Julia + Alex’s Woodland Jewish Wedding at The Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, NC

Photo by Morning Wild Photography

May 2019 | The Barn at Valhalla, Chapel Hill, NC
Wedding Production + Design and Florals by Folie à Deux Events

Photography – Morning Wild Photography | Ceremony Venue – The Barn at Valhalla | Catering + Bar – Acme Carrboro | Rentals – American Party Rentals | DJ/Entertainment – Bunn DJ Company | Hair + Makeup – Wedded Kiss | Attire – Flair | Tent (Rain Plan) – Capital Events / Grand Rental Station


Julia + Alex were married at The Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, NC in May, 2019. As outdoorsy people, they knew they wanted their wedding to be in the woods — “a bit campy, but elegant,” in Julia’s words. Since The Barn at Valhalla is stunning on its own, the design was minimal and inspired by nature. For the floral design we focused on locally sourced wildflowers with lots of greenery and pops of summer colors.

Julia and Alex chose to have their ceremony in the round, meaning the guests were gathered around them in a partial circle to emphasize community. They also circled each other several times as a symbol of unity. In the words of the couple’s friend Mariah, “In the Jewish tradition, circling generally symbolizes the creation of a new home and the intertwining of the lives and hearts of the couple. In this ceremony, Julia and Alex not only circle each other, but are also circled by their community and even the wedding itself takes place in the round. For this couple, it is not just their own hearts that intertwine to build their home and to support each other, but also those of the community that they bring together.”

Their wedding was so fun and had so much personality. Some of the most memorable parts were a board game inspired cocktail hour where guests could play games while they enjoyed appetizers and drinks. Julia and Alex gave the guests customized dice sets as a favor. Alex also made the custom chuppah for the ceremony. They kicked off the reception with a choreographed first dance to “Love on Top” by Beyonce! It was one of the sweetest and funniest first dances we have ever seen!

As another way to elevate the sense of community, they opted to be married by a wedding cast of their friends and family in place of a rabbi since they had already been legally married. They mixed some traditional and nontraditional elements into the ceremony. Their friends and family shared readings in both English and Hebrew, as well as personal stories about the couple. The wedding closed with the ceremony of Havdalah not only to celebrate the end of Shabbat, but also the end of a chapter in their lives. They made it their own by leading the guests in singing “Stand By Me” in place of a traditional song in Hebrew at the end.

After weeks of spending mornings snuggled on the couch planning together, Julia and Alex had created their perfect wedding! This wedding was the trial run for our Wedding Production + Design service, which includes everything from our Wedding Coordination, plus a bit more hands-on planning with the aesthetics and design. Julia and Alex were great to work with, and it went so well we added it as an official service later that summer!

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