An Elegant and Rustic Wedding at Rock Quarry Farm in Chapel Hil
After a few failed set-up attempts by mutual friends, Susan Dworsky (31 and works in environmental science) finally met Brian Robinson (37 and works in TV production) and they pair quickly connected over their mutual love of North Carolina and good food. Over the span of two years, the couple fell in love and Brian proposed on Susan's favorite holiday—Thanksgiving. "He said he wanted to give a toast and started talking about how important family was," says Susan. "Then he got on one knee and asked if I would be his wife and start a family with him—it was so romantic in front of a small group of my family!" The pair knew going into wedding planning that they wanted a rustic outdoor wedding with the reception in a barn, and chose to get married in Chapel Hill, NC because Brian is from there and Susan went to school in Chapel Hill. "As soon as we pulled up to Rock Quarry Farm, we knew it was the place," says Susan. "It just had the most magical vibe and was exactly what we were looking for—to top it off, we found out the owner of the Farm was in one of our favorite bluegrass bands, The Big Fat Gap Band, and was willing to play at the wedding ceremony!" Vintage metal pots filled with baby's breath clusters lined the outdoor aisle and Brian's father performed the meaningful outdoor ceremony. "Brian and I separately wrote letters to each other and gave them to his dad ahead of time," says Susan. "He read these letters out loud during the ceremony and needless to say, there wasn't a dry eye in the place!" The couple surprised everyone during the cocktail hour with a a bluegrass performance from the Big Fat Gap Band in addition to fresh lemonade and local North Carolina favorites. For their romantic, vintage wedding style, Susan and Brian incorporated blush tones into their flower box garden rose, dahlia, ranunculus and succulent centerpieces.