Destination I Do
Friday, April 25, 2014

A Mountainside Marriage

Words by Taylor Wilson
Photos courtesy of Fletcher & Fletcher Photography

Ella and her family had spent many occasions escaping their hometown to the North Carolina Mountains. Grandfather Mountain had a special place in her heart, which made the idea to host a destination wedding there with her groom Adem the ideal choice. “As a current New Yorker, the tranquility of the area and being in nature was a big plus,” explains Ella. Years of wonderful memories at this locale made the bride and groom feel at home, knowing they had chosen the perfect location for their big day.

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Although some guests were unable to attend the wedding, everyone was supportive and excited for the couple to wed in a place so special to the couple and Ella’s family. “Much of my family has a deep love for Grandfather Mountain and the surrounding area due to the years of family vacations and the love of a good hike,” says the bride. Grandfather Mountain was also a location brimming with fun activities, sure to keep all guests amply entertained.

The most difficult part of planning a destination wedding for Ella and Adem was not being able to meet their vendors in person before the big day. Online reviews became their go-to guide for all things wedding related and through pictures and recommendations, they assembled the perfect team to take care of everything – all without a wedding planner!

In the end, this tactic worked out flawlessly and Ella confidently states she would plan a destination wedding all over again. “White it can be stressful, what wedding isn’t?!” Also, having the wedding in such a beautiful location with a stunning backdrop took away much of the pressure of having extra decorations. However, the couple still put their creative touch on the day, including a table set up with wedding pictures of their grandparents and family who were no longer with them.

Had the couple held their wedding in their hometown of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, they would have had to put much more effort into making their day special and unique. They would have still been planning the event from New York and they believe it would have been more work. “You have to do what’s right for you as a couple. Fortunately today I think there is a lot more creativity and flexibility in wedding planning that allows you to be non-traditional. While our wedding was ultimately fairly classic we were able to add small touches to make it our own like writing our own ceremony and choosing a family member to officiate,” Ella says. After all, it’s your day!

Photographer: Fletcher & Fletcher Photography, Ceremony/Reception Site: Grandfather Mountain Golf & Country Club, Florist: Bonnie Cocke, Stationery: Mountain Mist, Invitations By Dawn, Cake: Jennifer Nicholson at Grandfather Golf & Country Club, Hair & Makeup: Clynda Dowd & Sharla Bance, Gown Designer: Liancarlo, Groom’s Clothing Designer: JCrew, Bridesmaids’ Clothing Designer: Joanna August, Band: The Business Band

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