It’s MY BIRTHDAY, y’all! And what’s a North Carolina gal to do on her birthday but feature a stunning North Carolina wedding celebration? Ally and Zac’s purple farm wedding day is full of the tiniest and most amazing details any Southern bride is sure to love! –A.
Ally shares, “Our day was absolutely perfect! There is nothing in the world like walking down the aisle, the people you love most on either side of you, and finally staring into the eyes of the love of your life, while the two of you become one! From the bright summer sun that was shining down on us as we set up for the ceremony, to the rainstorm that soaked us from head to toe in the middle of our vows, the day was no less than a dream. We decided to get married on my (the bride’s) parents’ farm, the house where I grew up. Getting married where so many of my childhood memories were added so much warmth to the day. Right when the ceremony was supposed to begin, a huge storm rolled over the farm, bringing everyone to huddle on the back porch of the house to stay dry! The clouds finally cleared, only to greet us again right after I had walked down the aisle. With much laughter (and bare feet!) the entire party ran under the tent to finish the ceremony. With Zac (my groom) in the military, we both had a large stack of love letters from the past two years, which we both brought and mixed together to unify the two of us being apart and finally coming together forever. The vintage and colorful style of the ceremony and reception were just what we had dreamed of for the wedding, bringing out both of our personalities in every way. Birds, burlap, bunting, wood, and twine could be seen all around, along with bright lavenders, yellows, mint greens, peaches and splashes of blue to decorate the area. Our photographers seemed familiar with our style, and couldn’t have been a more fun, helpful, and perfect couple to capture the most special moments of our celebration. Wildflowers in mason jars were everywhere for our very untraditional day, as we read our lifetime promises to one another in front of the crowd of 150+ guests. The rest of the night was spent under a huge tent lit with a golden glow of string lights, with a number of people on the dance floor, and the rest lingering around the delicious food stations! Zac and I had fallen in love on stage two years before as Tony and Maria in our local theater’s production of “West Side Story.” Right before our grand exit, I changed from my dream wedding gown into my vintage off-white lace dress, which I wore on stage as we met for our fist kiss. It was one big party, which is exactly what we had hoped it would be, ending with sparklers, fireworks, and lots of smiles. One thing’s for sure, July 6th, 2013 is an evening that we will remember for the rest of our lives!”
How did you fall in love… become engaged? Share your story with us!
My husband and I were friends for three years before we fell in love. We did theater together in high school, and in our senior year, we auditioned for “West Side Story.” We were cast as the leading roles of Tony and Maria. Well, with this show being a passionate love story, we fell head over heels for each other, on stage and off! A year later, Zachary joined the military, making our story even more surreal, with romantic love letters back and forth for months! He came home for Christmas, surprising me with a stunning ring and a heartfelt proposal. Coming up on six months of marriage… and we couldn’t be happier!
What inspired your wedding?
I grew up on a farm, and after touring venue after venue, my heart kept leading me back home. So we got married on our land behind the house, in front of our pond. Lucky for us, farm weddings are the huge trend these days, and I’ve always had a heart for rustic and vintage elegance. Through Pinterest, Etsy, and shopping in an old general store in Downtown Salisbury, NC, my dream wedding came to life.
What colors, themes, and handmade elements did you include on your wedding day?
My color scheme was pastel colors, with a focus on lavender. My sister is brilliantly talented, and was able to hand-make our save-the-dates, invitations, bunting for our food tables, and the arch we got married under… all I did was pick out the materials, and we based all of our other decorations of of those. I also just walked around my house and collected any vintage items that my parents had kept from their parents and grandparents, including an old clock, rustic books, a mint green vintage suitcase, and lots more.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Honestly, the whole day was magical, so I’m not sure if I can choose one single part of the day. Even from waking up in the morning and realizing it was my wedding day…all of it was special.
What do you love most about weddings in the South?
What don’t I love about weddings in the South? Bright colors, sunshine (even though we had a downpour in the middle of our ceremony!), lemonade, ﬂowers, and good old country charm!
What advice do you have for future brides?
Enjoy EVERY second. Cherish everything… from being engaged to each minute of the wedding day itself. It goes by way too quickly, so pay attention to everything so you can relive it in your memories later!
Ceremony & Reception Venue: L’abri at Linwood | Wedding Dress: New York Bride and Groom | Bridesmaid Dresses: www.forhimandforher.com | Tent, Tables, Chair Rentals: The Tent Rental Company | Linens: www.linentablecloth.com | Catering: The Iron Hen | Photography: Feather & Twine Photography