North Carolina Mountaintop Ceremony: Chealyn & Ashley
May 18, 2015
Chealyn and Ashley met on a random occasion through mutual friends. It was a fishing trip, and since Chealyn didn’t know the plan, she wore a wedge heel which was definitely the wrong shoe. Their friends gave her a change of clothes, and while they were on their way to the pond, someone got a hook stuck in Chealyn’s shorts and could not get it out. Ashley, being the nicest person in the world, helped her get it out. She went on to rescue Chealyn’s pole from a tree when it managed to get stuck. She was instantly Chealyn’s hero.
Ashley proposed on their 7 ½ year anniversary. They spent the evening celebrating a couple that had recently married. There was a limo, fireworks, great food and dancing. They returned home just after midnight and were greeted by their puppy, Josie. She ran circles around them while Ashley got down on one knee, talking about how much she loves Chealyn. She pulled out the box and Chealyn squealed “YESSS” as she “launched” her finger into the beautiful ring.
Chealyn searched high and low and spent many hours looking for a venue. Same-sex marriage was not yet legal in Ohio, so they knew they would have to go out of state. She stumbled upon a North Carolina adventure wedding company and watched a video of a couple getting married on top of a mountain. It was exactly what she was looking for – simple, outdoor, gorgeous and welcoming to their puppy.
Planning was long and challenging, but enjoyable. The budget was tight, but through planning and saving, they were able to get everything they wanted.
Chealyn’s favorite memory from their wedding day was right after the ceremony. Overlooking the mountains, they could see a storm rolling in. No more than 15 minutes after the ceremony they descended the mountain in a hurry, of course stopping all along the way to take what ended up being their favorite pictures.
Ashley and Chealyn offered the following advice to other engaged couples: “Take the time and do your research. Reviews helped a ton! Also, don’t feel pressured into spending a lot of money. It may seem easier to bust the budget, but there are a lot of options available that can deliver your dream day.”
“She continued, “As a same-sex couple, it was important that we felt comfortable at our venue, somewhere that was accepting of same-sex couples. We stayed just outside of Asheville, but we had heard (the town) was very open and accepting. Be forthright and give people the benefit of the doubt.”