A Shady Wagon Farms Wedding – Dana + Dan
Dana and Dan were wed this fall at Shady Wagon Farms in New Hill, NC. Their gorgeously rustic chic wedding was such a joy to photograph. It’s been an honor getting to know these two over the last year.
How did you and Dan meet?
“We actually met at work. Something’s got to be enjoyable about work!”
How did Dan propose to you?
“We love the mountains! We try to make it up to Blowing Rock at least a couple times a year. We went up for a long weekend and went on a hike to see some waterfalls. When we got to the top he got down on one knee (shaking like a leaf) and had a ring in his hand. He was so nervous I had to pretty much ask the question for him, but I knew where he was going with it and of course I said YES!”
What are your favorite memories from the day?
“Definitely our “first look”. We will never forget that moment when we both are seeing each other for the very first time on our wedding day. Also, our first dance. We took dance lessons so we could have something choreographed for our dance. We are far from professional but the amount of fun we had while doing it was priceless, and the fact that we nailed our dip at the end was an added bonus!”
What’s your favorite way to spend time together?
“We really love camping and watching football with cold beer & some chicken wings.”
Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their own weddings?
“Definitely get a wedding coordinator. We did just the “day of coordination” but really she helped me with so much more. We had meetings and phone calls every few months or so and she just kept me on track with everything. I can’t imagine planning a wedding without having some professional guidance. And when the day finally arrived, we had zero worries, everything was taken care of. All we had to do was get married and celebrate the best day of our lives!”
What were some of your favorite wedding details?
“We had a DIY photo booth that was a total hit. Everyone had so much fun with it, and there were lots of really great pictures. Also, the flower arrangements were amazing. Our florist did such a phenomenal job. From the bouquets to the table pieces, everything she did was just perfect!!” (Side note: Seriously! If any of you are looking for an amazing Raleigh area florist, Kelley of Teacup Florals is your girl! From the floral filled pumpkins to Dana’s succulent bouquet, she provided some of the most gorgeously unique arrangements we’ve ever seen – and is super sweet!)
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We went to Grenada which is located in the south Caribbean. One word to describe it…AMAZING!”
North Carolina Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Venue: Shady Wagon Farm
Officiant: Cheryl Quaid, Cheryl’s Carolina Ceremonies
Wedding Planner: Jessica King, Happily Ever After
Florist: Teacup Floral
Hair Stylist: Sharon Smith, Triniti Salon
Makeup Artist: Sarah Boulton, Body Bliss Salon & Spa
DJ / Entertainment Services: Shannon Pate, Elevation Entertainment
Wedding Cake + Dessert Bar: Cake Couture Boutique
Catering: Cookshack Catering
Wedding Dress: Lana Addison Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Wedding Stationery: Cute Buttons
Linens: CE Rentals