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Rustic Styled Wedding at Engagement Location with Sentimental Mementos and Personal Touches

Chelsea Turner + Dock Jones | Jun 24, 2017

Between attending the same church, mutual friends and a shared loved of North Carolina State football, it truly was perfect timing that brought Chelsea and Dock together. Since they are two years apart in age, they knew of each other at church but their paths hadn’t crossed. Fast forward to November 2012, when they both attended a mutual friend’s engagement party. A mutual friend, Katie, pointed out all the single groomsmen (including Dock) to Chelsea at the party and Dock also took notice of her but again, nothing came of it. A couple of months later, Katie texted Chelsea to come hang out with her at Dock’s house because she was the only girl and wanted some company. When Chelsea arrived, it was just Dock, Katie and her husband (a sneaky set up!). While it was a fun night, nothing came of it again. Almost a year later, Chelsea ended up on a friend’s beach trip that included Dock and finally the timing was right!


After a year of dating, the two started talking forever including looking at rings and potential wedding venues. They started touring their favorite venues and collecting information, only to find out that dates were booking up fast! One night, Dock suggested they go back to the Angus Barn in Raleigh to take a second look. Upon arrival, they saw a man and his son fishing and another couple who got engaged right in front of them! Dock quickly led Chelsea on a trail toward the venue’s pond, while nervously rambling about spending forever together. Finding his behavior weird, she asked “why are you being so weird and talking all over the place?” Right then, Dock dropped to one knee and pulled out a ring! The man “fishing” was actually a photographer that Dock hired who captured the entire special moment! Chelsea tried to call her parents to share the news but her dad said he would have to call her back. They went to dinner to celebrate and, Dock had one more surprise up his sleeve – Chelsea’s entire family was waiting for her to celebrate!


As they planned their ceremony, they of course had to host the reception at where it all began – the Angus Barn. Prior to that, the couple said, “I do,” at their beautiful home church. Hydrangea pomanders with gold ribbon designed reserved rows while six single stem white roses were placed in empty seats for the family members who were no longer with them except in spirit.


Chelsea looked stunning in a custom-designed lace gown with an illusion neckline and capped sleeves. It’s three layers of lace and tulle floated like a dream. Her bouquet was wrapped in lace from her mother’s wedding dress and featured a locket with photos of loved ones who had passed. Dock also had a locket of photos tucked in his jacket pocket.

After the sweet ceremony, the celebration continued on a perfect summer evening. The couple chose a color combination of mint, navy and gold with a rustic yet simple wedding theme.


Owning her own graphic design and photography business, Chelsea took extra special care to make sure everything looked beautiful and cohesive. She designed custom paper goods from the ceremony programs to the water bottle labels that truly showcased their personalities, including featuring the couple’s two pups – Amos and Baby – on the koozies! Chelsea also refurbished an old window that was used to display photos of both sets of parents and grandparents on their wedding days, alongside some of their favorite engagement pictures.


The rustic design of the pavilion was brought to life by the gorgeous floral design and the whole space was awash in white hydrangeas, baby’s breath, white and blush roses, pink peonies and eucalyptus. The exposed wood beams, tin roof and stone fireplace completely set the mood while strands of crystals on the chandeliers and tall floral arrangements added some drama to the rustic setting. The floral selection and design was important to the couple and they were thrilled with the way everything complemented each other and tied the design together.


A watercolor painting of Chelsea and Dock in front of the Angus Barn served as their guestbook and the couple gave seed packets that said “Let Love Grow” as favors to their guests. After enjoying a delicious dinner and cutting the cake, the newlyweds danced the night away with all their favorite people – the dance floor was full all night long! Chelsea and Dock’s perfect day ended with a sparkler exit that led to a horse-drawn carriage waiting to whisk the couple away into the night as the new Mr. and Mrs. Jones!


Congratulations, Chelsea and Dock!


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Creative Team

Rentals & Decor
CE Rentals (Charlotte)

Expressions of Love

Simply Cakes LLC

The Angus Barn
Zebulon Baptist Church

Chad Biggs Event Planning & Design

F8 Photo Studios

East Coast Entertainment
Fantasy Band
Laura Byrne Duo

Flyboy NC

Ecostyle Transportation

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
Neuse River Printing

Jos A Bank
Carolina Bridal World
Joseph Abboud

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