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Cheerful North Carolina Wedding At The Farm

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Virginia and Chris's destination wedding in North Carolina hinted at their love for travel but was mostly about tying the knot and putting down some roots. Their college sparked relationship stood the test of time and distance while both of them moved for work and school. Needless to say these two are ready to settle down and plan their next adventures together.
This lovely southern outdoor wedding took place on the rural estate of The Farm. You really must see more of Virginia and Chris's big day. All sweetly captured by Fete Photography, in the full gallery here.

The Farm Wedding Venue

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groom in gray suit and bow tie

All about The Farm Wedding Venue in North Carolina The Farm Event Center is a very practical North Carolina Wedding venue that provides you with natural charm, convenience to the city, is peaceful, beautiful, flexible, and reasonably priced. Add to all that, adorable cabins and cottages and service you will always be able to count on – you have just found the place of your dreams. With rustic charm, hardwood floors, a huge fireplace and wraparound porches that are designed for use winter and summer.
Imagine declaring your wedding vows at sunset in the gazebo, a romantic spot nestled in the trees with the Western North Carolina mountains as a backdrop and our lawns for your guests to enjoy the serenity. Love it!

blue bridesmaid dresses

blue bridesmaid dresses

spring bridesmaid bouquet

From Fete Photography:The bride, groom, and wedding party all got ready on-site in the venue's cozy, rustic cabins. Virginia and Chris had a first look prior to the ceremony. They both wrote letters to each other and read them before seeing one another.

daisy wedding bouquet

groomsman looks

gray blue and red groomsmen look

rustic first look

The ceremony was a cheerful celebration where guests sat wherever they pleased - there was no "groom side" or "bride side." For the recessional Virginia and Chris dismissed each row one by one. They were able to thank all the guests for coming, and guests congratulated the couple too (there were lots of hugs and smiles!).

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Virginia and Chris both love traveling and especially enjoy visiting National Parks. They incorporated US maps and destinations in the seating chart and guestbook. The guestbook was a variety of illustrated postcards with US cities and National Parks.

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This travel loving couple incorporated their passion into the seating chart. Instead of using traditional stationery they made super cute escort cards and table numbers out of road maps.

travel themed escort wall

reception decor ideas

travel themed table numbers

white milk glass with florals

milk glass and spring florals

go local at your wedding

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From the Bride:I wish I had made it a priority to eat more at the reception. Our caterer was incredible, and once we got the wedding photos back, I realized there were a lot of things I missed that I would have loved to try.

Part of me also wishes we had hired a videographer. Our wedding was pretty intimate, so beyond the budget concerns, my husband and I worried a videographer wouldn't have blended into the celebration well. Now that I see other people's videos though, a part of me wishes I had one of my own!

rustic dessert table

rustic wedding cake

first wedding dance

Read on to see how much this southern outdoor wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: $7250 ($1000 for rentals)
Food & Service: $5,800 (not including alcoholic beverages)
Reception Alcohol: $1,000 (we provided beer & wine)
Officiant: $350
Day of Coordinator: $,1500
Stationary: $650 (including Save the Date Cards, Invitations & Postage)
Paper Goods: $200 (table numbers, place cards, menus, etc. — we printed our own & did a lot with stamps, glue, & maps)
Rings: $1,500
Dress: $700 (with alterations)
Jewelry: $75 (banana republic necklace + J.Crew Factory earrings)
Groom's attire: $200
Flowers: $550 (bouquets + loose flowers for vases & ceremony decorations)
Vases: $100 for 45 (vintage milk glass bought at yard sales/consignment stores)
Photography: $4,100
DJ: $600
Guestbook: $20
Cake: $400
Rehearsal Dinner & Cocktail Reception: $3,000
Decorations: $300 (pillows, table toppers, monogram, letters, etc.)
I think our overall budget with EVERYTHING, including travel, lodging, rings, gifts, Friday night events, etc. came to $28,000. Of that, $3,500 was lodging (my parents rented all of the onsite lodging). We did a lot of the work ourselves, and many of the crafts ourselves. I had a few craft days where I supplied the food, wine, and craft projects, and invited all of my girlfriends over. We also spent more money on the location since we could do all of our furniture rentals through the Farm, as well as a lot of unique decorations (bird cage, candles, turquoise dresser for guest book, outdoor games, shepherd's hooks), for a set price.

ServiceVendor
CatererColorful Palate
CoordinatorEvents by Kiersa
DJBright Light DJ
Dress DesignerGalina | Cake: Mandy Butler | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Shoe Designer: TOMS
FlowersUrban Farm Girl
Guest Book (postcards)Anderson Design Group
HairLola Salon and Gallery
PhotographerFete Photography
VenueThe Farm
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