Honeysuckle Tea House and Farm Hosts Anderson-Tasevski Wedding Reception

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On October 6, a crowd of 75 guests gathered at Honeysuckle Farm in rural Orange County to celebrate the marriage of Cailin Anderson and Andreas Tasevski.

The happy couple, their families, and friends enjoyed a ceremony in the verdant fields flanked with fall color and resplendent blueberry and elderberry plants, with the reception at the famed Honeysuckle Tea House. The entire party enjoyed food catered from a pair of Chapel Hill culinary institutions, the Pig and Mediterranean Deli, along with a host of North Carolina sourced-beverages--including those prepared by the teams at Honeysuckle Tea House and its sister establishment, Carrboro’s Looking Glass Cafe.

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The newlyweds enjoyed a one-of-a-kind photo session with Barbara Bell of Chapel Hill’s Barbara Bell Photography at neighboring Keith Arboretum, abounding with a spectacular array of more than 3,400 species of temperate, woody trees and shrubs.

The couple booked the space due to its combination of amenities, service, and an unforgettable, rustic setting. “We chose the Tea House for a wedding celebration of about 75 people and could not have been happier,” said the new Mrs. Tasevski. “The space is beautiful, with a central, rustic tea house surrounded by outdoor seating, a working herb garden, an outdoor stage (with sound system), a firepit, and tons of beautiful fields and gardens to walk in. Because they are part of EastWest Organics, we also were able to have our pictures taken at the Keith Arboretum.”

“We’re pretty big on bucolic settings around here,” said Alisa Wilcher, event coordinator at EastWest Organics. “In recent years, couples have been embracing natural settings like Honeysuckle Farm for their wedding celebrations. With our space, you get beautiful herb and flower beds, along with expansive berry fields. And the Tea House is always ready to pair local food with beverages sourced right here on the farm.  As far as wedding photos go, it doesn’t get any better than being surrounded by an incredible array of trees and shrubs at Keith Arboretum.”

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According to Wilcher, the Anderson-Tasevski wedding reception was a great example of teamwork across the EastWest Organics family of venues, collaborative clients, and ease of integration of the organization’s offerings. “This was a great experience for everyone involved,” she explained. “Cailin and Andreas were a lot of fun to work with, and our team showed that we can pull off a great event through careful planning, constant communication with our clients, and involving them in the decision-making along the way. We had to ensure that they had the right combination of food, music, and North Carolina craft beverages to make their dreams come true.”

“Throughout the planning process, we worked primarily with Alisa, who was absolutely wonderful,” explained Tasevski. “She was available via email or text, open to any question or request, and, in the last month or so of planning, met with us more than once to work through last minute details. Because the Honeysuckle Tea House is also closely related to Looking Glass Cafe in downtown Carrboro, we ordered our alcohol through them, and Alisa invited my mom, my sister and me to a wonderful wine- and beer-taste testing to decide on choices. In addition, the Tea House provided us with a comprehensive preferred vendors list, although Alisa was also very willing to work with vendors that weren’t on the list.”

In addition to effective planning, the bride and groom needed a combination of precise execution, as well as flexibility, on the day of the wedding. “We were exceptionally impressed with the day-of services,” said Tasevski. “Alisa and her crew were there with us through the whole set up to move picnic tables and make sure the sound system was working. They even brainstormed with us when we thought that we may need to move the whole party inside. During the event, we also had the pleasure of help from Jamie, Dylan, and Eli, who were friendly and hard-working, and who went above and beyond our expectations.”

“Whenever we stage an outdoor event, we’re always reminded that we can control almost any element, except those controlled by Mother Nature,” explained Wilcher. “So you have to have contingency plans, which in this case, gave the Tasevskis peace of mind so that they could focus on each other and their special day.”

“We definitely would recommend the Honeysuckle Tea House to anyone looking for an intimate yet spacious indoor/outdoor space for an event,” said Tasevski. “Everyone we worked with was incredibly friendly and personable and truly seemed to want to accommodate our needs.  

To learn more about how you can enjoy your wedding, reception, reunion, or other special gatherings in a private setting of true rustic beauty, visit www.honeysuckleteahouse.com/private-events  or contact Christina Vad at cvad@uniqueplacestosave.org