Melissa + Matthew’s reception at Rock Quarry Farm was a wonderful family affair. I adore the fact that Melissa, Matthew and their son served guests pie at their receiving line, giving them the chance to thank everyone personally for coming. The pies were even made by friends and family! An Only Burger truck kept guests well-fed and a cozy fire pit topped off the night. Big thanks again to Jade and Matthew Take Pictures for sharing this sweet wedding!
Describe your wedding cake: We decided to do pie instead of cake, since we are both much more into pie. In order to take something off of our to-do list, we enlisted our friends’ and families’ help and had them all make a pie or two to share. It was a lot of fun and folks really enjoyed the variety and getting to try one another’s creations. Matt, our son Vince and I served the pie to all of our guests. It was our way of doing a traditional receiving line but with our own personal twist. We got to see all of our guests and thank them for coming and then hand them a slice of pie.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Probably our budget. I think it’s really hard to pull off a nice wedding for $10,000 or under and that was what we had to work with. But we started really early in the process, made some concessions with our decision making (I got my shoes for $10 from Payless as opposed to buying expensive heels) and ended up having the best day that our guests really enjoyed.
What range did your wedding budget fall into? We spent about $10,000.
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Photography! After all was said and done, we knew that our photos would last forever and we wanted them to be really good. Jade and Matthew did a brilliant job and we couldn’t be more thrilled.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Getting to have all of our friends and family in one place. I just remember looking around at everything and feeling so blessed.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Matt actually wrote the whole ceremony! We both wrote our own vows. My favorite part was that he wrote his on the back of a photo of our son, very sweet!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Matt is working on finishing his dissertation and we’re enjoying our little family!
Photographer: Jade and Matthew Take Pictures // Venue: Rock Quarry Farm, Chapel Hill, NC // Florist: Flowers from McAdams Farm, arranged by the bride and friends // Pie bakers: guests and family // Caterer: Only Burger and the Carolina Brewery // Paper Products: DIY by the bride // Bride’s Dress: mother of the groom, Debbie Englund // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: DIY by the bride // Bride’s Shoes: Payless Shoes // Accessories: locket from bride’s grandmother, earrings from Anthropologie, sweater from Target