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Emily Ivey + Kyle Varner

Emily Ivey has always called Moore County home. Kyle Varner, on the other hand, moved to the area in 2018, which worked out well for the pair. Later that year, Emily and Kyle met at a Live After 5 concert in Tufts Memorial Park, Pinehurst.

By December, the two were dating, and three years later, Kyle proposed to Emily in the park where they first met. A photographer captured the special moment as family members watched from nearby.

Exactly one year later, on December 17, 2022, Emily and Kyle tied the knot at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, in Aberdeen.

“This church is very special to me,” Emily says. “I worked at the preschool here, and as a young girl, I played in piano recitals here. I knew this church was the one for our wedding.”

After the nuptials, which were briefly interrupted by a furry, four-legged wedding crasher, the Varners and their guests moved to Pinehurst’s Fair Barn for a Christmassy celebration.

“Instead of a guest book, we had guests sign ornaments,” Emily says. “We cannot wait to put these on our tree.”

photographer & videographer: Timeless Photography
wedding planner: Southern Oak Events
ceremony: Bethesda Presbyterian Church
reception: The Fair Barn
dress: Lucy’s Bridal
hair: LIFT Hair Salon
makeup: Carmen Bufmeyer and Brittany King
wedding rings: Neil Lane
diamond earrings: Kay Jewelers

bridesmaids: Anthropology
groom & groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse
cake: Kat’s Sweets & Treats Bakery
catering: Elliotts on Linden
flowers: Ivey & Vine Florals
rentals: Ward Productions and Richmond Rentals
transportation: A Ride Transportation and Sandhills Trolley Company