This charming handmade mountain wedding in North Carolina is full of charming details, expertly captured by Love Shutter Photography. Love Shutter is a preferred vendor in The Mountainside Guide. Stephanie chose a unique emerald green, crimson and rich pink color palette that’s perfect for a winter-to-spring transition in the Smoky Mountains. Her palette is also perfect for the Christmas tree farm she choses as a venue. In fact, Glenville, NC is known for Christmas trees. Be sure to catch Stephanie’s Mountain Wedding Advice below and for a list of vendors she used click here.
Jonathan and Stephanie
May 10, 2013
Why a Mountain Wedding?
I was living in Salt Lake City for 2 years, and both my now husband Jon and I fell in love with the mountains. I’m from Charlotte, so we had to find mountain closer to home, since asking people to come out to the west, was out of the question. I looked at Asheville first, but didn’t see any venues that I liked. Once I saw Sawyer Family Farm online I knew that it was the place for me. My mom went out and toured the place and took pictures.
Where did you find your inspiration?
A whole lot of internet searching and Pinterest. Pinterest is a lifesaver when it comes to weddings. It allows you to curate you own image for what you like and pin things that matter to you. I knew I wanted rustic chic and I was able to pull together images and themes using pinterest to pull them together in one place. Once I found Sawyer Family Farm, I knew the direction I wanted to go.
My photographer Ron Randle with Love Shutter was my big splurge. Both my husband and I know how to use a camera, so it was pivotal that we had a photographer that knew what he was doing, since we were going to be holding him to a high standard. He was also so awesome to work with and gave us a good deal on the package that we wanted.
We were going to get a vintage car to roll out of the wedding in style, but the price was just outrageous, so we used a normal rental car instead. In the grand scheme of things, by the time you get into the car at night, you don’t care what’s going to take you to the place where you can be alone with your new husband and or a bed.
What were some personal details you incorporated?
We wanted to make the ceremony our own, so we used the introduction to our ceremony to recreate the Princess Bride wedding scene. We also had a whole bunch of handmade details and signs. I loved our wedding cake toppers which we got from a lady from Italy on the Etsy shop PerlillaPets. We also used a soft toy giraffe that I got Jon when we started the long distance part of our relationship to be the ring bearer. We put the rings on his antlers and had the best man walk down the aisle.
Your favorite moment of the day.
The last hour of the wedding was the beset part of mine. This consisted of all my younger friends and family on the dance floor dancing to a power hour of music. I was finally able to let go and enjoy myself surrounded by my friends, and knowing the wedding was coming to a close. It was amazing to do our final dance at the end of the night knowing that I was truly happy and surrounded by all of the people that have supported me throughout my life.
Three things you’re glad you did.
- After the wedding ceremony and pictures, both Jon and I had alone time for about 20 minutes to sit and talk to each other and absorb what had just happened.
- SHORT DRESS. I know short dressed aren’t the traditional norm, but it was the greatest decision about the wedding. You can move about and not worry about people stepping on anything and just be able to dance and not be constrained. Also, changing into flats after the ceremony. They still worked with the short dress, but I was also able to move easier.
- Paid good money for the photographer. You only live the day once, and when it’s over it really is the pictures that you’ll be able to relive the day with. If you’re going to splurge on one thing it should be to get those memories captured.
Anything you wish you hadn’t done?
I wish hadn’t closed the photobooth so early. Jon and I were too busy greeting everyone, to really enjoy and take pictures in the photo booth.
What was the best piece of wedding advice you got?
I received this from Danielle Baker, my officiant. She told me that if I was stressing about something or was being overwhelmed by people asking questions to just walk away. It’s your day to enjoy, don’t let other people stress you out. My bridesmaid Ana was the keeper of my phone, and my wingman to help me out when I looked overwhelmed.
Anything you wish you hadn’t worried about?
The whole day. I wasn’t able to relax until the very end of the night. Even though much of the day was planned, my control freak tendencies took a hold and I was stressing about little details. You can’t control those the day of. Just sit back and try to relax.
I used a combination of the knot, wedding wire, and manual searching. I planned the wedding from Utah, so it was mainly phone calls to feel out how the vendor took care of their specific job. I chose based off of the relationship I was able to cultivate over the phone. My mom was a go to person in NC to go and see the vendors and meet with them in person.
What is your very best advice to other mountain brides?
RELAX. You can’t control everything about the day, nor should you. The day will be amazing even if things don’t go as smoothly and perfectly as you planned. You’re going to get yourself nowhere if you can’t relax and enjoy the moment.
Photographer: Love Shutter | Venue: Sawyer Family Farmstead | Cupcakes: Hot Cakes | Caterer: Reeves Catering | DJ: ATG Entertainment | Photobooth: ATG Entertainment | Transportation: Elite Limousine | Florist: Willow Flowers | Dress: Bridal Expressions, Sandy, UT | Hotel: Laurelwood Inn | Videographer: Blue Motion Studio | Linens: Rocky Mountian Events | Officiant: Danielle M. Baker | Invitations: Minted.com | Rehearsal: Cedar Creek Racquet Club | Hair and Makeup: Kate Gutowski | Shoes Bamboo | Menswear: Next- Next, London England | Headpiece or Veil: Handmade- Bridal Expressions, Sandy, UT | Rings: Gemvara |
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