Even though the Coronavirus pandemic changed their plans for their wedding Andrea & Oscar still decided to get married. Originally, they had planned to get married on May 15th in Ireland, however, due to travel restrictions they had to either postpone their ceremony or change their plans. So, they contacted Engaged and Eloping to help them in changing locations. I had the pleasure of being their wedding photographer at Majors Estate!
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COVID-19 Restrictions Affect Wedding Plans
When I first spoke with Andrea via phone my heart hurt for her because she told me that she and Oscar had been taking classes for an entire year to be able to have their ceremony in Ireland. She told me that they still planned on going to Ireland but have had to postpone that trip until next year.
Nevertheless, they wanted to go ahead with their wedding and since they had planned a micro wedding to begin with their family was able to travel from Florida to the Waynesville, NC area to Majors Estate.
This estate is one of my favorite venues in all of Western North Carolina for several reasons!
To begin with, it is just a mile from my childhood home in the Panther Creek Community, as well as, where my father pastors Panther Creek Church. I can recall when Majors Estate was being built and every week, I have the pleasure of driving past it and seeing the peacocks, Scottish highland cattle, and more.
Majors has five traditional cabins located on its 200-acre property, but my favorite part of the entire estate is the mountain chapel! The chapel is built right into the side of a mountain and has an authentic rustic construction.
Follow the road around another curve from the chapel and you will find access to the Pigeon River. Growing up we always called the river the “Blackwater.”
When Andrea told me, they had selected Majors Estate for their new location for their wedding ceremony I was delighted! I told her she could not have chosen a better location than this because of the mountains.
I don’t know if she knew it or not but the organ within the chapel came directly from Ireland!
With only their closest friends and family with them, they exchanged vows inside the estate’s chapel with candlelight and greenery surrounding them.
Mckenzie Botanicals designed the bouquet and boutonniere for the bride and groom and also provided greenery for the arbor. The simplicity of the floral design in the chapel complimented the wooden tonality perfectly.
Rev. Katrina Evans officiated the ceremony while the family recorded the ceremony for other loved ones who could not attend.
Andrea & Oscar have four rescue puppies and they brought one with them. The others were a bit hyper and large, but this precious pup represented all of them. As soon as Andrea reached the altar, she came running up to her to offer her love and support. It was a touching moment especially since Andrea had told me all about them over the phone when we initially spoke.
Oscar & Andrea exchanged personal vows with one another which is not something every couple does but is one of my favorite things to witness. There is a tenderness and bonding that happens when a couple writes personal statements to one another.
For their reception, they chose to have it outside under the handcrafted wooden gazebo and their meal was catered by my personal favorite Haywood Smokehouse. If you are ever in Waynesville, you HAVE to go and eat their food! I am guilty of popping in a few times a month to get dinner.
The cake was designed by Nettie’s Bakery who is also one of my faves! No cake I have ever tasted has been as moist as the ones she makes. Nettie also makes small elopement cakes as well at a reasonable price.
Down to the River
After their reception, I asked the couple to follow me down to the river because the light was in the “golden hour” and as every photographer knows it is the BEST time of day to shoot. The sound of the rushing river paired with sunset made for some of the most beautiful shots I have been able to create in a long time.
I wish Andrea & Oscar the best and I am happy they chose to make the best of an uncontrollable situation. They still plan to have a ceremony in Ireland next year on their first anniversary which I think is fitting. However, I am grateful because if the situation had been different, I may never have met this couple in the first place!
If you have found yourself having to change your plans due to COVID-19 and need a last-minute photographer don’t hesitate to reach out and I will help you!
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