During the summer of 2012, Erin & Chris met while they were both college interns for a company in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was not love at first sight, but through a series of fortunate events, they found careers placing them a mile from each other. They met for happy hour two years after their first date and have been with each other every day since.
Erin & Chris said their I Do’s on October 17, 2015 outside of the bride’s beautiful family farm. Erin & Chris wanted to keep the natural elements of the farm as included in the wedding decor as possible. They used a lot of wood with a natural color palette with hints of gold for a romantic touch. There were heirloom pieces of furniture at the ceremony to hold programs and a guest book, and a piece at the reception to hold the sparklers for the sparkler sendoff.
A simple wooden arbor was placed at the ceremony site decorated with grapevines and white flowers left over from the centerpieces. Simple white lights were placed through branches to create a simple and sweet statement. There were two church pews and several hay bales set around a fire pit for guests to enjoy during the reception!
The proposal was a heartwarming, romantic experience for Erin and Chris. Chris hired photographers (soon to be their wedding photographers, Tiffany L. Johnson Photography + Design!) to hide out and shoot the proposal, which was planned during sunrise. Chris took Erin to Dunkin’ Donuts to get coffee, and told her they were going on a sunrise walk at a park in Raleigh. As they got closer to the lake, Erin saw a picnic blanket, a vase of flowers, a card, and music playing just for them near the water. Chris gave Erin the card, and got down on one knee. Erin jumped for joy! The photographers got out of hiding and took more photos of the newly engaged couple.
From the bride: “I was indecisive about whether or not Chris should see me before the ceremony so I let him decide what he would rather do. Without a second of hesitation he insisted we see each other beforehand. I am so happy and grateful we had a First Look. It was the most intimate and treasured time of our entire wedding day. We were both nervous and seeing each other took all the butterflies away. I’ve only seen Chris cry once and that was when he saw me as his bride. It was almost simultaneous as we both explained how excited and blessed we were and couldn’t believe we were about to start our forever. We prayed over each other and our marriage that we would love one another as Christ loved his church and that we would remember that our marriage and commitment to each other is the most important thing in our lives.”
Photographer | Tiffany L. Johnson Photography & Design
Venue | The Wood Farm
Florist | Laura Wood
DJ | Everything Music
Catering | Clyde Coopers BBQ
Cake Designer | Kim Mayes