Tom and Susanna had a breathtaking wedding in North Carolina at Snipes Farm. The Bride sent us a beautiful description of her wedding, here are the highlights : After Tom and I got engaged, I immediately started daydreaming, picturing, and fantasizing about our wedding day. It was very important to us for our wedding to be authentic and to be a true reflection of who we are as individuals and as a couple. We both wanted every aspect of our wedding theme and décor to really mean something. Tom and I both come from small towns but from very different parts of the world. I grew up in small-town North Carolina in a Seaboard Railroad town. My dad has owned a pharmacy in our tiny downtown my whole life which cultivated my love for pharmacy and the railroad and sipping Coca Cola from glass bottles. Growing up in this town really crafted my appreciation for a slow paced life, soaking in all of the “little things” that often get overlooked. Tom grew up in a tiny village in the gorgeous countryside of Southwest England where lush, green grass and sheep are everywhere the eye can see. This is the land where tea and ales are free flowing which may be the secret as to how everyone there is just so laidback and kind. A love for the relaxed countryside mixed with vintage nostalgia led to our very involved theme of “Southern Vintage/Apothecary with a Twist of British”.
Snipes Farm is just magical. And the owner, Roger Snipes, emits the same warmth that the sun does as it rises over the farm mid-day. We chose chocolate brown, deep purple, mint green, mint aqua, pale salmon, and pale pink. Our centerpieces came from my dad’s pharmacy, Birmingham Drug Co, Inc in Hamlet, NC. On many of the tables sat large, dark brown jugs which once held cough syrup in the 60’s. On the other tables, sat stacks of vintage books wrapped in lace topped off with a collection of glass apothecary bottles from my dad’s pharmacy. I made our table numbers and placed them in vintage candy jars from my dad’s pharmacy along with old-school candy sticks. The cake was topped with the cake topper that was on my parents’ wedding cake in the late 60’s. There was also a small horseshoe placed on the cake. This horseshoe was on the wedding cake of Tom’s Uncle and Auntie from the 60’s as well. Horseshoes are not only a sign of good luck but are used throughout English weddings.
During the ceremony, we had our wedding bands passed around in a tiny, vintage box. They started in the hands of our groomsmen, passed through the hands of our family and guests, and made it back up to our pastor through our bridesmaids. This passing of the rings, although it did take some time, was very emotional and was such an important part of our sweet ceremony. Tom’s brother passed away 7 years ago in a tragic accident and he was remembered very often throughout our engagement. Tom brought the beer tankard that his brother was gifted on his 18th birthday and it was on display. During the reception, Tom drank ales from this tankard. I wore an English six-pence in my shoe for good luck! The beautiful photography was shot by Cara Galati of f8 Photo Studios in Raleigh, NC. Cara’s spunky personality and eye for gorgeous detail were the perfect fit for us! Her shots really captured the essence of our love and the natural beauty of our day.