The RASHES, Bethany United Methodist Church

"I made sure my wedding was a perfect reflection of everything I loved."

Old- Fashioned Romance
Micala & Tyler Rash

Bethany United Methodist Church
August 15, 2015

Although they never knew each other during childhood, just a few grade levels and a couple of miles separated this bride and groom for most of their lives.

Micala Bare and Tyler Rash were raised right down the road from one another, but didn’t meet until their college years. They finally set eyes on each other when a mutual friend set them up on a blind date, and their love story quickly blossomed into one for the books.

“It was right after my freshman year at East Tennessee State University, so I rushed home from Johnson City to meet Tyler in person for the very first time. We spent our first date getting to know each other with fishing poles in our hands,” Micala said. “After a few hours, we decided our fishing trip was embarrassingly unsuccessful, so we grabbed a bite to eat and then drove to an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There, he wowed me by popping his tailgate down and serenading me with his guitar.

“When I got home that night, my mother asked me how it went and I simply replied, ‘I can’t think of a reason why we shouldn’t get married.’ Since that day, we have been inseparable — basically extensions of each other, always laughing, joking, or singing when we are together.”

When the couple decided to tie the knot, there were no doubts about hosting the wedding in their hometown.

“We couldn’t think of a better place, let alone a more beautiful place,” Micala said. “Our story began in Ashe County, and we decided that it would be perfect to openly share our hometown with our friends and family.”

Even before they were engaged, Micala spotted an ivory ball gown with a sweetheart neckline, delicate lace, and a sweeping train in the window of South’s Specialty Clothiers in Boone. Tyler knew she loved the dress, so he bought it for her after his proposal.

“In passing, I was astounded by the elegance of it and I kept it in my mind months later when it was actually time to begin the search,” the bride said. “The moment I tried it on I knew I would never find a dress more beautiful.”

These two “old souls” chose to have a traditional ceremony at Bethany United Methodist Church, and turned to the historic Doughton Hall Bed and Breakfast in nearby Laurel Springs for their reception.

“I love history, old farm houses, all things vintage, and a touch of country,” Micala said. “I never consolidated my style into a certain word or category, but I made sure the wedding was a perfect reflection of everything I loved — an air of elegance that was somewhat like a step into the past.”

The couple decorated their outdoor reception on the lawn of Doughton Hall with family heirlooms — complete with teacups, family photos, and her mother’s wedding dress on display — that added to the old-fashioned charm of this vintage-inspired soirée.

The bride’s favorite memory from the day was the quiet moment they shared right before the wedding.

“Tyler and I were able to hold hands, exchange letters, and talk to each other before the chaos of the day unfolded,” she said. “It helped to calm our nerves and remind us of what the day was really all about.”

The groom’s best memory is just as sweet.

“My favorite part of our wedding day was watching Micala, escorted by her father, come through the doors of the sanctuary and make her walk to become the official Mrs. Rash,” he said.