Are you considering ditching the big, traditional wedding for something more intimate? Don’t know where to start? Here is your guide if you’re considering having an elopement or intimate wedding in the mountains around Asheville, NC!
The term “elopement” gets tossed around quite a bit these days. It has taken on new meaning. Gone are the days where it’s steeped in negativity. You don’t have to run away in secret. You just simply make the decision that your ceremony is going to be about the two of you. It gives you the freedom to slow down. It gives you the freedom to do whatever the hell you want, really! Helping you plan for your elopement is another service I offer. Reach out if you feel overwhelmed! I love helping my couples with these steps!
Book a photographer that is familiar with the area. Contact me 🙂 I will also assist with suggesting vendors and helping with any permits you may need. Plan to say your vows at sunrise or sunset for the best light!
Read on for more helpful elopement tips!
Every season is gorgeous in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Obviously winter can come with its challenges as most of the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed which can prevent easy access to some great views. However, there are still plenty of options! With that said, Spring, Summer, and Fall gives you the greatest return for excellent locations. Deciding on the time of year you want to have your ceremony gives you a a great starting point. Let’s talk about them. Here are my favorites!
The autumn color in these mountains is beyond anything! However, the majority of humans also feel this way. Autumn is an extremely busy time in Asheville as tourism really ramps up during this time. Unless you get hitched during the week at sunrise, it’s likely that you’ll have a lot of unwanted guests at your ceremony. Even then, the possibility of having people around is very high. That might not be a dealbreaker for some, but it’s definitely something to consider if it is. The other consideration is how booked up vendors can be during this time. If you decide Fall is your time, make sure you start booking all vendors and accommodations early!!
Let me just say one thing about summer in the Blue Ridge Mountains – RHODODENDRON BLOOMS! These mountains start POPPIN’ toward the middle to end of June. Many locations even have tunnels of them you can walk through or get married between!
There are many, many wildflowers that grow in these gorgeous mountains throughout the summer though. You really can’t go wrong in the summer. Plus, in the higher elevations, the temperatures are typically much cooler than the valley. This makes for a very pleasant, less sweaty ceremony or hike to the ceremony location! More on weather later on in this post!
Who doesn’t love Spring?! Especially if you live in an area that experiences all the seasons. Spring is the rebirth where everything goes from brown to green. The mountains start to come alive. The temperatures are mild. Spring can be very rainy here in Asheville. Isn’t rain on your wedding day good luck though?! Even if it rains, I’m here for it. Don’t let the weather stop you from saying “I do”. Plus, the waterfalls in the Spring are flowing like crazy!
See my suggestions below but it’s important to choose vendors that you’re aligned with. Especially when it comes to an officiant. An officiant is just as important as a photographer. You’ll be spending a lot of time with this person so make sure it’s someone you actually like! Here are some of my suggestions below!
Amanda Jones – Happily Ever Asheville www.happilyeverasheville.com
Julia Albertson – Heartfelt Elopements www.heartfeltelopements.com
Vanessa Allen LaRotonda – Adventure Officiant @adventure.officiant
Carolina Flowers – www.carolinaflowers.com
Flourish Flower Farm – www.flourishflowerfarm.com
Peak of the Mountain Productions – www.peakmntfilms.com
Heartistree Studio Films – www.heartistree.com
Juniper James Bridal – www.juniperjamesbridal.com
Maggi Bridal Asheville – www.maggibridal.com
Meadowbrooke Bridal – www.meadowbrookebridal.com
AnaRie – www.anarie.com
Brushes and Braids – www.brushesandbraids.com
Della Terra Beauty – www.dellaterrabeauty.com
Kate Leigh Bryant – Violinist – @k8tunes
Asheville Luxury Picnics – @picnicpopupavl
Parkway Picnics, LLC – parkwaypicnics.squarespace.com
Braised & Confit – www.braisedandconfit.com
This is my favorite part! There are many considerations to this. If you’re involving family and/or friends that aren’t avid hikers, there are plenty of options. If it’s just the two of you, and you’re up for an adventure, the possibilities are endless! I have hiked more than 5 miles for a ceremony and I did an overnight, backpacking trip. Whatever your comfort level, I have something for you. One consideration for a mountain wedding is the weather! The weather can change VERY quickly. I would recommend bringing layers and preparing for any situation. Fog can move in at a moment’s notice as well.
Most locations in Pisgah National Forest do not require a permit if you have less than 75 guests. So, if you’re eloping, you’re in the clear!
Roan Highlands (some know this area as Roan Mountain) is a series of balds along the NC/TN border. Balds are unique to the Appalachian Mountains and are quite incredible! The Rhododendron blooms and the Flame Azaleas are breathtaking in the summer! This place is magic in any season though!
Nantahala has many hidden treasures! I did an overnight, backpacking elopement here and it was one I’ll remember for the rest of my life!
The Blue Ridge Parkway offers so many amazing views! What’s better is that they actually allow ceremonies on the parkway! There are some rules, however. Get more details on rules here. Here are the highlights: