Summer Camp Wedding with a Canoe Entrance

Katie Lovett + John Butler | Apr 28, 2018

For Katie and John, their wedding journey started where it all began at Hanging Rock State Park, the site of their first date. The couple, who met on OkCupid, hiked the same trail as that fateful first meeting and enjoyed the view from the top. As they watched horses graze in a pasture full of flowers, John took the perfect moment to ask Katie to marry him! She says, “We were all sweaty in our running clothes and it was perfect and totally us!”

Katie and John’s April wedding took place at Camp Pinnacle, a historic summer camp that doubles as a retreat center and event venue outside of Asheville, North Carolina. They chose a rustic theme with colors of cream, green, blue and purple to compliment the venue that Katie had frequented as a child. Greenery and seasonal wildflowers completed the look and everything was captured perfectly by Sarah Whitmeyer Photography.

Their outdoor ceremony by the lake was beautiful; from the baby’s breath-lined aisle to the gorgeous wooden arbor decorated with greenery, flowers and ferns. After they said “I do," Katie and John made their newlywed arrival to the reception by way of a red canoe. Their gorgeous reception took place in an open-air pavilion located on the camp’s grounds. Katie’s mom spent months handmaking many of the decorations, signage and sweet details that gave a personal touch to the day.

The reception was filled with laughter and dancing, including one of the camp's signature line dances that was  Katie's favorite as a child. The perfect day ended with Katie and John making their exit surrounded by loved ones and sparklers. 

When asked her wedding planning and marriage advice for other brides-to-be, Katie shared, “Make sure to make time for just spending time together without talking about wedding planning. Continue to be silly with each other and talk about the things you are most excited about once you are actually married. Focus on what comes after the wedding because that's what really matters!”

Congratulations, Katie and John!

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Creative Team

Camp Pinnacle

Zowie Entertainment, Eric Everett



Flowers by Larry

Whitmeyer Photography

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