A Laid-Back, Rustic Wedding at a Private Home in Waynesville, North Carolina

Inspired by the summer season, Darby Gosnell (32 and a data manger and bookkeeper) and Clive Warren’s (32 and a millwright) planned an outdoor wedding that was casual, rustic and a whole lot of fun. The couple hosted the event at a friend’s rustic cabin in the North Carolina countryside, which not only offered sweeping views of the nearby mountains, lush green forests and an expansive lawn, but also fit perfectly with their vision. “My husband proposed we use the field for the ceremony and he offered to build a door in between the trees for me to walk through. I was sold!” says Darby. After exchanging vows surrounded by their closest family and friends, the newlyweds and their guests spent the evening celebrating in under and open-air tent set up nearby. Displays of antique crates, baskets, barrels and doors, which Darby borrowed from her mother and mother-in-law, tied in seamlessly with the woodland setting to deliver a rustic, vintage-inspired undertone to the d?cor. Darby and Clive undertook a number of projects to put their own personal stamp on the day. With the help of her mother and mother-in-law, Darby arranged all of the flowers herself, from the bouquets to the centerpieces, with flowers she ordered from Greenlife Grocery. The bright blue hydrangeas, snapdragons and bells of Ireland complemented the natural setting, while adding a pop of fresh color to the d?cor. Clive handmade the corn hole boards for reception, as well as the doors that Darby walked through on her way to the aisle. But it was the wedding’s laid-back style that most reflected Darby and Clive as a couple and made the day one to remember. Lawn games like corn hole, badminton, and hula-hoops were available for guests to play, as well as a bonfire where they could roast marshmallows and kick back. “We are both easy going and our day captured that feeling. Everyone had so much fun dancing, playing corn hole, roasting marshmallows and enjoying the low-key atmosphere,” says Darby. A tip for the taking from Darby and Clive: “We would tell couples to just enjoy every single minute. This day is about your love for each other and it doesn't matter if everything isn't perfect. No one will notice because they will all be watching you, the happy couple. The groom's cake tipped over on the way to the venue and I never knew until after our honeymoon. I was so caught up in the moment with my new husband that nothing else mattered!”