Carolina Bride

Home Sweet Home

When Houston Cupples finally agreed to go ice-skating with girlfriend Dani Volker, it should have been her first sign that something special was in the works, as she’d been trying to include Houston on her favorite childhood activity for the three years they’d been dating. When he wore a coat that was way too large, that should have been the second. And when—distracted by a boisterous group near them on the benches—he led her to their car, talking about their relationship and how much better his life was with her in it, that should have been the third.

But luckily, Dani was too busy enjoying Houston’s company and getting excited about her impending trip to France to notice the signs; when he finally popped the question, it was with genuine surprise and overwhelming excitement that she said yes.

From the start, the couple knew they wanted a wedding that was homey, comfortable, and filled with warmth and love. Rather than focusing solely on the décor, color schemes, or other themes, they kept this “feeling of home” in the forefront for the entire planning process, seeking vendors that understood their low-key style. “By far the easiest vendor we worked with was the florist, Lily Greenthumb’s,” says Dani. “We went in and the whole process was so easy and fun As soon as I decided what I wanted they knew exactly what was going to work best.”

Though the ride was smooth, there was one final bump on the big day: the event from the night before wasn’t cleared away yet when friends and family went to set up for Dani and Houston’s nuptials. “In a previous life my best friend Carly”—who was also responsible for making sure these middle-school sweethearts eventually reconnected after college—“was an event planner, and she arranged our group of friends to get everything set up. They were definitely a little frantic, but they got it dealt with. I think a lot of people lied to me so I wouldn’t have to think about it!”

Since savoring the perfect, homey day, the couple has settled into their own home and plans to honeymoon in Maine this summer where they can relax, reflect, and bask in their life ahead.

Featured Vendors


Lily Greenthumb’s Wedding & Event Design



Nathan Abplanalp Photography


Reception Location

The Field Trial Barn at Anne Springs Close Greenway


Wedding Gown

Poffie Girls



Diamonds Direct SouthPark



Brittany Derlath, pies

Nordstrom, shoes

New York Bride & Groom, bridesmaids' dresses

Jos. A. Bank, tuxedos

Jennifer Vaught, hairstylist, stationery

Tripp, entertainment

Dr. Matthew Brown, clergy

South Mecklenberg Presbyterian Church, ceremony location

SMS Catering, caterers

Creative Solutions, rental providers