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Mountain Wedding with a Helicopter Interruption

Jenna Meli + Vinny Meli | Oct 20, 2017

Jenna and Vinny's story started on a dating website when he sent a long, personal message teasing her for getting lost in the Bronx (twice). They messaged back and forth several times, and Jenna was immediately struck by Vinny’s genuineness and sense of humor. She was living in New York and Vinny was in New Jersey but they knew they had to meet so they planned their first date at Chelsea Market and enjoyed getting to know each other over gelato. That date led to Jenna and Vinny looking at rings together. One day not long after, he and Jenna had plans to go to a local Harry Potter festival and Vinny knew the perfect way to start the day. He got up early and surprised Jenna as she woke up by asking her to marry him! It was the sweetest, intimate moment to share with just each other!


When it came to wedding day, they knew they wanted a fall wedding in mountains of North Carolina since Jenna went to Appalachian State and they both loved the idea of an outdoor ceremony. They wanted the focus to be on the love they shared so their ceremony was sans any decorations other than the gorgeous backdrop of the mountains. The two said “I do” surrounded by nature and those who love them most.


The party continued at Overlook Barn, a rustic venue with breathtaking views atop Beech Mountain. The barn space with 30-foot arched ceilings was filled with simple greenery and minimal décor. Candles and pops of gold and burgundy added romance and warmth for the beautiful October wedding. Long wooden tables were lined with greenery runners while the rounds were dressed with greenery centerpieces and gold votives. Twinkling string lights lined the wooden beams and added the prettiest bit of sparkle to the rustic space.


The entire day was perfect, and even a low-flying helicopter that flew overhead during Jenna’s portion of the vows couldn’t take the smiles off hers and Vinny’s faces. It only added to the fun and many jokes were made about it being Jenna’s “Plan B!” The love between Jenna and Vinny was perfectly captured by Samantha Laffoon Photography and they couldn’t have asked for a more perfect start to their happily ever after!


Congratulations, Jenna and Vinny!


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