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We began our ascent as the morning overcame the night. This was no ordinary hike. This was an off-the-beaten path adventure that left us breathless as we climbed to Shay + Tony’s secret spot off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. There wasn’t a trail to guide us, but the trees and rock formations marked the way.

Covered in morning dew, humidity, and sweat, we made it to the pinnacle. We were welcomed with a view of blue mountains and watercolors of the sunrise in the sky. Everyone changed into their wedding clothes, and the ceremony began.

Shay and Tony exchanged vows in the presence of two of their closest friends. Each friend emotionally expressed their love and affection for the couple. Elle held the bouquets made of foraged flowers from the day before. Joe handed over the rings while Shay + Tony made forever promises. With a kiss to seal the deal, everyone celebrated with a shout and champagne.

As we made our way down the mountain, we were showered with a morning thunderstorm. The forest felt enchanted as the rain found its way through the canopy of trees.

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I’ve truly enjoyed getting to know Morgan + Casey over the past two years. Morgan is one of those sweet midwestern girls who can get along with anyone she meets. She has incredible taste (see all of the stunning details below!) and has found her perfect match with Casey. I first met them in Arizona for their engagement photos before their move to Charlotte, NC, about a mile away from our first home. A year and half later, they celebrated their wedding with 75 of their closest family friends from all over the country at The McColl Center for Art and Innovation. A few of my favorite moments:

// During their first look, Casey said it was the first time all day he didn’t feel stressed. He was so relieved to see her.
// A friend sang Amazing Grace during their ceremony, which had everyone in tears. During Morgan’s dad’s toast, he mentioned that her late grandfather had collected 50 renditions of the song, so it was an incredibly meaningful part of the day.
// On the eve of their wedding, they hosted a BBQ at their beautiful bungalow with all of their neighbors, family, and friends. Even though many were meeting for the first time, it felt like they were all part of one big family.

The greatest team:

Wedding Coordination: Something Perfect
Florals: Nectar Floral Designs
Venue: McColl Center for Art + Innovation
First look venue: McGill Rose Garden
Dessert: Suarez Bakery
Catering: Best Impressions Caterers
Entertainment: Four Stay Daydream Band
Beauty: The LALA Girl
Photo Booth: Go Party Decoration
Videography: Two Cents Photo and Film

And, I have to give a special shout out to More for her help second shooting! A few of her images are included below.

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