. We decided to write our own vows, which was very special and something we look back on regularly.
Probably the most meaningful part of the ceremony was the unity time. My oldest brother had made a cross for us to put together. Since my dad passed away two months before the wedding, we wanted to incorporate him throughout the day. The base of the cross was steel, which was from his shop, and the wood that formed the cross was from the ranch he practically built with his own hands. My dad was there with us in spirit and it meant so much to have his hand in our wedding.
Don’t y’all love this post-ceremony selfie? Such an excited groom!
My pearl necklace was my mom’s – she wore it on her wedding day. My something blue was my grandma’s ring. It’s a 60+ year-old aquamarine on a gold band with little diamonds on the side.
For both of us, our favorite part was having all our family together and celebrating. They all live in many different states, so it’s a struggle to get everyone together. Also, I loved dancing with all of my brothers. We did this due to Dad not being with us. It was a very beautiful and emotional moment.
The shoe game we played was a total surprise our DJ planned. She would ask questions such as who was the better driver, who cooks more, etc. If I thought (or knew) I was the better driver, then I would raise my shoe. Robert cooks more, so for that question I raised his shoe. We had our backs to each other so we couldn’t see our partner’s answer. Very fun game!
The most difficult part of the planning for me was probably choosing a theme and sticking with it. I love so many different colors and themes, so I kept changing my mind on what I wanted everything to look like. Also, keeping the budget to a minimum. Since we had a tiny budget, about 90% of the wedding was DIY. The ceremony doors and chandelier were found at antique places, and I repainted them. I recommend searching for your own decor depending on what your style is…it can be cheaper than renting, and then you can sell your decor on wedding sites and such. My invitations were also DIY. I found a graphic I liked online and designed with it, then I was able to print it for free at work…that was a huge blessing. All I had to pay for was postage!
The bride’s family and friends also did all of the food and beverages themselves – wow! What a talented group of people.
Wasn’t this such a beautiful and joyful day for Allie and Robert? Congratulations, you two!
Photography: © Wendy Yang Photography
Venue: Carolina Country Weddings in Mount Pleasant, NC
Bride’s dress: Natalia by Wtoo; purchased at The Lily Rose
Jewelry: Family heirlooms; Belk
Hair/Makeup: Friend of the bride
Bridesmaid dress: “when the night comes dress in smoke” from ModCloth
Groom & groomsmen attire: Belk
Officiants: Pastor John Black and Pastor Jerry Martin
Premarital counseling: Pastor Jerry Martin
Floral design and linens: Chelish Moore Flowers
Catering: Bride, bride’s family, and friends of the bride
Cake: Enchanted Creations by Melissa
Table and chair rentals: Albemarle Party Rentals
Bride’s departure dress: Hope’s Bridal