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Ashley + Ross’s light brunch reception was an ideal wedding celebration for this couple who wanted to keep things simple. White flowers in milk glass from the bride’s mother’s collection decorated the space at Collina Farm at Clifton Inn while burlap table runners broke up the white-on-white effect and kraft paper signs directed guests to yummy Southern breakfast fare. (I spot some ham and cheese biscuits!) Self-proclaimed cupcake-obsessed, Ashley wanted to serve up a batch of classic chocolate and vanilla cupcakes for their family and friends to nibble on. Though they love cupcakes, the couple also chose to have a small cutting cake made. We love how it incorporates tradition without stepping on Ashley’s devotion to the smaller sugary treats! Thanks again to Elisa B Photography who captured this lovely affair!

Describe your wedding cake: I am obsessed with cupcakes. We had a local cupcake company whip up a batch of classic chocolate and vanilla goodness and a cutting cake to boot!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: To be honest, our favorite was the lack of details that we had to think about. It was our goal to keep things simple. We did not have specific wedding colors and rather opted for a neutral palette of sand, grey, and lots of white! A good friend helped me turn some scrap burlap into two ring pillows and table squares. Our guestbook was a custom Etsy find and I made most of the other details by hand, like “gluten-free” flags to mark the special cupcakes and cinnamon rolls, signage galore, and wedding wands. We put out some décor and hung a photo line under the tent the night before the wedding, but aside from those small things, we truly enjoyed not being concerned with details whatsoever. We just focused on getting married, on each other and our beautiful families and friends.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Keeping our array of out-of-town guests informed and comfortable. With the majority of our family traveling to Virginia from North Carolina and Texas, it took some extra TLC to make sure each person was clear on the plan for the rehearsal and wedding. We did our best to communicate with everyone ahead of the wedding and then flood them with smiles and thanks when we were finally face-to-face for the big day!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Our venue! We wanted to have a simple wedding. We are not the kind for a get-on-the-dance-floor-and-party-all-night kind of wedding. Plus, we were working with a strict budget. We opted for a morning ceremony and light brunch reception. Collina Farm at Clifton Inn was the ideal location for our wedding. Not only was the farmhouse beautiful and the venue’s team incredible, but we had every convenience. My bridesmaids stayed with me and my parents in the guestrooms of Collina Farm, so when we woke up to get ready on the big day, we were already on site! In the days leading up to the wedding, it barely felt like work. All of the preparations felt more like fun! Being with my best friends at Collina Farm made for the ultimate slumber party, and having my parents so close by really allowed me to include, appreciate and honor them each step of the way. Our out-of-town guests appreciated not having to travel to a different location for the reception, too. Collina Farm had a courtyard space behind it that we used for our ceremony site. Afterward, guests walked across the yard to the farmhouse for the reception. Guests mingled indoors and outdoors, walking about with coffee mugs and plates of fresh fruit and pastries. It felt easy – perfect for our quaint wedding!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I did not realize it until I was getting dressed, but I had not yet put on everything together before the big day! So looking in the mirror for the first time with my veil, jewelry, dress and all was so exciting! I felt so ready!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Our vows were fairly traditional, but we did include two elements in the ceremony that made it extra-special. First, both Ross and I walked down the aisle with both of our parents, and during the ceremony, they jointly gave us their blessing. And second, for our benediction, my very dear friends who are married did a reading and prayer adapted from “A Wedding Sermon” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It read, “What God has joined together, can no man put asunder.” They spoke it in unison and their voices together sounded so strong and loving. It was the perfect ending to our ceremony – apart from the kiss, of course!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Cooking good meals together, singing James Taylor songs together, visiting bed & breakfasts across America, and maybe even having our own bed & breakfast someday!

Photographer: Elisa B Photography // Venue: Collina Farm at Clifton Inn // Florist: Floral Designs by Jacquelyn // Wedding Cake and Cupcake Baker: Charlottesville Cupcake // Cinnamon Rolls and Gluten-Free Cupcakes: Hungarian Bakery // Caterer: Clifton Inn // Paper Products: Delphine Press // Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal via OnceWed // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: ARoyalWedding // Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden // Bride’s jewelry: TZTUDIO // Flower Girl Dresses: Crewcuts from J.Crew // Ring Bearer Shirts: Crewcuts from J.Crew // Groom & Groomsmen’s Ties: Jos.A.Bank // Hair and Makeup: Lora Elaine Cornhole // Rentals: CornChucker // Classical Guitarist: Rafael Scarfullery // Guestbook: Parkside Harmony

Oh yes, and before you go…

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Simon reply

    Some really lovely details. I especially like the clothes line of photos and the take-home centrepieces.

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A biscuit bar — It’s like a Southern dream! After seeing Megan + Steven’s yummy setup, we couldn’t help but be jealous of all their lucky guests who had the chance to nibble at the buttery treats. We wish we could set up a biscuit bar in the office, but instead, we’ll leave it to you to recreate the look.

A. Swell Towels from House 8810 would look so sweet and colorful lining a bread basket with biscuits overflowing.

B. What would a biscuit be without a little something to go on top? Organic Elderberry-Infused Honey from Cupboard Cook would be delicious.

C. If you’re the adventurous type, go straight for the flavored jams from That’s My Jam. We’re intrigued by their flavors ranging from sweet to savory.

D. Mix up the toppings with some flavored butters like Maple Pumpkin Butter from Stonewall Kitchen.

E. A deep bread basket means lots of biscuits! Line it with a towels and you’ve got an perfectly Southern serving dish or fill it with treat bags for guests to fill.

F. Megan + Steven chose to display their biscuits on a cupcake stand. You might also consider piling them high on a cake stand, like this scalloped one from Williams-Sonoma.

G. Having a biscuit bar means having choices! Fill up a dish with this Blueberry Jam from Loulou’s Garden, or serve it straight from the jar!

H. Pay homage to the hard workers who flavored your biscuits and keep the flaky goodness inside treat bagswith Bee and Hive Stickers from Seasonal Delights.

I. Let your guests know what their options are–spell it out with these chalkboard signs from TLGCrafts.

J. You’ll probably want to lick the honey off your fingers anyway, but don’t forget about a honey dipper! This one is from CyberCucina.

K. Your guests might be dying to take home a warm biscuit. We love the handmade bags Megan + Steven provided, but check out these favor bags if you’re looking for more options.

L. Tie some ceramic tags to your favor bags so guests don’t forget the goodies inside! We like these from Paper Boat Press.

M. Jams and jellies get messy, so have some of these “Spread the Love” spreaders nearby.

N. You can never be short on honey! Check out these varietals from Bee Raw.

O. Fill up these berry baskets and put them around the biscuit bar. Some fresh fruit will go along nicely with biscuits.

P. If you’re up for it, make the biscuits yourself with Cheddar Herb Biscuit Mix from Stonewall Kitchen.

Q. For more fun flavors, jams from Stonewall Kitchen’s collection sound delicious!

R. Throw in a little kick with Foster’s Market Seven Pepper Jelly.

Have a question or looking for something we didn’t cover? Leave a comment!

Are any of you planning on a biscuit bar for your wedding?

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Megan H reply

    One good advice with this that I can give is to look for little antique spoons for your jellies! We collected several and found vintage dainty dishes for our jelly. So pretty!

  2. avatar Ilana reply

    My fiance would go crazy if we had a biscuit bar! I think he’d have more biscuits than cake! What a wonderful idea, it adds such a personal touch, and there are so many ways to customize it! My hometown has a Hot Pepper Jelly company that would be such fun to use!

  3. avatar Desiree reply

    oh my goodness. i cannot wait until y’all see my ad. :) I did a biscuit bar with my photographer this past week FOR my ad on SW!!! hahahah! Since I am a “green wedding designer” – I used all organic ingredients in the biscuits, all the jams and marmalades are from fuits harvested in Florida and the canners are local to South Florida. and the decor for the shoot was a repurposed door, vintage and passed down linens, and an antique desk and shelf that are to die for! I cannot wait for all the editing to be done! :)

  4. avatar Lauren Frances reply

    I’ve been hoping and praying for a biscuit bar at my wedding! Do you think Sunrise Biscuits in Chapel Hill would provide a large order the morning of??

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Lauren Frances! I definitely think Sunrise or Bojangles would do a large order! If I’m not mistaken, they both take catering orders, so it shouldn’t be too out of the ordinary! Just give them a call or stop by. Good luck! Biscuit bars are the best :)

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Megan + Steven’s wedding at The Stockroom in Raleigh was as delightful as their ceremony! While Megan and her mom were the creative geniuses behind the details, A Joyful Occasion coordinated the big day. Catering by Design took care of the food — and man, did their menu sound delicious! The beautiful monogrammed cake was designed by Ambrosia Cake Creations, and the flowering branch, peony, and rose floral arrangements were by Dogwood Tree Floral. One of the most special details? Megan’s (gorgeously monogrammed) reception dress was made by a dear friend, Joslyn Chase! Nancy Ray was, of course, the talent behind the lens.

But you want to know what my favorite detail from Megan + Steven’s wedding was? The BISCUIT BAR! Megan got the idea from SW V3 (see the whole shoot here!), but put her own spin on it. I love that her mother-in-law sewed all the take-home bags! Don’t have an amazingly talented MIL? We’ve put together a shopping round-up debuting this afternoon which will help you whip up your very own biscuit bar. We’ll be back in a flash!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: To be honest, the dress was not my first priority! It wasn’t until I went with two of my bridesmaids, my mom, and her friend to the Carolina Bridal Outlet that I found the one. I felt like a bride as soon as I had it on. It wasn’t too formal, but it was gorgeous. For me, it was comfortable and simple with a little glam. My veil, however, was made from a sample of my mom’s wedding gown. It was cathedral length lace with beautiful detailing. It meant so much that she gave it to me to wear. Paired with my dress, it was absolutely perfect for our ceremony.
Describe your wedding flowers: We used fluffy, pink peonies. They have always been my favorite! I loved the contrast against the mint bridesmaid dresses. We also incorporated some cherry blossoms and garden roses in some of our centerpieces.
Describe your wedding cake: Our cake was a three tiered round cake. It was fairly traditional, with buttercream icing. We filled the spaces between the tiers with peonies and the details of the embedded dots and the monogram dressed it up even more. The inside was delicious! We had different fillings, but our favorite was cookies n’ cream.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Our biggest challenge was actually overcoming some of the emotions that a wedding can bring on. We really came to realize some major differences between his family and mine, and we had to find a way to merge everything, but be true to ourselves at the same time. Steven and I grew closer through it, which I’m very thankful for!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? In our ceremony, we stuck to the traditional vows. We wrote our own promises to one another and kept it personal as we exchanged them in letters the day of our wedding. The cutest part of Steven’s note to me was that he included the “40 Rules for a Happy Marriage” notecard from Hyman’s Seafood – one of our favorite spots in Charleston.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lydia reply

    I love the idea of a biscuit bar! Can’t wait to see your shopping round-up!

  2. avatar Linda Surles reply

    Me too! A Biscuit Bar couldn’t be anymore North Carolina. LOVE IT! I hope they had some sweet tea in the mix, too ;)

    • avatar MeganH reply

      Linda Surles: Of course there was some sweet tea to wash all that down! :) Gorgeous feature, SW!! I am beyond honored and tickled to death!!

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    Megan and Steven’s wedding was absolutely beautiful! I think my favorite was the M + S in green flowers (kermits?) on the chapel doors and of course the biscuits were simply delicious :)

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    Fun! We loved working with Megan on all of her wedding stationery. So happy to see the photos of everything put together! Just beautiful.

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