Sara and Taylor got married minutes after the storm clouds parted and left us with a beautiful rainbow. Both love to ski and snowboard, so they married at their favorite local resort, Beech Mountain. The night was full of happy tears and acceptance, love and overflowing laughter.
Q1: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A1: Our wedding was in the town of Beech Mountain, NC, with a beautiful mountainous backdrop. We were inspired by our personal connection to the town and the Appalachian Mountains, where we met. Our color palette was primarily fall colors, specifically Navy and Burgundy. Neither of us are religious so we kept many religious traditions out of the wedding, opting for a short but meaningful wedding ceremony officiated by our close friend, Max Blair. It could not have been more perfect!
Q2: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A2: Two major elements of our decor were black and glass lanterns and copper wire ‘fairy lights’. We used lanterns outside, inside, on tables, and on the ground. And fairy lights were incorporated in all of the table settings. We used clean picture frames for the table settings and white accent pumpkins. It was an evening reception, so we wanted it to feel like a cozy fairy tale. A family friend of the Beekens built our wedding arbor (with a small amount of help from us) as a wedding gift. Another family friend who is a metal worker constructed a metal “The Beekens” sign for guests to write on instead of a guestbook, which we have already placed on our mantle at home.
Q4: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A4: The most unique, personalized feature of our wedding was probably the ‘Mac and Cheese bar’. Anyone who knows Sara is probably familiar with her deep love of cheese. The bar offered various noodle types, cheese or pasta sauces, and mix-ins, with chefs behind the bar mixing the individual pasta creations together in saucepans. We also opted for a combination of cheesecakes and traditional wedding cake, since Taylor’s favorite dessert is cheesecake. Our cake vendor provided some very creative cheesecakes including a salted caramel cheesecake as well as a seasonal apple pie cheesecake that was a hit! Finally, one of Taylor’s bridesmaids, Erin Gray, created personalized drinks for the reception. “The Taylor” was a modified moscow mule with a ginger simple syrup base. “The Sara” was equal parts tequila, amaretto, and orange juice.
Q6: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A6: We met in college at Appalachian State University and knew each other for 3 years before we started dating. We had mutual friends and had snowboarded together. A few months after we started dating, Sara went to Colorado for an internship. She originally planned on staying there after the internship ended, but found herself returning to NC, knowing that there was something special about our relationship. The night was originally planned under the guise of a late birthday dinner for Taylor. But when we returned to the mountain house, Sara proposed. It was a lovely night in January, next to a warm fire on the deck of her parents house at Beech Mountain, standing on a fresh layer of snow and under many strands of lights that she had strung up for the occasion.
Q7: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A7: For me (Sara), the most special part of the day was watching Taylor dance with her dad. There was a rocky time after the engagement and her father was not going to walk her down the aisle or even attend the wedding. He had a significant internal struggle with his religious beliefs versus his daughter’s happiness, and it took until a week before the wedding for him to come around. The love and relief on both of their faces while they danced together brought me to tears. For me (Taylor), one of the most special moments was my dad and uncle walking me down the aisle. As mentioned earlier, my dad was not going to walk me, and my uncle immediately volunteered to instead. After my dad came around, he still wanted my uncle to accompany us, as my uncle had been there for me when he hadn’t. The day of the ceremony, as we walked down the aisle, there was a long stretch, a turn, and then the final walk to the arbor. At the turn, my uncle stopped, arranged my train, and then told my dad to continue walking with me the rest of the way. It was truly a beautiful moment that I will never forget.
Q8: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
A8: As far as planning, for the day of, we would say the most important thing is to designate your wedding coordinator. For us, it was Taylor’s aunt. You will be so busy running around the whole night, it will be over before you know it. Having a planned schedule of events and someone to make sure it happens is crucial for a successful evening! Also, if possible, have your vendors deliver and set up things for you. Although it comes with an added expense, it was a big stress reliever the day of to have our cake and flower vendors deliver and set up everything themselves. In summary, try and plan so that you (the couple) have as few responsibilities/things to worry about as possible on your wedding. It is your day and you should enjoy it to the fullest!
Makeup Artist: Shear Shakti
Favors and Gifts: Appalachia Cookie Co
Cake Designer: Stickboy Bakery
Event Venue: Beech Mountain Club
Dress Designer: Allure Romance
Apparel: Evolution of Style
Bakery: Stick Boy Bread Co.
Hair Stylist: Shear Shakti
Floral Designer: Sweet aromaz
Photographer: Adornment Photo