A Southern Spring Wedding at Duke Mansion in Charlotte, North Carolina
Shannon Fanning (32 and a chief operations officer) and Chris Evans (38, and a bond trader) held a classic Southern garden party at The Duke Mansion with lush garlands, lots of candles and a tent made of billowing white fabric. “Being from the South, we wanted to have a warm, dreamy feel to the wedding,” Shannon says. For the ceremony, the couple lined the aisle with green and white flowers that looked as though they were growing from the grass. Two large green, white and blush arrangements in gilded urns framed the entryway to where the couple said “I do” under a gold chandelier and stately structure. Shannon's bouquet included hydrangeas, ranunculus and peonies, connected with a lace wrap—a piece of her mom's wedding gown. Their springtime reception took place in an open-air tent made of draped fabric and modern-meets-rustic accents, with the suspended cake swing as a focal point . Dinner took cues from the Southern locale, including fried chicken, pimento cheese rice and a biscuit and fixings bar. The newlyweds gifted their guests boxes of fresh Krispy Kreme donuts to take home after the celebration. “Krispy Kreme has been a staple in my upbringing," Shannon says.