A Natural, Fig-and-Honey-Themed Wedding at The Arbors Events in Cleveland, North Carolina

Erin White (29 and a luxury hospitality interior designer) and Adam Morgan (29 and an author, editor, and professor) met at a local coffee shop in Chi

Erin White (29 and a luxury hospitality interior designer) and Adam Morgan (29 and an author, editor, and professor) met at a local coffee shop in Chicago, where they bonded over both growing up North Carolina. When a woman next to them spilled her coffee, "Adam immediately jumped up to help her, and I knew then he must be a good guy," Erin says. They got engaged a little over a year later at their favorite spot at a neighborhood pond. Adam tried to point out a turtle, and when Erin turned back around, he was down on one knee. The couple got married at The Arbors Events, a working tree farm in Cleveland, North Carolina, under a vine arch surrounded by trees, a pond, and lots of beautiful wild flowers. The fall wedding had a romantic color palette of deep purple and burgundy with pops of blue. Erin's bridesmaids wore short purple dresses with gold bee brooches, while the groomsmen wore navy pants with gray sweaters and plaid purple ties. Erin and Adam decided to incorporate a theme of figs and honey with bee-stamped escort cards, honey jar favors, fig and honey cupcakes, and a spiced pumpkin wedding cake with a strawberry fig filling. For an extra special gift, Erin put handwritten cards with honey-based recipes at every place setting. Bouquets and flower arrangements featured large purple and burgundy dahlias with natural greens, red berries, and soft blue and pink accent flowers.

Erin wore a cathedral-length, scalloped-edge, lace veil pinned into her soft half-up hairstyle. She paired it with a bright red lip and gold bee teardrop earrings.
Wooden Double Ring Box with Gold Wedding Rings
The floral arrangements incorporated large, deep purple and burgundy dahlias with blue and pink accent flowers and lush green plants. "We wanted them to be natural and hand-tied looking," Erin says.
The bridesmaids wore short, purple, A-line Alfred Sung dresses. Erin gifted them each a gold bee brooch in keeping with the wedding theme to pin on their lapel.
Red and Purple Dahlia Bridesmaid Bouquets
The groomsmen wore navy suit pants and gray sweater vests for an elegant and unconventional wedding style. They accessorized with plaid purple ties and gold monogrammed tie pins, which were gifts from the groom.
White Tulle Flower Girl Dress and Flower Crown
Adam wore a custom navy three-piece suit and accessorized with a plaid purple tie and brown shoes. His boutonniere incorporated a deep purple dahlia with red berries and natural greens.
Erin made handwritten recipe cards for every place setting to share her own honey-based hot apple cider recipe. Each card was written in purple ink and featured an elegant monogram logo.
Red and Pink Dahlia and Rose Centerpieces in Brass Jars
Romantic "Love" Favor Boxes
Escort cards were stamped with a yellow bee design, and guests took home small jars of honey for wedding favors. The honey was North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountain Wildflower Honey from a region of the state where Adam grew up. It was especially sentimental because it was the same honey that Adam's mother gave Erin when she first met his parents.
The reception had an extensive menu of marinated cheese, baked pastry puffs with chicken salad, strawberries filled with cream cheese, a fall salad, parmesan-crusted chicken, beef tenderloin, baked macaroni and cheese, and an entire mashed potato bar. For dessert, there were two kinds of cupcakes: pumpkin and fig with buttercream frosting and caramel drizzle and honey with buttercream and honey drizzle.
Erin and Adam had a two-tier white wedding cake decorated with fondant twists and a fig cake topper. It was a gluten-free, spiced pumpkin cake with a strawberry fig filling as a nod to the wedding theme.