Real Wedding: Kristen and Matthew – Preston Woodall House
Like many love stories, that of Kristen and Matthew took a few twists and turns before its happy ending. Kristen grew up in Montana, but when she was 11, she started coming to Fort Bragg to spend the summers with her dad, who was stationed there. When she was 15, she decided to move to Fort Bragg to live with her dad full-time, and she started attending a Christian school, which is where she met Matthew. They dated for a few months, but they thought it best to break up since they were too young to make a serious commitment. Six years later, they reunited and eventually decided to get married.
This past December, they tied the knot at the Preston Woodall House in Benson. Kristen got ready with her bridesmaids over mimosas, while Matthew enjoyed cigars with his groomsmen.
Kristen wore her light blonde curls long and loose, and she wore a gorgeous, satin gown custom made by seamstress Patty West. She saw a similar design on Etsy and fell in love, but she didn’t want to order a dress online sight unseen. When recreating the dress, she added a few touches to make it her own. The satin gown included a long train and a lace cover over the bodice for modesty. The lace extended up to the neckline and into long sleeves. She carried a bouquet of dried flowers that were hand-picked from Paradise Valley in Montana. The bouquet was tied with a bit of antique lace and ribbon.
The bridesmaids wore crimson gowns and carried bouquets similar to the bride’s. Two flower girls werer replicas of the bride’s dress, with the addition of a lace skirt. They carried baskets created by the bride’s step-mother and a family friend.
Matthew wore his service uniform and commendations. His groomsmen wore navy suits with gray vests, crimson ties, and brown shoes. Their boutonnieres were made of the same hand-picked, dried flowers from Montana.
The reception followed inside the Preston Woodall House, which featured traditional décor. Golden wallpaper, faux columns, elaborate chandeliers, and floral carpets were just some of the décor touches. The tables were covered in white satin linens and burgundy napkins, and guests sat in gold chiavari chairs. Other touches included a golden table cloth for the cake table, fabric swags on the ceiling, and numerous Christmas trees throughout. The tables had the dried flowers from Montana, as well as wood from the state that was chopped and used as a base for displays.
After a delicious meal, guests were treated to a beautiful wedding cake designed by Inspirational Grounds Coffee House and Sweet Dreams Bakery. The three-layered red velvet cake had a nude frosting that allowed the bold red coloring to peek through, and it was topped with a gold frosting allowed to drip over the sides. Dried flowers decorated each layer.
Guests were given a custom koozie as a favor. The drink holder had a picture of the Montana state outline intersecting with the North Carolina state outline, with a heart marking the spot in Fayetteville, where the couple met.
Kristen and Matthew danced the night away with guests and made their exit through an archway of sparklers held by their guests. It was the perfect end to the perfect night.
Venue: Preston Woodall House
Photographer: Carolina Media Star
Florist: Paula Jean’s Garden
Dress: Patty West