The SULLIVANS, Valle Crucis Park

"We knew we wanted to get married in the High Country because it is home."

A Walk In The Park
Lindsey & Seth Sullivan

Valle Crucis Community Park
September 19, 2013

This local couple is all about sweet, simple, happy love, and the same was true for their wedding day. Lindsey Truesdale and Seth Sullivan exchanged vows in a ceremony surrounded by all of the things that make them smile — family, friends, and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

These two describe their relationship as “one of constant growth and never-ending entertainment, love, and support.” They wanted to be sure their big day was a comfortable celebration that would reflect their personality as a couple.

“We knew we wanted to get married in the High Country because it is home,” Lindsey said. “One of our first dates was a beautiful afternoon spent at Valle Crucis Park, making it a special place for us, so it was at the top of our list when we were deciding on a venue.”

Loved ones pitched in right and left to bless to the soon-to-be Sullivans and took on several roles in making their perfect day happen. Friends and family members each made their own contributions, like creating the stationery, doing the bride’s hair and makeup, bringing table linens, making decorations by hand, and even preparing the barbecue and the cupcakes for the reception.

“Our community and our loved ones mean the world to us, and incorporating their various talents in as many ways as possible made it a particularly special day,” Lindsey said. “Seth’s grandmother was ordained a month before the wedding so that she could perform the ceremony.

“My aunt provided her collection of antique bottles and Seth’s parents grew the flowers. To top it all off, our buddies at Galileo’s in Boone threw us an awesome after party. Everything felt so personal and sentimental, like a team effort.”

Lindsey wore a minimalist style dress she found online, which fit this not-so-girly girl like a glove.

“It is a floor length white dress with an open cowl back and long sleeves,” she said. “After trying it on with the sash, I knew it was perfect. I felt like myself — comfortable and casual enough, but also like I was the prettiest I’d ever been.”

The wedding day also featured a special guest — “Coach,” the couple’s beloved Great Pyrenees who has literally been a lifesaver.

“We were living in Valle Crucis when we got engaged, but, unfortunately, our house caught fire and we had to move. When the house fire happened in February, Seth was at work and I was asleep,” Lindsey said. “Coach woke me up in time to get out of the house safely. He’s our hero fur child, and we knew we wanted him to at least make an appearance so everyone could see him and so we could have some family photos.”

After the ceremony, the couple and their guests enjoyed their favorite southern side dishes catered by Proper restaurant with their homemade barbecue, along with cider from Appalachian Mountain Brewery.

Later that afternoon, the two took a romantic stroll around the park to reflect on their memorable day, which focused on the people and the mountains they love so much.

“My favorite moment was walking down the aisle and around the park with my husband,” said the new Mrs. Sullivan. “There was a sense of relief that we had pulled it off, and also pure joy knowing that we were starting a new adventure together. We walked over to this incredible field of goldenrod with our photographer and neither of us could stop smiling.”