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An Elegant Secret Garden in a Barn

Annie + Vince | May 13, 2017

Blush, white and grey wedding with a garden and elegant style at The Pavilions at Angus Barn in Raleigh, North Carolina

Annie had always told Vince that she wanted a private proposal but wanted to be able to celebrate with family and friends afterward. This seemed like a far-fetched dream to Annie because they had family all over the country, but Vince was determined to make her dream come true. 

While on a trip to visit family, the couple was driving to Annie’s sister’s house in New Jersey. On their way over, Annie’s sister called to tell them she was actually taking her dog for a walk at a park down the street and to meet her there. When the couple arrived at the park, Annie’s sister was nowhere to be found. So, instead of following Vince up to the overlook, she was more concerned with finding her sister and found her hiding beneath the overlook with a camera in hand. Flustered, her sister sent her back to Vince.

When Annie got back to Vince, they finally walked up to the overlook and Vince got down on one knee. It all clicked and Annie realized what was going on.

The couple planned their elegant secret garden themed wedding for the spring and we are crushing on it hard. It had hanging crystals from chandeliers, copper mule mug favors and, of course, the most beautiful lush flowers everywhere, including a flower crown for the bride!

“I wanted the wedding to be elegant, ethereal, warm, soft and romantic,” said the bride. “As far as how I wanted the day to look, I kept going back to the book/movie, ‘The Secret Garden,’ so florals were everything.”

While her secret garden was coming to life, Annie spent the morning relaxing and getting pampered. Once her hair was pulled back into a classic low bun and her natural looking makeup was applied, she got dressed in her form fitting flowery, lace gown. It had the most amazing see through lace back with button detailing that went nearly all the way down her back. 

Annie accessorized her look in all the right – and sweetest – ways. She wore a necklace given to her by her late Godmother that she had worn for all her other church sacraments, so it was only fitting to wear during her church ceremony. Her gold bracelet was her borrowed item from her late grandmother. She also wore a different grandmother’s engagement ring on her right hand as her something old. Lastly, her something blue was an old handkerchief that belonged to her great-great grandmother that has a blue floral embroidered on it. 

She secured her cathedral veil and headed off to the church. The church was already beautiful enough with its marble altar, ornate paintings and starry ceiling, so all the couple added were two altar arrangements and a large wreath to the doors. 

Once all the guests had taken their seats, Vince and his groomsmen appeared on the altar in matching grey tuxedos. To set himself apart, Vince wore a white bowtie. They were then joined by the bridesmaids that wore two different styles of the same blush dress. They each carried the same beautiful bouquet with trailing ribbons.

The bride made her entrance, carrying a similar, but of course larger, bouquet. Everyone rose to their feet and it was easily one of the bride’s favorite moments of the day. 

“Arriving at the church was incredibly exciting and during the entire mass, I was in awe of everything that was going on,” said Annie.

The ceremony was a traditional Catholic nuptial mass that included an acapella version of “Ave Maria,” during which Annie and Vince presented flowers to the statue of the blessed virgin Mary. Before it ended, the couple shared their first official kiss as husband and wife before walking hand in hand back down the aisle.

Everyone made their way over to the reception venue which was a beautifully done barn with exposed wooden beams, a focal stone fireplace and the most amazing lighting. There were three sections to the space. Guests entered into the casual, yet very elegantcocktail hour tent space.

The space was decorated with florals, mercury glass, wood parquet tables and some soft seating. The tent was lined with lights and chandeliers. Mixed with the jazz trio that was playing, the whole feel came together instantly. 

During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed one of the two signature cocktails and picked up their escort card– which was by far one of our favorite pieces of this wedding! Each escort card was handwritten by the couple and tied to the handle of a copper mug that was engraved on the bottom with the couple’s name and wedding date. That’s one favor we’d definitely use again and again!

Inside the second space, the actual barn was set for a night of dinner and dancing. This is really the space that brought the couple’s secret garden vision to life. The round chandeliers had crystals dripping off of them, the wooden pillars had branch lighting and all the tables were covered with candles, flowers and greenery.

There were a mix of round guest tables and grey topped white farm tables, all set with gold Chiavari chairs. The farm tables were lined in the center with greenery and a variety of different candles, from tall gold candlesticks to small mercury gold votives. The round guest tables were also glowing with the same variety of candles and included an additional huge, lush arrangement of greenery, hydrangeas and roses. 

“Florals really were at the root of all our wedding planning and were meant to be the main focal point,” explained the bride. “The rest of the décor was in line with a natural look and used elements like raw wood, marble and natural linen napkins on the tables.” 

The elegance continued into the gold table numbers and the gold wax seal stamped menu cards on each table. This was the same gold wax seal Annie had on her dress hanger and matched the monogram logo the couple create for their invitations. It created a seamlessly flowing style from the moment the guests were introduced to the idea of their wedding. 

As guests took their seats, Annie changed into her greenery and blush rose flower crown and got ready for her introduction with her new husband. The couple entered the room and immediately found their way onto the dance floor to share their first dance. 

After the dance ended, the couple found their seats at their completely customized sweetheart table. 

“I spent months looking for the perfect table but couldn’t find the one until a couple weeks before the wedding, when I had almost given up the search. My mom noticed a table that had been sitting unused in a barn for years that was the perfect size,” Annie told. “So, together with my parents, we put on a new top, added side detail, and refinished the legs. Even though it took quite a bit of time and effort, the end result was exactly what I had been dreaming of.”

The table was paired with a set of wood and linen lined chairs draped with grey “Mr.” and “Mrs.” signs and a greenery and rose garland on the back. The best part about it all is not only did the couple get to keep the table and reuse it in their home, but they also kept the garland from the chairs!

As dinner wrapped up, guests slowly began to fill the dance floor. But if they needed a break from getting their groove on, there was a side patio off the barn that offered a fire pit for s’mores and relaxing, and a custom made cornhole set for playing. The bride and her dad built the boards and created a design that incorporated the same monogram from the wax seal.

Every little detail came together to create one heck of a beautiful wedding day. From the big statements, like the chandeliers and flowers, to the minor details, like the wax seals, it was all planned to perfection and the couple enjoyed every little bit of it. 

“Seeing everyone I love in one place, while looking out at all the planning that came together and knowing that all that was left was just to enjoy it, was pretty incredible,” said Annie.

When it was all over with, the couple walked outside to meet their friends and family who lined their exit path with sparklers. It was the sweetest ending to the sweetest day.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Creative Team

Badgley Mischka
Happy Socks
Jenny Yoo - Bridesmaid Dress Designer
Justin Alexander
Maggi Bridal

Wedding Gifts
Copper Mug

Meristem Floral

The Pavilion at Angus Barn

Mikkel Paige Photography

Sam Hill Entertainment

Perfection by Patricia

Rentals & Decor
Party Reflections
Vivid Lighting
Cottage Luxe

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