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And the effortless Southern splendor that is Hannah + Chas’ wedding continues with a down-home potluck reception at Broadacres Farm. Yes, guests did, indeed, bring their favorite dishes to share with the newlyweds! Emily especially loves the authentically handmade quality of H + C’s celebration. Case in point: the three-tiered, bunting-bedecked cake made by a family friend. Sigh. To join her family + friends in some authentic square dancing, the bride changed into a short, vintage frock and sweet Anthropologie cardigan. Again, we say: sigh! Haven’t quite had your fill? Visit Alea Moore’s blog for more!

See all the photos from Hannah + Chas’s wedding in their Real Wedding Gallery!

Describe your wedding flowers: a vendor at our local Farmer’s Market provided buckets of flowers the day of the wedding. Our moms, sisters and girlfriends fashioned bouquets the morning of the wedding.
Describe your wedding cake: I found an adorable wedding cake on Green Wedding Shoes that I felt would fit well with our non-theme theme. We had three simple round cakes set on a cake tier with colorful paper garland and flowers encircling it. My baker is a long time family friend that bakes cakes on the side to save funds for her own daughter’s wedding. She collected local ingredients and whipped up a fabulous dessert.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Juggling finishing my master’s thesis, starting a new job, moving, and planning a wedding in 5 months. We were really nervous about the weather and had the big challenge of planning a wedding for well under $20k. But everything truly turnout out perfectly!!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My favorite memory by far is our first dance. The sun was just beginning to set and cast a warm orange glow over the field and barn. We ran out of time to rehearse a dance, but when the band started to play the waltz, Chas knew exactly what to do and I was happy to follow. I had no idea my dress would twirl out so beautifully but was so excited it did! In that moment it hit me: I just married the most wonderful man in the world and we will have a beautiful life together!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We are blessed to both have found our callings in the professional world as a farmer and lactation consultant and are excited to help as many folks as possible. We now live on the farm where our wedding was held with a beagle, 4 hens, and Elvis the rooster. We look forward to hosting friends and family for more farm dinner potlucks and impromptu dance parties. We are so excited to learn what it means for our generation to farm and live simpler, sustainable lives.

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Okay, if this isn’t a true-blue Southern wedding, I don’t know what is! Hannah + Chas were married in an intimate ceremony at their family property, Broadacres Farm. For her wedding day, Hannah donned a custom Myline replica of the iconic open-back Monique Lhullier “Scarlett” (we think she looks positively statuesque!), and even had her groom’s grandmother’s sixty-year old wedding buttons sewn onto her dress. The bride’s classic Aldo riding boots and her maids’ vintage-inspired frocks (all of their own choosing) lent a sweet, ladylike feel to this North Carolina wedding. To say Emily + I are in love with H + C’s wedding, photographed by the talented Alea Moore, would be an understatement.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Chas and I met as students in Raleigh, NC. He was the classic boy from NCSU, and I was the girl from the all women’s college down the road, Meredith College. We locked eyes on the dance floor of shag night at Red’s. He didn’t know how to dance, but asked me to teach him. I wasn’t deterred by his novice moves. Instead I saw a tall, dark, and handsome man willing to give it a try! I was a hard catch though, and quickly pointed out that he was just a freshman and I was a first year graduate student. Our romance quickly developed over creative dates like quilt making, art gallery hopping, and collecting gifts for a child we sponsored for Christmas. Chas was not the average freshman and confidently pursued me.
Describe the proposal. I am a tricky girl to surprise, but Chas pulled off a sweet proposal at Dawson’s Creek in Pamlico County, NC. I grew up spending summers with my grandparents on the water and Chas honed in on this magical spot. He caught me off guard Easter weekend of 2010. I was told he would spend the holiday with friends in Greensboro. After a day at the beach with family, I drove to my Grandmother’s house where I unexpectedly found Chas with a nervous smile on his face. He dropped to one knee on the sandy bank of Dawson’s Creek in time for a sunset proposal, and I never saw it coming.
Three adjectives that describe the day are: unique, outside-the-box, comfortable
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The music. Folk Psalm played fantastic bluegrass music for us, and even called a square dance! We were also thrilled to have a cellist play during the ceremony, a long time favorite instrument of mine. We were also in love with the “Big Fish”-esqe lighting draped across the field.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? Potluck!! Not traditional for weddings these days, but standard fair for other celebrations. We decided to give it a try, and it was THE best wedding food we, and most of our guests, had ever enjoyed. The bluegrass band, hay bale seating, and use of our old barn and wraparound porch made for a particularly Southern wedding. We had no wedding planner and no big budget. We allowed our family and friends, many of which are talented artists, to provide personal touches.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I had visited nearly every wedding shop between Winston and Raleigh without finding anything I liked. I considered ordering something online or having a custom designer fashion something, but time was running out. Six weeks before the wedding, my mother mentioned one last shop we had not yet visited. The tiny building housed hundreds of beautiful new dresses and Myeline, the owner and master seamstress, helped me find exactly what I wanted. For a very reasonable price, she altered the dress down 4 sizes and it was ready in plenty of time.

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  1. avatar Izzy Hudgins Photography reply

    This wedding encompasses everything I adore about weddings – its so fun and laidback and beautiful and creative and simple but detailed at the same time – LOVE! The photography is fabulous! Great job to everyone involved in this wedding!

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With Halloween over and done, we’ve finally realized it’s fall here in North Carolina. It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is three weeks around the corner and Christmas just a month later, so we wanted to revel in the autumn haze before it’s time for snow + hot chocolate. Daniel Usenko’s French-inspired shoot was just the ticket! With the help of makeup artist Anna Vavilin, model Danielle Lueck looked effortlessly chic in a belted cream frock from Urban Outfitters. Kae of Short and Sweet Design styled the shoot, and Flowerbelle designed the modish bouquet and lush, woodsy centerpieces. We love Anastasia Marie’s clean invite for the intimate table pour deux, but I have to say my favorite detail is the berry-laden buttercream cakes. Yum!

Thanks again for sharing, Daniel!

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