A Quirky DIY Wedding at Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Emily Warren (31 and a scientist) and Mike Deceglie (31 and a scientist) met in graduate school while they were working on solar panel research, so choosing Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, made perfect sense for their wedding. They loved being able to personalize the one-of-a-kind space, and the field of solar panels was icing on the cake. The day started in a quirky science-oriented ceremony and ended in a beer-filled dance party. “Our mantra for the wedding during the planning process was good people, good food, good beer,” Emily says. Although the weather called for rain, and it even ended up flooding, they didn’t let it stop them. “Even though there was rain, mud and flooding, we wanted to have a good tome with our friends and family, so we made sure that we did,” Emily says. “We were especially touched by how guests were such great sports in spite of the cool weather. Our awesome friends and family were even out there shoveling wet gravel and laying out straw to dry out the ground under the tent!” We love how Emily and Mike incorporated ultra-local details into their day, such as wildflowers from Spring Forth Farm, a childhood friend’s nearby flower farm that specializes in locally grown flowers; all the beer was from FullSteam Brewery in Durham, North Carolina; and the ice cream dessert was from Maple View Farms in Hillsborough, North Carolina. In addition, catering was by Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Emily’s family was part of the community who invested in helping Vimala, a single mom from Mumbai, India, start her own restaurant after hosting community meals for several years.) There are so many details we love about this wedding—see them all, beautifully captured by Rob and Kristen Photography, below.