Sarah & Emanuel recited their vows surrounded by the lush mountain forest in Highlands, North Carolina.  Sarah is an English teacher and huge book nerd so she incorporated her favorite books into the centerpieces.  Emanuel is from Chicago so Sarah had custom cufflinks made for him from tokens used for the Chicago metro train.

THE WEDDING TEAM

Photographer: Lauren Rosenau Photography  |  Event Planner: Meagan Warren Weddings  |  Floral Designer: Floressence  |  DJ: Partytime  |  Makeup Artist: Who’s The Fairest? Artist Agency  |  Venue: The Farm at Old Edwards Inn

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From Asheville Outdoor Elopements: Aimee & Tyler had a gorgeous elopement on Max Patch Mountain in late July. We picked up Aimee’s stunning bouquet and Tyler’s boutonniere from Flora. The bouquet was absolutely perfect and the pink peonies really made the photos pop. We had a beautiful custom ceremony with the mountain background photographed by Meghan Rolfe Photography.  Afterwards, we hiked up to the bald, where Aimee & Tyler enjoyed champagne and homemade apple & peach pie by the amazing Whisk. They danced as the sun set behind them. The day was just magic!

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From the bride, Aimee: It was not hard for us to make the decision to elope. Tyler is an old soul and neither one us like to be the center of attention. We wanted a stress-free day that was just about us, without having to worry about the other things that come along with a big wedding. An outdoor ceremony on a mountain sounded amazing.

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Looking back, our day was everything I was hoping it would be and more!

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From the bride, Nicole: The Blue Ridge Mountains hold a special place in our heart, my husband proposed to me in Banner Elk, North Carolina and before we ever even thought about marriage, I knew I wanted to be married in a place that fills with me awe every time I am there.

I wanted my flowers to be very lush and romantic, reminiscent of the Secret Garden, a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett that I loved as a child.

The ceremony was by far the favorite part of my wedding day. Turning the corner with my father and seeing my soon-to-be husband with this breathtaking backdrop behind him was undoubtedly a moment I will never forget. The first time I locked eyes with my husband as I walked down the aisle was the best part of my day!

I really wanted my flowers, greenery and centerpieces to add a feminine touch to the wood and stone that dominated the venue decor.

The reception was a blur of well-wishers and hugs and dancing.

Looking back, if there was anything I could go back and re-do about my wedding day, I would have hired a professional wedding-day coordinator. The day of any wedding is so busy for the bride, and to have someone who can handle all the little details so that the bride can enjoy every moment of the day, is, I think, very important. I had my sister-in-law be my wedding day coordinator, and looking back, I think that was unfair for her because my future sister wasn’t able to truly enjoy the day her little brother got married.

RECOMMENDED VENDORS:
Photographer: Ellen LeRoy Photography  //  Floral Designer: Fuschia Moss Floral Design   //  Venue: Beech Mountain Club   //  Makeup Artist: Beautiful Bride on Location // Hair Stylist: Do or Dye   //  Cake:Ugga Mugga Bakery

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From the wedding planner, Verge Events:
Kellie and Randy wanted a comfortable lunch reception for their guests who traveled from all over. We chose a palette of red and dark teal to accentuate the gardens of The Farm at Old Edwards. Teal is a special color for Kellie, a gynecologic oncologist, as it is the ovarian cancer awareness color. The beautiful ceremony gardens are beautiful on their own so we chose to accent specific key areas.

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Hung down the aisle were sweet canning jars filled with a spectrum of red flowers and tied with teal ribbon.

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Canning jars with red flowers were hung with teal ribbon at various lengths from the pergola. A Perfect Wedding Day in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Highlands North CarolinaThis wedding was not just the joining of Kellie and Randy in marriage but the uniting of a family. Kellie and her 2 year old son Luke walked to meet Randy who was waiting halfway down the aisle before walking the rest of the way to the altar as a family.

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 We placed 5 bottles of wine on a table that guests were instructed to sign and the new couple will drink on their next five anniversaries.

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The reception took place in The Pavilion, a beautiful glass and beam structure which had a mix of round and square tables that were accented by various mercury glass containers filled with red flowers, a waterfall teal napkin and mini potted succulent favors.

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We made teal and red felt flower pillows for the benches along the terrace to invite guests to utilize both the inside and outside spaces. A Perfect Wedding Day in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Highlands North CarolinaTheir cake featured a cascade of vibrant red flowers and teal ribbon. Kellie LOVES ice cream so we had an ice cream bar in addition to cake where guests could build their own sundaes.

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Kellie & Randy’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
From the bride…
Photography: Katy Cook Photography. We loved Katy, she is a fabulous photographer.
Venue, Catering & Lodging: The Farm at Old Edwards. Old Edwards is a magical place to get married. We had a billion compliments on the food and all of our guests enjoyed taking advantage of the resort and spa.
Wedding Design and Planning: Verge Events Brittany was spectacular. I am very busy with work and being a mom so she took my very raw ideas and perfected them.
Flowers: Oakleaf Flower & Garden. Our flowers were gorgeous.
Cake: Creative Pastries by Sid  //  Wedding Dress:  Bianca by Ulla Maija

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