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Unique and Special Touches Including a Quaker Ceremony, Bluegrass Band and Bridal Party Toasts

Rebecca + Dane | Apr 21, 2018

Rustic and romantic, blues and blush spring wedding at the Chapel Hill Carriage House in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 

Rebecca and Dane planned the perfect spring wedding full of so many special touches that we can’t decide which one is our favorite! From the unique Quaker ceremony to the rustic setting to the musical entertainment every detail was personal and meaningful!

It was a perfect April afternoon and there wasn’t a better day for an open air barn wedding. As the ceremony began, Rebecca walked down the aisle in a ballgown dress with illusion neckline and flower detailing. She had her hair pulled back in a low do with her veil and train trailing behind her. She carried a bouquet full of blush and ivory roses and accenting greenery and blue thistle. 

Dane stood at the end of the aisle wearing a dark charcoal suit, which was a nice contrast next to his groomsmen standing next to him in light charcoal suits. Each of the gentlemen wore a different shade of blue tie, similar to the bridesmaids who each wore a completely different colored, different styled short blue dress. The mix of blues was a sweet reminder of the spring feeling the April air had. 

Growing up, Rebecca attended the Carolina Friends school in Durham, which utilizes Quaker values. So, when the couple was deciding on an officiant, they asked a former principal of the school to officiate. Their ceremony included many unique Quaker traditions, like exchanging vows in the round and sharing in song, as well as a moment of reflection. Another unique touch was the bride’s dad and his bluegrass band that played in the background during the ceremony. 

Once the ceremony ended, guests headed to cocktail hour to enjoy more bluegrass music from the bride’s dad’s band and soak in the fresh spring day. 

The grounds of the venue provided the dreamiest spots for a dreamy day. The waterfront gazebo that the newlyweds popped into for a few pictures that were captured by Ariel Kaitlin Photography was definitely one of our favorites!

Back at the open air barn, when guests entered to find their seats they were wowed by the rustic chandeliers with greenery accenting, the romantic twinkle lights covering the whole wooden ceiling, the white wooden mirrored fireplace and so much more. Guests found their seats on the white rustic wooden window pane seating chart that was on display right next to the finger print tree guest book and family memorial table.

“Table arrangements were created with loving care and homemade charm by the bride’s family and friends,” explained the bride’s planner, Erica of Folie a Deux. “The flowers provided were featured as part of the rustic and splendid decor for their big day.”

Erica made sure that the whole charming, romantic and rustic look came together for the couple’s perfect day.

There was a mix of round and rectangular tables with a sweetheart table for the couple. At each place setting there was a white square dinner plate with a wrapped light blue napkin. Guests enjoyed an amazing meal from Beau Catering on those plates. The buffet menu was Carolina with a California twist, and did not disappoint!

After dinner, there were some special speeches given not by one or two individuals but by each side of the bridal party as a whole. All the bridesmaids and then all the groomsmen each gave group toasts which is something that seems so special. 

Once toasts were given, before the dance floor opened, the couple cut their cake. Just like dinner, the cake did not disappoint! The four-tier hexagonal wedding was adorned with hand-sculpted cardinals in red and gray and covered in white buttercream. The layers featured almond with amaretto chiffon and raspberry pastry filling, then vanilla with strawberry pastry filling and cream cheese, and lastly chocolate with chocolate mousse and Bavarian cream. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it. 

Congrats to the newlyweds!

Looking for that perfect planner to help bring your wedding day vision to life? Check out Folie a Deux here!

Creative Team

Ariel Kaitlin Photography

Rentals & Decor
CE Rentals (Charlotte)

Victoria Park Florist
Wild Scallions Farm

Ambrosia Cake Creations

Chapel Hill Carriage House

Folie à Deux Events

All Events DJs

Beau Catering

Big Dog Little Bed Productions

Colleen Hursey

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