Cara + Kyle’s Rustic Elegant Wedding


Every wedding that we get to host at The Grantham House is so special to us.  But when my sister became engaged and asked to use our rustic wedding venue for her own wedding, we knew it would be extra special.

When Cara met Kyle we knew that he was the one that she would spend the rest of her life with.  There was something different about the way she talked about him, and it was obvious that he was the one.


Kyle was living in Hawaii, serving as a Captain in the Army.  Cara was working as a hairstylist, and living  with her daughter, in Wilmington, NC.  The distance made for a unique start to their relationship.

After lots of Facetime calls navigating the time difference, and a visit to Hawaii, they both knew they were made for each other.  Kyle flew back to Wilmington, had his great grandmother’s vintage diamond reset, and booked a helicopter ride to pop the question. Of COURSE, she said YES!

They said “why wait”, and decided to go ahead and get married.  Putting a wedding together in a short time frame could be quite a challenge, but Cara and Kyle just happened to have several wedding professionals in the family.


Kyle’s brother Ethan, of Ethan Gaskill Photography captured all the memories of their rustic, wedding day.  Our sister Chelsy, event planner and owner of The Gathering Co. provided the flowers, styled, and planned the whole event. Her husband, Thomas provided the music.

Melinda Keener, who Cara refers to as her “sister from another mister”,  did the hair and make up.  Close family friend, Blake Holder, of Provision Films took care of the videography. Daniel Weeks, brother-in-law of the bride,  one of the owners of The Grantham House, and pastor, officiated the ceremony. And of course, The Grantham House hosted the wedding.

(all photographs by Ethan Gaskill Photography)

The wedding was set for New Years Day.  If you know anything about North Carolina, you know the weather is unpredictable.  There could have been snow on the ground or it could have been 70 degrees.  You never know!

On their wedding day, beautiful North Carolina decided to give us a 2o degree day.   The Grantham House is an outdoor venue, and it made for a COLD wedding.  Thankfully, The Gathering Co. had it covered, and provided cozy blankets, hot chocolate, and spiced cider for the guests to enjoy during the ceremony.  After that, we all retreated to a heated tent, and enjoyed the rest of the day together celebrating Cara and Kyle.

Goldsboro NC wedding make up artist Melinda Keener

Melinda worked her hair and make up magic.

Cara and her daughter, Emery spent the morning getting ready together.

How perfect are these matching mommy/daughter Keds by Kate Spade? I wouldn’t have expected Cara to choose anything different for her wedding shoes!

The color palate of soft green, gray, blush pink, and deep apple red was just a beautiful choice for a rustic, elegant wedding.

The details of the wedding dress and flowers photographed beautifully in the “Blush Room” at The Grantham House.

rustic wedding bouquet Wedding Venue Goldsboro NC


The Groom getting ready to see his Bride.

Cara chose to pray with her family before walking down the aisle.

tatooed bride wedding bouquet

Cara and her father, Jerry Narron, walking his last daughter down the aisle.

When you choose a rustic wedding venue, you always get a few goats as bonus guests.

The couple made a grand exit in front of our rustic, red barn, surrounded by family and friends and CONFETTI.


Cara and Kyle’s rustic, elegant New Years Day wedding was one that we’ll never forget.  As her sister it was an honor to get to host her wedding at our rustic wedding venue, The Grantham House.

  1. Callie says:

    It was beautiful and I love this post!

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What's Included

+2 days venue use
11 hours on wedding day
4 hour rehearsal the day before

+Bridal suite and Groom's Quarters on
 wedding day

+Outdoor ceremony and
reception sites

+On site parking

+Tables and chairs

+Venue use for engagement and
bridal portraits

+Planning visits

+ up to 150 guests*


* additional fees to accommodate over 150 guests. Max capacity 200.