Kyndal & Isaac's Winter Wedding in Mount Airy | Featured on Style Me Pretty

Last week we shared 4 real weddings and events from 2015. If you missed it, be sure to head back- we promise you won’t want regret it!

This past weekend brought the first day of spring, which means this year is already flying by! Our team started 2016 with a romantic January winter wedding that we will never forget.  Kyndal and Isaac were married on January 23, 2016 in Mount Airy, North Carolina in the middle of a major East coast snowstorm!

Kyndal reached out in August, 2015 asking if we were available for her January wedding. The bride was then starting a new job with her family's business.  She was also just closing on a new home to share with her future husband. The location was perfect as it was near Isaac’s family tobacco farm.  Kyndal dreamed of furnishing and decorating a new home and making progress in her new job all before the wedding. To say she was busy would have been an understatement but that didn’t stop her.  Kyndal told us, “I am sick of waiting.  I am just ready to be married.”   And ready she was!   We pulled all the details together in 5 months for a beautiful wedding filled with delightful surprises.

While all of us expected the chance of some flurries for the January affair, no one anticipated what meteorologists would be saying the week before the wedding. The East coast was in for some terrible weather, including areas with 20 inches of snow!  If you are from North Carolina or have spent any time here, you understand how crazy this sounds. The sight of a flurry pretty much shuts down the area, as we simply aren’t equipped to handle all that much accumulation.

 

Early in the week I reached out to our entire creative team of vendors and partners with a plan for this forecasted mess. We accelerated the delivery timeline for anything possible.  Linens, tables and chairs would all be delivered by Thursday. One of the scariest pieces of the puzzle was the wedding cake. The thought of a delivery van, with a tiered cake in back, slipping on a snowy road kept us all awake at night. Maxie B’s ended up creating a beautiful wedding cake that could stay fresh and still be delivered on Thursday. How you ask? Underneath the fondant and handcrafted sugar flowers, the bakery used styrofoam instead of cake. The section that Kyndal and Isaac cut had a triangle of real cake but the rest was faux. Guests were still served wonderful wedding cake, but it was cake that could be baked later and kept fresh in the cooler at the country club. 

One of the hardest parts, that we didn’t have as much control over, was getting the entire team of key players to Mount Airy for the wedding day.  I set up a block of hotel rooms for any vendor who was willing and able to come to town pre-storm. A special thanks to our friends at the Hampton Inn Mount Airy for taking such good care of us all! Your breakfast and evening chocolate chip cookies were a total lifesaver all week! Marcie Meredith and Brandon at Bunn DJ both made the early trek to town, which really put our mind at ease.  At least, we would have music and photographs! 

On Thursday morning before the wedding, flowers were supposed to be delivered to our space in Winston-Salem so they could be designed on Friday.  With all the changing plans, we decided to divide and conquer.  Becca would stay in Winston-Salem to accept and process flower deliveries while Nicole and I would go to Mount Airy to oversee deliveries and begin set up.  Due to weather all over the country, a large portion of the flowers never made it to North Carolina.  It seemed we weren’t the only ones in for delays and cancellations!  After Nicole and I finished as much set up as possible, we headed back to Winston-Salem. On the drive home that night, radio reports of snow starting at midnight continued to haunt our ears, and the reports were getting worse by the hour. By the time we made it home around 6:30pm, minor panic had set in and I realized we couldn’t gloss over the true magnitude of this storm.  We collapsed our team for the weekend from 5 to only the three of us (myself, Becca and Nicole) and made the call to pack up everything we needed to head to Mount Airy before the storm’s forecasted midnight start.  Nicole, Becca and I packed up our personal bags and then our entire operation, complete with 20 buckets of processed flowers, everything needed to design flowers away from home, all the wedding materials, a color printer, all the supplies you can imagine, luggage and a funny looking pregnancy pillow (Becca was nearly 27 weeks pregnant at this time).  It was late at night, we were all tired from a busy day and we looked liked a traveling circus hitting the road but we had a plan!  We arrived and unloaded in Mount Airy just before midnight. Nicole and I sent the momma-to-be to bed and went to the store for a few emergency provisions.  When I woke up the next morning, I knew we had made the right call.  The parking lot and cars were covered with about four inches of snow and it was still coming down hard.

Thank goodness for country boys and their country toys! Isaac and his groomsmen stayed busy from Thursday morning until hours before the wedding. They shoveled and plowed every surface they could (many times over), clearing a path to the church and the country club.  These wonderful men in their four-wheel drive trucks also acted as chauffeurs for the wedding party, family and other friends.  Even with the serious weather, almost 70% of the guests who RSVP’d were able to attend!  

The ceremony was in a beautiful, countryside church just down the street from the newlywed’s new home and Isaac’s family’s tobacco farm.  The church was filled with warmth, laughter and sweet melody.  Although the string musicians were snowed in, thanks to iTunes and our own Nicole on the soundboard, most of guests had no idea about the missing group.  Before the ceremony, a candle was lit in loving memory of the bride’s father.  Escorted by her younger brothers, Kyndal’s walk down the aisle was extra special.  The ceremony ended with laughter as the bride reminded everyone to come enjoy food and dancing at the reception.

As guests walked into the country club for the reception, they were filled with warmth and celebration. Classic R&B songs teased the guests’ ears and promised that there would be much dancing to come.   Stuffed mushrooms and shrimp cocktail were butler-passed with monogrammed cocktail napkins. A cigar roller kept everyone entertained rolling fresh tobacco cigars, complete with a custom artwork band. As family and friends were seated, Kyndal and Isaac were announced into the room and shared a first dance.  Kyndal shared a sweet dance with both of her brothers and Isaac with his mother.  Dinner service began with a spinach salad with warm bacon dressing. Guests were treated to a duo entrée plate of filet mignon with bordelaise sauce and chicken roulade stuffed with spinach, boursin cheese and prosciutto, accompanied by potatoes au gratin and fresh grilled vegetables. After dinner service, Kyndal and Isaac cut their wedding cake and shared a toast. 

The dance floor was packed all night with a great mix of oldies, beach music and, of course, country! The weather continued to make us all laugh until the very end of the night, always changing our plans. A frigid, blustery winter wind made the thought of an outdoor goodbye unbearable. Instead, family and friends gathered on the dance floor for the last song. Isaac and Kyndal shared one final spin on the dance floor and guests tossed rose petals to say goodbye. As family and friends bundled up in coats in scarfs, they were given a sweet little treat of cookies for the cold trip home.  Kyndal and Isaac waved goodbye and road off in the snowflakes thanks to their four-wheel drive vehicle. It was a wedding that we will surely never forget!

Kyndal and Isaac, we wish you a lifetime of joy together! ~Betsy

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A special thanks to all of our amazing partners who weathered this storm and helped make this amazing wedding possible!!

Photography: Marcie Meredith Photography | Planning, Styling & Floral Design: Rebecca Rose Events | Catering: Cross Creek Country Club |Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Cake: Maxie B's Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Blues Grove Baptist Church | Reception Venue: Cross Creek Country Club | DJ: Bunn DJ Company | Hair + Makeup: Updo's Studio | Graphic Design + Stationery: Rebecca Rose Creative | Calligraphy: Carole Murray | Rentals: Hauser Rental Service | Lighting: Sound Illusions | Cigar Roller: Salem Cigar Factory | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen +  Nuage Designs | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses:   Alfred Sung Groom's Attire:  | Second Wedding Dress: J.Crew