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I fell in love with this wedding even before I saw the photos from Dixie Pixel. Allison + Scott knew that getting their 70 ceremony guests to the top of a mountain to witness their vows would be a challenge, but their “I do’s” at Max Patch Bald on the Appalachian Trail told their story in a way no other location could.

“When we first started dating, Scott left to hike the Continental Divide Trail and we made no plans to stay together. I wasn’t sure if I would hear from him at all while he was gone, but every town that he hiked to along the trail, Scott would stop at a payphone and call me, so I felt like I was with him on his journey. About 2 months into the his hike, I flew from Knoxville to Montana on to see him for about 30 hours. Upon arriving in Montana I had to drive two hours to a place called “bench mark wilderness” and try and find him since there was no way to communicate with each other. In the pitch black on a gravel road, I traveled for over an hour having no clue if I was going the right direction. I found Scott on the side of the road where he had been for over eight hours waiting for me to arrive (having just hiked about 30-35 miles per day for a week to get to a place where we could meet). I dropped him back on the trail a day and a half later. We have been together ever since.”

The most memorable part of the day was hiking up the mountain with my nine bridesmaids enjoying the panoramic views of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains and being on top of the mountain with Scott and looking out at our family and loved ones, seeing everyone just being truly happy and emotional. It was a very magical experience.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We didn’t but Scott is a thru hiker and has hiked the ECT, the PCT, the AT and has attempted to hike the Continental Divide trail on two occasions. Part of my vows to him was to support his dreams, including his hiking.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We didn’t have any, but our officiant, Lynda Evans led the our mountain top guests in a group meditation, followed by the vows and the ring ceremony.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. There was only one song played at the actual wedding on top of the mountain. Dave Campbell played the guitar and he and his wife Katie sang “Home” by Edward Sharp by the Magnetic Zeroes as I walked up. The music at the brunch reception was bluegrass music played by the band Y’uns.

The shot above and below have me torn. Both sum up the day perfectly, in my opinion!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The décor of the ceremony was the panoramic view of the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains and the wild buttercup flowers. At the reception, drinks were served in mason jars, farm tables were used for dining, the flowers were roses and hydrangeas mixed with sunflowers significant to the couple in mason jars. Vintage plates and napkins were used, little jars of local Tennessee Wildflower honey and dippers were at each table setting as a party favor, and the columns of the old George Barber home were wrapped in a garland of roses.

Our wedding flowers were hydrangeas and wild flowers, roses and sunflowers. For the cake, I ordered three regular cakes from Magpies: one strawberry shortcake, one pineapple upside down and one chocolate.

How did the two of you meet? Scott was bartending at the Crown & Goose and I lived a block away and frequented the pub. He was pretty clueless, and I had to overtly hit on him for him to get the picture!
Describe the proposal. There wasn’t one. We just decided it was time.
In what month did you get married? May
How many guests attended your wedding? About 70 on the mountain and 150 at the reception
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: “Home” by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes is significant to us because the first time I heard these lyrics, I thought of Scott. “Moats and boats and waterfalls, alleyways and payphone calls, I been everywhere with you.”
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Getting the guests up the mountain and having a bathroom for them to use!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000 – $15,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Photography
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? We decided to get married on April 8 and had the wedding the next month on May 20. I totally recommend a quick engagement. It was less stress and it was a super special and exciting month.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We’re continuing to renovate our home and will someday have kids.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar MacKenzie reply

    One of my favorite weddings! Beautiful images and LOVE LOVE LOVE that they tied the knot in the morning and enjoyed a brunch after the ceremony. Also, how cute are those little pancake appetizers!? I really adore the creativity of this couple in making their wedding so “them”!

    • avatar Nicole reply

      MacKenzie, I SO agree. I love that they ignored everyone’s advice not to have a mountaintop ceremony — it was so special and meaningful.

  2. avatar Emily reply

    Your whole wedding seems like it was so beautiful, but I just had to specifically comment because I LOVE the song you used in your ceremony. “Home” by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes is one of my favorite songs, but I never thought of it for a wedding until now – its perfect!

  3. avatar susan reply

    i am the very proud mother of the groom, it was a beautiful wedding and scott and allison are the absolute best!!

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  5. avatar Emily reply

    I love this wedding for so many reasons, but one of them is because I’ve hiked on Max Patch Bald! Absolutely beautiful, and perfect for a breathtaking ceremony!

  6. avatar Sarah Der reply

    I love this wedding/couple/photographer/mountaintop so, so much.

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  11. avatar Amy reply

    I am actually considering having my wedding at Max Patch bald although I am getting some resistance from guests concerned about the hike to the top of the mountain. Any suggestions or feedback on how to get an elderly person to the top? Love your wedding!

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Ashley + Ross’s light brunch reception was an ideal wedding celebration for this couple who wanted to keep things simple. White flowers in milk glass from the bride’s mother’s collection decorated the space at Collina Farm at Clifton Inn while burlap table runners broke up the white-on-white effect and kraft paper signs directed guests to yummy Southern breakfast fare. (I spot some ham and cheese biscuits!) Self-proclaimed cupcake-obsessed, Ashley wanted to serve up a batch of classic chocolate and vanilla cupcakes for their family and friends to nibble on. Though they love cupcakes, the couple also chose to have a small cutting cake made. We love how it incorporates tradition without stepping on Ashley’s devotion to the smaller sugary treats! Thanks again to Elisa B Photography who captured this lovely affair!

Describe your wedding cake: I am obsessed with cupcakes. We had a local cupcake company whip up a batch of classic chocolate and vanilla goodness and a cutting cake to boot!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: To be honest, our favorite was the lack of details that we had to think about. It was our goal to keep things simple. We did not have specific wedding colors and rather opted for a neutral palette of sand, grey, and lots of white! A good friend helped me turn some scrap burlap into two ring pillows and table squares. Our guestbook was a custom Etsy find and I made most of the other details by hand, like “gluten-free” flags to mark the special cupcakes and cinnamon rolls, signage galore, and wedding wands. We put out some décor and hung a photo line under the tent the night before the wedding, but aside from those small things, we truly enjoyed not being concerned with details whatsoever. We just focused on getting married, on each other and our beautiful families and friends.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Keeping our array of out-of-town guests informed and comfortable. With the majority of our family traveling to Virginia from North Carolina and Texas, it took some extra TLC to make sure each person was clear on the plan for the rehearsal and wedding. We did our best to communicate with everyone ahead of the wedding and then flood them with smiles and thanks when we were finally face-to-face for the big day!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Our venue! We wanted to have a simple wedding. We are not the kind for a get-on-the-dance-floor-and-party-all-night kind of wedding. Plus, we were working with a strict budget. We opted for a morning ceremony and light brunch reception. Collina Farm at Clifton Inn was the ideal location for our wedding. Not only was the farmhouse beautiful and the venue’s team incredible, but we had every convenience. My bridesmaids stayed with me and my parents in the guestrooms of Collina Farm, so when we woke up to get ready on the big day, we were already on site! In the days leading up to the wedding, it barely felt like work. All of the preparations felt more like fun! Being with my best friends at Collina Farm made for the ultimate slumber party, and having my parents so close by really allowed me to include, appreciate and honor them each step of the way. Our out-of-town guests appreciated not having to travel to a different location for the reception, too. Collina Farm had a courtyard space behind it that we used for our ceremony site. Afterward, guests walked across the yard to the farmhouse for the reception. Guests mingled indoors and outdoors, walking about with coffee mugs and plates of fresh fruit and pastries. It felt easy – perfect for our quaint wedding!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I did not realize it until I was getting dressed, but I had not yet put on everything together before the big day! So looking in the mirror for the first time with my veil, jewelry, dress and all was so exciting! I felt so ready!
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Our vows were fairly traditional, but we did include two elements in the ceremony that made it extra-special. First, both Ross and I walked down the aisle with both of our parents, and during the ceremony, they jointly gave us their blessing. And second, for our benediction, my very dear friends who are married did a reading and prayer adapted from “A Wedding Sermon” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It read, “What God has joined together, can no man put asunder.” They spoke it in unison and their voices together sounded so strong and loving. It was the perfect ending to our ceremony – apart from the kiss, of course!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? Cooking good meals together, singing James Taylor songs together, visiting bed & breakfasts across America, and maybe even having our own bed & breakfast someday!

Photographer: Elisa B Photography // Venue: Collina Farm at Clifton Inn // Florist: Floral Designs by Jacquelyn // Wedding Cake and Cupcake Baker: Charlottesville Cupcake // Cinnamon Rolls and Gluten-Free Cupcakes: Hungarian Bakery // Caterer: Clifton Inn // Paper Products: Delphine Press // Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal via OnceWed // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: ARoyalWedding // Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden // Bride’s jewelry: TZTUDIO // Flower Girl Dresses: Crewcuts from J.Crew // Ring Bearer Shirts: Crewcuts from J.Crew // Groom & Groomsmen’s Ties: Jos.A.Bank // Hair and Makeup: Lora Elaine Cornhole // Rentals: CornChucker // Classical Guitarist: Rafael Scarfullery // Guestbook: Parkside Harmony

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Simon reply

    Some really lovely details. I especially like the clothes line of photos and the take-home centrepieces.

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