Gabi and Brian

Monroe, North Carolina

 

 

Photography | Posh Moments Photography | @poshmomentsphotography

Venue | Morning Glory Farms | @morninggloryfarm

Event Planner | Beautiful Day Weddings

Floral Designer | Blooms By The Box @bloomsbythebox

Hair Stylist | Blo Blow Dry Bar @bloheartsyou

Caterer | Roots Catering | @roots_catering

Bakery | Duck Donuts | @duckdonuts

DJ | Island Sound

Gabi and Brian gathered with their fun loving family at Morning Glory Farms to celebrate their union! They decided to celebrate their german roots with a log cutting ceremony and Oktoberfest themed day. The details of beer & NC State cookies baked by Gabi’s bestie was adorably appropriate. The couple opted for donuts instead of cake and celebrated all of the loved ones October birthdays! This day could not have been more perfect for this easy going adventurous couple. I wish them all the best as they are embarking on this continual journey of their love.

 

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

We really enjoy the brewery scene in Charlotte, and wanted to incorporate the social atmosphere and variety of craft beers that you’d find at a brewery. Most of the guests had never visited Charlotte, so this was our way of bringing our favorite piece of the city to life in our wedding. Both of us have German heritage, so naturally an Oktoberfest theme seemed to form as well. We found a fun tradition of log cutting, and decided to incorporate that into our ceremony. We had a lumber saw used by the bride’s great-great-grandfather, and used it to cut a cedar log that came from the bride’s parent’s land.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

Almost the entire wedding was DIY! The ceremony and reception were both outside at a beautiful farm and we wanted to make sure our decor didn’t take away from the natural beauty that existed around us. We used greenery garlands and candles with copper accents to add charm to the ceremony space. Small bouquets of lavender and baby’s breath dotted the aisle, and a wooden archway provided the backdrop for the alter. All vases, bouquets, and signs were created by the bride and bride’s family.

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

Lavender is my (bride’s) favorite flower, so I knew that I wanted to incorporate it into the bouquets and decor. It’s a delicate flower, so we paired it with baby’s breath to make a small and rustic bouquet for the bridal party and table decor. Greenery garlands were used more than flowers to create the Oktoberfest biergarten look.

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

We incorporated a beer pouring unity ceremony and the German log cutting ceremony to personalize the wedding. I (bride) wrote our wedding ceremony with the help of our pastor because we couldn’t find a cookie-cutter one that said “us”. We also had donuts instead of cake because we like donuts! My sister made a birthday cake and we had a huge birthday celebration for all of the guests because we have a lot of family with birthdays in October who were at the wedding.

 

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

Our overall fashion choices revolved around wanting to compliment the nature-feel of our wedding. Neither one of us wanted to be overly formal so we chose a more rustic approach to our wedding fashion. The groom wanted to stand out from his groomsmen so he chose a dark grey suit and light green bowtie. The groomsmen wore traditional black suits and green ties.The I searched forever for a dress and finally found a beautiful, fitted, mermaid gown with a lace overlay. The dress had a little bit of sparkle on the buttons and an intricate lace pattern that spanned from bodice to train. I never wanted a “princess dress” with bling and glitz, but I definitely felt like a princess that day! I had a simple hairstyle and natural makeup. The only glitzy thing I wore were my copper glitter shoes (also DIY!) and a rose gold necklace that Brian had given me as a gift.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We were set up on a blind date while we were both living on Long Island and hit it off immediately. We dated for a few short months when Brian’s job sent him to Charlotte. It only took 5 minutes of convincing to get me to follow him, and a few short weeks later I was packing up and moving! We lived in a small apartment, rescued a dog, traveled all over the country, and eventually bought a house together before thinking of tying the knot. We went to visit a family friend’s farm to watch the solar eclipse in SC back in 2017. My dad had driven down to visit with everyone and watch the eclipse too. After the eclipse, Brian convinced me to walk around the farm, and the next thing I know, he was down on one knee! It was the easiest “YES” I’ve ever said!

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

The first-look was one of my favorite parts of the day. In the middle of getting ready and being bombarded by family and friends, it gave us a chance to be alone and share a special moment with each other.

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Take the opportunity to make the wedding a celebration of family, friends, and love. Sure, you’re getting married, but it can become so much more than that. It’s a chance to see friends and family that you might not connect with often, so make the most of your time with them and visit. Also, don’t forget to eat! Enjoy the little moments as they happen and try to step back to witness the celebration.Love isn’t just reserved for grand moments. You’ll find it when you’re making dinner, cleaning the house, or facing one of life’s challenges. It’s in those moments that you’ll see you’ve truly married your best friend.