A Glamorous Winter Wedding at Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina

Mariel Lane and Paul Swan had a glamorous rustic-inspired wedding at Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina. “I wanted everything to have an enchanted feel because, after all, I was morphing into a Swan,” the bride says, referring to her new last name. The couple decorated with greenery, moss and faux trees to replicate the look of a forest. Mariel wore a lush ball gown with feather details and a crown. Paul opted for a black velvet suit with tickets lining the inside—a nod to an inside joke with friends, who call him “Ticketmaster.” The stunning ceremony had a large hanging moss installation, tree stumps lining the aisle and romantic lighting—and the reception continued the magical aesthetic. “ I loved the look of massive candelabras with creeping greenery to give a fairy-tale feel,” Mariel says. “I wanted to keep the earthy feel of the stones and wood at the vineyard. I used wood chairs, and tons of trees and greenery.” A head table with a velvet runner was illuminated with candles, and a live artist captured the night with a painting.
Our favorite #MakeTradition Moment: “We left the reception in a carriage because it’s a tradition that my mom and aunt did for their weddings,” Mariel says.