One Couple's Black-Tie Bash in the Hills of North Carolina

Real Weddings

Back in 2010, when Caitlin was a marketing lead at TOMS and Jack was overseeing business development for Movember, the two do-gooder companies (and marketing managers) came together for a partnership that concluded with an end-of-season gala. "I found myself magnetically attracted to the guy with a moustache, in a Pope costume, tearing up the dance floor," laughs Cait. "Anyone who knows Jack won't find that hard to imagine!" And although she tried to high-five him goodnight after their first date, the two became a pair.

Just over two years later, Jack blindfolded Cait to take her for a ride in her pickup truck. "I knew we were heading north on the Pacific Coast Highway — I could feel the sun through the window," she remembers. "I was worried that I was missing an amazing sunset, so Jack pulled over and carried me to the tailgate and took off my blindfold." What she saw was a sunset so bright, it looked like the sky was on fire. "I cried because I thought it was so sweet for Jack to pull over just to let me see it," she says. But that wasn't all he had up his sleeve. "He asked me if I remembered the one thing he hates about my truck, the fact that I have my high school ring hanging from the rear view mirror," Cait says. "I walked over to the front and, instead of my high school ring, I saw the most perfect diamond engagement ring!"

Though the couple lives in California, they headed southeast to Cashiers, North Carolina, where Cait spent childhood summers, choosing Lonesome Valley as the perfect location for their approachable, unpretentious black-tie wedding on September 6th, 2014, featuring amazing food and breathtaking views. Keep reading to see every detail, photographed by Christin Olive Photography!

Blue-toned invitations combined the natural, comfortable feel of the venue with crisp design, giving guests details about a wedding weekend that would be both fun and formal. Says Cait, "We had a lake party the first night, with Georgia BBQ, and a 75-foot slip-n-slide!"

The bride knew her Nicole Miller gown was meant to be. "We weren't supposed to have time to go to Nicole Miller that day, but when we got there they happened to be having a trunk show, and the attendant happened to have a bottle of champagne in the back!" she says. She chose a sleek ivory silk gown with lace cut-outs and a draped back. Her silver-and-blue heels were a Gilt find, and her textured bouquet was the perfect contrast to her modern gown.

Jack wore a J.Crew shawl collar tuxedo with Shipton slippers customized with his initials.

The simple ceremony set-up featured an oriental rug for the bride and groom to stand on, two ferns, and just a few seats to encourage guests to gather around as the couple exchanged vows.

"Our ring bearer is the son of my oldest childhood friend," says Cait. "I love that she and her family are still such a big part of my life." The bride's father donned a tux for the first time to walk her down the aisle, then Jack and Cait exchanged vows that they'd written. "I had mine on a torn piece of paper, and Jack had written his in a leather journal," she says.

Guests headed toward Canyon Kitchen, Lonesome Valley's restaurant, for cocktails and the reception. Morning rain gave way to beautiful mist that settled over the hills. Jack works in the spirits industry, so of course the couple had amazing cocktails! They served a tequila-based Valkyrie from their favorite restaurant in Venice, CA, and a classic Manhattan, based on the one at Harry's New York Bar in Paris.

Inside, tables were decorated simply with candles and small arrangements of ranunculus and daisies in punchy hues. Guests were treated to a mostly gluten-free menu of local salads, barbecued Gulf shrimp, country ham, and beer-braised short ribs.

For dessert, the couple cut into a gluten-free vanilla cake with ruffled buttercream, then hit the dance floor to "Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison, "Tin Cup Chalice" by Jimmy Buffet, and "Sitting By the Dock of the Bay" by Marvin Gaye.

After escaping in a 1964 Cadillac convertible (a surprise for Cait from Jack), the newlyweds headed to Japan for a week of skiing, then spent another week relaxing on the beach in Vietnam. Says Cait, "Jack's advice would be to invite everyone! We also instated a post-wedding rule that we're never allowed to talk about what we wished we'd done. It was an amazing day, no matter what!"

Ceremony Venue: Lonesome Valley || Reception Venue & Catering: Canyon Kitchen || Wedding Coordinator: Asheville Event Co. || Bride's Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller || Shoes: Gilt || Jewelry: Loren Stewart, Catbird || Hair & Makeup: Sweet Southern Glam || Groom's Attire: J.Crew, Shipton || Florist: Canyon Kitchen || Invitations & Paper Goods: Stephen Rockwood Design Works, Mama's Sauce || Music: Xavier BLK || Cake: Hadley Booth || Rentals: Professional Party Rentals || Photography: Christin Olive Photography

Can't get enough of this laid-back wedding in North Carolina? Then check out another perfectly relaxed event in the video below!

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