A Rustic Orange-and-Blue Farm Wedding in Chadbourn, North Carolina, With Avian Details
Family and legacy were at the center of Alexandria (Alex) Noble (29 and an event planner and designer) and Karl Williams’ (30 and a sponsor contracts analyst) wedding. Even the ground where the couple tied the knot carried immense meaning: The day took place on Alex’s grandparents’ homestead in North Carolina. “Their love story on the farm began in 1958,” says Alex. “Their loving and devoted marriage of more than 60 years stands as an example to us. Exchanging vows on their farm was our way to honor them for instilling the importance of family into us.” Beyond choosing a special locale, the couple also settled on a Southern, pheasant-inspired aesthetic because to them, the South represents a warm and welcoming place that is defined only by the people in your company.
The “Pickled You’re Here” wall at cocktail hour, where guests received homemade pickles as their favor-meets-escort-card, was Alex and Karl’s favorite wedding detail. “Karl and I both grew up eating pickled veggies right out of the jar and I have memories of helping my grandma can vegetables from her garden,” says Alex. As another nod to the South, the couple had napkins printed with cheeky idioms about life in the South like “The South: A place where we party till the cows come home.” Additionally, “a Southern tradition we followed was burying the bourbon,” says Alex. “Legend says that if you bury a bottle of unopened bourbon upside down at the ceremony site, within one month of your wedding, it will keep rain away. You are to dig it up after the ceremony and each take a swig from the bottle. We buried a half-gallon of Woodford Reserve that was mostly consumed at the reception. However, we saved a little of our wedding bourbon to enjoy on our one-year anniversary. In the end, it did actually rain the morning of the wedding, but cleared in time for setup.” As for other decor details, the pheasant-patterned china from Alex and Karl’s rental company inspired them to thread an avian motif into the day. When it came to floral design, bunny tails, roses, ruscus and scabiosa complemented feathers in the floral arrangements.
To end the night, the couple had a farm-worthy farewell. “My uncle owns a 1958 Ford tractor and we couldn’t think of a more fitting way to end the night than to drive off on the tractor through a tunnel of fireworks,” says Alex. The getaway nearly didn’t happen, however, as Karl only learned how to drive a stick shift mere minutes before the exit!