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Rebecca and Charlie’s (& Bernie’s) Wedding Weekend

Brown Mountain Beach Resort Wedding by Jillian Knight Photography

Rebecca and Charlie’s love story isn’t complete without one very special guest: their English bulldog, Bernie. Bernie was there when Charlie proposed to Rebecca at their home in Chicago. Of course, he was also at their Brown Mountain Beach Resort wedding by Jillian Knight Photography. Rebecca said it was, “the icing on the cake” to have Bernie there. Not only did he attend the wedding at Brown Mountain Beach Resort in Lenoir, NC on September 7, 2019, but Bernie was the life of the party.

After the ceremony, the couple took photos on the creek. Bernie decided that instead of posing, he wanted to dive right into the water. He was splashing around and then rolling in the sand all while wearing his wedding-day flowers. Charlie and Rebecca couldn’t stop laughing. At the same time, all 120 guests were watching from the deck. The best part is that Jillian Knight Photography captured every silly moment. 

Adventurous Bride Groom and Dog Rolling Brown Mountain Beach Resort Wedding by Jillian Knight Photography

Romance and Adventure at Brown Mountain Beach Resort 

Bernie the bulldog may have almost stolen the show. However, nothing could top Rebecca in her gorgeous gown, her handsome husband and the river view behind them. Brown Mountain Beach Resort (BMBR) was the perfect venue for the couple since they wanted a long-weekend getaway filled with romance and adventure. 

While the couple now lives in Chicago, the two met in Raleigh in 2010. For their wedding, they wanted to return to the state where their love story began. Another must-have for Rebecca and Charlie was a venue that would allow them to spend as much time as possible with their friends and family. Kelsey Wallace at BMBR made this happen along with all of the couple’s wedding dreams.

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Rebecca and Charlie along with 55 of their guests stayed in cabins and yurts right on Wilson Creek. They loved how everyone was within walking distance to one another on-site. The day before the wedding, everyone went rafting down the river. Then on September 7, 2019 (the big day!) the couple along with their closest friends and family started their day with a beautiful hike in the heart of the Pisgah National Forest

Rebecca said that it’s so easy to get stuck in the mindset that wedding planning is stressful. However, with BMBR, you can make your day exactly what you want without any stress. Rebecca sent Kelsey her vision and Kelsey made it happen. Even all the way from Chicago, Rebecca felt that the process was almost effortless. 

In addition to a picturesque outdoor setting, the interior of BMBR is equally amazing. Rebecca and Charlie actually chose to say “I do” inside in the Rock Pavillion next to the fireplace. They made the ceremony even more special with their dear friend Sidney officiating the wedding. 

Rustic Elegant Mountain Kiss Bride and Groom Brown Mountain Beach Resort Wedding by Jillian Knight Photography

Soft and Sophisticated Memories by Jillian Knight Photography 

Jillian Knight Photography exceeded the couple’s expectations. Not only did she capture the special moments that they shared with Bernie, but every single part of the wedding was documented beautifully. Jillian’s attention to detail is unmatched. Her soft, sophisticated style creates gorgeous photographs. She values getting to know her couples and their unique love stories. Rebecca said it best: “anyone can take posed pictures, but to get the candid shots, the ones that capture the happiness and love, takes such vision and talent.”

Candlelit Fireplace Wedding Ceremony Brown Mountain Beach Resort Wedding by Jillian Knight Photography
Bride and Groom Fun Dancing Brown Mountain Beach Resort Wedding by Jillian Knight Photography

To see more of Jillian’s beautiful wedding photography, check out Brian & Ann-Marie’s Black and Fuchsia Wedding in Downtown Raleigh!

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