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A Very Personal and Sacred Family Farm Wedding

Southern Rustic NC Farm Wedding with Plenty of Glam

Home is where the heart is.  For Caroline and Jared, the Hines Family Farm in Selma NC is where their love story has unfolded. And how could you blame them, when it is such a serene and lovely setting? Jared even proposed to Caroline during an evening walk the property. So when they began planning their wedding, the natural choice for a setting easily turned out to be at home. With the help of wedding planner Chelsey Morrison of Gather Together, they planned a very personal outdoor fall wedding followed by a joyful tented reception. This NC farm wedding was Southern-rustic with added glam.

NC Farm Wedding portrait bride with cathedral veil blowing hugs groom in front of field by Riley MacLean

The Love Story

Caroline and Jared met at an engagement party of mutual friends at East Village Grill in Raleigh NC. They had a flirtatious banter than night, but also a true connection. They ended up in a booth together talking for a long time about agriculture, as well as their goals and dreams. The night ended, and they went their separate ways. But as fate would have it, they crossed paths again, and this time, Jared made a move. He tracked down Caroline’s number and asked her out the next day.

NC Farm Wedding Christian Ceremony Altar Wooden Cross with Fall Florals by Watered Garden Riley MacLean Photography
FLOWERS Watered Garden | PLANNER Gather Together
Dark Purple Bridesmaids Bouquets with Greenery and Blush by Raleigh Florist Watered Garden
Wedding Bouquet Idea - add Photos of Loved ones and a Monogram handkerchief
Child pulls baby in a Wheelbarrow at Selma NC farm wedding
View of Selma NC Farm Wedding Outdoor Ceremony from across a pond by Riley MacLean Photography

Rustic Decor for NC Farm Wedding Ceremony at Hines Family Farms

What is a farm wedding without a country flair? Many rustic items were incorporated into the wedding decor. Sweet potato bins welcomed guests into the outdoor ceremony, and they were draped in gorgeous ceremony programs and floral arrangements. A tobacco leaf theme was incorporated throughout the day on the elegant paper by One and Only Paper.

Who designed this amazing rustic glam NC farm wedding? One of the top NC planners and a fave of Southern Bride and Groom, Gather Together.

“Chelsey, our planner from Gather Together, spent a lot of time trying to get to know us as a couple and turn our personalities into a dream wedding. We had to fill out questionnaires and as the bride I had several planning meetings with her that always ended in us just talking about life. She became more than a wedding planner – a friend and therapist through the planning process,” says Caroline.

NC Farm Wedding Ceremony Rustic Decor of Sweet Potato Bins and Wooden Pews by Gather Together event planner
PLANNER Gather Together | FLOWERS Watered Garden | PROGRAMS One and Only Paper
Wedding Ceremony Program on Signage with Tobacco Leaf Theme by One and Only Paper Raleigh stationer
Fall Florals and Tobacco Themed Signage for NC Farm Wedding by Riley MacLean
Tobacco Leaf themed Wedding Programs for Selma NC Farm wedding by One and Only Paper
CUSTOM TOBACCO LEAF PROGRAMS One and Only Paper
Outdoor NC Farm Wedding Ceremony with Wooden Pews designed by Gather Together photo by Riley Maclean Photography
Bride Arrives to Ceremony in Vintage Car at NC Farm Wedding
Father Gives Bride Away at Hines Family Farm Selma NC farm wedding

Cross Altar for an Outdoor Christian Wedding

We love when we see wedding ceremonies outside of the church honor their Christianity with a cross altar. This couple said “I do” in front of a wooden cross, set beside a pond in the middle of the farm property. The cascading flowers by Watered Garden Florist added elegant beauty to the rustic cross – and matched the fall bouquets.

“The cross from the wedding is still in its exact spot and I can relive the memories with just a walk away,” says Caroline.

Outdoor NC Farm Wedding Ceremony at Wooden Cross Altar
Bride and Groom Walk down their outdoor aisles lined in wooden pews, just married
NC Farm Wedding Bride and Groom Kiss at Dusk in Cotton Field

Selma NC Farm Wedding Tented Reception Decked in Tobacco Leaves and Rustic Elegance

Following the sacred wedding ceremony, guests made their way to the reception area. A clear-walled tent from Party Reflections provided the indoor area for dinner and dancing. Guests were welcomed with tobacco tied on sticks, like the old days. Incredible lounge areas were nestled through the inside and outside of the tent to create an enchanting ambience. Beautiful food displays were presented with elegant menus, again incorporating the tobacco leaf theme. One area inside had a faux wall of family portraits on grape vines. Outside, guests to enjoy a drink while lounging on pillows and watch the trees and even the pond light up as night fell.

Lounge Area Under Twine and Greenery Fixture designed by Gather Together
Dried Tobacco Tied on Sticks at Selma NC Farm Wedding by Riley MacLean Photography
Private Property NC Farm Wedding Clear wall Tented Reception with Party Reflections Gather Together Riley MacLean
TENT AND RENTALS Party Reflections | PLANNER Gather Together | LINEN CE Rentals
Tiered Fruit Presentation at NC farm wedding planned by Gather Together
Wedding Bar Signage with Lit up Letters and themed menu styled by Gather Together
Fall wedding color branded Wedding Koozies in purple grey teal
NC Farm wedding Outdoor Lounge of low table with pillow seats, designed by Gather Together
Fall Floral Arrangement on Barrel by Watered Garden Florist of Raleigh NC
FLOWERS Watered Garden
Flower Girl in Tutu and Ring Bearer Play on John Deere Mini Tractors at Selma NC Farm Wedding
Food station of Fruit and Cheese Plate Flat Lay shot by Riley MacLean Photography
Custom Wedding Food Signage with Tassels and Tobacco Leaf theme for NC Farm Wedding
Tented Reception with Lounge Furniture and Vine Balls in Greenery at NC Farm Wedding by Gather Together
NC Wedding Outdoor lounge with uplights on Trees and tented reception in backdrop Gather Together Riley MacLean

Jammin’ on the Farm with Party Band from EastCoast Entertainment

The celebration culminated with live music from PUNCH, via ECE (formerly EastCoast Entertainment). They turned this sweet NC farm wedding into a real dance party!

“My favorite moment was towards the end of the night when the awesome band Punch got the crowd singing to the top of their lungs ‘Don’t Stop Believing” with Jared and I right in the middle. It was like they were singing and serenading to us,” said the bride.

First Dance at Party Reflections Tented Wedding on Hines Family Farms in Selma NC
Private Property NC Farm Wedding with trees tent and lake all lit up with special event lighting

This couple transformed their family farm in Selma NC into a Southern rustic glam wedding that whole heartedly represented them as a couple.

We love this bit of advice that Caroline has shared to other couples:

“Make it your own and don’t get so caught up on all the big things, those will fall into place. At the end of the day all I remembered was the sweet simple moments like dancing with my daddy and hiding away with just Jared to eat our first meal as a married couple.”

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