Kelsey and Dan were married on a beautiful day in March at Highgrove Estate. The couple was relaxed and dialed in to each other and their guests throughout the entire day. So refreshingly confident in their love for one another, they never seemed to miss a moment. Every detail was so thoughtful and on purpose.
One of the most awe inspiring details of their wedding day was Kelsey’s dress. Amanda, their Highgrove Estate Event Coordinator, had an inkling when she saw Kelsey at their rehearsal, hair in a bun, holding Dan’s hands and standing on the tips of her Birkenstocks, that Kelsey was a ballerina. When she saw her incredible Chantel Lauren wedding dress, it all came together.
Her mother, Mary, confirmed Amanda’s suspicions. “[Kelsey] started dancing when she was three. She danced competitively in high school and belonged to a dance club during her undergraduate time at NC State.” Her dress had all the makings of a ballerina’s dream. She found her long-sleeved overlay on Etsy, designed and created by Jurgita Bridal. But it was a little detail layered underneath her gown that really had us going ga-ga.
Kelsey wore a crinoline under her dress that was something of an heirloom. It first belonged to her Grandmother, who then passed it down to her Mother who wore it underneath her wedding dress. It was also worn by her Aunt as well and then finally passed down to Kelsey to wear on her wedding day. To add a little more magic, Kelsey’s Mom embroidered each of their wedding dates in blue onto a piece of material from her own wedding dress and then sewed that piece to the bottom of the crinoline. And the result was unforgettable. This makes for one of our favorite choices for something old AND something blue.
As if the crinoline wasn’t special enough, there is one more subtle yet incredibly meaningful detail about her dress. The second layer of her dress was hand painted by the designer. “When she tried the dress on [the paint] was actually blue…she loved it. They told us that it came in ivory with a silver paint and so we ordered an ivory [dress]. I was a nervous wreck for six months while we waited for the dress to come in because I had no idea what it was going to look like!” We think it is safe to say it was perfect! Her mother later shared why this detail was so meaningful. “One of [Kelsey’s] talents, besides dancing, was always painting…So the dress was just unbelievably her!”
Kelsey, Dan and their family were so incredibly kind and generous to the staff at Highgrove Estate and to their fantastic vendors. They were a joy to create with and serve. Enjoy these beautiful images by the talented NATALIE E. PHOTOGRAPHY. She captured them so perfectly. Scroll to see some of these sweet details and other amazing moments in Kelsey and Dan’s wedding day along with their selected menu for cocktail hour, dinner and dessert.
Another sweet personal detail, Kelsey + Dan designed their own engagement and wedding rings through QUERCUS STUDIO.
Cookies + Cork Station
Chocolate Espresso Peanut Butter Chip paired with Red wine
Rosemary Butter Shortbread paired with White wine
Lemon Thyme Petal paired with Prosecco
Cocktail Hour Selections
Honey Bourbon Ginger Sour
Caprese Panini with fresh mozzarella, Capri tomato, and fresh basil
Shrimp + Grits
Charcuterie Station local and international artisan cheeses with an assortment of cured meats and sausages along with freshly pickled vegetables and accompaniments
Garden Salad mixed greens with tomato, carrots, red cabbage, farm bread croutons, and buttermilk ranch
Pecan Crusted Bourbon Chicken
Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish and Garlic Truffle Aioli
Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese
Green Beans Almandine
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Krispy Kreme Flambé
Krispy Kreme donuts set aflame with liquor and served with homemade cinnamon ice cream and chopped pecans
Venue: HIGHGROVE ESTATE | Photos: NATALIE E. PHOTOGRAPHY | Florals: FLOWERS ON BROADSTREET | Ceremony Music: ARIOSO STRINGS | DJ: ALL EVENTS DJS | Cake: BESTOW BAKED GOODS | Wedding Dress: CHANTEL LAUREN | Dress Boutique: ALEXIA’S BRIDAL | Wedding Dress Overlay: JURGITA BRIDAL | Wedding Rings: QUERCUS STUDIO | Hair Piece: TWIGS & HONEY | Hair: PARLOUR DRY BAR