After celebrating their one month anniversary sleeping in a hammock, roughing it on top of Grandfather Mountain, Jordan knew that Meghan was one in a million. Grandfather Mountain thus became a cornerstone in their courtship, and the backdrop of a most epic proposal (there’s a drone and a school bus of kids involved, people!). Three years almost to the exact day of their anniversary, Jordan schemed his way through work schedules and weather fiascos in order to recreate the couple’s first hike together atop their favorite spot in the High Country. “We had talked about getting married several times over the previous months and on the day of the proposal she even joked to not forget the ring, something she had said many times before,” says Jordan. After making it to the top, surviving the hike (and a swinging bridge with numerous ladders and ropes), Jordan got to capturing the “Big Ask” by setting his drone on a flight pattern that encircled the couple. For a closer look at his beloved’s reaction, a phone was strategically placed and set to record—nice move, Jordan—as he popped the monumental question. After a moment of disbelief, and a hearty thump on the chest, Meghan happily replied “Yes!” And how’s this for serendipitous timing? Once the two mountaineers made their way down the rock, a very large group of college kids met them at the bottom and explained that their bus was fifteen minutes late to the site, ensuring that the couple got their  “picture perfect” proposal, sans the rowdy coeds. Fate, I tell ya.  After such an incredible ask, it was time to create a wedding at the Linville Ridge Country Club that was just as fantastic and thrilling. Evoking whimsical garden party vibes, Meghan crafted a night of fun that included scenic mountain views, florals galore in, majestic maids in purple, and dancing the night away under an array of twinkly lights. Raise your glasses to these two cuties and to Megan Sheppard Photography for capturing the nuptials from beginning to end.

Venue, catering: Linville Ridge Country Club

Images: Megan Sheppard Photography

Florals: Millefleurs

Stationery: The bride’s sister

Cake: Ugga Mugga Bakery

Bride’s attire: LaceBridal (Etsy)

Jewelry: The Stone Jewelers

Bridesmaid attire: Weddingdec (Etsy)

Beauty: Shear Shakti (hair); Shauna Godwin (makeup)

Men’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Music: DJ Dave Blanks 

Officiant: High Country Ministers

The High Country is beautiful at all times, this we know for sure, but the High Country during the autumn season takes it to a whole ‘nother level. The swirling leaves, the nip in the air, the misty mountain views—all aspects that make it the ideal setting for an engagement session. As dreamy as one could ever imagine. On that note, let’s take a peek at Sophie and Jame’s engagement session on Rough Ridge Lookout. Erika El Photography captured this adventure-loving couple to a T and her images makes us giddy about the upcoming season. I mean, come on, just take a look at this setting (and this cutie couple). More from Sophie below.

High Country Wedding Guide: How and when did you meet James?

Sophie: We met through mutual friends at a party and instantly hit it off. The funny bit about it was that is was definitely one of those “chance encounters.” I originally wasn’t going to go to the party but my friend forced me into it. We didn’t run in the same circles so if I had decided to stay in that night we probably would have never met.

HCWG: Serendipitous, for sure. Now, on to the proposal. Yours is quite unique, we hear.

Sophie: Our decision to get married was a conversation that ended with a “hey,  let’s get married at the end of the year,” kinda thing.  Not a very over-the-top romantic proposal. His mother helped in designing and making the ring so the first few months of wedding planning I was ringless. And here’s a chuckle for you. Our engagement session was actually supposed to be James “official” proposal with the engagement ring. He spent weeks planning it and rented a cabin in Boone but the week before disaster struck and he found out the ring would not be ready in time. He didn’t want to reschedule so we proceeded with our romantic mountain getaway and the engagement session. Even though it wasn’t the weekend he had planned, it turned out to be one of our best trips ever. Two weeks later, he finally had the ring and planned a day trip for us to Asheville. With all the anticipation we had built up around the actual proposal, it only lasted about five seconds. He was so nervous and I was excited. So, in summation, the mountains have played a huge part in every step of our journey. 

HCWG: A story to share with the kiddos one day. So, is this why you chose the High Country for your e-session?

Sophie: Our first trip we ever took was to Boone, North Carolina, and it was definitely one of the most memorable getaways in our four year relationship. It made sense to have our engagement pictures shot somewhere near Boone. Plus, the scenery made for some gorgeous pictures.

HCWG: You all look so precious canoodling in front of the camera. Assuming you aren’t camera shy?

Sophie: No, definitely camera shy! Your’e looking at two of the most awkward people in front of a camera. In fact, James is so camera shy we didn’t have a picture together until after we’d been dating almost a year! We were terrified going into but we were incredibly lucky to have a photographer who made us feel (and look) like natural models. Erika did such a great job of making the engagement session feel like a celebration of love. No joke, I swear I fell in love with James all over again.

HCWG: All the feels. Any especially memorable moments from this day?

Sophie: There were many a silly accent made by James in order to get those laughing pictures to look believable. What you also don’t see are the sneakers required to walk up to the mountaintop location. I’d love to be able to say I have enough skills to hike in heels, but alas, not so much.

Images by Erika El Photography

For Rob and Frances, a meet-cute abroad was the way to go. The Raleigh natives built their
connection while working overseas and spending time together bonding over their American
roots. It also didn’t hurt that Rob was a total gentleman—cleaning Frances’ kitchen after a movie night and sending her flowers at work . . . sigh.  Just weeks after they started dating, Rob and Frances knew that they had found “the one” in each other but distance threatened to get in the way. After an entire year of being apart, Rob (in the U.S.) and Frances (in Belgium), their connection was stronger than ever and they decided not long after that it was time to make it official. The outdoorsy couple wanted a natural setting in the mountains for their nuptials so Blowing Rock was the idea location for their guests to relax and rent cabins to enjoy the wedding weekend. They envisioned a sophisticated wedding with a rustic, casual touch and with an already breathtaking background, all Frances and her florist had to do were incorporate a few purple accents in the décor. The couple wanted their Big Day to feel oh-so them so they sprinkled in personal touches wherever they could—from a scrapbook corner (so cute), to Frances wearing her mother’s veil and pearl necklace, to a dessert bar comprised of their favorites. But perhaps our favorite part, you ask? The bride’s sister, who just happens to be an interior designer and artist, presented the couple with a stunning hand drawn image of the views that the High Country offers. A keepsake with meaning, yes and yes. Congrats to these cuties!

Photographer: Jean Moree Photography

Venue: The Blowing Rock

Caterer: Gamekeeper Restaurant

Baker: Ugga Mugga Bakery

Florist: Shady Grove Gardens & Nursery

Linens: Boone Rent-All

Music: Summit Strings

Beauty: Haircut 101 (hair); the bride (beauty)

OK, we will admit it—we are completely and utterly starstruck with this couple, Bekah and Morrison. As she is the writer and producer of NBC’s “This Is Us” (the best show out there!) and her hubby, Morrison, is an actor, we can say with quite certainty that this is a match made in Hollywood heaven. After being set up by a friend in 2013, Bekah found her Romeo—a la the DeCaprio kind—in California native Morrison. Two years of courtship and many laughs and theater dates later (the duo entered the TV biz through theatrical beginnings), a proposal was bound to make its rounds. On a Thanksgiving rendezvous to visit Morrison’s extended fam, the anticipated question finally made its debut. “He made me breakfast, as he oftentimes does, and I shoved it into my face while reading work emails,” say Bekah. “Before I knew it, he was down on one knee, with a 135 year old ring that’s been his family for four generations.” With full stomachs and even fuller hearts, the two set their sights on Bekah’s old neck of the woods, North Carolina, and selected Leatherwood Mountains Resort for its rustic charm and for the fact that the bride-to-be desperately wanted an autumn wedding with crisp weather and swirling leaves. And boy, did this venue and this couple deliver . . . as you can so totally see by these snapshots below by Revival Photography. Our fave parts, you ask? Most definitely the cheeky decorative signs, the mini peach and blackberry cobblers made by a high school friend, the double rainbow that greeted Bekah the morning of, their radiating love, and for the fact that Bekah dubbed the dress code “moonshine romance.” We could go on and on but we’ll let the images do the talking. Sigh, we just can’t get enough of this pair!

Venue, catering: Leatherwood Mountains Resort

Images: Revival Photography

Planner: Abbie Hanchey, Leatherwood Mountains Resort

Florals: Millefleurs

Cakes, sweets: Homeslice

Signage: The groom’s brother and his wife

Beauty: Primp NC (bride); Beautiful Bride on Location (bridesmaids)

Music: Sam McCarson (ceremony); On Target DJ (reception music, photo booth)

Videographer: HoneyDew Films

It seems that East Carolina University is a place that creates chemistry–or at least helps future love birds meet through the major! When Ross and Morgan locked eyes in a required pre-calculus class, it was the start of some serious feels and eventually led them to become best friends (cue the aww’s!). This darling duo remained in the friend zone throughout college until Ross decided to take a chance by inviting Morgan to be his plus-one to a wedding in the gorgeous West Virginia mountains. “We haven’t been apart a day since.” says Morgan. After a year of dating (ooh this is my favorite part!), the now alumnae found themselves leading an impromptu campus tour for their closest friends and family after the East Carolina vs. Virginia Tech game, where Ross led the way to the idyllic fountain at the center of ECU’s campus and dropped to one knee to propose to his beloved, officially stamping East Carolina in their hearts forever. That fateful weekend in West Virginia, plus a childhood of visiting the High Country, helped spark an inspiration for their own Blue Ridge Mountain Club wedding, featuring a blissful view, touches of rustic accents and pops of different shades of purple (the bride’s favorite). After the “I do’s” were shared, the couple led their loved ones to a reception filled with food nirvana, including–get this–a donut bar, creamy lobster firecracker rolls and a buffet loaded with a mouthwatering beef tenderloin and herb & dijon roasted chicken. While I’m over here drooling at these details and this menu, everyone wish this couple a lifetime of love, laughter, and winning East Carolina football games! Oh, and how freakin’ awesome was they firework exit by JECO Pyrotechnics Inc.

Photography: Fletcher & Fletcher Photography

Venue: Blue Ridge Mountain Club

Planner: The bride

Florals, Catering: Grouse Moor Catering

Cake: Appalachian State University Bakery

Music: Anything Music DJs

Beauty: Mandy Scardina

Bride’s Attire: Poffie Girls

Men’s Attire: Did Someone Say Party?

Fireworks: JECO Pyrotechnics Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

Shelby and Justin are without a doubt one of the coolest couples we have ever laid eyes on. I mean, the glittery kicks, the “Game of Thrones” groom’s cake, the popcorn bar . . . need we say more? These two, who reside in Charlotte, planned what they referred to as a “hideaway party in the woods,” and man, do we wish we could have been a guest at this one. Good thing we get to relive it via the stunning images by Kevyn Dixon Photography. We love how Fuschia Moss Floral Design fems up a bold bloom, the King Protea, and makes this bouquet (and all the florals, for that matter) so amazingly gorgeous. And that sweet little floral crown that Shelby donned—it echoed the design of the ceremony arbor so well and made everything look so complete. And to add a little personal touch to a wedding that was not doubt special, Shelby’s beloved Aunt Barbie officiated the whole thing, and get this—took a selfie with the newlyweds. Uber fun and beautiful from beginning to end, this is wedding sure to get you scrolling in double-time. Congrats, darlings!

Venue: Private home

Photographer: Kevyn Dixon Photography

Planner: Events by Gadabouts

Florals: Fuschia Moss Floral Design

Catering: Gadabouts Catering

Cake: Ugga Mugga Bakery

Rentals: Classic Event Rental (tent, tables, chairs, lighting); Miss Match Rentals (dinnerware, decor); Happy Trailers Refrigerated Rentals

Beauty: Canvas Beauty Bar

Music: Summit Strings (ceremony); On Target DJ (reception)

Transportation: High Country Transportation

 Image by  Deuel Studios

Image by Deuel Studios

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. 

Venue: 16 Hands Farm

Photographer: Deuel Studios

Planner: The bride

Florals: Shady Grove Gardens (flowers); Foraged & Cut (arrangements)

Cake, Catering: Stick Boy Bread Company

Rentals: Boone Rent-All

Beauty: Haircut 101

Jewelry: Village Jewelers, Ltd.

 Image by Austen Taylor Photography

Image by Austen Taylor Photography

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.

 

Venue: St. Mary of the Hill Episcopal Church (ceremony); Chetola Resort (reception)

Photographer: Austen Taylor Photography

Planner: The bride

Florals: April Flowers

Cake: Hallmark Cakes

Music: Laura Costen (ceremony); DJ Dave Blanks (reception)

Rentals: Boone Rent-All

Beauty: Canvas Beauty Bar

 Image by  Joy Davis Photography

Image by Joy Davis Photography

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!

Venue: Westglow Resort & Spa

Photographer: Joy Davis Photography

Planner: Jennifer Williams, Westglow Resort & Spa

Cake: Ugga Mugga Bakery

Florals: Callista Designs

 

 Image by  Boonetown Story

Image by Boonetown Story

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

Catering: Woodlands BBQ Restaurant & Catering Service

Cake: Publix

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

Stationery: Minted.

Music: DJ One Touch