A Cozy Cabin Wedding at Leatherwood Mountains Resort in Ferguson, North Carolina

While planning their September nuptials in Ferguson, North Carolina, Katie Beam (27 and a stay-at-home mom) and Kyle Miller (32 and an operations mana

While planning their September nuptials in Ferguson, North Carolina, Katie Beam (27 and a stay-at-home mom) and Kyle Miller (32 and an operations manager) fell in love with a quaint locale close to home. In fact, the equestrian-loving couple planned a country celebration at a cozy cabin in the woods. "As soon as we saw the space, we fell in love," Katie says of booking Leatherwood Mountains Resort for their "I dos." One of the bride's favorite decor details included a chandelier made from lanterns draped in hanging amaranths. For a personalized touch, the couple's tiered cake was displayed on a wood log bearing their names and wedding date. Bridesmaids carried textured bouquets of antique hydrangeas, kangaroo paws, seeded eucalyptus and calla lilies, while centerpieces were housed in hollowed-out logs. "Our florist blew me away," Katie says. "I cried when I saw my bouquet."—Juliette Cheatham

Katie’s stunning fall bouquet contains green hydrangeas, dahlias, gypsy curiosa roses, seeded eucalyptus, craspedia, freesias, mini calla lilies, kangaroo paws, hanging amaranthus, safflowers, lisianthus, yarrow and hypericum berries. “I cried when I saw my bouquet, because it was so beautiful,” Katie says.
Kyle and his groomsmen sported boutonnieres of thistle, mini calla lilies and a spring of seeded eucalyptus. The subdued purple and green colors beautifully complemented their dark gray suits with plum-colored paisley vests.
“At the beginning of the aisle, there were two rustic white doors to welcome the guests,” Katie says. Two wreaths made of branches and covered of fresh draping flowers added to the decor along with hay bales and pots of flowers.
“I bought all the girls a pair of dark-brown cowgirl boots to wear with their dresses,” Katie says. The women paired the boots with plum, strapless, knee-length dresses cut with a flattering sweetheart neckline.
Katie walked down a white-rose-petal aisle to a rustic log-and-stone cabin. “On the stone area where we stood, there were two trios of different-size lanterns with candles on the ground, and they were surrounded with flowers,” she says. White chairs and shepherd hooks with hanging jars of flowers lined the center aisle.
A repurposed wine barrel sat under Katie and Kyle’s wedding arbor and held two jars, one of purple and one of gray sand. “We poured the sand into a vase to symbolize our union,” Katie says.
To keep the rustic theme cohesive, Katie and Kyle's reception centerpieces included a floral design set atop a tall log platform and vintage candlelit lanterns. Encompassing the bottom of each log were delicate green moss and votive candles.
Katie and Kyle used mason mars as not only wedding favors but also drinking glasses for the reception. “We put chalk stickers on all of them so each guest could write their name and use them throughout the night. We set up a table next to the bar so that everyone could grab their own mason jars and take them straight to the bar to fill their cups,” Katie says.
“One of my favorite designs of the night was our floral chandelier, which hung above the center of the dance floor,” Katie says. Three large, vintage lanterns filled with tall candles were suspended from the ceiling and fresh fall flowers whimsically cascaded out of the bottom.
The four-tier cake sat upon a real hand-carved log-slice platform engraved with Katie and Kyle’s wedding date. Each layer had a plum ribbon wrapped around the bottom portion and flavors included almond, mixed citrus and chocolate chip cake.
To create soft, ambient lighting, miniature string lights were stuffed inside glass mason jars. The flameless lighting was still as delicate as candlelight but a low-maintenance alternative to cope with the potential weather issues that come with an outdoor venue.