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Whitney + John’s wedding at Claxton Farm was relaxed and naturally beautiful. The flowers, which were grown by a local farmer, were a fresh and lush accompaniment to Whitney’s bridesmaids in J.Crew and to her own simple and elegant Nicole Miller dress. With a couple of flowers in her hair, she was ready to say “I do” to John in a wide open field where their ceremony took place. Whitney + John are convinced that Western North Carolina is one of the most beautiful places on earth and we have to agree — just look at the view their guests took in as the two recited their vows! Big thanks to Oh, Darling! for sharing!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. John and I met while we were both research assistants in a psychology lab at UC Berkeley. John was my supervisor. For the first year we knew each other, we were very professional and very friendly. I thought he was the greatest person – kind, smart, sensitive, and charming. About a year later, our dear friend (and later our officiant!), Sarah asked both of us to help with a research project. Our job was to code videotaped arguments between couples! After a few months of working together, we went on a date.
Describe the proposal. John and our dear friend Sarah planned the proposal. I was in graduate school and living in North Carolina, and John was still in the Bay Area. I flew back to California for my birthday, and John surprised me with a trip to Sonoma to stay at one of our favorite little inns. One night, we went to a delicious dinner and returned to our room to find it transformed. Sarah had followed us to Sonoma and collaborated with the innkeeper to fill our room with roses, candles, chocolate, and our favorite music while we were away. I remember thinking that this was the best birthday of my life and then I turned and realized that John was on one knee!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Genuine, warm, exuberant
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: A few years ago, our very good and very talented friend, Patrick wrote us a song for our wedding (at this point, we had been engaged for a few years). A few weeks before the wedding, he revised it to reflect the ways our relationship had grown. He sang it for us immediately after the ceremony. It was really amazing. We also loved our invitations. We took a photo of Claxton Farm and sent it to Hello! Lucky in San Francisco and asked her to help us create an invite that incorporated the green hills, the sky and sun, and the barn. The result was beautiful. The sun from the invitation became a decor theme, reflected in the place cards and thank-you cards. We told ourselves that even if it was cloudy on the day of the wedding, we’d have a sunny celebration!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: I found my dress at Lovely Bridal Shop, in NYC. My sister and I converged in the city one weekend several months before the wedding, and I tried on several at this sweet boutique. I put on my Nicole Miller dress and fell in love with it. It had the simplicity and the details that I wanted, and it was (thankfully) well within my budget!

Photographer: Oh, Darling! // Videographer: Brother // Coordinator: Claxton Farm // Venue: Claxton Farm// Florist: Sweet Earth Flower Farm // Wedding Cake Baker: Short Street Cakes // Caterer: M7 Events // Paper Products: Hello! Lucky // Bride’s Dress: Nicole Miller // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Emersonmade // Bride’s Shoes: J.Crew // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew // Accessories: earrings by Katrina Lapenne

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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Luckily for Mary + Greg, the stunning surrounds at Claxton Farm didn’t need much sprucing up to be wedding-ready, but we do love the DIY details they included.  I’m particularly a fan of the faded red and blue bunting, and I can’t get over the clever seating chart or the fact that they topped the evening off with s’mores — yum!  M7 Event Solutions took care of the catering, with Aria Floral putting together the arrangements and Oh, Darling! Photography behind the camera.  Lastly, Mary’s LulaKate dress needs a little shout-out of its own.  Be sure to read below and check out Mary’s Weddingbee archives for more DIY details!
Describe your wedding flowers: Jessica at Aria Floral was simply amazing. Her floral design brought me to actual tears.  Everything was exquisite. Our florals were all local to North Carolina, and included jack in the pulpit, green blueberries, scabiosa pods, oats, hosta lilies, loosestrife, flowering dill, wild grasses, roses, poppy pods, obedient plants, fern fronds, Queen Anne’s lace, peonies, pink yarrow, and lots of moss. Jessica and her team went above and beyond anything we could have imagined. The flowers were incredible.
Describe your wedding cake: Two words: cake buffet! When we visited Short Street Cakes, an amazing cake shop in Asheville that uses only locally-sourced ingredients for their Southern-style cakes, we knew we wouldn’t be satisfied with only one flavor.  We had a two-tier “Strawberry Shortstreet” (a strawberry sour cream poundcake with fresh strawberry cream cheese frosting) for cutting, and six more delicious cakes for our guests to sample: triple chocolate ganache, banana pudding, coconut, blueberry lemon cream, white chocolate raspberry and Mexican chocolate.  Several of the cakes completely disappeared before the Claxton Farm staff could even box up a small piece for us to taste!

What was the most memorable moment about your wedding day? The ceremony. Even though we worked diligently on our wedding details for months, the ceremony – hands down – was the most memorable part of the day.  Being surrounded by love and support from so many people from all facets of our lives was simply indescribable.  Everything else was icing!

Did you write your own vows?  If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We opted for very traditional vows. For us, there was something incredibly powerful in the ritual of repeating the words that so many couples have said before us. 

What’s next for you as a couple?  What are you looking forward to in the future?  I’m hoping to finish my PhD in the next year-and-a-half, and Greg looks forward to settling back into his work as the lead designer at Inside Wisconsin Sports magazine.  And we hope to move back South at some point!

Thanks for sharing, Mary + Greg!  We hope you move back to the South, too!

Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar Laura Reaux reply

    This wedding had so many adorable details! I love it! I’m a s’mores LOVER, too. That is awesome. Ha!

  2. avatar WeddingXpert reply

    Gasp! I’m totally obsessed with the menus and placecards! They’re funky and retro and very, very cool. Me = jealousss!

  3. avatar Melissa reply

    I love all the details to this reception. I love the smores and the sparklers. Everything was just beautiful.

  4. avatar Ring Finger Studio reply

    S’mores, sparklers, and a wedding all in one! How adorable and wonderful!

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This wedding is special for many reasons.  First, it took place at Claxton Farm, a beautiful, beautiful venue in Weaverville, NC that burned down last November.  Impressively, the amazing staff succeeded in rebuilding the barn in time for their summer brides to enjoy it.  Second, this is Mr. and Mrs. Snow’s wedding!  For all of you who are familiar with my slight Weddingbee obsession, you know that this is very exciting for me.  Third, it’s the perfect blue + red wedding to lead us into the Fourth of July weekend!  Mary + Greg asked Oh, Darling! Photography to document their day, and I must say, that was an excellent decision.  Aria Floral provided the beautiful blooms — don’t miss the bouquet tile from SW fave Paloma’s Nest!  More DIY goodness coming your way in part two!

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story.  We met eight years ago on a punk rock community website.  We chatted online, met in person over university spring break and hung out as friends off and on for several months.  We finally started dating in June of 2002 after attending a Piebald concert where Greg interviewed the band for his zine. The rest is history. We usually just tell people we met at a punk rock show!
Describe your Proposal: 
Greg’s proposal was very unique. We knew we would get married since the first summer of punk rock love in 2002, but several significant life events pushed us off the wedding path. In addition to a cross-country move from our beloved North Carolina to blustery Wisconsin for graduate school, Greg battled cancer twice in five years.  (We’re cautiously optimistic we’ll continue to see our favorite words, “All clear,” from here on out).  Needless to say, it felt like tempting fate to plan something so joyous in the face of such difficult times.  Still, on our anniversary, 7 years into a great relationship, we had an amazing discussion about moving our relationship forward and finally making the scary but exciting decision to get married!  We researched and chose the ring together, and I asked for no surprises with its delivery.  We’d had enough surprises in the past four years!  When it arrived a week later, I signed for it and waited patiently until Greg arrived home from work to open it.  After we called our families, we celebrated with friends at a Decemberists concert – our musical courtship come full circle – and found ourselves laughing hysterically at the irony of our first post-engagement date being chock full of songs about love-gone-wrong. Strangely enough, it was a perfect proposal for us.
Three adjectives that describe the day are:
From Greg: Appropriate, specific and relevant.
From Mary: Creative, local and love-filled.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The cohesiveness. Our planning was somewhat fractured due to distance, and we were nervous about our ideas and projects working cohesively when finally put together at our venue, which we’d only seen once, by the way!  Seeing the paper goods, fabric, attire, food and décor come together on the wedding day proved very emotional and rewarding for us.
What was Southern about your wedding?  What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? From the local bluegrass band to the favors containing Cheerwine, Moon Pies, and Texas Pete, our wedding was an homage to our Southern heritage. Being recent transplants to the Midwest, we missed our home state of North Carolina a great deal. Our wedding was a chance to celebrate the cuisine, arts and traditions of the South with our guests who had traveled from fourteen different states.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: As a bride on a budget, I decided to explore alternative bridal options. While visiting Charlotte over the holidays, my mom and I scheduled an appointment at Bella Bridesmaids – they’re phenomenal, by the way.  The shop had a “bridal alternative” version of Lula Kate’s Christy dress in the shop for another potential bride.  I tried it on, and everyone in the shop agreed that it was perfect.  We added a perfect pale pink sash, and the look was complete. I adored my dress!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar WeddingXpert reply

    I’m such a sucker for simplicity! I’m loving that this couple realized the landscape was so beautiful, it didn’t need a lot of frou-frou. Just some pretty parasols :) Can’t wait to see part II!

  2. avatar Becks reply

    So pretty! I’ve been to a rehearsal dinner at Claxton Farm and it is breathtaking.

  3. avatar Mrs. R reply

    Love the dress!! So beautiful and one of a kind!

  4. avatar Ali @ His Birdie’s Nest reply

    What a gorgeous wedding! I love Mary’s dress and the seersucker suits! PERFECTION!

  5. avatar ms. awesome reply

    AUGH! So absolutely freakin’ amazing and beautiful and fantastically perfect. LOVES!

  6. avatar Brandi reply

    Ahh! Mrs. Snow! Her wedding looks beautiful!

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