Casey and Derrick’s Classic Country Wedding at The Cotton Gin
By Meghan Kennedy | Photography by Casey Hendrickson
Casey and Derrick's wedding, photographed by Casey Hendrickson Photography, has all of the elements that we love about a true Southern celebration. The Cotton Gin in Monroe, N.C., infused the perfect balance of rustic and elegance, while sentimental details, such as the bride wearing the wedding ring her father gave her mother in their memory ensured that there was no dry eye in the house.
The Love Story
Casey and Derrick met at a bonfire and their mutual love of hunting sparked conversation. Derrick offered to take Casey hunting but it wasn't until they saw each other again at a wedding a month later that she took him up on it. “Since that day in January 2013, there has rarely been a day that's passed that we haven't seen each other.”
One year later Derrick drove Casey down to the river, where she immediately noticed brush in the shape of a heart. Reminiscent of the pastime that brought them together at first, Derrick lifted a bow and arrow, lit the arrow on fire, and shot it straight into the heart, lighting up the night sky as he got down on one knee and asked Casey to spend the rest of her life with him.
The country couple decided to get hitched at the Cotton Gin Barn in Monroe, N.C., because it was perfect for their lifestyle and the rustic, country wedding they were planning. As 125 of their friends and family looked on, Casey and Derrick said I do underneath the Carolina sun. Casey wore her mother's wedding band and ring and carried white roses in her bouquet in honor of her late parents, and the couple braided a unity rope signifying their union with each other and God. Casey's two uncles and brother-in-law helped give her away while her beloved grandfather walked her down the aisle.
The couple themed their rustic wedding with gorgeous pastel yellow and mint green, so of course Casey's bridesmaids arrived decked out in gorgeous tea length frocks for the ceremony. The bride herself wore a strapless ivory lace gown with pearls draped around her neck, and the groom donned a light gray tux, no coat, and an ivory tie to match. Topping off the country vibe, the entire bridal party wore cowboy boots with their dresses!
This being a down-home wedding, what else could you serve but barbecue? A buffet featured the classic dish along with potato salad, baked beans, chips and buns. Antlers and mason jars topped the tables, adding to the country flair. Sunflowers being a major part of the day, it was only fitting that Casey and Derrick's cake was decorated with the blooms along with burlap and twine. The white cake, topped with a mint green monogram, accented the decor beautifully. Guests spent the night snapping pictures in a custom photo booth and as the night wound down, the couple gave out mason jars as their favor for the evening.