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Kelly & Adam

Kelly and Adam tied the knot on October 1, 2016. These newlyweds said their “I do”s under the Willow Oaks and danced the night away in The Barn!

How did you and your partner meet?
Our love story began on the first of October during our first year of dental school at ECU. We began our courtship over a football game – UNC versus ECU. Despite being on opposing teams, we hit it off and have been inseparable ever since, as Adam puts it, “I was a boss and she swooned. The rest is history.”

Tell us about the engagement?
Adam and I were engaged on November 1, 2014. He planned dinner at one of my favorite restaurants but it was a very late reservation, so he had hor d’oeuvres planned at his apartment first. When I arrived, every letter and note I had ever given was taped along the hallway leading to his door. It was a touching beginning to our engagement. Inside was the picture of romance with flowers and candles all along the mantle and on the tables. He asked me for the honor of being my husband, and I enthusiastically agreed.

What made Fearrington the place for you to say “I do?’
The Fearrington is one of the most beautiful wedding locations in North Carolina and as a Tar Heel, it was the perfect spot for a UNC graduate. Adam’s family lives in Cary, which is a quick car ride so it fit the ticket for both of our families. After a tour of the grounds in January of 2015, Adam and I both knew that Fearrington was the place for us. We knew the gorgeous gardens would be an ideal backdrop and The Barn has the perfect rustic elegance we desired. To top it off, Erin had an answer for every scenario and question we had, along with Mary and Paola being experts in their fields. We knew that we were in the most capable hands at Fearrington.

Describe the highlight moment of your wedding day?
Choosing one moment is so difficult as the day was perfect from the beginning to the end. The weather had been terrible the week leading up to the wedding, with rains and flooding. However, Saturday was picturesque with the sun shining brightly and the temperature ideal for fall. That made for an even better first look with Adam! I was so nervous for him to see my dress, as it was different from anything I thought I might choose. The look on his face when he saw me was something that I won’t forget and sticks vividly in my mind. Getting married on our five-year anniversary wasn’t a bad moment either!

What was your favorite personal detail added to your wedding that made it special?
It’s a tie for sure! My hope was to wear my mother’s wedding veil with my dress. However, when we were trying it on, the veil was a stark contrast to my dress and didn’t match. Knowing that I wanted to wear something of hers, my mother had a piece of lace from her dress cast in silver and fashioned as a hairpin. It was the perfect addition to my wedding day and is something that I will always treasure. The other special detail was that a friend of mine created a custom monogram by combining Adam’s and my initials. It was made into a stamp and sealed all of our invitations with love. To top it off, she hand-painted and created our wedding invitations giving us the unique, personalized look I had always imagined.

Anything you want to add about your wedding story?
Thank you to everyone at Fearrington who made the day the most stress-free experience of my life. Erin was a joy to work with and her attention to detail is inspiring. Mary’s flowers were breathtaking and precisely what I envisioned. How she’s able to create someone’s idea when I didn’t even have the words to describe my ideas is amazing. Paola, thank you for the treats and our cake was beautiful and delicious! We love everything they accomplished and our day was more than I ever imagined.

This wedding was designed and coordinated by Fearrington Wedding’s Erin Day. Photography by Elizabeth Marx of Almond Leaf Studios.

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