Even though Nathan and Michelle attended, both majoring in Business Administration, and graduated from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, the only interaction they had with each other while there was a few classes together. It wasn’t until an Alumni Ski weekend at Beech Mountain in February of 2015 that the pair connected and started dating the following month even though Michelle lived in Winston-Salem, and Nathan lived in Crossnore. However, it seems that fate was on their side because Nathan soon learned he was receiving a promotion and relocating to Clemmons. But the best part of the story is the reaction from Michelle’s dad. “I knew Nathan was the one from the moment we reconnected,” she shared. “He is such a genuine man. My father immediately knew he was the one, and when dad knows he’s a good one, you trust your heart and run with it!”
How did Nathan propose?
A few weeks prior to New Year’s Day, I heard that the thing to do to ring in the New Year was to go hiking. New Year’s morning I woke up at 6:00, and we loaded up the car and headed out on an adventure. But first we had to stop at my favorite breakfast spot – in fact the only place I will eat breakfast – Cracker Barrel. After we enjoyed our breakfast, having the sweetest and most energetic waitress for it to be New Year’s Day, we headed toward Pilot Mountain. During our hike, Nathan asked me to reach into his book bag to find his camera case, and the entire time I was looking, I was saying “I didn’t even know you had a camera.” He told me to open the case and inside was a very fancy little burgundy box. I started crying and immediately started saying “YES. YES. YES.” After a hug, I realize he hadn’t actually even asked, so he got down on one knee and asked me properly. Of course, I said yes.
What was the date of your wedding?
October 22, 2016
Will you tell us a little bit about it?
We got married at the Overlook Barn on Beech Mountain, North Carolina. We chose this venue because we both have a dear love and connection for the mountains of North Carolina, and we chose fall because we both love that season. Unfortunately, it ended up being 30 degrees with 40-50 mph wind gusts, so it felt more like the dead of winter without snow. We planned on having an outside ceremony, but with the crazy weather, we moved it inside the barn that morning, which made everything a bit hectic but it turned out just beautiful and no one froze or blew away.
My bridesmaids wore plum dresses with nude shoes. The groom and groomsmen wore navy tuxes with a raspberry bow tie and brown wingtip shoes. I love deep, bold colors and wanted to blend, but stand out from the beautiful fall leaves. Nathan's father sang and played guitar for our first dance. Our song is "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sherran.
Will you tell us about your gown?
My gown came from Southern Bride in Yadkinville, North Carolina. I purchased both of my prom dresses from Southern Bride, so I didn’t even think about going anywhere else. The dress I chose is actually the very last of 4 dresses I tried on and not even one that I picked out myself. Being a southern girl, I love lace so that is what I thought I wanted; however, the prom dress I wore my senior year of high school was just magical. Anna, my consultant at Southern Bride, after showing her a picture of my dress went and picked out the dress that I purchased. It was an absolutely perfect mermaid style and as soon as it was all laced up, and I turned to look in the mirror with tears of joy in my eyes. I knew it was the one for me!
Why did you choose Shores to clean and press your gown?
I met Brian at the Marry Me wedding show in Greensboro this past year. Being a first time bride I knew nothing about what to do with my dress after the wedding. Brian was so informative and easy going that I knew I was set on Shores based off their wonderful customer service, easy going employees, past customer reviews, ratings and accreditation within the wedding society.
Are you planning on cleaning and preserving your gown now that the wedding is over? Will you keep your gown or resell it?
Yes, I am having my dressed cleaned and preserved. I am planning to keep it.
Photography - Ben Hill Photography, Falls Church, Virginia
Cake - Hazel's Treats & Such, Clemmons, North Carolina
Wedding Dress - Southern Bride, Yadkinville, North Carolina
Bridesmaids Dresses - David's Bridal, Winston Salem, North Carolina
Flower Girl Dresses - Handmade by Michelle’s cousin Stephenie Thomas
Catering - Gadabouts Catering, Banner Elk, North Carolina
Flowers - Arrangements by Angela, Mocksville, North Carolina
Coordinators - Austin Wright & Cortney Morgan (friends)
Videography - Eyez N-The-Skyz, Newland, North Carolina
DJ - Carl Griewisch, Banner Elk, North Carolina