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Katherine and David Become One at The Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina

Katherine and David currently live and work in Maryland, but they met at graduate school at Wake Forest University. With family still in the area, they came back to NC to marry. What a charming couple! They contacted me by phone and I was very flattered when they decided to work with me for their wedding without having met me beforehand. (Thanks, you guys.)

They chose The Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina as the perfect setting for their wedding. On hand to make sure everything went off exactly as it should was Ann Eberle, who is a staff wedding planner at The Highgrove. She is so good at what she does that I always know weddings where she is in charge are going to be caringly and professionally managed.

Because David is of Spanish heritage, he and Katherine wanted to incorporate their different cultures into the ceremony. They decided that they both would say their ring vows in Spanish, which was a lovely idea. Katherine did a beautiful job of it and you could see David’s family leaning forward to hear her speak in Spanish - and smile happily for her when she was finished. Talk about the family rooting for you! It was a very sweet moment.

To further include the Spanish heritage, they had a friend, Nadya, read a passage from First Corinthians in Spanish and incorporated the traditional custom of the groom giving 13 coins to the wife to represent his trust in her to help him provide for the family. And with a modern and decidedly American twist, Katherine gave him back the coins to represent exactly the same thing to the husband.

When Katherine was a little girl she had been a Flower Girl at a wedding and her mom had saved the dress all these years. She used it to make the ring pillow and ring pouch for Katherine’s wedding. Both are shown here, with the pouch being held by the Best Man, Orlando, who carried the rings into the ceremony in that pouch.

Her mother also made this beautiful family tree sampler as a wedding gift for Katherine and David and it was appropriately displayed on the guest book table between wedding photos of each of their parents.

Katherine loves the designer, Kate Spade, and couldn’t resist these blue satin pumps to wear as her “Something Blue,” along with the blue accent in the hairpiece in her hair.

The Farrell Sisters were on hand to provide the ceremony music in harp and flute. That is always a beautiful combination and Brittany and Marissa did an exemplary job.

Because it is October, they used these cute little pumpkins as place card holders for the guests. How elegant they all look sitting on the table.

In the photograph below, notice the photographer in the background. That is Jennifer Kromhout of Acorn Photography. Jennifer and I have not worked together at a wedding in a long while and it was great seeing her again and watching her in action. I know her photos are going to be tremendous - they always are. She was ably assisted that day by Ashley (sorry I didn’t get your last name, Ashley.).

The wedding flowers were not the orange and yellows one might expect of an October wedding. They were instead rich tones of reds and purples and were just magnificent. Matching and accentuating the purple of the Bridesmaid dresses, these flowers were so amazingly beautiful that they took your breath away. Created by Mel Day of Dogwood Tree Floral Designs, they were just elegant. No wonder they are an award-winning floral design house!

Here is the gorgeous wedding cake, also strewn with the beautiful flowers. 

Katherine and David, you put together a beautiful and touching wedding that celebrated both your families and your heritages in a rich and elegant way. My best wishes to you both in your lives to come. Mejor de las suertes! (Best of luck!)


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