A Graylyn Estate wedding – Dena and Matthew, part 1

Part one

Being from Chicago, Dena and Matthew had many choices of local wedding venues. But they wanted something unique. They wanted a destination wedding. After an exhaustive internet search and a visit to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, they decided they wanted an amazing Graylyn Estate wedding. They, their families and friends all made the trek from Illinois and beyond to celebrate their nuptials. In fact, apart for all their fantastic vendors, there was not one native North Carolinian in attendance! They filled up all the estate’s rooms, which allowed them to have their ceremony on the front lawn, a first for Graylyn.

The first part of the day included a first look across the street at Reynolda Park, then the signing of the Ketubah inside, then a ceremony under the chuppa on the front lawn. A quick photo session of the newlyweds followed. There were so many photos to share from this big day, we had to split up the posts! Enjoy part one here, and then check out the evening portion of their day by clicking here.

The dream team:
Venue: Graylyn Estate
Photography: McCardell Photography
Wedding design: Verge Events
Florist: Becca Aithson
Hair: Perfection by Patricia

Graylyn wedding flowers by McCardell Photography
Graylyn wedding staircase by McCardell Photography
Graylyn wedding dress by McCardell Photography.
1Graylyn wedding shoes by McCardell Photography.
Graylyn wedding bridesmaids by McCardell Photography.
Graylyn wedding balloons by McCardell Photography.
Graylyn wedding bride by McCardell Photography.
Graylyn wedding veil by McCardell Photography.
Graylyn wedding reveal by McCardell Photography.
Graylyn wedding portrait by McCardell Photography.
Graylyn wedding first look by McCardell Photography.
A first look at a Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A photograph at a Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A couple at a Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A picture at a Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A wedding embrace at a Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A wedding bride and groom at a Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A wedding photograph of a bride and groom at a Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A groom reads a letter at a Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A groom and bride at a Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A groom and bride portrait at a Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A chuppah at a Jewish Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A bridal party Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A groom signs the ketubah at a Jewish Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A bridesmaid signs the ketubah at a Jewish Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A groom checks his bride at a Jewish Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A groom hugs his dad at a Jewish Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A bride approaches her dad at a Jewish Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A bride approaches her mom and dad at a Jewish Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A bride and groom prepare for the ceremony under the chuppah at their Jewish Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A bride circles her groom as they prepare for the ceremony under the chuppah at their Jewish Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A bride watches her groom as they prepare for the ceremony under the chuppah at their Jewish Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A bride sees her groom as they prepare for the ceremony under the chuppah at their Jewish Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A bride and her groom hold hands as they prepare for the ceremony under the chuppah at their Jewish Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A bride and her groom under the chuppah at their Jewish Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A bride and her groom on the front lawn under the chuppah at their Jewish Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A bride and her groom under the chuppah at their Jewish Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A Jewish bride and groom under the chuppah at their Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A groom breaks the glass under the chuppah at their Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A bride and groom react after he breaks the glass under the chuppah at their Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A bride and groom share their first kiss as a married couple under the chuppah at their Graylyn wedding by McCardell Photography.
A bride and groom recess as a married couple at their Graylyn wedding in Winston-Salem by McCardell Photography.
A bride and groom as a married couple at their Graylyn wedding in Winston-Salem by McCardell Photography.
A bride and groom dip as a married couple at their Graylyn wedding in Winston-Salem by McCardell Photography.