Tara & Griffin’s Estate wedding with ginger jar design inspiration was truly a gorgeous day that will speak to the heart of any Southern gal! A beautiful color palette of various shades of blue, white, and bold pops of peaches and pinks in the florals. This day was filled with a mixture of classic and fresh details, having slices of citrus fruit in the flower arrangements and ginger jars as a part of the design is a fun twist to witness!
From the very start of our time together, I knew that Tara and Griffin’s wedding, planned by the incredible team at C and D Events, was bound to be a perfect reflection of them as a couple: lively, unique, no detail left out, and wholly focused on sharing their marriages’s joy with their closest friends & loved ones present.
Tara and Griffin’s love story is like one out of an old Hollywood movie – a chance encounter ‘meet-cute’ in an ice cream parlor on Virginia Tech’s campus that quickly turned into an hours-long discussion of sharing their passions and life’s stories, and even discovering that they were in the same Computer Science program at school. Tara and Griffin are the kind of people that immediately make others feel like family when you meet them. To know them is to share in the joy they constantly emanate for the relationship they have and the life they’ve created together. During their wedding weekend, laugher was in every room and conversation they were a part of, and it was the kind of love that makes you grin from ear to ear behind the camera.
Tara and Griffin chose the ever-lovely Merrimon-Wynne House nestled in the heart of downtown historic Raleigh, North Carolina as the dreamy venue to host their colorful late summer fête. Each nook and cranny within the Merrimon-Wynne offers a picturesque and welcoming ambiance. No detail is left out within the Merrimon-Wynne’s walls – original wood features and molding have been painstakingly restored, antique crystal chandeliers hang from every ceiling, and the public spaces perfectly blend modern conveniences while preserving its original historic charm.
Our day began with photographing the bride’s beautiful Chinoiserie-inspired invitations, hand-designed and drawn by the bride herself, with bright floral buds from floral designer English Garden Raleigh accenting her stationery suite. Tara chose to include elements of hand-drawn calligraphy, floral crests, and a vellum cover that featured the exterior profile of the Merrimon-Wynne House. Each suite was wax sealed in bright red as a subtle nod to the bride’s Chinese heritage, and the symbol for happiness and good luck on wedding days. In keeping with their Chinoiserie-inspired color palette, the bridesmaids each selected a unique dress style from BHLDN in a light ice blue color to compliment the bride’s grand, petticoated strapless ballgown from Madison James. The ladies’ bouquets that day were organically structured and a colorful blend of warm-hued snapdragons, anemones, roses, and peonies that contrasted their light blue dresses, and gently stood out from the lush greenery present on the Merrimon-Wynne’s grounds. The bride chose to wear her family’s heirloom jade and gold jewelry as her only accessories to compliment her wedding dress, and to pay homage to her late grandmother to include her as part of their wedding day.
The Merrimon-Wynne’s iconic white front porch, surrounded by hydrangeas spilling over the railings, created the perfect backdrop for their emotional first look and wedding party portraits. Though the weather forecast had called for a chance of rain that day, the storm clouds stayed away, and created the most beautiful diffused lighting for their portraits, ceremony, and al fresco dinner.
For their outdoor ceremony, Tara & Griffin chose to create an intimate, garden party ambiance on the lawn in front of the house. Upon arriving, their 80 guests were greeted with a refreshing red sangria signature cocktail that was aptly named ‘Le Remy’ after their sweet rescue cat Remy, and popsicles to beat the late summer heat. Guests were seated on the lawn underneath white canvas umbrellas with a sweetgrass fan in hand. The centerpiece of their ceremony included white pillars bedecked with Chinoiserie bud vases and compotes overflowing with colorful florals and subtle pieces of lemon & orange citrus slices sprinkled throughout the arrangements for a unique and delicious-smelling twist! They exchanged poignant, hand-written vows in front of their closest friends and family under the ancient oak trees, with the groom’s sister-in-law officiating their nuptials. Not a dry eye was left on the lawn as their ceremony concluded, and their newly wedded bliss was ever so tangible as they shared their first kiss and recessed down the aisle!
Guests were ushered to cocktail hour on the first floor of the house while the lawn was transformed into the pièce de résistance – five long family-style tables covered in Chinoiserie compotes and bud vases filled with their vibrant floral palette, custom-designed menus, ‘ginger jar’ table numbers, and tall green & blue taper candles for ambiance and lighting once the sun had set. We stole the bride and groom away during dinner for a final round of golden hour portraits, using the bountiful hydrangeas on the property as the backdrop to frame their ‘just married’ glow on camera. During the last light of the evening, toasts and speeches were shared as guests finished their meals, catered by Rocky Top Catering, lit only by the candles on the tables. After dinner, guests made their way to the property’s Carriage House for a night filled with music and dancing. Tara & Griffin’s energy and joy filled the room as they shared an enchanting first dance to ‘Edelweiss’ from The Sound of Music, with their friends and family surrounding them to look on and watch. As the night grew late, the bride opted for a chic and comfortable outfit change, and they danced the night away with their friends, concluding their reception with Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’, Virginia Tech’s game day song & a final nod to the place that first brought them together. I am so thrilled we got to be a part of their magical wedding day with such a stellar group of vendors that made it all possible! Cheers and best wishes to Tara & Griffin! -Sarah Nann Photography
Photographer: Sarah Nann Photography
Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne House
Stylist / Planner / Designer: C&D Events
Floral Designer: English Garden Raleigh
Dress Boutique: Global Bridal Gallery
Dress Designer: Madison James Bridal
Cake Designer: The Cupcake Shoppe
Makeup Artist: Reign Beauty
Hair Stylist: Reign Beauty
Mens Formalwear: Indochino
Rentals: Curated Events Raleigh
Accessories / Decor: Curated Events Raleigh
Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints
DJ: All Events DJs NC
Caterer: Rocky Top CateringT
ransportation: The Great Raleigh Trolley