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An Intimate NC Botanical Garden Wedding

Nicole + James

I secretly always love small weddings. They’re so sweetly intimate without all of the chaos that comes along with a typical wedding day. Don’t get me wrong – we always love a good party as well! But there’s just something special about only including a handful of your closest family and friends to share the day with you.

We started off the day at Simply Divine Bed and Breakfast in Dunn, NC. Nicole and James got dressed in separate parts of the inn with the help of family and friends. It was an extremely relaxed morning filled with laughter and a few tears. Once dressed, everyone headed to the botanical garden in Fayetteville.
Nicole and James exchanged their vows underneath an arbor in the gardens. Neither wore shoes as they promised to always love one another, go on adventures, and get their toes dirty together. It was perfect and just right for these nature lovers! Nicole and James were so ridiculously adorable together. They have a love that’s very genuine and joyful. We loved spending time with them!

Nicole and James – Thank you so much for allowing us to document this exciting moment in your lives together. It couldn’t have been more beautiful! Congrats, you two!

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James, a geochemist, designed Nicole’s ring himself. He did such a beautiful job! custom wedding robes via etsycape-fear-botanical-garden-elopement-photo (9)groom adjusting bowtie, handwritten vowsFree People Wedding Dress & Floral Crown Boho WeddingSimple Divine B&B Wedding Photocape-fear-botanical-garden-elopement-photo (6)cape-fear-botanical-garden-elopement-photo (15)Simply Divine B&B Wedding PhotoSimply Divine Dunn Wedding Photographer

What is your favorite wedding day memory?
“We both loved the feeling of closeness we had by keeping it a small ceremony and having his friend marry us. We will never forget how it felt to be so loved.”

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What were some of your favorite wedding details?
“I personally loved being barefoot. We both included something about it in our vows; it’s a connection to nature that brings us together.”

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How did James propose to you?
“He proposed during a camping trip down by the water in the early morning. It was absolutely perfect!”

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What’s your favorite way to spend time together?
“In the outdoors! We love hiking, going on walks, talking over coffee, early mornings and working out.”

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What advice do you have for couples currently planning their own weddings?
“Just do it your way. The day is about you both, fill it with as many special moments and quirky things as you can.”

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Wedding Vendor Love:
Getting Ready Venue: Simply Divine B&B, Dunn
Wedding Venue: Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville
Floral Design: Chrissy’s Flowers, Philadelphia “She was so fun to work with and her staff is simply wonderful!”
Wedding Dress: Free People

 

 

 Diana + Joseph’s  Cape Fear Botanical Garden wedding took place in Fayetteville, NC over the summer.

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These two actually eloped a year prior to their wedding, giving Diana plenty of time to craft most of the wedding decor herself. And she did such a lovely job!! We loved being able to celebrate such a special day with Diana and Joseph.

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You can also view Diana + Joseph’s downtown Fayetteville engagement photos here!

 

 

NC Wedding Vendor Love:
A huge thanks to the following vendors for helping make Diana + Joseph’s wedding so special!
Wedding Venue: Cape Fear Botanical Gardens
Entertainment: Five Star Entertainment
Uplighting: Five Star Entertainment
Wedding Cake: Kiss Me Cakes
Catering: Elliots on Linden
Hair & Makeup: Salon 360
Wedding Dress: c/o Brides Across America
Officiant: Lauren Nofsinger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mallarie and Dontrell’s gorgeous Cape Fear Botanical Garden wedding was followed with a reception at Skyview on Hay in Fayetteville, NC.

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I’ve always heard that rain on a wedding day is good luck. If there’s any truth to that, Mallarie and Dontrell have some very happy days ahead of them!
Despite a zero percent chance of rain in the forecast, the very second Mallarie’s limo arrived to take her to Cape Fear Botanical Garden…it started pouring!  Luckily, the storm passed within the hour and Mallarie and Dontrell were able to continue on with their GORGEOUS outdoor ceremony! 

Some of our favorite weddings are those where it’s obvious how close the couple’s families are and how genuinely happy they are to be joining their families together. Mallarie and Dontrell’s wedding was definitely one of those weddings! We absolutely loved getting to know all of their family and friends…and despite a little rain, the day couldn’t have been more perfect!


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What is your favorite memory from your wedding day? “Finally seeing my husband after the rainfall!”

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The Salt Covenant: In ancient times, promises were sealed by each person taking a pinch of salt from their pouch and placing it in the pouch of the other. The only way that the agreement could be broken was if each individual could identify and extract their own grains of salt…which of course, was impossible. And thus, the covenant could never be broken.

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How did you and Dontrell meet? “Trell and I knew of each other in high school, but didn’t really start speaking until I was a junior in high school and he was a freshman in college. We started up talking through MySpace!!! Oh the joy of the internet. He was my second boyfriend ever and we haven’t broken up since I was 17. My true high school sweetheart!”

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How did Dontrell propose? “He proposed December 31, 2010. We were at my apartment at Campbell University and early that morning he just poured his heart out to me and asked. He said he has a whole day planned, but couldn’t wait! We started our New Year’s Eve with a bang!!”

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Mallarie and Dontrell’s ceremony was followed by a reception at Skyview on Hay.
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What were some of your favorite details?  “The reception was ideal with the yellow and grey decor.”  skyview-on-hay-wedding-photo (14)Mallarie + Dontrell’s first dance was to Chrisette Michelle’s Couple of Forevers
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What’s your favorite way to spend time together? “Anytime together is a good time! We are complete clowns, so it’s always fun.”

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Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding? “Start planning and calling venues ASAP. I really planned my wedding about 4 months prior and came about some hiccups that could’ve been avoided.”

 

Vendor Love:
Ceremony Venue: Cape Fear Botanical Garden
Reception Venue: Skyview on Hay
Hair: Mallarie did her own hair
Makeup: Mikkel via MAC.
DJ: 5 Star Entertainment
Officiant: Terrance McAllister
Wedding Dress: Bridal and Pageant Connection
Videographer: Jerfilm
Florist: Ender’s Creations
Catering: Ender’s Creations
Cake: Sweet Boutique
Rings: Helzberg Jewelers and Kay Jewelers

 

 

 

We lovveedd this Cape Fear Botanical Gardens wedding so much!
Danielle was such an awesome, laid-back bride. SO much fun!
Thanks for letting us be a part of your day.
& Enjoy your sneak peak! 🙂
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This couple hired the most amazing, kind vendors we’ve ever encountered!
Venue: Cape Fear Botanical Garden
DJ/Entertainment: Five Star Entertainment
Catering: Invisible Chef