Christmas Winter Wedding Without Christmas Colors

Rachael + Dylan |

Rust and earthy toned rustic wedding during Christmas time at The Dairy Barn at Anne Springs Close Greenway near Charlotte, North Carolina

Rachael and Dylan met in college at a part-time job at an after-school program for elementary school kids. It didn’t take them long to realize that they actually attended the same college and shortly after, they bumped into each other at the library. After staying at the library until it closed, they grabbed a midnight snack at McDonalds and talked into the early morning hours. 

Dylan knew he wanted to make the proposal special. He had planned a weekend getaway to the mountains full of hiking, caving, kayaking and exploring. On their drive home from the perfect weekend, they took a little detour to stop at one of their favorite small towns for dinner. 

As they were walking hand in hand down the street, Dylan led Rachael to a private set up of candles, pumpkins and pictures where a band was playing “Don’t Stop Believing.” Once Rachael realized the pumpkins read, “Will you marry me,” she found Dylan down on one knee. As she said yes, their families, dogs and a hidden photographer appeared. 

The couple knew they wanted a winter wedding but didn’t want to be tied down by traditional winter colors. Instead, they went with rusty and earthy tones, which couldn’t have worked better with the rustic backdrop of their venue. 

Guests began to arrive at the barn and were directed upstairs to the ceremony site. As they walked toward the garland and floral wrapped stairs, they passed by a sweet memorial display of floating candles, a sign and some loose burnt orange, cream and red flowers on logs. 

Upstairs, the aisle was lined with rose petals and lanterns while market lights hung from the wooden arched ceilings. At the front of the altar was a small wooden table with a greenery garland with loose blooms and floating candles tucked throughout. It was just enough to make a statement.

“For the ceremony we kept it simple because we felt the focus needed to be more on the actual ceremony than decorations,” the bride explained 

Dylan made his way to the front of the room and took his spot, shortly followed by his groomsmen. They each wore a matching navy three-piece suit paired with a blush tie. They were then joined by the bridesmaids in their mismatched blush dresses. Each girl carried a small bouquet of blush, cream and burnt orange roses and greenery. 

As everyone rose to their feet, Rachael and her dad began their walk down the aisle. The bride looked beyond stunning in her thin strapped lace gown. The dress had a champagne underlay giving it a tinted color. She paired it perfectly with a pearl necklace and earrings and a pulled back, low bun accented with flowers. She carried an oversized bouquet full of burnt orange, blush, maroon and deep plum colors as she walked toward the love of her life. 

“The most anticipated day of our wedding was seeing the love of my life standing at the altar waiting to give his life and love to me the rest of our lives,” said Rachael.

The ceremony got started and was exactly what the couple wanted. It was sentimental and meaningful and included a unity cross, which was very important to them. 

Once they shared their first official kiss as husband and wife, Rachael and Dylan headed outside for pictures while the rest of their guests headed back downstairs for cocktail hour. While enjoying a drink and the shrimp and grits appetizer station, guests signed the couple’s Polaroid guest book. 

“For our guest book we had a Polaroid camera and blank pages of paper for people to tape down their picture with a sweet note,” Rachael said. “Having pictures of our guests along with a thoughtful note is something we will treasure forever, and the guests really enjoyed it.”

Directly behind the guest book table was a Christmas tree the couple decorated themselves with champagne colored ornaments mixed in with handmade wooden ornaments for guests to take home with them.

During cocktail hour, the couple spent time in the golden hour light wandering the grounds of the venue; and their pictures by Abbie Blair Photography couldn’t have been more perfect. Between the love of the couple, the sunlight and the bride’s amazing fur wrap, there wasn’t a bad picture. 

“Since it was a winter wedding, I always dreamed about have a fur wrap along with the dress,” the bride said. “I found a brown and white wrap that went around my shoulders and looked timeless.”

After they finished pictures, they headed inside to the barn to join their guests at the reception. The room was set with round tables, champagne linens and mahogany Chiavari chairs. At each place setting there was a taupe colored linen napkin and the tables were set with a lantern centerpiece surrounded with florals. There was a sweetheart table for the couple, set similarly only the chairs had a matching taupe chair tie and the centerpiece was an oversized bouquet, similar to the bride’s, with greenery falling off all sides. 

The couple made their grand entrance and shared their first dance together as husband and wife. They made their way through the formalities of parent dances and speeches and right into the cake cutting. 

There was a five – yes, we said five – tiered cake. It sat on top of a rosette patterned linen and had simple white horizontal textured icing. There were three clusters of blush and maroon roses with a little greenery. It was topped with a white rose porcelain topper. Talk about perfection!

Once the party got started, there was no stopping it, until the night had to come to an end that is. Rachael and Dylan met all of their guests outside for the sparkler exit and the perfect ending to their beautiful day.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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Creative Team

Vintage Soul Floral Design

Waiter's Choice Catering & Events

Poffie Girls

Rebecca’s Sweets

The Dairy Barn

Abbie Blair Photography

DJ Blake Anderson


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