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