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Highlands Wedding by Melissa Schollaert Photography

This is one of those weddings. One of those timeless beauties filled to the brim with the most gorgeous, yet understated details. A wedding so perfectly classic you can’t help but lose yourself a bit in all the pretty. A Bride so lovely, a Groom so in love and countless personal touches making it oh so memorable – one of those. It’s a wedding you’ll want to take some time to experience, and thanks to Melissa of Melissa Schollaert Photography we all get a first pew view! See it all here!

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From Melissa of Melissa Schollaert PhotographyGeorgia and Scott were married at a quaint little church in the middle of Highlands, North Carolina. Their emotional ceremony was officiated by a friend close to the couple. The reception at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn followed the ceremony.  The bride, groom and wedding party were transported via an old trolley to the farm. They were photographed in an old orchard while the guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers in the garden. The reception began with the couple’s first dance, as well as dancing with each of their parents. A bountiful meal was prepared by the chef at Old Edwards while guests mingled with each other in the barn. The tables were topped with the bride’s grandmother’s and mother’s lace linens. Some had a mixture of white and cream flowers in small vases, while other tables were topped with tall arrangements. The lovely cake was placed below ribbons hanging from the barn ceiling. The couple displayed old photographs of their parents’ and grandparents’ weddings, as well as their engagement photos, in silver frames on the grand piano. In addition to a wonderful meal, the guests were provided with many treats, including an ice cream sundae bar and a milkshake bar with the couple’s favorite milkshakes and cookie favors, made by the bride and her mother. The milkshakes were a special surprise for the groom, who loves milkshakes. The bride’s grandfather also always made milkshakes for her when she was a child, so the couple created several milkshake flavors in honor of the groom, the bride’s grandfather and the couple. The evening continued with dancing and a grand exit of the bride and groom via a sparkler-lit path to an old, historic car to usher them away to their honeymoon.

Wedding Photography: Melissa Schollaert Photography / Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church in Highlands, North Carolina / Reception: The Farm at Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, North Carolina / Wedding Planning + Production: Maura Scarmack of Honey Darling Events / Décor + Floral Design: Oak Leaf Flower & Garden (828-526-8000) / Catering: Old Edwards Inn / Wedding Cake: Lush Cakery / Cookie Favors: The Bride + Her Mother / Tags: Sweet Peach Paper / Painted Wood Signage: Chocolate Butterbean / Wedding Stationery: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Ceremony Music: Asheville String Trio / Ceremony Bagpipe: Agan Bagpiping Services / Band: Party Nation / Transportation: Elite Limousine / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm / Groom’s + Groomsmen’s Attire: JoS. A. Bank

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Highlands, North Carolina Wedding by Ozzy Garcia Photography + Brown Linen – Calligraphy & Fine Design

Get ready to pin your heart out lovelies. This fête is filled to the brim with the prettiest little details. Details so perfectly placed they look as though they just magically appeared for these love birds on their big day. And the Bride’s show-stopper of a bouquet? That pretty will be pinned in my mind for quite some time. Ozzy Garcia Photography snapped up too much lovely to list, so kick off your heels and get cozy with the full gallery!

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From the bride… Before I met my husband, I would always tell myself, “I want to marry someone where we will be better together than we could ever be alone.” It became my mantra, my vision statement, my theory on life. It was one of those sayings that my best friends would roll-their eyes at anytime there was a breakup or guy troubles. I’d pull out my dusty soap box, reminding them of the hopeful words, wishing the world could hear this statement of faith that proclaimed two always being better than one. This this hymn of truth is what led me by grace to my husband and continued on into the vision and planning of our magnificent wedding day.

We wanted the day to express joy and celebration for all our family and friends, creating an intentional and well-planned space to allow us to remember this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Hearing from so many couples who came before us, we knew that if we weren’t deliberate in taking in each moment, it would pass like a spark in the night. Once we had secured the location, set in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we decided to retreat for the entire week leading up to the wedding day as a strategic plan to allow family, wedding party & friends to come in early to enjoy good food, wine and time spent together. My brother even brewed several different types of beer especially for the week. Family came together and transitioned the property into an enchanting environment for our wedding. The ceremony was set along the edge of the mountainside, with a beautiful sweeping pathway marking the trail towards the seating area. Memorable moments were shared, and powerful words were spoken by two of our very close friends, a husband and wife team who performed the ceremony. The husband led my husband through his vows and promises and the wife with mine. It was such a strong picture for us to see “better together” in action. With not a dry eye in the outdoor chapel and not a cloud in the chilly, autumn sky, we placed rings on our fingers and promised our lives to one another, forever.

For the reception, we planned a gorgeous, family-style meal, served by our talented caterer and her team. Large white platters of beautiful food were passed with bottles of red and white wine, and family grew closer with each clink of a glass. I designed the sight to be filled with three large, double-wide tables in order to leave lots of room for clean, simple white space along with a few floral arrangements and the large platters of food. Love was whirling through the air and al fresco lighting danced through the night sky as our loved ones made toasts into the early evening, honoring our lives and the lives of our family. We are so grateful to Ozzy for joining in the vision and capturing the intricate and most intimate moments of the day and the few days leading up to the wedding. We could not have been more happy with the outcome.

Wedding Photography: Ozzy Garcia Photography / Event Design, Handmade Items, Flowers, Invitations, Calligraphy + Signage: Brown Linen – Calligraphy & Fine Design (Owned by the Bride) / Wedding Venue: A Private Residence in Highlands, North Carolina / Rentals: Mountain Party Tents & Events / Catering: Taste & See Catering / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Melanie / Production: Jeremy McBryar ( / Coordination: Weddings by Mary Beth / Wedding Dress: Mia Solano / Bridesmaid Dresses: H&M / Jewelry: Mickey Lynn / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Music: Ben & Kelly Smith / Officiants: Matt & Margaret Reynolds

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The Bascom Rehearsal Dinner by Olivia Griffin Photography + Walton Event Design

Is it just me or do you want to steal every single charming detail of this Highlands rehearsal dinner for your very own?  Not just me?  Good.  Because I do believe it doesn’t get any sweeter than a fishing-themed rehearsal dinner (the bride’s favorite hobby), complete with gorgeous sunflower centerpieces, a cute-as-can-be cake (a fish, of course) and “live bait” desserts (gummy worms included).  All of that lovely AND stone place cards and I have a really big crush that won’t be going away any time soon.  All perfectly planned by Walton Event Design and captured in amazing images by Olivia Griffin Photography, there is so much more pretty to be seen.  So join me in the gallery for even more!

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From Olivia Griffin Photography... This is definitely the most eventful rehearsal dinners I’ve ever photographed.  Everything was thought out by the event planner and the groom’s mother, Jan.  Julie, the bride, loves to fish so the groom’s mother decided to do a fishing theme for the dinner.  I thought this was very thoughtful and sweet of Jan.  Also, the groom’s family is big in the golf scene.  The groom and the groom’s father are actually in the PGA tour and quite successful golfers.  Because of this, the family likes to go with themes other than “golf” for big gatherings.

The rehearsal was held at the Old Edwards Inn, the Farm and then the dinner was held at the Bascom. The place settings were really unique.  Each table was identified by a rock painted with the name of a lake that Julie had fished from so the guests had to find a rock with their name painted on one side and the name of a lake on the other side.

Dinner was served “family style”, which means each table received a large bowl of food for each person to take a portion. Next was desert…and this was really cool.  It was called “live bait.”  Each person got a little dish of oreo crumbs with a gummy worm inside…so cute! However, what came after desert was crazy!  A brief story was told about the groom’s bachelor party weekend and being out on a boat and something about minnows and before we know it, a shot glass with live minnows is being handed out to all the groomsmen!  The reaction was fantastic and it was definitely hard to watch, but everyone took down the shot. Towards the end of the evening came many wonderful and tearful toasts…such a happy and sweet occasion

Photography: Olivia Griffin Photography / Event Planner: Walton Event Design / Videography: Jeff Bradt Video / Event Location: The Bascom / Rehearsal Location: Old Edwards Inn

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