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Cathy and Brian say their vows at Snipes Farm Retreat in Chapel Hill

Cathy and Brian met at UNC - Chapel Hill when they were students there a few years ago. Eventually their friendship grew into a love and they have been together ever since. Although they currently live in New York, their hearts are still with UNC so they came back to the area to marry where it all began.

Harking back to the NC in their hearts, the wedding favors for the guests were bags of grits with a cheese grits recipe on the tag from the famous Crooks Corner Restaurant in Chapel Hill - and jars of hot sauce to go with them. That recipe is a winner, y’all.

Standing by the grits and hot sauce was the most adorable little cow that Cathy’s mother had found. It seemed a perfect accent for the decorations and they decided to use it in honor of the dairy history of Snipes Farm, where the wedding celebration was held.

Snipes Farm Retreat is a rustic old dairy farm that sits tucked away in the country surrounding Chapel Hill - and it was a perfect setting for this fun, casual wedding.

The ceremony was held under the big oak tree on the left.

The old barn now has additions to accommodate larger groups and the old silo still stands at the end of the breezeway that connects the barn and silo.

This is the interior of the barn set up for the reception.

Snipes Farm Retreat is a charming location and you can reach them at this phone number; (919) 929-3454.

The lovely cake was provided by Edible Art, who always creates beautiful wedding cakes. It never ceases to amaze me how clever these bakers are to come up time and again with the most wonderful designs and this design seemed to suit Cathy’s personality especially well.

Cathy and Brian chose Grace Wepner of Harp String Studio as their harpist for the ceremony. It was a joy to meet her and hear her play. She lives in Greensboro but travels the state for weddings and I am definitely going to be looking forward to hearing her beautiful music again.

The wedding planner for the day was Courtney Hooper of C and D Events and the photographers were Lindsey Marla and Joe Wiliford of Lindsey Marla Photography, now based out of California. Durham Catering Company brought in all the food.

This wedding was a work of love from their friends and family to Cathy and Brian. They all worked together to bring in a little bit of themselves to add to the eclectic mix. Their friend April did the flowers, friend Ryan home-brewed the kegs of beer, Cathy’s sister-in-law, Michelle, did the hair, Dail, a friend and professional DJ, kept things hopping musically, Bridal Party members, Abbie and Chris, did a reading, and Cathy’s mom did all the local legwork. Cathy’s Great Grandmother was also represented by the family heirloom pin that Cathy attached to her bouquet. Three generations have so far worn that pin. Nice.

It was a very special wedding that perfectly suited a very special couple and I was honored to be a part of it. Congratulations, Cathy and Brian, and many happy days ahead to you both.


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