Jessie + Jason’s Top of the Hill Wedding in Chapel Hill, NC.
Jessie and Jason’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend wedding took place at the historic Top of the Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC.
Their brewery wedding had it all – an adorable ring bearer and dog (in matching bowties, no less), a gorgeous, light-filled ceremony space, and even a smore’s bar! It was kind of perfect!
Ever the modern couple, these two also weren’t afraid to ditch traditions; from the first look to the mixed gender bridal party (the bride’s brother was her Man of Honor), Jessie and Jason made their wedding day truly their own. We always love when couples aren’t afraid to showcase their personalities, and these two managed to blend their styles flawlessly.
We started off the day at The Carolina Inn where Jessie was busy getting ready. As the awesome ladies of Bella Trio applied the finishing touches to Jessie’s bridal makeup, we gathered her dress and accessories for a few detail shots throughout the Inn. (These detail shots are always some of our favorite photos since they help tell the story and set the tone for the day.) And oh my goodness – I loved shooting details at The Carolina Inn! It’s such a charming southern hotel. All of the hallways have their own themes with unique artwork and historical photos…we could have spent all day wandering around!
Once we were finished with her wedding details, we headed back to Jessie’s room to catch her mom buttoning her dress and applying her veil. After a champagne toast and final mirror check, it was time for the ‘first look!’
Jessie had been so calm all afternoon while getting ready, but that changed once we stepped into the elevator. Her breathing became a little more shallow and she began swirling her fingers around her engagement ring. Jason was equally anxious to see her as well though, nervously taking swigs of coconut water as he waited for her to tap him on the shoulder. It was sweet! As soon as Jason turned around, he wrapped his arms around Jessie and they both instantly relaxed. …And that’s one of the many reasons why we love ‘First Looks.’ They’re a nice way for couples to squeeze in a little extra time together before all the crazy starts!
We headed outside for bride and groom portraits next. As we photographed them, it became obvious how excited Jessie and Jason were that their wedding day was finally here! They couldn’t stop smiling…and we caught both of them checking the other out more times than we could count! It was adorable and made David and I laugh every time. These two are such a sweet, down-to-earth couple…and that was exactly how their wedding day was – joyful and relaxed!
It’s been such an honor to get to know Jessie and Jason over the last few months. We are so so happy we could be a part of their day! We wish them all the best!
The ‘First Look’
After the first look and portraits at the Inn, we headed off to the Great Room at Top of the Hill for the wedding ceremony.
And the Top of the Hill Great Room? Oh my goodness – it was a perfect venue! We fell in love with the high ceilings with string lights, hardwood floors, and exposed brick. Jessie and Jason personalized their ceremony space by including sentimental, antique details like skeleton keys and a vintage mantle adorned with their parents and grandparents wedding photos.
How cute are this ring bearer (and ring dog?) in their bowties?! Total show-stealers!
Their tables were styled beautifully – the gold cane chairs, navy table linens with mercury glass votives and hurricane lanterns…love!
Jessie grew up playing foosball with her dad, so it was perfect that TOPO’s Back Bar had a foosball table.
Jessie and her dad were able to squeeze in a quick match during the reception. They were REALLY into their game!
As friends and family began pouring in, it was clear how adored these two are! Everyone in the room was truly delighted to be celebrating with them. Their reception was filled with easy laughter and tons of hugs!
Chapel Hill Wedding Vendors:
Getting Ready Venue: The Carolina Inn
Wedding Venue: Top of the Hill – Great Room
Officiant: Don Dixon
Wedding Coordinator: Danielle Olcott, Top of the Hill (Danielle was SO awesome to work with. We can’t thank her enough!)
Hair & Makeup Artists: Bella Trio
Florist: University Florist
Linen + Chair Rentals: CE Rentals
DJ / Entertainment Services: Ryan Pflumm via SPIN
Wedding Cake: Judy Campanella, family friend
Catering: Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Wedding Dress: San Patrick via Tre Bella Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Groomsmen & Groom Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Converse