Rustic North Carolina Mountain Destination Wedding | Melonie & Bryan | Leatherwood Mountain, North Carolina | Destination Wedding Photographer

Rustic North Carolina Mountain Destination Wedding | Happy couples are the prettiest couples, and today’s featured wedding couldn’t be any happier, friends! This wedding was extra-special for so many reasons. First of all, the bride and groom just happen to be good friends of mine, secondly, the setting was drop-dead gorgeous, and last, but not least, the entire weekend was truly a celebration of friends and the joining together of two families.  I first met Melonie several years ago when a mutual friend gave her my name in the hopes that we could get together and chat photography.  Well, chat photography we did, but not long into the conversation, we realized we had so much more than just photography in common.  Some people are meant to come into your life, and Melonie is definitely one of those people.  Throughout the course of our friendship, we’ve seen marriages end, new relationships begin (and end, and then new ones begin, ha ha!) our businesses grow, our children grow and most recently, we’ve watched each other find love and fall in love. In the years we’ve been friends, we’ve both done a LOT of living, and have come out thriving on the other side.  That is the kind of stuff that bonds you, people!  Anyway, now that you know why I’m so sappy and sentimental about this particular wedding, I’ll get to the pretty stuff!  When Melonie and Bryan first started sharing details of their wedding plans, I knew it was going to be amazing.  Their venue was the Leatherwood Mountain Resort in Ferguson, North Carolina.  This charming, rustic north carolina mountain destination wedding resort is nothing short of  paradise.  Wedding guests were housed in luxurious cabins and Melonie and Bryan had a weekend planned full of fun events like costume parties, barbecues, hikes and sunrise yoga (just to name a few.) It was so nice getting to know both of their families and to see their circle of friends come together to celebrate them and their new adventure together.  There were so many incredible DIY details – my favorite being Melonie’s wildflower bouquet, which was actually hand-crafted by her friends! As is usually the case with intimate destination weddings, every single guest had a special connection with the bride and groom.  Because of this, their sweet wedding ceremony was SO special. There was so much emotion and meaning behind their vows and they were even surprised with a mid-ceremony serenade by their friends!  I highly doubt there was a dry eye during that 30 minutes, including my own.   Melonie and Bryan, you guys are so special to me and your love-story is truly inspiring.  I love you guys and am beyond honored that you allowed me to capture this most special time in your lives! xoxo, Sarah
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