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Brynn and Austin's Destination Wedding at McGuire’s Millrace Farm

Charlotte locals, Brynn and Austin were on a trip to visit his brother in Florida when he surprised Brynn with an outing to an elephant sanctuary. She absolutely loves elephants, and was overjoyed when they told her she could sit on the elephant and take a photo. As Austin began taking photos, he started walking closer towards her and then got down on one knee. Brynn said, “It was definitely the ultimate surprise.”

Once the couple found McGuire’s Millrace Farm they wanted the entire day to be inspired by the gorgeous landscape. They knew they had to have their ceremony under the river birch trees from the minute they saw it. To enhance the space even further the couple worked together to create the wooden signs for the ceremony and escort card display. Brynn’s family created the paper carnation backdrop that added the perfect amount of pink to the luscious green space. The DIY-ing continued into the reception with table runners made by Austin’s mom and vases filled with wine corks and tea lights.

Brynn and Austin give this sage advice to couples embarking on planning a wedding, “Enjoy the day and your significant other and don’t let the small things ruin such a big day and moment for you. Just enjoy the company of your husband/wife and if something does go wrong, in the grand scheme of things it won’t matter afterwards. As long as you are married to the love of your life, that’s all that matters.“


Photographer: Elly's Photography
Day of Coordinator: Natalie McGuire Gibbs at McGuire’s Millrace Farm
Ceremony and Reception Venue: McGuire’s Millrace Farm
Hair and Make up: La Belle Bridal
Florist: Amanda with Flowers at McGuire’s
DJ or Band: Rosice Batsuli, owner of Cease Fire Productions
Caterer: McGuire’s Millrace Farm
Ceremony Musicians: Mike Helveston
Officiant: Jerome Trupiano (Bride’s Uncle)
Dress Shop: Anjolique Bridal and Formal  
Dress Designer: Demetrios
Bridesmaids Dresses Vera Wang at David’s Bridal
Shoe designer / Shop: Macy’s
Transportation: Murphy Shuttle Service
Groomsmen Shoes: Vans
Grooms Beard Oil: The Husky Heathen Beard Company
Grooms and Groomsmen Socks: Bold Socks

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Elizabeth And Eli's Wedding at The Lofts at Union Square High Point NC - Charlotte Wedding Photographer


For Eli and Elizabeth, faith and love are the foundation of their relationship. Having met in 2010 at church in Boone, North Carolina, the two ran in different circles, exchanging polite “hello’s” at worship team practice or on their university’s campus. After sharing some candy in the library and “accidentally” bumping into each other, Eli asked Elizabeth to go on a hike. Elizabeth accepted, eventually leading to a second date at a restaurant called Proper. Wanting to make sure the restaurant was “proper” enough to take Elizabeth, Eli visited the space before their date to scope things out. The two continued dating for three years before Eli took Elizabeth back to Proper and then asked her hand in marriage at their favorite outdoor spot in Boone. 

In an attempt to give the wedding their own unique feel, the couple had several DIY touches. The 250 handmade white paper flowers and the favors were all made by Eli’s mother. The bride's veil, headpiece, and dress details was all made from Elizabeth’s grandmother's wedding gown and a piece of Elizabeth’s mother’s dress was sewn onto her own with their initials. 

The couple also had a unique “White Room” with a shadow box from their trip to India, photos of important life events, and other personalized décor. The sitting area by the coffee bar had a pew from the bride’s mother’s church, incorporating their faith further. Ample amounts of greenery, white décor with hints of pale blush, teacups and vintage tea party pieces, and family portraits created a welcome space for guests. The music was a mix of both American and Lebanese dance music, providing a fun blend of both Elizabeth and Eli’s cultures. 

Elizabeth offers up some helpful advice for couples preparing their wedding, saying that high-quality photography is well worth the investment. “The day truly is a blur, so you’ll want to see good photos!” Elizabeth adds that “when you get stressed out, take a moment to be thankful. Your fiancé, loved ones, and everyone helping you prepare are the most important part of the process and you want the experience to be positive. It’s all going to come together.” 

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Photography: Elly's Photography (Charlotte, NC) | Venue: The Lofts at Union Square (High Point, NC) | DJ: DJ Trevor Owens (Boone, NC) | Florist: Jennifer Brannon of Green Bee Floral Designs (High Point, NC) | Cake: Sweet Josephine's (High Point, NC) | Linens/dishes: CE Rentals (Raleigh, NC) | Caterer: Sweet Basil's (Greensboro, NC) | 10pm snack: doughnut holes from NC Jelly Doughnuts (Burlington, NC) | Bride's Dress: "Sydnor" dress by Victoria Nicole, Traditions by Anna (Raleigh, NC)  | Veil, hairpiece, dress alterations | Maria Pantoja 

Elizabeth and Eli were married at Union Square Lofts in High Point, NC surrounded by family and friends. You can't help but have fun with these two, they have infectious smiles and warm energy. Elizabeth looked stunning in her silk wedding dress, she was a gorgeous bride. Eli And Liz smiled brightly as the two danced, laughed, and celebrated the start of their new life together.  It was a perfect day surrounded in love with beautiful decorations and delicious food, thanks to The Lofts, Sweet Basil and Green Bee Floral for helping to make this the day of their dreams. The Loft at Union Square Wedding.

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