first wedding showcase

I by chance happened upon this event on eventbrite.com. I immediately called up Chelsea (you guys should recognize her face by now. She's one of my main brand ambassadors) and we drove up to the Meadows. It's situated in the most gorgeous location right in the heart of Raleigh. They are a 115 acre nature preserve that has multiple options and venues. They also have several locations for you to get married and depending on the vibe you're going for.

wedding table decorations at the meadows Raleigh

I have a new appreciation for florists

Walking around I was just taken with all the gorgeous flower arrangements. I've always enjoyed looking at flowers but the time and effort to arrange them; the care that's put into making sure they look their best. I'm just simply in awe.

vintage wedding dress from the 20s hanging indoors
vintage wedding dress hanging
sequenced wedding dress close up

the decor throughout was stunning

No matter where you went on the grounds of The Meadows, it was picturesque and stunning. All the different buildings for brides, grooms and their wedding parties were furnished and every last detail was consciously executed.

skull of a bull dear mounted on a turquoise wall

I wasn't able to get pictures of all the decor

But the few pictures I got had such charm and personality. I think my favorite part of the venue was the area for the groom to get ready. It was the ultimate chic bachelor pad. It had a gambling table and was all around masculine and rustic.

hana lee nc florals in front of picture frame
bowl of assorted jewelry on a dresser
circle floral arrangement in the window
hana lee nc florals in front of picture frame
hana lee nc florals in front of picture frame
bowl of assorted jewelry on a dresser
circle floral arrangement on a wall
circle floral arrangement on a wall
bridal picture frame with a picture of the bride inside on a dresser with flowers at a the meadows wedding venue
white mirror with flowers next to it on a vintage dresser at a wedding venue
bridal picture frame with a picture of the bride inside on a dresser with flowers at a the meadows wedding venue
bridal picture frame with a picture of the bride inside on a dresser with flowers at a the meadows wedding venue

I realized after culling through my images...

That I only got pictures of the flowers. I wanted to get better pictures of the vibe and landscape but I got overwhelmed with all the details that I forgot to. That's something that I do need to focus on in the future, is photographing the scenery of an area. It gives you a better idea of how everything is situated.

Petal and Oak event rental pink purple and white floral arrangement
Petal and Oak event rental pink purple and white floral arrangement
small planted blue flowers sitting on grass
Petal and Oak event rental pink purple and white floral arrangement
Petal and Oak event rental pink purple and white floral arrangement
Petal and Oak event rental pink purple and white floral arrangement
Petal and Oak event rental pink purple and white floral arrangement
Petal and Oak event rental pink purple and white floral arrangement
Petal and Oak event rental pink purple and white floral arrangement
Petal and Oak event rental pink purple and white floral arrangement
Petal and Oak event rental pink purple and white floral arrangement
Petal and Oak event rental pink purple and white floral arrangement

Favorite ceremony spot

This was my favorite area by far. The logs on the ground as seating, the fixture on the tree in the back. Even the pathway down the isle was covering in boho rugs. Every last detail was though of. I especially like the candles with the bar on them as well.

close up of natural wedding alter in the woods with yellow wild flowers
rustic wedding venue at the meadows
close up of natural wedding alter in the woods with yellow wild flowers
close up of natural wedding alter in the woods with yellow wild flowers
rustic wedding venue at the meadows
close up of natural wedding alter in the woods with yellow wild flowers
close up of natural wedding alter in the woods with yellow wild flowers
close up of natural wedding alter in the woods with yellow wild flowers
details of rustic wedding alter at the meadows wedding venue
details of rustic wedding alter at the meadows wedding venue

The Mood Fleuriste

I loved the hint of topicality that can be seen if you look closely. This set up was just a short distance from the past ceremony area. It had much more open vibe to it. There was also a barn that you could see in the back.

Stunning Venue

I had no idea something like the Meadows was secretly tucked away in Raleigh. It was a pleasant surprise to feel like you left the city for a bit and found a little bit of the openness you'd feel in a more rural area. I met a few vendors there that I loved and several photographers that I look up to immensely! I can't wait to go back to the Meadows for their Winter Showcase!