Real Wedding: Holly and Corey at The Reel Barn

Top: Holly, who handles accounts receivable for a Charlotte medical spa, and Corey Morrill, operation supervisor at Cardinal Health, were engaged on one of the loveliest spring days in 2013. Wondering out loud why he was so excited to light their usual evening fire, Holly walked outside to see this former Marine down on one knee with a ring from Morris Jewelers. Bottom: The day included an intimate gathering of their loved ones: their son, Lawson, in a Babies “R” Us suit; the bride’s parents; and the groom’s mother and stepfather.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2014
The Reel Barn, Iron Station
Photographs by Crystal Stokes Photography

For a look that would outclass the stylists of Harper’s Bazaar, bride Holly Ford entrusted herself to the best. From demure to high drama, Deanna Christine of Adorned Studio created two different looks for Holly. Deedie Springer of Springvine Design added the glamorous crown of wildflowers to complement the cascading bridal bouquet of hydrangeas, roses, dahlias, ranunculus, cosmos, astrantia, chocolate Queen Anne’s lace, and blue thistle. With a strapless, lace gown, Holly wore a long, gold necklace that belonged to her great-grandmother, as well as a vintage brooch and cameo ring of her mother’s.

Holly and her groom, Corey Morrill, booked Crystal Stokes before the date or venue; photos were their No. 1 priority. “Photography mattered so much to her, and she wanted to document this new chapter in their lives,” Stokes said. But beyond choosing her artists, Holly was remarkably hands-off. “There were no Pinterest pages, no pictures of flowers, so we all got excited to do our best work with her style in mind.”
The bride’s mom, a collector of all things vintage, designed the typewriter and suitcase dais and provided eclectic table settings and floral linens. But by far the most special thing to the bride was having the couple’s son involved. “We get to look back and show him our beautiful photos,” Holly said, “and show him, ‘This is what we did, and you got to be a part.’”

Brenda’s Cake Gallery

Springvine Design

Marisa from Hayden Olivia Bridal

Antonio Melani from Dillard’s

Calvin Klein from Belk

Morris Jewelers (her), Facet Foundry Jewelry Studio (him)

Deanna Christine of Adorned Studio

Dry Ink Designs

Deedie Springer of Springvine Design

The bride wore a traditional, strapless, lace gown from Hayden Olivia Bridal, adding vintage cameos and a romantic wildflower bouquet for drama and romance. 

Mandy at Dry Ink Designs created the menu, place cards, and invitations using aged cloth paper, calligraphy, and manual typeset.

Brenda’s Cake Gallery designed the naked cake to suit the rustic setting.

The Reel Barn—a beautiful backdrop for photography.

The table settings included everything from hydrangeas, roses, and dahlias, to figs, pomegranates, and persimmons.

The groom’s blue thistle boutonniere and black wedding band from Facet Foundry.

The dinner menu included tomato-fennel soup with mini grilled cheeses and walnut tartlets, grilled salmon and filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes and salad with blackberries.

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