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January 2019

This couple, Brit and Chris, for sure have a bright future ahead of them. And we will let you  in on why we think so. If you haven’t already read about this gorgeous pair in the 2019 edition well then you need to know their special day at Grandfather Golf & Country Club started out like anyone other (mimosas, hair + makeup, giggles, anticipation, Brit’s amazing cheetah print sneakers!). However, as soon as ceremony began, the sky opened up and pelted all with heavy drops of rain (spy the raindrops in some of the images below). But, what’s missing are people looking miserable. Seriously. Brit and Chris have HUGE smiles on their faces and you can tell how much of a “roll with it” attitude they have and how they know that a little rain couldn’t dampen their day. Extra bonus? You do know that rain on your wedding day is crazy good luck. Oh AND … as they recessed back down the aisle as “Here Comes the Sun” was playing, a double rainbow appeared. Now, is that fate or what? Scroll on to see all the stunning shots by Anne Rhett from this Linville, North Carolina day!


The time has come to share with you all our editorial cover photo shoot at Westglow Resort & Spa. Now, we know you have seen images in the new guide (whoop!) but here, you will see some behind-the-scenes action and get to know some of the amazing vendors involved in making this a success. And to let you all in on a secret, it poured the ENTIRE DAY. Actually an editor’s worst nightmare but you know what? It turned out better than I imagined and I am not just saying that to sugarcoat things. I adored how the misty conditions added a bit of magic to the background and how the rain and hilarity of it all brought real, genuine interaction between our models, Perry and McKenzie. It was one heck of a day and Nicole with Boonetown Story along with all of the other boss babes involved, were serious troopers. Get ready for all the pretty!

Venue: Westglow Resort & Spa

Images: Boonetown Story

Planning: The Whole Shebang Events

Design: The Laurel Collective

Florals: Golden Thistle Design

Cake: Stick Boy Bread Co.

Gown: Ladies of Lineage

Jewelry: The Stone Jewelers

Beauty: Shear Shakti

Stationery: Champagne Maker with Kristen Henderson Calligraphy

Rentals: Ceramics by Lina LaV + Curiosity



May we begin with … Happy New Year, darlings! We are so excited about what 2019 will bring and what 2018 brought (ummm, our new HCWG edition!). If you haven’t already gotten your hands on a copy then do not fear, they are being distributed as we speak and you will have your chance to peruse the glossy pages all you want. Oh, and another thing to note. We have updated the edition with a fancy matte cover. It is so chic, so smooth, and just soooo cool. Wait until you see.

OK, so starting this new year with another cutie of an engagement session on our beloved BRP. Erika El Photography sent me this gallery a few weeks back and as soon as I opened it, I knew it was a keeper. Bride-to-be Kaitlin’s smile is so infectious and I couldn’t get enough of these two smitten kittens. Their love for each other is so evident and plain and simple, it makes you happy just to witness it. Now, a bit from the star couple.

High Country Wedding Guide: Let’s hear about your beginning.

Kaitlin: Seth and I are both from Salisbury, North Carolina, and have known each other since we were 12. We both ended up at Appalachian State for college and continued our friendship. One night we were out at dinner and I just looked at Seth across the table. I realized the cute little blue-eyed, curly-headed goofball I’d had a crush on for all those years had grown into a cute, blue-eyed, curly-headed man (still a goofball). We have always had something special between us and sitting there I decided it was time to see where that might lead. Here we are 5 years later, about to begin a new chapter in our story.

HCWG: It was meant to be! Can you tell us some about the proposal?

Kaitlin: I had come home from work on a random Wednesday evening to find that Seth had cleaned my apartment and had a picnic dinner ready to go. We had planned to head to the parkway that night to catch the meteor shower, but the picnic was a surprise. I thought it was a little odd because it was January and the parkway was covered in snow, but I can’t say no to homemade mac & cheese! I got dressed in my comfy clothes, complete with my old sweatshirt and my not so attractive Ugg boots. We headed to Parkway and made a stop at Price Lake to enjoy the snow. Seth insisted we walk down by the water. Just as I was ready to turn and head back up to the car, Seth started acting a little funny. I looked at him to find he was headed down to his knee with a ring in hand. After I finally found the words to say yes, I just remember standing there with my tears freezing on my checks and just thinking “Oh, my gosh!” Then I fussed at Seth for letting me wear that outfit!

HCWG: Hey! No matter what anyway says, Ugg boots will always rule. Any details nailed down for the Big Day?

Kaitlin: Our wedding will be in June at Fussell Farm, in Millers Creek, North Carolina. Overall, our biggest goal is to be surrounded by love and make the day feel like it reflects who we are.

HCWG: Woo! Sounds like it will be a good time. Now, cheerwine?

Kaitlin: Seth and I have had lots of picnic dates on the Parkway, so I thought a picnic would be the perfect activity for our session. I found the picnic basket on King Street at my favorite antique store. The Cheerwine was Seth’s request and represents our hometown of Salisbury, North Carolina, where Cheerwine was created. It turns out our photographer, Erika, had never tried Cheerwine before so we were excited to share with her. The rest of the picnic was just food we thought wouldn’t be too embarrassing to eat in front of the camera!