by jessica, 11.29.11

denise + wes mountain wedding

When I was in 8th grade, my parents moved our family from Cincinnati, Ohio to Knoxville, Tennessee over Christmas break.  This was a BIG move for a pre-teen and needless to say, I wasn’t happy about it!  My childhood best friend from Cincy was Denise. I remember her singing the song, “Friend are Friends Forever” by Michael W. Smith, to me at church on our last Sunday.  We even had the best friend heart necklaces where each of you wore a half of the hear… we were the real deal!

I’m sure we promised to keep in touch, but since this was before kids had cell phones and facebook, we didn’t.  But this past summer, 18 years later, I got a call from Denise telling me that she was engaged!  And that she wanted me to help her plan her wedding!

What a huge honor it was to be a part of her life again.  We only had three months to plan a spectacular wedding up on a mountaintop in North Carolina.  Denise and Wes wanted their day to be a small, intimate and personal celebration.

We planned a seated dinner for about 50 guests.  Denise loved the romantic aesthetic that candlelight provides, so we used a lot of dim lighting.  About 50 lanterns hung over the one long guest table.  Denise’s father made the planters out of old barn wood that were filled with potted herbs.  We used teal bottles and mercury glass scattered along the burlap table runners to add color and shine.  We incorporated their love of wine with cork place cards and self-serve wine bottles in burlap bags on the table.

The ceremony was one of the most touching ones I’ve witnessed… Denise and Wes read their hand-written vows to one another and then Denise made a personal pledge to their children.  It was cold (about 35 degrees) and pretty windy on top of that mountain, but no one seemed to care!  It was truly an honor to be a part of this very special day for my very special friend.

photo by blend photography

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