Chapel Hill native Carolyn Stotts met Jake Gann near the beginning of their freshman year at UNC through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. The couple hit it off right away and seven years later in western North Carolina at Black Balsam Knob with the sun setting behind them, Jake proposed.
Carolyn and Jake were married in May 2017 in front of their parents Nancy Jo and David Stotts and Bob and Sue Gann on a beautiful spring day at Old Sherrill’s Inn, just outside of Asheville. Guests showered the couple with confetti on their way out of the ceremony, which was followed by drinks on the venue’s wraparound porch complemented by stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The reception was held in a nearby orchard lit with hundreds of string lights; the night felt magical.
The couple’s first dance was to a cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” that Jake had recorded himself, to Carolyn’s surprise. The father-daughter dance was to a waltz written and recorded by the bride’s father, David, a professor at UNC. The couple celebrated all night with family, friends and their 21-person wedding party – about which the couple declared, “Go big or go home!” – while their DJ, Michael Betts II, kept everyone on the dance floor.
Carolyn and Jake now live in Asheville with their two dogs, PJ and Tupelo. Carolyn is a wedding photographer while Jake handles tech support and web development for Chesapeake Technology.
Photography by Megan Gielow