North Carolina Backyard Microwedding: Rosco and Matthew

If this were my backyard I think I’d be okay to be quarantined here forever! Roscoe and Matthew embraced the madness of 2020 and opted for a beautiful backyard gathering at his mother’s house in North Carolina overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Will lots of personal touches the day was everything they wanted and more. Check out some Q&A with the couple and their stunning photos below.

Photography: Hilary Koon Photography

Venue: Private Residence

Beauty: The Real Browzilla

Beauty: Timeless Beauty Wellness Spa

Rentals: East West Vintage Rentals

Caterer: Chef Lowell

Floral: Rosco Spears

Nails: Artisan Nail Studio

Flowers and Makeup: Colour by Numbr Decor

Jewelry: Elizabeth Cole

Q: How did you meet? 

A: Matthew and I met through a mutual friend when we were both living in New York.   I customized a pair of shoes that was used in a photo shoot for a book that Matthew published (my friend used them as a styling piece for the book). Matthew got my info from our mutual friend and reached out to me via email to purchase a painting. We linked up to make the transaction a couple of weeks later and we kept in touch, having very surface level conversations for a while.  Months later, he reached out and asked if I knew of any art openings in the area, and since he worked at a magazine in the books and arts section, I knew that it was just his way of asking me out. soon after, we went on our first date to the lowline lab in NYC.

Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? 

A: my husband and i are both obsessed with nature. we knew that we wanted to have an outdoor ceremony and his mother’s home had the perfect backdrop that only nature could create.  we asked that  all of our guests wear all white/ivory along with the bride and groom.  my dad sang me down the  aisle as i walked barefoot to meet my husband. our good friend was our officiant. our french bulldog,  Archey, stood at the alter with us and snorted during the entire ceremony, adding to nature’s music.   and before walking off as husband and wife, we jumped a lavender infused broom.

Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A: The most special moment of the day was having my father sing me down the aisle and my first dance with my husband.  (that was 2 haha) but both moments made me extremely emotional and they felt so special.

Q: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?

A: Most of our wedding decor was DIY!  My husband and I went scouting for pampas grass about a week prior to the wedding, as i knew that I wanted this to be the star of our decor. the day before the wedding, we went foraging in the area for most of our decor and we purchased the white florals from a shop nearby.  East west vintage rentals provided our tables, mismatch chairs and the velvet green couch.  we used cocculus as a simple table runner with 3 centerpieces that my tribe created.  After dinner, the grass served as our dance floor as we partied the night away under the stars.

Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

A: I used minimal florals for the wedding decor/aesthetic. I made my bouquet the morning of the wedding, using some  of the same pampas grass and flowers that was foraged from the area, including dead pine needles and a set of mushrooms that i’d been admiring for months . I even added a quartz crystal in between the mushrooms in my bouquet. the florals used in my bouquet were calla lilies and cream hypericum.  my girlfriend, Kori Fields, led the build-out of our arch with the help of my tribe.   for our center pieces, we used calla lilies and snapdragons along with some greenery that we foraged.   we gathered a ton of pampas grass and greenery in my neighborhood that we used for the arch and centerpieces as well.

Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

A: our looks actually came together pretty seamlessly. due to covid, i didn’t have the dress shopping experience that i imagined when we first got engaged. i had a very limited amount of time to find a dress, as many shops were closed during quarantine.  i went dress shopping alone at the end of July and facetimed my family to get their feedback on dresses. after visiting 3 shops, i found a dress that i absolutely loved. i wanted lots of lace and long sleeves and this dress was the perfect fit. it still shocks me to say that David’s Bridal had my dream dress! i planned to walk down the aisle barefoot as a form of grounding, but i did want a nice heel for a few photos. i got my shoes from Schutz.  the only other accessory that i had were my beautiful earrings from Elizabeth Cole, who so graciously created me a pair from scratch in only a week’s time.  when deciding on a hairstyle, i knew that i would have some sort of braids. i shaved my head almost 2 years ago and the growing out phase has always been a little rough  haha. bantu knots was one of my favorite hairstyles growing up and this style always made me feel so regal, so it was an easy choice.  my girlfriend from college did my nails at her shop in Charlotte and one of my  other girlfriends traveled from our hometown of Detroit to do my makeup. we thought that wearing all white would be a beautiful contrast with nature, so in the words of my husband “i just went with the aesthetic.” Matthew wore a double breasted, tailored ivory suit with a cream and floral tie to match and a single pearl boutonniere. he finished his look with chestnut leather smoking slippers

Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

A: the only advice that i have for other couples is to simply do it your way.   our wedding ended up being one of the most beautiful moments of my life and it was completely different from what i expected (thanks to covid).  our wedding felt so intimate and perfect. i can’t imagine what creating this same moment for 200+ people to share would’ve felt like!