An Elegant Mountainside Wedding at Hawkesdene House in Andrews, North Carolina
Elisa Lawrence (32 and a sales manager) became archenemies with Justin Ramey (32 and an attorney) at nine years old after first running into each other at their superintendent's office. Their schoolyard dislike slowly turned into a close friendship that lasted through college. A few years later, Elisa decided to move to Charlotte, North Carolina to give their relationship a try and quickly fell in love as they nurtured Justin's son. After dating for six years, Justin tricked Elisa into going back to their superintendent's office. "I went into the building to say hello to my mother—I thought she was having a meeting there—and saw Justin dressed in a tux, both his and my parents and the entire superintendent staff," says Elisa. "It’s all a blur because I was so happy that he was finally proposing—I even think I said 'Finally!' after he asked!" Elisa enlisted the help of friends and family to help plan their DIY wedding at Hawkesdene House in Andrews, North Carolina. The couple embraced their natural surroundings and opted to have their ceremony in front of a covered bridge with a creek running underneath. "I loved that we could walk over the bridge towards our guests," Elisa. "Plus, it was an afternoon ceremony in August so I’m glad we chose a location with a lot of trees for shade!" Elisa designed her romantic forest ceremony decor with family chandeliers and candelabras, tulle curtains from Ikea and DIY chalkboard aisle markers. The bride's sister decorated the signs with excerpts from 1 Corinthians 13. A clean mint, blue and silver color palette popped within the tented reception and family antiques lent a vintage feel. Moss, fresh flowers, branches, mercury glass and tulip arrangements combined for a cohesive yet understated look. "When I walked out and saw the reception decor, I literally cried," says Elisa. " Clarity Florals did more than bring my vision to life—I truly believe they made our wedding more beautiful than I could've ever imagined."