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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Amanda and Josh – Wedding – Stoneleigh Estate, Stanleytown, VA

From the bride: I grew up just miles from Stoneleigh; it had always been my dream wedding site. When I would envision our wedding day, I wanted to have everyone that had impacted our lives, our closest friends and families, together and have the biggest, best party we could have. We have been together for 12 years (since the age of 15 – high school sweethearts) and waited almost 3 years to get married because of college. My wedding was made possible because of my family. Every detail and aspect for the most part, happened because of them. All decorations centerpieces, table numbers, seating chart, candy table made by myself, Mom, and family. Chalkboard sign at candle table, table number seating chart, and large program- all mirrors/pictures I purchased at thrift store and painted with chalkboard paint/spray paint. Old Window frame for Memory Board found in aunts back yard, mason jar found in families old barn. Dad and sister built the rustic wooden boxes from the remaining wood of our 30 year old porch. Ring bearer pillow and flower girl basket hand made by my Mom. The flowers were done by my cousin, signs hand painted by great uncle, cupcakes, cookies by Aunt and Grandma. Hair done by Aunt- Christa Via. Live Karoake band dressed 80’s style that included in the band-guitarist Uncle, drummer-cousin. My colors where orange and grey. I purchased all the “orange” Mums a month in advance before they had bloomed. They were labeled with an orange dot on the pot and an insert that said “Orange Mums.” When they bloomed 3 weeks later they were all yellow. My late grandmother loooved yellow and felt like they were meant to be, felt like she was there with us that day. They were absolutely gorgeous. An unfortunate event happened the week of my wedding, my 47 year old Aunt passed away unexpectedly three days before my wedding (lady in center of memory board). It was a roller-coaster of emotions that week but somehow that day was the most magical, happiest day for everyone. I feared it would be sad and emotional for us but it was opposite-almost surreal how the positive and happy spirits flowed.

DIY Projects: Program board (old picture bought from Salvation Army painted with chalk board paint and information written), Memory board (Old window frame from aunts back yard), Table Number List (old mirror painted with chalk board paint, names printed by home computer onto burlap), table numbers (Dollies with glued number on front), table number holder (old corks hot glued with twine tied around them), “L” at entrance with picture of us (cut L out of cardboard and wrapped with twine, Chalk board at candy table (painted old mirror), Mom handmade flower girl and ring bearer pillow, rustic boxes handmade by Dad and sister from old porch wood, “Happiness is marrying your best friend frame”: Wood from leftover porch wood, Dad built frame, great uncle painted. All flower pots, lanterns, wreaths, tin buckets were refurbished and reused from friends weddings.

Cocktail hour drinks: Grooms favorite “Rude Boys”-Bourbon and Coke, Brides favorite-Red Apple Sangria. Food: Cocktail hour.. shrimp shooters and cucumber sandwiches. Dinner: Southern themed… Fried/baked chicken, beef tips and rice.. green beans, red potatoes, mac and cheese. Cake: Favorite cup cakes from Aunt Wanda and favorite chocolate chip cookies from Grandma Riedl.. and basic wedding cake from friend Martha


Ceremony Site / Reception Site: Stoneleigh Estate Wedding Day Coordinator: Carrie Sanders Wilson Hair: Christa Via and Wendy Meece Make up: Holly Hines Burton Photography: Elly’s Photography Florist: Joy Renner Tent Rental: BigSky Rents and Events Band: I'm with the Band - Caterer:  Quality Catering and The Gallery, Inc. Cake: Cupcakes: (Aunt) Wanda Womack, Chocolate Chip cookies: (Grandma) Carol Riedl, Cake: Martha Moore Gwynn Bride’s dress: Galina Signature Bridal  Shoes: Touch of Nina Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal Groom/Groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse