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A Traditional Wedding in Atkinson, NC

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Harley & Duane in Atkinson, NC
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Soft pheasant feathers added a rustic touch to the hydrangea, gerbera daisy, rose, and hypericum berry bridesmaid bouquets.
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Harley and Duane styled their French-blue and light-green wedding around a phrase created by the bride herself: “He gave her wings; she gave him a song”. The saying was printed on their programs and inspired many of the bird details throughout the day.
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The bride wore her favorite cowboy boots for the horse-drawn carriage ride to the ceremony. She exchanged the colorful boots for stilettos right before her walk down the aisle.
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The bride’s Vouelle shoes (her favorites!) were shipped in from Paris. She had them signed by guests at her bridesmaids luncheon and put on display in the church foyer before the ceremony.
Voulle, Paris, France
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Harley bought her three bridesmaids matching T-strap ivory shoes and wrote heartfelt personal messages on the bottom of them.
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A feather headpiece and cage veil were the perfect complement to the bride’s Stephen Yearick gown. With a flattering ruched bodice and chapel train, “It was both elegant and comfortable,” says Harley.
Unveiled Bridal Designs
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The groom’s sons distributed the brown-and white paisley-patterned, pocket-style programs. A deep brown ribbon and French-blue and ivory label tied into the colors of the day.
Mindy and Angie’s Fine Paper, Wilmington
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The bride’s family church in Atkinson was the perfect spot for the couple’s hometown wedding.
Caswell Presbyterian Church, Atkinson
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Harley and Duane were married in the early evening, just before the sun set. The church was lit only by candlelight, flickering from hand-painted candle sticks.
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Painted tin cones filled with ivory hydrangeas and pheasant feathers decorated the ends of the church pews.
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While guests enjoyed the ceremony, the couple had friends decorate their vehicles with magnetic bumper stickers.
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The reception was held in the back yard of Harley’s grandparents’ farm where she grew up. The couple’s new monogram hung on the side of the barn.
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A wooden signpost pointed guests toward “supper” and the “watering hole” from painted arrows, nailed to the side of the barn.
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Each table featured a moss-covered urn filled with hydrangeas, snapdragons, bells of Ireland, curly willow, spider mums, and pheasant feathers.
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Based on the wedding’s color scheme and theme, the bakers created a beautiful five-tiered fondant-covered cake representing the ascent from the pale blue sky to the brown earth.
Flower & Flour, Carolina Beach
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Harley and Duane stole a kiss as a grand fireworks display lit the night sky during the reception.
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Instead of favors, Harley and Duane handmade cute cards adorned with antique buttons, letting guests know they had made donations to two charities for animals in need.

Harley & Duane in Atkinson, NC

Harley knew there was something special about the man treating the four-legged members of her family. Duane won her over and the two dated for 18-months before getting engaged. Duane took Harley to the Currituck Light House in Corolla. After climbing to the top, he got down on one knee and popped the question. The Bride Harley Phillips, 25, a nursing student The Groom Duane Blanton, 40, a veterinarian The Date April 4 “It was so windy at the top of the lighthouse we were both worried the ring was going to blow away,” says Harley. But they held on, and she said yes! They said “I do” in a traditional church wedding about seven months later, in the same chapel Harley’s grandfather has been attending for 88 years.
- Carrie Chambers
Their Ingredients
  • Millie Holloman Photography, Wilmington, Raleigh, and Charlotte
  • Windy Hill Alpaca Farm
  • Voulle, Paris, France
  • Unveiled Bridal Designs
  • Mindy and Angie’s Fine Paper, Wilmington
  • Caswell Presbyterian Church, Atkinson
  • Flower & Flour, Carolina Beach

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