Can I just say I love Alana + Thomas Dean?!
I can? Oh good, because I had the BEST time coordinating their wedding this past July. I have never felt so welcomed into a family before without really even knowing them. I came into town for the rehearsal on Friday night which was the first time I had actually laid eyes on Alana + Thomas. I got the pleasure of (obviously) spending the whole next day with them - it being wedding day and all - and I continuously felt like I was part of the Dean family. I coincidentally ended up finding out that Alana's MOH + sister, Hannah Dean, went to JM Robinson High School while I was leading Younglife in college at UNC Charlotte. SMALL WORLD HUH??
There were a lot of moving parts to this wedding. The bridesmaids and groomsmen all got dressed and ready at the Farmstead about 20 minutes from the wedding ceremony location in Concord, NC. About an hour before the ceremony the boys left followed by the girls. We had the ceremony, which was in a beautiful and traditional Lutheran church. The bride and groom took pictures with family following the ceremony and then were whisked away with their entourage back to the reception venue at the Farmstead. BUT because of the planning, coordinating, and cooperation of the venues, vendors, and guests things went FLAWLESSLY!
The reception was by far my favorite part. Not only did I get to work with Rachel Elisabeth Photography, but I also got to partner with vendors including Carolina Wedding Films and Jimmy Bloom Florals. Creating new vendor relationships at weddings is seriously the best. Not only do you meet vendors who you can suggest to other clients, but you have the BEST time at the reception. You will see by the reception pictures below, especially the ones of guests dancing, everything seemed super colorful and vibrant. Joy seemed to exude from the dance floor and entire venue as first dances were had and toasts were made. Everything in the Farmstead was situated perfectly to allow for flow throughout the night whether that was to the cupcake table or to grab a drink from the bar and head out for a lit stroll around the grounds.
I am excited to keep in touch with Alana + Thomas as they begin their new life in Washington DC - CONGRATS again you too!
Check out some of the amazing vendors we chose for their wedding below + full gallery in the portfolio section of the website!!!
Wedding Vendor Details:
Ceremony Venue: Calvary Lutheran Church - Concord, NC
Reception Venue: The Farmstead - Mt. Pleasant, NC
Additional reception decor: Seams Right Wedding Décor & Custom Design Elements
Florist: Julie Ford // Jimmy Blooms Floral Design
Wedding Photography: Rachel McDowell // Rachel Elisabeth Photography
DJ Services: Chris McKinney // Carolina DJ Professionals
Catering + Bartending: Jim N' Nicks
Cake/Cupcakes: Publix Bakery