Fall Whitewater Center Wedding

Burnt orange and powder blue. What perfect colors for an outdoor fall wedding, pulling from the natural colors of the changing leaves and the clear skies!

Rebekah and Matt’s October wedding was chock full of autumn inspiration, with pumpkins, leaves, and sunflowers enhancing the natural fall beauty at the US National Whitewater Center. We absolutely loved seeing their plans come to life, and we didn’t hate working in this beautiful space either!

An orange pumpkin and yellow sunflower sit on a burlap runner atop a wooden table. A framed photo and blue mason jar sit nearby.
The silhouette of a wedding dress is seen hanging in a large floor to ceiling window.
Black and white photo or three women sitting down facing a mirror. We see their backs and the reflection of them putting on makeup.

This was my first time at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, although my brother LOVES the place and has a season pass. I can certainly see the draw, and if I lived in Charlotte I’d be considering getting a pass myself! Walking trails surround the water itself, and the list of activities seems endless- kayaking, rafting, high ropes, rock climbing, and zip lining! Rebekah and Matt met their friends out here the day before the wedding so they could explore all the center has to offer. I’m amazed they still had enough energy for the dance floor, but oh did they ever!

Close up on two pairs of feet walking. One person wears light grey pants and brown dress shoes, the other wears a white wedding dress and light colored Chaco sandals.
US National Whitewater Center Wedding Party
US National Whitewater Center Wedding Party
US National Whitewater Center, view of the river with people kayaking and paddle boarding.

Working with Rebekah on her wedding coordination was extra special, because we were both in Phi Mu together at Appalachian State University! I didn’t know Matt pre-Rebekah, but I can tell from the way they interact that they are a match of equals, and that they make each other stronger. I am so honored to have been a part of their celebration!

US National Whitewater Center Wedding Party
Top down view of a circle of feet, all wearing chacos and holding babies breath bouquets down toward the center.
A white bride in a white gown stands in the forest, with bridesmaids in powder blue gowns standing on either side of her. Four to the left and 3 to the right. They are looking at each other and chatting, while the bride looks right at the camera.
Close up on white hands holding a bouquet of babies breath. Attached to the bouquet is a miniature picture frame showing a black and white photo of a bride and groom.
A white groom wearing a light grey suit and burnt orange vest smiles as he watched his bride reveal that she is wearing chacos under her wedding gown.

The Whitewater Center has a beautiful little amphitheater in the forest where Rebekah and Matt got married, and a covered pavilion nearby for the reception. And of course they were free to wander the whole park for photos!

A wedding party stands at a forested altar, secven bridesmaids in light blue on the left and 7 groomsmen in light grey on the right, with the bride and groom and officiant in the center on a small wooden stage.
A white father in a black suit kisses his daughter on the cheek after walking her down the aisle for her wedding ceremony.
Woodsy Fall Wedding
A bride and groom stand on a wooden bridge, looking at each other.
A circle of fifteen hands wearing colorful ring pops.
A bride and groom look at each other smiling, holding hands while walking slightly ahead of their wedding party. The party is wearing light blue and light grey.
A groom in light grey and bride in white look at each other while walking toward us over a wooden bridge.
A white bride in a white gown and brown fur coat holds her groom, who is wearing a light grey suit with a burnt orange vest. They are looking at each other.
Close up on a stack of white gold wedding rings, sitting on a table with babies breath behind them. There is a warm glow, as if from candlelight.

With such a gorgeous outdoor setting, Rebekah and Matt kept their decorations minimal and DIY! Framed photos acted as table names, and fresh sunflowers added another fall accent to the tables. And their amazing fall themed desserts were made by Matt’s grandmother! We love that their dogs made an appearance on the cake!

A fall themed dessert table features 4 dark stained wooden crates holding cupcakes and fall leaves. In front of the crates sits a white, two tiered cake with 2 dog figurines on top.
Close up on a display of cupcakes. Some have chocolate frosting, some have vanilla frosting, and some of the vanilla have blueberries on top.
Close up on a display of cupcakes. Some have chocolate frosting, some have vanilla frosting, and some of the vanilla have blueberries on top.
Close up on a bulletin board with a variety of photos tacked to it, alongside which there are lists of names.
Black and white photo showing a close up of two people dancing, from their shoulders to their hips. They are holding hands and slow dancing.
A bride in white dancing with her father. They are holding hands and facing away from each other, mid twist.
Women dancing on the dance floor at an outdoor wedding.
Close up of bride and groom dancing. They are holding each other close, smiling with eyes closed, their noses together.

Shout out to all the vendors Rebekah and Matt lined up to pull together their special day!

Venue & Catering: US National Whitewater Center

Photography: Amy Ellis Photography

Coordinator: Emily Katherine Events

Florist: Seasonal Bounty

Cake: Homemade by Matt’s Grandmother

Ceremony Music: King & Company

Makeup: Dawn Young

Hair: Denise Kerkorian

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaid Gowns: Union Station

Invitations: Vistaprint