Emily and Theo are just cool. No, seriously, they are awesome. For one thing Theo is the real life Don Drapper minus the whole womanizer thing. He's even got the hair. He's an "ad man". He and Emily have lived in NYC and then moved to LA. They decided to marry in North Carolina because Emily's super sweet and fantastic mom and dad retired here. They wanted something different and laid back for their wedding and they found it at Het Landhuis. If you haven't come across this venue in photos, in your own search or whatever, it's worth a visit. I had the pleasure of seeing the venue with Emily and Theo and Emily's sweet mama this past summer when it was all beautiful and lush and green and, of course this Autumn for their wedding. The place has everything. It's rustic, a little gothic, royal, dark, light, woodsy, magical, country, relaxed, upscale...literally, everything! We loved it!
Emily and Theo wanted to use as much of the venue that they could. The ceremony took place just back in the woods, down a cascading path of stone steps. They adorned the alter with natural wood and beautiful candles while all of their guests sat comfortably in vintage church pews and were wrapped in grey blankets that the couple offered up as they entered the ceremony site. They were kept entertained to original blue grass music by the incredibly talented Charles Pettee Band. The bride's nephews served as their ring bearer and flower boy and the bride and groom decided to keep their wedding party simple, with a matron of honor and best man. They were married by Emily's uncle in a beautifully personal ceremony.
After the ceremony, the blue grass band continued to play while everyone enjoyed a relaxing cocktail hour up and out of the woods mingling amongst the properties restored cabins and buildings and watching the gorgeous North Carolina sunset while I kept the bride and groom all to myself. Dinner was served in a clear tent and guests were seated family style to enjoy even more live blue grass music and chomp down on some delicious food featured from Beau Catering.
After dinner the celebration continued and the party moved to the Het Landuis Barn. A two-story masterpiece! Calling the structure a barn seems so small. It's beautiful and elaborate decorations hardly seem like "barn" is the right word. On the first floor Theo and Emily had rented vintage furniture and had hoped for more of a lounge feel for any guests that didn't want to join the dancing upstairs. But the first floor lounge was hardly necessary as Randy Bennett with Bunn DJ was ready to work his magic. From the very minute everyone stepped onto that second floor the dancing never stopped! Randy is our "go to" DJ. He's the one we recommend to all of our clients. He's top notch, the real deal and there is no one better! The dance floor was literally bouncing. January and I were scared but the dancers didn't fear...they were having so much fun it didn't matter. After one of the sweetest father of the bride toasts the night carried on. Emily and Theo threw tradition out the window. They didn't want speeches, no garter or bouquet toss. They didn't even do the traditional mother/son or father/daughter parent dances. Not that they didn't dance with their parents. They did. Emily rocked it out with her sweet Daddy to "Mr. Big Stuff" and everyone was incredibly entertained. But it was all off the cuff. Nothing was overly planned. Everything was about love, and fun and being in the moment. They hugged everyone they wanted to hug. They didn't feel pressured to "make rounds" to say hello to everyone. It just unfolded organically. I was so proud of them for sticking to their guns and having the wedding that they wanted to have. Was it perfect? No. There were a few meltdowns beforehand. That's normal. But there was so much laughter after the meltdowns, after the eye rolls, there were just so much hugs. It's like that line from one of my favorite movies with Sandra Bullock, Hope Floats. "I realize that it doesn't matter who or what or when or where the hugging happens, sometimes you just need a hug." And on 11/13/16 there were so many hugs they all floated up to heaven in excess and even the angels felt them from that little place called Het Landhuis way out in the country somewhere in sweet Carolina.
We love you Emily and Theo. You were such an honor to our art.
Florist: Christie Cook - Art of Motion Events
Decor & Styling: Christie Cook - Art of Motion Events
Cake: Details Cake Design
Hair & Makeup: Donna Palme
Tent Rental: Grand Rental Station
Place Settings, Linens: CE Rental