Outdoor Ceremony : Rustic Elegance

outdoor wedding at gazebo

Michael and his beautiful fiance Lindsey knew that they wanted to have a gorgeous outdoor ceremony and the only request of the family was to have it in a month that wasn’t smoldering hot. You know, North Carolina may have the word “North” in it… but when you’re in the Piedmont, like we are here, that does not equate to cool weather. Greenery was a must so that put this cute couple with a mid May wedding date.

wedding watercolor portrait

Upon reaching out to us for wedding information, I could tell that they were pretty eager to get married with us. It didn’t take long to find out that Michael’s last name was Dennis. Yea, pretty much a match made in heaven. Michael and Lindsey Dennis tying the knot at Dennis Vineyards. It does have a nice little ring to it, don’t you think?

bride and groom on couch in vineyard

The Back Story

But wait, wait, let’s put on the brakes for a second so I can give you the back story. Every wedding is great but without the ooey, gooey center, it’s just another wedding!

Rewind back to June of 2017 and you will find these two nervously clicking “yes” on the other’s Plenty of Fish profile, hoping that this will be the last time they have to scroll the dating website. A date with a round of mini golf was scheduled and lo and behold love DID begin to blossom. Some may not believe in fate but these two lovebirds do! When Lindsey came home and told her grandparents about their first date (which she was super thrilled with by the way), she found out that THEIR first date was at a mini golf course too and they had been married for 63 years! Good luck? Destiny? Fate? Perhaps!

stunning wedding cake at A Place in the Vineyard
wedding rings on wine corks

While on vacation with Lindsey’s family at Yosemite National Park, Michael knelt down in front of the very best view (Glacier Point), hands shaking with tears in his eyes and asked for her hand in marriage. YES. Of course she said yes! Before putting her sparkly engagement ring upon her finger, he made sure she saw the tiny inscription inside … the date they first played mini golf. Yea, it’s fate.

wedding ceremony at gazebo

An Outdoor Ceremony in May

Now an outdoor ceremony by the pond and gazebo in May is already drop dead gorgeous so it doesn’t need much to take it over the top. What did they do? They took it over the top gorgeous with a sheer swag and voluminous, cascading flowers that created the perfect focal point for their gazebo nuptials. The aisles of white wedding chairs were sprinkled with ivory and blush flower petals and guests were greeted by two large wine barrels adorned with flower arrangements. Guests could also grab a nice, cool refreshment from the steel drink barrels before taking their seats.

The reception was nothing short of magical. Twirling her around the dance floor, they swayed back and forth for the first time as husband and wife. Her timeless color scheme of ivory, blush pink and slate blue worked beautifully with the rustic colors of the venue.

interior of wedding venue

And speaking of rustic, after their dreamy outdoor ceremony they were whisked away to Italy for the most romantic honeymoon. Stops in Rome, Sorrento and Venice – all on the agenda. Pasta, wine, music, all while being hopelessly in love and newly married, yeah I’d say that’s a dream come true.

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The Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Michael A Anderson

Wedding Painter: Asheville Event Paintings

DJ: Virtual Sounds

Cake: Publix

Florist: Chelish Moore

Caterer: Family Catering Service

Coordinator: Mena’s Memorable Moments

Videographer: Shutter Hutch Films

Photo Booth: Photo RAMIT Productions

Bridal Gown Designer: Justin Alexander

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