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Gerri Anna & Dalton’s Colorful Morgan Farms Wedding

Arika Jordan Photography Captured Dreamy Wedding at Morgan Farms in Oxford, NC

Gerri Anna Hedgepeth and Dalton Pendergrass were together four years before a surprise engagement on Gerri Anna’s birthday at Kings Dominion Amusement Park. After saying yes, the couple celebrated their engagement and the bride-to-be’s birthday with a day full of roller coasters. Raleigh wedding photographer Gerri Anna and fiance Dalton then weathered the roller coaster ride of a COVID-19 engagement and celebrated their long-awaited wedding day with an intimate ceremony at Morgan Farms in Oxford, North Carolina. Keep reading to hear how the couple’s colorful wedding day became a family affair.

A Family Affair

Bride Gerri Anna knew that her mother Kim Hedgepeth would be an essential member of her wedding planning team.

“She has an amazing eye for detail and was adamant on Dalton and I having our dream wedding,” Gerri Anna says. “I owe all my thanks to her.”

The bride’s sister Ellie helped with bridal makeup, cousin Tucker Kelly served as officiant and uncle Scott Kelly, aka “DJ Scott-ify”, gave guests a night to remember. Another musically inclined relative, her cousin’s husband Sam, played violin during the wedding ceremony in front of the beautiful oak tree at Morgan Farms in Oxford.

“The meaningful songs brought tears to our eyes and I’ll forever cherish Sam’s talent,” Gerri Anna says.

Bride Gerri Anna and Groom Dalton Pendergrass stand with their wedding party after their colorful ceremony at Morgan Farms in Oxford, NC with Arika Jordan Photography.

The couple poured over Heart of NC Weddings magazine and meticulously researched to find local vendors for their wedding. Most importantly, the couple wanted all of their wedding vendors to be local to the Raleigh/Oxford/Henderson area.

Gerri Anna and Dalton are grateful for Dillon Floyd, Connie Ranes and the entire team at Morgan Farms.

“We can never thank them enough,” Gerri Anna says. “They were a huge part of making our day so special and so seamlessly beautiful.”

Day-of Coordinator Connie Ranes helped incorporate an extra-special detail into the big day.

“My beautiful veil was made by Connie Ranes using the lace from my mom’s wedding gown,” the bride says. “It was my favorite part of my bridal look on my wedding day and I’ll cherish it forever.”

Bride Gerri Anna gets ready for her first look with fiance Dalton Pendergrass at their colorful wedding at Morgan Farms in Oxford, NC with Arika Jordan Photography.
Bride Gerri Anna and mother Kim Hedgepeth get ready for the colorful wedding ceremony at Morgan Farms in Oxford, NC with Raleigh, NC wedding photographer, Arika Jordan Photography.

Arika Jordan Photography Captures Raleigh Wedding Photographer’s Big Day

The bride had high standards for the couple’s wedding photographer, considering she photographs weddings herself! The couple was blown away by the talent and down-to-earth nature of Raleigh wedding photographer Arika Jordan.

“I put so much effort into finding a photographer that wanted to get to know Dalton and I and that would absolutely rock our wedding day – Arika exceeded our expectations! I can’t recommend her enough.”

Bride Gerri Anna and groom Dalton Pendergrass under handmade veil by Connie Raines after their colorful ceremony at Morgan Farms in Oxford, NC. Featuring Arika Jordan Photography of Raleigh, NC.
Bride Gerri Anna and groom Dalton Pendergrass head to their wedding reception in a Mustang after a colorful ceremony at Morgan Farms in Oxford, NC. Photography by Arika Jordan Photography.
Bride and groom Gerri Anna and Dalton Pendergrass at the beautiful Morgan Farms in Oxford, NC after their wedding ceremony. Photography by Arika Jordan Photography.

Local Wedding Professionals Design a Detail-Focused Day

Local wedding vendors, family, and all-star planners helped make Gerri Anna and Dalton’s day a success, despite COVID-19 altering their plans and last minute cancellations. Flexible and accommodating venue staff relieved the couple’s stress during the rehearsal, the ceremony and the reception. Gerri Anna and Dalton were especially grateful for the venue owners and on-site coordinators, Britnye and Cody.

“Britnye and Cody at Morgan Farms were an absolute dream to work with! I highly recommend Morgan Farms for not only their gorgeous farm venue and vintage furniture selection, but also for all the work this dream team puts into your wedding day. Britnye’s styling and decorating skills are spectacular,”

Britnye styled the rehearsal dinner and ceremony spaces at Morgan Farms and styled the bride’s hair in a beautiful braid and curls. Britnye is truly a jack-of-all-trades.

Local wedding vendors, family, and all-star planners helped make Gerri Anna and Dalton’s day a success, despite COVID-19 altering their plans and last minute cancellations. Flexible and accommodating venue staff relieved the couple’s stress during the rehearsal, the ceremony and the reception. Gerri Anna and Dalton were especially grateful for the venue owners and on-site coordinators, Britnye and Cody.

“Britnye and Cody at Morgan Farms were an absolute dream to work with! I highly recommend Morgan Farms for not only their gorgeous farm venue and vintage furniture selection, but also for all the work this dream team puts into your wedding day. Britnye’s styling and decorating skills are spectacular,”

Britnye styled the rehearsal dinner and ceremony spaces at Morgan Farms and styled the bride’s hair in a beautiful braid and curls. Britnye is truly a jack-of-all-trades.

Specializing in bright, colorful photos, Arika has photographed weddings all over the Raleigh area for years. She is equally as bright and fun as her photos, often making a fool of herself in order to make clients feel comfortable and build lasting friendships with each couple she works with.

Bride and groom Gerri Anna and Dalton Hedgepeth use a playful and colorful smoke effect following ceremony at Morgan Farms in Oxford, NC with Arika Jordan Photography.

After enjoying an intimate wedding ceremony at Morgan Farms, the couple made a colorful exit thanks to Smoke Effects. The wedding party lingered behind and recreated the ceremony exit by each holding a different-colored smoke vessel so the couple could get the perfect, bright shot.

Guests enjoyed Southern food and craft beers curated by the couple from Tobacco Wood Brewing Company and creme brulee ice cream sandwiches from Rose’s Noodles, Dumplings, and Sweets. The couple was thrilled with the ice cream sandwiches for dessert, in lieu of cake and to cool down guests while dancing the night away in the summer heat!

The bride’s mom had one more sweet detail up her sleeve – custom-designed sugar cookie wedding favors.

“Each cookie had our initials and a heart on them, and to top it off they were delicious,” Gerri Anna says. “[My mom] is the absolute best ever!”

Colorful blooms in the bridal bouquet from Gerri Anna and Dalton's wedding ceremony at Morgan Farms in Oxford, NC. Photography by Arika Jordan Photography.

Unwavering Love and Spirits

Gerri Anna and Dalton endured all of the wedding planning challenges 2020 could throw at them.

“We had to move our wedding date, change groom/groomsmen attire last minute, take our guest count down from an original count of over 200 people and change our reception venue four days before our wedding,” the bride says.

“But overall, the day was exactly what we wanted it to be: full of love, full of laughter and full of a lifetime’s worth of memories!”

Gerri Anna and Dalton are grateful for the flexibility, efficiency, and hospitality of the vendors they worked with. The way that friends, families, and vendors-turned-friends rallied on short timelines and amidst a pandemic are a testament to how the couple has loved, laughed, and made memories with everyone involved with the wedding.

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Newlyweds Gerri Anna and Dalton Pendergrass enter their wedding reception at Pool Rock Plantation in Oxford, NC. Photography by Arika Jordan Photography.
Delicious details from Gerri Anna and Dalton's colorful wedding in Oxford, NC. Photography by Arika Jordan Photography.
Sweet treats from Rose's Noodles, Dumplings, and Sweets in Durham, NC in lieu of a wedding cake at Gerri Anna and Dalton's colorful wedding reception in Oxford, NC. Photography by Arika Jordan Photography.
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