Real Wedding: Lisa + Joe at The Barn at Valhalla Lodge

These two. They are seriously the cutest, kindest, and sweetest couple. I met Joe and Lisa over coffee at one of my favorite spots - Open Eye Café. We clicked immediately chatting about teaching, careers, and just life in general. They wanted a low-key wedding that was focused on the fact they were getting married. They wanted people to feel welcome, and not overly managed. They had settled on a Tuesday for their wedding date and had booked The Barn's lodge as the spot.

Immediately I could tell that these two were going to weather any storm that came their way. They were patient, kind, and so generous to each other. They also felt very strongly about equality. This wasn't just Lisa's day- it was Joe's too! They were equally involved in the planning, and both made decisions when it came to the day. I normally feel like the bride is my go to for questions - but this was not the case. I loved how intentional they were with each part of the wedding. They wanted guests to feel welcomed, and part of their family. One of my favorite pieces was their centerpieces. Lisa is an English teacher and both, she and Joe are avid readers. They made a list of their favorite books and found multiple copies of each. On each table was a stack of books with a note about why it is their favorite and urged guests to take book they would like to read. Guests could also find books on the bar and entrance table. I don't think there was a book left over! It was so neat and so them!

My other favorite part of the day was their vows. They wrote their own and when it came to Lisa- she read excerpts of her journal from when she was falling in love with him. It was the sweetest and it did make me tear up a bit watching these two. Seeing a love so genuine and so real- I can't help it.

Guests enjoyed dinner from Med Deli and a delicious gelato bar from Sugarland. It was a low key night where guests got to catch up with old friends, have drinks by the fireplace. and just relax and celebrate Lisa and Joe.

Joe and Lisa- it was a pleasure working with you both! I am so grateful you chose to me to share in this day with you all.

Enjoy the gorgeous pics from Jenna DiPrima!

Chat soon!



Thanks to all our awesome vendors!

Photography: Jenna DiPrima Photography

Venue: The Barn at Valhalla

Planner: Dana with C&D Events

Florals: Bushel + Peck Designs

Caterer: Med Deli

Music: Sound System from Carrboro Music Loft

Dessert: Gelato Bar from Sugarland

Hair/Make-up: Ceremony Salon

Officiant: Family Friend