A Rustic Burgundy Wedding at the Barn at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, North Carolina


                    After a romantic proposal at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, North Carolina, Kara Anderson (25 and a US Army nurse) and Pat Th

After a romantic proposal at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, North Carolina, Kara Anderson (25 and a US Army nurse) and Pat Thompson (25 and a consultant and US Army Reserve officer) knew that was where they wanted to get married. During the engagement, Pat was deployed in Afghanistan, so the planning fell to Kara, who did an amazing job pulling together the details of the day. She enlisted some help from Gilda McDaniel, Fearrington’s on-site wedding planner, who helped take care of everything from the flowers to dinner and the cake, since the venue was all-inclusive. For the couple's November wedding, Kara decided on a burgundy, blush and champagne palette that accentuated both the stunning ceremony at Duke Chapel and the rustic white barn at Fearrington Village. We love the subtle rustic touches like the black lanterns, grapevine balls, antler chandeliers and moss centerpieces. Our favorite part, though, was Kara’s gorgeous vintage wedding dress. Her grandmother was the first to wear it in 1948, followed by Kara’s great-aunt, aunt and mother. Kara was the fifth woman in her family to don the V-neck A-line gown. She did have it slightly altered, adding lace and beading to the bodice from seamstress Linda Proulx in Cape Coral, Florida. There are so many details we love—see them all, beautifully captured by Krystal Kast Photographers, below.

Kara carried red calla lilies and white roses in her lush bouquet. She accented the center of the roses with pearls for a touch of glamour. She wanted her bouquet to be simple and sweet, but she also wanted it to match her wedding colors. The florist at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, North Carolina, found the perfect balance.
The bridesmaids wore strapless burgundy dresses for the November wedding. Kara and Pat wanted the wedding to suit the late fall season, with a pop of dark color. They added whatever jewelry they wanted and blush and ivory rose bouquets.
Kara and Pat exchanged vows at Duke Chapel in Durham, North Carolina, for a traditional ceremony. They loved the towering ceilings, Gothic chandeliers and stunning stained glass. Since the space was naturally gorgeous, they kept their decor to a minimum.
Kara wore a vintage wedding dress from her grandmother and a cathedral-length veil from her mother. She loved the lace-adorned tulle and the sentimental value it provided.
Kara and Pat had their cocktail hour outside the rustic white barn. They served drinks and had tables decorated with seeded eucalyptus and pillar candles. Guests mingled in the gorgeous November weather before heading inside for barbecue and dancing.
The entryway into the rustic barn was decorated with trees and grapevine balls adorned with string lights. In the center, two tables held black lanterns filled with pillar candles to add plenty of rustic romance to the escort card table.
After a romantic proposal at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, North Carolina, Kara and Pat knew they wanted to get married in the same place. They chose the barn for its rustic flair, which lent itself to the bold, fall color palette.
After dinner, Kara and Pat enjoyed a four-tier cake made by the venue. It was decorated with a subtle paisley design and their monogram in the middle. Ivory, lavender and burgundy sugar roses added a little romance to the cake.
Since Pat was deployed in Afghanistan during the entire engagement, Kara had to pick out the classic tuxedos on her own. Luckily, Pat’s father stood in and was happy to assist. They chose black Vera Wang tuxedos complete with black bow ties.