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July 2018

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