Lindsay and Matthew were married at Silver Fork Winery in Morganton, N.C. on June 21. “The view of the mountains, the rolling hills, and the grape vines, the big oak tree — it was all amazing!” Lindsay said. The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with an illusion neckline, accessorized with a pair of comfy flats, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a solid tie. Bridesmaids wore short chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, thistles, dusty millers, and berries. “We weren’t going to have our dog, Sophie, at the wedding because she can be a little party shy sometimes,” she said. “But she came to the rehearsal on Friday evening and behaved so well, everyone convinced us to let her come, so we caved. During the ceremony, while we were exchanging our rings, I think she finally realized it was me in that long, white wedding gown, and she came over and started jumping on me. I tried to ignore her. Then, she started jumping on Matt too. Apparently, she was giving us two paws up!” The reception was held underneath a pole tent. Tables were decorated with wooden box centerpieces, vintage plates, lavender sprig-wrapped napkins, and of course, bottles of wine. “We had song requests from our RSVP cards for the homemade playlist,” Lindsay said. “It was fun to see what everyone picked, and we truly got a little bit of everything. I think it made everyone more enthusiastic about participating in dancing because our dance floor was full almost all night.” The dessert? Carrot cake and cupcakes. Yum! “It was my mother’s recipe, and I always made them make it for my birthdays growing up. It was special to have it at another celebration in my life.”
Lisa and Chris were married at the Inn at West Settlement in Roxbury, N.Y. on August 17. “The view was stunning in every direction,” Lisa said. Especially of the Catskill Mountain peaks and spring-fed pond! As guests arrived to the ceremony, they were asked to “Today, two families become one, pick a seat not a side.” The bride walked down the aisle wearing a v-neck wedding gown, accessorized with an ivory sash, while the groom stood waiting next to the fabric-draped chuppah wearing a dark gray suit, accessorized with no tie. “The sound of everyone we love laughing and cheering” was the newlyweds’ favorite moment. The reception followed inside the barn lit with paper lanterns. Tables were decorated with vintage vessels and vases filled with wildflower bouquets and even every chair was different. A do-it-yourself photo booth was setup for Instagram. Of course, the hashtag was #lisaandchris4eva. In lieu of a guest book, names and messages were written on hearts and dropped into a frame to hang in their home.
Rachel and Marcus were married at Yesterday Spaces in Leicester, N.C. on July 13. The bride wore a off-white silk wedding dress with a v-neckline lined with ruffles draping over her shoulders, while the groom wore a gray suit, purple button-up, and sage green tie. “We were going for a neutral color scheme,” Rachel said. “We wanted the wildflowers, and the Blue Ridge Mountains to be the color!” After sharing their personal vows to each other, these two said, “I do” inside the dairy barn. Notice the dried flowers hanging from the rafters? We sure did! A chalkboard sign escorted guests to their seats and brewed cider on the back porch. “The tables were handmade by a friend of the owners from local wood,” she said. “It’s a very environmentally-friendly venue.” And the non-traditional cake was actually apple stacks topped with burlap bunting.
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
It aesthetically met our expectations, and it was actually in our budget. We looked at maybe 30 different venues during the search for the perfect place. There were some beautiful venues that we came across, but the prices weren’t too beautiful. When we visited The Charles Mack Citizen Center, we knew that aesthetically, it would fit our vision for the wedding and financially, it wouldn’t hurt our wallets too much.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
One, the intimacy of the wedding. We wanted to keep the guest list small, and we wanted only our closest friends and family to be present. Two, the joy that everyone seemed to share throughout the day. Even during the stressful moments, everyone was smiling and relaxed. And three, the wintery theme and atmosphere. We’re both cold weather people, so it just felt natural to go with a winter themed wedding.
3. If you could offer one piece of advice to other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
It is possible to set a low budget and still achieve the wedding of your dreams. From the very beginning of the planning process, we kept saying that we weren’t going to spend tons of money just for this one day; albeit, a very special day. So we wrote out a budget, and we got creative. Everything turned out exactly as we planned. It was the perfect day.
4. Give us the one moment from your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.
The few minutes following the ceremony; we didn’t plan on having a receiving line, but ended up having one anyways. Everyone was crying and hugging, and they seemed genuinely happy for us.
From the Photographer: “Amy & Brandon were going for a vintage mountain feel since Echota on the Ridge is a lodge located near Grandfather Mountain. She purchased crystal candlesticks, vintage picture frames to display pictures of their families throughout the lodge, old cake stands, and apothecary jars from local antique dealers. The outdoor ceremony was enclosed by lush, green foliage that almost entirely surrounded the site. The florist did an amazing job playing up the flora that surrounded it by using mostly greenery in the ceremony site. She also adorned the inside of the lodge with peonies, ranunculus, vintage roses and anenomes. They had a pie table which included blueberry and basil pie, peach and honey pie, and lemon chess pie. It was a very small guest list of about 25 people.” –Jen Yuson Photography
Photography: Jen Yuson Photography | Catering: Reid’s Catering | Florist: Bless Your Heart | Band: Grooveshack | Shoes & Wedding Dress: BCBG Max Azria