Caroline + Lex tied the knot on May 21, 2016 in a rustic outdoor wedding at the Chapel Hill Carriage House. Their unconventional wedding featured baby goats, the one-and-only Rameses, and a double-rainbow. No joke.
Read the Q&A with this sweet couple, featured below, to learn more about their wedding inspiration and photography experience! To view all of the photos from their wedding and order prints, please visit their gallery on my online print shop!
1. What are some of your favorite things about your partner? How were these attributes expressed during or leading up to your wedding?
Lex: A few of my favorite things about Caroline are her compassion, her thoughtfulness, and her grace. Our wedding exemplified each of these. She was always thinking about our guests' comfort during the planning, she ensured every detail of the wedding was perfect, and she was breathtakingly stunning and totally composed throughout the ceremony and reception.
Caroline: I love so many things about Lex and one of them is his steadfastness. He is great at helping me calm down and remember what's really important, which was hugely helpful during the wedding planning process. He's also incredibly caring and puts his love into action by finding thoughtful ways to make life easier for other people (ex: waking up at the crack of dawn to take the dog out and doing all the laundry and dishes when he could tell I was a little overwhelmed). He also has such strong and loyal relationships with his friends and family and I loved listening to them reminisce about all their memories together over the weekend. Lastly, his sense of humor is on point and I thought it was reflected in so many little moments of the wedding, like the Princess Bride quote that started off our ceremony.
2. What was most important to you in planning your wedding?
Our primary goal for the wedding was to host a fun event that our guests would enjoy. We also wanted great food and music, and to represent our respective homes, North Carolina and West Virginia. It was important to us to have a wedding that felt in line with our values, especially the ceremony. We wanted to say vows that we felt good about saying and include traditions we were on board with.
3. Are there any details or moments from your wedding that are particularly special to you? (E.g., you wore your momma’s dress, your partner unexpectedly serenaded you, there was a double rainbow all across the sky…).
You pretty much hit the nail on the head with "there was a double rainbow all across the sky!" There was, and it was amazing. Another amazing moment was that Rameses made an appearance during the cocktail hour! As a surprise to us, Caroline's mom had invited him! We are both huge UNC fans so it was so much fun to get to celebrate and take some photos with Rameses himself. We also will never forget shout-singing Carolina in My Mind, Take Me Home Country Roads, and the UNC fight song on the dance floor with our guests. There were countless other very special moments - those are just a few that really stand out. It was a perfect night filled with so much joy.
4. Now that you’ve tied the knot (and survived!), what advice would you give to other folks planning their wedding?
Don't sweat the small stuff and eat dinner, and dessert!
5. What is the first thing you want to do with the images? Wallpaper the hallway? Internet fame?
Lex: Cell phone background and send to family.
Caroline: Add them to our photo album! For a wedding gift, both of our parents made us this amazing photo album that starts with photos and memorabilia of both of us as children and continues with photos of our relationship and years together. I cried happy tears my first time looking at it, and I can't wait to add photos from our wedding to it.
6. What is next for you as a couple? Any big plans?
Right now we are very happy to explore summer in Pittsburgh together with our much loved puppy Otis. We are also very excited to be going to a wedding in Colorado to celebrate with some of our very best friends! Beyond that, who knows what the future holds?!
7. Anything else you'd like to add?
Thanks, Courtney, for doing a great job and being super easy to communicate and work with! And thanks to our amazing parents, families, wedding party, vendors, the Chapel Hill Carriage House team, and all our friends for helping make our wedding so special and wonderful and unforgettable.
Caroline + Lex, thank you for being such a breeze to work with! Your wedding was an absolute blast, and I enjoyed every minute. I hope you love these photos and enjoy them for years to come!
Venue: Chapel Hill Carriage House
Photography Assistant: Layson Peters
Groomsmen Clothing: Brooks Brothers
Florist: Petal Pushers 3
Dessert: Simply Cakes
Catering: Sweet Basil's Catering
Invites: If It's Paper
Band: Big Fat Gap
Transportation: Ecostyle Transportation