Kristina and Justin enjoyed a natural and organic farm wedding in North Carolina. Small yet perfect details and tons of greenery filled the space. Every little thing was delicately and purposely placed.
Q & A with the Bride
Q: What was the inspiration behind your day?
A: “We wanted our day to feel natural, elegant and personal. The colors included shades of green, a soft grey, cream and white, and a few wooden elements. The venue was a perfect fit for this vision with it’s beautiful natural setting.”
Q: Did you personalize the day in any way?
A: “There were several ways we incorporated personal elements into our wedding day:
- Our officiant was my former boss and mentor who shared our vision for a personal and heartfelt ceremony
- We wrote our own vows
- My mother offered a piece of lace from her wedding dress and our florist added that to my bouquet to tie it together
- Justin works in the tobacco industry so we decided that it was fitting to offer a small cigar bar at the reception.
- We had a customized corn hole game set up next to the tent
- We incorporated some of our favorite southern foods like chicken and waffles, BBQ, and fried green tomato sliders into the appetizers and dinner menu
- Justin used to DJ weddings, so we used his equipment and favorites from his playlists and had a friend serve as a DJ
Q: How did you choose your wedding day looks?
A: “I chose an ivory Willowby Watters dress after I fell in love with the way it looked on me. It had a fitted lace bodice with a sweetheart neckline and a natural waist, and a soft tulle skirt.
“I wanted something that was classic but had a bit of a bohemian vibe appropriate for an outdoor wedding.
“Justin wore a light gray custom suit from Black Lapel. The light sage colored ties we ordered from Etsy matched the bridesmaids dresses. My accessories included a hair comb and stud earrings. Cognac shoes, watch and a tie clip completed accessories for the groom.”
Q: What were the florals like in your wedding?
A: “Floral arrangements played an important part in the mood and decoration of our wedding. Our florist created bouquets for myself and my four bridesmaids that incorporated the greens, gray, and white of the wedding colors and added a little color with the blush roses and peonies.
“The groomsmen had greenery boutonnieres, and greenery was used to tie the tablecloths on the cocktail tables. Decoration for reception tables alternated between flower arrangements and greenery with candles.”
Q: Let’s talk wedding decor
A: “We kept things simple since the venue itself was naturally beautiful. For the ceremony we simply had white chairs set up in a field at the base of a large oak tree. Two wine barrels held flower arrangements and several smaller bunches of flowers were tied on the first three rows of chairs.
“For the reception at the barn and tent we rented voile drapery for the entrance and a unique bike cart for the escort cards from the venue. After winning an Instagram contest with The Prettiest Pieces, I used the prize for an elegant lounge area, some unique cake stands, and the cutest mismatched china cups for the coffee service.
“I love the look of modern calligraphy so I downloaded templates from Etsy for the table numbers and escort cards. The only DIY pieces were the wooden Mr. and Mrs. tags on our reception chairs, the cornhole boards, and the small signs on the cigar bar and escort card tables.”
Q: How did you meet?
A: “Justin and I decided to give online dating a try at the same time and luckily met each other after only a week! After a year and a half of dating we took a trip to visit good friends in Colorado. Justin had planned the proposal with them so after hiking up to a beautiful view in Boulder, Justin proposed and we all broke out the bubbly for a celebration.”
Q: What was the most special moment of your wedding day?
A: “My favorite part of the day was hearing the affirming words about love and partnership that our officiant gave and sharing vows with my husband.”
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice?
A: “There are so many options when planning a wedding! After perusing a million blogs and Pinterest pages you begin to think that each element of a wedding needs to be specially designed. Pick a few special things that you want to add or highlight and keep the rest simple.”
Photographer: Liz Grogan Photography
Hair Stylist: Face Forward
Dress Store: J Majors Bridal
Caterer: 1618 ON LOCATION
Floral Designer: ABBA Design
Linens and Coverings: Southern Event Rental
Event Venue: The Barn at Summerfield Farms
Design and Decor: The Prettiest Pieces