Grand Highlands Bearwallow Wedding Photographer – Meg and Matt

This wedding will go down in my memory as relaxed and stormy. Meg and Matt chose Bearwallow as their venue and it was beautiful. That said, the rain was constant and it looked like their dream of an outdoor wedding was nothing more than a wish… minutes before the given ceremony time they decided – “Let’s do this in the rain” – and they did. 🙂 Truly, it made for amazing images full of emotion. My favorite moment is when the bridesmaids were running during the processional. I couldn’t have asked for a more adventurous crowd. The collaboration between vendors was amazing as well.

I’m starting a little something different for my wedding blog posts… I’m going to have my couple’s tell their story – starting with Meg and Matt. Enjoy.

Megan and Matt’s Perspective:

In October of 2010, Matt moved with his job to Raleigh, NC from South Florida. Upon arrival to the Oak City–he contacted an old friend from Jacksonville, Courtney Johnston, who was a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill. Courtney and Matt went to dinner to catch up. During their dinner Courtney told Matt he really needed to meet her roommate. Her roommate was Megan. The rest is history.

During our first valentines dinner, we decided to order oysters rockefeller at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Once the oysters arrived we both looked at each other and said “glad you like oysters” at the exact same moment. From that time on, we knew we had something special.

For several months, Matt talked with Meg about visiting Asheville to see his friends–Maggie, Daniel, and Skylar Durand. For Meg’s 25th birthday, Matt bought her a spa day/night stay at the Grove Park Inn (where he originally planned to propose). The first weekend in March 2013, they left Raleigh for the mountains. Friday evening, they met the Durand’s at Country Club of Asheville for a delicious dinner and libations. From there, they went to the Durand household for a night cap. After several shots of white lightning, bourbon and red wine Matt decided he would propose the following morning on a 3 mile hike. The snowy hike culminated at the Haw Creek Valley Overlook. As Maggie and Daniel took pictures of M & M, Matt got down on one knee and asked the woman of his dreams to marry him.

Megan loves Matthew’s ability to always stay positive and see the bright side in any situation. She also loves enjoys his skills in the kitchen which result in delicious home-cooked meals. Matthew loves Meg’s competitive nature and her ability to challenge him both mentally & physically. She always keeps him on his toes.

Matthew likes to pretend he knows the words to every song but he rarely does. However, he is fantastic at making up his own words. Messy Meg, as Matt calls her, manages to spill food at almost every meal.
Trend:
We’re not sure if this is considered a trend or not but last year we went to a wedding that served late night chicken fingers. We fell in love with the idea and knew our guests would too and decided to have a “late night snack” consisting of chicken nuggets/french fries served with homemade buttermilk ranch and honey mustard at 10pm.
Inspiration:
The mountains, venue, and our up-bringing were our inspiration to have an elegant rustic wedding with a Southern flare.

As soon as we got engaged we hired Emily McCollin with Occasions by Emily after a friend referred us. There is honestly nothing we would have done differently since she kept us on our game during our 14 month engagement. Kudos to her!!! 🙂 I would tell other brides to invest in a wedding planner early to reduce stress and ensure you take advantage of the best vendors your area has to offer. The planning process couldn’t have been any easier. Emily made planning our destination wedding from Raleigh an absolute blast!

Photographer: Katy Cook
Videographer: Aaron Morrell – Grae Skye Studio
Planning and Florist: Occasions by Emily
Ceremony & Reception location: Grand Highlands at Bear Wallow Mountain
Ceremony music: Blue grass quartet – Allegro Music
Reception music: The Boomers – East Coast Entertainment
Dress Designer: Rivini
Makeup: Sara Wohleben – Blush by Wendy Ballance
Hair: Emily Wells  – Blush by Wendy Ballance
Caterer: Colorful Palate
Officiant: Rev. Larry Anderson
Baker: Black Mountain Cakes
Transportation: Elite Limousine
Rentals: Classic Event Rentals

megmattwed-157 copythe beginning of a great day…

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