I love being a part of weddings that have a strong family and friends dynamic. I think that’s just the way I’m wired. Once you get to know me, you’ll find that I highly value relationships with those I love. Carrie and Keirnan’s wedding was filled with those sweet touches that let you know they love the people around them and are deeply loved in return.
Carrie and Keirnan are an absolute pleasure to be around. Carrie is fun, graceful and loving. She’s appreciative, happy and an all around joy to be with. Keirnan is so laid back and does everything with ease and excellence. He’s very family oriented and grounded.
The bridesmaids and groomsmen were the perfect reflection of both Carrie and Keirnan’s personalities. The girls gave Carrie so much love throughout the day, which reflected on Carrie’s ability to be a good friend. The guys were fun and possessed that same laid-back, go with the flow quality as Keirnan.
It was easy to see why Carrie and Keirnan were so great... Both sets of parents were amazing! Carrie’s parents were incredible hosts. They held several parties and get-togethers for all of the out-of-town guests beginning on the Thursday before the wedding and extending to Sunday (the day after). Carrie’s mom was emotional and genuinely excited about celebrating their eldest daughter’s wedding. Carrie’s dad was kind, inviting and friendly to everyone that was a part of his daughter’s special day.
Keirnan’s parents carried the same “ease” that Keirnan had. Keirnan escorted both parents down the aisle, which showed everyone that he loved and honored both parents equally. His mom was so loving and gracious to everyone around her. And, every time I looked at Keirnan’s dad, I saw a loving smile spread across his face.
The entire wedding was held at The Pavilions at the Angus Barn. It is one of my favorite venues here in the Triangle. If you are thinking of tying the knot locally, I highly recommend it. Not only is the location beautiful, but the staff at Angus Barn are top knotch. Sarah Lilly was the event coordinator, and everything went off without a hitch. I had several behind the scenes conversations with her, and I can truly say that she loves weddings and loves her clients. She’s authentic and reliable and was a great gift to Carrie and Keirnan.
The ceremony was on the patio overlooking a gorgeous lake. Then we headed over to the open-air pavillion for the reception. The space has a lovely, North Carolinian feel to it -- rustic, yet elegant. Carrie and Keirnan cleverly incorporated social media in their event by using the hashtag #steakonalake. The food truly is one of the greatest things about Angus Barn. With the Pavilion overlooking the lake, a stunning fire pit and open-air reception, it really felt like we were spending an evening fine-dining and dancing.
I can’t let this wedding pass without sharing some of the sweet touches that were celebrated during the reception. Carrie and Keirnan did a choreographed dance to a song called Whimsical Hysterical Suburban by folk band Mike & Ruthy. This song was playing when Keirnan proposed to Carrie...so sweet. Watching this as the first dance brought everyone so much joy! It was upbeat, contagious and fun. The most important reception detail was the wedding cake because Keirnan made it with his dad and sister. It was spectacular! And for the cake topper, a close friend made pottery mascot polar bears to honor Bowdoin College in Maine where Carrie and Keirnan met and fell in love.
The 1920s made a dashing comeback at Kristen and Marc’s wedding. This wedding was (dare I say it) the bee’s knees! But it wasn’t because of the natural flare and fun that comes from an era in history where sayings like ‘cat’s pajamas” or “ah, applesauce!” flooded the airwaves or because Flappers and Flyboys really knew how to ‘put on the Ritz’.
What made this wedding so splendid was Kristen and Marc. They are perfectly balanced together, and it showed throughout their whole wedding process. They meticulously planned every single detail of their wedding day to a degree that even puts Type-A personalities to shame. But they weren’t stiff and uptight - quite the opposite actually. The 1920s theme itself infused the rebellion of that era into their wedding. They broke traditional bridal party rules with Kristen including her best guy-friend and Marc including his best gal-friend. Kristen even let the girls in the bridal party choose their own 20s style cream-colored dress creating probably the most eclectic bridal party I’ve ever photographed. Another thing I absolutely loved about Kristen and Marc is how they made their guests feel special. They made their wedding just as much a celebration of those attending as it was about Kristen and Marc.
The wedding was in Asheville -- one of the most beautiful cities in NC. It’s at the top of my list of favorite places here in my home state. Most of the wedding guests traveled from out of town. Kristen and Marc made sure that all of their guests had all the information they needed to really experience and enjoy Asheville while there. And anyone who has visited the Blue Ridge Mountains in Spring knows how refreshing and freeing it is.
Their outdoor, garden ceremony was held at the NC Arboretum. The flowers were full in color, and the trees just beginning to sprout bright, green leaves. The sky was electric blue, and the sun made all the colors pop. It was a sight to behold. The reception was at the Crest Center & Pavillion -- quite possibly my favorite location of the day. It’s a circular venue with all glass windows for walls giving you a 360° view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The ceiling was filled with twinkly lights. Even though you are indoors, all of the windows and lights make you feel like you are actually dancing under the stars.
Another favorite part of the reception was how Kristen and Marc had the DJ dedicate a song to each table that represented that group of friends. It was an awesome representation of how they made the wedding not only about their love, but also celebrated each individual that came. Marc gave an incredible speech that reiterated their love and admiration for their friends. He said that this wedding was not just a party for the bride and groom. But a celebration of each person who came and the part they have played in Kristen and Marc’s relationship. It was truly an honor to take part in such a spirit of honor and giving to others.