Kelly + Kent’s Eco Institute at Pickards Mountain Wedding in Chapel Hill, NC

Photo by Samantha Floyd Photography

April 2018 | Eco Institute at Pickards Mountain – Chapel Hill, NC
Coordination Team – Erica + Lindsey

Photography – Samantha Floyd Photography | Venue – The Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain | Rentals – American Party Rentals & Southern Vintage Table | Flowers – Designed by Folie à Deux Events, supplied by Open Door Farm | Kombucha – Home:bucha | Catering – Friends of the Couple | Officiant – Friend of the Couple


Kelly and Kent were married at the Eco Institute at Pickards Mountain in Chapel Hill in April 2018. With a picturesque lakeside gazebo, sprawling, photogenic gardens, and a newly renovated barn space that held all of their most cherished loved ones, the Eco Institute was the ideal setting for Kelly and Kent’s nuptials. Being in tune with the Earth is incredibly important to them both which also made this venue ideal, as the proceeds from their event rentals help fund their on-site educational programs. Their guests were encouraged to arrive early and tour the grounds, relax and decompress with a bit of pre-wedding yoga, or say hi to the friendly goats at the facility.

Before the big day, they celebrated and prepared with a cacao ceremony. A shamanic practice dating back thousands of years that was important to Kelly and Kent to include, it helped set the tone for the festivities as well as allowed everyone to reflect and release any tension or anxieties before the wedding went into full swing.

The bride’s gown was custom-made from silk in shades of vermillion and canary yellow, the groom kept his feet bare in his aubergine suit, and they topped their ensembles off with custom flower crowns made by Folie à Deux Events with blooms sourced from Open Door Farm. The decor for the space itself was eclectic, yet minimal, with matching red, yellow, and purple flowers and vintage china from Southern Vintage Table.

Kelly and Kent’s wedding was inspired and influenced by the importance of their community. The catering was provided by a friend and consisted of locally-sourced, Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. For liquid refreshments, a locally-sourced blueberry ginger kombucha was available on tap. Besides the food, they requested a dear friend be their officiant to add a more personal touch to the vows themselves. Throughout the reception, guests were encouraged to take center stage at an open mic for toasts, playing music, sharing stories of the loving couple, and just about anything else you can imagine. The dancing lasted well into the night, and Kelly herself serenaded Kent with an acoustic rendition of “Higher Love” leaving very few dry eyes in the house!

The personalized touches and obvious affection from all of their guests truly made this wedding shine. Incorporating their love and respect for nature along with spiritual practices that are dear to them made Kelly and Kent’s Bohemian wedding day a celebration they will never forget.


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