Rhonda and Wayne own an absolutely gorgeous farm in Shalotte, NC, so finding a venue for their wedding required no search at all. Rhonda invited Millie and I out to see the farm to get our opinion, and we both instantly said, "You HAVE to have it here!" It took a little convincing, but Rhonda eventually charmed Wayne enough that he agreed.
Sunflowers are Rhonda's favorite flower, so the couple spent the next few months planting sunflowers everywhere. It ended up perfect! AMAZING photographs by Millie and Company at Millie Holloman Photography!
Rhonda kept emphasizing that while she wanted a farm feel, she also wanted hints of elegance. So while sunflowers were incorporated in the centerpieces, ceremony, and cocktail hour, we took her bouquet in a slightly different direction, using cymbidium and catalaya orchids, scabiosa, billy balls and scabiosa pods. We still wrapped it with some rustic twine and placed brown buttons on the handle.
Bridesmaids wore bright blue dresses and carried sunflowers, fern curls, millet, maple leaves and scabiosa pods.
Hay bales were used as seating and in keeping with the rustic elegance, we tucked white fabric around each bale...
and lined the aisle with lanterns.
Rhonda had been collecting antique colbalt vases for years and wanted them to be included in the design, so we used them as vases with a combination of orchids, sunflowers, and billy balls.
Rhonda's family gathered up their picnic tables and brought them for seating. They made great tables for the reception!
Rhonda had prepared the farm with some adorable touches like this one!