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High Country

WEDDING GUIDE 2013 Issue

Blue Ridge Mountains


Twickenham House

The most breathtaking mountain estate in the High Country nestled at 4400 feet, offers a true private sanctuary. Just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the estate has over 600 acres of park-like grounds and is surrounded by a beautifully manicured lawn with spectacular mountain views for a ceremony site or reception.

The manor boasts more than 10,000 square feet of exquisitely finished living spaces designed for entertaining. Just steps away is a spacious guest cottage. Together, the estate can accommodate over 40 guests comfortably and offers the following amenities: a commercial kitchen; two additional kitchens; a spa with hot tub, steam room, sauna, and indoor lap pool; fitness facility; library with billiards; movie theater and more. The estate is available for six days, allowing time to enjoy your guests and truly embrace every moment of your pre-wedding activities. Parking is available for 100+ automobiles to accommodate larger weddings.

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THIS ISSUE 8 Choosing the High County 16 Scenes of Egagement 24 The Eloping Trend 32 Wedding Weekend Events 36 Taylor & Richard: Natural Elements 74 Go Local 92 Summer Splendor at Carrol Farm 98 Gates of Praise at Twikenham House 106 Charming Inns & Accommodations IN EVERY ISSUE 12 Real Weddings 46 Venue Guide 114 Vendor Directory

HCWG TEAM Rachael Mills -PUBLISHER/GRAPHIC DESIGN/WRITER Jordan Crandell CONTRIBUTING WRITER Stacey Wilson CONTRIBUTING WRITER Kim Rowland COPY EDITING COVER

Julie Ginn Garner photographed by Red White and Green Photography in a gown from South’s Specialty Clothiers.

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Why I chose the

HIGH COUNTRY

(and why you should too!)

by Stacey Gotwald photo by Jonathan Burton Photography


photo by Pixels On Paper

I grew up in the flatlands of Mississippi. So after I graduated from college and found myself winding along the mountain roads to Boone for a five-month internship, I felt a little out of place to say the least. “Where in the world am I?”

Stacey’s bridal portraits were taken at Moses Cone Manor on the Blue Ridge Parkway by Everyday Photography.

The question kept repeating itself in my mind on the long, seemingly never ending stretch from Elizabethton to Boone. I had never laid eyes on North Carolina’s High Country, and when I arrived in Boone that July night, it was too dark to take in the majestic scenery I would soon call home.

and places that made up my everyday life were within the borders of these North Carolina hills. And our wedding was an opportunity to share the charm of my new home with the family and friends I love so much.

Fast forward six years later to when Chris asked me to marry him. He grew up in Boone, and I had grown to love the mountains. Even though I always imagined saying my wedding vows in the sanctuary of my home church in Mississippi, something had changed. The people

Even though I always loved the idea of a wedding in autumn, both of us are huge football fans, and the timing for a fall wedding just wasn’t going to work. July was the perfect time for my family to escape the dog days of summer in the deep South, so Chris and I had a summer wedding.


photo by Matt Powell Photography

I love that every season in the High Country provides a unique and charming setting for a bride’s big day. From spring and summer’s sweetly scented rhododendron, to the vivid colors of fall and winter’s pristine whites, no season here is a bad choice. Each one allows for a stunning background on which a bride can paint her distinct personality and create a wedding day her friends and family will remember for years to come. Whether you grew up in the High Country, attended one of its institutions of higher learning, or vacationed in a sum-

mer home every year, a wedding weekend is the perfect time to rekindle your love for the mountains. Talented vendors from the area can cater to your expectations and help you share Appalachia’s unique culture with your guests. From the quaint shops of Blowing Rock, Boone and Banner Elk, to the outdoor activities that abound throughout, there really is no place like the High Country. I will always be a Mississippi girl, but these hills have stolen my heart. Where else, then, is a more fitting place to say “I do” to the man who stole my heart as well? •

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Seasons and Weather

Planning Resources You may be thinking, “Where do I start?” Picking up a copy of this guide is the greatest first step you will make in planning your mountian wedding. In addition, we recommend visiting the Association of Consultants and Events and Services (ACES) website at www.a-c-e-s. us for a complete list of local vendors. You can also check out Wilkes Bridal Association at www.wilkesbridal.com.

Weather in the High Country can be pretty amazing for six months out of the year. However, the rest of the year is unpredictable. Let’s start with WINTER where temperatures bounce around in the 30s and 40s. Winter months can be filled with many snowy days and make for a beatiful backdrop for photos if you are willing to brave the cold. However, you never know when those snowy days will be. Regardless, out-of-town guests can enjoy all the winter activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating, and Winter Fest. Winter also brings deep discounts from many wedding vendors.

The Wedding Resource Center, located in the Mountain Cottage on Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock, also serves as a great destination to begin the planning process with staff available to guide you step by step. If you do want to hire a planner or consultant, it will be money well spent. These professionals know everything about the High Country, and can point you in the right direction for every detail. See the directory on pg. 115 for a recommended list. Attend a local wedding show. ACES hosts the High Country Wedding Expo in March and it is a great place to meet vendors in person. Bridal Traditions in Wilkesboro also hosts a Spring show at Wilkes Community College. See pg. 116 for dates and more information. USE LOCAL VENDORS. What if you need a last minute alteration on your dress, or a tuxedo? What will you do? Or, what if your guests need to get a last minute gift? Don’t you want it to be something from your registry? High Country vendors can compete with any vendor in larger cities. Their creativity and knowledge is endless and if you want something, they will figure out a way to make it happen.

Photos on this page by Jonathan Burton Photography.

SPRING brings rain and warming temperatures during the day, and the area is often less crowded by tourists. If you wish to plan a last minute outdoor wedding, this is a good time of year, because vendors are most heavily booked in the summer and fall months. You can pick any day in the SUMMER and almost guarantee sunshine, perhaps interrupted by an occassional shower. The weather hovers in the mid-70s to low 80s. Brides take advantage of High Country summers, planning three to four days of wedding events for their out of town guests to enjoy the many activities offered during this popular time of year. We advise booking well in advance to get the venue and vendors you desire. If you choose FALL for the color, the leaves usually peak the third week of October. While temparatures may be in the 50s and 60s, it is still a great time for an outdoor wedding. However, beware of traffic in the fall. You may find yourself competing with football fans, wooly worm racers and leaf gazers. 11 • highcountryweddingguide.com


REAL WEDDINGS

Lovefest 2012

Kelton + Cole

Kelton and Cole wanted their wedding to reflect their personalitites and felt drawn to a rustic, laidback theme. Kelton attended Appalachian State University, and Cole’s family lived in Boone, so both found the High Country’s gravel roads, streams and beautiful scenery to be a perfect fit. The couple chose a do-it-yourself wedding, and spent time with their friends and families creating handmade decorations that shone with love and personal touches.

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The wedding was filled with creative details. A small trunk held stamps, pens and paper for guests to leave notes and words of encouragement for the couple. Soft candlelight and flowers lent a light-hearted ambiance, while the Mason jar chandeliers and lanterns provided a feeling of antiquity. Tables each had a small chalkboard with moss forming the table number, and the walkways were lined with paper bags and tea lights.


FLOWERS: Kelton and friends attended a DIY workshop with Shady Grove Gardens. They bought several buckets of flowers and put together all the centerpeices, arrangements and bouquets. Shady Grove provided materials and gave helpful tips for achieving Kelton’s vision. “It was great to sit with friends and family and play with the flowers,” Kelton said. “It was fun and became a very special part of the wedding process.”


Vendors

VENUE CAMP SKY RANCH PHOTOS SASSYFRAS STUDIOS WEDDING COORDINATION THE WHOLE SHEBANG FLORAL DESIGN SHADY GROVE GARDENS CATERING AND CAKE THE GAMEKEEPER RENTALS MISS MATCH RENTALS AND BOONE RENT-ALL BRIDAL ATTIRE BADGLEY MISCHKA


Scenes of Engagement Couples are choosing to mark their enagement with outdoor photo sessions using High Country beauty as a backdrop, capturing unique, fun and memorable scenes. Whether standing in the streets of downtown Boone or perching in a quiet spot off the Blue Ridge Parkway, these photos from eight local photographers are sure to inspire.

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PHOTOS Fletcher & Fletcher Photography RECEPTION VENUE Apple Barn CAKE Stick Boy Bread Co. FLOWERS Desi’s Floral and Design Studio ATTIRE Did Someone Say Party?


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INSPIRATION The wedding theme was simple, rustic and homemade. They incorporated pale, natural colors such as creams, blues and pinks. ATTIRE Bridesmaids wore simple floral dresses, while groomsmen wore light brown pants with suspenders and brow white striped ties. RECEPTION Mason jars, burlap, twinkle lights and wild flowers added the perfect touch to a rustic, open-air reception.


Kelly and Billy wanted an intimate mountain wedding. With only immediate family attending, they married in a beautiful flower garden across from the Mast Farm Inn and enjoyed a reception at Best Cellar in Blowing Rock.


GRAPHY PHOTOS BY REVIVAL PHOTO

Sarah and Jeremiah slipped away to the High Country with fourteen members of their immediate family for a September weekend elopement.

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If you want an intimate wedding, your budget is tight, or you are overwhelmed by the thought of planning a large wedding, eloping is an increasingly popular option that many couples are choosing. For some, it can take the pressure away from the planning and allow the couple to enjoy a more relaxed, personal ceremony. It can ease responsibilities, and cost a lot less. There are beautiful venues throughout the High Country such as the Mast Farm Inn, offering elopement packages for couples who want a hassel-free wedding. Meet three couples whose elopements carry a fresh sense of style and romance in the beautiful mountain setting of Valle Crucis. They just may inspire you to run off next weekend. 25 • highcountryweddingguide.com


In the spring, Stewart and Karla traveled from Statesville, NC for a romantic elopement at the Mast Farm Inn. They share a passion for the mountains and found the Mast Farm Inn was the perfect setting for exchanging their vows. “We were ready to be married and start our lives together,” Karla said. “We didn’t want to plan ‘someone else’s’ wedding for months and months, and stress with deciding what color napkins to monogram and how many third cousins to invite.” The two truly enjoyed their dream wedding.


www.revivalphotography.com


REAL WEDDINGS

Love Garden

Mary and Jake | Aug. 25, 2012

The Vendors PHOTOS JONATHAN BURTON PHOTOGRAPHY CEREMONY ST. BERNADETTES CATHOLIC CHURCH RECEPTION CRESTWOOD RESORT & SPA WEDDING PLANNING CECE HAMPTON WEDDING PLANNING AND DESIGN CATERING THE TABLE AT CRESTWOOD CAKE STICK BOY BREAD CO. FLOWERS KELLY ODOM FLOWERS & INTERIORS MUSIC OLD HABIT BAND & DIGITAL DJS RENTALS PREMIER SPECIAL EVENTS TRANSPORTATION AIR HAVEN LIMOUSINE REHEARSAL DINNER THE GAMEKEEPER


INSPIRATION: Inspiration came from the natural beauty of the High Country, bringing the outdoors in. The couple wanted everything to accentuate the spectacular views and natural landscapes. FLORAL DESIGN: Kelly Odom created the overall design and arranged beautiful floral creations. The terrariums were created by Davenport Florist of Raleigh, NC. FAVORS: Neighbor Harriett Ritcher made sugar cookies in the shape of North Carolina. The couple often enjoys these for gameday events and holidays, and included the recipe to share with friends and family.


the WEDDING WEEKEND The wedding ceremony and reception aren’t the only events couples are hosting to celebrate their nuptuals. With guests traveling from near and far, brides and grooms are stretching the celebration by hosting welcome barbecues, bridesmaid and groomsmen luncheons, outdoor social activities, day-after brunches and more!

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3 Bridesmaid luncheon at Westglow

1. Welcome barbecue photos by Jonathan Burton Photography at Eagle’s Nest in Banner Elk. 2. Groomsmen’s luncheon photos by Katie Langley Photography at the Gamekeeper in Boone. 3. Bridesmaid luncheon photos by Ellen Gwin Photographer at Westglow Resort & Spa in Blowing Rock. 4. Luncheon photos at the Inn at Little Pond Farm in Valle Crucis. 5. Golf outing photo by Jonathan Burton Photography at Linville Golf Club.


HERE COMES the FUN! The High Country is not only a great place to get married, but well-known for its outdoor fun that attracts thousands of tourists to visit each year. While you are here, why not take advantage of all the High Country has to offer? Here are some activities for your bridal party and guests. River Rats will love fly fishing, kayaking, rafting or tubing. Or, grab a canoe at Price Lake for $13 an hour. Trail Blazers will love Grandfather Mountain’s Profile Trail (long hike), Rough Ridge (short hike), or scenic trails at Moses Cone Manor.

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Zipsters will love the new zipline at Camp Sky Ranch between Boone and Blowing Rock, as well as several others in the area. Music Buffs will enjoy music on the lawn at the Jones House in Boone or Best Celler in Blowing Rock during the summer months, or live bands at Twigs yearround. Spa Queens can indulge at Chetola Resort Crestwood Resort or Westglow Resort. Contra Kings can swing their partner round and round at the Apple Barn the first Saturday of each month in the summer. Kids & Kids-at-Heart will love Tweetsie Railroad, Grandfather Mountain animal exhibits, & Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. Country Clubbers can swing at premiere private clubs or pubilc courses, Boone Golf Club and Red Tail Mountain. Snow Birds can hit the slopes at Appalachian Ski Mtn. near Blowing Rock or Sugar Mtn. in Banner Elk. Boutique Browsers can stroll down Main Street in Blowing Rock or King Street in Boone for unique treasures.

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Wine Lovers can taste away at Grandfather Vineyared and Winery and Banner Elk Winery and Inn. Trail Riders will love miles of trails available at Leatherwood Mountains. Guided horseback riding is offered by the hour. Visit www.highcountryhost.com for more information on all the fun to be had!


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Taylor and Richard Taylor and Richard met while attending Appalachian State University, and fell in love not only with each other, but with the mountains that surrounded them. They were inspired by the natural beauty of the High Country, from the trees to the rivers to the birds. Every detail of the wedding truly embraced the beautiful elements of the outdoors. “We will never forget our wedding day, not only because we were finally made one by the Lord, but also because of our amazing support system and the crazy amount of people who came together to create this incredible day for us,” Taylor said.

B Photos by Red White and Green Photography Floral Design Desi’s Floral & Design Studio / Bridal Attire South’s Specialty Clothiers Wedding Coordination Day of Your Dreams / Rentals Boone Rent-All Music John Pavlovitz / Cake & Favors Stick Boy Bread Co. / Catering Kevin & Lisa Pearce Transportation Air Haven Limousine / Beauty Lavender Fields / Rehearsal Dinner Casa Rustica Guest Accommodation Fairfield Inn & Suites and Valle Crucis Log Cabin Rentals


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The ceremony was held in Valle Crucis, along the Watauga River. Taylor’s father Eric led her to meet Richard at the altar through vintage doors framed by barn wood. During the ceremony, the couple had their friends and family lay hands on them and pray for their new life together. The bouquets contained herbs, succulents and greenery to create a natural, textured look. Peonies and deep purple flowers were also used for spurts of color. Each bouquet included the roots of several of the plants, so the bridesmaids and mothers could take them home and plant them—allowing Taylor and Richard’s special day to live on.


attire

The bridal party wore gowns by Alfred Angelo Taylor’s jewelry was given to her by her parents during milestones in her life, including an amethyst pendant they bought for her when she was two-years-old, and gave to her on her 22nd birthday and a pearl ring Taylor and her grandmother received on their 21st birhtdays.

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Boone Rent-All, owned by Richard’s family, played an extra special role in creating the reception venue in and around a beautiful white tent in a nearby field. Tables were decorated with terrariums filled with moss, ferns and fresh rosemary. A lemon, raspberry and coconut cake was topped with two blue birds and fresh flowers. Guests signed a hand-made bench and took away cookies from Stick Boy Bread Co. as a favor. Guests also enjoyed a candy bar, popcorn, cotton candy and cornhole games in the field.


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REAL WEDDINGS

Highland Love PHOTOS ALIVELY PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE LEATHERWOOD MOUNTAINS FLORAL DESIGN DESI’S FLORAL & DESIGN STUDIO CEREMONY MUSIC TWO PIPERS CATERING GADABOUTS CAKE CAKES BY RITA ATTIRE MAGGIE SOTTERO & EVERYTHING SCOTTISH OFFICIATE HIGH COUNTRY MINISTERS


INSPIRATION: Jennifer and Max are both of Scottish descent and wished to honor their heritage by following Scottish tradition in the attire, ceremony and reception. CEREMONY: Incorporated Scottish “handfasting” which uses the sash on the groom’s jacket to bind the bride and groom’s hands together, hence the phrase “tying the knot.” BRIDAL ATTIRE: The bride wore a fitted a-line Maggie Sottero gown. GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Groomsmen wore custom made kilts from Everything Scottish in Linville. FLORAL DESIGN: Captain Maori calla lilies, green hypericum, yellow pincushion, yellow safflowers, orange spray roses and orange ranunculus were used in the floral design. RECEPTION: Included a bag piper’s toast to the newlyweds and three shots of Scotch. The bag piper presented the groom with a dirk (a Scottish knife resembling a sword) to cut the first piece of wedding cake.


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Appalachian Ski Mtn. 940 Ski Mountain Road, Blowing Rock www.appskimtn.com

Unique to western North Carolina, our traditional Bavarian-style lodge offers an intimate mountain setting with panoramic Blue Ridge views. Choose from four event spaces for small or large gatherings. Our exceptional culinary staff will help create an event to remember.

Top and bottom photo by Sara Jane Case. Bottom right photo by Calculated Image.


Banner Elk Winery & Villa 60 Deer Run Lane, Banner Elk www.bannerelkwinery.com

The Banner Elk Winery & Villa offers a unique and romantic setting for nuptials in any season. Exchange vows before a crackling fire, or step outside to our gracious porch, terrace or garden for a ceremony overlooking our vineyards, rolling mountains, fields of blueberries and private trout pond.


Blue Ridge Mountain Club and Events by Grouse Moor Catering

1 Reynolds Parkway, Blowing Rock www.grousemoor.com | 828.265.2720

Nestled at the center of 6,500 hundred acres of stunning views of the High Country is Watson Gap, Blue Ridge Mountain Club’s premier location for wedding events. Contact Events by Grouse Moor to inquire about all-inclusive services we can provide for wedding events.

Venue photos by Katie Langley Photography. Wedding photo by Matt Powell Photography.


Camp Sky Ranch 634 Sky Ranch Road, Blowing Rock www.campskyranchevents.com

The rich history behind Camp Sky Ranch only enhances the natural beauty of this High Country treasure. One hundred-forty stunning acres lie nestled in a valley between Boone and Blowing Rock. Our open-air chapel, rustic cabins and the camp’s dining hall surround a large grassy meadow, allowing us to accommodate both indoor and outdoor wedding events.

Photos by Katie Langley Photography.


Corroll Farm

Jenkins Hollow Rd., Mountain City www.thecarrollfarm.com

The Carroll Farm is a perfect spot for your dream wedding. Located just 20 miles outside of Boone in beautiful Mountain City, the Carroll Farm provides a rustic yet romantic backdrop for your special day. As

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Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock 500 N. Main Street, Blowing Rock www.chetola.com

From gala summer celebrations to intimate winter weddings, Chetola provides you with impeccable service and a stunning backdrop. On site event locations include the Lakefront Lawn and Arbor, Timberlake’s Restaurant, The Evergreen Room, and six others. Beautiful guest accommodations available in Chetola Lodge, The Bob Timberlake Inn, and spacious condominiums. Pamper your guests and yourself with a massage, facial, nail treatment, or cosmetic application in The Spa at Chetola Resort. A variety of spa wedding packages are offered. Photos by JoAnna DeHart.


Crestwod Resort & Spa 3236 Shulls Mill Road, Boone www.crestwoodresortandspa.com

Crestwood is a timeless fusion of modern and traditional styles. Proudly featuring The Inn, The Spa, The Table at Crestwood restaurant and The Dawg Star Bar & Grille, our unique mountain retreat is located in the heart of North Carolina’s High Country, between Boone and Blowing Rock, near the Blue Ridge Parkway. We offer a variety of stunning settings for your ideal mountain wedding.

Top photo by Katie Langley Photography.


Grandfather Vineyard &Winery 225 Vineyard Lane, Banner Elk www.grandfathervineyard.com

Nestled below our lush terraced vineyard, Grandfather Winery is a pristine venue for your romantic High Country wedding. You and your guests will enjoy the breathtaking views of Grandfather Mountain and the peaceful rushing waters of the Watauga River. With our convenient location between Boone and Banner Elk, let Grandfather Winery create your dream wedding!

Photos by VISIO Photography.


Green Park Inn 9239 Valley Blvd., Blowing Rock www.greenparkinn.com

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Green Park Inn opened in 1891 and is the last of the “Grand Manor Hotels� in western NC. This High Country landmark offers one of the largest dining facilities in Blowing Rock. It offers both indoor and outdoor event spaces, along with the outstanding cuisine of James Beard Foundation nominee Chef James Welch.

Photos by Monica Reid.


Hugh Chapman Center 436 Hospital Dr., Linville www.ymcaavery.org

Nestled in the heart of Linville, the Hugh Chapman Center invites you to enjoy the serenity that can only be experienced in the mountains of North Carolina. To take full advantage of the lodge t heme that is prevalent throughout the Center, raise the retractable walls and be in awe of the majesty that is Grandfather Mountain. Let us help you make your wedding dreams come true!

Photos by Angela Stott Photography


Jefferson Landing 184 West Landing Dr., Jefferson www.visitjeffersonlanding.com

The Club at Jefferson Landing is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains along the New River. Whether you want grand or intimate, country chic or traditional elegance, there are options for an outdoor wedding, or a more elegant reception at the Club House with seating for more than 200 guests.

Photos by SNAP Photography


Leatherwood Mountains 512 Meadow Road, Ferguson www.leatherwoodmountains.com

Leatherwood Mountains offers breathtaking views and pastoral valleys with grazing horses setting the stage. We can accommodate an intimate afternoon gathering or a weekendlong event for several hundred of your closest friends. You and your guests will enjoy luxury accommodations at our very special mountain hideaway.

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

Convenience and gracious service make the Meadowbrook Inn a favorite spot for weddings in Blowing Rock. With 62 guest rooms and suites and plenty of parking, this in-town location is superb year-round. Meadowbrook Inn offers indoor and outdoor event spaces, award-winning cuisine and beverage services for all wedding festivities.

Top photo by Katie Langley Photography. Bottom left photo by Visio Photography.


Smithmore Castle 638 Castle Way, Spruce Pine www.smithmorecastle.com

Smithmore Castle, a private mountain top estate, is the ideal setting to be a King and Queen on your special day. Sitting on 121 acres at 3,688 ft., the estate offers spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 11,000 square foot mansion has six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a commercial kitchen, expansive portico, courtyard and three 4-story towers. Crown Hall is nestled in a wooded cove below the main house and is specifically designed for weddings and receptions.


Sugar Mountain Resort 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Sugar Mountain www.skisugar.com

Sugar Mountain Resort offers an exceptional wedding experience. Your once in a lifetime, mountaintop event will be surrounded by blue skies, green slopes, lots of trees, family, friends and nature the way it was intended. After the “I do’s,” delight in a reception crafted to your personal preferences. Fullservice reception options are available, from pig-pickin’ to white tablecloth are available. After all, love is everything!

Photos by Meghan MacBeth Photography


Summit Trail Solarium 221 College Street, Plemmons Student Union, Boone www.weddings.appstate.edu

Combine an outdoor feel for your wedding reception with the peace of mind of an indoor venue. The Summit Trail Solarium offers a stunning array of plants, waterfalls and gorgeous granite floors. Open to members of the Appalachian State family, our superb staff puts your mind at ease so you can enjoy your special day, including our exceptional in-house catering.

Photos by Katie Langley Photography.


Twickenham House 1329 Phoenix Colvard Road, Jefferson www.twickenhamhouse.com

Escape to Twickenham House for a week filled with wedding memories. Located minutes away from the Blue Ridge Parkway, enjoy a breathtaking mountain estate that is a spectacular mountain views for wedding events. The manor and guest house comfortably accommodate more than 40 guests and offer incredible amenities for your wedding guests to enjoy.


The Walker Center 1328 S. Collegiate Dr., Wilkesboro www.walkercenteronline.org

Whether planning an intimate wedding or a grand reception, The Walker Center can help you create the perfect day. Our spacious Lakey Ballroom is the finest location in Northwestern North Carolina for an elegant indoor reception. The Doc & Merle Watson Theatre offers a rustic setting. With fabulous cuisine and exceptional service, we can make your wedding dreams come true.

Photos by Walker Center staff.


White Fence Farm 350 Paul McGlamery Ln., Trade, TN www.whitefencefarmrentals.com

White Fence Farm is one of the most beautiful farms in the High Country, located just 17 miles from Boone in the rolling hills of Trade, Tenn. We offer a rustic wedding venue on 100 acres of pure privacy with a magnificent barn, farm house and stage for dancing and entertainment. We are secluded, yet have easy access with a variety of natual elements to give your wedding that simple, country charm.


Westglow Resort & Spa 224 Westglow Circle, Blowing Rock www.westglow.com

With the entire property and staff at your disposal, Westglow Resort & Spa provides an elegant setting while creating an unforgettable experience. Our exclusive packages include rehearsal dinners; wedding and reception sites; and lodging and spa treatments. We take care of the details so you can enjoy every moment of your special day.

Photos by Jonathan Burton Photography.


Venue Guide Comparison venue capacity

facility rental fee

outside catering

guest rooms

other amenities

up to 350 4 banquet rooms outdoor venue

$400 - $1,000

no, cake only

4 slope-side chalets

skiing snowboarding ice skating chair lift

Banner Elk Winery & Villa 60 Deer Run Lane Banner Elk, NC 828-260-1790 www.bannerelkwinery.com

up to 150 outdoor venue

$1,800 seasonal rates

yes

8 guest rooms

winery

Blue Ridge Mountain Club 1 Reynolds Parkway Boone, NC 828-265-2720 www.grousemoor.com

up to 500 outdoor venue only ceremony site pavilion with bathrooms and two stone fireplaces

$2800 tents flooring walls electrical

yes, Grouse Moor Events approved vendors

2 to 5 cottages available sleeps up to 10 guests

hiking, fly fishing, biking, ATV trails 2 tents available (60x60 & 50’ round) Includes flooring & electrical

up to 300 indoor/outdoor facility

pricing available upon request

no

n/a

n/a

up to 500 barn - 200

$1,000

yes

1 guest cottage adjacent to barn. Sleeps 2.

picnic tables and chairs included

up to 200 6 banquet rooms outdoor venues lakefront restaurant

$265 - $6,750 seasonal rates

no, cake only

150 rooms and condominiums

restaurant pub spa indoor pool fitness center

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

up to 100

$300 - $1500

yes

onsite guest cottage

winery

Green Park Inn 9239 Valley Blvd. Blowing Rock, NC 828-414-9230 www.greenparkinn.com

up to 225 3 dining rooms outdoor venue

$500 - $1250

no, cake only

70 guest rooms jacuzzi suite

restaurant tavern massage services outdoor pool

Hugh Chapman Center 436 Hospital Dr. Linville, NC 828-737-5500 www.ymcaavery.com

up to 500

TBD

yes

n/a

caterers kitchen AV system with projector and 160” screen wireless internet

venue contact Appalachian Ski Mtn. 940 Ski Mountain Rd. Blowing Rock, NC 800-322-2373 www.appskimtn.com

Camp Sky Ranch Events 634 Sky Ranch Rd. Blowing Rock, NC 828-264-8600 www.campskyranchevents.com Carroll Farm 1460 Jenkins Hollow Rd. Mountain City, TN 828-264-7001 www.thecarrollfarm.com Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock 500 N. North Main St. Blowing Rock, NC 800-243-8652 www.chetola.com Crestwood Resort & Spa 3236 Shull’s Mill Rd. Boone, NC 828-963-6646 crestwoodresortandspa.com Grandfather Vineyard &Winery 225 Vineyard Lane Banner Elk, NC 828-963-2400 www.grandfathervineyard.com


venue contact Jefferson Landing 184 West Landing Dr. Jefferson, NC 336-982-6414 www.visitjeffersonlanding.com

venue capacity

facility rental fee

outside catering

guest rooms

other amenities

up to 400

$1,000 - $3,000

no, cake only

45 units ranging from 1 bedroom to 7 bedrooms

restaurant golf pool fitness center tennis

up to 400 2 outdoor venues up to 125 for indoor venue

$400 - $3500

yes

45 guest homes

restaurant riding facility pool fly fishing hiking, biking

Meadowbrook Inn 711 Main Street Blowing Rock, NC 800-456-5456 www.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

Smithmore Castle 638 Castle Way Spruce Pine, NC 904-509-5095/904-509-1100 www.smithmorecastle.com

up to 150 outdoor venue

pricing available upon request

yes

6 BR castle sleeps up to 13

two hot tubs bar and lounge billiard room three, 4-story towers

Sugar Mountain 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive Sugar Mountain, NC 828-898-4521 www.skisugar.com

24 to 660 outdoor venue

$500 - $4,000

no, cake only

arranged off-site upon request

scenic chairlift rides, hiking & biking, golf, tennis

Summit Trail Solarium 221 College St. Plemmons Student Union Boone, NC 8 2 8 -2 6 2 -3 032 www.weddings.appstate.edu

up to 250 3 banquest rooms

$800 - $1000

no, cake only

n/a

n/a

Twickenham House 1329 Phoenix Colvard Rd. Jefferson, NC 828-295-7400 x. 103 www.twickenhamhouse.com

up to 50 1.8 acre lawn for tent or ceremony

pricing available upon request

yes

7 BR/8 BA bunkroom guest cottage (sleeps 40)

steam room dry sauna hot tub indoor pool fitness center

The Walker Center 1328 S. Collegiate Drive Wilkesboro, NC 336-838-6264 www.walkercenteronline.org

ballroom up to 275 outdoor venue up to 300

$250-$750

no, cake only

n/a

dance floor linens decor

Westglow Resort & Spa 224 Westglow Circle Blowing Rock, NC 800-562-0807 www.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

White Fence Farm 350 Paul McGlamery Ln. Trade, TN 828-964-6767

up to 1,000 outdoor/indoor venue, barn and farmhouse

$800-$3,600

yes

3 BR farmhouse, 4 person bunk house, RV hookup

covered dance floor, pond/dock, wireless, golf, horshoes, hiking

Leatherwood Mountains 512 Meadow Rd. Ferguson, NC 336-973-5044 www.leatherwoodmountains.com

www.whitefencefarmrentals.com


Summit Trail Solarium

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY Open to ASU students, alumni, faculty/staff and their children. 828-262-3032 | www.weddings.appstate.edu


REAL WEDDINGS

Christmas Joy Kendall + Travis

PHOTOS FLETCHER & FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE CHETOLA RESORT & SPA WEDDING CONSULTANT & FLOWERS EVENTS BY ELIZABETH ASHLEY CATERING CHETOLA RESORT CAKE HALLMARK CAKES CEREMONY MUSIC NAN STRICKLEN MUSIC DJ GROOVES DRESS DID SOMEONE SAY PARTY?

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INSPIRATION: Kendall and Travis had a small, intimate wedding surrounded by their close friends and families. With the holidays just around the corner, the sparkling lights overlooking the water made a perfect backdrop for the perfect Christmas wedding. VENUE: Chetola Resort accomodated all of the festivities, from the pre-wedding spa day to the ceremony and reception, to a ride around the property in a horse-drawn carriage to take in all of the magical Christmas lights and dĂŠcor.


GO LOCAL by Rachael Mills | bridal photos by Alively Photography

You’ve chosen the location and are excited for your guests to experience the High Country, a place you adore. From attire and flowers, to gifts and favors, brides and grooms love to incorporate local finds in their weddings. You don’t need to travel off the mountain to find vendors that can make your vision a reality. Look no further than the High Country.


This silk chiffon Maggie Sottero gown can be found at Did Someone Say Party? on King St. in downtown Boone. Locally grown apples availble at Sunset Tees or Hatchet Jacks, both located in Blowing Rock.


attire

You don’t have to go to boutiques far and wide to find the perfect dress. There are three local bridal shops, Bridal Traditions, Did Someone Say Party? and South’s Specialty Clothiers that will have your dream gown at affordable prices. Plus, if last minute alterations are needed, they are convenientally at your service.

Left: Designer Justin Alexander silk dupioni gown and hair accessory from Did Someone Say Party?. Right: Mori Lee gown from South’s Specialty Clothiers. Hair by Studio M Salon in Blowing Rock.


flowers

From hydrangeas to roses to sunflowers, High Country floral designers can create anything you desire. Check out flowers grown locally at Shady Grove Gardens and Nursery or creations below from other local floral designers.

Pink Petunia Designs

Park Place Florist

Bless Your Heart

Desi’s Floral and Design Studio


Allure Bridal gowns from South’s Specialty Clothiers. Flowers on left by Bless Your Heart and right, Desi’s Floral and Design Studio.


her gifts Give your maids a gift they will cherish again and again. Unique jewelry such as poetic charms are availlable at Take Heart. Or have custom pieces such as earrings made from local silversmith, Gaines Kiker. Both located in Blowing Rock.

Take Heart

Chic fabric cases will carry all the items they need to neatly hold their extras. It is a gift they will want to use over and over. Located at Bolick and Traditions Pottery in Blowing Rock.

handmade silver earrings by Gaines Kiker

Product photos by Jonathan Burton Photography.

Left: Candles made locally from beeswax are a popular gift item from Mountain Cottage. Or select a fragrant candle with a meaningful message from Take Heart. Both located in Blowing Rock.

Above: Locally handmade pottery from Bolick and Traditions Pottery located on Main St. in Blowing Rock is a great ‘thank you’ gift for those who helped make your day special.


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cakes Call upon Hallmark Cakes to create a custom cake (pictured right), Stick Boy Bread Co., Delectables and Oh La La also create beautiful cakes and delicious cupcakes.

Cake photo by Visio Photography.

food

There is a variety of amazing caterers listed in the directory on p. 115, Try wedding favorites ,shrimp and grits from Gadabouts, pimento cheese from Reid’s and pasta purses with pesto cream from Casa Rustica. Local BBQ is also a wedding favorite.

rentals From top left: Bald Guy Brew coffee and tumbler; Eno hammock from Footsloggers; cutom made silver money clips from Gaines Kiker Silversmith; and for outdoor enthusiasts, an NC hiking guide.

Local vendors, A&J Rentals and Boone Rent-All can provide any rentals you would be able to get in a larger city, By going local, delivery is less expensive! Check out Miss Match Rentals for unique table linens and miss-matched place settings.

favors

Product photos by Jonathan Burton Photography.

Local items make perfect wedding favors. From left: Homemade jam from Mast General Store; caramel apples from Kilwins; barbecue sauce from Woodlands Barbecue; and herb infused oils from Art of Oil.


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bridal g owns | bridesmaids | tuxedos | accessories

www.didsomeonesayparty.com 685 West King Street

Boone, NC

828-264-7307


REAL WEDDINGS

Laura and Clay

PHOTOS VISIO PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE CAMP YONAHNOKA AT ESEEOLA LODGE WEDDING COORDINATION THE WHOLE SHEBANG FLOWERS CALLISTA DESIGNS CAKE HALLMARK CAKES CEREMONY MUSIC SUMMIT STRINGS RECEPTION MUSIC TRIPLE LINDY BEAUTY BEAUTIFUL BRIDE TRANSPORTATION AIR HAVEN LIMOUSINE


VENUE: Laura and Clay were engaged in Blowing Rock, so they were excited to return to the High Country to exchange their vows. Eseeola Lodge boasted the perfect venue to showcase the beauty of the High Country to their friends and family. CAKE: Hallmark Cakes created a four-tier cake with tiramisu, chocolate peanut butter, lemon raspberry and carrot layers. FLOWERS AND DECOR: The bridal bouquet was filled with peonies. Lanterns hung from the tree where the ceremony was held. Burlap runners and Mason jars filled with roses, hydrangeas and Belles of Ireland were centerpieces for the tables. GUEST BOOK: Guests signed a book of local photographs, The Blue Ridge - Ancient and Majestic by Jerry Greer.


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828.264.2004 Located in Winkler's Creek Shopping Center at 246C Wilson Dr., Boone and at SouthMarket on Main Street, Blowing Rock

www.ohlalacupcakes.com


Elaine and Brian

vendors

PHOTOS ELLEN GWIN PHOTOGRAPHER VENUE BANNER ELK WINERY & VILLA WEDDING COORDINATION & FLORAL DESIGN EVENTS BY ELIZABETH ASHLEY CAKE HALLMARK CAKES CATERING BANDANA’S CATERING RENTALS BOONE RENT-ALL RECEPTION MUSIC BIG TIME ENTERTAINMENT BEAUTY CHRISTY & CO.


INSPIRATION: Elaine had fond memories of visiting the High Country with her family and enjoyed picking blueberries at the Winery with Brian the previous summer. They chose purple to symbolize the winery and green to represent their St. Patrick’s Day engagement. CAKE: The ‘words only’ cake told their love story and featured chocolate top and bottom layers with ganache filling and a vanilla center layer with blueberry puree filling. GIFTS & FAVORS: Welcome bags for guests contained candy from Mast General Store. Cake pops were given as favors.


REAL WEDDINGS

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VENUE: The Blue Ridge Mountain Club was the perfect venue to introduce their out-of-town guests to the beauty of the High Country. FLORAL DESIGN: Beautiful blue and white Oriental vases, found in a garden shop, were the inspiration for the ceremony and table decor. Buddy Fore was able to showcase these beautiful pieces with fresh flowers picked from his personal garden. GIFTS: A small jewel butterfly box held a special bridesmaid gift, a gold Turkish evil eye bracelet. On a recent trip to Turkey, Alison picked out eight different bracelets, each unique to her maids’ personalities to wear during the wedding. Alison wore one her father gave her before he passed away. LANTERNS: Alison grew up in Turkey and as a surprise relatives personally delivered handmade lanterns the day before the wedding. Hanging from a huge tree in the center of the tent, the dimly lit lanterns magically illuminated the reception.

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RECEPTION: The food and beverage told a story as well, and offered three different food stations highlighting their favorite foods from places they grew up: Maryland, North Carolina and Turkey. They served beer from Foothills Brewery, where they live now, and Cayman Lemonade and Stingray Sour in honor of their honeymoon location, The Cayman Islands. Guests danced, sipped and enjoyed the starry sky into the night. FAVORS: Mouth-watering fudge from Kilwin’s was provided as a party favor.


full service planning and floral creations

1-828-773-8431 | 1-828-295-4622 (shop) Located at 257 Sunset Drive | Blowing Rock, NC www.eventsbyelizabethashley.com


summer splendor photos by Red White and Green Photography


down on the farm

Born and raised in the High Country, Julie and Michael chose Carroll Farm in Mountain City, TN as the perfect venue for their down-home wedding. Julie desired a wedding with personal details, and gathered her family and friends to help her create the handmade, country elegant theme.

“Three things will last forever-- faith, hope,

and love--and the greatest of these is love.�

1 Corinthians 13:13


the ceremony

The barn was transformed by draping fabric throughout, and Julie’s aunt and uncle created a cross from wormy chestnut as the centerpiece for the altar.

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the reception

Over 700 seafoam green, peach and cream colored flags and 200 napkins were cut from cloth by Julie’s mom. Queene Anne’s Lace was used for the floral design. 95 • highcountryweddingguide.com


the details

Photography Red White and Green Photography / Venue Carroll Farm / Wedding Coordination Day of Your Dreams / Flowers Bless Your Heart / Music The Dappled Grays / Rentals A & J Rentals / Bridal Attire South's Specialty Clothiers / Catering Reid's Catering/ Cake House of Flowers / Videography Ben Roberts Photography / Guest Accommodation Courtyard by Marriott / Rehearsal Dinner Catering Casa Rustica / Bridal Luncheon The Best Cellar / Stationery Ashley McCallister / Favors Mast General Store


REAL WEDDINGS

Gates of Praise ALEXANDRA + KENTON

PHOTOS DOVE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE TWICKENHAM HOUSE WEDDING CONSULTANT EVENTS BY ELIZABETH ASHLEY CATERING REID’S CATERING FLORAL DESIGN MILLEFLUERS RENTALS CLASSIC PARTY RENTALS & PARTY TABLES CEREMONY MUSIC DEAN’S DUETS RECEPTION MUSIC SUMMER DAZE CAKE STICK BOY BREAD CO. BEAUTY CLYNDA DOWD/LA STYLES

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The Ceremony

Finding the perfect ceremony location proved challenging from the bride’s Florida hometown. She dreamed of trees and a view, and a place for all the couple’s loved ones to gather throughout the weekend. The beauty of Twickenham served as a backdrop for a weekend filled with fellowship, good food, worship and love. The ceremony took place in a meadow on property next to a mountain stream with an abandoned chimney as the altar. Windchimes were hung in honor of lost grandparents, and music was provided by a violin and guitar. After the bride and her father arrived by horse and carriage, the couple exchanged vows in a intimate ceremony officiated by a beloved pastor. Best of all, the entire weekend was filled with countless moments to honor family, friends and the couple’s faith in God.


The Reception

The reception, on Twikenham’s back lawn, glowed with candles, lanterns and illuminated grapevine balls hung from the trees. Guests enjoyed appetizers and three food stations serving shrimp and grits; sliders and hand cut french fries; and flank steak and panzenella salad. Each guest received a handmade program that included a personal note written by the bride on a chalk board back. In addition to the traditional wedding cake, dessert included a chocolate bar and soft serve ice cream. Each place setting included a jar of blueberry rhubarb preserves picked and canned by the bride’s mother and grandmother.


REAL WEDDINGS

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Vendors

Leah + Casey

PHOTOS ALIVELY PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE & CATERING WILKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE COORDINATION HEATHER BERGERON ATTIRE VINTAGE DRESS & ANTHROPOLOGIE FLORAL DESIGN SARA MCMILLAN CAKE JANAE CROWELL


Charming Inns

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ACCOMMODATIONS by Rachael Mills

When you invite your guests to your wedding in the High Country, many will be excited for the opportunity to have a mountain getaway. While the purpose will be to celebrate with you, they may want to work in some R&R or take advantage of all the activities the High Country has to offer. Whether you wish to point your guests to charming inns or keep everyone together in a resort or hotel, High Country Wedding Guide highlights top picks for local accommodations. Inn at Little Pond Farm | Alively Photography

Bed & Breakfast and Inns

Inn at Ragged Gardens

Banner Elk Winery & Villa is nestled in Banner Elk and features a full-service winery. Banner Elk Winery & Villa

Family-owned B&Bs and quaint inns are popular among High Country visitors year-round. The Inn at Little Pond Farm is a French-country inn located in Valle Crucis, which offers cooking classes. The Inn at Ragged Gardens, home of the Best Cellar, features live music on the lawn on Fridays from May through October. Mast Farm Inn is located just before Mast General Store in Valle Crucis and offers 10 private, rustic cottages. Prospect Hill B&B, located in Mountain City, offers five affordable, luxurious rooms and one guest cottage.


Resorts and Spas Chetola Resort & Spa, Crestwood Resort & Spa, and Westglow Resort & Spa offer all the amenities you expect from a resort including spas, fitness facilities, indoor pools, restaurants and bars, hiking trails and more. All are located in and around Blowing Rock. Check out each property website to learn about additional ammenities offered (p. 114). Westglow Resort & Spa

Hotels and Inns Hotels and larger inns offering group rates are a great option for weddings expecting many out-of-town guests. Best Western Mountain Lodge in Banner Elk offers 100 rooms. Courtyard by Marriott is the newest hotel in the High Country and is located next to Appalachian State University. , Comfort Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites are both centrally located in Boone. The Green Park Inn, located in Blowing Rock, is listed on the national registry of Historic Hotels of America. Archers Mountain Inn on Beech Mountain sits at 5,506 feet. With two lodges and six cabins, your guests are minutes away from the slopes.

Meadowbrook Inn

Meadowbrook Inn & Suites in downtown Blowing Rock offers 62 guest rooms. Check out Abigail’s Cottage or the suite with a private pool.

Private Homes

Echota on the Ridge

Leatherwood Mountains offers 52 private homes and has miles of horseback riding trails on property. Located 20 minutes from Boone in Ferguson. Leatherwood Mountains

Blue Ridge Vacations offers 99 budget to luxury rental properties all over the High Country. Chetola Resort offers condominums from one to four bedrooms. In addition to the Inn at Crestwood Resort, they offer four rental cottages. Foscoe Rentals offers 140 properties centrally located between Boone and Banner Elk, with views, hot tubs and more. The family pet is welcome. Twickenham House is a private estate with incredible mountain views located in Jefferson. Westglow Resort offers three Cedar Lodge rentals just steps from the spa, salon and Rowland’s Restaurant.


Beautiful weddings begin here...

21 Sparta Rd North Wilkesboro, NC | 336.667.5423 www.bridaltraditionsnc.com

1050 Highway 105 Boone 828.265.7676 www.marriott.com/hkybn ben.mckethan@marriott.com


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Your dream mountain wedding begins at the Green Park Inn, the Grand Dame of the High Country.

9239 Valley Blvd., Blowing Rock, NC | www.greenparkinn.com


REAL WEDDINGS

Sweet Love PHOTOS BY PIXELS ON PAPER

CEREMONY: Ashleigh and Philp celebrated with 300 friends and family at her parents residence in North Wilkesboro. The reception following by the New River and ended with a fireworks display. FLOWERS: The bride carried a bouquet of light pink and green roses. Green hydrangeas were also used in the brides bouquet and various centerpieces. CAKE: Cupcakes were made of a variety of flavors: white chocolate almond, pink lemonade, key lime pie, birthday cake, chocolate peanut-butter, carrot cake, red velvet, strawberry, pineapple coconut, and chocolate. FAVORS: Guests filled custom made bags from a candy bar. 112 â&#x20AC;˘ highcountryweddingguide.com


VENDOR DIRECTORY ACCOMMODATIONS/VENUES Appalachian Ski Mtn. P.O. Box 106 Blowing Rock, NC appskimtn.com 828-295-7828

Courtyard by Marriott 1050 Hwy. 105 Boone, NC 28607 marriott.com 828265-7676

Leatherwood Mountains 512 Meadow Road Ferguson, NC leatherwoodmountains.com 336-973-5044

Crestwood Resort & Spa 3236 Shulls Mill Rd. Boone, NC www.crestwoodnc.com 828-963-6646/877-836-5046

Mast Farm Inn 2543 Broadstone Road Valle Crucis, NC mastfarminn.com 828-963-5857

Fairfield Inn & Suites 2060 Blowing Rock Rd. Boone, NC marriott.com 828-268-0677

Meadowbrook Inn 711 Main St. Blowing Rock, NC meadowbrook-inn.com 828-295-4300/800-GoRomance

Foscoe Rentals 133 Echota Pkwy. Boone, NC foscoerentals.com 800-723-7341

Prospect Hill B&B Inn & Wedding Gardens Mountain City, TN prospect-hill.com/weddings 800-339-5084/423-727-0139

Gamekeeper 3005 Schull’s Mill Rd. Boone, NC gamekeeper-nc.com 828-963-7400

Smithmore Castle 638 Castle Way Spruce Pine, NC smithmorecastle.com 904-509-5095

Blue Ridge Vacations blueridgeforrent.com 828-278-8070

Grandfather Vineyard & Winery 225 Vineyard Ln. Banner Elk, NC grandfathervineyard.com 828-963-2400

Sugar Hollow Retreat 197 Elk Ridge Butler, NC sugarhollowretreat.com 800-957-1776

Camp Sky Ranch Events 634 Sky Ranch Rd. Blowing Rock, NC campskyranchevents.com 828-264-8600

Green Park Inn 9239 Valley Blvd., US 321 Blowing Rock, NC greenparkinn.com 828-414-9230

Sugar Mountain Resort 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive Sugar Mountain, NC skisugar.com 828-898-4521

Carroll Farm 1460 Jenkins Hollow Rd. Mountain City, TN thecarrollfarm.com 828-264-7001

Hugh Chapman Center 436 Hospital Dr. Linville, NC ymcaavery.org 828-737-5500

Stonewalls Restaurant 344 Shawneehaw Ave. Banner Elk, NC stonewallsrestaurant.com 828-898-5550

Chetola Resort 500 North Main St. Blowing Rock, NC chetola.com 828-295-5520

Inn at Ragged Gardens Best Cellar 203 Sunset Dr. Blowing Rock, NC ragged-gardens.com 828-295-9703

Summit Trail Solarium Appalachian State University Boone, NC 28608 weddings.appstate.edu 828-262-3032

Comfort Suites 1184 NC Hwy. 105 Boone, NC comfortsuites.com 828-268-0099

Jefferson Landing 184 West Landing Dr. Jefferson, NC visitjeffersonlanding.com 336-982-4449

Twickenham House 1329 Phoenix Colvard Rd. Jefferson, NC twickenhamhouse.com 828-295-7400 x.106

Archer’s Mountain Inn & Jackalope’s View 2489 Beech Mountain Parkway Beech Mountain, NC archersinn.com 888-827-6155 Banner Elk Winery & Villa 135 Deer Run Ln. Banner Elk, NC bannerelkwinery.com 828-260-1790/828-898-9090 Best Western Mtn. Lodge 1615 Tynecastle Hwy. Banner Elk, NC bestwesternbannerelk.com 828-898-4571 or 877-877-4553 Blue Ridge Mountain Club 1 Reynolds Parkway Boone, NC grousemoor.com 828-265-2720


Village Inns of Blowing Rock 7876 Valley Blvd. Blowing Rock, NC thevillageinnsofblowingrock.com 828-295-3380

Studio M Salon 960-4 Main Street Blowing Rock, NC studiomsalon1.com 828-414-9333

The Walker Center 1328 S. Collegiate Dr. Wilkesboro, NC walkercenteronline.org 336-838-6264

BRIDAL CONSULTANTS AND DAY COORDINATION CeCe Hampton Wedding Planning & Design cecehampton.com 828-475-2323

Westglow Resort & Spa 224 Westglow Circle Blowing Rock, NC westglow.com 828-295-4463/800-562-0807 White Fence Farm 350 Paul McGlamery Ln. Trade, TN whitefencefarmrentals.com 828-964-6767 ATTIRE Bridal Traditions 21 Sparta Rd. N. Wilkesboro, NC bridaltraditionsnc.com 336-667-5423 Did Someone Say Party? 685 West King St. Boone, NC www.didsomeonesayparty.com 828-264-7307 South’s Specialty Clothiers 1180 Blowing Rock Rd. Boone, NC southsclothiers.com 828-264-8977 BEAUTY/SPA Beautiful Bride on Location beautifulbrideonlocation.com 828-262-5954 Dr. Francis X. Amato III, DMD, FICOI

200 Hospital Ave, Suite 1 Jefferson, NC amatodentistrybydesign.com 336-246-7473 Heavenly Touch Massage 246D Wilson Dr. Boone, NC heavenlytouchmassage.com 828-264-4332

Day of Your Dreams thedayofyourdreams.com 828-406-6911 Dream Makers ncdreamweddings.com 828-284-5752 Events by Elizabeth Ashley 257 Sunset Dr. Blowing Rock, NC EventsbyElizabethAshley.com 828-773-8431 Events by Grouse Moor www.grousemoor.com 828-265-2720 The Whole Shebang HighCountryWeddingPlanner.com 828-719-9171 CAKES Hallmark Cakes www.hallmarkcakes.com joannhallmark@bellsouth.net 828-295-3738 Oh La’ La’ Cupcakes, LLC 246C Wilson Dr. Boone, NC ohlalacupcakes.com 828-264-2004 Stick Boy Bread Co. 345 Hardin St. Boone, NC stickboybread.com 828-268-9900 delectables 828-773-0934

FOOD AND BEVERAGE Bandana’s 1475 NC Hwy. 105 Bypass Boone, NC bandanasbarbque.com 828-964-3530 Carolina Barbecue 500 Pineola St. Newland, NC bbqnewland.com 828-737-0700 Casa Rustica Restaurant & Catering 1348 Hwy. 105 S. Boone, NC casarustica1981.com 828-262-5128

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Boone Rent-All & Parties Too 1818 Hwy. 105/421 Bypass Boone, NC boonerent-all.com 828-264-5000 Miss Match Rentals missmatchrentals.com 828-262-9808 STATIONERY The Mountain Cottage 257 Sunset Dr. Blowing Rock, NC themountaincottage.com 828-295-4622 TRANSPORTATION Air Haven Limousine airhavenlimo.com 828-265-2504 VIDEOGRAPHY Divine Treasures Wedding Videography DivineTreasuresVideo.com 336-262-7302 VENDOR ASSOCIATIONS Association of Consultants & Event Services www.a-c-e-s.us 828-919-6750 Wilkes Bridal Association wilkesbridal.com 336-902-3261


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