Growing up on a Tennessee mountaintop, autumn was my favorite time of year. The changing of the leaves, a slight nip in the air, the abundant flowers – a perfect time for a wedding. As the summer wedding season starts to wind down, Megan and Chris’s personality filled wedding is just the celebration to usher in the ever popular fall wedding season. Submitted to us by Luxe House Photographic, off we go to the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina for a fabulous, down home, handmade, locally sourced weekend hitchin’!
Megan and Chris were connected from the get go. Says the blushing bride: Chris and I met in college and formed a tight connection very quickly. I knew he was the one for me and so when he asked my to marry him in July of 2008, it was a confident “yes”! Megan and Chris were in no real hurry to make it official, wanting it to be convenient for the 450 plus guests they would be inviting!
Megan: I began planning our hitchin’ about 6 months before the big day and it was a lot of work to throw a party for all our invitees!! I researched potential wedding sites and then local dressmakers, cake bakers, party suppliers and more. It was very important for us to source as many local folks as possible – we met here and our lives together have flourished in these mountains. We wanted folks to get a little taste of Asheville when they came for the wedding weekend. We chose the Swannanoa 4H Center and were able to provide rustic lodging for the majority of our out-of-town guests.
Megan: To decorate, we bought buckets of flowers from local farmer’s markets, cut huge bouquets of herbs and sunflowers from friend’s gardens and gathered wild grapevine and bittersweet. A good friend constructed the grapevine arch and made the batik the was behind us at the alter. To make the boutonnieres, I used herbs and flowers from our garden and tail feathers from the roosters we harvested in the spring.
Megan: Our friends and families put in lots of hard work at the camp and transformed the grounds and buildings into a welcoming, rustic-elegant setting for the ceremony and celebration. We saved money on rentals and linens because tables, chairs and benches came with the rental of the 4H Center, with tablecloths from my husband’s work.
What I most adore about Megan and Chris's weekend wedding is that they didn't bow to convention and instead created exactly what they wanted for their big day. From feathers and fascinators, to a rustic, outdoor venue, handmade decorations, and cowboy boots, this celebration was true reflection for their commitment to their mountain community, their friend and family, and especially each other. Congratulations to Megan and Chris - we with you happiness, health, and an abundance of love.
Thanks also to Luxe House Photographic for submitted this wonderful wedding through Two Bright Lights. For more of LHP's beautiful images, check out their Facebook Fanpage!
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