September 14, 2015
Banner Elk, North Carolina
Jean Moree Photography
We had been talking about wanting to get married. We decided to elope so that before and during our ceremony we could focus on God and focus on the vows that we were committing to one another. The most important thing to us was to be able to focus on each other and the and enjoy that intimate moment together.
We were so incredibly blessed to have an amazing photographer within our elopement package. Jean Moree arrived when we were finishing up getting ready and took photos with us on every single ceremony site on the villa and winery, for three hours she got to focus on just capturing the moments we were sharing and experiencing between the two of us. It was a Monday, so it felt like we had the whole winery to ourselves. It is so special now to have so many gorgeous pictures of all of the beautiful places at that winery.
During our elopement, it was only the two of us and the wedding planner, photographer, and minister. This made the day incredibly intimate and special for the two of us.
We began looking into elopement packages a week before we traveled to North Carolina, still wondering if we should use the week off of work to get married. Tim began researching elopement packages and found a package at the Banner Elk Winery, about 1.5 mile away from his dad’s cabin that we would be staying in. We were very excited to be able to be married by a minister. We had no idea how wonderful and all-inclusive the entire package would end up being: a two-night stay in the villa, a minister, a ceremony site, an amazing photographer, homemade breakfast every morning, flowers, a cake, a champagne toast, and I am sure I am forgetting other elements of the package. In the end the only splurge was probably my wedding ring. Tim proposed three days before the ceremony was scheduled and then we had the ring resized in Asheville two days before the ceremony was scheduled. After hearing what the ring appraised for, the ring was definitely the splurge. 🙂
Our ceremony took place 1.5 miles up on top of a mountain, where there was a vineyard that the Banner Elk Winery owned. The view from the mountain was amazing. Our favorite ceremony memory is praying with the minister on top of the mountain before exchanging our vows! Our reception was located in a beautifully decorated barn filled with icicle-shaped crystals and lights and our decor included potted maroon mums and the mountain scenery.