High Country Wedding Guide

2019

WNC magazine captures the grandeur of the North Carolina mountains and the lifestyle of its people through stunning photography and storytelling. Every issue is a celebration of the people, culture, arts, architecture, history, and foodways of WNC.

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114 HIGHCOUNTRYWEDDINGGUIDE.com Zach & Sarah A P R I L 2 8 , 2 0 1 8 • H E M L O C K B A R N • W E S T J E F F E R S O N , N . C . ( C O N T I N U E D O N PA G E 1 1 6 ) real weddings L ive, laugh, love—it's a motto that's topped many a mantel, and for North Carolinians Zack Strange and Sarah Morales, it truly echoes every step of their relationship. To begin, they met on Halloween at Appalachian State University when Sarah, dressed as Darla from "Finding Nemo" (headgear and all), sidled up to Zack's version of Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter. Conversation commenced and chuckles continued over a year and a half of dating, until he proposed to her on Roan Mountain. About that proposal: He accidentally offered her the ring box upside down, which more or less made it look like he was giving her an empty case. He righted the situation, she said "Yes," and, after months of meticulous planning, the Mountaineers' April nuptials arrived. When party-crashing gnats pestered the couple during the ceremony, their officiant joked it into the blessing, "With the blood of Christ … and a little bit of protein …" All chuckled and Sarah and Zach tipped their communion wine in stride to become, smiles, laughs, itty-bitty sips and all, married. Lace that together with the bride's self- decorated leather jacket and self-designed stationery (Sarah runs a wedding paper studio) and that the couple was the first ever to wed at West Jefferson's Hemlock Barn, and you wind up with just about the coolest newlyweds on the block.

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