Natural Inspiration: Alexia & Blaine in North Carolina

For an intimate wedding weekend to share with 90 guests, Alexia Rouquette and Blaine Mays wanted to find an off-the-beaten-path spot.

Since, as Alexia says, "It was just breathtaking," the couple settled on a theme of rustic elegance to keep the spotlight on the locale, then chose a nature-inspired palette of green, brown and yellow.

For an intimate wedding weekend to share with 90 guests, Alexia Rouquette and Blaine Mays wanted to find an off-the-beaten-path spot.

The couple’s invitation etched with their initials.

Alexia gathers with the bridesmaids, in strapless sage-green Alfred Angelo dresses.

The guys take a stroll by the lake.

The ring bearers dressed in their finest.

Guests were ushered to the ceremony, which took place beneath a wooden flowerdecked arbor.

The September wedding day dawned sunny and comfortably warm.

There, before a local minister, the couple exchanged vows. "While we were wed, I held Blaine’s hands and looked into his eyes. Then I knew that our dreams were coming true," says Alexia.

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