October 2018 | The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel , Chapel Hill, NC
Wedding Coordination by Erica, Signe, + Lindsey
Photography –Kathryn Miles Jones | Catering – Snap Pea Catering | Florals – the Bride’s Mother | Rentals – Greenhouse Picker Sisters + American Party Rentals + CE Rental | Cake – Sugar Euphoria | Calligraphy – the Bride | Musicians – Elegant Ensembles + the Ivory Boys | DJ – Bowtied Weddings
Virginia and Jon were married at The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel in Chapel Hill, NC surrounded by lush fall foliage. Mann’s Chapel is a historic venue built in 1887 that was decommissioned as an actual house of worship in 1985 and has since been lovingly restored by the new owners, Amy & Yvette, as a modern gathering space for intimate weddings and social events. The pine flooring and colorful stained glass are all original features from when it was built, which made it an amazing venue for Virginia and Jon’s special day.
As is often the case, even the most perfect plans can go wrong, and something completely unexpected happened that day. The original plan had their reception taking place outside. Unfortunately, the tents never made it to the venue. Thanks to quick thinking and lots of helping hands, a solution for a quick room flip helped save the celebration. It served as an excellent reminder to not panic, go with the flow, and be creative because you never know what can happen when the big day arrives. And make sure you have a team of vendors you trust completely!
This wedding had a lot of personal touches given by family, friends, and the couple themselves. Virginia practices calligraphy as a hobby and is incredible at it, so she hand-inscribed all of the signage and place settings. Linda, her mother designed all of the floral arrangements–from bridal party to table settings. Perhaps most unique to the occasion, the bride and groom requested that loved ones share stories about them which were then incorporated into their multi-course plated dinner; the food itself was designed to invoke the feelings from the tales while Chef Jacob told the relevant story during each new course of their dinner. Toasts also took place during the courses after the toasters’ own stories had been shared. It was a great way to involve their loved ones and their experiences with the couple into the event.
Virginia and Jon carefully curated every detail so their personalities and sense of style shined through every detail, from the live violin and cello accompaniment during the ceremony who played U2’s Beautiful Day, to the sour bourbon cherry cider and grapefruit rosemary gimlets featured during their cocktail hour. One of our preferred vendors, Sugar Euphoria, provided a contemporary three-layer cake with flowers in blush and burgundy. Cocktail Hour and Dinner entertainment was provided by the Ivory Boys alongside a DJ later in the evening for dancing the night away.
One of our favorite elements of the evening was the Champagne Tower. It was a lot of fun for two reasons, the first being that it is very impressive and luxurious… the second being that it actually takes longer than you think to fill 90 champagne coupes in a tower, so we all enjoyed a few laughs about it taking so long.
Virigina and Jon’s wedding wrapped up with a grand exit with sparklers and guests began to depart. In spite of some initial setbacks, with some fast problem solving and epic team work, the day ultimately ended up amazing, memorable, and uniquely them!