Every wedding is surprising in some way. Katie and Johnny's wedding ceremony and reception, held on the groom's family's cattle farm, was filled with happy, delightful hurdles.
The couple was friendly and easygoing from the start. They, along with both moms, had a picture in mind of the mix of elegance, personal touches, and rustic charm they hoped to achieve in the family's working barn. It was our job to help them to realize that vision!
We quickly learned that this wasn't a former barn remodeled to become a permanent event space. Instead, it was a working barn that would be temporarily (and magnificently) transformed for the purposes of the wedding weekend.
Every gorgeous peony in each bouquet and centerpiece was grown by the groom's mother, then harvested and encouraged to bloom at precisely the right time by Allen Baney's (Avant Garden) thoughtful hand. Peonies were no small task after our temperamental weather this Spring! Each centerpiece was unique, arranged in silver bowls and trophies collected over the years for the Dawes' award-winning cattle. The stunning peonies on the cake, on the other hand, were carefully crafted by Kim Morrison, Cakes by Occasions.
The day itself was a dream: cows mooed along with the ceremony under a clear blue sky (and one planner who shall not be named jumped in shock every time she heard them). The Carolina Gents, a bluegrass band, created a playful soundtrack to a show-stopping meal (as always) presented by Catering with Style by Dan Rallis. Guests danced and clogged their way through the night to celebrate a perfect union of two simply wonderful families.
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