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Today we head to North Carolina, though you might not know it from the photos – as the bride says, “We really chose the Graylyn Estate for our wedding because we thought it looked and felt like Downton Abbey.” In addition to the gorgeous venue, we love the sweet peach flowers, romantic ceremony arch, and whimsical carnation garlands hung over the cake table – not to mention the bride’s infectious smile!
Photography by Nancy Ray.
The bride on their wedding venue: “Graylyn feels like walking into a story book or a fairy tale. We wanted all of our guests to feel welcome, which is why we had our ceremony, dinner and reception all in the same place. We wanted the whole night to feel like a dream.”
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? My mom had a garter made from some of the fabric from her wedding dress. She and my dad eloped when they were in law school, and she wore the nicest dress she had, which was a beautiful blue. Then, she borrowed a diamond heart pin that was my grandmother’s to pin to it. And because it was newly made, the garter itself was something new! All together: old, new, borrowed, and blue.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Have a first look. I was nervous the whole morning, but when I saw Christian that afternoon before the ceremony, it all fell away. And we both realized how happy we were to be getting married. Have a first look! It changes everything!
“We were supposed to have the ceremony outside, but, it started pouring rain exactly at 4:30 when it was set to start. So, we did the indoor option in the Graylyn Atlantis room, which has an entire wall of windows. The most beautiful part… immediately after we said our vows, the rain suddenly stopped, and the sun came out. It was like a dream!”
Your ceremony in three words. Open, welcoming, intimate.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? We worked with a few different people, starting with our minister, Fr. Bob Randall. We chose a ceremony where we could write our own vows, called “letters of love and commitment,” and then also say the formal, traditional ones. Our wedding planners, Becca Atchison and Betsy Krug from Rebecca Rose Events helped us coordinate the rest!
Who officiated your ceremony? Fr. Bob was Christian’s first boss. Christian was the youth pastor at his church, Old Donation Episcopal, in Virginia Beach. Fr. Bob knew us the best, as he helped guide us both through long distance, and showed us what marriage is truly about.
Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? We lit a unity candle, first lit by our mothers as they processed down the aisle. Lighting it together at the end of our ceremony symbolized our two families becoming one.
What was your ceremony music? Bridal party processional: “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Elvis // Bride Processional: “Marry Me” by Train // Hymns: Ave Maria, Hope’s Anthem, Bethel Church // Recessional “The Best Thing” by Relient K
What were your ceremony readings? Corinthians 13: 1-13 // Psalm 128 // John 15: 9-12
What were your vows like? We wrote our own vows, in the form of “Letters of Love and Commitment” before saying our formal vows. I talked about how Christian changed my life, introducing me to a world of love, joy and happiness that I never thought was possible. Christian talked about our little family (with our dog, Cooper!) and how he loved the path our lives are on together. We both promised to love each other, and support each other no matter what. Both of us were laughing and crying by the end!
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Absolutely the vows. It made our ceremony so intimate, and so real. It also gave a guests a closer peek into our relationship, and what matters to us.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Let the little stuff go. There will be so many decisions you have to make, and you won’t get your way on everything. Even on the day, something will go wrong, and you will notice, but you just have to let it go.
“How would I describe our reception? Spectacular! We had signature cocktails of white sangria (my favorite!) and Red Oak (Christian’s favorite!). We had a plated dinner, and the gorgeous Graylyn home made it feel like we were all having dinner together. Then, our band made the dancing SO FUN! Everyone, from my 14 year old cousin to my 89 year old grandfather were rocking out!”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Our wedding planner told us, don’t make decisions based on what you think will make other people happy. Make decisions based on what will make you happy. We did that for everything from the tablecloths to the readings during our ceremony. And it paid off, because our wedding could not have been more “us.”
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate! We saved thousands of dollars by asking vendors if they could remove things from their packages that we didn’t want. It saves you so much!
Special songs: First Dance: “Let me Down Easy” by Billy Currington // Father/Daughter: “Jeepers Creepers” by Louis Armstrong // Mother/Son: “Close Your Eyes” by James Taylor
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We had two kinds of cake: red velvet with cream cheese frosting, and coconut cake with vanilla frosting.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? The toasts. The balcony created a perfect platform for our family members to toast us, and let everyone see and hear the beautiful stories they told. Carolyn the Maid of Honor, sang a song called “May You Always,” my favorite from when we were growing up. I cried through the whole thing! It was so special for her to share that with me, and our family and friends on our special day.
Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. The photographers had left by this point, but toward the end of the night, our bridal party picked us up in chairs and danced us around the dance floor during “Shut Up and Dance With Me.” So fun! Also, after the reception was over, we ordered pizza to the basement of Graylyn for all of our friends. It was a great way for us to hang out with them at the end of the night and catch up.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding. As Mary Poppins would say, it was practically perfect in every way.
Photography: Nancy Ray / Venue & Catering: The Graylyn Estate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: Rebecca Rose Events / Dress: Ti Adora by Alvina Valenta / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Stationery: Rebecca Rose Creative / Calligraphy: Carole Murray / Videography: Heart Stone Films / Ceremony Music: Allegro Music / Band: Six Stylez / Hair, Makeup: The Bella Hair Co. & Beauty Studio / Cake: Regi Originals / Lighting: Sound Illusions / Dance Floor & Rentals: Hauser Rentals / Linens: La Tavola / Transportation: Holiday Tours /
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We’re ending our three part feature of Sarah and Lee’s wedding weekend with their beautiful wedding day. Photographed by Anna Kuperberg, this wedding was nothing short of amazing. In case you missed it, take a look at the welcome dinner and rehearsal dinner. The thought that went into every personal detail of the weekend tied all three days together perfectly. We know you’ll fall in love with this celebration just as much as we have!
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Have fun and hire a good planner. A good planner is worth every penny. We had so much fun with our planner—and friend—Rebecca Johnson, of Kristi Amoroso Special Events.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Planning is stressful, even for someone in the events industry. Make sure that your families are happy and comfortable with all of the decisions. Even if it seems like a small detail, be sure to include them.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? Neither of us is very religious, but it was important to Lee to keep with tradition and have a Jewish ceremony. We spoke with our Rabbi about the many Jewish wedding traditions and picked the ones that felt like they had meaning to us—getting married under a Chuppa, circling each other during the ceremony, and breaking the glass.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We took a lot of inspiration from the property itself. I grew up showing horses and wanted the dinner tent to have a “Ralph Lauren” equestrian feel. The cocktail area was more bright and vibrant with pops of pinks and coral.
“We held our ceremony and reception at my parents’ house in Glen Ellen, where I grew up. I always wanted to get married on the property—it’s so beautiful, but more importantly, it’s sentimental and unique. We decided to get married next to the pond.”
Your ceremony in three words. Warm, casual, and beautiful
What was your ceremony music? We had a solo guitarist play several songs during the ceremony:
Officiant, groom and parents processional: “All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles Wedding party processional: “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young
Bride and parents processional: “Cannon in D” by Pachabel
Recessional: “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry
What were your vows like? We exchanged our vows under the Chuppah in sealed envelopes that we would open later together in private. We ended up opening our vows on our honeymoon. We now have our vows framed in our bedroom.
Fine artist, Sergio Lopez created a beautiful painting during the ceremony. This is such a creative detail the couple can cherish forever!
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? The kiss! We couldn’t wait for it to be official and celebrate with our family and friends.
“The reception was spectacular! We worked with the best vendors and were totally blown away. We held the cocktail reception by the pool in my parents’ backyard. We wanted it to feel like an intimate gathering and it did—even with 250 people!”
Did you have a signature cocktail? My cocktail was a Grapefruit Paloma and Lee’s was a Front Porch Cooler, a nod to his Texan roots.
Why did you choose this location for your reception? Both the cocktail area next to the pool and the dinner tent in the pasture provided beautiful views of the valley. It was an easy choice!
How would you describe your reception? Kathleen Deery, our Event Designer and Florist, thought of every detail. Paula Le Duc Fine Catering wowed us and our guests with the most amazing food and drinks. We selected a spot overlooking the valley for dinner, so people could soak up the view in between courses and dance sets. We spent a lot of time thinking about our music selections and Pop Rocks blew it out of the water. They kept the party going from the minute guests entered the tent to the very last song.
What was your wedding menu? Having worked at Paula Le Duc Fine Catering for over five years, I knew exactly what I wanted when it came to the menu. Lee was onboard with all of the selections. Our dinner kicked off with an amuse bouche of sweet corn soup. The first course was a peach, arugula and pesto salad. For the entree, we gave our guests an option of roasted lamb with a tomato and artichoke panzanella or Halibut with fennel potato gratin and vegetables.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We used Susie’s Cakes celebration cake for our wedding cake – Lee’s absolute favorite! I also surprised Lee with a Groom’s cake from Amber at Sweet on Cake. I asked Amber to create a large version of Lee’s favorite ice cream pint, Ben and Jerry’s Heath Bar Crunch – she nailed it. We also had a sweets table with mini fruit crumbles, chocolate pot de cremes, panna cotta and, of course, Paula Le Duc’s cheesecake lollipops.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? There were so many great moments! The speeches were really heartfelt and loving—definitely a few happy tears. Lee and I are big food people so the food was really important to us and everything served was top notch. However, the real star of the night was our guests – the energy was electric. It was definitely a party, which is exactly what we’d hoped for.
What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?
First dance: “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers
Father/daughter: “My Girl” by The Temptations
Mother/son: “The Secret of Life” by James Taylor
Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. One of the best moments of the night is when my mom, Lee’s dad, and Lee’s uncle joined the band onstage. It was such special moment. My mom sang Etta James’ “At Last” and Natalie Cole’s “This Will Be”. They had months to prep and blew everyone away. The crowd was cheering and clapping the entire time.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? It goes by so quickly. I would have tried to take a few minutes with just Lee and I to watch everyone around us. I wish we could do it all over again!
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