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Soft Spring Light Graces Highgrove Estate Wedding

A Highgrove Estate wedding in the spring is a dream. Add natural light wedding photographer Jamie Blow into the mix and you have nothing short of magic.Highgrove Estate wedding wedding portrait Jamie Blow Photography

Cristina Kim and Dan Havens grew up in the same area, ran in the same circle of friends, and even crossed paths many times before finally meeting at a party. They bonded over their many connections (and their mutual love for Carolina Ale House cheese fries) and knew that had finally looked in the right direction.

Cristina did not think it was possible for Dan to surprise her with his proposal. She was sure it was going to happen during their early Christmas dinner at Gravy, where they had their first date. As dinner came to a close, she figured this was not the night. On the walk out, Dan dragged Cristina to The Raleigh Times and led her to the rooftop. She thought it was odd that no one was there, and was floored to find the patio decorated with twinkle lights and a candle-lit table for two for a beautiful proposal, followed by a celebration with family and friends.

A Highgrove Estate Wedding

“We knew we wanted one place for the ceremony and reception, and when we saw the outdoor area and the ballroom of The Highgrove Estate, we immediately knew it was the perfect place,” said Cristina. “From the staff to the food, everything was perfect!”Highgrove Estate on Laurel Lake Wedding Venue in Fuquay Varina NCHighgrove is not only lovely on the outside. This picturesque NC wedding venue is located near Raleigh in the charming small town of Fuquay-Varina. It was built specifically for Southern weddings and events, with an onsite ceremony setting and reception ballroom, bridal and grooms’ suites, and a onsite kitchen offering full-service catering. The property also has beautifully manicured grounds, that are all abloom in the spring. This April wedding was the perfect time to experience the enchanting gardens – as you can see in these sun-kissed photos by Jamie Blow Photography. Groomsmen getting ready at Highgrove Estate Raleigh NCBadgley Mischka wedding shoesSouthern Bride and Bridesmaids in Highgrove Estate bridal suite Raleigh WeddingBlue Willow Wedding Dress from Tre Bella Bridal in Highgrove Bridal Suite Jamie Blow PhotographyGetting Ready for the Wedding at Highgrove EstateWhite Bridal Bouquet Jamie Blow PhotographyClassic Bride in a Blue Willow wedding dress from Tre Bella Bridal at Highgrove Estate Southern wedding venueThe bride wore a Blue Willow by Anne Barge wedding dress befitting of a classic Southern bride – from NC bridal boutique Tre Bella Bridal. Her maid of honor wore Adrianna Papell and the bridesmaids wore Joanna August from our local Bella Bridesmaids salon. The mix and match bridesmaids were united in pale pink, which also presented in the mostly white spring floral arrangements. Bouquets in hands with blush gowns by Jamie Blow PhotographyBride and mix and match Bridesmaids in Pink Adrianna Papell and Joanna August dresses Jamie Blow PhotographyPink Joanna August gown from Bella Bridesmaid Raleigh with loose feminine bouquetAdrianna Papell bridesmaid dress in pink with loose garden bouquet in white and pink by Jamie Blow PhotographyThe groom and his groomsmen wore smart navy suits. The two groups met for some pre-wedding portraits in with Jamie Blow Photography, who specializes in natural light photography. Groom and Groomsmen walking in navy formalwear Jamie Blow PhotographyFlower Girls with Wedding Party portrait by Jamie BlowNatural Light Photography in NC by Jamie BlowWhite Bouquet with Greenery with Bride and Groom Jamie Blow PhotographyCristina and Dan said their vows outdoors in the soft spring light, overlooking the lovely Laurel Lake in Fuquay-Varina. Then guests moved into the Highgrove Estate wedding reception ballroom. Tall centerpieces held white floral arrangements with loose greenery.  Father walking bride down aisle at Highgrove Estate weddingBride and Groom arm in arm Jamie Blow PhotographyWedding Ceremony at Highgrove Estate Jamie Blow PhotographyPortrait with wind blown veil by Jamie Blow PhotographyThe couple shared their wedding date with the bride’s aunt and uncle, who had a low-key ceremony at the courthouse and small gathering when they married 25 years earlier. They surprised her aunt and uncle by having the DJ call them to the floor to announce their anniversary, and had a special cake made just for them to cut and take home.Wedding Cake Display at Highgrove Estate weddingHighgrove Estate Wedding Reception with Tall Floral Arrangements Photo by Jamie BlowTall Centerpieces with white wedding flowers and greenery at Raleigh wedding venue Highgrove EstateFirst Dance at Highgrove Wedding in Fuquay Varina by Jamie Blow PhotographyDan is a firefighter, so arrange for a wedding day photo opp with the fire truck as part of the send-off!Firetruck Exit for NC wedding by Jamie Blow Photography“We loved how Jamie Blow Photography fit right in with our fun rowdy bridal party! She made us feel so comfortable and at ease – even Dan, who really hates pictures,” the bride said.Spring Flowers at Highgrove Estate make a perfect wedding portrait by Jamie BlowSB&G Preferred Vendors

Reception Venue & Caterer – Highgrove Estate | Photographer – Jamie Blow Photography | Bridal Gown Blue Willow by Anne Barge from Tre Bella Bridal | Maid of Honor Gown – Adrianna Papell from Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh |Bridesmaid Dresses – Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaids Raleigh | DJ and Reception Lighting Stylus S.E. | Rehearsal Dinner Raleigh Times

Other Wedding Vendors

Minister: Brian Eisner | Florist: Flowers on Broad Street | Cake: Sweet Memories Bakery | Stationer Reaves Engraving | Party Rentals: CE Rental

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