Emma and Pat wanted their wedding weekend to feel like a big family/friend vacation, which is why they chose Twickenham House up in the NC mountains to host their boho celebration. If you saw our blog post from our last wedding at Twickenham, you’ll remember that the venue is basically the whole mountain, which entails a large estate house, a smaller guest house, a reception hall, and a cliffside ceremony space. Emma and Pat invited their family and friends to arrive in the NC mountains on that Thursday and planned a whole weekend of activities including a Friday morning hike! Emma’s vision for the wedding day was a fairy, earthy, natural vibe. They added just a few small touches of boho décor and let the mountain’s natural beauty speak for itself.
The morning of Emma and Pat’s wedding day was very chill overall, with family relaxing around the house while sipping coffee and slowly getting ready for the day. Not surprisingly, almost all of the energy was in Emma’s getting ready room where her and her girls had way too much fun jumping on the bed and singing at the top of their lungs. Pat, on the other hand, focused on neatly writing his vows and a sweet letter to Emma that they would exchange during a first touch. The morning was filled with sweet moments and we really appreciate the relaxed timeline that left space for these moments to happen.
The most unique part of Emma and Pat’s wedding was their wedding ceremony which included many Pagan influences. Pagan tradition celebrates nature and reveres it as sacred and the weddings tend to focus on the union between two people instead of the divine. Emma and Pat included elements such as blessing the space around the couple with sage, acknowledging the four elements (air, water, fire, earth), and a handfasting ceremony (tying your hands together as a sign of unity).
Everything about this ceremony included their loved ones. Emma’s mom served as their officiant and her grandmother as the flower girl. Her brother and father played the acoustic guitar during much of the ceremony. Emma’s grandfather, who they weren’t sure would be able to make it to the wedding due to his age and COVID concerns, walked her down the aisle. Additionally, Emma and Pat added a super sweet element to their handfasting ceremony where they invited all of their guests to come up and lay a ribbon top their bound hands to signify their support of their union. Emma’s grandfather’s reaction is our favorite.
After their boho wedding ceremony at the Twickenham cliffs, Emma and Pat were just ready to celebrate! They took a few quiet moments together to take in the gorgeous scenery and take some photos together before they headed down the big hill to their wedding reception. As you can see from the photos, the couple and their friends had boundless energy on the dancefloor. The newlyweds “ended” the reception with a private last dance, but apparently returned and kept the party going until the wee hours of the night!
Venue: Twickenham House | Planner: Leigh Harrow | Caterer and Baker: Morchella Provisions | Videographer: Our Westward Hearts | DJ: Split Second Sound | Makeup: Makeup by Kait | Hair: Hayley Beisel | Bridal Bouquet: Carmel Florist | Shuttle Service: Wilcox Travel & Tours | Guestbook: After the Tone | Wedding Dress Purchase Location: Tulle Bridal | Groom’s Suit Purchase Location: Express
Party of Two Photography
Charlotte, North Carolina