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Wildflower Mountain Wedding in North Carolina for $16K

Becca and Luca planned their entire micro wedding in a month! Becca wore her mother’s wedding dress, which was purchased at an antique shop in New York City for her own wedding in 1988. The dress has beautiful vintage lace details and is over 100 years old! One of our favorite details is the handmade message cookies send by guests who couldn't attend because of COVID. Enjoy this Wildflower Mountain Wedding in North Carolina for $16K!

Xoxo, Jessica

Becca + Luca

July 3rd, 2020
Candler, NC | Engadine Inn Weddings and Events

What was your total budget? Please provide a budget breakdown.

  • Venue: $4800
  • Cabins rented for guests for 2 nights: $4550
  • Photographer: $2080
  • Flowers: $890
  • Tent/utensils rental: $2000
  • Musicians for ceremony: $800
  • Food (Doc Brown food truck): $300

Total Budget: $16,000

How many guests did you have?

We had 11 people at the ceremony, and about 7 more showed up to dance later on.

How did you meet?

In Shepherdstown, WV. I (Becca) moved up to start an internship with the C&O Canal National Historical Park, and I met Luca trying to find some friends in the area.

What is your proposal story?

Nothing too grand: we went on a hike with our dogs to Wesser Bald Fire Tower, and Luca proposed to me at the top! It was our 5th year anniversary from when we started dating.

Tell us about your wedding vision.

In April, I had an idea that if we could safely have a small wedding, maybe it would be a nice break for our family members to get together and have something to celebrate during this trying year. My parents visit Engadine Cabins every time they visit us here in Asheville, so I already knew it was beautiful. Luca and I love the outdoors, and Engadine has the most beautiful view of a valley from Honey Hill. It was perfect. I wanted nature to be our color and style.

Tell us about your attire choices.

I wore the same dress my mom wore to her wedding 32 years ago! It is a Belgian Lace dress her mother-in-law gifted to her, and at that time it was over 100 years old! My mom found somebody to restore the lace and adjust the dress, and it was perfect!

What was most important to you two? Was there anything you chose to splurge on or skip?

It was important to have family there but also keep our loved ones safe. Engadine was perfect: everyone could stay in their own cabin and distance appropriately. We all stayed healthy before, during, and after the wedding.

We missed a lot of family and friends. We're planning on celebrating with everyone we can once it is safe to travel and gather and party!

We skipped a lot of things that weddings have nowadays. We didn't have a bridal party to keep the numbers low and tried to keep most things simple. We did include our dog, JoJo, as a ring-bearer because JoJo is the best!

What were your favorite parts of the day?

I loved having our dog in the ceremony: he didn't quite get carrying the ring box at first (even though we practiced). Once he figured it out, you could tell he was very excited! He laid down at our feet for the rest of the ceremony.

I also loved dancing with my dad and with Luca. Luca and I were so nervous about our dance, but looking back I don't know why! We mostly chatted about our day and laughed together, which is perfect.

We had a few friends show up late in the evening and I love remembering dancing with them. We had our own speakers and just an AUX cord and a phone. It was so much fun!

Tell us about your wedding flowers.

It was important to me to have locally-sourced flowers. I found Carolina Flowers, and since I don't know much about flowers and colors I left everything completely to Florists' Choice. They know their stuff! I was so happy with the colors and style: the flowers were beautiful and wild at the same time. It was perfect.

Tell us about your wedding cake.

I ordered a simple strawberry shortcake from Short Street Cakes in Asheville. They were very communicative and professional! We got so many compliments on the cake, it was delicious and gorgeous!

What did you do for favors?

We only had a few people, and it honestly slipped our minds! Fortunately, my mother-in-law was on top of things and made cute favors for everybody. She included Confetti (a traditional Italian celebratory treat of candied almonds) and hand sanitizer 🙂

Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?

No special traditions, but of course my dress was a family heirloom. My mom sent it in for repairs again after the wedding, and now it is carefully stored at her house in New Orleans.

Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

I was so nervous about planning this last-minute wedding with no friends and few family. I would say to play it safe, it's most important to make sure everyone is healthy and happy. Second, I would say do what you want! If you don't want to wait until things return to “normal” to get married, go ahead and get married.

Vendors

Photography: Jessica Merithew Photography | Venue: Engadine Inn Weddings and Events | Floral: Carolina Flowers | Wedding Cake: Short Street Cakes | Rentals: Classic Event Rental | Officiant: Asheville Marriages | Ceremony Musicians: Zoe & Cloyd | Catering: Doc Brown's BBQ | Headpiece: Carolina Flowers | Submitted via: Matchology


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