Our drive up to Lake Lure, NC on September 19th, was a dreary one - weather wise, that is. :) We knew Anna and John were planning on having their ceremony outside that day at the Rumbling Bald Resort, so we were REALLY hoping the weather would hold up. Turns out, it had poured buckets that morning at the resort, but by the time we got there, the rain was gone.
The day couldn't have been complete without the fantastic vendors that Anna and John hired:
- Gorgeous flowers by Sweetbrier
- Coordination provided by the fabulous Tara Jordan of Weddings with Tara
- Dylan Skidmore from Blazin Sounds did an awesome job as the DJ
Anna and John decided to see each other before the ceremony for a "First Look" - it was definitely exciting to watch them round the corners of the wooden path and catch sight of each other. I always breathe easier when a bride/groom tells us they want to do a first look - it just helps SO much with the overall flow of a wedding day and gives us the time that we need for pictures without feeling rushed by packing in pictures in between the ceremony and reception.
We didn't get any sun, but even better - we got this amazing fog that hung over the mountains - it was perfect.
In lieu of a basket for the flower girl to hold her petals, Anna found a dishcloth ( I think that's what it was) from Anthropologie and had it sewn to be an apron for her to wear - ummmmmm....adorable, right?!
Best backdrop for a walk down the aisle ever. Can you see the Rumbling Bald workers at the bottom right watching on as Anna and her dad approached the ceremony? :)
A favorite moment from their day was the song choices for the ceremony - John walked in to Johnny Cash's "Walk the Line" and the newly married couple walked....no wait.....scratch that.....DANCED back down the aisle for the recessional to Michael Franti and Spearhead's "Say Hey (I Love You)". They were so full of joy and happiness - it totally made my day.
This shot just might have to find it's way to my wall as a print.....um, yes.
The details of this day were perfect - Anna and John clearly put in a lot of work prior to their day - and I'd say, the hard work paid off. The pair even built, stained, and painted all of the centerpiece boxes for the reception themselves! As soon as I saw those, I wanted them....for my own. :)))
Lucky us - we avoided the rain for all pictures and the ceremony.....but at the reception - the skies opened up and it POURED. And while there were some minor leakage problems with the ceiling, it really cast a romantic feeling over the evening.
Thank you Anna and John for being so fun to work with - we wish you many blessings for a long and happy life together. :)