Of all the seasons in which to marry, I’m quite partial to winter. If you’re a long-time follower of FYB you’ll know the reason is because my husband and I were married in December, nearly eight years ago. Yes, I’m a sucker when it comes to a fabulous winter soiree like Cassandra and Richard’s, and with photography by Krystal Kast Photographers, who could blame me?
How did you meet? I was having a post-shift drink at the tavern that I used to work at in Apex when Richard sat one barstool down from me. I was slightly annoyed, as the bar was empty — I wasn’t in the mood for small talk. Richard began speaking to me, though, and I was pleasantly surprised by his English accent! Jokes and witty banter commenced. Suddenly, the restaurant was overwhelmed by a surprise dinner rush and my boss asked me to help out by picking up a few tables. Richard politely hung around, awaiting my return. After some time, though, it was clear that I would be stuck working for a couple of hours. At one point, I remember looking at where Richard had been sitting and seeing an empty barstool. He had left. We had only exchanged names. A couple of weeks later, he returned to the tavern and eventually asked for my phone number and then asked me out on a date!
How did you get engaged? For our first Valentine’s Day as a couple, Richard took me to Fearrington Village for an overnight stay. The entire thing was a complete surprise. He told me what to pack but refused to give any hints about where we were headed. During the drive from Apex to Fearrington (practically a straight shot down US-64), he figured that I would catch on. I was clueless, though. Despite growing up in the Triangle, I had never heard of Fearrington Village! During the drive, it began snowing. It was truly the most beautiful sight as light snow patches began collecting in the gardens. Richard told me all about the things that Fearrington Village had to offer. He had booked us a couple’s massage and an elegant dinner at The Fearrington House Restaurant. Fast-forward about 7 months later… Fearrington had become our go-to hangout on sunny weekend afternoons. One day in September of 2013, we enjoyed an afternoon of photographing the gardens, drinking a few beers at The Roost, and eating dinner at The Granary. On that clear evening, Richard proposed in an empty Fearrington Village parking lot under the twinkling lights strung up in the trees. I loved how intimate the proposal was! It was clear to both of us that Fearrington Village had become “our place” — we settled on a date and booked our wedding right away!
Describe your wedding day vision: As far as the ceremony goes, Richard and I really wanted to show off our relationship and how it has grown over the years. We are not religious, so finding the right officiant was very important to us. When we found Han Hills, we knew that he was our guy! Han is a humanist celebrant who performs various types of ceremonies, including non-religious ones. Our ceremony was exactly what we had hoped for: a story of us. For the reception, we incorporated a few old-world themes — ranging from vintage champagne coupes to plenty of Tony Bennett music. I’m pretty obsessed with music from the ’50s and ’60s. Those old “crooners”, as they are often called. Richard and I wanted to incorporate our love of jazz and swing into the entire evening. As our wedding was only a few days after Christmas, we found an elegant way to incorporate “holiday” colors throughout the entire day. Bouquets were wrapped in sparkly gold ribbon, the bridesmaids donned flowing hunter green dresses, picture frames displayed during the reception were painted gold, and we gave away s’mores packages to our guests as they departed! A classic winter treat!
Wedding day highlights: Richard is originally from England, so having his family join us from “across the pond” was so special. Seeing our families meet for the first time (yep!) and celebrate together was the absolute best wedding gift. The jokes and cultural differences make for some great laughs, too!After having Fearrington Village as the backdrop for our proposal, we wanted to continue to experience the fairytale that the village was so clearly creating for us. As Fearrington is an elegant, but relaxed, southern community modeled after small English hamlets, it seemed fitting to have our wedding in a place that represented both of us and our families. We wanted our guests to feel “at home” and surrounded by a beautiful setting, even during the winter season! From the gardens and fields to the inn rooms and winding brick pathways… Fearrington had everything that we wanted. It was like a dream.
Anything you want to add about your wedding story? To everyone who helped us make our wedding dreams come — thank you. I wish that we could do it again every day, and I wouldn’t change a thing. We are so excited to thaw our amazing cake leftovers in December! Who knows, we just may be spending our anniversary at Fearrington…
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Photographer: Krystal Kast Photographers // Cake Designer: Fearrington Cakes // Floral Designer: Fearrington Flowers // Caterer: Fearrington House // Event Planner: Gilda McDaniels // Event Designer: Gilda McDaniels // Caterer: The Fearrington // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: BLACK by Vera Wang // Etsy Designer: Bleudetoi // Musicians: Elegant Ensembles // Reception Venue: Fearrington Village // Etsy Designer: Glass Blasted Weddings // Invitation Designer: Hello Tenfold // Jewelry: Holland’s Jewelers // Dress Store: Maggi Bridal // DJ: Mark McNally of Joe Bunn DJ Company // Invitation Designer: Minted // Apparel: Silk and More on Etsy // Hair Stylist: UPDO’s studio // Submitted via Two Bright Lights
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