A Rustic Military Farm Wedding in Bahama, NC

Sarah, 26, a medical student and Phil, 27, a captain in the Army, first met at Duke University, and it only felt natural to exchange vows at the unive

Sarah, 26, a medical student and Phil, 27, a captain in the Army, first met at Duke University, and it only felt natural to exchange vows at the university chapelespecially since thats where Sarahs parents were also wed. As a nod to the grooms career, the couple incorporated military traditions throughout their classic day, including uniforms and a saber arch exit. Babys breath and hydrangea arrangements along with lace table runners and rustic accents all warmed the farm reception.

The newlyweds swapped vows at the same chapel as the bride's parents.  "After we secured our date, my mom and I went through all of my parents' wedding pictures," says Sarah. "It was incredible to see them, newly married, glowing, standing on the same stone steps that Phil and I would ourselves in a few months."
Sarah carried an understated white arrangement of roses, spray roses, garden roses, peonies, ranunculus and dusty miller.
As an active member of the Army, Phil wore his military uniform
The adorable flower girls stole the show in silk taffeta dresses with navy rosebuds and carried small clusters of baby's breath.
Sarah wanted all of her bridesmaids to wear navy but was taken by surprise when they each opted for the same style dress. Their baby's breath bouquets were wrapped with twine and popped against the J.Crew dresses.
The couple didn't want to overshadow the chapel's natural beauty with an abundance of decorations, opting for simple hydrangea arrangements at the end of each pew.
After the ceremony, guests lined up on the steps of the chapel for a traditional saber arch military exit. All active duty members of the military lined up with there sabers and Sarah was welcomed to the Army with pat on her backside.
“My mom and I picked my dress the day Phil left for Afghanistan; I remember being in the dressing room, white lace everywhere, and saying goodbye to him on the phone,” says Sarah. “I hung up and knew I was in the same dress I would be wearing on my wedding day!”
Guests were asked to leave notes to the newlyweds instead of signing a traditional guest book.
Understated rustic decor and soft florals transformed the bride's family farm for the romantic reception.
Hand-painted table numbers wooden flower crates filled with baby's breath lent a homey feel to the farm reception.
Sarah and Phil opted to cut a small carrot cake with cream cheese icing), and treated guests to a variety of cupcakes.
Lace runners topped with gold mercury votives and baby's breath arrangements gave a homey feel to the long farm tables.
A delicate swiss dot pattern decorated the single tier carrot cake.
One of the couple's favorite restaurants created a custom menu for their farm reception.
After a tented sit-down dinner, guests moved into the family barn for a night of dancing. "Once the band started, my grandma put on tennis shoes to go under her fancy dress and kept up with the best of them!" says Sarah.
Guests showered the newlyweds with handfuls of heart-shaped confetti.