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Every once in awhile, people who find out I work for Southern Weddings ask me if I have my future wedding all planned out. My answer is definitely not, but one thing that I can’t help but suspect is that choosing a venue will be tough. For Jennifer and Ryan, however, where to wed was no question. Ryan proposed at his family’s lake house, a place where they already had so many wonderful memories, so it was a natural choice for their wedding venue. I’m sure you’ll agree–the views from the house are absolutely breathtaking, and it made a dreamy wedding venue! I can only imagine how amazing it must feel for them now when they visit as newlyweds, reminiscing about so many big moments in their lives that happened there!

Thank you to Sunday Grant for sharing Jennifer and Ryan’s beautiful wedding with us!

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My wedding dress was the third or fourth dress I tried on and I knew it was “the one” right away. There’s a great big smile that comes across your face when you find the one that doesn’t happen with other dresses.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Being at home! It was so wonderful to feel at home and share another great memory in the house.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The exchange of vows. My parents have been married for 40 years and Ryan’s for 35–the vows were a big moment for us.

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Our flowers were gorgeous! We were married at a lake house in the mountains of North Carolina. Since we were essentially in the woods during spring, we were naturally surrounded with shades of green and brown, so we chose vibrant colors–orange and purple–to accent the natural beauty around us.

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Our first dance was to the Keith Urban song, “Making Memories of Us.” It’s such a beautiful song. Zorki Nastasil, our musician, sang it live–it was perfect.

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. Ours is a friendship that evolved to where we are today–happily married!
Tell us all about the proposal! The proposal was very special (though I think all brides say that!). He proposed at his family lake house, where we have many wonderful memories. It is also the place where we would later decide to marry.
When did y’all get married? May 25, 2013
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 80
Describe your wedding cake or dessert. We are dessert lovers, so instead of going with one cake, we went the dessert bar route. No regrets there! There was a little something for everyone and it allowed for a variety of tasty treats, from homemade truffles to fresh fruit. Yum!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Time! We had recently opened a business, so sharing time between work and planning was difficult. We had a lot of help from Ryan’s mother–without her, we would not have had the beautiful wedding that we did. She has incredible vision and taste. Thank you Denise!
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? Can I offer three? 1. Uncle Don who married us! 2. Zorki Nastasil is a one-of-a-kind musician. He is a long-time favorite of ours and we are STILL thrilled that he was able to perform at our wedding. Thank you Zorki! 3. Sunday of Sunday Grant Photography. Having quality photos of the wedding was important to us. Knowing we would have beautiful, quality pictures gave us peace of mind. Thank you Sunday!
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? Getting to experience all that life has to offer with your best friend/love of your life.

lisa Written with love by Lisa
6 Comments
  1. avatar Kat reply

    GORGEOUS blooms!!!! And I love that their venue meant so much to them (and was stunning!).

  2. avatar Sunday Grant reply

    Thank you so much for featuring this wedding! You should have seen it in real life! It was stunning. Such an honor to be their photographer and so thankful for their kind words!

    • avatar Victoria reply

      Beautiful photos!! Do you mind telling me where this wedding was held? It’s exactly what I had in mind for my upcoming wedding :)

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Hi Victoria! The wedding was held at the groom’s family cabin in North Carolina.

  3. avatar Jennifer and Ryan’s Backyard Wedding {Asheville Wedding Photographer} » Sunday Grant Photography reply

    […] am so excited that this wedding was recently featured on Southern Weddings Blog. I have been waiting to post it on my blog until it was featured on […]

  4. avatar Dana reply

    love the bright flowers!

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