Kristi and Michael

Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina



Photography | f8 Photo Studios | @f8photostudios

Venue | Highgrove Estate | @highgrovenc

Floral Designer | Flowers on Broad Street

Gown Salon | Coastal Knot Bridal Boutique @coastalknot

Apparel | Men’s Wearhouse @menswearhouse

Makeup Artist | Erin Kelly Makeup | @erinkellymakeup

Bakery | Sweet Memories Bakery

DJ | All Events DJ @alleventsdjsnc

Michael & Kristi had a gorgeous outdoor wedding at Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina, NC. They chose to do a first look and exchange vows in private before their ceremony.


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

We wanted something rustic chic which we definitely got with Highgrove estate. The bridesmaids wore a beautiful slate grey color and the flowers were very neutral with whites, greens and eucalyptus. We had our ceremony outdoors and our reception was right in the same area, which made it easy for guests to enjoy their night without having to travel too far for the fun! We wanted our guests to enjoy the night and we think we hit the mark! Photo booth photos and sparklers were just part of the fun!


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

Having a wedding at Highgrove makes for easy decor. I did not have to do much, which I preferred. The venue is already beautiful on its own, add some flowers and personal touches and it was perfect!


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?

Flowers were easy! Flowers on Broadstreet were amazing. I told them the color scheme and they took it away from there.

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

The music was some of our favorite parts of the night! Michael got to have Star Wars music as he walked down the aisle. Which is the only thing he asked for in the whole wedding process!


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

With all the great vendors we used, it was easy to bring everything together.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met in High school. Actually use to run track together. We did not date until after Firefighter Academy and Optometry school many years later. Mutual friends brought us together again! Michael proposed during an annual 9-11 stair climb in Charlotte. He put on full firefighter gear to climb 110 flights of stairs and met Kristi at the top of the Duke Energy building and proposed! She had no idea it was coming!


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

Our first look. We decided to read our own personal vows during this time. It was a sweet moment that we will always cherish because it was very intimate moment. Cara with f8 photos was able to catch the first look perfectly and we could not be more thrilled with our photos from this special moment and from the entire day. I did not have a videographer and she was able to truly capture the whole day perfectly with photos!


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

Keep it fun! The day goes by way to fast to stress about it for months to years beforehand! Everything will work and most importantly you’ll be married to love of your life at the end of it all 🙂