“Market day in the Shire” 

That’s how Ellen & Jayton described their vision for their spring wedding at The Rickhouse, and we loved helping to put this look together!

close up on a centerpiece comprised of a terra cotta pot of rosemary, vintage books, teapot & cup, and spring flowers.

We LOVED working with Ellen & Jayton, because right off the bat they wanted to create a day that was totally custom and 100% them, a beautifully custom spring wedding! Together they love gardening, books, and Lord of the Rings, so it was exciting to merge these passions together in their wedding design. When we first started planning they knew they wanted to include live plants in their decor, and to showcase spring colors like sage green, muted teal, and redbud purple. We toyed with the idea of using vegetables in the decor, but in the end landed on potted herbs, family knickknacks, vintage books, and bud vases with locally grown spring flowers! Rachel Writes created a super cool design for the Rickhouse’s chalkboard,  featuring the White Tree of Gondor and making our nerdy little hearts oh so happy!

close up of a hand holding a black metal lantern. The lantern seems to contain moss and fairy lights.
Long farm tables set for dinner with potted herbs and knick knacks across the center.

Ellen got ready at the Rickhouse with her five party members, who all donned raspberry dresses in different styles from Azazie. Ellen herself wore a stunning Nevaeh dress from Wear Your Love, a sustainable wedding gown designer who uses organic cotton and focuses on waste reduction in their designs. Her aquamarine engagement ring and wedding band were both from Diamond’s Direct, and we love that the color of the stone was incorporated into the wedding colors as well!

Jayton and his party wore navy suits from Menswearhouse. When they arrived at the Rickhouse, Ellen & Jayton had their first look on the patio overlooking the Historic Durham Athletic Park before taking more photos with their wedding party.

A reflection in a mirror shows a bride laughing with her bridesmaids.
a bride in white applies lip gloss with a compact mirror.
A white wedding gown with three quarter length sleeves hangs next to a white veil from a dark wooden door.
A trio of rings sit on a pile of books with green plants int he background. The rings are all white gold, the one in the center has a large aquamarine stone.
A groom wearing a navy suit smiles while adjusting his yellow tie.
A bride in white walks up behind a groom in navy, arm outstretched to tap him on the shoulder.
A bride in white walks up behind a groom in navy, arm outstretched to tap him on the shoulder.
A groom in navy looks at a bride in white, his mouth open in happy surprise. The bride is holding out the edges of her gown to show it off.
A bride and groom stand together, kissing, with their wedding party standing on either side. The men are in navy suits, the women in long raspberry gowns.
A wedding party forms a tunnel with their arms, through which a bride and groom run through.

Colorful paper lantern stars and lit up cherry trees added an air of festive magic to the Rickhouse for Ellen & Jayton’s wedding ceremony. The bridesmaids carried lanterns instead of bouquets, and Dean’s Duets played “First Time Outside” from The Secret Garden as Ellen walked down the aisle. Nothing gets us more emotional than movie soundtracks played on live strings. Except maybe seeing the groom’s son wrap fabric around the couple’s hands for a hand-fasting ceremony! This was truly a beautifully custom ceremony by NC Secular Weddings!

An indoor wedding ceremony is set with draping and light up cherry trees at the altar, and colorful star lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
Two women are seated, playing a keyboard and a violin. They are wearing black.
A bride in white smile as she walks down the aisle, arm in arm with her father.
Colorful paper star lanterns hand from a wood ceiling
Close up on a bride smiling while facing her groom.
A bride and groom face each other while a young man wraps lace fabric around their hands.
Bridesmaids in berry colored gowns hold black lanterns full of fairy lights and moss.
Groomsmen in navy suits and yellow ties stand in a row during a ceremony.

Event Flouret did an amazing job incorporating herbs, berries, and even dried lemon slices into Ellen & Jayton’s personal flowers! They designed the bridal bouquet, boutonnieres, and wreaths for the front doors. The rest of the flowers were picked up from local farmers at the Durham Farmer’s Market, and we displayed these in bud vases collected by the bride. Each table was named for various herbs rather than numbered, so guests found their names on a seed packet and went to the table with the corresponding herb! And we love all the knickknacks that Ellen collected, some belonging to family members, that we included in the centerpieces along with the plants, flowers, and books. 

A large wreath hangs on a wooden door. Mostly greenery and herbs, with a few bright berry colored blooms.
close up of wild botanical bouquet being held by a bride.
close up of a boutonniere pinned to a navy suit. it includes rosemary, thyme, and blue thistle.
framed pin board with seed packets pinned to it.
framed pin board with seed packets pinned to it.
round table with a centerpiece comprised of potted green onions, books, and flowers in bud vases.
closeup on a bud vase with colorful blooms, including a sunflower.
centerpiece includes potted plants, lanterns, and books
centerpiece includes potted plants, lanterns, and books

The rest of the evening comprised of tasty food, heartfelt toasts, and sweet dance moves. Jayton & Ellen showed off their moves in a choreographed first dance to “Collapse the Light Into Earth, and then Emerald Empire Band got the dance floor going! And everyone (including us) enjoyed the greek yogurt cheesecakes from The Refectory Cafe.

A bride and groom dance, clearly choreographed.
a bride dances with a woman in blue.
A man plays an electric guitar while standing in from of a light up tree.
A bride and groom cut a cheesecake.

Big thank you to all the vendors who helped bring this “Market Day in the Shire” theme to life! 

Hair & Makeup: Parlor Dry Bar
Officiant: NC Secular Wed, Cynthia Wooten
Ellen’s Gown: Wear Your Love
Bridesmaid Gowns: Azazie
Invitations: Paper Culture
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Diamond’s Direct
Dance Lessons: Fred Astaire
Chalk Artist:  Rachel Writes