Elizabeth Perry & Thacher Karner

February 6, 2021

A carpenter and builder from Vermont, Thacher moved to Glenville, North Carolina, to help build a second location of Deerfoot Lodge, a Christian camp for boys. Elizabeth, who had just moved home to Greenville, had worked for a sister ministry while in New York. The two met after Elizabeth decided to volunteer at Deerfoot. It wasn’t until her second stint of volunteering, when Thacher saw Elizabeth using a chainsaw to build treehouses, that he knew she was the girl for him. After she returned home, the pair corresponded via handwritten letters (there is no cell service at the camp) and met up on weekends to go hiking. In May 2020, Thacher made the move to Greenville. Honoring their love of adventure, he proposed to Elizabeth at the summit of Big Rock Mountain—an apt location considering the size of the ring he placed on her finger. With COVID-19 still spreading, and given their desire for a short engagement, the couple was married at the Old Hickory House in Brevard, North Carolina, in a snowy ceremony surrounded by family.

By TK Yang Photography