Sweet and simple—and perfectly Southern! That's the way we prefer our High Country nuptials. Take a peek at Katie + Wade's ooh-la-la lovely affair at the always pleasant and always charming, Leatherwood Mountains Resort. This wedding is easy on the eyes and also has us weak in the knees, to say the least. Check out that swoon-worthy Zack Hamby Photography captured first kiss as official Mr. & Mrs. The drape of her dress, the majesty of that arch, and freshness of those Shady Grove Gardens white hydrangeas and tulips has us wishing our hardest that we would have been a guest at this mountainside affair. And get this? Want to know how Wade proposed to his beloved? After dating his gal, Katie, for nearly a year and a half, he began taking selfies always with the handwritten note, "I love you, Katie" somewhere positioned in the picture. After a romantic nightcap at Bistro Roca, and a return to their mountain cabin, Wade handed her the photo album he had assembled and got down on one knee. Needless to say, Katie said yes!
With college football and what comes with it (cue the cozy sweaters, apple-picking, and hot chocolate!) finally and officially here, we thought it fitting we share this sweet fall-inspired fête between house-divided pair, Clemson fan Amanda & Carolina fan Kyzer. With our dear friends Fletcher & Fletcher Photography behind the lens and floral maven Fuschia Moss providing those beautifully curated bouquets and centerpieces (we spy our fave periwinkle floral thistle), this is a wedding that certainly scores. With the help of their planner, Melissa Riley of Day or Your Dreams Wedding Planning, Amanda & Kyzer pieced together what we like to call a "progressive Big Day." The duo held their reception at Westglow Resort & Spa, against a backdrop of fall mist and then when all was said and done (ahem... "I do!"), the wedding party along with guests made their way to Chetola Resort for a tented reception. The dreamiest!
Forget that fancy aisle covered in rose petals. It's time to roll out the red carpet for this next glamorous pair of newlyweds! Unsure what I mean? Read on to find out! Valerie and Justin, who serendipitously met after Valerie performed what we can only guess was one heck of a memorable rendition of the Queen Classic, "Fat Bottom Girls," (snagged her a hubbie now, didn't it?) knew their alfresco affair had to be one that nixed the soft and sweet and aimed for the bold and the beautiful. Why? The couple, who respectively hail from Iowa and Missouri, wanted to show off their new High Country home and all its glory to visiting family and friends and give them a glimpse into their newly planted roots. Cue those mighty sassy candy-apple red pumps, vintage birdcage veil, and verdant natural landscape that Valle Crucis Vineyard offers up. While photo maven Ashley, of Natural Craft Photography, was present to document each smile, tender moment, and smooch, Gadabouts Catering was there with their superhero gear on to save the day. When a ominous grey sky threatened to dampen their ceremony, quick thinking by the Gadabouts crew had them serving up at an impromptu cocktail hour while wedding-goers waited out the weather. Sounds like a good plan to us! Thanks for sharing, Valerie and Justin, and congrats on tying the knot!
Barefoot, bubbles, and Brown Mountain Beach Resort—need we say more? Those three things, along with the love formed over a five-and-a-half year relationship between Raleigh residents Alex and Tim made their wedding one of our 2017 real-lifer faves. But first, let's backtrack a bit to their proposal which set the stage for their laidback affair. While Tim had grand plans to execute the proposal of a lifetime (cue a romantic kayak to a remote beach), he found himself thwarted by inclement weather. After many failed attempts, he decided it was now or never and on a whim, got down on bended knee in the middle of their hallway, sweatpants and all. After a resounding yes from Canadian native Alex, the two celebrated in casual style by ordering in Mexican food and toasting from the comforts of their own couch (guacamole, anyone?). To stay true to their adventure-seekin' personalities, the twosome chose Brown Mountain Beach Resort, a High Country venue that boasts both a sandy shore and a mountain view, the best of both worlds. After spending the wedding morning floating down the creek with family in tow, and sealing the deal under an arbor decorated by greenery, the duo exited their ceremony amidst a shower of bubbles. Thank goodness, Matt Powell Productions was there to capture these sweet candids. Best of luck, dear Alex and Tim!
Photographer: Matt Powell Productions
Venue: Brown Mountain Beach Resort
Planner: Julie Laramie, Brown Mountain Beach Resort
Florals: Garden Gate Downtown
Catering: Lindsay Anderson, Edible Road Trip
Cake: My Local Bakery
Rentals: Valley Rentals
Pretty in pink is the name of the game this Monday morning and we think you'll agree with us over here when you scroll through this treasure chest of images shot at Linville Ridge Country Club. Brooke and Jordan's open-air fête was made even more special because their photographer of choice, Austen Taylor, just happened to be a good pal of both the bride and the groom from college. We adore when friendships come full circle, don't you? Brooke's snap decision to keep the ceremony outside despite foreboding clouds proved especially meaningful when the sun made it's glowing appearance just as she stepped foot (heel!) down the aisle to meet her beloved at the end. Get a load of groomie Jordan's adorable grin as he locks eyes with her. . . We're melting over here! After swapping "I dos" amongst their nearest and dearest and against the backdrop of a wooden cross handmade by Jordan's grandfather, the pair headed to their reception. A gold-flecked cake by Ugga Mugga Bakery adorned with fresh Shady Grove Gardens blooms made the sweetest of statements and wine cork table seatings added the perfect touch of DIY. This is a Big Day worth pinning, from beginning to end. Cheers, lovebirds!
Dan and Taryn's love for each other can only be described as otherworldly. These smitten kittens met in Hong Kong, which is miles and miles (and miles and miles) away from Dan's beloved hometown of Boone. But when it came time for the two lovebirds to get hitched, after a rooftop restaurant proposal at that, Dan knew there was no other place he could imagine it happening than in the High Country where he grew up and where his parents still reside. An especially awesome treats for guests arriving from Hong Kong? Getting married in peak leaf season as those in Hong Kong rarely get to experience the change in seasons. Entrusting all wedding day planning to Elizabeth of Events by Elizabeth Ashley as the couple didn't fly stateside until the week of the wedding (can you see my sweat beads forming over?), the day turned out even more than either Dan or Taryn (or wedding-goers for that matter) could have ever envisioned. Crimson and powder blue dressed the day in terms of color while a dreamlike mist made the most beautiful backdrop for early-morning images captured by photo maestros Burton Photography. This wedding- stunning, all around. Best of wishes to Taryn and Dan, who welcomed the sweetest baby boy last summer! Congrats!
Photography: Burton Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church
Reception Venue, Catering: Blowing Rock Country Club
Planner: Events by Elizabeth Ashley
Florals: Root & Vine Floral Design
Cake: Ugga Mugga Bakery
Stationery: Snow in July Designs
Videographer: Matt Powell Productions
Beauty: Westglow Resort & Spa
Music: The Classic Touch (cocktail hour), Pure Party Band of East Coast Entertainment (reception)
Transportation: Air Haven Limousine