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 chang

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!"

Calla Lily, Rose and Hydrangea Bouquet
White Calla Lily Boutonniere with Twine Wrap
Diamond Halo Sapphire Engagement Ring
Champagne and Blush Bridesmaid Dresses
Immediately following the intimate ceremony, everyone enjoyed a mountainside champagne toast.
Intimate Pavilion Setting at The Swag Inn
The flower girl provided guests with wedding program that contained personal letters the newlyweds had written for one another.
"My girls and I had chosen to write a letter to Adam to share our individual thoughts of his presence in our lives," says Michelle. "We chose towards the end of the ceremony to have the four of us walk to an intimate overlook away from the ceremony to share our letters privately."
The couple originally planned to have an elopement with just the bride's two daughters but decided very last minute to invite their families.
Since the couple changed their mind about eloping with only 30 days before their wedding, Michelle was limited by time when it came to finding her wedding dress. "With only 30 days to plan, I learned very quickly what off the rack meant," says Michelle. "The wedding dress I selected was quite elaborate and I worked closely with a seamstress who worked miracles and  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.
Rustic Wood Escort Cards
The bridesmaids' dresses inspired the couple's petal pink and champagne color palette.
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!"
By chance, The Swag Inn happened to be hosting a barbecue, open to visitors and guests of the Inn, on Michelle and Adam's wedding day. "We arranged for our families to attend the barbecue prior to our ceremony, allowing the opportunity for most of them to meet for the first time!" says Michelle.