Catherine and Neal’s Chapel Hill Wedding

Catherine and Neal were married on October 6, 2012.  Their wedding ceremony was held at Saint Thomas More and the reception at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens, both in Chapel Hill.  Catherine and Neal hired us to help with the design and decor in addition to her month-of services.  In order to spice up the interior of the space, but keep in touch with the nature of the venue, we decided on a “Glam Garden” theme for the reception.  The color palette was an obvious choice including shades of green and brown with vintage touches of blush and shades of purple.

To glam up the interior we rented two large crystal chandeliers from Themworks.  We wanted to be consistent about bringing the outdoors inside so we brought in massive amounts of smilax branches to attach to the metal beams in the ceiling.  To define the space, we lined the walls of the space with green fabric, reminiscent of the gardens, but left the window wall with the natural light of the terrace open.  In between each window we added clusters of birch branches which were highlighted with amber uplights.  Magagony farm tables and chairs added to the natural feel of the decor.  Seating tables were covered with the bride’s vintage lace doilies.  The florist (Tre Bella) accented the tables with mis-matched containers of milk glass, mercury glass, wooden bowls and tons of candlelight.

The cocktail hour featured a mimosa bar with fresh fruit puree.  Cocktail tables and rocking chairs were set up in the gardens so guests could enjoy the beautiful fall day.  Individual glass vases with an assortment of single stem flowers in shades of purple were tied with custom die cut cards to display the guests name and table number.

My favorite memory from the wedding was the reaction Catherine had when she walked into the venue for the first time!  Her excitement made my day and Martha captured the moment perfectly (see below!)

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I hope you enjoy the rest of these beautiful images from Matha Manning Photography!

La Fete Wedding

NC Botanical Gardens Wedding


Catering – The Catering Company of Chapel Hill

Props and Lighting – Themeworks

Rentals – Party Reflections

Flowers – Tre Bella

Desserts – The Catering Company of Chapel Hill and the Groom’s sister!

Entertainment – SPIN – DJ Ryan Pflumm