A Wisteria and Clover Garden Wedding at Weymouth Center in Southern Pines, North Carolina

Charles (Chris) Younger (27 and a sequencing specialist) proposed to Laurelin Cottingham (33 and a cytogenetics technologist) after they had been livi

Charles (Chris) Younger (27 and a sequencing specialist) proposed to Laurelin Cottingham (33 and a cytogenetics technologist) after they had been living together for a year. "He cooked me a romantic dinner and I was in the middle of eating my chocolate lava cake when my fork hit something hard," says Laurelin." I was a little creeped out at first until I realized that it was a ring and I excitedly told him it was about time!" The couple decided to plan a local affair for their relaxed spring wedding and invited guests to celebrate at the Weymouth Center in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The couple accented their lavender and lime color palette with a cheery array of spring colors and after the outdoor ceremony, guests were able to tour the historic house and gardens. "I envisioned a simple, outdoor, spring wedding I and didn't want the flowers to take away from the beauty of the surroundings," says Laurelin. For their overall decor, the couple wanted to incorporate both of their styles—Chris is country and Laurelin has a bohemian flare—so they compromised with horseshoe accents along with lush iris accents.

"I ordered the flowers myself, and my sister designed all of the arrangements using green flowers with purple irises as the main focus," says Laurelin. "She made my bouquet very special by wrapping it with a piece of my mom's wedding dress and attaching an antique pin with a picture of my other sister who  passed away."
Wedding Heels and Rustic Cowboy Boots
Laurelin's bridesmaid wore tea-length chiffon dresses from David's Bridal in wisteria and clover.
For their wedding, the couple wanted to incorporate both of their styles—Chris is country and Laurelin has a bohemian style.
DIY Wedding Flower Crown
"I envisioned a simple, outdoor, spring wedding I and didn't want the flowers to take away from the beauty of the surroundings," says Laurelin.
After the outdoor ceremony, guests were able to tour the historic house and gardens.
"Since my husband was raised on a horse farm in Southern Pines, we wanted to incorporate that somehow," says Laurelin. "We came up with the theme 'Lucky in Love' and made several decorations using horseshoes."
Laurelin wore an ivory chiffon Galina gown with a low-cut back, romantic ruffles and a lace overlay.
The couple's ring bearer wore an adorable blue seersucker suit, perfect for their garden affair.
The couple accented their lavender and lime color palette with a cheery array of spring colors.
Laurelin and Chris's Festive Celebration
It was more important to the couple that their cake taste delicious than be extravagantly decorated, so they went with buttercream frosting decorated with fresh purple irises.
Laurelin and Chris's First Dance