A Rustic, Woodsy Wedding at Lake Tahoma in Marion, North Carolina

Lee Outland (21 and a nurse) and Thomas Johnson (23 and a biologist) fell in love during a college chemistry class. But after being forced to deal wit

Lee Outland (21 and a nurse) and Thomas Johnson (23 and a biologist) fell in love during a college chemistry class. But after being forced to deal with long distance when TJ graduated, Lee worried that the distance was enough to break their connection. "He came to visit me one weekend and I could immediately tell something was off—in my mind, worst cast, he was going to end it—and I was sick to my stomach during our hike," says Lee. "At the top, I stepped off from TJ to view the other side of the scenic overlook and I noticed something on the tree. There was a 'Will' carved in the tree, then a 'You' carved into the next one but then I didn't see anymore trees. I ran, full force, to find TJ down on one knee!" After their earthy proposal, the couple planned an equally rustic wedding at Lake Tahoma in Marion, North Carolina. Quickly into the planning process, Lee and TJ decided on an simple ivory and blush color palette with burlap and lace accents. When TJ and Lee had been dating a year, he took her on a trip to Montana and one of the adventures ended in TJ carving "L + T" in a tree as a symbol of their promise for a future together. "Around the entire reception, we had things that said 'L +T,'" says Lee. "My father being my hero and always my biggest fan, cut down a tree and personally made these for me with our brand—I couldn’t fathom anything more special."

Tan Suite with Rustic Boutonniere
The bridesmaids wore a pink chiffon, one-shoulder dress.
Adorable Blush Flower Girl Dress
Blush and White Wildflower Bouquet
North Carolina Lake Wedding Celebration
Lee and TJ's  North Carolina Wedding
Lee and TJ's Lakeside Reception
"My husband and I believe in simplicity so we didn't want something elaborate," says Lee. "We desired something beautiful, intimate and most importantly something that reflected who we were as individuals."
Quickly into the planning process, Lee and TJ decided on an simple ivory and blush color palette.
As guests entered the reception, they passed a station to tag their mason jars for the night with their names.
For a rustic touch, the couple incorporated lace and burlap accents. rn
When TJ and Lee had been dating a year, he took her on a trip to Montana and one of the adventures ended in TJ carving "L + T" in a tree as a symbol of their promise for a future together.
Simple Blush Wildflower Centerpieces
Rustic Buttercream Cake Display
"Around the entire reception, we had things that said 'L +T,'" says Lee. "My father being my hero and always my biggest fan, cut down a tree and personally made these for me with our brand—I couldn’t fathom anything more special."
Lee and TJ's  First Dance
Lee and TJ gave packages of flower seeds as a wedding favor.