Rustic & radiant


September 28, 2023

Amanda & Alec Golini
photographs by Taylor Helms Photography

Amanda and Alec love Europe, choosing Portugal for a two-week honeymoon where they could enjoy great food and a bottle or two of red wine. So when it came time to choose a venue for their wedding, the college sweethearts knew the Euro-inspired Andrews Farm in Midland, with its lush green landscapes and romantic charm, served up the perfect backdrop.

“We wanted to be sure that the event was authentic and truly captured who we are as a couple,” Alec says. “With the architecture of the home as the focal point, our incredible wedding planners at Honey + Thyme took this inspiration and wove it into every aspect of our celebration.”

Planner Caitlin Dobbins took a West Coast-inspired wabi-sabi approach — focusing on simple, natural inspirations — sprinkling in touches of Southern hospitality for the New Jersey-born-and-raised couple. Both former student athletes at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. — Amanda, a field hockey player and Alec, a soccer player — the couple moved to Charlotte in 2021 when USA Field Hockey chose the Queen City for its new training facility. Amanda is a Team USA athlete, serving as captain of the USA Field Hockey team since 2019; Alec works in collegiate athletics for a sports-tech company.

The couple exchanged handwritten vows, with a close friend serving as officiant. Alec wore a green suit (his favorite color), and they danced the night away on a black-and-white checkered dance floor (a detail Amanda had always dreamed of). Food was served buffet style, with Jeni’s ice cream and carrot cake for dessert. Late night, Chick-fil-A sandwiches on silver platters arrived on the dance floor, where Amanda’s teammates happily hoisted her in the air. “Be untraditional,” Alec advises. “Don’t hesitate to add personal touches that define your individual interests and your story together as a couple.”

The Details:

Photographer | Taylor Helms Photography

Venue | The Andrews Farm, Midland

Planner | Honey + Thyme Events

Floral Design | Meraki Blommor

Dress | Lovers Society, Lovely Bride Charlotte

Wedding Accessories | Lovers Society (veil);
wedding shoes from Amanda’s mother;
bracelet from Amanda’s grandmother

Beauty | Wink Inspired Beauty

Groom Attire | Indochino

Groomsmen Attire | Generation Tux

Rings | Wove

Caterer | Family Catering Service, Huntersville

Dessert | Family Catering Service (cake);
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Bartender & Drinks | Black Moth Bars

DJ | Barkzbeats

Rentals | Curated Events Charlotte, Unspoken Designs

Stationery | The Knot

Amanda & Alec Golini's romantic, rustic wedding at The Andrews Farm in Midland, NC.

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