Melissa + Taylor | May 19, 2018
After relocating to Chapel Hill for work, Melissa never expected it would lead her to her future husband. But that is exactly what happened! Before she knew it, her and Taylor were having dinner at The Fearrington House and Taylor was down on one knee. After the proposal, they headed out to grab a drink just the two of them – or so she thought. After a surprise proposal, Taylor surprised her again with all their family and friends to celebrate with them.
Before they knew it, their wedding day was here, and it was more than they could have imagined. It was everything they ever dreamed of. From the personalized ceremony to the way they honored their late fathers to the atmosphere and décor, it was all more than beautiful.
“Our wedding was truly a dream. I wanted it to be timeless, romantic, elegant but a little whimsical. I just wanted it to truly relate Taylor and I as a couple,” said the bride. “We wrote our own vows for our ceremony, short and sweet! The main thing we really wanted to incorporate in the ceremony and the reception were our dads - Taylor and I both have lost our fathers and it was important to feel their presence.”
After Melissa spent the morning getting ready with her girls, she slipped into her two piece Limor Rosen. The top was a jeweled sheer crop top with amazing flower stitching detailing. The full tulle skirt was the icing on top of the cake. Her hair was pulled back in a low bun with a side twist and she wore simple stud earrings.
She looked stunning as she walked down the aisle hand-in-hand with her mom. Although the couple used the alternative location for the ceremony site because of the weather, we couldn’t imagine a better back-up plan.
“Our ceremony was actually supposed to be in an apple orchard garden, however, it had to be moved to our back-up space due to weather,” explained Melissa. “Surprisingly enough, our ceremony space actually ended up being my favorite.”
The ceremony space had a big beautiful fireplace as the backdrop that was lined with lush pink, blush and white blooms and tons of greenery. In the fireplace there was more greenery and lots of candlelight. The greenery continued with chair tie aisle markers that totally popped against the white wooden cross back chairs. Then, to top off the space, the aisle was lined with loose petals for a look that was as romantic as could be.
The bride and bridesmaids carried similar bouquets that matched the flowers on the fireplace. The bride’s bouquet was more floral centered with white and blush roses and peonies, while the bridesmaids had only a few white blooms and more greenery.
The neutral flowers were the perfect complement to the dresses the bridesmaids wore. Each girl wore a different floor length chiffon gown in either pastel dusty green, blue or paisley pattern in the same color family – one girl even wore a combination of the two and we think it was our favorite look!
Against the classic black tuxes that the groomsmen wore, the whole bridal party looked crisp, classic and picture perfect. The groom matched his groomsmen with the timeless look but added the sweetest accessory. He wore his late father’s watch to have a piece of him with him that day.
Melissa also carried a piece of her father with her down the aisle. Her bouquet was wrapped in a piece of her late father’s favorite sheet. Her new monogram was stitched into the fabric, which also happened to be her dad’s initials.
The ceremony was full of special and personalized touches, also. One of the most thoughtful touches was the personalized vows.
Melissa said, “Honestly, I'm very introverted, so I was so nervous on our wedding day, but the ceremony was everything. I will remember his vows to me for the rest of my life.”
After the ceremony, guests were invited into the reception space and we can only imagine how their jaws hit the floor when they saw the room. We can’t decide whether the draping lining the ceiling, the exposed wooden beams laced with twinkle lights, the wooden vine chandeliers or all of the floral décor is more breathtaking. But seriously, we have never seen chandeliers like these before!
The room was set with a variety of rectangular and round guest tables. Each table was draped with a white linen and set to the nines complete with dark wood chiavari chairs. The place settings included gold flatware, a white charger with gold lining and three different types of crystal stemware.
On each table was a different style centerpiece. Some tables had several clear vases with blush, pink and white peonies, roses and other blooms with greenery while other tables had oversized tall arrangements, with similar colors and blooms. One thing that all the tables had in common was the candlelight. Every table had a variety of candlelight, from floating candles to candles in hurricane jars to votives. It couldn’t have been more romantic in that room if it tried!
There was more greenery, candles and blooms everywhere you looked. On the band’s stage, on the decorative bookshelf by the escort cards and on the cake. The beautiful three tiered white cake had textured horizontal icing and a huge cluster of greenery and flowers on the top and each tier.
As the guests began to fill the room, there was no question it was going to be the perfect celebration. The couple kicked off the night and shared their first dance as Mr. and Mrs. to the same song that the bride’s parents danced to on their wedding. “Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel filled the room and there wasn’t a sweeter moment.
After dinner, more dancing and cake before the night neared the end. But not before the bride’s favorite late night snack!
“We served late night food, the Fearrington's version of Wendy's Frostys and french fries, because that's my favorite guilty pleasure snack,” told Melissa.
The night officially came to an end once the groom dug up the buried bottle of bourbon. And although the buried bourbon didn’t stop the rain, the day couldn’t have been any more perfect!
Congratulations to the happy couple!
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