Hey there! William and Schellie here.
You remember Petra and Stephen from their sneak peek, right? CLICK HERE to refresh your memory!
We got to go to VINEWOOD PLANTATION with two other Creatives from FAR OUT GALAXY, DJ Cuttlefish and RobotBooth, for Petra and Stephen’s wedding. It was beautiful. The style for their big day was simplicity, ruggedness with some elegance! After meeting in the mountains, they wanted to incorporate that feel and their love for the outdoors into their wedding.
We are so lucky to have shared and captured such special day with these two! We are even luckier to have had a chance to explore Petra and Stephen’s relationship for this post. You’ll read all about how they met, their favorite things about each other, and tons more sickeningly sweet stuffs. Plus, how to make a super cool backdrop.
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Tell us about how you two met.We were both working at a Christian camp in North Carolina, then we both did a semester long outdoor course with the same camp; through this we got to know each other better! We became fast friends and eventually fell in love with each other. After the semester ended, we went our separate ways and began to pray for each other a lot and to ask the Lord if we were meant to be together. We never felt any doubt that we should not be together, and we missed seeing and speaking to each other so much! We never wanted to part again.
What was the proposal process like?I (Petra) was living in Haiti for five months, but Stephen and I talked at least a little bit almost every day on Facebook. We had decided our relationship would lead to marriage early on, but little did I know that Stephen was so excited about it that he decided to surprise me in Haiti with a proposal! I didn’t even know he was coming, but there he was, down on one knee the moment we were reunited.
Walk us through the making process of your Cone backdrop for the cake.I saw a picture of one on Pinterest early on in the wedding planning process and completely forgot about it! Then later I saw it on my board and thought that it would be a really unique element to add to the decor, and potentially fun to do! My mom and I tried to figure out the supplies we needed. A lot of wax paper, string, hot glue and ribbon to tie all of the strings on. We cut out so many circles in the wax paper, then after that, we folded them in half, then twisted them into a cone shape and hot glued it together! After our cones were ready, we used a needle to put the string through the cones and used a drop of hot glue inside each cone to hold it into place on the string. We did several different lengths of strings. After the strings were all done, we hung the ribbon on some hooks on the wall and arranged the strings along the ribbon; each string was secured onto the ribbon with a knot as well as some more hot glue.
This sounds like a decently simple process, but it definitely took a while to find our groove and the most efficient way to get each thing done. My mom did the majority of the work on this, and she worked at it for at least a couple hours every day; it took us about 3 weeks to a month to complete! So bon voyage to anyone else out there wishes to tackle this back drop!
What are your favorite things about each other?
Venue: Vinewood Plantation
Catering: Tulla White
Cake: Eileen Carter Creations
Floral: Southern Stems
Hair and MUA: Samantha Hoopes
Groom + Groomsmen tux: Joseph Abboud
Bridesmaids Dresses: Boohoo
Brides Shoes: Steve Madden