An Intimate Mountain Destination Wedding at The Swag Country Inn in Waynesville, North Carolina

Thirty days before Michelle Halbisen (44 and an occupational therapist) and Adam LaForme (42 and in medical sales) were set to elope, they had a change of heart and invited friends and family to a mountainside celebration at The Swag Inn in Waynesville, North Carolina. Since Michelle only had a month to plan, she was limited by time when it came to finding her wedding dress. "With only 30 days, I learned very quickly what off the rack meant," says Michelle. "The wedding dress I selected was quite elaborate but I worked closely with a seamstress who took the dress down two sizes, removed all the frill and transformed it from a mermaid style to a classic A-line gown," says Michelle. In order to keep the intimate spirit of an elopement, Michelle and her daughters wrote personal letters to Adam that were revealed privately after the ceremony. "We wrote our individual thoughts about his presence in our lives and the four of us walked to an overlook away from the ceremony to share the letters after we said our vows," says Michelle. The flower girl provided guests with wedding program that contained the meaningful letters and everyone gathered for a mountainside champagne toast after their special moment alone. Unbeknownst to the bride, the bakery forgot to make the couple's cake until day of the wedding and then the entire cake slid during the drive to the venue. "Needless to say, the cake did not survive the attack and Adam had suggested that they take a model land rover and place it into the side of the cake," says Michelle. "We all laughed when we saw it!"