Rustic Classic Weddings
An Earthy Yet Elegant Rustic Wedding at Rigmor House
REBEKAH SENTER PHOTOGRAPHY
Envisioning a wildly romantic wedding ceremony, inspired by nature, Jenn & Teague set about planning a woodland celebration within the grounds of their venue Rigmor House, with robust greenery parts and little touches of Celtic tradition throughout as a nod to the couples ancestral roots. In fact virtually 2 years of planning couldn’t stop mom nature from having different ideas! So when the heavens opened the surface was introduced in with a greenery crammed ceremony, before the area was reworked for a chic afternoon tea reception (complete with willow sample china)…..
“We needed our wedding ceremony to really feel earthy, but in addition elegant. Impressed by our engagement stroll along the Eno River, we picked colors and feelings that, for us, evoked taking a woodland stroll along the river at dusk. So we picked a palette of greens, blue-lavenders, and greys, with accents of coppery rose gold. These colours felt even more applicable, as green is Jenn’s favourite shade and blue is Teague’s favorite colour—so it felt like the 2 colors have been representing us both.
We picked coppery rose gold as our accent colour, as it is warm and felt applicable provided that we have been getting married near midsummer / Summer time Solstice. Paradoxically, rose gold turned highly regarded as we have been planning the wedding—so its rising reputation made it a lot simpler to seek out gadgets in that metallic. We used copper and rose gold in issues like our rose gold & mercury cake stand from BHLDN, copper lights to embellish the venue lobby, favor labels, rose gold jewellery and copper tie clip presents, copper food label holders for the buffet table, rose gold pennants which we hung in a few of the windows, a copper tray that our invitation suite was displayed on, copper ginko leaf metallic tray that our wedding ceremony bands have been displayed on, and so forth.
Situated on personal land, with fields and woodlands surrounding it, we selected Rigmor House primarily because it provided the right area for us to have the marriage outdoors (although that didn’t end up occurring) — we liked how quiet and secluded the venue is. The Rigmor House was also a really perfect selection due to all the extra visitor bedrooms on the second flooring that we have been capable of supply free of charge to our out-of-town visitors. As Teague is from Seattle and lots of of his shut associates nonetheless stay there, it was really essential to us that we provide out-of-town visitors with a place to stay.”
“I wanted to wear the wedding gown that my mother and maternal grandmother wore for their weddings. However, the gown did not survive the test of time very well, so I decided to look for a dress that was as close to their dress as possible. I knew I wanted something formal and traditional—with lace neck and sleeves, a long train, and lots of bead work. I looked all over for the right dress—tried out several boutiques in my area, as well as Seattle and DC, BHLDN, local wedding thrift stores, etc. It was actually quite challenging to find my dress and took me about 14 months of regular hunting. On my second try at David’s Bridal I found the dress I was looking for! It was an Oleg Cassini off-the-shoulder lace A-line wedding dress, which was a close match to my mother and grandmother’s dress. Plus, my dress had pockets (can’t get better than that)!”
“Given our “wild romantic” nature theme, certainly one of our prime priorities, in addition to a photographer and wedding ceremony coordinator, was to give attention to finding a implausible florist. We have been blown away by Caroline, of Caroline Ruth Design, design proposal—she nailed precisely what we had envisioned! She designed and put collectively so many important features of the wedding décor: our bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres, the flower crown for the flower woman, greenery for the wedding cake decorations, trailing greenery with clustered florals for our wedding ceremony ceremony arbor, ceremony aisle arrangements, floral-greenery swags over the doorways, a special installment of greenery wreaths that have been hung behind the cake display, table centerpieces in addition to a head desk centerpiece, and hanging greenery wreaths above each reception table (and because we ended up having the ceremony inside resulting from rain, the hanging greenery wreaths additionally hung over the pews).
For the florals, we have been impressed by the romantic, slightly unruly vibes of English country gardens: greenery heavy with a lot of hand-picked wild flowers – in hues of whites, lavender blues, and sage inexperienced. For the primary focal flowers, our florist Caroline and I chose garden roses, anemone, ranunculus, candy pea, thistle, foxglove, and clematis to provide that wild garden really feel. Backyard roses, anemone, ranunculus, and clematis present beautiful massive blooms—I really like their delicate look. Candy peas and foxglove—I really like growing them in my very own backyard—and Caroline included them as a result of they’re two of my favourite flowers. Thistle was an ideal addition to include also due to the thistle flower’s gentle grey-blue shade and in addition its affiliation with Celtic moorlands. These florals have been used in my bouquet but in addition in the bridesmaid bouquets and reception desk centerpieces.”
“Along the nature theme, we originally envisioned the ceremony outside against a woodland treeline at Rigmor House, but it rained on our wedding day, so we did our best to bring some of the outdoors in.”
“We selected to do the reception in a British afternoon tea fashion, as we love having afternoon tea and needed to share it with our household and associates! Jenn used to stay within the UK when she studied trendy and medieval Welsh (Celtic) literature and language at Bangor University in North Wales. Because of Jenn’s love of Celtic history (she’s a redhead in any case!), we also integrated little touches of Welsh, Irish, and Scottish traditions into our wedding ceremony day and décor.
For the afternoon tea dishes and cutlery, we have been very lucky to have Southern Classic Desk within the Chapel Hill area. Shelly, the owner, offered us with a stunning array of blue-and-white plates and porcelain tea sets, silver-plated cutlery, and other key serviceware gadgets we would have liked for our afternoon tea reception. She even helped with dressing the tables and wow, the top end result was more beautiful than I imagined!”
“We gave out several favors. As the reception was a formal British afternoon tea, we gave out bags of the wedding tea blend we made ourselves and served at the tea as mementos so that guests could enjoy the wedding tea again later. It was an earl grey tea as the base, with lemon peel and lavender mixed in to present a delicate citrus-floral flavor. Jenn purchased the loose tea from Southern Season in Chapel Hill, NC and Teague’s mother embroidered little gift bags to hold the tea bags. Each gift bag had a uniquely embroidered floral pattern, including beadwork, ribbon, and metal embroidery, with a copper Celtic heart pendant added to each bag.”
“Our wedding cake was a lemon cake with layers separated with lemon curd and cream cheese frosting, and a white buttercream on the outside in a ripple pattern, decorated with greenery that our florist provided. It was SO delicious and the lemon was the perfect flavor to counterbalance the midsummer heat. We served the cake with fresh local blueberries tossed in sugar.”
“Succulent plants. In keeping with the natural/earthy theme, we also gave out succulent plants. We wanted guests to have something that would last long after the wedding day itself and that represented the way love can be nurtured and grown. Teague’s mother also made little plant labels to go in each one – a wooden heart with Celtic knotwork on the front and our names and wedding date woodburned into the back, hanging from a copper stake.”
Pearls of wedding ceremony knowledge from the bride….
- Provide you with your wedding ceremony day must-haves in a rank order listing and plan your finances accordingly. Figuring out what your priorities are really may also help with planning and cash. Wanting again, we’re really glad we prioritized the things we did. When it comes to distributors, the photographer and wedding ceremony planner or coordinator are important and may make all of the difference in your wedding ceremony day. Also hunt down distributors early based mostly on your precedence. For example, as we knew a superb photographer was at the top of our listing, one of the first issues we did was attain out to Boots.
- In case you are dreaming up and planning some, most, or all the wedding ceremony yourself, start early. The more you’re DIYing, the earlier it is best to begin. We had about 20 months for planning between engagement to wedding ceremony, and I feel extra time would have been excellent. However we’re both early profession scientists and have intense work weeks, plus work most weekends, so we actually needed to carve out time to plan.
- Even in case you are planning most or all your wedding ceremony your self, we consider a wedding coordinator must be at the highest of each couple’s record of wedding ceremony priorities. Erica was past crucial. She helped with further planning and vendor identification, helped us work out one of the best methods to materialize a few of the harder elements of our wedding ceremony decorations and vision, considered details we had ignored, and oversaw the nitty-gritty organization of the day itself. Her professional insight was invaluable and I recommend that everybody should get the professional help of a marriage planner or coordinator like Erica, even in case you are on a price range or DIY much of your wedding ceremony like we did. And maybe most importantly—it was the most effective feelings on the earth to be able to simply concentrate on each other and our big day, understanding that Erica had all the things well-organized and in hand.
- Be certain you’ve wet day alternate plans you’re keen on. It rained so much all through our wedding ceremony and although it was disappointing to not have our outside wedding ceremony amongst the timber like we had originally planned, we have been really completely satisfied we had a great alternate indoor venue plan. This was additionally something that we wouldn’t have pulled off properly without Erica’s help. She utterly took charge of updating the last-minute plans with distributors, got here up with an indoor ceremony décor plan, and ensured the indoor ceremony area was “flipped” into the afternoon tea reception set-up, with out it delaying our schedule. With out her at the helm, the rain would have prompted main stress. We are so glad we had Erica there!
- Catering or wait employees are value it. We did principally self-catering ourselves for the afternoon tea reception. Apart from the afternoon tea scones and wedding ceremony cake, every part else we obtained in bulk from Costco or ready ourselves. The spread of meals was delicious and dainty—exactly like a proper afternoon tea. But we utterly underestimated how a lot work it will be to organize all the food. We selected meals that might be served chilly, since we didn’t need to wrestle with preserving meals scorching or having someone prepare meals in the oven through the ceremony itself—plus in the summer, chilly food for a day tea is extra applicable! Nevertheless, shopping for meals in bulk from Costco meant somebody needed to chop up all of the greens for the vegetable platter, organize all of the cheese and fruit and salamis into a phenomenal charcuterie unfold, somebody to assemble the combined inexperienced salad, make the cucumber sandwiches, and so on. and so on. We did some meals preparation the day earlier than, but in the long run, a number of shut pals staying at the wedding venue ended up working the morning before our wedding ceremony (that afternoon) chopping, assembling, and arranging. We are extremely grateful for a way exhausting our buddies worked, however we additionally hadn’t meant for the meals to be as much work because it was. In future, even for relatively simple meals spreads, we advocate couples discover a native caterer or somebody they will hire who might be answerable for meals preparation and display.
Tell us a bit about your photographer….
“When we first sat down to plan our wedding, we started by making a list of what we wanted most for the wedding. We both immediately agreed that our wedding photos, as a way of preserving memories of the day, was one of our top priorities. One of Teague’s colleagues was friends with Rebekah, of Rebekah Senter Photography and recommended her to us—and wow! We were so impressed by her particular eye for details, her organic, earthy approach which fit with our wedding “feeling”—and in addition the softness of her portraits. She is extremely gifted and we both knew immediately we needed to work together with her! We cherish the images that she took, both for our engagement and for the marriage—it means so much to have a tangible means (i.e., pictures) to help us relive and keep in mind this particular time in our lives.”
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How beautiful is all of that greenery? Big congratulations to the glad couple Jenn & Teague, and an enormous thankyou to them as well as their fantastic photographer Rebekah Senter for allowing me to share their lovely day with you. When you love Rebekah’s images and want to see more of her work head over to her web site rebekahsenter.com and make sure to comply with her on Instagram and Facebook.
Or in case you love the timeless romance of this wedding ceremony, and are on the lookout for extra inspiration on your personal massive day, then you definitely may need to see Alex & Ian’s wedding ceremony at Salisbury House, or Alex & Amanda’s romantic celebration within the mountains of North Carolina! And you’ll love Matt & Kelly’s greenery crammed affair at the Chandelier Ballroom!
Contributors & Credits
Images – Rebekah Senter Images || Ceremony & Reception Venue – The Rigmor House || Occasion Planning – Folie à Deux Events || Floral Design – Caroline Ruth Design || Stationery – Minted || Wax Seal – Venus Envy Paper || Ceremony Harpist – Marilyn Wienand || Hair & Make-up – WINK Hair & Makeup || Wedding Gown – Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal || Bride’s Footwear – BHLDN || Veil & Headpiece – Anna Marguerite || Earrings – BHLDN || Groom’s Go well with – Black Lapel || Groom’s Tie – BHLDN || Groom’s Footwear – Joseph A. Bank || Bridesmaids Clothes – David’s Bridal || Wedding Cake – Sugarland, Chapel Hill, NC || Catering – Weaver Road Market in Carrboro, NC || Furnishings Rentals – Previous South Vintage Leases || Pew Rentals – Carolina Rustic Leases || Linens & Tableware – Southern Classic Desk || Reception Music – Elegant Ensembles || Lighting – K2 Productions || Tea – Southern Season || Succulents – The Succulent Source || Marriage Certificate -|| Silk Ribbons & Papers – Silk & Willow || Drape Material – Material Wholesale Direct || Further Décor Gadgets – BHLDN, Anthropologie & Etsy.