Stacie & Phil | Real Wedding in Highlands, North Carolina

Story by Lacy Geary, Images by Laura Gordon Photography

When Stacie and Phil reached out to me they were very clear on the direction they wanted their wedding to take. They were both busy professionals and wanted their wedding day to be elegant and intimate while fitting in with the location but also to be fun and upbeat. We created a design direction that tied into the environment without being overdone and that mimicked the colors of the venue and time of year in the mountains. Staci and Phil loved Highlands, NC and the feeling of having the busy work week just washed away when they were there. They also loved the food in the area and all the craft breweries. Old Edwards not only fit the relaxed feeling they wanted but also offered a wonderful range of activities their guests could be a part of.

“It was very important for their guests to have a wonderful experience.”

It was very important for their guests to have a wonderful experience. We included local craft beers in the guest bags along with sea salted caramel treats from a local chocolatier and trail mix for anyone wanting to enjoy a hike. There was an option for golf as well as spa services for anyone that wanted to enjoy those activities and a welcome party at the family's house nearby. The rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding was at High Hampton Inn located in their garden adjacent to the beautiful lake on the property to give guests another special location in the area.

“Staci and Phil loved Highlands, NC and the feeling of having the busy work week just washed away when they were there.”
“We created a design direction that tied into the environment without being overdone and that mimicked the colors of the venue and time of year in the mountains.”

At the wedding guests were shuttled over to the farm for pre-ceremony cocktails before the couple was married between the two apple trees in the garden. The florals and seating were low to the ground and as minimal as possible so that the backdrop of the trees was the visual impact. We carried the apple blossoms over to their invitations, into the escort display at cocktail hour and then through to the Apple Jam Cookie at the end of the night for each guest to have as they left.

Kelly Lenard brought in beautiful florals that tied in the color story we created of various neutral shades of ivories, taupes, dusty rose and an accent color of the richer burgundy. The large iron chandeliers that grace the ceiling of the reception space were covered in greenery to bring the outside in and soften the space without invading the architecture that Stacie & Phil were so in love with. Each element was carefully curated and represented the evening that Stacie & Phil had envisioned.

“Each element was carefully curated and represented the evening that Stacie & Phil had envisioned.”
Floral Design

Kelly Lenard | website

Wedding Gown

Monique Lhuillier | website

Cake

Tessa Pinner | website

Stationary

Paper Birch Designs | website

Wedding Venue

Old Edwards Inn and Spa | website

Rentals

Crush Event Rentals | website

Planner/Designer

Lacy Geary | website

Rentals

Party Reflections | website

Photography

Laura Gordon | website

Hair & Makeup

Claudia Mejerle | website

Lacy Geary is a stylist, designer and planner specializing in lifestyle & destination wedding event design. Inspired by nature, architecture and the simple organic beauty that surrounds us, Lacy strives to bring all these elements into each of her designs. With a strong background in Design, she holds a degree in Interior Design and a Masters in Architecture which has helped her in creating seamless events that are developed and designed with a strong attention to detail. Every aspect of your event is a small part of the larger whole and with that each piece deserves special attention..
Laura Gordon creates painterly images with an effortless sense of nostalgia and romance. Her work is greatly influenced by the couples she photographs and inspired by the places, people and emotive elements of a wedding day. Her work is held in high regard among industry professionals and is known for her distinctive style.

Laura specializes in photographing destination weddings and in commercial work for brands and magazines, consistently making stunning, high-quality imagery. .