Monday, August 18, 2008

Kristin and Ross Marry in The Mountains

A trip to the mountains in August is always a welcome relief in North Carolina.
Kristin and Ross would be married in Highlands, a town that holds a special place in the hearts of Ross' family.
After braving the incredibly curvy road that leads to the town, Betsy and I quickly realized the appeal of this charming town.
The wedding rehearsal took place at the private residence of a family friend Friday night. The beautiful setting was a photographer's dream and I was excited about the visual potential.
Well, much like many other areas in the state, the mountains have been experiencing a severe drought. Things were about to change Saturday.
The rain began to fall early Saturday and decided to stick around throughout the day. Ross, who was reminded numerous times that rain on your wedding day was good luck (including once by me), had to scramble to move the wedding ceremony to the Highlands Falls Country Club, the site of the reception.
Everyone took things in stride and they ended up with a touching, fun ceremony in the area that would later serve as the dance floor.
Kristin and Ross are both incredibly laid-back and that helped make the transition a breeze. They had many siblings and nieces and nephews who turned the ceremony into a wonderful family affair.
The old-school photo booth was a huge hit and Ross brought his pals from the band Hometown Sweethearts in from Wisconsin to rock the house. They had everyone dancing all night long.
General Manager Jason Macaulay and his staff at Highlands Falls Country Club did a fantastic job with all of the food and beverages. As an avid golfer, I was awed by the beauty of the golf course, which features a hole with a waterfall flowing behind the green.
It was a joy working with Kristin, Ross and their wonderful families.
Have a great time and eat lots of lobster in Bar Harbor!

Kristin and Ross

Cute nieces

Kristin and her mom at the rehearsal

Kristin and Ross enjoy the rehearsal

Kristin gets ready

One of Ross' sisters

Ross' brother escorts their mother to the ceremony

Ross' nieces watch Kristin walk down the aisle

A lighthearted moment during the ceremony

The vows

Just married

There was some beautiful light as a light rain fell

The photo booth was great fun

They made a scrapbook with the photo booth pictures

Ross' cousins tell some tales

The couple enjoys the speeches


Waylan Nate Palan, left, and Scott Beardsley of Hometown Sweethearts

Ross' brother rocks "Sweet Caroline"

A bubbly finish

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