Sydney + Ryan | Oct 12, 2019
Rustic-chic wedding with greenery, feathers and fireworks at Adcock Farm in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
Not many couples can say it was their grandmother who played matchmaker in their relationship, but that was exactly how Sydney and Ryan’s love story began. Sydney’s grandma, who had been a longtime friend and neighbor of Ryan’s, sparked their first meeting.
“Grandma just knew they would be a perfect fit,” said their wedding photographer, “and she was right!”
Being a barrel racer, Sydney adores horses and the laid-back country. When it came time to plan their big day, Sydney and Ryan knew they wanted to tie the knot at the bride’s aunt and uncle’s farm in North Carolina. The rustic landscape, paired with florals, feathers and fireworks, created the wedding of their dreams.
“Sydney is what we would call a real-life cowgirl!” said the photographer.
Sydney looked ethereal in a boho-vintage fit-and-flare ivory gown with delicate head-to-toe lace detail. The sleeveless dress featured a dramatic V neckline and a row of buttons down the illusion open back. In true Sydney fashion, she plucked a pair of beautiful turquoise and white cowgirl boots off a plush navy tufted loveseat. She slipped them on, completing her unique bridal look.
“It was a perfect representation of the bride herself,” said the photographer, “feminine, gorgeous with a little bit of grit.”
She wore a floral hairpiece and a fingertip veil in her braided low bun and added a silver and turquoise Western belt to complement her boots. For her bridesmaids, she chose an array of fall colors - allowing each to choose her own dress. Paired with bouquets of eucalyptus, baby’s breath and other greenery, they framed the bride beautifully and looked picturesque against the farm’s natural landscape.
“The combination was stunning,” said the photographer.
Sydney’s bridal bouquet was stunning and wild, with a combination of natural dried grasses, willow eucalyptus, pheasant feathers and exquisite flowers including deep red ranunculus and King Protea. With her bouquet in hand, she walked down the aisle on the arm of her father - who wore a classic western hat - exuding true elegance and grace.
The aisle was lined with potted greenery and feathers, with their loved ones watching from rows of white folding garden chairs. A warm fall glow flooded in through the grove of trees overlooking one of the farm’s beautiful pastures, and a unique, free-standing wooden geometric structure was the backdrop for the ceremony.
At the altar, Ryan and his groomsmen looked dapper in three-piece navy suits, with the groom sporting an olive-green vest. His one special “groomswoman” wore a lacy layered powder blue dress, and the little ones in the wedding party were decked out in white dress shirts, jeans, suspenders and prairie dresses.
“And of course - boots!” said the photographer.
There were few dry eyes throughout the ceremony, with endless celebrations once they were pronounced husband and wife. As the wedding party and guests moved into the open-air tent for the reception, the wedding photographer captured Sydney in the setting sunlight. She posed in an apricot-colored tufted armchair out in the field, with a suede Western hat and her companion - a gorgeous white horse!
Lit by candles and market lights, the open reception space was rustic yet glamorous, while still allowing guests to enjoy the outdoor evening. Outside the tent, there were hand-painted wooden pallets giving direction, surrounded by barrels of greenery and enchanting floor lanterns. In the distance next to the white wood farmhouse, a tire swing hung adorned with pheasant feathers.
Each of the rustic-chic farm tables was laden with an abundance of greens, candlelight, wood elements and feathers atop a runner made of wispy, white cheesecloth. The tablescape was complete with place settings featuring unique, mismatched vintage china and mismatched wooden chairs for seating.
Sydney and Ryan sat at their own white sweetheart table, covered in candlelight, greenery and feathers. They drank from charming glass mason jars, with a wall of vintage, metal ceiling tiles as their backdrop and a perfect view of all of their loved ones.
“The atmosphere had the celebratory feel of the best family reunion,” said the photographer.
At the dessert table, their three-tiered wedding cake was perched on a gold geometric stand. It had textured white buttercream frosting, piping at each base, and a spiral of eucalyptus and dusty rose florals climbing up the side. Instead of linking arms for a champagne toast, they created the moment with decadent glazed donuts!
Nothing could have topped off this incredible night of dancing and partying better than surprise fireworks over the farm. The show ended with everyone creating a tunnel of sparklers, and the newlyweds ran through it together with hearts full of light and love.
“It was a truly unforgettable ending to a beautiful day and the beginning of a life of love together,” said the photographer.
Congratulations, Sydney and Ryan!
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