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Witney Carson’s Planning “Rustic, Woodsy” Winter Wedding in January

Witney Carson and Carson McAllister hold hands in forestWitney Carson and fiance Carson Mcallister are planning a "woodsy" winter wedding in January. Credit: India Earl Photography

For Witney Carson, it’s all about a cozy, rustic and romantic feel for her upcoming winter wedding. Carson’s fiance and love of four years, Carson Mcallister, proposed in October with the cutest seaside engagement. Now the couple is wasting no time getting started on planning their January 2016 nuptials. Carson, a professional dancer and winner of Dancing With the Stars season 19, met Mcallister in their hometown, American Forks, Utah, and they both knew the mountains in mid-winter would be the perfect snowy setting. And if we learned anything from their dreamy winter wonderland engagement shoot, their wedding is going to be just magical. We have the exclusive scoop from Carson on her wedding details as the planning unfolds. We’re expecting big things for the couple’s first dance, of course, plus a solid turnout from the DWTS cast!

“The inspiration for the wedding came from my hometown in Utah,” Carson tells The Knot. “It’s so beautiful here and I’ve always loved it! I wanted the wedding to be cozy and warm, romantic, and embody the essence of Utah in winter. I’ve always wanted my wedding to be simple yet romantic, but can still give people an impression of who Carson and I are together.”

Carson Mcallister holding Witney Carson standing in forest

Witney Carson and fiance Carson Mcallister took engagement photos in a beautiful forest. Credit: India Earl Photography

Carson achieved a similar look with her winter engagement photos. India Earl of India Earl Photographer shared the stunning snowy photos with The Knot on December 2.

“There will definitely be elements of the winter wonderland shoot in our wedding,” Carson shares with The Knot. “We want it to be rustic, woodsy and romantic and I think when it all comes together it’ll be magical!”

“The wedding will be this January, and yes it’s quick!” the Dancing With the Stars pro adds. “We don’t like to waste any time.”

Carson Mcallister holding Witney Carson in front of pine tree

Carson Mcallister wraps his arms around fiancee Witney Carson in front of a beautiful pine tree. Credit: India Earl Photography

With little time to shop, the professional dancer fortunately already had a good idea of the type of wedding dress she wanted. “I’ve always wanted my dress to be extravagant with lots of glitz and glam, but I think now I’m into the simpler, classy look,” Carson says. “I love old vogue with the high neck and long train—something timeless and classy that I can love forever.”

Witney Carson and fiance Carson Mcallister posing in snowy forest

Witney Carson and fiance Carson Mcallister hold hands in front of a snow-covered forest. Credit: India Earl Photography

Carson also has big plans for her first dance with her husband. “Obviously dance has been a big part of my life and now Carson’s life. We’re definitely dancing to our song from high school and it’s ‘Must Be Doin’ Somethin Right’ by Billy Currington,” she shares. “We’re country folk at heart—then we might have a little surprise for everyone if Carson can buckle down and learn some choreography. But, we’ll see!”

We’ll also see if Carson’s Dancing With the Stars costars will be part of the surprise. “A lot of my bridesmaids are actually from the show. They’re flying from tour straight to the wedding—they’re such great friends!” Carson shares. “I’m expecting all my old partners, Alfonso Ribeiro and his family, Chris Soules, and Carlos Penavega and his wife, Alexa Penavega. Should be an amazing night; I can’t wait to share it with the ones I love the most!”

Witney Carson and Carson Mcallister kissing

Witney Carson and fiance Carson Mcallister share a kiss while wrapped up in a winter blanket. Credit: India Earl Photography

Even though Carson hasn’t had much time to plan her wedding, she’s been enjoying the process.

“I thought wedding planning would be super stressful, but I’ve come to find it’s actually been so fun!” she tells The Knot. “I’m able to create this vision with so many people helping me. I have a great wedding planner (Michael Russo), two moms who’ve been to every meeting and many friends that are more than willing to help! The best part has been picking out the decorations and the flowers. In my opinion, that’s what makes the wedding beautiful. I’m able to still use my creative side and come up arrangements and looks I love. It’s been so fun!”

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