Image by  Wayfaring Wanderer

Image by Wayfaring Wanderer

It’s no secret over here that we are fans of the sparkle. So when Wayfaring Wanderer’s glitz & glam styled shoot popped up in our inbox one fine morning, we couldn’t contain our excitement and knew that it would delight you all as much as it delighted us (hence it’s four page feature in our current HCWG). It puts a new twist on a High Country wedding, mixing a posh location (hello, Westglow Resort & Spa) with a glittering aesthetic that reminds us of all the good parts of The Great Gatsby. Painted gold florals, a skyhigh cake whose ruffle tier looks good from every angle, and a sequined tablecloth complete this look and make it one of our favorite styled shoots from 2017. And how about those precious His & Hers chairs topped with Millefleurs floral creation? Makes us want to get married over and over again.

Venue, Beauty, Catering: Westglow Resort & Spa

Photographer: Wayfaring Wanderer

Cake: Ugga Mugga Bakery

Florals: Millefleurs

Jewelry: Village Jewelers, Ltd.

Vintage car: Air Haven Limousine

Rentals: A Bushel and A Peck Vintage Rentals (furniture); Miss Match Rentals (tabletop)

Bride’s Attire: Did Someone Say Party?

Groom’s Attire: Bridal Traditions Wedding & Prom Attire

 Image by  Jordan Maunder

Image by Jordan Maunder

Holy cow. Could this wedding be any dreamier? As soon as these Jordan Maunder images popped up in our inbox we knew (and I mean instantly) that they just had to grace the pages of our newly published High Country Wedding Guide 2018 (and our blog, obvi!). So let’s meet Caroline and Dominic, the darling duo of today’s featured wedding at The Inn at Crestwood who met one balmy summer night on Lake Norman in Charlotte, North Carolina. While the couple resides in North Carolina where they spearhead their cinematography business, Arden Film Co., their hearts reside in the mountains. The bride, who knew she wanted to keep the decor as neutral and natural as the venue’s surroundings, opted for a color palette of dove grey, cream, and verdant greenery and we just simply cannot get enough. And how about that drool-worthy Ugga Mugga Bakery cake? Gimme. Keep those fingers scrollin’ for one of our favorite High Country weddings of 2017!

Venue: The Inn at Crestwood

Photographer: Jordan Maunder

Planner: Love & Honey Weddings

Catering: The Table at Crestwood

Cake: Ugga Mugga Bakery

Florals: Millefleurs

Stationery, Signage: Vicki Hanson-Burkhart, The Curated Estate

Rentals: Boone Rent-All

Beauty: Jennifer Abercrombie Beauty

Videographer: Arden Film Co.

 Image by  Common Dove Photography

Image by Common Dove Photography

As the saying goes, “Good things come to those who wait,” and for all those talented vendors involved in making this cover shoot a reality, we think they would tend to agree. After months of keeping this Common Dove Photography gallery a secret, the time has come at last to share with one and all the images and fun behind-the-scenes details from this tremendously special editorial. We all woke up very early one August morning (and by early I mean 4:30 a.m., yikes) and drove up the Blue Ridge Parkway in fog and chilly pre-dawn temperatures. We were chasing that sunrise (that oh-so beautiful mountain sunrise that takes your breath away) and I’m happy to report that we found it. HCWG is eternally grateful for all those that helped make this event so memorable! Scroll down through all of these stunning images to see who all was involved in making this day the BEST day. 

DETAILS:

Photography: Common Dove Photography

Planner: Events by Elizabeth Ashley

Venue: Grandfather Mountain

Videographer: Matt Powell Productions

Florals: Bundles & Blooms

Cake: Christina Banner Cakes

Catering: Reid’s Cafe and Catering Co.

Bride’s Attire: Did Someone Say Party? (lace gown); BELK (two-piece gown)

Jewelry: Village Jewelers, Ltd.

Beauty: Canvas Beauty Bar

Stationery: Champagne Maker

Calligraphy: Kristen Henderson Calligraphy

Rentals: A Bushel & A Peck Vintage Rentals; Miss Match Rentals

Harp: Deans’ Duets

Model: Style Souffle

 

 Image by  Alayna Kaye Photography

Image by Alayna Kaye Photography

If you’re a fan of lovely lavender, blush pinks, and fresh greenery, then you’ll definitely want to save all of Laura & Aaron’s  Alayna Kaye snapped images to your secret (or not-so secret?) Pinterest board. The precious twosome met in college choir at East Tennessee State University, shared their first official date over slices of delicious Main Street Pizza Company—sounds like the perfect first date to us—and a few years later began planning their High Country nuptials at the Crossnore Presbyterian Church, an ideal meeting point for guests traveling from Tennessee (where the couple resides) and North Carolina. Laura, who describes her bridal style as “very simple,” but yet oh-so sweet, planned a ceremony that highlighted the beautiful, historic rock facade of the church and as a complement, planned a reception with a rustic mountain theme. Delicious cupcakes topped with purple icing (Laura’s fave color) and a breathtaking view of Grandfather Mountain greeted guests upon entry into the Hugh Chapman Center, setting the scene for one heck of a reception. After lots of dancing and frivolity, the newlyweds exited to a sea of sparklers and well-wishes, starting off on their journey as husband and wife. Cheers to these lovebirds on their lifetime a of happiness.

Photographer: Alayna Kaye Photography

Venue: Crossnore Presbyterian Church (ceremony); Hugh Chapman Center YMCA (reception)

Florals: Callista Designs

Catering: Pedalin’ Pig BBQ

Cake: Chance of Sprinkles Bake Shop

Rentals: Boone Rent-All

Music: Piero Bonamico (piano); James West (guitar); Showtime Productions DJ

Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal

 Image by  Jaime Johnson Photography

Image by Jaime Johnson Photography

Katie and James love story started out slow and steady. A mutual friend introduced the two but to keep everything old-fashioned and to make sure intentions were true, the duo exchanged calls and letters daily for just under a year (sigh, we’re getting some serious The Notebook vibes over here) before finally meeting in person one March day at a local park. “We didn’t move from the park bench until it was dark,” says Katie, who, along with James, knew before they even physically met that they were destined for one another. And to make things sweeter, get a load of their proposal. It may just be our favorite to date! While joking about how two goats used to be a sufficient dowry for a bride, they couple agreed upon that in today’s world, the only animal that equaled the price of a wife had to a be an elusive (and fluffy!) pink unicorn. So to play off this fun exchange that they had once-upon-a-time, James surprised his lady with a romantic table-for-two, complete with the fluffiest pink stuffed animal unicorn that Katie had ever laid eyes on. How adorable! The couple, whose Big Day was extra special as about 75 percent of their vendors were family members, tied the knot one December day at The Chapel of Rest. Dressing the ceremony in hunter green (the bride’s maiden name is “Greene,” after all) by way of fresh garland, the precious pair wed amongst family, friends, and a view of the Yadkin River. Cheers to these newlyweds! Your Christmas wedding was full of all the “Fa-La-La” feels.

Venue: The Chapel of Rest

Photographer: Jaime Johnson Photography

Cake, Cupcakes: A family friend, Ugga Mugga Bakery

Caterer: Bride’s cousin and brother

Florist: Bride’s aunt

Musicians: Strictly Clean and Decent

 Image by  Four Sparrows Photography

Image by Four Sparrows Photography

For self-proclaimed “old soul” Tina Smith of Four Sparrows Photography, her first-ever styled shoot was all about staying true to herself. Mixing themes of simple elegance with country chic, the perfect High Country combination in our opinion, Tina brought to life a stunning alfresco affair that both complemented the natural environment and showcased her photography skills from top-to-bottom. After seeing just a few photos of 16 Hands Farm, located in West Jefferson, North Carolina, Tina knew instantly that this venue just had to be the setting for her version of a Big Day, describing it as a “small piece of heaven,” and we agree with her wholeheartedly—this venue is a lovely as they come. Sigh, could those bistro lights be any more gorgeous? Sticking to a color palette of sage and blush, and showcasing not one but two couples (and a gorgeous bridesmaid, an actual bestie of one of the bride’s) Tina’s images are chock-full of Pinterest worthy details and inspiration for any nuptial event. Take that delectable-looking three-tiered cake, for example, whose layers feature three different flavors (great for appeasing all guests’ tastebuds) and who icing is piped to mimic a pearl button back of a dress. Kudos on the design, It’s a Piece of Cake! Or how about that charming sweetheart table for two, as simple as it is sweet? A great way to steal away from a wedding crowd and take a moment just for your newlywed selves. A big shoutout to Four Sparrows for sharing this gallery with us and we hope all your brides-to-be out there enjoy scrolling through these images as much as we did!

Photographer: Four Sparrows Photography

Venue, Place Settings: 16 Hands Farm

Cake: It’s a Piece of Cake

Planner: Huffman Events

Hair Stylists: Salon 405

Florals: City Florist of Wilkes

Paperies/Stationery: For the Joy Calligraphy & Design

Formal Wear: Bridal Traditions Wedding & Prom Attire

Bridal Set: Michael’s Jewelry

 

 Image by  Cana Dunlap Photography

Image by Cana Dunlap Photography

Today’s darling couple, Savannah and Tye, first locked eyes during a coed volleyball game at a local church. While that initial encounter on the court sparked no date requests, their official first date was just a short time away and as cute as they come. Tye sneakily sent out a group text asking his friends, including Savannah, if anyone had any interest in a weekend kayaking trip but when Savannah showed up day-of, the date only included Tye (and his third-wheelin’ bestie, Eddy). Fast-forward through four years of courtship later, many dates spent in the sunshine outdoors, and the purchase of some real estate, and the twosome was looking to make their relationship a bit (a lot!) more serious. Tye proposed at the top of Table Rock Summit Trail amidst family, friends, cameras, and imagine it, a drone! Congrats Miss Savannah, your hubby thinks of everything! So it makes perfect sense since their engagement was set against the mountains, that their beautiful Big Day should too. Choosing gorgeous Grandfather Vineyard & Winery as their venue of choice, the duo went for a relaxed outdoor wedding and ceremony filled with understated hues of emerald and navy and Fuschia Moss Floral Design bouquets topped off with what happens to be our fave floral of the moment, black tie anemones. Cheers to this happy couple! Your Big Day was so perfect, so personal, and so YOU!

Photographer: Cana Dunlap Photography

Venue: Grandfather Vineyard + Winery

Coordinater: Nicole Winder, Grandfather Vineyard + Winery

Florist: Fuschia Moss Floral Design

Cake: Ugga Mugga Bakery

Catering: Gadabouts Catering

Rentals: A & J Rental

Music: Threshold Band

Beauty: Canvas Beauty Bar (hair); Sibel Rea (makeup)

Stationery: Shutterfly

 

 Image by  Boonetown Story

Image by Boonetown Story

A happy bride makes the prettiest bride and this couldn’t be any truer than Chloe on her wedding day. And while we are sure groomie Cameron’s love for his one-and-only was clear to every friend and every family member in attendance, what makes our hearts go pitter patter just happens to be how well done, from top to bottom, this ceremony and Raffaldini Vineyards reception was. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we, and take a scroll through each gorgeous image captured by lovely High Country shutterbug, Boonetown Story. Chloe’s BHLDN halter gown takes the metaphorical (wedding) cake not just because of its flirty open back but for how ladylike that peek-through halter neckline is. Sighs all around. And how about that wooden signage crafted by the bride and her father? Truly professional. And drumroll please… our favorite part of this Big Day and our favorite trend of 2017 has to be the succulent favors prepared by The Succulent Source. We like them because of their cute little size but also because it’s a takeaway that keeps on giving, a favor that guests can actually make use of. All pluses in our book! Chloe and Cameron, we raise our glasses to you two lovebirds and wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Photographer: Boonetown Story

Venue: St. Leo the Great Catholic Church (ceremony); Raffaldini Vineyards + Winery (reception)

Florals: Taylored Blooms

Catering: Salem Kitchen

Cake: Mrs. Pumpkins

Rentals: Hauser Rentals

Gown: BHLDN

Wedding Favors: Succulent Source

Beauty: Kristina Overton

Signage: DIY by the bride and her father

 

 

 Image by  Matt Powell Productions

Image by Matt Powell Productions

We have to agree with today’s featured blushing bride, Melissa. Our favorite aspect about Twickenham House & Hall also has to be the fact that it reminds us of a castle straight out of a modern-day fairytale. Enchanting yet remote, private yet cozy, this is a venue that offers it all. So it comes as no surprise that Northeastern natives Melissa & Joel, chose it to play host to their Big Day bliss and to their family and friends, who came from near and far (Alaska, to be exact!). With a crew of talented folks at their side, included multi-talented Eileen Gaddy, from Gadabouts Catering, who just happened to step in as both planner and caterer, this swoon-worthy fall wedding checks off all the criteria on our list for a top-notch High Country wedding. I mean, get a load of that smooching couples shot! Could you imagine a more romantic setting with that dreamy fog and stunning view? Way to go, Matt Powell Productions! And how about that classic yet elegant navy, gold, and rose color palette? We love how these shades mimic the fall weather just rolling in and how the lighters shades contrast so well with the darker. After an al fresco ceremony underneath the most gorgeously decorated wooden arbor, the couple, along with all of their guests, made the short walk to their dazzling reception inside Twickenham’s spacious hall. From what we can see, this looked like one heck of a fun party!

Venue: Twickenham House & Hall

Photographer: Matt Powell Productions

Planner: Eileen Gaddy, Gadabouts Catering

Florals: Desi’s Floral & Design

Catering, Cake: Gadabouts Catering

Bar Service: Boondocks Brewing

Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas