Cara and Matt tied the knot in 2020 with a simple ceremony in a pasture during the height of Covid. They pulled out all of the stops and held their second, more formal ceremony in May of 2021 on the patio at Chatham Station. Both UNC grads, they planned the wedding while Matt was in grad school and Cara was finishing up her undergrad degree. This couple is so sweet and we loved hosting them and their clans on a gorgeous spring day.
Cara and her bridesmaids got ready in our dressing suites and enjoyed a little time together that they couldn’t have during their first ceremony.
Faith is a big part of the lives of these two, so they chose to have moments where that was displayed or celebrated privately. One such moment was a “first touch” before they saw each other. Cara had a first look with her father instead, which was very sweet and private as well.
Cara and Matt “renewed” their vows in front of their friends and family and afterwards, a praise band played following the ceremony, another touch showing their commitment to their faith. Matt has a big, welcoming personality and the couple were genuinely excited to walk down the aisle as husband and wife for a second time.
After the ceremony, they captured great shots around Cary with their photographer Sarah Reeves.
The soft blues and golds they chose looked elegant and fresh and blended perfectly with the brick, wood and glass we have at Chatham. The whole venue looked amazing as guests flowed inside and out. From the donut wall they had instead of a wedding cake, to the blue plates of varying sizes, to the lounge area that replaced the ceremony seating, every corner of the place shined. Cara, Matt and their guests shined too. It was a wedding fit for a magazine shoot.
The newlyweds and Chatham Station are happy to share the vendor list:
Planners: Something Fabulous
Catering: City BBQ
Desserts: Duck Donuts
Bartender: Johnnys Bartender Service
Rentals: CE Rental
Photographer: Sarah Reaves Photography
DJ: Willis J Entertainment
Florist: Dayspring Flowers
Hair and Makeup: The Makeup Addict