On Saturday, August 4, 2018, we the pleasure of directing Shannon and John’s Wedding at Summerfield Farms in Summerfield, NC. The Summerfield Farms’ staff has a rule that the couple must decide about an indoor or outdoor ceremony by 9AM on wedding day. It had been pouring rain, literally, all week long. We even had to rehearse under a shelter the night before because of the big storms flooding all of central North Carolina. Shannon had a good gut feeling, and the forecast for the afternoon was looking promising with a few scattered rain showers. She chose to go with the outside ceremony at the tree. I am so glad she did! It turned out to be gorgeous down there!! The sky was blue and the sun was out the whole time! Plus, Summerfield Farms is one of the most beautiful barn venues, I have had the pleasure to work at! Their staff is also very helpful with the planning process and execution the day of the wedding. This definitely makes my job easier and I can focus more on the couple and their needs instead of the venue needs.
The girls got ready in The Bungalow, on-site at Summerfield Farms. This small house is adorable and perfect for the bride and her ladies to get ready. Plus, the interior is very neutral and allows for a lot of natural light, which is perfect for photos! Make-up artist Kennedy Shae did a beautiful job on all the girls makeup and I noticed by the end of the night they all looked just as perfect! It had all stayed on through the sweating of the hot day, happy tears, and dancing.
The guys got ready in The Cabin, also on-site. The Cabin is the perfect man-lodge made with dark wood, tvs, a kitchen, porch, and nice lounge area. The guys were set to relax and enjoy each other’s company until pictures.
Julie, the mother of the groom and her close friends and family did most of the decorating. They picked up flowers from Ellington’s Florist in High Point on their way to the venue. The barn was decorated with lanterns of all different sizes, greenery, candles, and beautiful summer flower arrangements. My favorite decoration was handmade by Julie. She built a cupcake stand to represent things that are unique to both John and Shannon. The stand consisted of a running track (for Shannon since she ran track) and a golf course (since John enjoys golfing). This is something I have never seen before and an unique personal touch! They also dedicated a plaque and corner of the barn to Shannon’s late mother. I actually overheard Shannon’s father Patrick speaking about signs of her being with them during the ceremony. There were tons of dragonflies flying around the seats at the ceremony site. I had been to the site several times during the day to set out different items and typically only saw one or two dragon flies each time, but when the guests were being seated there were lots flying all around! That is so special to witness!
Southern Roots Catering provided the meal for the guests. Shannon and John chose to do the meal family-style, which was so neat! Waiters brought a bowl of each item on the menu to each table and the guests served themselves right at their seats! This was perfect! Everyone got their food relatively at the same time and no one had to wait in a long buffet line or carry a heavy plate of food around. Such a fun turn on the classic wedding meal. After the meal, Shannon’s cousin William of Silent Streetz Productions had a playlist to keep all the guests on the dance floor the rest of the night!
Party of Two Photography captured Shannon and John’s special day. Jess and Kim were super nice and so accommodating to the busy schedule and multiple shooting locations. We have attached a few of their photos to this post, as well as in our gallery. One Love Productions captured amazing video footage from the entire day. We have shared the video here. Justin and his team’s highlight videos are always so magical!
My assistants at this wedding were Emily and Lauren. They were, as always, a ton of help and make the day run so much more smoothly! I had Emily stay with the groom and groomsmen to prepare for pictures and pin on their boutonnieres. Lauren stayed with the bride and bridesmaids. I asked them both to write about their favorite part of Shannon and John’s Wedding Day:
“One of my favorite parts of any wedding is the time right before we line up the groomsmen, bridesmaids, and family members to walk down the aisle to make for a smooth start to the ceremony. Energy is always high as the butterflies begin to fly.
At Shannon and John's wedding, I was able to communicate with my fellow assistant, Emily, about when the groom and groomsmen to would be coming from The Cabin to right outside of The Bungalow where the bride was, just minutes before the ceremony. I told Shannon that her soon-to-be husband would be standing outside any minute and pointed her toward a window that he couldn't see in. She was able to have a special moment with her bridesmaids, sneaking a peek at her husband in his suit without him seeing her! The photographer snapped some adorable candid shots that perfectly captured how giddy she was when she saw him through the window.” -Lauren F.