August 2016 Archive

The Barn at Summerfield Farm Wedding {Olivia + Scott} | Durham NC Wedding Planner

Olivia and Scott are one of those couples that you meet and instantly know that they are the perfect match for one another. They compliment each other so well and have such a great joy for their relationship. Planning with them both was SO much fun. We meticulously designed every detail to be a reflection of them, their venue, and Olivia’s killer style. And boy, were the details beautiful . But the feeling that I am left with when looking back on the day through Anna Paschal Photography’s lens is the amount of joy, happiness, and love these two have for one another.

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I just love their sweet first look. And can we all take a moment to swoon over Olivia’s dress? The ruffles, the jeweled belt, the sweetheart neckline .. it is definitely why Hayley Paige is a forever favorite of mine.

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The bridal party fashion tied together our preppy meets rustic feel. From the stripes in Olivia’s gown, to the navy jackets the guys sported, to the ruffled collars and bows on the bridesmaid dresses, to the loose and natural bouquets  .. it all tied together beautifully.

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Scott left Olivia the sweetest surprise on her shoes .. a note that she did not notice until their first look.

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Because Olivia and Scott had a private gathering before the ceremony with their close family and friends to sign their ketubah, the majority of the guest list was invited for pre-ceremony cocktails and mingling in the barn where cocktail hour would take place. After some mingling, guests were escorted onto large open air seated trailors and enjoyed a quick ride to the ceremony just up the hill. Once they arrived to the ceremony meadow, guests were greeted with a welcome table featuring wooden accordion fans to keep cool, yarmulkes, and a large calligraphed board that Olivia crafted. The statement piece for the entire ceremony was without a doubt the beautiful chuppah that Olivia’s father and brother constructed featuring a light and airy Swiss dot fabric sewn by Olivia’s mother.

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The traditional Jewish ceremony was set in front of this iconic tree in the meadow at Summerfield Farms. It served for the perfect backdrop for the ceremony and also provided wonderful shade for the guests.

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After the ceremony, guests were given a quick tractor ride through the breathtaking landscape at Summerfield Farms before being dropped off at the barn for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Guests enjoyed tray passed petite ham biscuits and pimento cheese biscuits alongside strawberry sangria and sparkling spiked lemonade. Both perfectly refreshing after a ceremony in the [expected] Southern humidity.

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We could not have asked for more perfect light after the ceremony!

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Dinner and dancing took place in an adjacent pole tent. I love working in a tent .. it gives the perfect crisp, clean backdrop to make any design come to life. For Olivia and Scott, I worked with The Farmer’s Wife to create an elegant meets rustic with a touch of preppy tablescape. Textured ivory linens, mint julep cups filled with blousey blooms, tall and bountiful arrangements in collected urns. Olivia hand crafted all of the wooden table numbers and water color place cards as well as calligraphed all the names and numbers.

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After introductions and some dancing, guests were seated for a delectable dinner of local fare. To start, guests enjoyed an Asian pear salad of mixed greens with crumbled bleu cheese, candied pecans and balsamic vinaigrette followed by a main course of herb rubbed grilled chicken, marinated flank steak with gorgonzola cream, char grilled parmesan and herb crusted corn on the cob, and grilled garlic green beans.

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Why have one cake when you can have three? Maxie B’s created these timeless cakes in strawberry buttercream, mocha, and raspberry lady. All divine and the perfect sweet treat to end the evening.

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Planning + Design: Leigh Pearce Weddings | Photography: Anna Paschal Photography | Venue: Summerfield Farms | Floral Design: The Farmer’s Wife | Catering: Fresh. Local. Good. Food Group | Linens: Party Makers | Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy | Hair + Makeup: Carla White | DJ: K2 Productions | Cake: Maxie B’s