With bright sunshine warming the grounds of the Rand-Bryan House most of the day on this April Saturday, late afternoon heat brought on a brief shower just before wedding time for Ashley & Courtney. Not to worry…..chairs toweled off and ready to go in time for “here comes the bride”! Nature wasn’t done yet as she offered a rainbow and a bald eagle in flight during the outdoor ceremony. A delightful cocktail hour followed as guests enjoyed the porch and grounds for drinks and hors d’oeuvres with string music in the background from Save the Date Music. Catering by Design’s dishes beckoned guests inside for a delicious buffet dinner with dancing, cake and fellowship to follow. Wishing the new Mr. & Mrs. Evans lots of happiness!
We still have some ideal spring wedding dates open for 2017 and are enjoying meeting with couples planning their special days. Hope all of them get a day like this one earlier this year! A late Sunday morning outdoor ceremony, mimosas on the porch, a delightful brunch reception by Unforgettable Food Affairs and kids of all ages enjoying the grounds—–it was the perfect day for Theresa & Steve’s wedding at the Rand-Bryan House. Late April provided ideal temperatures for hanging out on the gorgeous grounds at our wedding venue surrounded by rolling green pastures and evergreens. The bride’s talented sister-in-law led the plan for the elegant shabby chic decor which suited the historic farmhouse setting. There were lots of special touches to make this event enjoyable for all, including a kids’ activity table on the front lawn. The bride’s friend & officiant, Stephanie Shaffer, added another special, personal touch as she performed the ceremony. This was a beautiful start to what we hope will be a beautiful marriage!
Wedding festivities for Samantha & Drew started at the Rand-Bryan House with their rehearsal and rehearsal dinner for their wedding party and family. The rehearsing was pretty quick so everyone could enjoy drinks followed by a casual cookout with some cornhole on the side. Thankfully, on the wedding day, the rain showers we were hoping to avoid stayed away so everyone could enjoy the outdoor ceremony under blue skies. After cocktails and yard games on the lawn, the guests were invited into the house for a delicious southern buffet catered by Backyard Bistro. The historic country home was the perfect setting for the shabby chic decor that the bride had been crafting for months. An evening of dancing and fun (including a visit from Mr. & Ms. Wuf) ended with a bubble exit and the newlyweds were off to their new life. We loved having you at the Rand-Bryan House, Mr. & Mrs. Gay! Thanks for sharing pictures by Tee Wayne Photography.
This spring’s weather has required more than the usual amount of contingency planning. With a strong rain forecast, Rashida & Malcolm and their planner, Jocelyn with A Paradigm Shift Events, decided on a tent for their outdoor ceremony. On a day that saw showers on and off, it was never wet at the critical times—dry for the ceremony, the cocktail hour and for the sparkler departure. Some sprinkles during the indoor reception didn’t interfere with the fun. Sometimes gray days provide the backdrop for the colors to shine and that was the case on this day. The bright greens, blues and purples of the wedding party attire, the flowers by Fallon’s, linens and the surrounding landscape all blended for a beautiful visual inside and out! After cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the porch and lawn, guests were delighted to find City BBQ and their buffet inside. A great day culminated with dancing to the always entertaining Jason of Styus SE and a sparkler exit. Rashida & Malcolm, we’re hoping that it’s true for you that rainy wedding days bring good luck! Thanks to One Vision Photography for sharing these wonderful pictures with us!
We love sharing our venue with clients and guests from many different backgrounds. It’s always such fun to see them honor the traditions of their native countries as the bride and groom bring their friends & families together. After last weekend’s celebration representing the customs of Nigeria and Peru, we’ve been thinking back to a special wedding day on May 1. After lots of contingency planning for rain that was anticipated, Nandini & Favian got the break they hoped for and had their outdoor ceremony under blue skies. Once the vows were said, the guests enjoyed cocktails on the grounds and then made their way to the tented reception for dinner and dancing. This celebration blended the cultures of both families with traditions, attire, menus and music from Mexico and India and was a fun-filled evening for all. We’re wishing these newlyweds lots of happiness!
Once again this past weekend, the forecast threatened rain for our wedding festivities. As we planned, I reflected back on a wonderful “rain plan” wedding this spring for Sarah & David. They took advantage of Cinco de Mayo falling on the day before their wedding to begin their festivities at the Rand-Bryan House. After their wedding party rehearsed, everyone enjoyed appropriate food and beverages for their rehearsal dinner to celebrate the occasion (check out the colorful pictures of this fun evening). With rain in the forecast, the decision was made to plan on an indoor wedding and reception and the wedding party and family did part of their set up that evening so there would be less to do on the wedding day. The arbor, made by the groom for their ceremony, was just as pretty at the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Rand-Bryan House sunroom as it would have been on the lawn. The wedding day brought showers off and on with enough dry times to get wedding party pictures done on the grounds. Though it was pouring rain as guests arrived, a bright ray of sunshine managed to shine through the window on the bride & groom as they were saying their vows! The transition to the indoor reception went smoothly as tables were set and decorated in the colorful rustic decor that the bride had crafted while guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the porch. A BBQ buffet was a hit with the guests, followed by an evening of dancing and celebrating. Cheers to Mr. & Mrs. White as they begin their married life!
Those early spring days seem long ago as we flirt with 100 degree June temps but we are enjoying looking back as we catch up on blogging our spring weddings. It was a dreary first day of spring but Jo Ann & her friends and family had planned a day that would be warm, colorful & full of love! Bright coral decorations splashed against a white and silver background “popped” on this cloudy March day and the wedding party carried out the color scheme with coral against black & white. It was definitely a day filled with love as all gathered to support Todd & Jo Ann as they blended their families. We wish them many days of married bliss!
Weddings are a truly magical day to celebrate, no matter what time of year it is. So when Megan and Paul decided to seal the deal on January 18, 2016, Photography by TSM captured a beautiful winter wedding photo shoot at our Raleigh wedding venue, and even got featured in Southern Bride and Groom Magazine.
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in September, Kristin and Steve made their promises to love each other until death do they part. After a traditional Catholic ceremony, the wedding party and guests continued the celebration with a reception at The Rand-Bryan House. The reception was filled with love, laughter, and dancing. Check out the video below of Kristin and Steve’s big day.
Most couples are hoping for an outdoor ceremony, especially in the spring and fall. With NC weather, the temperatures are usually comfortable for a ceremony March-November with the occasional bonus warm winter day like we had in December 2015. However, there’s always a chance of showers so a rain plan is a necessity. With a guest count under 100, you have a beautiful back-up plan with our sunroom, a bright spot even on a dreary day! Lots of times you can still get some dry time for photography on our lovely grounds. These pictures from Spencer & Alex’s November wedding show what a great job they did in going to “plan B” when it rained on their special day.