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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