Danielle and Dan are the definition of what we like to refer to as a fairytale love story. The details surrounding their wedding day were unique and stunning at the Cullasaja Club Mountain Lodge, a hidden gem in the Highlands of North Carolina that Stephen and I have always wanted to adventure to. We were so excited to capture Danielle and Dan’s special day.

How They Met:

The search for true love and companionship these days simply is not easy. Will you bump into your true love at the grocery store as you both reach for the same box of coconut flavored Lacroix? Is your meant to be sitting alone at a local pub, just waiting for you to walk in and sweep them off their feet? Maybe, just maybe you’ll randomly find your “person” at a hometown carnival, just like Allie and Noah did in The Notebook. While all of those are options (maybe The Notebook is taking it a little too far), nowadays many people turn to their phones and dating apps to search for the love of their life, which is just what Danielle and Dan did.

The Proposal:

Danielle and Dan arrived at Mount Vernon shortly before their tour was scheduled to begin and met their guide Betty, close to the front gate. Betty is probably in her 70’s with neatly styled white hair and a kind face. Don’t let that kind face fool you though, that woman has one of the best poker faces that they have ever seen. After moving through the residence, Betty suggested that they go around to the rear of the house and ‘take in the view’ one last time before completely concluding the tour.

Betty was kind enough to take a few photos of Danielle and Dan, which is when they heard a few chords of music coming from one of the rooms leading out to the back porch. Just then a lovely lady in a black ball gown, carrying a bouquet of flowers, appeared from within the doorway singing their song, At Last, by the great Etta James. ‘At last, my love has come along…’ With that, Dan pulled the ring from his pocket, turned to face Danielle, and dropped to one knee to ask her to be his forever.

Vendor Details:

Wedding Venue: Cullasaja Club Mountain Lodge

Wedding Cake: Cakin’ It Up

DJ: Uptown Entertainment

Florist: Stargazers Designs

Caterer: Basils Events and Catering