An Elegant Christmastime Wedding at North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh, North Carolina


                    It’s no wonder why Emery McCrory (27 and a doctor) and Chris McCrory (28 and works in finance) had their reception at North Caro

It’s no wonder why Emery McCrory (27 and a doctor) and Chris McCrory (28 and works in finance) had their reception at North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh, North Carolina, where Chris’s uncle Pat is governor. This stunning venue is a Queen Anne-style Victorian home with a steeply pitched gable, richly colored surfaces and elaborate turned woodwork. Need we say more? Although Emery and Chris had not originally planned on getting married in the winter, they loved the natural Christmas decor with red poinsettias, string lights and evergreen garlands. They didn’t overdo the holiday theme, though, choosing neutral shades of ivory and gray with pops of metallic gold and silver for the color palette. Grace Beason at Grace Leisure Events worked with the couple to ensure all the details seamlessly came together, especially with the traditional church ceremony, a glamorous tented dinner and dancing inside the mansion afterward. The gorgeous flowers from Mel Day at Dogwood Tree Floral Designs—including classic round bouquets and towering centerpieces—added a romantic, lush ambience to the winter wedding. One of our favorite parts? The ultra-local touches, such as Natty Greene specialty wedding ale and Nye's Cream Sandwiches desserts (peppermint flavored, of course). At the end of the night, Emery’s parents passed out Santa hats and Emery and Chris exited through a snowstorm. “For our exit, my dad secretly arranged to have snow blowers, so it looked like it was snowing while we walked out,” Emery says. “I remember being so confused on how it started snowing so quickly.” See all our favorite details, beautifully captured by Anna Routh Photography, below.

Elegant Black-and-White Invitation Suite
Emery carried an all-white bouquet including peonies, roses, tulips and dusty miller. She loved the classic look and how it fit in with the natural winter wedding.
The bridesmaids carried smaller versions of the bride's bouquet, including white peonies, white roses and gray dusty miller.
Emery and Chris exchanged vows at Jones Chapel at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. The couple had both of their childhood ministers preside over the ceremony, which made it even more intimate and special.
The bridesmaids wore gray Bari Jay dresses with flowery detailing on the shoulders. Chris wore a custom tuxedo, cummerbund and bow tie from High Cotton and the groomsmen wore tuxedos from Jos. A. Bank.
“We were fortunate enough to have the reception at the North Carolina Executive Mansion in Raleigh, North Carolina,” Emery says. (Chris’ uncle is Governor Pat McCrory.) Although the couple never really envisioned a winter wedding, it’s what Emery’s school calendar allowed, and they loved the Christmas lights everywhere.
Towering White Hydrangea and Calla Lily Centerpieces
Emery wore a Carolina Herrera mermaid-style dress from Alexia's Bridal in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since their wedding took place on the Saturday before Christmas, she knew she wanted a dress that covered her back and chest while still allowing her to move. She completed her look with gold Badgely Mischka heels.
Emery and Chris enjoyed a five-tier white buttercream wedding cake that was made by one of Emery’s childhood friends. The cake was red velvet inside and textured white buttercream outside. It was topped with white hydrangeas for a little added romance.
“We had our favorite ice cream sandwiches brought out at the end of the night by Nye's Ice Cream—in peppermint flavor, of course,” Emery says.
“Our favorite part happened at the end of the night,” Emery says. “My parents handed out Santa hats, which made for such a fun dance floor."
Snow Machine Grand Exit