When deciding on the theme of their wedding, Elizabeth and Sam wanted to create a fun wedding to match both their love and their personalities. They gave their vendor team the creative freedom to make their wedding truly unique. The result was a stunning festival themed wedding.
In collaboration with their wedding planner Honey + Thyme Events, they created an eclectic art-inspired festival wedding with a Ferris wheel, a caricature artist, and a campfire totem pole. Plus, hosting their wedding at Elizabeth’s childhood home made it all the more special.
Honey + Thyme Events’ Thoughts On The Festival Themed Wedding
We used collaborative design boards in the planning process and scheduled dozens of detailed meetings and walk-throughs. We wanted the entire day to feel like a big festival of love. Guests arrived on a trolley to a spacious, private estate. The layout was sprawling and overlooked a pond that reflected the festival lights once the sunset. From the custom cocktail mugs served out of a vintage trailer and the eight-foot dessert wall with a variety of sweets to the caricature artist and campfire totem pole, this was a day we’ll remember forever!
Keep scrolling to see this colorful and fabulous art-inspired festival wedding as captured by Stephanie Bailey Photography.
Elizabeth and Sam
Mint Hill, North Carolina, USA
Sleek black and white attire, disco balls, and a dramatic reception outfit change—everything about this elegant winter wedding is stunningly epic. With the help of wedding planner Bubbly Events, Cassidy and Keenan we’re able to bring their dream reception to life after an intimate ceremony months before. Talk about the best of both worlds.
Wrightsville Manor—a historic venue located in North Carolina—created an enchanting atmosphere. It was complete with towering oak trees draped in twinkle lights and a cozy fireplace lined with floral arrangements by Designs by Dillon. To add a pop of color to their black and white fashion, this couple incorporated soft pink and yellow florals in the bouquet, along the fireplace mantle, and on the candle lit reception table.
This cozy celebration is packed with inspiration that couples will want to use as influence for their own chilly winter weddings. Don’t believe us? We’ll let these images from The Family Films speak for themselves. But make sure to have your Pinterest boards ready. We guarantee you’ll want to revisit these unique ideas.
Cassidy and Keenan
Wilmington, North Carolina
Family Involvement Makes For a Personalized Day
My brother in law officiated our ceremony and he made it incredibly personal. He’s like a brother to me and very close with my husband so it was an honor to have him up there on our wedding day. We also had my dad do our communion which was an intimate moment to share together. Including our family during our ceremony was really important to us and helped make it feel more personal.
Watching Your Dream Become A Reality
We’re proud of the way the design came together. From disco balls to table settings, to the hanging tinsel, to my glitter pant suit—it just felt like us. We knew we wanted disco balls hanging in the clear tent for dancing but worked really hard to pull that detail into the ceremony and dinner while still trying to keep a romantic, elevated feeling. Overall the whole day was so aesthetically pleasing and while attention to detail drove us crazy some days, it paid off on the wedding day. We know weddings are about so much more than the design but watching your vision come to life is so special. Our talented wedding vendors really took our ideas and made it happen. They worked so hard for us and it definitely didn’t go unnoticed.
A Postponed Reception That Didn’t Disappoint
We didn’t really know what to expect for this “second” wedding. We didn’t think anything could top our intimate ceremony in March, but boy were we wrong! The most memorable part of the day was how overwhelming it all was—in a good way. We felt so loved by our friends, family, and vendors. It was really intimate still but we had the time of our lives. Everyone knew everyone and the day was full of emotion.
Our photographer is so special to us. We consider her family. This was our second wedding because of COVID and in March after we had to postpone everything, we decided to still get married at the beach with our immediate families. Our photographer offered to come in March so that we could have those memories on camera, which meant the world to us. By the time December came around Beks and her sister Anna (our videographer) just felt like family to all of us. Keenan and I felt so comfortable in front of them and their presence is truly such a gift to their couples.
Plan A Day That Authentically Celebrates You
I think my biggest piece of advice would be have a little fun with it! Don’t be afraid to do something you haven’t seen before. I think people thought I was crazy when I told them my idea, but disco balls brought me joy and my mom and I had so much fun envisioning the day together. It just doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks—if your dream day is disco balls and tinsel (like mine was) then just go for it!
A Surprise That Made This Elegant Winter Wedding Special
Since this was a COVID wedding a lot of our family members couldn’t be there. My sisters surprised us with a slideshow of videos from all of our favorite people who couldn’t be there. They wished us well and toasted with us. There wasn’t a dry eye for that portion of the day.
Dancing Under The Stars And Disco Balls
We danced for hours under a clear tent, with these beautiful hanging disco balls. It just felt like a dream. Everyone who was there was simply so happy to be together and were genuinely excited to finally get to celebrate Keenan and me so it felt really special.
Congratulations to Cassidy and Keenan on their elegant winter wedding. And big thanks to photographer The Family Films for preserving these intimate wedding day moments that’ll be cherished by this couple forever.
Cassidy and Keenan’s main piece of advice was to not “be afraid to do something you haven’t seen before” and we couldn’t agree more. If you’re wanting a wedding that’s unlike any other, we’re here to help. Kickstart your wedding planning process by checking out this guide for planning a unique wedding.
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Surprisingly Glam Courthouse Wedding
Having a glam courthouse wedding is no easy feat, but Logan and Eddie did it beautifully. They didn’t want to wait any longer to get married—not even the rain could stop their love. To make their love story official, they decided on having a civil ceremony now and a huge party later.
Thanks to event planner Honey + Thyme Events, they made the most of their courthouse wedding by incorporating wedding traditions, unique personal touches, and gorgeous wedding day fashion. Logan wore a puffy-sleeved mini dress with pearls, low heels, and a simple pink rose bouquet while Eddie wore a tan suit with brown loafers. Scroll down to see more of this gorgeously glam courthouse wedding captured by Jessi Lancaster.
Logan and Eddie
Mecklenburg County Courthouse, Charlotte, North Carolina
Why A Glam Courthouse Wedding?
We chose the courthouse because we knew we wanted a location that represented Charlotte, our new home, and the place Eddie proposed. It didn’t hurt that our courthouse has beautiful architectural details and colors that perfectly tied into my overall vision for our wedding day celebration next year. We would go on walks around the city and I would always admire the columns and quotes etched into the building—it was a perfect fit.
The Groom’s Most Memorable Moment
The rain was pretty memorable in a good way. It made everything reflective and cool. It also meant we had to stay close to each other under the umbrella, which I loved.
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Weddings are all about celebrating love for one another in a place that is meaningful to you as a couple. That’s why Caitlin and David settled on a Moore Cove Falls wedding to celebrate their love. The two always loved the mountains, so they figured why not tie the knot in the middle of a national forest with nature as their incredible backdrop? With the help of planner Elope Asheville, they said “I do” surrounded by their loved ones, their furry friend Phenix, and the gentle sounds of the waterfall.
While we could talk about how special the intimate celebration was, we love what photographers—and Junebug members–The Stewarts Roam had to say about the couple and the love-filled day.
The Stewarts Roam’s Take On The Day
These two chose Moore Cove Falls for their special day and exchanged their vows on the rocks, right beneath the breathtaking falls. It was a killer spot, and we couldn’t have pictured a more beautiful scene for this special couple.
We fell in love with David and Caitlin’s generous spirits and knew our personalities would suit their day well. We were completely honored by the number of times David and Caitlin told us that they trusted us and wanted our vision and artistic styles to guide their day. And we were beyond happy to oblige! When a couple gives us that much creative freedom to truly document their day to the best of our ability, we know that we’re working with the right people. David and Caitlin are two absolutely wonderful people.
We loved getting to know these two and getting to witness their love for one another. Another very special addition to this awesome day was their gorgeous dog, Phenix. He kept a close watch over his humans and added a gentle, calming presence.
Caitlin and David
Moore Cove Falls, North Carolina
Incorporating Nature At A Moore Cove Falls Wedding
We wanted something small, intimate, and in the mountains—we love the mountains. Moore Cove Falls was the perfect place–a quiet waterfall within the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. The rest fell into place. Nature doesn’t need many decorations. It does all the work for you with its beauty. With the sun shining on a warm autumn day, our vibe was set. Our closest family wore deep reds and navy to match the groom–including our husky, Phenix, who sported a rose-covered leash and formal bandana–and I carried matching flowers. The waterfall served as our music.
Personalizing The Day With A Pet
We had our dog Phenix join our special day. You could say he was one of the best men! We think he knew his mom and dad were getting married because he was just such a good and happy boy all day.
Honoring The Bride’s Father
I tied my dad’s wedding ring around my bouquet. He passed away five years ago, and I felt like he was walking with me throughout the day by keeping his own band close to mine.
What It’s Like Working With A Junebug Member
Our photographers–The Stewarts Roam–were the best! They are such a fun couple who create magical photos of natural moments. They captured who we are as a couple within every shot throughout the day. Our whole essence is in these photos. We had such a fun time, too, talking and laughing and getting to become friends throughout the day.
Congratulations again to Caitlin and David on their Moore Cove Falls wedding! We’re so thankful that Junebug members The Stewarts Roam were there to capture the magic of the day. To see more of their work, check out their profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the world!
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What do you get when you combine the countryside of Raleigh with a love for music? A stunning wedding full of dancing. That’s exactly what Renée and Lou had at their music-inspired wedding at The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve. With the help of planner Magnolia and Grace Events, the couple created a day full of dusty blue accents–a nod to Renée’s late mother—large warm color floral arrangements from Meristem Floral, and homemade touches–like the music album guestbook.
The couple faced many hardships while planning the day–from Renée’s parents both passing a little over a month before their special day to Lou’s mother passing earlier in the same year. Although it was one of the most challenging times in their lives, they proved love prevails.
Thankfully, Morning Wild Photography was there to capture every heartfelt moment, and we’re so glad we get to share this special day. Keep scrolling to see the romantically retro affair!
Renée and Lou
The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve, Raleigh, North Carolina
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Remembering Those Who Have Passed
One moment before the ceremony that stands out was when my Maid of Honor–a lifelong friend from home–helped me into my dress. My mom and dad had both passed away just months before the wedding. As a little girl, I dreamt of my wedding day. I thought of the dress, the flowers, the food, the cake, the music, the man I would marry. All while picturing the jewelry my mom would put on me as I was getting ready. I pictured her zipping up my gown and buckling the straps of my shoes while she gave me the kind of advice only a mom could give. It meant so much to have my MOH zip up my dress, and it brought me to tears to realize just how much love we share as friends. Then when the rest of my bridesmaids saw me for the first time and cried, I just felt so surrounded by love.
Why The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve
We fell in love with The Meadows as soon as we drove onto the property. I discovered it on Instagram, and it ended up being only a 10-minute drive from our house. We loved that it was tucked away near a horse farm, but still a quick drive to the heart of downtown Raleigh. We had seen a couple of other venues before, and they were beautiful, but they just didn’t feel like us. The Meadows was a beautiful blank slate that we could turn into whatever we dreamt of, and the vibe felt right. The owners were always experimenting and adding to the property and made it feel truly unique with vintage pieces and beautiful landscaping.
Personalizing The Ceremony
We wrote our own vows and did a wine box ceremony–suggested by Reverend Ed, who married us. It involved us writing letters to each other that we put in the box–along with a bottle of nice red wine–that we’ll open on our first anniversary. We’ll share the bottle of wine and read the letters to each other. We plan to do this on every anniversary–we’ll add a new bottle of wine and write new notes. We also had a candle lit for my parents, who had passed away, and my mother-in-law, who also passed away earlier in the year.
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Incorporating The Bride’s Mother’s Favorite Color
My husband and I have always loved blues, so that was just a given for us. And I love robin’s egg blue, particularly because it was one of my mom’s favorite colors, and the kitchen sink in my parents’ kitchen growing up was robin’s egg blue.
Congratulations again to Renée and Lou on their music-inspired wedding at The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve. We’re so glad that Morning Wild Photography was there to capture it. If you’re planning your own outdoor nuptials, check out these ten outdoor wedding color palettes.
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