Morgan + Derrick | May 5, 2018
Morgan and Derrick’s dream was to do something different for their wedding, especially somewhere different. They wanted something that nobody had seen before and that would feel unique to them. Cue the wandering peacocks, molds that use to live in Michael Jackson’s “Neverland” and do-it-yourself shabby chic inspired décor and furniture.
Rewind ten years and the couple was just meeting for the first time. Morgan, a high school sophomore, decided to skip school one day (sorry, mom and dad!) and oddly enough, the universe rewarded her! The bride to be ran into her future husband on a random dirt road in the middle of nowhere and their love story began on the back of a Raptor 700 four wheeler.
Now, Morgan is a night shift nurse and had spent five nights in a row working. So after not seeing Derrick for more than 15 minutes at a time and lacking much sleep, she was not the most ecstatic to attend Derrick’s mom birthday cookout – or what she thought was a birthday cookout. It seemed like a normal birthday celebration, but when Derrick’s mom asked Morgan to stand in front of the cake with her, she was a little confused. It all started to click as the cake was revealed to read “Will You” and she was greeted by her nephews wearing shirts that finished the sentence. It was the perfect surprise!
Given that their relationship started off a little… differently, it only makes sense they wanted their wedding day to be different! As soon as they saw the Cape Fear Winery and Vineyard – and the wandering peacocks, array of animals and décor from Michael Jason’s “Neverland,” they knew immediately it was the place for them.
From the minute guests entered the ceremony, the shabby chic theme took centerstage. The couple exchanged vows at The Landing on Vineyard Lake in the large amphitheater underneath a beautiful gazebo over hanging the edge of the lake. Between the chandelier in the gazebo and drapery and floral arrangements, it was clear there was so much thought that went into this décor. The aisle markers were no exception with large coral bows tied with a china teacup and saucer with three small flowers inside each.
“Everything pretty much was DIY for our wedding... that’s what I think made it so special,” said Morgan. “My mother, being the crafty person she is, fell in love with the proposal of a shabby chic themed wedding. We liked the idea mostly because we wanted something different!”
When the bride entered the ceremony, there was not a dry eye in the place, especially the groom. Morgan wanted her groom to keep his head down until she could see his reaction to her and it was the sweetest moment ever. Once the Best Man tapped him on the shoulder to raise his head, there was no holding back.
“When I got to the top of the steps his best man tapped him to let him know he could look now and when he did my heart fell to pieces looking at the tears roll down his checks and the smile on his face as I made my way down the aisle towards him; it was perfect,” said the bride.
The couple incorporated a very sweet unity cord ceremony into the ceremony. While the groom’s uncle officiated the ceremony, the couples current pastor stepped in to lead them through tying the unity cord.
Morgan looked stunning in her lace A-line gown with a sweetheart neckline. Her nine bridesmaids stood next to her in their knee length coral lace dresses, pearl stud earrings and bracelet, and grey converses. The nine groomsmen wore grey slacks and white linen shirts with suspenders and Tiffany blue bow ties. They also had matching converses but in a Tiffany blue color to match. Derrick had a very similar look but with a vest to stand out. The look could not have been more shabby chic if they tried!
The brides favorite piece of attire? Her flower girl’s dresses!
“They were so different, nothing that I had ever seen flower girls wear,” Morgan explained. “They each wore lace patchwork dresses; their dresses were a pillow case style that came slightly past their knees and had several layers of just scrap pieces of different lace, some white, some off white layered to make it look like ruffles.. they were shabby chic and there were gorgeous!”
The flower girls wore flower crowns with peonies – the wedding flower. The bridal and bridesmaid’s bouquets were full of peonies, in addition toranunculus, cabbage roses, succulents, protea pincushions, garden blossoms, pearl accents and greenery. The shades of coral, Tiffany blue, white and green mixed together to make stunning bouquets with just enough color. The bridal bouquet had the most amazing pearl garland accent.
The Tiffany blue and coral color palette with gold and pearl embellishments continued into the reception space. The ballroom’s Tuscan-inspired stone walls and decadent chandeliers really gave the couple a head start on décor.
Each of the round guest tables boasted white linens, gold chargers, white plates and unique centerpieces. Each table did start with a vintage style mirror in one of their wedding colors and then differed from there. Some had antique clocks, some had lanterns or birdcages with scattered florals, others with teapots or candelabras and hanging pearls. Even each table name was hand made out of a vintage gold frame with lace background and a coral or Tiffany blue vinyl table number.
“[Our] wedding theme allowed not only Derrick and myself to bond over searching for wedding items at local reuse stores, habit for humanities and yard sales, it also allowed us to bond with our families while discovering the beauty in finding new uses for the old and worn discards, rejects and items forgotten about years ago,” said the bride.
And about that sweetheart table. The gold sequin overlay was the perfect pop of something extra against the white linen and gold Mr. and Mrs. Signs. The coral book in the middle of the table was opened with pearls dangling around it and boasted the new couple’s last name.
This couple really knew how to do it right when it came to dessert! Not only did they have a traditional wedding cake, but they had a candy table and a donut table. All three desserts were set up on a custom display.
The candy table was actually an old two-piece desk that was repainted coral and sanded by the bride’s mom to give it a worn, vintage look. Of course all the candy was Tiffany blue, gold and white to match! The donut table was one of the bride’s favorite projects to work on and held dozens of donuts from the couple’s favorite shop, Duck Donuts. Who doesn’t love maple bacon or Oreo donut?!
Lastly, the staple at any wedding – the cake. The Tiffany blue wedding cake was embellished with peonies, lace and pearls. It sat atop a tall white painted cocktail table with a suitcase cake stand that the couple and the bride’s parents worked on together. The gold base was lined with white pearls to tie the look all together.
Of course this couple had to come up with an amazing send off as a final way to wow their guests.
“The most anticipated moment from our wedding would have to be our sendoff,” said Morgan. “I also wanted to do something different for this part of our wedding so instead of sparklers or bubbles we decided to do something we had never seen before; we called our sendoff ‘Light their Love.’”
Morgan and Derrick blew up white, neon glow balloons with helium for their guests and as they made their final appearance for the night the guests cheered, released their balloons and lit the night sky in honor of the new Mr. and Mrs.!
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