A Rustic Black-Tie Wedding at Fearrington House Inn in Pittsboro, North Carolina

Wanting to exchange vows close to her family and beloved hometown of Durham, North Carolina, Kara Brothers (29 and works for Google) and John-Marcus Phillips (28 and a strategy manager) hosted an elegant black-tie wedding at Fearrington House Inn in Pittsboro, North Carolina. The couple planned an outside ceremony in the rose garden framed by romantic white arbors. “My mother always had rose gardens,” Kara says of the sentimental value behind the ceremony site. In addition to the rose garden venue, roses themselves played an integral role in all the bouquets and floral centerpieces, focusing specifically on a chic color scheme of mauve and navy. Moving into the night, a candlelit cocktail hour was hosted al fresco while the jazz band set the tone for a cozy evening. The 1920s wooden barn lit by twig chandeliers, candles and draping string lights was the perfect rustic contrast to the otherwise upscale wedding. “I was really into the rustic-chic trend. I did want to maintain the look of Fearrington, because the barn and grounds are beautiful,” Kara says. The bride was effortlessly elegant in a dress with a ball gown skirt and a lace corset. As a statement piece and her “something blue,” Kara wore large blue crystal earrings, which were shown off with her hair in a low bun. John-Marcus and his groomsmen sported classic black-tie tuxedos, but the groom paired his tux with velvet loafers for a bit of eccentric flair. The pastoral landscape of the rustic barn gave Kara and John-Marcus the most magical night to begin their lives together. Juliette Cheatham