Between the tears of joy and the uncontrollable bursts of laughter, Shana and Brian’s Black Balsam Knob elopement is a beautiful example of the pure happiness that is created when best friends marry each other. The couple said “I do” in the mountains of one of North Carolina’s most beautiful parks, and then snuggled up for some incredible post-ceremony photos at sunset. The bride looked radiant in a vintage lace gown and romantic curls for the ceremony, then added some boho flair with a flower crown for the sunset portraits. Amelia Fletcher Photography beautifully captured every intimate moment between this sweet couple, particularly the emotional first look that has us reaching for the tissues!
Shana and Brian
Black Balsam Knob, Asheville, North Carolina
Our top priority was to plan a wedding that represented us. We knew from the beginning that we wanted our ceremony to be intimate. Eloping in a city that we both had never visited was exciting and risky, but relying on our photographer and her recommendations of other professionals turned out to be the best decision we could have ever made.
For Brian, the most memorable part of the day was when he first saw me. He said he was so excited to see me in my dress and how beautiful I was. For me, it was being so overcome with emotion. After the tears started I could not stop.
After we found our officiant online, we had a Skype meeting and both fell in love. We knew we both wanted to say traditional vows. We also filled out a separate questionnaire about one another that she turned into a surprise personal love note just for us!
The best advice we could give would be to do your wedding your own way. Listening to what your partner wants and tying it into the vision makes the day even more special. Having a million opinions takes you further away from your vision and, in the end, you may regret not going with your instincts.
I have been obsessed with a fall outdoor elopement ever since I knew I did not want a traditional wedding. We love hiking and both agreed that it would be perfect to say “I do” on a mountain at sunset with a small group of friends and family. I stumbled upon Black Balsam Knob and fell in love. Since neither of us were from the area, it made it that much more exciting to embark on a new experience to celebrate our new life together.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Amelia Fletcher Photography
Ceremony Venue – Black Balsam Knob
Floral Design – Flora
Officiant – Rev. Dianna Ritola
Invitations – Harken Press
Makeup Artist – Powder Me Pretty
Hair Styling – Tru Salon
Wedding Dress – Mori Lee Blu via Diane’s Formal Affair
Groom’s Apparel – Asos
Congratulations to Shana and Brian on the start of your new life together, and a special thanks to Amelia Fletcher Photography for sharing these beautiful photos with us! Love the idea of an intimate mountain elopement? You’ll definitely want to see this stunning Banff elopement in the Tunnel Mountain Reservoir!