August 19, 2022

Intimate Wedding in Flat Rock | Stephanie & Edward

Hey friends! Can you believe summer is coming closer and closer to an end? I’m not sure I’m ready to let it go, y’all! However, there is one plus side to saying goodbye to summer, it means fall is just around the corner. While summer is magical here in the Blue Ridge mountains, fall is also a gem that I look forward to every year. But before I get too ahead of myself, I’d love to share an intimate wedding in the Hendersonville/Flat Rock area that I had the privilege of shooting over the summer.

Stephanie and Edward became my clients four days before their wedding day (yes, you read that right). Unfortunately, the photographer they had in place had to back out at the last minute, so they reached out to me, and thankfully I was available! While that was certainly stressful for them, it all worked out in the end and I had the best time with them and their loved ones. Stephanie was sure to show her gratitude when I arrived on-site, she thanked me endlessly and gave me the biggest hug to show her gratitude. She knew the way to my heart after just meeting me! I’m all about that southern hospitality.

Stephanie and Edward had an intimate wedding ceremony at St. John’s in the Wilderness in Flat Rock, NC. The church consisted of a charming cottage-like chapel, it truly looked right out of a storybook. Inside was just as picturesque – the creamy walls paired so well with the rustic beams. It had that “classic” chapel look, just on a smaller scale. It was the perfect location to step into forever together!

Intimate Wedding Reception at Rutledge Cottage

After the fairytale wedding ceremony, the couple and their guests headed to Edward’s family property, known as Rutledge Cottage (it has a history tied to Charleston, SC… my favorite place!). A lot of their guests made the trip from Charleston, and some of them donned some pretty swanky hats, which was such a fun southern detail. As for the property, it was absolutely gorgeous. The cottage consists of two homes that are side-by-side, and share a lovely lawn surrounded by lush trees and pretty foliage.

Since the property is so captivating, they wanted the reception to be outside with the homes as the backdrop, so they rented a tent and it was like a scene out of “The Secret Garden”. Everything was so simple, yet elegant, making it the perfect summer soiree. These two surely are surrounded by such an amazing group of people, and I was blessed to be a part of their wedding day! I hope you enjoy these images that tell the story of their intimate wedding nestled in a quiet mountain town.

Let’s Hear It for the Vendors

Venues: St. John’s in the Wilderness and Rutledge Cottage

Photography: Tracy Waldrop Photography

Florist: Becky’s Florist

Dress: Best Bride Prom & Tux

Bride’s Veil: Mother of the Bride

Invitations: Truly Engaging

Hair & Makeup: Fresh Aire

Wedding Planner: Cindy Young

Catering: Budy Finch

Cake: Andrea Lea Langefeld

Band: Johnathan Gray and Friends

Favors: Bride and Groom made them with the help of Mud Dabbers Pottery

white and blue wedding paper details flat lay with bridal accessories
bride and groom ring details with blue hydrangea
watercolor portrait of the Rutledge Cottage in Flat Rock, NC
groom's pocket watch and case displayed on gold tray with gold cuff links
pocket watch worn by groom on his wedding day
goodie basket with dog treats, coffee, tea towel and other miscellaneous items gifted to a bride from her sister
bride getting ready in Hendersonville, NC

outdoor portrait of couple on their wedding day in Hendersonville, NC

couple poses with their two dogs for their wedding
bride and groom kiss after toasting outside under a tent at their wedding
wedding ceremony at St. John's in the Wilderness in Hendersonville, NC

couple poses outside of chapel doors after their wedding ceremony

chalkboard sign for Stephanie and 
Edward's wedding

guest tables with white linen under tent for a wedding

guests mingle under a tent during an intimate wedding in the mountains

family and friends photo after a chapel wedding outside.
couple kisses for the exit of their intimate wedding.

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 Asheville, NC Charleston, SC Wedding & Senior photographer