After meeting in 2012 on a blind date set up by mutual friends, Morgan and Jon were inseparable. While on a getaway to the Virginia Mountains less than two years later, Jon proposed. “We were on a hike and got to a really beautiful mountain lookout point, and then Jon got down on one knee!” Morgan says as she describes the special moment.
As medical residents at Duke University Hospital, Morgan and Jon are used to handling hectic schedules and stressful days. However, planning for a wedding scheduled nine months after their engagement proved even too much for the busy physicians to tackle on their own. “We started out thinking we would do all of the planning ourselves, but quickly realized we were in over our heads!” Morgan says.
They soon found the perfect wedding planner in Reagan Barnes, who assured them that their special day would be exactly as they envisioned. “From the very beginning, Morgan and Jon wanted to have a wedding that was timeless and classic…one that they would be proud of in 10, 20, 50 years from now,” Barnes explained, “It needed to have a sophisticated elegance worthy of the occasion.”
The couple also knew that they wanted to have their formal, traditional ceremony in Morgan’s hometown of Winston-Salem. Although they ultimately decided to say their vows at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where Morgan had grown up, Jon’s hometown priest flew in from Michigan to take part in the ceremony.
Morgan said “I do” in a long-sleeved Monique Lhullier gown with lace from her late grandmother’s wedding gown sewn in as a special memento. Morgan’s soft, romantic style was reflected in the beautiful floral arrangements of white and pink roses on the altar and candles lining the aisle.
“The best part was seeing everything on the wedding day exactly as we had envisioned it!” Morgan says.
Cocktail hour followed the ceremony at Old Town Club where their 300 guests enjoyed a variety of hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks. Unique touches included ‘his and hers’ cocktails of Old Fashioned and pear Bellini (Jon and Morgan’s favorites, respectively) and personalized favors of “M&J” boxes with both Michigan and Winston-Salem treats.
The party was soon ushered outside into the spacious reception tent where magnificent crystal chandeliers gave a romantic glow to the formal gathering. A mix of tall and low flower arrangements with roses and hydrangeas set atop champagne tablecloths, while candles, cascading greenery, and glass chargers completed the elegant décor.
“My favorite part of the wedding as being able to watch guests ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ as they entered the tent for dinner. It was magical!” says Reagan, who designed the extravagant space from the ground up.
Guests were treated to a three-course dinner, featuring pepper-roasted salmon and garlic-marinated tenderloin medallions. The menu was capped off with a four layer wedding cake of lemon almond (Jon’s favorite flavor), caramel (Morgan’s favorite), and classic white.
Just steps from the reception tent, the clubhouse ballroom was ready for guests to dance the night away complete with a live band. The modern party vibe was a nod to Jon’s more contemporary style, and guests who had flown in from as far as California, Washington, Florida, and even France, spent the rest of the celebration out on the dance floor.
Though the couple enjoyed the beautiful décor and dancing the night away, they both agree that being surrounded by family and friends was what made the special day complete.
- The Couple: Morgan Rogers & Jonathan Godin
- Number of Guests: 300
- Venue: St. Paul's Episcopal Church; Old Town Country Club
- Colors: Blush, champagne and taupe
- Theme: Traditional, elegant and sophisticated
- First Dance Song: "Everything" by Michael Buble
- Splurge: The chandelier in the reception tent and the flowers
- Special Touch: Photos of parents' and grandparents' wedding days as well as Morgan's bridal portrait photos on display at the reception
- Advice for Brides: "Take a deep breath; you will be married at the end of the day!"
Photography: Leigh Webber Photography | Videography: Hart to Heart Media | Planning: Events by Reagan | Ceremony Venue: St. Paul's Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Old Town Country Club | Catering: The Inn at Crestwood | Cake: Maxie B's | Entertainment: Ron Rudkin Music; Atlanta Party Band | Florals: Amy Lynne Originals | Hair And Make-Up: Ego Hour | Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids