We’re thrilled to share some of the beautiful real weddings from the pages of the 2015 edition of Southern Bride & Groom! Today, we’re sharing Liz and Rich’s colorful rustic wedding at Chatham Mills, shot by Dara Blakeley Photography.
Liz and Rich met on a business trip and both felt that they shared an immediate connection — so much so that after returning home to Napa, California and Raleigh, North Carolina, respectively, the two stayed in touch despite being separated by almost 3,000 miles! Rich took a leap of faith and asked Liz to accompany him to Paris for their first official date, which is when she says she fell in love with his joie de vivre.
The bride and groom were instantly drawn to the rustic elegance of Chatham Mills, a historic event space featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed brick walls, and gorgeous hardwood floors. To play to the venue’s inherent beauty, the couple decorated simply with colorful garden flowers, paper lanterns, frosted mason jars with lights and small details that paid homage to one of their common life themes — wine.
Liz and Rich took special care of their treasured guests from near and far, providing a shuttle service to and from Chatham Mills. They also hosted a special Friday night celebration and an informal Sunday brunch so they could enjoy extra time with them all!
Wedding Consultant: Sally Oakley Personalized Wedding Events | Ceremony and Reception: Chatham Mills | Photographer: Dara Blakeley Photography
Bridal Gown: Nicole Miller | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nicole Miller | Florist: Tre Bella Flowers | Invitations & Papers: Handmade by bride | Reception DJ & Lighting: Island Sound | Hair & Make-Up for Wedding Party: Makeup for Your Day | Bridal Jewelry: Family heirlooms | Wedding Favors: Stamped personalized copper wine charms handmade by bride