This is St. Mark's Chapel, on the grounds at Mordecai Historic Park in Raleigh. It was built in 1847, by slave carpenters on the Haughton Plantation in Chatham County, NC. In 1979, it was given to the Raleigh Historic Properties Commission and moved to the present location, which is also the location of President Andrew Johnson's birthplace, Mordecai House (a plantation home), an 1842 kitchen and the Badger-Iredell Law Office (ca. 1810).
I didn't have time to scout around for the best photo of it, so this will have to do. It was the site of one of Mel Day's three weddings Saturday. It doesn't hold very many people, but it is a charming site for a small event. I had hoped to show you the flowers on the doors and the initial L we made for over the doors, but I inadvertently made a video of it, and the quality is poor. I have to quit hitting the video button!
The hand-built pews have wonderful needlepoint pads, covered with all sorts of native flora and fauna.
I love this one with the fox, don't you?
The table centerpieces at the reception, held at the Umstead Hotel. Manzanita branches hold kissing balls of orange roses. The branches are studded with small green orchids, and the tall cylinder vases are partially filled with Granny Smith apples.
This view was taken after the lights were turned low and the centerpieces pin-spotted.
These kissing balls stood atop smaller cylinder vases in the cocktail reception area.
One of the table centerpieces, which was also used on the entrance table in the chapel. The brown curly things are "monkey tails", the bud form of a type of fern.
We left flowers for the cake, and the baker decorated it. We returned to the reception site after the ceremony (with all the flowers used at the chapel) and I took this photo then.
Note: I did the kissing balls atop the vases and wired the small orchids.