Jill + Eric | May 18, 2019
Simple and elegant wedding with navy and blush colors at The Barn of Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Jill and Eric were set up on a blind date by their friends. Her childhood friend worked with one of Eric’s friends who plotted and schemed to get their two friends together. The now couple first met on a rainy night in Raleigh. The first date led to a second date, then a third and next thing they knew it was three and half years later.
For the proposal, they took their first plane right to Ocracoke and spent the day riding bikes, drinking and eating. They watched the sunset and headed to the beach for some star gazing. Next thing Jill knew, Eric got up on one knee and popped the question.
The wedding was planned for late Spring and had a simple, yet elegant feel to it. The navy and blush color palette mixed beautifully with the natural landscaping and light and airy features of their venue.
“The day was better than I could have dreamed, and it was amazing to see it all come together,” said the bride. “I’m not sure we had a specific theme, we just wanted to have a ‘pretty party’ like my Nana used to always say.”
The pretty started from the very first piece of wedding day guests saw: the invitation suite. The navy blue invitation suite featured a water color design and was wrapped up with a blue organza ribbon. It was everything the rest of the wedding day was, simple and elegant.
Wedding day started with Jill and her ladies relaxing and getting glam. Jill had her hair down in a romantic side braid updo that showed off her sapphire teardrop diamond earrings. It was just the start to the many pops of navy flawlessly mixed in throughout the day.
As she slipped into her formfitting lace off the shoulder long sleeve dress, her mom buttoned up the back. It wasn’t the dress she expected to wear on her wedding day, but it was the dress meant for her.
“To be honest, I did not choose my wedding day look, my wedding day look chose me. I tried several dresses that were the style that I thought I would wear, but none of them were quite right,” said Jill. “When I finally tried on the dress that ended up being ‘the one,’ I knew immediately we had found a winner. I was hesitant to like it at first because it was not like anything I thought I would wear, but the dress seemed to be made for me.”
Once she was dressed, Jill revealed her look to her bridesmaids for the first time and their reactions were priceless. Her maid of honor then helped her into her blue bottomed white satin heels and handed her the bridal bouquet.
There couldn’t have been a more perfect bouquet for the season or the style. It was a lush bouquet filled with fresh spring blush and white peonies and roses with some thistle for that pop of navy and accenting greenery.
The ladies all made their way over to the ceremony site where guests were seated outside on the patio facing a forest of green trees. At the front was an arbor dripping with blush and white fresh flowers and draped with some blush fabric. In pairs, the bridesmaids and groomsmen made their way down the aisle. The navy-blue ties of the groomsmen’s grey suits really popped against the matching navy blue color of the bridesmaid’s dresses. When it came time for the maid of honor and best man to walk down, they escorted the couple’s pup who sat by their side during the ceremony.
Jill made her way down the aisle and joined Eric. It was nearly 100 degrees out on that May day, so the ceremony was kept short, but still meaningful thanks to their church pastor and close friend who officiated.
Before guests headed inside for the reception,the couple came back down the aisle to dismiss each row.
“Probably the most personalized touch and one of our favorite parts of the wedding was coming back up to dismiss each row after the ceremony,” told the bride. “We absolutely loved this because it gave us a chance to personally thank and hug each and every person that was there that day, which we knew would be almost impossible any other way.”
After a quick thank you and hug from the couple, guests made their way inside the venue’s barn for the reception.
With the help of C & D Events, the rustic barn was turned into a room of simplistic elegance. The guest tables popped with elegant floral arrangements in a variety of short and tall heights and guests were wowed by the oversized chandelier wrapped with greenery.
Before finding their seats, guests stopped at the guest book that sat on top of a secretary style desk the bride’s father built himself.
“We knew we wanted to use a secretary desk for when people signed in, however after looking and looking we couldn’t find the one’, so my father hand-built the perfect one,” told Jill. “That same desk is now sitting in our living room and will provide many years of great memories.”
Once guests found their seats, the bride and groom made their grand entrance and went right into their choreographed dance. For a couple who was most nervous for this moment, they knocked it out of the park.
After their special dance, they found their seats at the sweetheart table. Behind the table was a chalkboard with a bee-themed mural to add another personalized touch to the day.
“The venue did beautiful bee-themed chalkboard art and we have a bee hive at our house so the subtle bee-themed décor was a great touch for us,” the bride said.
Before hitting the dance floor, the couple and their guests enjoyed dinner and cake cut from their beautiful three tiered cake. Like the rest of the day, the cake was simple and beautiful with white textured icing and a few fresh floral clusters.
Thanks to Bunn DJ Company, the dance floor was packed the entire night until the very last song. When the party came to an end, everyone headed outside to send the couple off with a sparkler exit.
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!
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