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The crisp, cool autumn air and lush landscape of the Bradford came together in perfect harmony for Alli and Michael’s October wedding. Vibrant fall blooms added warmth and pops of color to the gorgeous European countryside estate, which sits on 12 acres in the quaint town of New Hill just outside of Raleigh.
Alli and Michael began their fairytale day inside the luxurious home. With the help of her bridesmaids, Alli transformed into the most beautiful bride, down to the finest details. Her effortlessly elegant ballgown had intricate lace detail on the bodice and a sweetheart neckline. Alli and her bridesmaids carried bouquets made up of ivory, peach, and burgundy blooms that emanated warmth and provided a nice contrast against the bridesmaids’ dresses which varied beige and brown tones. Michael and his groomsmen stayed true to the theme in their suits in various shades of brown as well.
The ceremony was held on the Bradford’s serene outdoor terrace. Mustard, orange, and burgundy blooms arranged at the altar appeared even more vibrant with the Bradford’s lush green landscape in the background. After Alli and Michael said their “I do’s”, the manicured grounds were transformed to hold the reception.
Tables dressed in white linens topped with tall candles illuminated the space, and colorful floral arrangements similar to those used in the ceremony interspersed with greenery and gold accents gave the reception an intimate, elegant feel. Billowing white linens hung from the transparent tent overhead, accompanied by string market lights that encompassed the space in a romantic glow.
The guests were treated to a delicious dinner catered by Rocky Top catering before Alli and Michael cut into their single tier white buttercream creation, which was topped with a vibrant, mustard colored bloom. The couple’s loved ones were treated to an assortment of desserts. Many toasts were made, laughs and memories were shared, and tears were shed as Alli and Michael celebrated their love with their friends and family. No wedding is complete without a night of dancing, and these newlyweds really lit up the dance floor (thanks to their glowsticks!). As the night of celebrations came to a close, Alli and Michael sealed their fairytale day with a glowing kiss. Cheers to the Fortes!