A Rustic Vintage-Inspired Wedding at Sawyer Family Farmstead in Glenville, North Carolina
Christine Mondou, 25, a Biology student and Nathan Winrich, 24, a financial advisor at Edward Jones, met through a common interest — fencing. The pair were members of the Appalachian State University fencing club throughout college. And while it all started with a few high fives and casual conversation, the relationship quickly turned into more, Nathan proposing just a few years later over a casual dinner at home. For their wedding, the couple hoped to create an event with a fun, lively atmosphere and a rustic design aesthetic with vintage undertones. They chose a spring-inspired color palette of white, purple and blue and flowers that highlighted the season like tulips, freesias and sweet peas. Wooden accents were scattered throughout the day to play up the rustic aesthetic the couple hope to achieve, from wine barrel flower pedestals at the ceremony to the wooden plaque guestbook. The Sawyer Family Farmstead was the perfect setting for the affair, with an outdoor ceremony overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains and the surrounding Christmas tree farm to kick off the day, followed by a reception at the Farmstead Pavilion for a night filled with dinner and dancing. They chose a contradance style (a type of dance similar to square-dancing) for the event, complete with a live band to get guests up and dancing. The band played lively renditions of music from the 1920s through the 1940s from cocktail hour straight through until the very last dance. Christine and Nathan also had a fire pit set up where guests could relax, chat, make S'mores and rest up before hitting the dance floor again.