A Greenery-Filled Celebration in Highlands, North Carolina

We're getting serious Kate Middleton vibes from this tree-lined aisle

Bride and Groom

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Madison DeMoss wasn’t expecting any guests on her work trip to Italy with her boss. “Right before we left, her son decided to tag along with us—and bring a friend,” says Madison. She thought nothing of it, until she arrived in Italy and meet said friend, Brad Brizendine! And once back in the U.S., Madison and Brad kept in touch and sparks flew.

Because they met in Italy, the couple wanted to bring the feeling of the Italian countryside to their wedding at the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, North Carolina. “We wanted the day to be simplistic, beautifully rustic, and centered around our family and friends,” Madison says. On the chilly afternoon of May 14, 2016, guests gathered to witness the couple’s vows, which took place in a beautiful sailcloth tent, surrounded by the beauty of North Carolina and Italian inspired details. Photographed by Harwell Photography, this Highlands, North Carolina wedding is the definition of your greenery-filled wedding inspiration!

View of Highlands, North Carolina
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The lush green mountains of North Carolina were the perfect setting for recreating the Italian countryside.

Bridal Portrait
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Madison’s Monique Lhuillier gown featured pleated accents, intricate beading, and a full tulle skirt. “I absolutely loved it, which was good because I didn’t have time to keep looking!” says the bride, who wed only five months after getting engaged.

Flower Girl Crown
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The adorable flower girl wore a light gold dress, topped with a crown of pink roses and sprigs of herbs.

Wedding Ceremony
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Bride and Groom Exchange Vows
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The ceremony took place beneath an open-sided sailcloth tent, with live trees lining the aisle. “I wanted to get married outside, and being in nature was one of my favorite parts about the ceremony,” says Madison. Guests were seated on a mix of benches, chairs, and vintage church pews, while the altar was flanked by candles and lush arrangements of delphinium, peonies, and hydrangeas.

Signature Cocktails
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Waiters passed signature cocktails around as guests arrived at cocktail hour, where they nibbled on Italian charcuterie, artisan cheeses, and classic pimento cheese spread before settling in for dinner.

Reception at Old Edwards Inn
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Inside the barn, guests dined on a menu that combined North Carolina flavors and European influence, from a duet of herb-crusted beef tenderloin and bacon-wrapped quail to white asparagus and truffle macaroni and cheese.

Trees at Reception Table

Tables were topped with vases full of tall branches in glass vases, adding height to the space and created the illusion of trees. From above, chandeliers were draped with greenery and accented with pink roses, adding an ultra-romantic touch. Each table was named after one of the couple’s favorite places in Europe.

Croquembouche Wedding Cake
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In addition to a traditional wedding cake, the couple had a full dessert spread that included miniature tarts, chocolate-dipped cream puffs, and the bride’s grandfather’s favorite treat: Krispy Kreme doughnuts!

To add an additional personal touch, the bride and groom had a full-service espresso bar at the reception, compete with cups and mugs handmade by the bride herself. “We really wanted our day to be full of things that reflect who we are and the people we love," she says.

Wedding Team

Wedding Planner: Kerri Stegherr of TOAST Events

Venue & Catering: Old Edwards Inn

Bride's Dress & Veil: Monique Lhuillier, purchased at Joan Pillow Bridal Salon

Bride's Hair: The Moore Agency

Bride's Makeup: Becca Whittinghill

Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo

Engagement Ring: Levy’s Fine Jewelry

Floral Design: Oakleaf Flower and Gardens

Paper Products: Georgia Ann’s Paperie

Cake: Baker’s Man

Desserts: Piece of Cake

Ceremony Entertainment: Allegro Music

Reception Entertainment: Perfect 10 of East Coast Entertainment

Rentals: Goodwin Events, Old South Vintage Rentals, Professional Party Rentals, Collection Event Rentals, Party Tables

Transportation: Georgia Valet Services

Videography: Stuart Atkins Films

Photography: Harwell Photography

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