Intimate Old Edwards Inn Wedding | Highlands NC

Ellen and Taff’s Old Edwards Inn wedding was a favorite of mine for the intimacy of it.  Family and close friends gathered for a small ceremony which was held on the lawn above the pool, overlooking the surrounding mountains of Highlands, NC.  An elegant reception was held on a small tented terrace. Each delicate floral centerpiece was encircled by full table settings for each of Ellen and Taff’s guests.

I love how I met Ellen.  I met her through Carolina Poodle Rescue.  Ellen fosters rescue poodles.  At the time she and Taff were planning their wedding, Ellen came across my information and portfolio through email correspondence I was having with CPR during the adoption of my standard poodle, Maisy.  Instant bond.  A sweet moment at the wedding came when I realized that about five other people at this intimate celebration were also standard poodle adopters.

The Old Edwards Inn and Spa is a special venue.  I’ve been to a lot of five star hotels and luxury spas in my life and I was surprised to find a small boutique venue in the mountains of North Carolina that measured up to that standard of quality.  At first it seems like an unassuming place, like just another cute hotel on the corner of a small tourist town, but once you enter and experience what it has to offer you can’t help but start to count all of the rich details, noting everything down to the wax stamp on the toilet paper.  Pretty soon you realize you’re in a tapestry of luxury and if you’re photographing a wedding, all you can do is wish that in your next life you could come back as a guest.

Classic white peep toe high heel bridal shoes with rhinestones brooch and straps.Cute antique oval box with something old, something new, something borrowed, something new.Romantic luxurious satin stash for wedding dress with fabric roses.Older groom with grey suite, blue tie and silver watch smiling cross armed on his wedding day.Bride’s reflection in the mirror while checking her makeup on her wedding day while getting ready.Gorgeous romantic luxurious strapless off-white lace wedding dress with satin on the top and a satin stash around the waist with fabric roses.Dark haired bride with athletic arms wearing a four row pearl bracelet in a romantic luxurious strapless off-white lace wedding dress with a satin stash around the waist and fabric roses.Bird’s eye view headshot bridal portrait of a laughing bride in black and white.Romantic vintage bride with long veil and luxurious body hugging strapless off-white lace wedding dress with a satin stash around the waist and fabric roses standing by a curtain and a window in old Edward Inn & Spa.

Seeing each other for the first time…

First look collage of bride and groom laughing and holding hands on their wedding day in front of a chipped white wall.Colorful bridal bouquet with green, purple, red and white flowers held by the bride in a lace dress.Bride and groom holding hand and smiling while walking across a street in Highlands, North Carolina.Colorful floral décor with orange and yellow roses on a pew of white chairs reserved for the ceremony.Smiling bride and groom standing at their outside wedding ceremony at the Old Edward Inn & Spa in Highlands, NC.Wide angle shot of the wedding guests and bride and groom at the outside wedding ceremony at the Old Edward Inn & Spa in Highlands, NC.Wedding guests stand up as bride and groom say their vows at the sunny outside wedding ceremony at the Old Edward Inn & Spa in Highlands, NC.Lovely retro antique table décor at the wedding reception with silver vases and colorful orange, pink, blue and green flowers.A cute little mother of the bride bouquet on a lovely retro antique table décor at the wedding reception with silver vases and colorful flowers.

Ceremony Site: Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Officient: Kate Giguere Morris

Reception Venue: Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Caterer: Chef Johannes Klapdohr, Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Cake: Chef Larry, Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Florist: Oakleaf Flower & Garden

Tux: Gift from groom’s father – custom-made in Hong Kong

Wedding Dress: Modern TrousseauHayden Olivia Bridal, Charlotte

Wedding Consultant: Anne Tate

Hair: Tracy, Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Makeup: Sara Franzese

 

Angela Stott is an award-winning wedding and portrait photographer.  Her home base is Asheville, NC but she travels internationally for her work.  She has another base in Bangkok, Thailand.  Her work is published a lot in a lot of lovely places.  And her clients are lovely, too.  She loves documenting the joyous moments in people’s lives.  Sometimes she photographs her joyous dog, too.  She would love to photograph you and she encourages you to give her a call!  She can’t wait to hear about your plans and wishes for your wedding, event, family reunion or child portraiture.