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December 2017

 Image by  Jaime Johnson Photography

Image by Jaime Johnson Photography

Katie and James love story started out slow and steady. A mutual friend introduced the two but to keep everything old-fashioned and to make sure intentions were true, the duo exchanged calls and letters daily for just under a year (sigh, we’re getting some serious The Notebook vibes over here) before finally meeting in person one March day at a local park. “We didn’t move from the park bench until it was dark,” says Katie, who, along with James, knew before they even physically met that they were destined for one another. And to make things sweeter, get a load of their proposal. It may just be our favorite to date! While joking about how two goats used to be a sufficient dowry for a bride, they couple agreed upon that in today’s world, the only animal that equaled the price of a wife had to a be an elusive (and fluffy!) pink unicorn. So to play off this fun exchange that they had once-upon-a-time, James surprised his lady with a romantic table-for-two, complete with the fluffiest pink stuffed animal unicorn that Katie had ever laid eyes on. How adorable! The couple, whose Big Day was extra special as about 75 percent of their vendors were family members, tied the knot one December day at The Chapel of Rest. Dressing the ceremony in hunter green (the bride’s maiden name is “Greene,” after all) by way of fresh garland, the precious pair wed amongst family, friends, and a view of the Yadkin River. Cheers to these newlyweds! Your Christmas wedding was full of all the “Fa-La-La” feels.

Venue: The Chapel of Rest

Photographer: Jaime Johnson Photography

Cake, Cupcakes: A family friend, Ugga Mugga Bakery

Caterer: Bride’s cousin and brother

Florist: Bride’s aunt

Musicians: Strictly Clean and Decent

 Image by  Four Sparrows Photography

Image by Four Sparrows Photography

For self-proclaimed “old soul” Tina Smith of Four Sparrows Photography, her first-ever styled shoot was all about staying true to herself. Mixing themes of simple elegance with country chic, the perfect High Country combination in our opinion, Tina brought to life a stunning alfresco affair that both complemented the natural environment and showcased her photography skills from top-to-bottom. After seeing just a few photos of 16 Hands Farm, located in West Jefferson, North Carolina, Tina knew instantly that this venue just had to be the setting for her version of a Big Day, describing it as a “small piece of heaven,” and we agree with her wholeheartedly—this venue is a lovely as they come. Sigh, could those bistro lights be any more gorgeous? Sticking to a color palette of sage and blush, and showcasing not one but two couples (and a gorgeous bridesmaid, an actual bestie of one of the bride’s) Tina’s images are chock-full of Pinterest worthy details and inspiration for any nuptial event. Take that delectable-looking three-tiered cake, for example, whose layers feature three different flavors (great for appeasing all guests’ tastebuds) and who icing is piped to mimic a pearl button back of a dress. Kudos on the design, It’s a Piece of Cake! Or how about that charming sweetheart table for two, as simple as it is sweet? A great way to steal away from a wedding crowd and take a moment just for your newlywed selves. A big shoutout to Four Sparrows for sharing this gallery with us and we hope all your brides-to-be out there enjoy scrolling through these images as much as we did!

Photographer: Four Sparrows Photography

Venue, Place Settings: 16 Hands Farm

Cake: It’s a Piece of Cake

Planner: Huffman Events

Hair Stylists: Salon 405

Florals: City Florist of Wilkes

Paperies/Stationery: For the Joy Calligraphy & Design

Formal Wear: Bridal Traditions Wedding & Prom Attire

Bridal Set: Michael’s Jewelry