"Everyone at Grandfather Vineyard was amazing to work with!"
Katie & Lupton Haigler
Grandfather Vineyard June 8, 2013
When the High Country of North Carolina is your favorite place to get away with loved ones, it naturally becomes the perfect place to say, “I do.” That was certainly the case for Katie Woodruff and Lupton Haigler, who hail from out of town but have always enjoyed spending time at the Haigler family’s mountain home in Banner Elk.
With their hearts set on an outdoor wedding in the Blue Ridge, this happy couple turned to the experts and the beautiful grounds of Grandfather Vineyard and Winery for a down-to-earth, lighthearted affair that would reflect their personalities.
“We are best friends and have an easygoing relationship. Lupton always has a good sense of humor and makes me laugh,” Katie said. “We wanted a laid-back day where all of our guests had a ton of fun. I tried to keep the theme more rustic with simple flowers and comfort food.”
Because friends and family are an important part of life for the Haiglers, they decided to do something a little unconventional and share more than just the ceremony and reception with their approximately 120 guests.
“We had all of our guests come for the rehearsal dinner and the wedding,” Katie said. “It allowed for the whole weekend to feel like a big party.”
On her wedding day, Katie wore a dress from J Majors Bridal Boutique in Charlotte with a sweetheart neckline, lace overlay, and capped sleeves for a classic look. The ceremony took place along the riverside and was followed by a reception under the vineyard’s covered outdoor pavilion.
The bride chose to feature baby’s breath in her floral arrangements and an assortment of ferns to keep things simple and focused on natural elements. For a relaxed environment that played up the mountain atmosphere, the couple chose to pass up the traditional wedding cake for select local pies from Eat Crow restaurant in Banner Elk and displayed them on apple barrels for their guests to enjoy.
“Everyone at Grandfather Vineyard was amazing to work with. We loved the scenery and the backdrop of Grandfather Mountain. They also have a great covered pavilion that made for an awesome dance floor,” the bride said. “It was a perfect day, and everyone still comments about how much fun they had. We were relaxed and got to hang out with everyone and dance to our awesome wedding band, The Deluge.”
Katie, from Charlotte, and Lupton, from Morehead City, relied on the guidance and know-how of their vendors to make this destination wedding happen. Thanks to careful planning and the hard work of local experts, their perfect day was just that.
If you’re in the middle of planning your own mountain wedding, here’s the advice that Katie has for you:
“Don’t stress, and take advice from the vendors you work with — they have done a lot of weddings and always have great suggestions,” Katie said. “At the end of the day, you will be married and the little things that went wrong will not matter. Just have fun.”