A Glamorous Tented Wedding at Hickory Nut Gap Farm in Fairview, North Carolina
Given the high percentage of men around, Elizabeth (Liz) Clarke (27 and a naval officier) didn't notice Declan Glynn (29 and a naval officier) when they first met at Navy Officer Candidate School. She made a lasting impression on him however, and Declan pursued Liz during Intelligence School. Declan asked to train with Liz while she was getting ready for a half marathon and their friendship quickly blossomed into a four-year long-distance relationship. During a military deployment in the Middle East, the couple traveled to Jordan for a short visit with their family and the trip happened to coincide with their anniversary. "Declan asked if I wanted to take a short hike up Mount Nebo and once we got far enough away from the crowds, he bent down saying he wanted to get a sip of water," says Liz. "I turned to look at the view and when I turned around he was down on one knee with the Israel behind him and I didn't let him get out much before I excitedly said, 'I'd love to!' The rest of the trip passed in a blur because I was so distracted by the shiny new bling on my finger!" Liz knew from a young age that she wanted to get married at her grandparents' farm in Fairview, North Carolina. Hickory Nut Gap Farm has been in her family since 1915 and the couple invited guests to celebrate during a tented apple orchard reception with the North Carolina Mountains as their backdrop. A raspberry and cobalt blue color palette set the tone for their summer affair while fresh berry accents paid tribute to the bride's childhood summers. Picking flowers was the hardest part of wedding planning for Liz because she didn't know much about them. "I knew I wanted my colors to stand out and I loved the look of submerged flowers—from there, I left it up to the florist." says Liz. "She even incorporated fresh raspberries and blue berries into the bases of the tall vases!" A surprise firework display followed a diverse buffet dinner and guests were treated to a full ice cream bar in addition to late-night mini grilled cheeses sandwiches.