An Intimate Tented Wedding at Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh, North Carolina

<b style="font-weight: normal;">Although they attended the same university, had the same major and even took the same classes, Miriam Williamson (27 a

Although they attended the same university, had the same major and even took the same classes, Miriam Williamson (27 and an account executive) and Gordon Paulson (28 and an account manager) didn't meet until they got jobs at the same company. The duo threw an intimate soiree under a cozy chandelier-lit tent on the grounds of Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh, North Carolina. Although the couple planned an alfresco ceremony and reception, Hurricane Joaquin called for some last-minute adjustments. “I’m so happy it did rain; otherwise, we might not have had that feeling of intimacy and romance the candlelight and rain added,” Miriam says. Basing the color palette on the dozens of succulents spotted in each floral arrangement, Miriam focused on incorporating blue, gunmetal, ivory, burgundy and blush decor accents into their design. As a sentimental touch, the bride’s mother cut lace from her own wedding dress to create a pouch for Miriam’s bouquet to carry a bolo tie slide and a tie clip belonging to the bride’s late grandfathers. For the ceremony, Miriam's parents acquired a set of antique wood doors that resulted in an incredible backdrop draped with greenery and hanging crystal  votives. As a nod to the couple's Southern roots, guests sipped on the couple’s favorite craft beer and tasted barbecue from North Carolina and Memphis, Tennessee. A hilarious hashtag even developed at the end of the night, as guests made the best out of a wedding weekend nearly ruined by a hurricane: #JoaquinDowntheAisle. Juliette Cheatham

Gordon popped the question with a princess-cut diamond set on a white gold solitaire band. To complete her ring set, Miriam received a milgrain white-gold band with small round diamonds on her wedding day.
Catering to Miriam’s succulent obsession, whimsical boutonnieres were made to pair with the groomsmen’s blue bow ties. “I loved that the succulents in the bridesmaid bouquets and groomsmen boutonnieres made each one unique,” Miriam says.
In addition to his charcoal suit, Gordon donned sentimental, custom-made cuff links. “A few weeks before the wedding, Miriam gave me cuff links with pictures of my two sets of grandparents on their wedding day,” Gordon says.
“I love succulents. I love the diverse colors and shapes and how resilient they are, so I wanted them to be a big part of our flowers,” Miriam says. To bring out the dusty blue of the succulents, silver dollar eucalyptus, silver brunia and blue privet berries were added to the bouquets. The whimsical bridal bouquet also included plum dahlias, black scabiosa and fiddleheads.
Miriam added crystal clips to her sophisticated updo. She had her hair pulled neatly to one side and added some braids for a whimsical touch.
Miriam looked flawless in a champagne ball gown with a lace bodice, cap sleeves and crystal accents. “The shape fit my body type, and the skirt was so much fun to dance in,” she says.
Gordon sported a classic charcoal suit and a white shirt, adding a teal-and-blue-striped tie for a pop of bright color. He paired his look with the new gold Daniel Wellington watch Miriam surprised him with on their wedding day to match his new gold wedding ring.
Miriam and Gordon’s flower girl wore an ivory dress with a sweet tulle skirt. For an angelic look, a simple flower crown of baby’s breath adorned her hair.
Miriam walked down a lantern-lit aisle to a facade of two vintage doors draped in a greenery arch and crystal votives at Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh, North Carolina. “With the rain falling, the candles lit, the chandelier-lined aisle and my soon-to-be husband waiting for me under the arch, it was unbelievably romantic,” Miriam says.
Miriam and Gordon danced the night away under large crystal chandeliers that were suspended from the ceiling of their large white tent at Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh, North Carolina. Whimsical decorations added to the dream-like ambience such as a seating chart made of painted mismatched frames hung on a beautiful old screen door.
Tall arrangements with curly willow rested at the center of each dining table to create more depth and bring in a bit of a whimsical aesthetic. “The table arrangements and place settings played into the shabby-chic look,” Miriam says.
“Gordon isn’t a huge fan of cake, but he loves peach cobbler,” Miriam says. Instead of a groom’s cake, the couple had mini peach cobblers passed out on the dance floor after the cake was cut.
Guests enjoyed a variety of flavors such as strawberry cake with strawberry buttercream, chocolate cake with chocolate fudge, and raspberry filling and almond with almond custard with pecans. “The cake and an engraved silver cake knife were wedding gifts from my maternal  grandmother, a traditional gift she has given each of her granddaughters and their new husbands,” Miriam says.