WEDDING GUIDE 2012 Issue
Blue Ridge Mountains
from rustic to formal... 16 most desired High Country venues
TOP TRENDS 13 IDEAS TO INSPIRE YOUR WEDDING
from High Country brides
THIS ISSUE 18 Here Come the Brides 58 Literary Love 70 Be Inspired
IN EVERY ISSUE Real Weddings 30 Venue Guide 82 Local Expert Tips 87 Planning Timeline 94 Vendor Directory
HCWG TEAM Rachael Mills OWNER/PUBLISHER/GRAPHIC DESIGN Karen Bromby ADVERTISING SALES/WRITER Kerri Weatherly WRITER/SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR Kim Rowland COPY EDITING COVER
Kathryn and Blake Ware photographed by Matt Powell Photography on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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Libby and Neal | July 16, 2011
Fresh Elegance Allie and Jason| May 28, 2011
PHOTOS LIAM PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE WESTGLOW RESORT & SPA FLOWERS FUSCHIA MOSS FLORAL DESIGN BRIDAL ATTIRE J MAJORS RECEPTION MUSIC DIGITAL DJS RENTALS CLASSIC PARTY RENTALS CAKE HALLMARK CAKES TRANSPORTATION AIR HAVEN LIMOUSINE REHEARSAL DINNER APPLE BARN HONEYMOON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Allie: Our wedding day was one of pure joy and excitement. The ceremony took place at 5 p.m. on the outdoor courtyard overlooking Johns River Gorge. Afterward, our guests were invited to the manor house for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a bar that was set up on the West Portico for all to enjoy the stunning view of Grandfather Mountain. The reception featured an amazing spread catered by Westglow’s excellent staff. Once the music began, the dance floor wasn’t vacant for the rest of the evening. We could not have asked for a more beautiful wedding day. We felt blessed by everyone and everything that made our wedding weekend truly feel like a fairy tale…
VENUE: Allie and Jason were married on the courtyard at Westglow with 175 of their closest friends and family. RECEPTION: After hors dâ€™oeuvres inside the mansion and on the West Portico, guest returned to the lawn where the ceremony site had been transformed into a beautiful reception area. Allie chose yellow and light blue--a fresh color pallet for her flowers. CAKE: Two layers were tiramisu, another was chocolate cake with cheescake filling, and the fourth was vanilla with chocolate ganache on the bottom.
To read Allie & Jasonâ€™s complete story, visit highcountryweddingguide.com/realweddings.
Libby and Neal | July 16, 2011 PHOTOS VISIO PHOTOGRAPHY RECEPTION MEADOWBROOK INN DRESS DID SOMEONE SAY PARTY CEREMONY MUSIC LIZ SALTER HAIR LUXE SALON TRANSPORTATION AIR HAVEN LIMOUSINE HONEYMOON JAMAICA
Libby: The verse, “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens,” comes to mind when I think of our first meeting. Neal and I both transferred to Appalachian State University and, unbeknownst to us, even had mutual acquaintances, but we never crossed paths. After college, we both worked at the same small high school; Neal as a basketball coach and I as a teacher. Still, Neal and I never met. With several mutual friends in the small community we lived in, Neal and I could have met numerous times. But the universe had a plan. It wasn’t until four years later that one of these mutual friends had the idea of setting us up on a blind date, and Neal and I haven’t been apart since...
VENUE: Libby and Neal wed at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church in Linville. RECEPTION: Guests traveled on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock. FLORAL DESIGN: Designed by Sandy Henderson to accompany the plum and green apple color scheme. GUEST BOOK: Guests were asked to write a message to the bride and groom on white-labeled wine bottles.
To read Libby & Neal’s complete story, visit highcountryweddingguide.com/realweddings.
60 Deer Run Lane, Banner Elk, NC 28604
Sara and Andrew | September 23, 2011 Sara: I grew up in Banner Elk, NC and Andrew was raised down under in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Our love for adventure and travel brought us together. We met in a small rustic bar in Keystone, CO on New Year’s Eve. I was working as a traveling nurse in Denver and Andrew was working as a lift operator at Arapahoe Basin. We have followed each other around the world from Australia, to the U.S. to Europe and back. After five years together, we began planning a wedding in my hometown while living in Australia with the help of Events by Elizabeth Ashley...
PHOTOS CAROLINE GHETTES VENUE BANNER ELK WINERY & INN WEDDING PLANNING AND FLORAL DESIGN EVENTS BY ELIZABETH ASHLEY CATERING GADABOUTS CAKE HALLMARK CAKES MUSIC THE WRIGHT STUFF HAIR STUDIO M SALON BEAUTY BEAUTIFUL BRIDE ON LOCATION ATTIRE SOUTH’S SPECIALTY CLOTHIERS
INSPIRATION: The colors were creamy whites and metallic golds paired with jewel tones inspired by the Blue Ridge sunsets. CEREMONY: The couple wed in the upper vineyard at Banner Elk Winery and stayed in the Blueberry Villa. INVITATIONS: Created at Zazzle.com. RECEPTION: The winery hosted an intimate, candlelit reception with a plated dinner prepared by Gadabouts. FLORAL DESIGN: The floral theme was vintage glam and accented with antique brooches and peacock feathers. CAKE: Layers consisted of creme brulée, carrot cake, and chocolate ganache on top.
To read Sara & Andrew’s complete story, visit highcountryweddingguide.com/realweddings.
HERE COME THE
BRIDES Erica’s photography by Pixels On Paper | Christine’s photography by Kismet Photography Story by Karen Bromby
Christine with bridesmaids.
Erica with bridesmaids.
Sisters Christine and Erica Furman wed just one month apart at the same location. How were they able to pull it off without sibling rivalry? High Country Wedding Guide caught up with the Furman family to hear about the recent destination weddings of two sisters, Erica and Christine, who wed one month apart in the High Country. They used many of the same vendors, including their grandparentsâ€™ barn as the venue in Boone. What were the advantages and disadvantages? Was there friendly competition? Did Mr. and Mrs. Furman ever imagine two of their daughters would walk down the aisle the same year, let alone a month apart? We interviewed sisters Christine Furman Harmon and Erica Furman Walecka, along with mother-of-the-brides, Allison Furman, and wedding coordinator, Melissa Riley of Day of your Dreams, to get the scoop.
Erica’s Details CURRENT RESIDENCE Greensboro, NC PHOTOGRAPHY Pixels On Paper VENUE Lost Valley Stables FLOWERS & CATERING Events by Grouse Moor ATTIRE Lily Rose Bridal Joseph A. Bank MUSIC Melissa Burris Trevor Owens CAKE Sweet Rosi’s Cakes WEDDING COORDINATION Day of Your Dreams BEAUTY Beautiful Bride on Location GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Green Park Inn Erica is wearing a gown by Pronovias from Lily Rose Bridal in Charlotte, NC. Bridal portraits were taken at The Lodges at Eagles Nest in Banner Elk, NC.
HCWG: Erica, what was your vision for your wedding day? Erica: We took our inspiration from the classy, modern swank of a pin-stripe suit. I wanted chic and classic clean lines. From the beginning I didn’t want frilly, girly stuff - that isn’t me, and certainly isn’t “us.” By no means did I want “simple.” However, I really wanted a gown that was dramatic. It was clean, super
chic and unexpected. The violet flowers and my purple shoes were frilly hints that kept the vision fun. Melissa: Erica and Andrew’s wedding was classic and sophisticated. It was an enchanted evening under a canopy of stars. The newlyweds made a point to enjoy their own day and visit with guests. In fact, they had such a great time they ended up extending their reception.
Erica & Andrew June 25, 2011
Christine & Stephen July 30, 2011
Christine’s Details CURRENT LOCATION Golden, CO PHOTOGRAPHY Kismet Photography VENUE Lost Valley Stables FLOWERS & CATERING Events by Grouse Moor ATTIRE Lily Rose Bridal Men’s Warehouse MUSIC Raymond Hemms Cathy Baranski Melissa Burris Trevor Owens CAKE Hallmark Cakes WEDDING COORDINATION Day of Your Dreams BEAUTY Changes Salon Beautiful Bride on Location PHOTOBOOTH ShutterBooth
Christine is wearing a gown by Tara Keely from Lily Rose Bridal in Charlotte, NC and boots from Watsonatta Western World in Boone.
HCWG: Christine, what was your vision for your wedding day? Christine: From the start, Stephen and I had a vision of a classy but casual wedding. We had imagined a beautiful outdoor wedding, full of our family and friends wishing us into the next chapter of our lives. It was described as a rustic garden party. Our guests were greeted by a horse-drawn carriage to take them to the ceremony site – a lovely barn in the mountains of North Carolina. Upon
arrival, guests were directed by handpainted, wooden signs pointing to the various attractions of the evening. These rustic details were only the beginning of a variety of many that made our wedding so special and uniquely us. Melissa: Christine and Stephen’s wedding style was elegant, yet fun and playful. It was a perfectly romantic English garden party followed by a candlelight dinner. The couple beamed with love and happiness. 23 • highcountryweddingguide.com
The Furman family from left: Nicole, Allison, Erica, Jim, and Christine.
HCWG: Was there any concern about each wedding day being unique? Christine: Of course - especially since we were both using the same venue for the ceremonies and receptions. I was nervous that they were going to be too similar and not showcase our unique styles. I really tried to just remember that at the end of the summer, we’d both be happily married - the weddings were exciting and fun, but the marriages are really what this is all about. Erica: From the very beginning, Christine and I had very different visions for our weddings. Christine and Stephen were much more organic in their vision and Andrew and I were envisioning something high-fashion and opulent. We would regularly check in with each other to make sure our elements would be distinct and special. Melissa: Both girls had a very clear and different vision for their own wedding. 24 • highcountryweddingguide.com
Each reflected their styles and personalities. The ceremonies and festivities were held on different parts of the property which helped define the mood and feel for each. Allison: It was not like when I got married and you had a church wedding with a reception in the fellowship hall. Both of the fiancés were verbal about their ideas for the weddings, so the ceremonies were each a reflection of two individuals becoming a family. We all wanted to honor the couples and have fun with it! HCWG: Were there any moments of competition planning the weddings? Erica: As we were working out the details there were definitely moments of competition. Having our weddings so close, we didn’t want to both have the same details - like sparklers instead of bird seed as the send-off - because we didn’t want them to be too similar, or heaven-forbid, forgetful!
Melissa: Well, Iâ€™d say that with any other sisters there would have been potential for competition. However, these two were more concerned with their marriages than the actual wedding days. They knew their hearts for their own weddings, and allowed one another complete freedom to plan their dream weddings. Allison: They made me so proud! I was really moved by how the girls were there for each other. They were each very, very good to accommodate the other if she wanted to do something unique. There was a lot of good communication, and the sisters (older sister, Nicole, was in both weddings) just circled around the one who was getting married that day. HCWG: Did you find it advantageous to use some of the same vendors? Christine: I think the biggest advantage was they were familiar with both weddings! This was a great thing in terms of getting to know the vendors on a personal level - they really got to know our family. It was clear that they knew and understood the blessings and challenges of two sisters getting married in one summer - they were able to help create two different weddings that really showcased our own styles.
that having Buddy take care of decor, catering and floral would be a blessing. For me, this meant that I didnâ€™t have to continually call the caterers to make sure they were on board with what the florist and the decorator were doing - it made everything work together conveniently. HCWG: What were some of your most memorable wedding details? Christine: Special details during the ceremony, such as the large wooden cross Stephen built with my uncle, kept the focus on the simplistic beauty of our ceremony. We decided early in the wedding planning process to not include a dance floor at the reception. Instead of a father-daughter dance, we reintroduced the horses that brought the guests to the ceremony with a father-daughter ride. After the ceremony my dad and I snuck away to the horses and jumped on. We rode through the meadow behind the barn and over to the horse ring, where my dad let Stephen take his horse and join me for a ride. It was a beautiful and poetic way to celebrate my transition into married life with Stephen.
Erica: We decided it would be great to have Buddy Fore, with Events by Grouse Moor, do both weddings because he would know the details of both and be able to easily make sure they were distinctly different. This ended up working out great because Buddy would come over, talk about my wedding, and then we would Skype Christine and Stephen and they would talk about theirs. Having Christine so far away in Colorado meant 25 â€˘ highcountryweddingguide.com
Erica: Our wedding party was introduced and Andrew and I shared a special moment dancing to “Close Enough” by Sean McConnell. With our longdistance relationship, this song held immense meaning for both of us. Another highlight of the evening was our photo booth. We used the strip photos from ShutterBooth as our guestbook and guest favors: each strip was printed twice, once for the guest and once for our guestbook. Next to each photo strip are notes of love and marital advice for Andrew and me to flip through and cherish. Melissa: No detail was too small to go untouched in either wedding. However, the most important details were in the marriage ceremonies themselves. I remember Mrs. Furman saying early on, “A wedding is a day; a marriage a lifetime.” Both ceremonies were focused on the couples and their promises to God. They both had full worship services with communion for all guests. They made a point to keep their focus, which I believe was the key to pulling off two amazing and memorable weddings in five weeks. HCWG: Mrs. Furman, would you be willing to share any particularly poignant moments for you, as a parent? Allison: I truly enjoyed watching all three of my daughters be there for one another. It is special for a mom to see her daughters as adults, helping each other. I was blessed to help serve communion at both ceremonies and I had a very special moment while serving communion at Erica and Andrew’s wedding. I was able to serve someone very special to me their first communion. Christine 26 • highcountryweddingguide.com
and Stephen decided to dispense with the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony. Before the wedding, I witnessed them seeing each other for the first time that day, what we called the “first embrace.” At that moment she was more his bride than our daughter. I realized then that this was the beginning of a new, beautiful part of our journey as a family. HCWG: So how is married life? Christine: Stephen and I love married life! It’s such a fun adventure, and I love knowing I’ll be with my best friend for the rest of my life. It is a challenge living so far away from the rest of my family, especially since our sister, Nicole, has two beautiful baby girls and another boy on the way. I do miss them a lot but I’m thankful for great technology that keeps us in touch. Erica: Life as newlyweds is wonderful. It is nice to have someone to talk to, other than my dog, when I get home. Andrew and I have recently begun playing Scrabble regularly. We are enjoying time together and trying to work out who does what chores, but we are enjoying every moment of our new life. Our families have been using video chatting and technology a lot recently to stay connected. HCWG: Thank you so much for sharing your stories with us. We wish you and your family the greatest happiness to come!
Mountain Fun Kathryn and Blake| July 9, 2011
PHOTOS MATT POWELL PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN CLUB CATERING/RENTALS/FLORAL DESIGN EVENTS BY GROUSE MOOR MUSIC HEARTBEAT OF SOUL CAKE HALLMARK CAKES HAIR HAIRCUT 101
Kathryn: I have always had a love for the mountains, but had no idea that falling in love with Blake would also mean falling in love with the North Carolina High Country. After growing up in Alabama, the moderate weather with mild humidity is one aspect that is extremely attractive to me. When Blake proposed at Thanksgiving, Boone was our first choice of locations for a summer wedding. We selected the Blue Ridge Mountain Club as our venue. There are not words to describe the majestic beauty and calming peace of the site. It was truly God’s chapel and there was nowhere else we would want to unite than in this picture-perfect spot. Even the open-air pavilion boasted spectacular mountain views all around. On top of a moutain surrounded by great family and friends and before God, togerher my best friend and I stepped into our forever...
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VENUE: Kathryn and Blake held their ceremony on the lawn at the BRMC at Watson Gap. THEME: The couple wanted their guests to experience a fun and casual, yet elegant, atmosphere. DRESS: Kathryn’s gown was passed down to her from her mother. INVITATIONS: The invitations were made to reflect the relaxed atmosphere that Kathryn and Blake wanted to create for their guests. PHOTO BOOTH: Kathryn’s brother manned the photo booth the couple had created. FAVORS: Blake is a teacher in Indianola, MS and the praline pecans are local favorites. GAMES: The couple incorporated several games into their reception including corn hole, iSpy with cameras and a lawn bowling set.
To read Kathryn & Blake’s complete story, visit highcountryweddingguide.com/realweddings.
Venue Guide T he Venue Guide provides a collection of the
most desir ed venues in the High Countr y, and all
the infor mation you will need to begin your venue selection from location and capacity, to price and amenities offered.
Banner Elk Winery & Inn The Lodges at Eagles Nest 19 E
To Asheville 30 â€˘ highcountryweddingguide.com
PA RK W AY
Summit Trail Solarium Daniel Boone Native Gardens
FOSCOE Grandfather Vineyard & Winery
Appalachian Ski Mtn. Crestwood Resort & Spa Camp Sky Ranch Chetola Resort Blowing Rock Conference Center
Westglow Resort & Spa
Meadowbrook Inn BLOWING ROCK
Green Park Inn
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Appalachian Ski Mtn. 940 Ski Mountain Road, Blowing Rock www.appskimtn.com
U n ique to wester n No r th C arolin a, o u r tr ad i ti onal B avari ans tyle lodg e offers an intimate mountain s etti n g wi th p a n o r a m i c B l u e Ridg e views. We are the exclu s ive, s ceni c choi ce f or yo ur rece ption, ceremony or rehearsal d i n n er. C h oose f r om f ou r even t s p aces fo r s ma l l or l arg e g a therings. Our exce ptional culinar y sta f f wi l l h el p crea te a n event to rem em ber.
Real Wedding from this venue on page 86. Top and bottom photo by Sara Jane Case. Bottom right photo by Calculated Image.
Banner Elk Winery & Inn 60 Deer Run Lane, Banner Elk www.bannerelkwinery.com
T he Banner Elk Winer y & Inn offer s a u n i q u e a n d r o m a n ti c setting f or nu p t ials in any s eas o n. Exchang e vows bef ore a crackling fire, or ste p outside to our g r a cious porch, ter race or g arden for a ceremony overlooking our vineyards, rolling mountains, fields of blueber r i es a nd pr iva te tro u t po nd.
Real Wedding from this venue on pages 16 & 17.
Blowing Rock Conference Center 1818 Goforth Road, Blowing Rock www.brccenter.org
VENU E AT A GL ANCE
T he Blowing Rock Conference Center o f f er s m a n y venu e o p tions f or weddings fro m th e ou tdo or s tone chapel or i n timate indoor chapel, to several locati o n s f o r r ece p ti o n s th at will fit into any wedding budg et. L o ca ted i n th e h ea r t o f Blowing Rock , B lowin g Rock C on ference Center i s an a f fordable option complete with m ountain views and our war m and f ri endly sta f f.
Real Wedding from this venue featured on pages 82 & 83. Photos by Matt Powell Photography.
Camp Sky Ranch 634 Sky Ranch Road, Blowing Rock www.campskyranchevents.com
T he rich histo r y behind Camp Sk y Ran ch o n l y en h a n ces th e n atur a l bea uty o f this H igh Co u ntr y tr eas u re. One hu nd red f o r ty stunning acres lie n es tled in a val l ey between B oone a nd Blowing Rock. Our open-air chapel , r u s ti c ca b i n s a n d th e cam pâ€™s dining hall s u r rou n d a larg e g ras s y m ea dow, a llowing u s to accommo date b oth i n door a nd outdo or weddin g even ts.
Real Wedding from this venue on pages 50 & 51. Photos by Katie Langley Photography.
Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock 500 N. Main Street, Blowing Rock www.chetola.com
From intimate winter weddings in a hi s t o r i c es ta te h o m e to g ala celebrations on the vast lakefro n t l aw n s, C h et o l a f eatures 87 acres of breathtaking beau ty a n d p r i s ti n e g r o u n d s. E vent locations include Ar bor by the L a ke, th e E verg reen Room, Timberlakeâ€™s Restau r a n t, the Lakefront Veranda and six others. E n j oy l ux ur ious a ccommodatio ns in C heto la L od g e, T he Bob Timberlake Inn or s p a cious condo miniu ms.
Real Wedding from this venue on page 68 & 69. Top photo by Emily Angle Photography.
Crestwod Resort & Spa 3236 Shulls Mill Road, Boone www.crestwoodresortandspa.com
C r estwood is a timeless fusion of moder n a n d tr a d i ti o n a l s t yl es. Proudly f ea tur in g T h e In n, T he Spa, T h e Tabl e at Cres twood r es taurant and T he Dawg Star Bar & Gr i l l e, o u r u n i q u e m o u n ta i n r etreat is located in the hear t of Nor th C a r o l i n a â€™s H i g h C o u n tr y, b e tween Boone and Blowing Rock, near th e B l u e R i d g e Pa r kway. We o ffer a variety o f s tu nning settings for your ideal mountai n wedding.
Real Wedding from this venue on pages 88 & 89. Top photo by Katie Langley Photography.
Daniel Boone Native Gardens 651 Horn in the West Drive, Boone www.danielboonegardens.org
Daniel Boone Native Gar dens provide a b ea u ti f u l i n -town s etting for weddings events. Open May th r o u g h O cto b er, the g ardens feature a colorful, ever-ch a n g i n g a r r ay o f n a tive A ppa la chia n wildf lowers, s h r u b s and f l oweri n g tr ees. Choo s e from three main s tag i ng areas -- a larg e wedding lawn, an intima te r o ck g a r den with small waterfall o r an infor m al mea dow.
Photos by Matt Powell Photography.
The Eseeola Lodge 175 Linville Avenue, Linville www.eseeola.com
T h e Eseeola Lodg e featu res a variety o f venu es and am eni ti es for your wedding event. From spa s er v i ces, t o g o l f, t o a ccommodations, our experienced staf f w i l l ca ter to yo u r ever y need to ens u re you r weddin g event i s s u cces s f u l . T he p roper ty boasts views of Grandfather M o u n ta i n a n d o f f er s multiple indoo r a n d o u td o o r venu es.
See Literary Love on page 58 for more photos from this venue. Top and bottom left photos by Jonathan Burton Photography.
Grandfather Vineyard &Winery 225 Vineyard Lane, Banner Elk www.grandfathervineyard.com
N estled below o u r lu s h ter raced vin eyard , G rand f ather Winer y is a pristine venue for your ro m a n ti c H i g h C o u n tr y wedding. You and your guests will en j oy th e b r ea th ta k i n g views of Grandfather Mo u n ta i n a n d th e p ea cef u l r ushing waters of the Wa t a u g a R iver. W i th o u r conven ient locatio n between B oone and B anner E l k , l et G r a n d f a th er Wi ner y create you r d ream wed d i ng !
Photos by Visio Photography.
Green Park Inn 9239 Valley Blvd., Blowing Rock www.greenparkinn.com
L isted on the National Register of His to r i c Pl a ces, th e G reen Park Inn is both g raceful and el eg a n t. O p en ed i n 1 891, it is the last of the â€œGr and M an o r H o tel s â€? i n wes ter n N or th Ca r olina. T h is High C ou n tr y lan d m ark of f ers one of the larg est dining facilities in Blowing Ro ck . I t o f f er s b o th i ndoor and outdoor event spaces, alon g w i th th e o utstanding cuisine of James Beard Fo u n d a ti o n n o m inee Chef James Welch. Let our d elightful staff take the wor r y out o f your specia l d ay.
The Lodges at Eagles Nest 68 Eagles Nest Trail, Banner Elk www.eaglesnestbe.com
A t T he L odg es at Eagles Nes t, the b reathtak i ng s cener y al one wi ll make your wedding unforg ettable. Fo r a n o u td o o r wed d i n g cerem ony a nd rece ptio n, the H ear t Rock A m phi theater, Cl i f f E d g e L ibr a r y a nd Great C amp Pav ilio n are the pi ctu re of p e rfection. Overlooking the majestic B l ue Ridg e Mountains at an el evation of 4,500 feet, the s p ectacular long-rang e views m a ke an exquisite backdrop f o r a f a ir yta le wedding. Photos by David Morrison.
Leatherwood Mountains 512 Meadow Road, Ferguson www.leatherwoodmountains.com
L et our staff help you plan the perfect m o u n ta i n wed d i n g th a t wi l l be r em em bered for a lifetime. B reathtak i ng v i ews and pas to ral va lleys with g razin g ho rs es s et th e s tag e. We can accom m odate an intima te a f ter n o o n g a t h er i n g or a weekend- l o n g even t f o r s ever a l hundr ed of yo u r cl o s es t f r i e n d s. Yo u an d you r gu es ts wi l l enj oy l u xu r y ac commo dations at ou r ver y s peci al m ou ntai n hi d eaway. Real Wedding from this venue on pages 54 & 55. Above photo by Tracey Turpin Photography. Bottom left photo by Alively Photography. Bottom right photo by Tommy White Photography.
Meadowbrook Inn 711 Main Street, Blowing Rock
www.meadowbrook-inn.com | www.WeddingShowoftheNCMtns.com
C onvenience a nd g racious ser vice make th e M ea d owb r o o k I n n a favorite spot for weddings in Blowin g Ro ck . W i th 6 2 g u es t r o oms and plenty of parking, this in-town l o ca ti o n i s s u p er b a n y tim e of the y ear. Meadowbroo k Inn o f fer s indoor an d ou tdo or even t s paces, awa r d-winning cu is ine and b everag e s er vices f or a ll weddin g fes tivities.
Real Wedding from this venue on pages 12 & 13. Top photo by Katie Langley Photography.
Summit Trail Solarium 221 College Street, Plemmons Student Union, Boone www.weddings.appstate.edu
Combine an outdoor feel for your wed d i n g r ece p ti o n wi t h the peace of mind of an indoor venue. T h e S u m m i t Tr a i l S olarium offers a stunning ar ray of pl a n ts, wa ter f a l l s, a n d g org eous g ranite f loors. Open to mem b er s of the Appalachian State family, our s u per b sta f f pu ts you r min d at eas e s o you can enjoy your special day, including o u r exce ptional in-house cater ing.
Real Wedding from this venue featured on pages 64 & 65. Photos by Katie Langley Photography.
Twickenham House 1329 Phoenix Colvard Road, Jefferson www.twickenhamhouse.com
E s cape to Twickenham House for a week f i l l ed wi th wed d i n g m emories. Loca ted minutes away from th e B l u e R i d g e Pa r k way, en j oy a breathtaking mountain estate tha t o f f e r s s p ecta cu l a r m o untain views for wedding events. T he m a n o r a n d g u es t h o u s e co mfor tably accommodate more than 4 0 guests a nd offer incredible amen ities f or yo u r wedding g u es ts to enjoy.
Real Wedding from this venue featured on pages 80 & 81.
Westglow Resort & Spa 224 Westglow Circle, Blowing Rock www.westglow.com
W i th the entire proper ty and staff at yo u r d i s p o s a l , Wes tg l ow Resor t & Spa provides an eleg ant setting wh i l e cr ea t i n g a n u nf or g etta ble experien ce. Ou r exclu sive p a ckag es include rehearsal dinners, wed ding a nd r ece ptio n s ites an d lo dgin g a n d spa tr ea tm ents. We take care of th e d etails so you can enjoy ever y mo ment of your s pecial day.
Real Wedding from this venue featured on pages 8 & 9. Photos by Jonathan Burton.
Venue Guide Comparison venue capacity
facility rental fee
up to 350 4 banquet rooms outdoor venue
$400 - $1,000
no, cake only
4 slope-side chalets
skiing snowboarding ice skating chair lift
up to 150 outdoor venue
$1,800 seasonal rates
8 guest rooms
Blowing Rock Conference Ctr. 1818 Goforth Road Blowing Rock, NC 828-295-7813 brccenter.org
up to 200 3 banquet rooms outdoor venue
$0 - $250 seasonal rates
51 guest rooms
Camp Sky Ranch 634 Sky Ranch Rd. Blowing Rock, NC 828-264-8600 campskyranchevents.com
up to 300 indoor/outdoor facility
pricing available upon request
up to 200 6 banquet rooms outdoor venue lakefront restaurant
$265 - $6,750 seasonal rates
no, cake only
150 rooms and condominiums
restaurant pub spa indoor pool fitness center
Crestwood Resort & Spa 3236 Shullâ€™s Mill Rd. Boone, NC 828-963-6646 crestwoodresortandspa.com
up to 150 9 banquet rooms outdoor venue
$350 - $6,250 seasonal rates
no, cake only
29 guest rooms 5 suites 3 cottages
restaurant spa indoor pool
Daniel Boone Native Gardens 651 Horn in the West Dr. Boone, NC 828-264-6390 danielboonegardens.org
up to 200 outdoor venue
up to $500
up to 500 2 dining rooms 2 outdoor venues
$300 - $2500
no, cake only
19 guest rooms 5 suites 1 cottage
restaurant spa fitness center golf
up to 100
$300 - $1500
onsite guest cottage
up to 225 3 dining rooms outdoor venue
$500 - $1250
no, cake only
70 guest rooms jacuzzi suite
restaurant tavern massage services outdoor pool
venue contact Appalachian Ski Mtn. 940 Ski Mountain Rd. Blowing Rock, NC 800-322-2373 appskimtn.com Banner Elk Winery & Inn 60 Deer Run Lane Banner Elk, NC 828-260-1790 bannerelkwinery.com
Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock 500 N. North Main St. Blowing Rock, NC 800-243-8652 chetola.com
The Eseeola Lodge 175 Linville Ave. Linville, NC 828-733-4311 eseeola.com Grandfather Vineyard &Winery 225 Vineyard Lane Banner Elk, NC 828-963-2400 grandfathervineyard.com Green Park Inn 9239 Valley Blvd. Blowing Rock, NC 828-414-9230 greenparkinn.com
facility rental fee
Leatherwood Mountains 512 Meadow Rd. Ferguson, NC 336-973-5044 leatherwoodmountains.com
up to 400 2 outdoor venues up to 125 for indoor venue
$400 - $3500
45 guest homes
restaurant riding facility pool fly fishing hiking, biking
The Lodges at Eagles Nest 68 Eagles Nest Trail Banner Elk, NC 828-898-8645 EaglesNestBE.com
up to 300 guests
pricing available upon request
please contact EN event planner
luxury guest homes available
visit mountainSIR.com for a complete list of amenities
Meadowbrook Inn 711 Main Street Blowing Rock, NC 800-456-5456 meadowbrook-inn.com
up to 300 6 banquet rooms outdoor venue up to 125
$350 - $2,000 seasonal rates
no, cake only
61 guest rooms and suites
restaurant indoor pool fitness center
Summit Trail Solarium 221 College St. Plemmons Student Union Boone, NC 82 8 -2 6 2 -3 032 weddings.appstate.edu
up to 250 3 banquest rooms
$800 - $1000
no, cake only
Twickenham House 1329 Phoenix Colvard Rd. Jefferson, NC 828-295-7400 x. 103 twickenhamhouse.com
up to 50 1.8 acre lawn for tent or ceremony
pricing available upon request
7 BR/8 BA bunkroom guest cottage (sleeps 40)
steam room dry sauna hot tub indoor pool fitness center
Westglow Resort & Spa 224 Westglow Circle Blowing Rock, NC 800-562-0807 westglow.com
up to 150 2 banquet rooms outdoor venue
$200 - $1,950
no, cake only
9 guest rooms
restaurant spa fitness center indoor pool valet
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Rustic Setting Ruth and Kent| July 16, 2011
PHOTOS KATIE LANGLEY PHOTOGRPHY VENUE CAMP SKY RANCH WEDDING PLANNING AND FLORAL DESIGN EVENTS BY ELIZABETH ASHLEY CATERING THE GAMEKEEPER RESTAURANT DRESS DID SOMEONE SAY PARTY? MUSIC LEGENDARY JCS RENTALS MISS MATCH RENTALS AND BOONE RENT-ALL
Ruth: We knew we wanted to find the perfect rustic mountain venue in the High Country. We fell in love in Boone and, over the years, it became our home. We searched far and wide and finally found Camp Sky Ranch in Blowing Rock. After finding “the place” everything else came together very easily with the help of Events by Elizabeth Ashley. It was exactly what we had envisioned we were inspired by everything around us. Winkler’s Creek, apple trees and rhododendron set the mood for the first day of our life together... 50 • highcountryweddingguide.com
INSPIRATION: The wedding theme was inspired by the great outdoors. VENUE: The rustic chapel served as the ceremony backdrop, as guests watched from antique pews. A beautiful tent lined with white paper lanterns, housed the reception. FLOWERS: Yellow ranunculus and white sweetpeas hung in mason jars along the aisle. CATERING: The Gamekeeper provided NC barbecue and all the traditional fixinsâ€™. PLACE SETTINGS: Miss Match Rentals provided an eclectic array of dishes, flatware, and linens to fit in with the rustic theme.
To read Ruth & Kentâ€™s complete story, visit highcountryweddingguide.com/realweddings.
Just in Time
Wendy and Dave | April 16, 2011
PHOTOS ALIVELY PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE LEATHERWOOD MOUNTAINS FLOWERS DESI’S FLORAL & DESIGN STUDIO CATERING GADABOUTS CAKE STICK BOY BREAD CO.
Wendy: We awoke the morning of our wedding to the sound of rain falling on our cabin near the Blue Ridge Parkway. We were told that it was to be ‘the storm of the century,’ and were worried that the gloomy April morning would ruin our outdoor wedding plans. However, we knew we were getting married and nothing was going to stop us, not even the rain. The 10,000 things we had to do were circling our minds, and we were worried about the obvious, “Will we have to move our wedding indoors?” We began getting ready and planning a last minute indoor cabin ceremony when the sun came out, the clouds cleared away and the blue sky started glimmering over the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains! The ceremony was beautiful. We had an intimate reception afterward with our closest family and friends. The food was incredible, the music was perfect, and so was the day...”
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INSPIRATION: The colors and serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains inspired the wedding theme. VENUE: Wendy and Daveâ€™s ceremony was held at Hidden Falls atop Leatherwood Mountain. FLOWERS: The floral design consisted of succulents, peach parrot tulips and blush poppies. CAKE: Made from fresh ground vanilla bean with mocha buttercream icing. GUEST BOOK: Guests added their fingerprints and signatures to create leaves on a framed painting of a tree.
To read Wendy & Daveâ€™s complete story, visit highcountryweddingguide.com/realweddings.
Heidi and Peterâ€™s story begins in Washington, DC, where they met as legislative liaisons. One of their first dates was to Capitol Hill Books where they browsed for hours and discovered much more than a mutual interest in reading. Inspired by this date and a shared love of literature and antique books, Heidi and Peterâ€™s wedding combined rustic elegance with sentimental details to create a Pulitzer Prize-worthy destination wedding. High Country vendors helped the couple write the first chapter of their new life together.
The Setting Heidi, originally from Jefferson, NC, and Peter selected The Eseeola Lodge’s Camp Yonahnoka to reflect the bride’s mountain heritage and for its renowned cuisine and facilities, which were sure to please guests from as far away as Australia. The September 3, 2011, wedding was held outside under the Camp’s 100year-old white birch tree. The ceremony was framed by a decorated arbor, lake and sweeping mountain vistas creating the perfect setting for the couple’s 130 family and friends to share in the celebration of their marriage.
the vendors Photography Jonathan Burton Photography Floral Design Bless Your Heart Wedding Coordination Events by Elizabeth Ashley Venue/Food and Beverage The Eseeola Lodge Music Nancy Bargerstock and the Classic Touch Reception Music Digital DJs Cake Stick Boy Bread Co. Transportation Air Haven Limousine Favors Oh La La Cupcakes 59 • highcountryweddingguide.com
Heidi and Peter, both avid travelers, sought to incorporate thoughtful details from their adventures abroad-ribbon from Paris, guest register books from Australia, and vintage books from London. Continuing the literary theme, the ring bearer, the bride’s step-nephew, carried the rings tied with a satin ribbon around the book The Last Days of Pompeii, which was a first Valentine’s Day gift from the groom to the bride. Adding to the sentimentality, the bride’s step-father provided the homily at the ceremony. Floral kissing balls were hung from the tree in memory of the couple’s grandparents.
The bride wore a Priscilla of Boston couture gown with a cathedral length veil. The bridesmaids wore J. Crew silk taffeta dresses in pewter and carried bouquets of David Austen white cottage roses and white and green hydrangeas accented with lavender freesia and fern fronds. The bouquets were tied with lavender ribbon from Paris. The bride arrived at the ceremony with her parents in a white Excalibur, which was also the couple’s get-away car at the end of the night. 60 • highcountryweddingguide.com
Reception tables were named after favorite authors--from William Faulkner to Umberto Eco. The bride used an antique card catalogue from the former Ashe Central High School, where the bride’s mother was employed, to arrange personalized seating cards for each guest. Each card included a mock ISBN number formed by using the couple’s initials and wedding date followed by a quote from the author for the guest’s assigned dinner table.
Above:The card catalogue was decorated with engagement photos of the couple at their favorite bookstoreCapitol Hill Books. Below: A vintage Smith-Corona typewriter, owned by the groom’s grandfather,was used for guests to type a note of advice for the couple.
Above: Silhouette of bride’s grandmother, created in 1965 by a New Orleans artist.
The mantle was decorated with books and photos of the couple in Washington, DC, at the US Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. Above the mantle were the couple’s first initials done in green moss. The wedding cake was almond with amaretto filling and almond Swiss butter cream frosting. Guests had a choice of cupcake favors--blackberry almond or triple chocolate-individually boxed with a monogrammed seal and a personal message from the bride and groom. Tables were draped with periwinkle Bertani silk linens and featured white hemstitch napkins tied with lavender satin ribbons. Each table was decorated with either a floral topiary or a centerpiece of roses, hydrangeas, lavender freesia, lisianthus, bells of Ireland, and fern fronds. The floral arrangements were accompanied by a slate hand-painted with the author’s name and a selection of hard-cover books featuring the author’s most well-known works. 62 • highcountryweddingguide.com
A Room With a View The Eseeola Lodgeâ€™s Camp Yonahnoka was transformed into a stunning open-air ballroom. The lush floral design and the exquisite table decor evoked a feeling of rustic elegance with a literary twist. Guests were treated to appetizers and cocktails prior to a three course buffet dinner follwed by wedding cake for dessert.- It was an unforgettable evening made perfect down to the very last detail by their tremendous team of High Country vendors.
Winter Wonderland Cassie and Daniel| January 15, 2011
Cassie: After dating long distance for almost six years, marriage meant that we would actually be together, and that was a very exciting prospect. We are both from Boone so many of our family and friends were involved, from planning the ceremony to playing the music. We were lucky that the heavy snow subsided before the wedding, giving us an absolutely gorgeous winter day...
PHOTOS KATIE LANGLEY PHOTOGRAPHY RECEPTION SUMMIT TRAIL SOLARIUM, ASU WEDDING COORDINATION EVENTS BY ELIZABETH ASHLEY FLOWERS PEARLâ€™S GARDEN BRIDAL ATTIRE DID SOMEONE SAY PARTY MUSIC US PARTY PATROL FOOD AND CAKE ASU FOOD SERVICES HONEYMOON ST. LUCIA
RECEPTION: The solarium’s windows allowed the beauty of the winter evening in, leaving the cold weather out. CAKE: Layers of almond flavored cake were covered with buttercream icing and featured seasonally inspired garnishes of pine cones and pin needles. WISHING TREE: Cassie honored the culture of her Danish grandparents with the Danish tradition of a “wish tree.”
To read Cassie & Daniel’s complete story, visit highcountryweddingguide.com/realweddings.
Off to the Mountains Traci and Tripp | May 21, 2011
PHOTOS JOANNA DEHART VENUE CHETOLA RESORT FLOWERS FLORAL TRENDS ATTIRE NY BRIDE CEREMONY MUSIC ASU STRING TRIO RECEPTION MUSIC BIG BLAST AND THE PARTY MASTERS RENTALS BOONE RENT-ALL AND PARTY REFLECTIONS CAKE JACKIE DYER HONEYMOOD VIRGIN GORDA
Traci: Tripp and I met our sophomore year at Wake Forest University. We dated for eight years before getting married — I had a lot of time to think about my wedding! Tripp and I are both from Charlotte, but I felt like many of my friends had beaten me to the quintessential Charlotte wedding. I certainly wanted something unique; we wanted a wedding that portrayed our personalities, included all of our friends and family and would be an absolute blast. Our wedding day arrived and was more beautiful than we imagined. Tripp and I danced to “Miss Grace” for our first dance, and enjoyed the company of all our beloved friends. We could not have asked for a more beautiful setting — the weather was fantastic, the staff was genuine and caring, and we had a great time...
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VENUE: Traci’s fond childhood memories of visits to Chetola Resort determined the wedding location. RECEPTION: Hors d’oeurves were served on the lawn and guests were invited into a tent where they enjoyed an exquisite buffet of the couple’s favorite foods. Afterward, guests made their way to another spectacular tent with a glass-like ceiling to continue the celebration on the dance floor. CAKE: Two cakes were created to reflect formal attire with the groom’s cake mirmicking a tuxedo. GUEST BOOK: Guests signed ‘locks of love’ to replace the traditional guest book. FAVORS: Custommade t-shirts that depicted Traci and Tripp’s story served as a memento for the occasion.
To read Traci & Tripp’s complete story, visit highcountryweddingguide.com/realweddings.
Be Inspired 13 Top Trends Gone Local
by Kerri Weatherly
Have your photos made with something old, to create something new! Antique vehicles, old train cars, farm equipment, and vintage bicycles serve as popular backdrops for bridal portraits.
Left photo by Visio Photography. Above photos by Matt Powell Photography.
Buy a pair of TOMS for your wedding day and this charitable company will give new shoes to someone in need! TOMS shoes are available at Monkeeâ€™s in Blowing Rock. Photos by Alively Photography.
Forget the traditional bridal bouquet! Some brides are using antique brooches instead of flowers. Make it personal by collecting brooches from family and friends. Or, go antique hunting and collect your own! Left photo by Alively Photography. Right photo by Ellen Gwin Photographer.
Want to wear shoes that blend in with your gown? When your feet take a peek, delight onlookers with color. A girl always has a bounce in her step when she knows sheâ€™s wearing cute shoes!
Photo by Alively Photography.
Use a chic hair piece or a stylish net to accentuate your beauty, not hide it. From peacock feathers to elegant flowers, brides are choosing simplicity over the traditional veil! Photos by Alively Photography.
Bridesmaids make a big investment to be in a wedding. Let them choose their dress or accessories to fit your color scheme and style. For once, they may actually want to rewear their dresses. Photos by Alively Photography.
Brides all over are ditching uncomfortable heels for comfy cowgirl boots. Pair them with a rustic theme for chic, down-to-earth style. To find you boots in the High Country, visit Watsonatta Western World in Boone. Left photo by Pixels On Paper. Right photo by Matt Powell Photography.
Who says you have to have a traditional wedding cake? Try offering a variety of your favorite pies, sweet treats, or cake pops! Get cake pops locally from Sweets. Left photos by Alively Photography.
Barn weddings are trending among High Country brides wanting a relaxed atmosphere. Include fun decor ideas such as miss-matched dinnerware, burlap linens, and mason jars for flowers and beverages.
Photos by Ellen Gwin and Matt Powell.
Local Gifts & Favors
Supply your guests or bridal party with a souvenir that is a reminder of your celebration in the High Country! Consider handmade pottery or honey from local retailers, The Mountain Cottage or Mast General Store! Left photo by Ellen Gwin Photographer.
The reception is a time for celebration and fun – for the couple and the guests! Games like corn hole and horseshoes are always popular for adults, and coloring and s’more stations keep children happy and entertained. Game on!
Have a food truck park at your rehearsal dinner or reception. Including an unconventional element to your celebration will make your wedding one to remember! Check out a local favorite, Big Mo’s BBQ for traditional NC fare. Photo by Babs Evangelista.
Finding do-it-yourself wedding ideas on Pinterest.com has become the latest social buzz. Check out some of our favorite finds on this inspiring website: • Mug-shot maids • Theme a table by year • Scrabble save-the-date • Love notes • No peeking photos • Cake in a jar • Love note on groom’s tie
Photos from Pinterest.com.
PHOTOS STACEY BODE PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE MT. BETHEL CHAPEL AND GIDEON RIDGE INN WEDDING COORDINATION EVENTS BY ELIZABETH ASHLEY FLOWERS MILLEFLEURS CAKE STICK BOY BREAD CO. MUSIC KURT SCOBIE RENTALS BOONE RENT-ALL TRANSPORTATION AZALEA CARRIAGE BRIDAL ATTIRE NITSA’S
Unexpected Love Stacie and Martin | May 14, 2011
Stacie: Martin and I met unexpectedly while working in Charlotte. Martin was on a sixmonth secondment when the charming gentleman from England swept me, a native of North Carolina, off my feet. Martin returned to London when his assignment ended and I followed him there a year later. After five years together, he finally proposed in the gardens of a lovely manor house in the Cotswolds. I began planning the wedding from London and knew right away that because of fond family memories, Blowing Rock would be the perfect destination. We selected Gideon Ridge Inn, the perfect romantic setting for an ideal destination wedding...
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VENUE: The ceremony was planned for the lawn at Gideon Ridge Inn, but was moved to Mt. Bethel Chapel because of rain. Tissue balls were hung in the chapel to add whimsey to the historic landmark. RECEPTION: Southern hospitality abounded when guests were seated at a large banquet table to enjoy a delectable three course dinner of strip loin and scallops prepared by the Gideon Ridge Inn chef. GUEST BOOK: Guests stamped their hands on a canvas and signed their names with their handprints.
To read Stacie and Martinâ€™s complete story, visit highcountryweddingguide.com/realweddings.
Wedding Retreat Stacey and Ryan | April 17, 2011
Stacey: I woke up in the 11-bed bedroom and jumped on all the beds of my closest friends, overjoyed that this was the day I would marry Ryan. After a lot of laughter and joy, my friends went downstairs to make breakfast and get everything set up for the day. However, I stayed behind and climbed into a wonderful bubble bath, with a cup of herbal tea, and dreamed of what the day would unfold...
PHOTOS KATIE LOPEZ PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE TWICKENHAM HOUSE FLOWERS HIRNI’S FLORIST, MIAMI CAKE A CUPCAKE QUEEN, MIAMI HAIR CUTTER’S EDGE HONEYMOON RIVER HOUSE COUNTRY INN & TWICKENHAM HOUSE
VENUE: The couple wanted a retreat for their friends and family who had traveled from the northeast and Florida. The Twickenham House estate was selected as the perfect in-between location. CEREMONY: Guests served as the bridal party and wore khaki, off-white and white attire. Guests sat in the round, placing the couple in the center of the ceremony. FAVORS: Guests received glass jars with their nameâ€™s decoupaged on each, which were handmade by the bride and her sister.
To read Stacey & Ryanâ€™s complete story, visit highcountryweddingguide.com/realweddings.
“Consider registering at a local shop in the town where you are having your destination wedding. This will serve your guests who will be looking for a last minute gift and help you avoid returns of unusable gifts. This will give you a chance to receive local gifts that reflect the location of your special day! Even small locally owned retail shops have websites and shipping.”
“Make your wedding design personal. When purchasing items for the wedding, look for items that you can still use in your home after. This will reflect your personality, add style and create keepsakes to cherish throughout your marriage. For example, if you are having a “love is sweet” table, use glass containers that you can later use to decorate your new love nest!”
Alex Jones, The Mountain Cottage
Melissa Riley , Day of Your Dreams
SPIN PLEASER “When choosing music for your reception, we recommend putting your favorites on the table and then asking your DJ about other suggestions based on your attendees so everyone’s music taste is included. Remember that the music you like may differ from the music that will entertain a multi-generational group of guests. Everyone deserves the chance to dance!” Gordon Hensley, Digital DJs
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“If your flower budget does not allow for orchids and peonies, but they are your absolute favorite, then splurge and carry them in just your bouquet, or use them in single bud vases with lots of candles!”
“Hiring a photographer is one of the most important planning decisions you’ll make. Never pick a photographer based solely on price; wedding photographers are artists, and you are investing in something that will be the only thing you have to remember your special day by. Choosing someone you connect with and whose work you love is so important.”
Fuschia Moss, Fuschia Moss Floral Design
Corina Fletcher, Fletcher & Fletcher Photography
WEATHER WISE “The weather can be very unpredictable during any season in the mountains. Be aware so you can have appropriate attire and accessories, i.e. wraps, sweaters, umbrellas, etc. On a side note, some of the accommodations do not have air conditioning, so if you’re planning a summer wedding, inquire ahead of time and tell your guests so that they can be prepared. You usually won’t need it!” Meris Gantt, The Whole Shebang
CAKE TALK “No two cakes are ever alike--this is your special day and your wedding cake should reflect that. Before every consultation, I give my couples two assignments: First, spend some time looking through magazines and on the web, searching for photographs of cakes that have a look you love. Together, we’ll examine all the visual elements that you love, and then custom design a cake that will wow you and your guests! Second, talk to each other about what sweet delights the two of you love best. Don’t limit the conversation to cake--do you love butterfingers? Cheesecake? Banana pudding? Crème brulee? Build a wedding cake around your favorite flavors. Beautiful is very important, but so is flavor--after all, it is a cake!” Jo Ann Hallmark, Hallmark Cakes
MUSIC “Many couples are departing from the traditional wedding pieces, and choosing selections that have meaning for them. Whether you opt for old standbys or march to your own drummer, it’s important to know what type of ensemble you are looking for. Some musicians are very versatile, but more often, groups specialize in one genre. If you have a piece that is out of the ordinary, ask in advance if your vendor can adapt it to their style, and if there are any surcharges for new material. When hiring bands, know that each band has a repertoire that they do best. While there are wedding bands that cover a lot of musical ground, if you are looking for a variety, a DJ may be your best option!” Kim France, Tater Hill Music
PREPARED PALETTE “When preparing for an important event, choosing the right professionals to share in your festivities is crucial. The caterer should be flexible, a wonderful listener and calm; these key assets will ensure that you have a day with your ideas and plans in mind. We feel that the more details our clients share, the better prepared we are to accommodate their needs and plans, and to customize our work around their event.” Tina Houston, Reid’s Catering
Appal-asian Affair Martha and Dan | May 6, 2011
Martha: “Dan is from Vietnam and I am a native North Carolinian. It was important to us to merge our two cultures during the wedding. Our vendors, many who are dear friends, worked hard to help us achieve this. We wanted to include Appalachian and Asian touches but were careful they were not gaudy or stereotypical. During an early meeting with Sheri Furman, of Bless Your Heart, we joked about the difficulties of incorporating an Asian influence into a mountain lodge setting. I coined the term Appal-asian and it stuck as our theme...”
PHOTOS ELLEN GWIN PHOTOGRAPHER VENUE LINVILLE LAND HARBOR AND BEAR CREEK OF LINVILLE FLOWERS BLESS YOUR HEART AND WREN’S NEST CATERING AND CAKE REID’S CATERING AND MAKOTO’S MUSIC SOUL BENEFACTOR RENTALS CLASSIC EVENT RENTALS
To read Martha & Danâ€™s complete story, visit highcountryweddingguide.com/realweddings.
Rachel: “While getting dressed, I kept peeking out the windows to see all our guests riding the ski lift to the top of the highest slope. My father and I rode to the top on a chair lift that was hidden by the trees. There, with a gorgeous mountain view and all of our closest family and friends, I walked down the aisle to marry my best friend. There are not enough words to tell you how special it was to exchange vows in such a beautiful location...”
Rachel and Nathan | July 2, 2011 PHOTOS SARAJANE CASE PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE APPALACHIAN SKI MTN. COORDINATION KRISTY TURBYFILL CAKES CARLA FITZWATER AND STICK BOY BREAD CO. FLOWERS DESI’S FLORAL & DESIGN STUDIO MUSIC CHERYL ROBERTS & DJ TREVOR OWENS BEAUTY BEAUTIFUL BRIDE ON LOCATION
Rachel & Nathan’s complete story at highcountryweddingguide.com/realweddings.
So muchMaketothedo! most of your time. 9-12 months Shout it out, save the date, select the rings, choose clergy & attendants, create budget, build the guest list 6-9 months Choose your colors, say â€œyesâ€? to the dress, style your attendants, secure the professionals, shop for the honeymoon 4-6 months Order invitations and thank you notes, shrink guest list, register for loot, choose a place for out of town guests, arrange the honeymoon, begin addressing invites 2-4 months Sit still for bridal portraits, sample menus and cakes, order cakes, plan lunch and gifts for the girls, order favors for your guests 4-6 weeks Finalize details with all the pros, set date to get marriage license and change your name, arrange final fittings, mail the invitations, make transportation arrangements, send shot list to photographer, playlist to DJ/band 1 week Review final plans with the pros, give final guest count to caterer, pick up your gown, pack for the honeymoon, host lunch for the girls, break in your wedding shoes, set aside gifts and honorariums for musicians, pastors, attendants Day before Get a mani/pedi, greet out of towners, attend rehearsal festivities, go to bed early Wedding day Chill out, get hitched, and have fun!
Kristina and David | June 25, 2011 Kristina: “David and I met in the High Country and have always loved spending time outdoors. When we found Crestwood Resort and Spa, we knew it was the perfect venue for our wedding because of the beautiful view of Grandfather Mountain – our favorite spot. Our day was exactly what we wanted our friends and family to experience so they could see why we love the area so much. The whole day was wonderful – I only wish we could do it again...”
PHOTOS KATIE LANGLEY PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE CRESTWOOD RESORT & SPA FLOWERS MILLEFLEURS BEAUTY BEAUTIFUL BRIDE ON LOCATION CAKE STICK BOY BREAD CO. CEREMONY MUSIC SUMMIT STRINGS RECEPTION MUSIC AUDIO GROOVES DRESS POFFIE GIRLS TRANSPORTATION AIR HAVEN LIMOUSINE
VENUE: In the majestic backdrop of Grandfather Mountain, the couple wed on the Crestwood lawn under a twig arbor. RECEPTION: Guests were served an exquisite dinner prepared by Crestwood chefs. Dinner was followed by dancing. FLOWERS: Millefleurs used a beautiful mixture of dendrobium orchids, isianthus, hydrangea, and other purple wildflowers. FAVORS: Homemade heartshaped rice krispie treats drizzled with chocolate were given to guests.
To read Kristina & Davidâ€™s complete story, visit highcountryweddingguide.com/realweddings.
Wedding Whimsey Emily and Danny | June 18, 2011
PHOTOS ELLEN GWIN PHOTOGRAPHER VENUE APPLE BARN OFFICIATE HIGH COUNTRY MINISTERS CATERING BANDANA’S MUSIC ERYN JONES, CELTIC HARPIST RENTALS BOONE RENT-ALL BEAUTY BEAUTIFUL BRIDE ON LOCATION
Emily: “While visiting the High Country in September of 2010, Danny proposed. We had traveled from Florida many times to see Danny’s family and our love for the area and each other grew with every visit. We enjoyed trips to the top of Grandfather Mountain and long rides, with the windows down in his parents’ jeep. Naturally, it made sense to plan our wedding where so many fond memories were made. We visited the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis the very next day and fell in love with the history, country setting and the easy going staff. I immediately imagined myself marrying him with the backdrop of the valley and open field, taking pictures in the nearby stream. This was the first and only place we looked; we were sold...” 90 • highcountryweddingguide.com
INSPIRATION: The couple was not afraid to break tradition and wanted to create a memorable event with vintage, chabby chic details to reflect their personalities. BRIDAL BOUQUETS: Rather than carrying flowers, Emily carried a bouquet of vintage brooches with pieces from their family and friends. The most special pieces were Emily’s dad’s dog tag from the military, and her parents class rings.
MENU: Bandana’s catered a Southern buffet that included St. Louis ribs, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, and apple cobbler. CAKE: A whimsical lemon and lime flavored cake featuring a tree stump as the gnomes house with the words “I love you past forever and longer than always.” WISHING TREE: Instead of a guestbook, guests were asked to sign handmade tags and hang them on a “wish tree” for the bride and groom.
To read Emily & Danny’s complete story, visit highcountryweddingguide.com/realweddings.
Ride with Me
Liz and Mike | October 8, 2011
Liz: Mike and I started dating in high school. Eight years and two dogs later, Michael proposed with the help of our dog, Wolf, who was wearing a tag on his collar that said “Will you marry me?” with the rings attached. While dating, Michael and I spent a lot of our free time visiting our friends in the High Country and fell in love with the area. We wanted an intimate, country wedding during our favorite season, fall. The idea of getting married at a bed and breakfast was extremely appealing to us for the simple fact that our families are not from the area and it would make the experience much more enjoyable and relaxing...
PHOTOS FLETCHER & FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE PROSPECT HILL B&B INN AND WEDDING GARDENS FLOWERS SHADY GROVE GARDENS & NURSERY CAKE STICK BOY BREAD CO. CATERER TRIBUTARY ON MAIN RENTALS BOONE RENT-ALL MUSIC FIDDLER’S GROVE
INSPIRATION: The couple wanted their wedding to reflect their eclectic taste. A vintage bicycle held handmade programs and wooden fans. RECEPTION: Guests enjoyed an Italian dinner and then dancing to bluegrass. FLOWERS: Yellow wild flowers and gerber diasies were used for bouquets and centerpieces in Mason jars. CAKE: Guests enjoyed a vanilla cake with a raspberry buttercream filling and buttercream icing.
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VENDOR DIRECTORY ACCOMMODATIONS/VENUES Appalachian Ski Mtn. P.O. Box 106 Blowing Rock, NC appskimtn.com 828-295-7828 Archer’s Mountain Inn & Jackalope’s View 2489 Beech Mountain Parkway Beech Mountain, NC archersinn.com 888-827-6155 Banner Elk Winery & Inn 135 Deer Run Ln. Banner Elk, NC bannerelkwinery.com 828-260-1790 Best Western Mtn. Lodge 1615 Tynecastle Hwy. Banner Elk, NC bestwesternbannerelk.com 828-898-4571 or 877-877-4553 Blowing Rock Art & History Museum 159 Chestnut St. Blowing Rock, NC blowingrockmuseum.org 828-295-9099 Blowing Rock Conference Ctr. 1818 Goforth Rd. Blowing Rock, NC brccenter.org 828-295-7813 Camp Sky Ranch 634 Sky Ranch Rd. Blowing Rock, NC campskyranchevents.com 828-264-8600 Chetola Resort 500 North Main St. Blowing Rock, NC chetola.com 828-295-5520 Crestwood Resort & Spa 3236 Shulls Mill Rd. Boone, NC crestwoodnc.com 828-963-6646/877-836-5046
Daniel Boone Native Gardens 651 Horn in the West Dr. Boone, NC danielboonegardens.org 828-264-6390 The Lodges at Eagle’s Nest 68 Eagles Nest Trail Banner Elk, NC eaglesnestbe.com 828-898-2422 The Eseeola Lodge 175 Linville Ave. Linville, NC eseeola.com 828-733-4311 Foscoe Rentals 133 Echota Pkwy. Boone, NC foscoerentals.com 800-723-7341 Gamekeeper Restaurant 3005 Shulls Mill Rd. Boone, NC gamekeeper-nc.com 828-963-7400 Grandfather Vineyard & Winery 225 Vineyard Ln. Banner Elk, NC grandfathervineyard.com 828-963-2400 Green Park Inn 9239 Valley Blvd., US 321 Blowing Rock, NC greenparkinn.com 828-414-9230 Leatherwood Mountains 512 Meadow Road Ferguson, NC leatherwoodmountains.com 336-973-5044 Meadowbrook Inn 711 Main St. Blowing Rock, NC meadowbrook-inn.com weddingshowofthencmtns.com 828-295-4300/800-GoRomance
Prospect Hill B&B Inn & Wedding Gardens Mountain City, TN prospect-hill.com/weddings 800-339-5084/423-727-0139 River House Country Inn & Restaurant 1896 Old Field Creek Rd. Grassy Creek, NC riverhousenc.com 336-982-2109 Sugar Hollow Retreat 197 Elk Ridge Butler, NC sugarhollowretreat.com 800-957-1776 Stonewalls Restaurant 344 Shawneehaw Ave. Banner Elk, NC stonewallsrestaurant.com 828-898-5550 Summit Trail Solarium Plemmons Student Union Appalachian State University Boone, NC 28608 828-262-3032 weddings.appstate.edu Twickenham House 1329 Phoenix Colvard Rd. Jefferson, NC twickenhamhouse.com 828-295-7400 x. 103 Valle Crucis Log Cabin Rentals logcabinrentals.com 828-963-7774 Village Inns of Blowing Rock 7876 Valley Blvd. Blowing Rock, NC thevillageinnsofblowingrock.com 828-295-3380 Westglow Resort & Spa 224 Westglow Circle Blowing Rock, NC 828-295-4463/800-562-0807 westglow.com
ATTIRE Bridal Traditions 21 Sparta Rd. N. Wilkesboro, NC bridaltraditionsnc.net 336-667-5423 Did Someone Say Party? 685 West King St. Boone, NC didsomeonesayparty.com 828-264-7307 Monkee’s 1203 Main St. Blowing Rock,NC monkeesofblowingrock.com 828-295-0708 South’s Specialty Clothiers 1180 Blowing Rock Rd. Boone, NC southsclothiers.com 828-264-8977 Watsonatta Western World 711 West King Street Boone, NC 828-264-4540 BEAUTY Beautiful Bride on Location beautifulbrideonlocation.com 828-262-5954 Studio M Salon 960-4 Main Street Blowing Rock, NC studiomsalon.com 828-414-9333 BRIDAL CONSULTANTS/ ASSOCIATIONS Association of Consultants & Event Services www.a-c-e-s.us 828-295-5148 Day of Your Dreams thedayofyourdreams.com 828-406-6911 Events by Elizabeth Ashley EventsbyElizabethAshley.com 828-773-8431
Events by Grouse Moor (flowers/rentals/venues) grousemoor.com 828-265-2720 GO NC High Country gonchighcountry.com 828-719-1703 The Whole Shebang HighCountryWeddingPlanner.com 828-719-9171 Wilkes Bridal Association wilkesbridal.com 336-902-3261 CAKES Hallmark Cakes hallmarkcakes.com 828-295-3738 Oh La’ La’ Cupcakes, LLC 110 Sunset Drive Blowing Rock, NC ohlalacupcakes.com 828-295-8800 Stick Boy Bread Co. 345 Hardin St. Boone, NC stickboybread.com 828-268-9900 Sweets Cake Pops 828-268-0890 FOOD AND BEVERAGE Bandana’s 1475 NC Hwy. 105 Bypass Boone, NC bandanasbarbque.com 828-964-3530 Big Mo’s BBQ bigmosbbq.com 828-266-1440 Erick’s Cheese and Wine 4004 Highway 105 Banner Elk, NC erickscheeseandwine.com 828-898-9424
Makoto’s 2124 Blowing Rock Rd. Boone, NC makotos-boone.com 828-264-7976 Reid’s Catering reidscateringco.com 828-268-9600 FLORAL DESIGN/DECOR Bless Your Heart 5613 Hwy. 321 Blowing Rock, NC 828-295-4575 Desi’s Floral & Design Studio flowersbydesi.com 336-262-4932 Fuschia Moss Floral Design FuschiaMoss.com 828-260-2978 Log House Florist 426 Wilson Dr. #4 Boone, NC loghouseflowers.com 828-264-3896 Millefleurs ncmountainflowers.com 828-963-4992 Park Place Florist 133-3 Morris St. Blowing Rock, NC 828-295-3626/888-295-3626 Pearl’s Garden pearlsgarden.net 828-963-9330 Shady Grove Gardens & Nursery shady-grove-gardens.com 828-297-4098 GIFTS/REGISTRY The Mountain Cottage 304 Sunset Dr. Blowing Rock, NC themountaincottage.com 828-295-4622
VENDOR DIRECTORY Rivercross Market & Mast General Store 200 Punkin Center, Hwy. 194 Valle Crucis, NC rivercrossmarket.com 828-963-8623 JEWELRY Gems by Gemini 1098 Main St. Blowing Rock, NC gemsbygemini.com 276-475-3956 MUSIC/DJ Allegro Music Events allegromusicevents.com 336-923-4332 Digital DJs Wedding DJs, MC & Lighting DigitalDJs.info 828-406-9015 A Party on the Move Mobile DJ & Karaoke Service highcountrydj.com 336-620-1603 DJ Grooves djgroovesentertainment.com 828-773-6960 Sound Technique soundtechnique.net 336-877-5395/800-370-3475 Tater Hill Music taterhillmusic.com 828-406-0897 Todd Wright Groups Live Event Music toddwrightjazz.blogspot.com 828-264-6840 OFFICIATES Blue Ridge Ministers blueridgeministers.com 828-264-4511 High Country Ministers highcountryministers.com 828-265-3493
PHOTOGRAPHY Alively Photography alivelyphotography.com 336-262-7945 Angle Photography anglephotography.com 828-263-8850 Ellen Gwin Photographer ellengwin.com 336-978-2613 Fletcher & Fletcher Photography imagesbyfletcher.com 828-446-4444 Katie Langley Photography katielangley.com 828-773-4063 Laura Auman Photography lauraaumanphotography.com 336-667-0751 Matt Powell Photography mattpowellphotography.com 828-773-1311 Pixels On Paper pixelsonpaper.biz 704-641-1131 SNAP (Sonya-N-Ang Photography) photographybysnap.com 336-846-7627 Cheryl Zibisky cherylzibisky.com/weddings 828-963-2822 RENTALS A & J Rentals 1610 West D Street North Wilkesboro, NC ajrentalinc.com 336-838-7368 Boone Rent-All & Parties Too 1818 Hwy. 105/421 Bypass Boone, NC boonerent-all.com 828-264-5000
Celebrate Rentals 3711 Bristol Highway Bld Johnson City, TN celebraterentals.biz 423-282-4142 Miss Match Rentals missmatchrentals.com 828-262-9808 Valley Rental Centers Lenoir/Hickory, NC valleyrental.com 828-758-7400/828-326-0911 STATIONERY The Mountain Cottage 304 Sunset Dr. Blowing Rock, NC themountaincottage.com 828-295-4622 Pleasant Papers Boone Drug at New Market 245 New Market Centre Boone, NC 828-264-9144 VIDEOGRAPHY Divine Treasures Wedding Videography DivineTreasuresVideo.com 336-262-7302 NORTH CAROLINA MARRIAGE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS Both applicants should be present at the time of application. Photo ID and Social Security card or proof of SSN (i.e. W-2 form or payroll stub) are required. The marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date of issuance. The marriage license fee is $60.00. To apply for a marriage license while in the High Country, go to: Watauga County Register of Deeds, 182 West King St., Boone, NC. 828-265-8034