A Perfect Day Thanks To Buried Bourbon All Under A Big Oak Tree

Morgan + Griffin | Jun 9, 2018

Simple grey and blush personalized wedding with a rustic touch on a family farm near Raleigh, North Carolina 

Morgan and Griffin had always known of each other, being from the same small town, but they never really knew each other. Once Morgan started dog sitting for Griffin’s family, the couple’s relationship started to develop. Two puppies of their own later, Griffin was ready to make it officially official. 

The couple was at a concert together – something they did frequently – when Griffin got down on one knee in front of the stadium and asked Morgan to spend forever with him. 

Exactly one year to the day, on a perfect Carolina June day, the couple tied the knot. Both growing up in the same place, it was important to incorporate their hometown and love of the area, specifically the family farm where they were getting married.

The bride said, “The inspiration behind our day was mostly the family farm, especially the giant oak tree, and incorporating our favorite things, fishing, hunting, the Grateful Dead and our beloved puppy dogs!”

One of the biggest inspiration pieces, the huge oak tree, took center stage at the ceremony site. At the ceremony, instead of chairs the couple rented church pews and barn doors to make it feel a little more like a traditional ceremony space.

“We rented church pews and barn doors to give it a ‘church like’ feel,” explained Morgan. “Both of our moms had hearts set on us getting married in a church, so we thought this would be a nice touch, especially for them.”

The tree served as the backdrop for the ceremony and with a tree that big and grand, there was really no need for any additional decor besides the two oversized ferns to mark off the reserved front pew. 

Before Morgan made her grand entrance through the whitewash barn doors, the couple’s pups made their way down the aisle and you know we can’t resist a sweet doggie moment!

Dressed in a stunning crochet fitted gown with the most amazing peek-a-boo back and button detailing, Morgan walked arm-in-arm with her dad through the rustic barn doors. 

“I had envisioned a totally different dress but when my MOH [maid of honor] and I were in the dressing room and I slipped on the gown we both knew that was it,” said the bride. “It was crocheted which is so cool because I love to needle point and sew so it just seemed perfect that I have a crocheted dress, not to mention the back was just so unique.”

Griffin awaited his bride underneath the tree wearing a grey seersucker suit accented with everything he loved. Fish on his tie, his dogs on his socks, duck boots on his feet and a homemade fly boutonniere. 

After the couple exchanged their vows, they headed back to the oak tree for some bridal party pictures. The bridesmaids all wore matching light gray chiffon dresses and carried a smaller version of the bridal bouquet that had blush and peach roses and peonies, blue and white hydrangeas and peach hypericum berries, all topped with greenery. 

The groomsmen each wore a light grey suit and matched the groom with a homemade fly boutonniere and duck boots.

“They have all spent countless hours at the farm hunting over the years, so we thought it would be cool to incorporate the boots,” explained Morgan. “Griffin is an avid fly fisher and fly tier and made all of the flies himself for the guys boutonnieres.”

After pictures, the couple dug up their buried bottle of bourbon, (which clearly worked since it was a beautiful day out!) and headed into the reception.

The tented reception was a complete show stopper. There were round tables dressed in light pink linens, rustic farm tables and crossback wooden chairs. There were market lights strung all over and a hanging greenery installment with tea lights through the center of it all. Once the lights went down, this place was magical.

Each round guest table was set with either a tall greenery and hydrangea centerpiece or a low gold lantern and floral arrangement centerpiece. The farm tables had intricate lace table runners and longer floral pieces made of hydrangeas, roses and greenery, similar to the bridal party bouquets. 

After all the guests made their way into the tent, the couple took center stage on the dance floor for their first dance, a very anticipated moment for the couple. 

Morgan said, “We decided to take dance lessons and what started as a one or two class thing turned into weekly date night at the dance studio with our awesome teacher who even came to the wedding to see us show off our moves!”

After the first dance, dinner was served, and boy do we wish we were there! They had the most amazing looking taco set up, including crawfish tacos and duck tacos, as a nod to Griffin’s Cajun family roots and love of hunting. 

The tree made another appearance in the couple’s custom made koozies. They worked with a design group to come up with a picture that incorporated two Grateful Dead bears, from one of their favorite bands, dancing underneath the oak tree in the moonlight. Definitely one of the most unique koozies we’ve seen!

The couple’s planner, Magnolia Grove Weddings and Events said it best, “It was a beautiful way for hometown love to be celebrated, and it was an honor to help bring the vision to life.”

Like any good party, this one had to come to an end. But not before a glowstick send off in the groom’s grandfather’s restored vintage truck. It was a bittersweet moment to be able to include a special part of Griffin’s grandfather who had suddenly passed a few months before the wedding.

The couple drove off in the truck as their friends and family waved them off with multicolored glowsticks 

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs.!

Looking for that perfect planner to help make your wedding day flawless? Check out Magnolia Grove Weddings and Events HERE!

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