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From Second Grade Class to Junior Year Prom Comes A Long Awaited Wedding

Emily + Chad | Jun 30, 2018

Elegant and Romantic Inspired Rustic, Lavender and White Barn Wedding at the Historic Wakefield Barn near Raleigh, North Carolina

Chad and Emily’s story first began when they started second grade in the same class. The story then picked up a few years later when Chad asked Emily to prom their junior year in high school. Flash forward six years and Chad was standing back in that same spot, on the roof of his parent’s house, asking Emily to marry him. 

The couple’s wedding day was the perfect combination of rusticand classic. The all white barn venue with wooden floors, exposed beams (painted white, of course!) and numerous oversized white chandeliers really set the tone for elegance and romance in a rusticsetting.

“My wedding inspiration really started with the barn itself! I always loved the rustic idea of getting married in a barn and when I stepped foot onto the ceremony space at The Historic Wakefield Barn I was blown away & instantly sold,” said the bride. “After that, everything just seemed to fall into place – rustic, light, elegant – what an easy theme to put together!”

After getting primped and pampered, instead of a first look, the couple decided to do a first touch. They held hands, prayed, laughed and enjoyed a private moment to themselves. For Emily, it was one of the most special moments of the whole day.

Another special moment for Emily was the time just before walking down the aisle with her dad.

She said, “It was the only quiet moment of my whole day and we just loved spending those moments together before he gave me away.”

Emily and her dad entered from the second level of the barn and walked down a greenery lined staircase arm in arm. Once they got down to the aisle, it was lined with lanterns filled with candlelight and loose white petals. There was a greenery arch stemming from two large urns and a natural wooden table underneath. The table held the candles they used in their unity candle ceremony. 

Emily wore a ballgown with a layered tulle skirt and thin straps with a sweetheart neckline. It had a low cut back, button detailing and lace stitching on the top. Talk about dreamy!

“Although my sisters and mom made me try on somany dresses, I ended up choosing the very first dress I picked out at the very first dress shop,” Emily said. “I felt like a Disney princes – it had a layered skirt that was perfect for twirling and the most delicate touch of lace at the top.”

She topped the look off with her hair loosely pulled back in a twist and oversized Kendra Scott earrings that matched her engagement ring.

The groom wore a three-piece grey suit and striped lavender tie. His groomsmen matched him with grey suits but with two subtle differences: the suits were only two pieces and they had grey ties. It was a nice touch to have the groom stand out just a bit!

Each bridesmaid wore the same floor-length chiffon gown but there were two colors – lavender and plum. They stood in an alternating order so no two of the same were next to each other. 

The bouquets were all similar, full of white and lavender colored blooms, greenery and actual lavender! The lavender in the florals and bridesmaid’s dresses were the perfect pop of color against the white barn. 

After the ceremony, the room was transformed into the reception space. From the wooden crossback chairs to the greenery arch and the unity candle ceremony table, every piece was reused in a way that you wouldn’t have known it was all the same pieces!

Guest tables were draped with neutral colored linens that really made the wooden floors and chairs pop. There were a few different types of centerpieces. One was a large hurricane glass filled with a pillar candle, surrounded by a greenery ring on top of a wooden slab. Another was a large mercury jar with a floral arrangement to match the bouquets that also sat on top of a wooden slab. The couple sat at a sweetheart table with a lavender linen, greenery tabletop runner and white wooden Mr. & Mrs. signs. 

The bride’s grandfather is a wood maker so all the wooden accents – from the centerpieces to the table number holders – were made by him!

The unity candle ceremony table was repurposed as the guest book table. Our favorite repurposed décor? The greenery arch that was set over top of the cake table. The table had a lavender linen that matched the sweetheart table and on top were matching toasting flutes and cake cutting set. The four-tier white cake had horizontal textured icing and each layer had small fresh lavender accenting. The personalized wooden cake stand was another homemade product from grandpa!

After the bridal party made their grand entrance in on pool noodles and floats wearing sunglasses, there was no question it was going to be a night to remember! Dances were had, speeches were given, the bouquet was tossed, the garter was removed and the sparklers were lit. In the blink of an eye, a 16-year love story closed one chapter and began another!

Congrats to the high school sweethearts!

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Creative Team

Rentals & Decor
CE Rentals (Charlotte)

Sweet Traditions by LeAne

Historic Wakefield Barn

Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design

Six Foot Photography

Karen Michelle Clark

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