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Katelyn and Chad’s Lake Gaston Wedding

Anthem House Planned A Lake Wedding for High School Sweethearts

Katelyn and Chad wanted to host an intimate wedding at one of their favorite places – the lake! The couple connected with C&D Events‘ sister company, Anthem House – a luxury planning team that specializes in high-end and multiday events. Anthem House’s Caroline Placey helped the couple design a the intimate lakeside wedding they’d dreamed of with a neutral color palette, greenery and pops of dusty and stormy blue. Anthem House planned this lake wedding just the way Katelyn and Chad imagined it.

Anthem House Planned the Pair’s Lakeside Wedding

Long before their lakeside wedding vows that luxury wedding planning specialist Anthem House helped them plan, Chad and Katelyn were introduced by friends their senior year at Panther Creek High School in Cary. The couple dated for several years while Chad attended N.C. State University and Katelyn earned a degree at Appalachian State University. In July 2020, Chad booked a cabin in the mountains outside of Asheville to celebrate the pair’s 10-year anniversary.

“We love the mountains, and had been cooped up in the house, so I looked at it as a getaway for a change of scenery,” Katelyn says. Little did she know, a big question was waiting for her. Chad asked her to marry him at sunrise and Katelyn said yes. The couple took a hike with their puppy, Lady, to celebrate.

Anthem House’s Caroline Placey helped the couple plan a lake wedding that incorporated a boat ride and tented reception. “We felt like we were working with a friend and were at ease during the whole process knowing that we had Caroline and Anthem House by our side,” says Katelyn. Rosemont Vineyards in LaCrosse, Virginia, hosted the couple’s rehearsal dinner.

Understated Bridal Fashion

Maggi Bridal was Katelyn’s first and last stop on her hunt for a perfect gown. “I loved my experience at Maggi’s,” Katelyn says, adding how her time felt personalized. The bride’s classic updo was thanks to hair artist Modern Alchemy, with soft, natural makeup by Marie Bullock.

“I love their work,” Katelyn says. “Marie’s approach with makeup to show natural beauty, and Sarah [from Modern Alchemy’s] ability to make any hair vision come to life is amazing.”

Katelyn was also adorned in bridal jewelry by Kendra Scott. Elegant drop earrings accentuated her flowing, sleeveless lace gown, which was well-suited to the outdoor ceremony.

Lakeside Vows

On Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, Katelyn and Chad said “I do” at Lake Gaston, North Carolina. Their wedding and reception venue took place at the Whitaker family home. A close family friend officiated the ceremony before 40 of the bride and groom’s closest loved ones and friends. Local watercolor artist Ashley Triggiano wowed guests with a live painting of the waterfront vows. This lake wedding ceremony wasn’t complete, of course, without the couple’s pup, Lady.

After the ceremony, photographer Nikki Whitt Belch of Fancy This Photography joined the newlyweds – and Lady – for a golden hour boat ride and portrait session. The couple says that enjoying time together and going for a cruise after the ceremony was one of the elements of their wedding that they were most looking forward to.

“Nikki is outstanding and so talented,” Katelyn says. “We have loved every minute of working with her and she knows exactly how to make us feel comfortable in order to capture the moment.”

Romantic Anthem House Lake Wedding

Rocky Top Catering catered the ceremony and provided a single-tier white cake. Guests were treated to a unique charcuterie spread displayed on a piece of a boat hull. This tasty spread and creative display aligned with the nautical theme of the wedding. Rather than serving their loved ones wedding cake, Katelyn and Chad offered pints of their favorite Two Roosters ice cream flavors for them to take home. Guests also walked away with stemless champagne flutes, a set of pajamas and a Lake Gaston-themed beer glass and wine cork, which the couple had made from a gift store on Etsy.

The reception took place under a clear-top tent set aglow by bistro lights and filled with stunning florals along with furniture from CE Rental. Dusty blue napkins and hints of blue details on menus paired with light turquoise candles and creamy florals, along with gold utensils completed romantic table settings. Bunn DJ Company kept guests dancing under the tent all evening.

Words of Wisdom

“Take in each moment, no matter how small,” Katelyn says, encouraging other brides-to-be to not allow anything in the way of their own happiness.

Katelyn also adds, “I did go through events in Heart of NC [Weddings] to see vendor’s work. I also compiled a list of dress boutiques from the magazine!”

The couple now resides in Raleigh, where Chad works in finance and business operations and Katelyn works in project management.

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