A camping trip with friends is the perfect place for sparks to fly—at least, that was the case for Collin and Leann. After that fateful trip, Collin pursued Leann for months by bringing her chai lattes to work (raise your hand if you need one of those right now). She finally agreed to go on a date with him, and now says, “It ended up being the best decision I ever made.” Many dates (and most likely many more chai lattes) later, Collin strategically planned the picture-perfect proposal: The adventurous twosome was mid-hike in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains when Collin claimed he wanted to get some shots of the landscape. He asked Leann to stand in front so that he could get it, as he said, “dialed in." He set the timer, jumped into frame, got down on one knee and asked Leann to marry him. Hearts melting over here. This pair had the dreamiest of Big Days at 16 Hands Farm with a subtle camping (the night they met, duh) and coffee (their first date was at a cafe) themed details sprinkled throughout their September day. Mother Nature even aiding in the decorating by covering the ground in crisp fall leaves (there hadn’t been a single leaf on the ground the night before) for the ceremony. Sit back, relax, and enjoy all the rustic details of this gorgeous al fresco fete.
Get ready to fall in love with today’s cutie patooties! Megan and Lennon are high school sweethearts, but their friendship goes all the way back to sixth grade. In September, they’re coming up on ten years together - holy moly! The High Country was an obvious choice for this pair, as they hail from the area and it was important to them that all of their friends and family could be in attendance. They even knew their priest beforehand—he was the director of the summer camp Megan attended for eleven years. The details in their Big Day are what make it so special-from the smallest things like Megan’s ring (the diamond was from Megan’s great-grandmother’s ring and the band was Lennon’s grandmother’s wedding band) to their “relaxed” dress code (chill Megan told her bridesmaids they could wear whatever shoes they wanted). The twosome pulled of a wedding with “a boho chic yet classic theme,” and with the help of, April Flowers, made it as pretty as can be. Now Mother Nature may have made an untimely appearance (a light snow sprinkled the day) but there’s no doubt she made these Austen Taylor Photography images all the cooler.
Sparklers, fireworks, and love at first sight— only a few of the magical words and phrases that describe the relationship of cuties Amanda Jackson and Matt Baker. These city slickers (they reside in the “Queen City”, Charlotte, North Carolina) met on New Year’s Eve back in 2015 when several of their closest mutual friends introduced them. “As cliché as it may sound, as soon as I saw Matt, I knew he was the man that I would marry and the one that I had prayed for my entire life,” says Amanda of their first encounter. Fast-forward through a year-and-a-half of dating, and elementary school teacher Amanda found herself joining Matt on a surprise romantic getaway to The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville (how dreamy!). As the sun was setting over the mountains, he popped the question and with tears streaming down her face, Amanda had no other response then, “Yes!” The darling duo knew immediately that a destination wedding at Westglow Resort & Spa would be the most picture-perfect (I mean, check out those views) place to swap “I do’s.” Decked to the nines with glitzy gold details and mirrored lanterns, and a palette composed hues of pink, coral, blue, and pearly white, the two shared handwritten vows amongst their family and and friends on the sweeping lawn of the venue. Following the sweet ceremony, wedding-goers and the newly married couple retreated to a tent where they danced the night away under the rare, beautiful “blood moon,” (a lunar eclipse, y’all) peeking out over the Blue Ridge mountains. In keeping with how they met, the newlyweds said their goodbyes and exited the reception by way of a sparkler send-off. Shout out to shutterbug Joy Davis Photography, for letting us join in on one heck of a memorable night!
Happy Sunday, all you lovelies out there! To wake you up on this sleepiest of mornings, we have Grace and John’s spectacular (and we really mean it) Big Day at Overlook Barn. John first locked eyes with blonde bombshell Grace while getting their individual undergrad degrees at North Carolina State University. While the pair were “just friends” for the first several years of knowing each other, fate united them as one when John began grad school and their inner circles of mutual friends really clicked. Fast-forward through a few moves across state lines and some job changes, John found himself ready to pop the question, in the bathroom no less. Groomie-to-be found himself so excited to ask his leading lady that he couldn’t wait for the “perfect” spot to present itself—he just had to do it. And we don’t blame him one bit. The couple chose the High Country for their swap of the “I do’s” and although rain did happen to fall on said special day, both Grace and John took to heart the old wives tale that rain on your wedding day meant good fortune in the future. No doubt this is true for these lovebirds. Here’s to a life of looking back on these beautiful images, remembering this stunning day, and cherishing the love that these two have found in one another.
Venue: Overlook Barn
Photographer: Boonetown Story
Planner: The bride
Florals: Fuschia Moss Floral Design
Signage: Shotgunning for Love Letters (chair signs); TheBeezeKnees ("reserved signs); the bride (remaining signs)
Beauty: Hair by Emily Dunn; Jacqueline Villalpando (makeup)
Rentals: Miss Match Rentals
Music: DJ One Touch
There are weddings that make you smile and then there are weddings that make your jaw drop to the floor. Jenny and Lance's Beech Mountain-set nuptials captured by marvelous mountain girl photographer Michelle Lyerly happen to be the latter. The gown, the bride's up-do, their ceremony setup (a teepee, get out!)— all utter perfection and details of this wedding that still have us giddy to this day. And if their first encounter wasn't precious enough (they met at summer camp in their youth) then how about the fact that their two pooches, Chi Chi and Champ, joined in during the ceremony? "I made sure to kiss Chi Chi and have Lance kiss her, too, as we were a packaged deal," says Jenny. Yes, hunny, yes. And to make sure guests had a great time, the couple along with Reid's Cafe & Catering Co. treated everyone to a seven-course lavish meal that ended with some sweet sorbet. Umm, how about yum? Let's raise our sparkling champagne glasses to these two, a host and hostess after our own heart.
Venue: Beech Mountain Club
Planner: Embellished Events for You
Florals: Fuschia Moss Floral Design
Catering, Cake: Reid's Cafe & Catering Co.
Beauty: Canvas Beauty Bar
Music: Deans' Duets (ceremony); Dillon Cable (cocktail hour); Grindstone (reception)
Videographer: Dorn-Long Films
It's no secret over here that we are fans of the sparkle. So when Wayfaring Wanderer's glitz & glam styled shoot popped up in our inbox one fine morning, we couldn't contain our excitement and knew that it would delight you all as much as it delighted us (hence it's four page feature in our current HCWG). It puts a new twist on a High Country wedding, mixing a posh location (hello, Westglow Resort & Spa) with a glittering aesthetic that reminds us of all the good parts of The Great Gatsby. Painted gold florals, a skyhigh cake whose ruffle tier looks good from every angle, and a sequined tablecloth complete this look and make it one of our favorite styled shoots from 2017. And how about those precious His & Hers chairs topped with Millefleurs floral creation? Makes us want to get married over and over again.
Venue, Beauty, Catering: Westglow Resort & Spa
Photographer: Wayfaring Wanderer
Cake: Ugga Mugga Bakery
Jewelry: Village Jewelers, Ltd.
Vintage car: Air Haven Limousine
Bride's Attire: Did Someone Say Party?
Groom's Attire: Bridal Traditions Wedding & Prom Attire