While planning their spring wedding, the couple’s only rule was “no festering” –no second guessing their original decisions – and easily selected Pittsboro’s picturesque Fearrington Village as their venue.
“We chose Fearrington Village because it is where we celebrated our first Valentine’s Day together and is close to Chapel Hill, where we met and fell in love,” says the bride. “We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us, our relationship and our family.”
Though they had originally planned an outdoor garden wedding, Mother Nature intervened with an untimely morning rain shower. The wedding was quickly moved inside the nearby garden terrace and the change hardly dampened the spirit of the day.
Friends and family gathered in the warm, intimate space to watch Maggie walk down the aisle in her Judd Waddell ball gown with sheer Alençon lace and her sister’s wedding veil. “She looked beautiful and just so happy,” Pierce recalls. “Everything felt so absolutely perfect, and it was a great moment!”
The couple exchanged vows in front of a dramatic stone fireplace, framed by a wood altar that featured a simple décor of pillared candles and ivy foliage. Pierce’s church minister traveled from Nashville to officiate the ceremony, granting their request to be married by someone with whom they would be open and comfortable.
“Revered Drake’s homily was heartfelt and special. He encouraged [us] to look around at the guest and enjoy the moment before it passed us by.”
After a photo session around the pictorial grounds, Maggie and Pierce retreated to the patio for their first moment alone. They soaked up the time together sipping on a glass of champagne, snacking on hors d'oeuvres, practicing their first dance and listening to the band play as their loved ones mingled during the cocktail hour.
“The sun was setting, and it was beautiful,” Maggie says as she describes her favorite moment of the day. “It was a wonderful time to take a moment to appreciate how special the day was.”
Maggie and Pierce rejoined their 250 guests inside the barn for the reception, where an enchanting mix of burlap runners, Mason jars, candles and lace details set the rustic, sophisticated scene. Under the high ceilings, exposed beams and twinkling lights, the newlyweds spent the evening celebrating with their friends and family.
A seated dinner featured parmesan-crusted beef tenderloin with horseradish mashed potatoes, almond and mushroom cake with parsnip puree, and a poached pear salad with maple dressing.
Dessert included Maggie and Pierce’s cake — three refined tiers of cream cheese icing filled with vanilla, carrot and red velvet flavors — along with s’mores, banana pudding, lemon macaroons and Pierce’s favorite: his grandmother’s classic mini chess pies.
“We incorporated details from Pierce’s Tennessee roots, such as googoo cluster candies and his grandmother’s famous chess pie, as well as items from Winston-Salem, including Maggie’s favorite cheese straws from Old Salem.”
In honor of their “house divided,” the couple gifted guests with frosted Duke and UNC sugar cookies to take home following their bright sparkler exit.
Looking back on their spectacular night, Maggie says: “I wish I had known how quickly everything would pass by. It is so important to look around several times … and appreciate everything.”
- The Couple: Margaret Jane Pishko & Michael Pierce Sandwith
- Number of Guests: 1250
- Venue: Fearrington Village
- Colors: Shades of light and dark blue
- Theme: Traditional, rustic and North Carolina
- First Dance Song: "Wagon Wheel" by Old Crow Medicine Show
- Favors: Duke and UNC iced sugar cookies in honor of their "house divided"
- Special Touch: A special donation to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation and Colon Cancer Alliance in honor of Maggie's late paternal grandfather and Pierce's late aunt.
- Advice for Brides: "It is easy to get wrapped up in all of the small details and not enjoy the planning process. But the things you will notice on that day, and remember in the end, are not the small details but instead the love that you feel from all of your family and friends."
Photography: Krystal Kast Photography | Wedding Planner: Cheryl-Anne Kast | Venue: Fearrington Village | Florals: Mary Stevens, Fearrington Village | Hair And Make-Up: Pamela Hung, OnLoKation Makeup | Dress: Jude Waddell from Hitched Salon | Bridesmaid Dresses: Lula Kate | Catering: Fearrington Village | Cake: Emma Isakof, Fearrington Village | Music: The Retreat and Sam Hill Entertainment | Videography: Blueberry Creative