We had a month of vacation to spend at home in North Carolina (after being in San Diego for a year) before heading off to the South Pacific island, Okinawa, for Tylers deployment. We had our reception party scheduled to celebrate with family and friends on September, 22nd 2018. A week before, Hurricane Florence came in and absolutely devastated our hometown in Newport, North Carolina. Our venue was damaged beyond repair and with our schedule to be able to have a party in time, we moved the venue to Tyler’s parents backyard, which still had its fare share of repair and clean up in only 5 days. Our vendors (band, catering, rentals, floral) were unreachable in the beginning of the week due to the amount of damage but I kept faith, hoping it would somehow all come together. I can remember thinking after the storm had passed that there was absolutely no way we could pull this off. With debris everywhere, homes damaged, standing water, roads impassable, and power lines down there was bigger priorities to be looking at. After talking to several family members and friends we decided that at that moment everyone needed each other more than ever and it was a perfect time to move forward with our Reception. After all I had started planning six months in advance, Complete DIY from start to finish. BBQ, Brews, & Bad Dance Moves. I used vintage, family, and bohemian finds, soft floral arrangements by myself (and with the help from my amazing friends) , mismatched rugs for the dance floor, farm tables and mismatched chairs to create a warm vibe from Charming and quaint rentals located in Newport, NC. Tylers family handcrafted the live edge wood benches, arbor, and swing adding a rustic vibe. We Decorated the Oak tree with vintage glass, bistro, and macrame lights bringing a warm and inviting mood. My mother baked and decorated the beautiful Naked Cake that was a hit with everyone. It was such a blessing to have so many hands reach out to help. I couldn’t have imagined a more magical night to dance under the stars and embrace everything we do have, like each other, and leave behind the hardships that we had faced the week before and to finally let loose and relax.
photos by Maddie Pake @MiserableBeingsphotography @maddpake