An Outdoor Fall Wedding at Leslie-Alford-Mims House in Holly Springs, North Carolina

Allison Dipper (25 and a pharmacy student) and Zane Tharakan (25 and an account manager) met the first day of high school in the cafeteria but remained friends until senior year. The two were married in their shared childhood church in a ceremony that incorporated an Indian blessing to honor Zane’s heritage. “We both had our parents escort us down the aisle, and I love that we did that,” Allison says. With a casual-glam dinner party theme in mind, candlelit lanterns and market lights illuminated the alfresco family-style dinner at the Leslie-Alford-Mims House in Holly Hills, North Carolina. Wine-colored flowers rested at the center of each table, and garlands of magnolia leaves cascaded down the couple's sweetheart table. A magnolia leaf with names hand-lettered in gold directed guests to their assigned place settings, which were set with wine-colored napkins. “I knew I wanted flowers that smelled just as good as they looked, so I was thankful that my florist was adventurous,” Allison says. Cozy blankets were handed to guests as the sun set on the estate’s sprawling lawn, and partygoers danced under the stars while sipping on chipotle-pineapple and spicy red apple sangrias. Since Zane and several of his groomsmen are North Carolina State soccer team alumni, the couple’s wedding planner surprised the groom with an appearance from his alma mater’s mascot. “We had no idea they were coming," Allison says. "It was such a hit!” —Juliette Cheatham