The first of two weddings (with Mel Day of Dogwood Tree Floral Design) was held in Pinehurst, about an hour south west of here. This reception site is really great for parties of any type. I had never seen it before. The plaque above explains the "barn" which may be rustic, but is the most elegant rusticity I've ever seen. The name of it is "Pinehurst Harness Ring Fair Barn". The ladies room would rival any you have seen in the better hotels.
The cocktail tables sat on the dance floor for the first part of the reception.
I loved seeing the patterns formed by the rafters, and the sun shining through them made the most interesting patterns on the floor.
A Raleigh company made this bar background and the photo below shows the matching bar table topper. It's a shadow box, and you can fill it with anything you want. After I took this photo, the glass top was replaced.
Below: some of the tables had tall arrangements, and some had short, square vases of hydrangea.
The canopy over the brick entry area was a nice respite from the hot sun. We decorated the poles with hydrangeas, ribbons, garland and wax flower.
This is the church altar centerpiece that Mel made.
The cake wasn't out yet, but I did like the tablecloth - so much texture.
It was hotter than Hades yesterday, but the barn, in spite of it, was very cool. They don't allow smoking (thankfully), but there is a terrace out back that is perfect for it.