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Chapel on a Hill

Jessica + Steven | May 30, 2020

Intimate chapel wedding with ivory and blush hues and spring blooms at a historic church part in Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, North Carolina 


Steven and Jessica met when they were both working in Wilmington, North Carolina, and ironically, they grew up just ten minutes down the road from one another in High Point/Davidson County! Fast-forward to a very special day on gorgeous Lake Norman, where he asked her to be his wife in a romantic, quaint cove.

“We wanted a small wedding and then COVID-19 turned it super small,” said Jessica. “We loved it and wouldn’t change a thing!”

The day was intimate and better than they could have dreamt of. Atop the highest hill in the middle of a rustic, wooded park, they said “I do” in a historic little church. This charming countryside spot was the perfect setting for their storybook wedding, including a special sand ceremony.

“We grew up super outdoorsy, playing in the woods,” said Jessica, “so we obtained sand from creeks we played in as children to combine for the unity ceremony!”

For her bridal look, Jessica looked naturally beautiful and effortlessly chic in a champagne-colored mermaid gown with lace overlay. The front featured a deep V-cut, with an open back for a romantic touch. She wore a fingertip-length veil in her long blonde waves, and completed the look with minimalist jewelry and natural makeup. 

“I fell in love with it when I tried it on,” said Jessica, “so everything else was deemed ‘simple’ as to not take away from the dress!”

Through the double doors of the chapel, adorned with fresh green wreaths, the decor featured ivory hues mixed with pops of blush and an abundance of organic greenery. The wooden pew ends were affixed with lush greenery and cream Lily of the valley, and at the altar, there were fairy light trees, green garland and a wooden cross.

“What was special about our decor is that my mother did it all besides my bouquet and corsages,” said Jessica.

Jessica’s bridal bouquet was overflowing with the most femme, romantic selection of blooms, including fresh fern leaves, creamy white roses, blush garden roses, baby pink dahlias and sprays of myrtle.

“I asked for something classic and the florist delivered the most amazing, almost vintage bouquet,” said Jessica. “I also asked for a lot of roses in my bouquet as my grandmother used to compete in rose shows.”

As Jessica made her way down the aisle, she soaked in the moment being surrounded by her loved ones. It was a very intimate gathering, and having family there witnessing them tie the knot was the most important detail of the day for the couple. Even Steven’s grandmother was able to come!

“She was allowed to leave the rest home, however due to COVID-19, she had to quarantine herself for two weeks afterwards,” said Jessica. “She said it was worth the sacrifice!”

Seeing Steven for the first time, in his dapper three-piece navy suit, was a moment Jessica would never forget. They embraced at the altar, surrounded by spring blossoms and lanterns filled with fairy lights, and the unique sand ceremony commenced.

“Locking eyes when the chapel doors opened felt amazing,” said Jessica. “We both later talked about how nervous we were in front of everyone, but once we got to the altar together and held hands, all anxiousness went away.”

Once the sand was combined in unity, with their engagement picture framed on the table, they shared their much-anticipated first kiss as newlyweds! As they exited the chapel, their loved ones blew a sea of bubbles for a magical send-off moment.

Amongst many other small details tying in with family throughout the wedding, their “getaway” truck was also Steven’s grandfathers. The crimson red pickup truck, filled with colorful balloons, meant so much to the couple since it’s still in the family. It was the most cheerful end to an incredible day, but the celebrations didn’t end there...

“Steven and Jessica's wedding plans had to change due to COVID-19, but we're looking on the bright side” said the photographer. “We get to celebrate again in the fall at their reception!”

Congratulations, Jessica and Steven! 

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Allure Bridals

Dahlia's Floral Design

Tanglewood Park & Manor House

Lacy Matusek Photography

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