October 20, 2017
Morgan & David’s Chetola wedding located near downtown Blowing Rock, NC last weekend was a wonderful example of fall in the mountains. It was a fun day filled with family & friends that were eager to celebrate the couple’s union. “We’ve always thought Chetola was an absolutely beautiful location and we loved the idea that we could return to this exact spot on anniversaries,” Morgan shared before their wedding day. Morgan’s parents recently celebrated their wedding anniversary at Chetola. What a great tradition to begin because fall in the High Country is pretty amazing!
Their love story began while they were both attending college at Campbell University. Morgan broke the ice and introduced herself because David was too nervous to make the 1st move. After running into each other at an “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party” they ended up spending the entire night hanging out and talking. The rest is history as they’ve been adventuring together for almost 5 years now and they can’t wait to be married!
To celebrate David’s graduation, his parents planned a trip to Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley the following spring. Since Morgan would also be accompanying the family on this trip, David got the bright idea to propose while they were there since it seemed like the perfect place to do it. David said he spent the next few months saving what he could when/where he could to save up for a ring that he thought Morgan would LOVE!
He envisioned them taking a horseback ride through the mountains to an overlook where he would pop the question. It was a solid plan although there were some hurdles David had to face along the way. According to Morgan, David was “acting weird” but he was really just a nervous nelly and wanted everything to go smoothly. After getting some help from the group guide, it was time. David said he struggled to make words form but he gave it his best shot and showed her the ring as he told her how much he loved her! “Thankfully she said yes and I could finally breathe,” David said. “My hands and legs were shaking so much that I could barely stand!”
I was bawling like a baby when I was reading his side of the proposal story. David was such a sweet and caring guy. You could see how much he just adored Morgan. Couples that are as in love as these two are why I do what I do. I’m such a sucker for a heartwarming love story!
I had no idea how laid back of a bride Morgan would be. We didn’t get the chance to do an engagement session prior to their wedding day. But I was pleasantly surprised because both of them seemed so relaxed and at ease leading up to their ceremony. It’s so wonderful to see a couple have fun and fully experience the day with family and friends without a bit of stress. Meris with The Whole Shebang and her crew were a big part of that, too. The staff at Chetola was equally amazing. Morgan & David didn’t have to worry about much of anything except for enjoying their special day thanks to the awesome team they had.
The wedding day started with the girls and guys getting ready in separate condos on the Chetola property. Morgan was surrounded with love and support from her beloved family and friends. Her Mom and bridesmaids helped the bride get into her whimsical ball gown dress. They had the brilliant idea of using a crochet needle to hook the buttons of her dress that are notoriously difficult to manage as I’ve witnessed before. She looked like a princess but kept the country vibe kicking with her teal cowboy boots.
The newlyweds first dance as a married couple was to the song “Give It All We Got Tonight” by George Strait. Mike, the DJ from Split Second Sound, joked that they must have shared 300+ kisses during their first dance. It was pretty cute!
After the family dances, the couple called all the guests to the dance floor to do 1 slow dance with them. It was a good trick because then they went right into an upbeat jam that kept folks on the dance floor all night long. A country classic closed out the night with a sing-a-long to “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks. Everyone was having a ball until the very end!
CONGRATULATIONS, Morgan + David! You’re MARRIED! YAYAYAYAYAYAY! I wish you two newlyweds a lifetime of epic adventures and I hope that your marriage will only grow stronger as you continue this journey together! Thank you for being so awesome to work with. Wishing you both the best of luck as you begin this new adventure. Hope you’re having a blast on your honeymoon in Colorado!
Thank you so much for choosing me to be your wedding photographer. It was an honor and a pleasure to be a part of your special day! I hope you enjoy these sneak peeks from your Chetola wedding while I finish working on your full gallery!
Wedding Venue: Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock
Wedding Planner: The Whole Shebang
Wedding Flowers: Fuschia Moss Floral Design
Wedding Cake: Ugga Mugga Bakery
Catering: Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock
Hair & Makeup: Canvas Beauty Bar
Dress Shop: Maggi Bridal in Raleigh, NC
Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Jos A Banks
Wedding Photography by Wayfaring Wanderer
My name is Jessica and I’m a wedding, engagement and lifestyle photographer based in Boone, NC. I’m known for capturing the spirit of the folks I photograph–the expressions, gestures, and details that are outward expressions of our innermost selves. I love working with couples, individuals and families who are committed to travel, adventure, and laid-back lifestyles. If you think we might be kindreds, I invite you to connect with me!
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