Brides Feature: Liz & Chip’s North Carolina Wedding
We’re excited to end the week with Liz & Chip’s wedding featured on Brides!
It’s a rare occasion that we have the opportunity to plan and execute a wedding on a private estate, so I was intrigued when I first spoke with Caroline (one of the bride’s sisters). After I heard the story of why they chose to host Lizzy and Chip’s wedding at Silver Run and all of the ideas they had for the wedding weekend, I knew that I wanted to be part of their celebration.
It’s not an easy feat to host a wedding at a private residence, as there are many elements to consider accommodating over 100 guests. I embraced these challenges and managed several site visits until I had selected the perfect creative team to execute their vision. On top of enjoying every aspect of the planning process, I adore Lizzy, Chip, and their families and felt like part of the family by the wedding weekend.
Silver Run is the namesake of the property that belongs to the bride’s family and was where she spent her summers visiting her grandparents growing up. It is 300 acres set in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains with rolling fields and tree lined mountaintops. There is a signature bridge over a pond that you pass as you drive to the house and this bridge became one of the elements that was utilized in their printed materials. The biggest caveat we had was that the property was on the market and we had a short planning period to pull off this event before the property was sold.
Knowing that this would be the last event held on the family property, we worked to ensure we used all the different spaces and set out family photos from years past. The bride’s sisters’ created a very special bridal suite for the wedding day in their grandmother’s bedroom complete with wedding photos (of their parents and grandparents) and original artwork from the house. In addition, Lizzie chose to wear a vintage wedding gown from her grandmother.
The overall design vision for the wedding and reception was classic and timeless with a palette of white and greenery. There were also some nods to family favorites; the Silver Run Bridge on printed materials, tequila shot place cards, Neely family wine, and vintage postcards at each place setting in lieu of a guest book. The ceremony, complete with personal vows written by the bride and groom, was officiated by the bride’s uncle and there was not a dry eye in the house. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed corn hole, cocktails, and appetizers on the lawn behind the house as the sun went down. We enlisted the talented chef Adam Hayes from Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley who created a custom menu for the seated dinner. Following dinner and some very special toasts, guests were invited to the lower level lounge for dancing and desserts.