Cassie & Brooks

Brooks and Cassie were friends long before they started dating, yet in October of 2009, he visited her in Boone her freshman year of college with a special gift in hand. He had made her a jewelry box in shop class that contained a note. Not just any note though; it was a ‘check yes or no’ note. Cassie checked ‘yes’, the couple began dating, and the rest is history!

Our engagement day will forever have my heart for many reasons. We planned a weekend trip in Asheville with my sister, and I was so excited to be in one of my very favorite places for a few days. December 18th was freezing, but beautiful, and encompassed everything a mountainous North Carolina December should be. We spent the morning leading up to the proposal wine tasting and shopping (my favorite things) and had a trip to The Biltmore Estate planned that evening. When we pulled up to the Biltmore house, Brooks (who never wants to take pictures) insisted that we walk to a very specific place to take pictures while the sun set. I was thrilled, I love a good photo op.
As we overlooked the NC Mountains, Brooks said to me while reaching in his pocket, “Cassie, I have a question to ask you.” I still replay the moment over and over in my mind today. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was so surprised - and so excited! So many emotions! Little did I know, Brooks had his cousin, Chad, and girlfriend, Jessie, hiding (along with the group of people they moved from our proposal spot) to take pictures of us. I was still in shock when I saw Chad and Jessie running towards us (with a crowd of strangers cheering behind them) after I said YES! We all went on a candlelight tour of the Biltmore Estate after the engagement and all I could look at was my left-hand ring finger!
After the tour, Brooks had planned for my parents and his to meet us for dinner without me ever knowing. All of my favorite people were involved in this perfect day and I couldn’t imagine it any other way! Brooks and I are so incredibly lucky to have these sweet memories and moments captured by Chad, as he is no longer with us. This made a special day even more memorable. We are forever thankful for December 18th, for the memories it brings, and more importantly...for the people we were fortunate enough to share it with.

Now both with the last name Mayberry, and both being from Pilot Mountain (also known as Mayberry), Brooks and Cassie knew that getting married in their hometown was a no brainer. They chose to have their wedding at JOLO Winery & Vineyards, and incorporated the colors of gold, wine and neutrals.

I woke up at my childhood home on my wedding day. The girls and I drove up to Pilot Mountain to get ready in the quaint cottage at JOLO while the boys played football and hung out around downtown Mount Airy. The girls sipped on JOLO Twinkles and danced to some of our favorite songs while getting all dolled up. Before I knew it, it was time to step into my gorgeous dress and walk down the aisle. My daddy and I slid into the most beautiful old school Bentley and headed up to the ceremony.
Dad and I share a love for many things, one of those being The Beatles. He opened the door of the car to walk me down the aisle and the string quartet started to play “Here Comes the Sun” and my heart melted. I looked at dad and he gave me a wink and a nod and next thing I knew I was standing next to Brooks with the biggest smile on my face. We stood in front of a mantle that my coordinator, mother, and father restored specifically for our day decorated with beautiful flowers, greenery, and our custom wedding logo. The aisle was decorated with flowers and lanterns lining the way, but not just any lanterns. The lanterns were plated with the names of our loved ones who had passed - two of those groomsmen along with our sweet and dearly missed family members. We wanted to make sure they were with us in spirit.
We danced and sang and celebrated with our family and friends and the night ended way too soon. We did a “fake” exit with a flower petal toss and drove our getaway car down to the end of the property for a second of alone time and came back to the party to wrap up the night! We didn’t have to go far at the end of the night because we were able to stay in the adorable little cottage where I got ready that morning, so the night ended where it started! I can’t think of a single thing I could change - it was absolutely perfect. It truly was the best day ever!

CEREMONY/RECEPTION/CATERING JOLO Winery & Vineyards

PHOTOGRAPHY Olivia Suriano of Nancy Ray Photography

GOWN Alvina Valenta from Traditions by Anna

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Donna Morgan from Traditions by Anna

GROOM/GROOMSMEN’S FORMALWEAR F.Rees Company

INVITATIONS Maria Scheel Invitations

CAKE Maxie B's

FLOWERS Taylored Blooms

OFFICIANT Dr. Jon Cawley 

HAIR/MAKEUP Hudson & Co.

WEDDING COORDINATOR Debbie York

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT Anything Music

LIGHTING/RENTALS Cooke Rentals

VIDEOGRAPHY Twenty-One Films

TRANSPORTATION Queen City Party Charters

ALTERATIONS/GOWN PRESERVATION Traditions by Anna

DANCE LESSONS Stephanie Mayberry of Studio 68

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