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Kate and Angel Wed at Het Landhuis in Pittsboro - Celebrating Love, Life, Family and Friends

It was a glorious day for a wedding; not a cloud in the sky, bright blue above us, green fields surrounding us, and immersed in the bounty of lush Mother Nature, the wedding took place in the beautiful outdoor chapel of Het Landhuis Estate. My grandmother always used to say that God’s first temples were the trees, and how she would have loved the soft serenity of this setting.

The owner of Het Landhuis is a skilled iron artisan and his handiwork is in evidence all over the farm, including this wonderful open-air chapel, with the filigree iron ceiling that allows all the beauty of Nature to create its own enclosure. It was beautiful, spiritual, simple and lovely. I can see why Kate and Angel chose this marvelous location and I hope to be able to do many more weddings here in the future. The dappled sunlight coming through the trees was magical and completely matched the love in that day.

Angel is Bulgarian and this wedding celebrated his heritage in fun ways, starting with the aprons of the Flower Girls and the vest and shirt of the Sign Bearer, all of which were handmade by Angel’s mom and brought with her when she came from Bulgaria for the wedding.

During the ceremony, before the Bride and Groom go back out the aisle, a Bulgarian custom is for the mother of the groom to pour water from a traditional copper pitcher onto the ground in front of the newlyweds. This signifies a blessing of the couple so their life together will flow smoothly - like water. Angel’s mother brought a traditional copper pot with her just for this purpose and here you can see her holding it proudly after the ceremony.

The wedding cake, created by Edible Art Bakery, had a Bride and Groom in traditional Bulgarian wedding clothes as a topper.

For the ceremony, both Angel and Kate were escorted in by their parents. First Angel...

and then Kate, by both her dads.

There was so much love here. Look at it beaming out of their faces…

showing up in their hands during the ceremony...

and when the rings went on.

It was a real joy to pronounce them husband and wife.

Love was in all the photos taken that day - here is the happy couple with their Bridal Party.

And speaking of the photos, most of those used in this post were taken by Annemie Tonken of Megapixie Photography. She is such a major talent and I am so pleased she has graciously allowed the use of her amazing photos here. She caught the feel of the day just perfectly! (Thanks, Annemie!)

Annemie wrote a blog post about this wedding, too, and you should definitely treat yourself and head over there to read her post and enjoy her beautiful photos. You will be VERY glad you did!

After the wedding, the guests moved over to the pool area by the pond and Kate and Angel went for some photos on the expansive grounds. Here are some of my favs;

Kate and Angel had some fun accents for the celebration, like the flower pots they painted with a paint people could write on with chalk - bet there were some fun things to read there!

Gorgeous  fans were provided for the southern heat...

and snow cones with flavors for the kids and adults!

The guest book was a fingerprint tree.

Dancing began later in the night and sparklers came out at the end. 

 Our wedding planner for the event was Stephanie Cisco of Viva L’Event, assisted by Jamie Martin and Jacklin Williamson. Stephanie, Jamie and Jacklin were all over the place, making sure things went off as planned and that Kate and Angel were well provided for. Stephanie is a consummate professional and a fun person to know. I love working with her! Here she is with Kate’s mom - Stephanie is the one in pink.

Stephanie also wrote a blog post about this wedding that she entitled, “Natural Love.” What a perfect name.

Others on hand to make this wedding so special for Kate and Angel;

Videographer - F8 in motion
Snow Cones - Pelican’s SnowBalls

There are so many special things about Het Landhuis that I am going to have to write a blog post about them just to cover them all, but one of my favorite things they do is to lay a personalized brick in the ground for all the weddings done on their site. It is fun walking around and finding the bricks all over. They already had one completed for Kate and Angel. I just love this!

 Kate and Angel, it was so much fun getting to know you, writing your beautiful ceremony and meeting your family and friends. I hope that the water blessing from your wedding will indeed make your life flow smoothly and that your life will be as sweet as those snow cones.


UPDATE - This wedding is featured on the blog of our local premiere wedding magazine, Southern Bride and Groom - quite an honor for Kate and Angel and everyone involved with this wedding! Here is a link to the blog post - enjoy reading it and seeing more wedding photos.


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Annemie Tonken said…
Thank you so much for your post, Barbara... since photographs take center stage on my blog, it's so nice to get to revisit Kate & Angel's wedding through your beautiful write-up. It really is reflective of the care and attention you put into each of the weddings you perform, and the relationships you establish with the couples you work with. See you soon!
Hi, Annemie

What nice things to say - thank you! I do enjoy getting to know each of the couples and becoming a part of their love stories. You must love that in your work as well.

Thank you for the use of your wonderful photos. They show beautifully how the day felt to all of us. You are a true artist and I will be looking forward to our working together again.