Xan & Amanda

Xan and Amanda tied the knot on June 1, 2015. These newlyweds said their ‘I dos’ under the Crab Apples and danced the night away in the Fearrington Barn.

How did you and your partner meet?
Amanda and I met through a mutual friend, Lindsey, who connected us and thought we would hit it off, although we are still not sure if Lindsey thought we would make good friends or good partners. Amanda was home in Bethesda, M.D, for spring break from grad school in Nashville and I was living in DC at the time, so we met for drinks at Mussel Bar in Bethesda and had a blast and have been together since.

Tell us about the engagement?
We were lucky to have two engagements!

I proposed in July of 2014 when Amanda and I were in New York City for a weekend- we spent lots of time there early in our relationship, so I took Amanda back to the Christopher St. Pier where we had often gone, and at the end of the pier I had a box of cupcakes with her name on the box. I chose cupcakes since Amanda was in the process of launching her ready-to-bake dessert business. When we got to the box of cupcakes I meant for her to open it and read “marry me?”, but I got so flustered and excited that I asked her to marry me while she was holding the closed box. She said ‘yes’, opened the box and we ate a cupcake, and then we walked to a wine bar to celebrate with some friends.

A few weeks later we were home in Austin and biked to meet friends for dinner. After dinner we biked home and Amanda opened the door and the house was full of candles and rose petals leading out the back door to the back yard, and a rose-decorated sign was hanging from our Live Oak Tree spelling “marry me”. I said yes (back) and could not believe how surprised I was and how special it felt to be proposed to, even though we were technically already engaged.

What made Fearrington the place for you to say “I do?’
For me, growing up in Chapel Hill, I could not think of a more special place to get married than Fearrington. It was the perfect venue for Amanda and I and matched our style completely, from the rustic feel of the barn to the beautiful gardens that were the backdrop to our ceremony, and the modern touches we were able to add with decor. We live in Austin, so we were able to meet with Gilda McDaniel in person in December for three hours and plan most of the wedding. Being out-of-state, it was such a relief to know that the food, drink, cake, and flowers were all in-house and that we could trust Fearrington’s reputation of exceptional food, great service and elegant but comfortable style.

Describe the highlight moment of your wedding day.
My highlight of our day was right after the ceremony when we were walking back to the Garden House and there was the moment we realized the marriage was “official”; Amanda and I looked at each other and both admitted that we felt something different for each other. I had anticipated we would have a new excitement of being wife and wife, but I didn’t expected an almost immediate shift in our actual feelings for each other. The ceremony was an incredibly powerful feeling to have so many people who love and support us witness our union, and the moment with Amanda immediately following the ceremony and reflecting on what just happened was equally as powerful.

Anything you want to add about your wedding story?
Amanda and I each asked our older brothers to be our best men, her younger sisters to be flower girls, and cousins as greeters and ushers. It was really special for these family members to be a part of our wedding day. Even though we didn’t have traditional bridesmaids, we were able to each spend the morning and some time before our ceremony with our honorary bridesmaids. Our day felt like the perfect mix for us of traditional and modern elements.

This wedding was designed and coordinated by Fearrington’s own Gilda McDaniel. Photography by Graham Terhune.

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