2020 Thanksgiving Farm Wedding Giveaway

To say our Thanksgiving wedding give away day was special doesn't do it justice!  All weddings are special and ,in some ways, for John and me, this felt like an ordinary wedding at our farm.  That is to say we did what we needed to do to get the place ready and clean and then we stepped back and let others take over.  It is always fun to see a wedding come together, but this one was extraordinary because all the vendors that came together didn't get paid for their services.  They all volunteered to do this wedding for Jennifer and Steve because they were all touched by their story and the sacrifices they have made over and over for the health of everybody during this pandemic.  The whole thing was really kind of miraculous.  

  First of all, the weather cooperated on a grand scale!  It was warm and sunny.  There was enough of a little coolness in the air to make it feel like Thanksgiving.  Holland Rent All provided the chairs and tables for free and even added some portable heaters in case it got chilly. Susan, the florist, decorated the wedding arbor with the most amazing combination of pinks and corals and reds and golds and elegant greenery.  She repeated those color schemes on the tables under the pavilion in farm style low wooden boxes.   Along with the flowers were  cream colored wooden candlesticks on navy blue tablecloths.  This looked  quite striking up next to the rust color of the barn.  Sergio and Dana got there early to set up all their equipment and did a marvelous job with the background music while the guests were arriving.  Byron, the Golf Cart Guy, left us two fancy and fast golf carts.  John and Jackson loved driving the guests from the parking lot to the barn in those carts! 

The ceremony itself was short and sweet and beautiful. My favorite part was when Jennifer came out of the barn doors to see her fellow hospital workers gathered there to cheer for her.   She was gorgeous!  Hair and make up wonder woman , Mary, also did fancy updos for the bridesmaids and they all looked so elegant. Hannah wore a  long navy blue gown and Bobby wore coral, so they matched the color scheme.  Hannah's father was the officiant leading the couples in their vows and Dana sang beautifully during the ceremony.  I could have listened to Dana sing all night!

 Afterwards, the guests gathered under the pavilion, appropriately socially distanced at their tables by families.   The vintage gold colored Tap Truck was parked on the gravel near our silo.  What a special touch this was!  Guests enjoyed a wide variety of craft beers while they waited for dinner. It was worth the wait!  Chef Vaughn cooked up quite a delicious post Thanksgiving feast.  For appetizers there were shots of squash soup, turkey, stuffing, and cranberry croquettes sliders,  and an abundant selection of fresh fruit.   He also served up salmon and chicken and potatoes and veggies.  Our friend, Holt Boone donated his coffee machine for after dinner drinks. And then as the sun went down, John drove Jennifer and Steve in a golf cart to get sunset pictures and kisses out in the fields!  I think this was the most romantic part of the day! 

Once it was dark, DJ Royal turned up his party dance music.  It was a great mixture of rap and hip hop, rock and roll and country  It was quite simply tons of fun!   And there was a fire going up in the fire pit next to the barn for those who wanted to chill out that way.  For dessert not only was there a scrumptious white cake with raspberry filling made by Hannah's mom, there was an amazing assortment of decadent doughnuts and colorful cupcakes.  We all partied until about 6:30 or 7 until it was time for the bride and groom to say their good-byes.  Jennfer and Steve went off in style with a sparkler exit in front of the barn.  John drove them off in the golf cart and that was that! Later in the spring they will enjoy a honeymoon in North Myrtle Beach in a house provided by our friends, Tom and Marie McEvoy. 

We call the whole thing a great success.  To me, it underscores the living gospel message of the loaves and fishes.  When we all give abundantly and act out of love and gratitude, things multiply on a grand scale.    

The photographer, Angela, captured all this, and will share her pictures soon.  Kudos to her for working so hard all day long!


2020 Thanksgiving Farm Wedding Vendors


Urbana Catering Concepts

My 100/0 Principle: Take 100% responsibility for what you do and expect 0% back.  You'll be amazed by the outcome.​

Born in Yonkers, NY, Vaughn moved to Raleigh as a kid and graduated from Broughton High School. After graduating from North Carolina A&T State University, he followed his true passion and love. The art of making people happy through bringing them incredible meals.

A meal is a journey and our goal is to take you on an incredibly delightful, delicious and daring trip, always ending at the corner of Heavenly & Fine.


Ang H. Studio

We're a Durham, North Carolina-based creative studio focused on photography, video production, and digital content creation for purpose-driven visual storytelling. We are driven to create and share stories with diversity, inclusion, compassion, and sustainability at their core. We’re a small team making a big impact with fun clients and bold imagery.

Musicians & Entertainment

Royal Lewis Music Services

Royal Lewis Music Services is a local DJ Service and Lighting Company catering to Raleigh and surrounding areas. We specialize in Wedding DJ Services, School Dances, Corporate Events and Events that need awesome music paired with 1st class service. We always strive for 100% customer satisfaction and we are driven by the desire to make your event one to remember. Rest assured, when you choose Royal Lewis Music Services, you will be our only priority and event for that day, ensuring all of our attention is focused on you and your big event!

Musicians & Entertainment

Sterling Music

Over the years, Sergio and Dana have traveled nationally and internationally with their music, stories and their passion to love on people by sharing messages of hope and restoration. They both have a solid musical background; Dana being an accomplished vocalist and violinist, Sergio being an accomplished guitar player and vocalist. From ministering at churches with their music ministry to motivational speaking at corporate events, they have a diverse array of gifts and abilities. They can tailor their skill set to match nearly any need that may be asked of them.  They both are Senior Ordained Chaplains, Certified Youth Pastors/Leaders and have an Associates Degree in Biblical Studies.
They are available for ministry events, weddings (music and/or officiating), revival meetings, community events, youth conferences, adult conferences, homecomings, Sunday morning/evening church services and so much more! Just let them know how they can serve you


Specialties Floral & Event Design

Specialties Florals and Events is a unique floral and design studio, located in Wake County North Carolina, which brings ingenuity and timeless elegance to all special events. Here at Specialties, all our team members consistently strive to push the limits to bring our clients cutting edge, lavish designs with an acute sense of timeless elegance and contemporary beauty. Whether your style is decidedly vintage; modern, classic, sustainable, or one-of-a-kind creative, Susan and her talented team will provide all the experience and artistry necessary to wow your guests and exceed your expectations


Tap Truck NC

Friends since 2007, Tonya, Tim, Jim, and Chris enjoy traveling together and looking for new breweries to try. They know that sampling a craft beer is just better in a brewery where you get not only the flavor of the beer, but also the atmosphere! But what if we could bring the beer to you? Meet TapTruckNC

Golf Carts

The Golf Cart Guy

THE GOLF CART GUY specializes in offering rentals, sales and repair of golf carts in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Carthage, Sanford, Aberdeen, and Rockingham NC and within surrounding areas. Whether you’re located in the Triangle or the North Carolina Sandhills, The Golf Cart Guy is your source for anything golf cart. For larger events, we also can supply golf carts anywhere on the East Coast.

Rental Equipment

Holland Rent-All

Communication is an important part of the event rental process.  We feel some of that can be lost in an E-Mail.   So…Let’s talk, in person or by phone. Tell us your ideas, dreams and “must haves” so we  can assist you with suggestions and options to ensure the items are what you want and are within your budget.

 Perhaps before you have that important event you want to put in a patio.  Don’t go out and buy expensive equipment you will have to store and maintain.  Call us and describe your project so we can give you suggestions and options for the equipment needed to rent.

Beach Cottage Honeymoon

Fun in the Sun- North Myrtle Beach- Tom & Marie McEvoy

Fun in the Sun is a spacious house rental in Myrtle Beach, SC close to numerous attractions and exciting entertainment. This quiet South Carolina vacation rental in Myrtle Beach is just a short walk from the sandy beach and majestic Atlantic Ocean. Challenging Myrtle Beach golf courses are close to your stylish home. Local shops and boutiques where you can purchase the latest resort wear and souvenirs to commemorate your exciting vacation are near this attractive house

Gormet Grinders

Coffee & Hot Chocolate

Gourmet Grinders Coffee provides coffee service to local offices and businesses in the Triangle.  Their machines provide fresh brewed coffee shop quality beverages that satisfy even the most discriminating coffee aficionado!  Hands down the best local coffee service in the Triangle.