A Chic DIY Wedding at Vesuvius Vineyards in Iron Station, North Carolina

Sarah McClure (23 and a wedding photographer) and Ludwing Vivas (27 and in retail management) pulled off a chic DIY wedding at Vesuvius Vineyards in Iron Station, North Carolina, with a dusty blue and gold palette and personal touches throughout their ceremony and reception. Sarah tapped into her creativity to create the beautiful blue and ivory invites, along with the bouquets and signs. During the couple’s first look before the ceremony, they exchanged personal vows to each other while standing on a rock in the middle of a creek. “The ceremony was really important to us, and we wanted to keep the focus on God, since he is the center of our marriage and creator of marriage,” Sarah says. For their altar, the couple decorated a cross with blooms and planted ivy and greenery in urns that were placed at the top of the aisle. Other religious touches included taking Communion and Ludwing's sister serenading the crowd with “How Great Thou Art” in English and Spanish, since Ludwing is Puerto Rican. During the dinner reception, the newlyweds also incorporated Latino culture through music and food. They served tacos with rice, beans and chips and salsa. “Ludwing and I love Taco Tuesday,” Sarah says. “It’s one of our favorite date nights, so we wanted to have a dinner that was true to what we love.” The couple kept their reception simply chic, topping tables with white linens and floral centerpieces. Nature-inspired place settings included wicker chargers, white plates, gray-blue napkins, olive branches and thank-you cards.
After an evening of dinner and dancing, friends and family gave the newlyweds a celebratory sparkler exit. —Marissa Hermanson