Nell & Ryan’s Love Story
Nell and Ryan are from the same hometown in Georgia and met over a decade ago at a bar. Many years later, Ryan was traveling to London for work and got in touch with Nell, who lived and worked there. Needless to say, his trip lasted much longer than he anticipated. Ryan proposed a little less than a year later when Nell met him in the intimate coastal town of Sidi Bou in Tunisia, Africa.
Bringing Other Countries Close to Home
Ryan and Nell traveled extensively for work and pleasure and considered having the wedding in one of their favorite countries. They decided on the Old Edward’s Inn in Highlands, North Carolina. Nell has fond memories of her stays with her grandparents who have lived there since the 70’s. They figured they could incorporate their love of travel into the wedding theme with the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
A Lovely Fall Wedding Day
The ceremony was held in the apple orchard next to the inn. When guests arrived they received warm spiked apple cider from an old wagon. Hand warmers and heat lamps were also available. The band Braidstreem played as guests were seated. The trees, aisles and the wedding arch were decorated with dried flowers. Nell wore a Rivini gown and Ryan wore a custom-made Scottish wool suite from Walker Slater. Nell’s six nephews sprinkled dried leaves down the aisle from antique toolboxes. And when the couple exchanged their vows, guests had vintage horns and noisemakers to celebrate the happy couple.
The Art of Wedding Flower Arrangements
Nell’s favorite artist is Rebecca Louise Law who builds exhibitions around hanging flowers. Nell wanted to incorporate the artist’s work into her décor. Studio Flora Diva hung bundles of flowers from the rafters of the barn, so that it appeared to be raining flowers. They also created the animal topiaries and the bridal bouquet out of dried flowers. What a lovely fall wedding theme idea!
Wedding Table Settings with a Twist
Each table was filed with trinkets, antiques and maps of places where Nell and Ryan travelled. “It mirrored the madness of our antique-filled home in London,” she said. Guests were welcomed with a custom-built boiled peanut stand—many of their friends and family had never experienced the southern treat. They also custom-built a candy store for the kids (and some of the adults), where they could fill up little packets of goodies. Cocktail hour reflected their southern roots with appetizers of mini chicken and waffles, oyster shooters in mason jars and an assortment of fried vegetables.
Vintage Wedding with a Vintage Band
As they dined on their southern feast, guests were served beer out of large wine barrels. A sign was placed about the bar that said: To Have and to Hold, referring of course to the guest’s drinks. The menu was a southern feast and when bellies were full and the spirits were high, everyone and danced the night away to the hilarious cover band Yacht Rock Schooner who play the smooth sounds of 70’s soft rock.
Wow, Nell & Ryan congrats! We love your unique vintage wedding!