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 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.