A Rustic Glam Wedding at The Pavilions at the Angus Barn in Raleigh, North Carolina

                    Katharine McMahon (28 and an engineer) and Nate Miller (29 and a resident) planned a rustic-glam affair with a mint, pink and go

Katharine McMahon (28 and an engineer) and Nate Miller (29 and a resident) planned a rustic-glam affair with a mint, pink and gold color palette at Raleigh, North Carolina's Pavilions at the Angus Barn for their early summer wedding. Offering an intimate, natural setting in which to say their “I dos,” complete with panoramic lake views, thick forests, salmon-colored sunsets and cozy pavilions boasting exposed wooden beams and stone fireplaces, Katharine and Nate were instantly won over by Angus Barn. “We loved the idea of being able to have the ceremony and the reception in the same place, and we wanted a place where we would not have strangers walking by,” says Katharine. 

The day began with a ceremony overlooking the lake; calm waters and blue skies provided a breathtaking backdrop. Bunches of pale pink flowers lined the aisle, and a wood arbor was draped in coral blooms and lush greenery. “Our close friend David was ordained for our special day, and it made our ceremony feel more personal,” says Katharine. 

Cocktail hour and the reception were held back at the Pavilion, where the newlyweds and their guests enjoyed plates prepared by the venue’s award-winning catering team and danced the night away to Bull City Syndicate’s lively set list. The decor fused rustic and sophisticated styles with details like sequin-studded runners, floating candles and bunches of coral, blush and ivory roses. 

A tip for the taking from Katharine: “It all comes together in the end! I had such a hard time seeing that during all of the planning, but in the end the final product was so us, and it was wonderful.”

Katharine and Nate's mint and gold invitation suite featured a modern, graphic print. The invitations were bound by a gray-blue belly band accented with the couple’s monogram and gold glitter.
The calm waters and thick green forests of Angus Barn Lake provided the backdrop for Katharine and Nate’s vows. Bunches of pastel blooms and a lush green garland gave the ceremony space a polished feel.
Flowers played an important role in bringing color into the decor. Tres Bella Flowers filled Katharine’s bouquet with garden roses, dahlias and peonies in shades of coral, pink and blush.
Katharine chose a sophisticated springtime look for her bridesmaids. They wore matching knee-length dresses with one-shoulder necklines embellished with ladylike mint green, which they paired with their own metallic shoes. “I was originally going for a different dress but noticed the lace top on this one and thought it would fit well with mine,” she says.
Motifs from Katharine and Nate’s wedding invitations, including a mint-and-gold color palette and a graphic print, were included in the decor. A playful pattern on the hand-lettered chalkboard sign greeted guests as they arrived to the ceremony and appeared once again on the escort cards.
Katharine and Nate added antique furnishings and accents to their decor, using two vintage doors adorned with fluffy green garland as a backdrop against which to display their escort cards.
The wedding’s color palette was predominately mint and gold, and Katharine and Nate used flowers to add pink to the decor. For the reception, the pair dotted the glam tablecloths with bud vases with an assortment of seasonal blooms in soft blush and playful pink.
Gold sequined tablecloths offered just the right amount of glitz, while floating candles and small arrangements of roses and peonies in coral, blush and ivory added romance.
After exchanging vows, Katharine and Nate whisked guests off to The Pavilion for an outdoor cocktail hour. Guests sipped on refreshing drinks and took in the beautiful setting, then made their way into the cozy, lodge-like pavilion for dinner and dancing.
When it came to choosing their first-dance song, Katharine and Nate ditched tradition. “Our first dance was to ‘Hold My Hand’ by Hootie and the Blowfish, which is my favorite song of all time,” says Katharine. “Our band was wonderful and learned the song for us.”
When guests needed to catch their breath and rest their feet, they headed to sit by a roaring bonfire and take in the stars in the night sky.