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Serene Bonamanzee Wedding – Mandy & Thomas

Mandy and Thomas met three years ago through mutual friends at their cross fit box in Kernersville, North Carolina. From there, it did not take long for their love story to begin to unfold and find out that they were perfect for each other. After a few dates, they knew this was something special.

Thomas proposed at the Christmas tree farm that they visit every year in the mountains with a few friends of theirs. Mandy says “it was so sweet and definitely adds an additional reason to look forward to visiting each year.”

Their wedding took place on a cool October evening, the white wedding commenced at Bonamanzee: a unique, but serene wedding venue in the small town of Madison, North Carolina. Once you pull down the winding path into the venue, their gorgeous, yet rustic log cabin peaks around the trees. The bridal quarters sit right off the main home in another smaller log cabin with plenty of room for the bride and her girls to get themselves all dolled up for the big day, along with a full-size bathroom.

Bonamanzee features a beautiful ceremony site under a canopy of trees and easily customizable for every couple’s desires. What makes the venue even more unique is the reception area. Nothing can compare to the bulb lights over the open dance floor a couple steps away from the dining area. With this setup, everyone has their space to enjoy their food, but not be too far from the dance floor action. Down a paved stone pathway, you will come upon a large outdoor fireplace with Adirondack chairs to circle around the smaller fire pit in the centre for those cool wedding nights. A perfect reception extra for a s’more station.

On top of all the other amazing features, Bonamanzee has a covered outdoor bar. But for Mandy and Thomas, personal touch was necessary. Thomas and one of his best friends built their own DIY personalised bar tap for the guests to enjoy, and for their enjoyment throughout the rest of their marriage.

Mandy describes herself as being “a huge plant nerd, so it was somewhat ironic that we had fairly minimal florals. I had plans for using more, but our ceremony and reception were outdoors and the setting was so lovely we thought that an abundance of floral decor might get lost in the background. My bouquet was probably one of my favourite items from my wedding… I LOVE king proteas, and Green Bee incorporated them along with some beautiful garden roses and greenery. We also used greenery for the centrepieces and the arbour.”

The elegance of Mandy and Thomas’s style was shown in every aspect of their wedding day. Every flower, every centrepiece, every detail was its very own masterpiece. 

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Photographer: Caitlin Gregory Photography // Venue: Bonamanzee Event Venue // Floral Designer: Green Bee Floral Designs // Hair Stylist: Abby Delk Hair // Bakery: Bake Me Happy // Caterer: MJ’s Restaurant and Catering

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