Shyane & Greg Mello


A rarity in the history of grooms-to-be, Greg Mello took charge of wedding planning while his future bride was busy with college and clinicals. The Mellos started dating their junior year at Pinecrest High School, and the high school sweethearts chose The Fair Barn, where their prom was held, for the ceremony and reception venue. A memorial table was included among the rustic décor, with pictures of friends and family who had passed but would have been in attendance. Shyane’s bouquet was comprised of a Native American feather to acknowledge her Lumbee Indian heritage. The planning process was quite the learning experience for Greg, but the Mellos both agree it was the fairy tale wedding they had dreamed.

Photography: Jennifer B Photography Ceremony: The Fair Barn | Reception: The Fair Barn | Dress & Jewelry: David’s Bridal | Men’s Attire: Calvin Klein and Bridal Boutique of NC Shoes: Jack Rogers & Steve Madden | Flowers: Jack Hadden Floral & Events | Catering: Tay’s BBQ | Cake: Donna Hunt | Entertainment: DJ Jonathan Brooks

Laura & Timothy Faircloth


During a short six-month engagement, the Faircloths planned a simple and timeless wedding at First Presbyterian Church of Carthage, the church Laura attended while growing up in Moore County. Tim didn’t have many demands in the process, but did insist the wedding colors be classic black and white rather than the pre-planned navy and champagne. The couple faced the challenge of including every part of their large, blended family in some aspect of the wedding, no matter how small. They made it happen, and spent the night celebrating the marriage and merging of two families.

Photography: Helen Woolard, Visuals by Helen Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church | Reception: Country Club of Whispering Pines | Dress: Maggie Sottero |Wedding Attire: Calvin Klein and Bridal Boutique of NC Shoes & Jewelry: Badgley Mischka, Moon & Lola | Flowers: Floral Designs by Eddie | Hair & Makeup: Zachary Hewett, Fharren Kivett and Alison Hardison of Roots Beauty Shop | Cake: Jimmy Barber | Entertainment: Ella Patrick of Momma Molasses, Leon Monroe, organist Elizabeth William and The Sand Band

Jourdan & Ryan Book


Jourdan Callaway Book swore the last place she would ever get married was Ironwood, where she works as general manager. And that is exactly where she ended up holding her wedding ceremony and reception. After meeting at Ironwood in 2012, Ryan and Jourdan started dating shortly after, and the rest is history, as they say. The bride searched for an exclusive, unique location; somewhere no one had been married before. Having no luck, her mom and bridesmaids suggested Ironwood. A particularly woodsy area of the restaurant’s patio was cleared for the ceremony to create a cozy, private “secret garden.” Mimosas and a three-course dinner from Ironwood chefs were the perfect accompaniments to the Books’ simple but charmingly unique wedding.

Photography: Samantha Floyd Photography Ceremony: Ironwood Café | Reception: Ironwood Café | Wedding Attire: Shona Joy | Shoes & Jewelry: Schutz Shoes, Birdie James and Julie Cohn Design | Flowers: Jack Hadden Floral & Events | Hair & Makeup: Lauren Williams, Brittani Baca | Cake: Sweet Fi’s | Entertainment: Ceremony – Clay Singletary and Court Stewart, Dinner – Cousin Amy String Band, Reception – DJ Rick Hooker

Taylor & Ren Babcock


Taylor and Ren Babcock were married in a sentimental spot, the Southern Pines United Methodist Church, the same church where the bride’s parents wed. Growing up in Pinehurst, Taylor spent many adolescent years in United Methodist and preferred a Moore County wedding to one in Raleigh, couple’s current city. The Babcocks brought their vision for a romantic garden wedding to life, holding the reception outside on the Weymouth Center lawn under bistro lights. The groomsmen were gifted Peter Millar golf shirts, holding true to Pinehurst’s favorite pastime. Having enlisted help from the best vendors and friends they could find, the Babcocks can confidently say their wedding day was the best day of their lives.

Photography: Amaris Photography Ceremony: First United Methodist Church | Reception: Weymouth Center | Wedding Attire: Jos. A. Bank, Watters, and New York Bridal | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Flowers: Jack Hadden Floral & Events | Hair & Makeup: Marti Prevette and Jen Galster from Sky Parlor Salon  | Cake: The Bakehouse | Entertainment: The Dickens Band, CE Rentals

Jennifer & Andrew Ervin


The idea of a destination wedding was tossed aside when Jennifer and Andrew Ervin realized having all the family present, including the bride’s 91-year-old grandfather, was more important. Although they resided in Raleigh, Pinehurst offered the best location to gather the couple’s loved ones, and with the help of local wedding planner Jenn DiTuro, the Ervin’s held a garden-chic ceremony at The Arboretum in Pinehurst. A horse-drawn carriage carried Jennifer through the village to the site of her and Andrew’s first look at each other, and Camp Cocktail, an old-school camper turned bar, provided refreshments. Dancing with her grandfather to Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” is a memory Jennifer will never forget, and one that no destination wedding could have replaced.

Wedding Planner: Jenn DiTuro, Vision Events Photography: Libby McGowan Photography Ceremony: Pinehurst Arboretum | Reception: The Pinehurst Arboretum | Dress: Lea-Ann Belter | Wedding Attire: Hugo Boss and J.Crew | Flowers: One Sweet Day in May | Hair & Makeup: Retro Salon | Cake: Sweet Fi’s | Entertainment: EG Peters Band