Plenty of couples meet through mutual friends. They just usually aren’t the two people in the group who both left their concert tickets in an Uber.
“We became friends after being stuck outside the concert together waiting for our tickets to come back,” Dillon Hauptfuhrer says of her meet-cute with Alexander “Alex” Fisher.
Just over two years later, Alex proposed while the couple was skiing in Whitefish, Montana, and the affianced set about planning their nuptials in Big Sky country with the help of planners extraordinaire, Greenwood Events. The pandemic halted the process, but the couple and their team quickly rerouted to another mountainous terrain a little closer to home: Roaring Gap, North Carolina. The wedding would be held in the backyard of Dillon’s parent’s home, driveable for their 19 guests and offering all the beloved characteristics of an outdoor affair.
Their planners hopped in a car to drive across the country and Dillon’s family sprung into action to create their refined, outdoor celebration overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dillon wanted to fuse the beauty of nature with classic touches: blue and white china, classical music, vintage glassware, and plenty of romantic blooms. And Greenwood Events reimagined the home, including putting the reception tables on the massive porch. It all capped off months of quarantine on the property by Dillon, Alex, and her family.
There was one special touch that came out of lockdown in the Blue Ridge Mountains. “When we changed our wedding plan due to COVID, Alex’s one request was a rehearsal dinner with Bojangles’ Chicken,” Dillon says. “We had fun with that!”
The couple’s blue, white, and floral-print stationery set the tone for the wedding festivities: a classic wedding in a rustic atmosphere.
Dillon says she and Alex had a great time putting together the welcome baskets, filled with their favorite products like wine, cookies, and branded hats.
For the rehearsal dinner, Dillon donned a Marchesa dress with a jean jacket for the couple’s fried chicken rehearsal dinner.
Dillon set out for a lace dress from the start but admits finding the right one was harder than she thought. She ended up falling for this V-neck Romona Keveza that she accented with a cathedral-length veil. Since blue was the color of the day, Dillon added Alexandre Birman heels.
She carried and a white peony bouquet accented with blue delphinium.
Alex put a special touch on his navy tuxedo: he had the wedding date stitched on the inside collar along with two diamond shapes, a nod to his grandparents’ marriage. He also wore hot dog socks to honor his love of Chicago-style dogs.
The ceremony took place in the Hauptfuhrers’ front yard, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains with petite wood benches and plenty of blooms.
The arrangements included aisle markers and a matching arch filled with peonies, hydrangeas, roses, delphinium, chamomile, and spirea. They added blue pillows and blankets for a cozy, mountain feel.
“Darci had a true vision for flowers and it was better than I could have imagined,” Dillon says of the team at Greenwood Events.
To start the ceremony, Dillon’s brother played “Here Comes The Sun” on the guitar as her niece, Ellie, tossed petals down the aisle as the flower girl.
Her brother also played “I Can’t Help Falling in Love” for her grand entrance, escorted by her father.
“We were too nervous to write our own vows, but took our time to pick out each of the readings and customize each piece of the ceremony,” Dillon says. Their families all took part in the readings, and they included one Jewish tradition for Alex: breaking the glass.
One of Dillon’s favorite memories? “Seeing my both of our families and Alex for the first time while my brother played the guitar while I walked down the aisle,” she says.
In addition to adorable children, Dillon and Alex got another special guest, their pup, Jefferson!
Cocktail hour pulled out all the stops. In addition to French 75s garnished with edible flowers, guests could dine on oyster shooters, lamb meatballs, crab cakes, and watermelon with burrata. They also served old-fashioneds with Luxardo cherries in vintage rock glasses.
For the reception, Greenwood Events took inspiration from both North Carolina and Montana. They set the long wood table on the home’s porch, accenting with white linen, Southern flowers like blooming dogwood branches from the yard, and blue porcelain. Being that it was the summer solstice, the planning team forwent formal lights, opting instead for simple candles and lanterns.
Greenwood Events brought the place settings from Montana, a gold-rimmed, scalloped-edge charger, vintage blue-and-white porcelain, and bone-handled flatware. They also worked with Dillon’s stationer, Caitlin Senske, to design combined place cards and menus—they didn’t want the menu to block the scenes on the antique plates.
“The part of our weekend that most reflected who we are was the amount of time we chose to spend outside with those we love,” Dillon says.
As a sweet ending, the newlyweds cut into a two-tiered ridged cake with small pearls of icing that was topped with hydrangea and dogwood—because you can’t have too many flowers!
Planning & Floral Design Greenwood Events
Officiant Lisa Saunders
Bridal Gown Romona Keveza
Veil Susan Allan
Bridal Salon Bella Bianca
Shoes Alexandre Birman
Hair & Makeup Cali Stott Artistry
Rehearsal Dress Marchesa
Groom’s Attire Balani Custom
Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands Leslie Burnam, Inc
Stationery Caitlin Senske
Watercolor Painting Mulberry & Elm
Guest Book Velvet Raptor
Music Dean’s Duet
Catering & Cake Roaring Gap Club
Videography Elysium Weddings
Photography Laura Gordon Photography
Editor's Note: In the current climate of the COVID-19 pandemic, this couple decided to do what they felt was best for them based on the individual guidelines of their state and the information available at the time of their wedding. For more up-to-date guidelines, check the CDC and your state's website.