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Stephanie + Scott | Oct 27, 2018

Rustic inspired outdoor ceremony and barn reception with peach, blush and sage colors at Luna’s Trail Farm and Events in Westfield, North Carolina

Having met at work, Stephanie and Scott were friends for a long time. When the two finally found themselves single at the same time, things moved pretty quickly. After 10 months together, they bought a house and the next year they decided to stop not trying for babies and Stephanie got pregnant immediately. That Easter, the family was out on a family bike ride on one of their favorite local islands. They reached the beach and Scott said he wanted to take a picture so he put his phone down and set the timer. What Stephanie didn’t know is that he set the phone to record instead and next thing she knew, he was down on one knee. 

When it came time to plan the wedding, the couple knew their family would play a major part in the day, having a daughter now and all. Most of their guests traveled from out of town so they wanted everyone to feel comfortable and bring their families. The day was calm, relaxed and full of so much love. The rustic venue helped set the tone for the country vibe. It was mostly a neutral colored palette, with a few pops of color in the flowers. And without the help of all their family and friends, they wouldn’t have had some of the linens, the cake, the flowers – it really wouldn’t have been the same day!

Although Stephanie didn’t have any bridesmaids, she still spent the morning getting ready with all of her favorite ladies, including her daughter. After curling her own her, it was time for the bride to get dressed. After going to only one dress shop, Stephanie found her dress. 

“I knew I didn't want an extravagant dress,” said Stephanie. “I went to one shop, tried on about seven dresses and then found the winner. It was so soft, not heavy, and easy to move in.”

The romantic A-line gown was lace on top, chiffon on the bottom with an illusion open back surrounded by lace in the shape of a heart. She paired the dress with a necklace she had actually bought before the dress. It was handmade with crystals and pearls by a local artist where the bride lives.

As Stephanie slipped on her jean and flower embroidered TOMS wedges, her wedding guests took their seats at the grassy ceremony site that overlooked the mountains. With an amazing view like that, there wasn’t much else needed to decorate the space. There were aisle markers made of up of greenery, a few neutral blooms and a simple wooden branch arbor wrapped in greenery and flower accents. 

Scott made his way down the aisle to take his place beneath the arbor. He wore a navy suit that had a faint plaid pattern to it with a simple light blue shirt and no tie. It ended up being the perfect look, but it wasn’t as simple as it looked to find!

“Originally, he bought suit separates, belt, tie, and shirt, but then had buyer’s remorse the next day and returned all but the belt,” told the bride. “We went out again and found his suit and a new undershirt but then he returned the undershirt a week later.”

In the end, Scott couldn’t have looked better standing at the end of the aisle waiting for his bride to appear. Before Stephanie made her way out, her five nieces and nephews and her daughter walked down the aisle first. With four out of the six kids being three and under, it didn’t quite go as planned but that was the beauty of it!

After the kiddos finally made their way down the aisle, Stephanie was next, carrying a bouquet of flowers with greenery and a pop of peach, blush and burgundy. The ceremony was short and sweet, and exactly what the couple had hoped for. They shared their first kiss as husband and wife and walked back down the aisle, hand in hand.

Once the ceremony ended, guests headed inside the barn for the reception. There were round guest tables set with ivory colored linensand wooden folding chairs. On each guest table was a floral arrangement that one of the bride’s friends made. There was a sweetheart table for the couple that was draped with a silk sage green linen made by the groom’s mom. The same linens were used on the buffet tables and cake table. 

The cake was also something made by a friend. The three tier white cake sat on top of a rustic metal stand. Each tier’s bottom was wrapped with eucalyptus and a few clusters of blue thistle. It was topped with two single blooms, one burgundy and one blush. It’s nice to have friends with such talents!

It’s also nice to have friends willing to wake up at 4 a.m. for you to start the smoker you are cooking your reception food in! The couple both work in the alcohol business, so food and wine were very important to them. When they decided to smoke some pigs for their reception, they forgot about the little details that it would need to be started very early in the morning (or very late at night depending how you look at it!) and luckily, they found a friend willing to do just that. 

After dinner, a few toasts were given and then the party got started. The dance floor was full of adults and, of course, lots of kids all night long. Later in the night, a friend set up karaoke which was one of the best parts of the nights, according to the bride. 

Like any good party, things had to come to an end, but before guests left they were given a homemade hot sauce the groom made themselves for them to take home.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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Creative Team

Luna's Trail Farm and Event Center

Dawn Marie Photography

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