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Keep Up with High South Weddings Get Year-Round Information on the Local Events Industry Thank you for choosing us as your go-to guide for planning your wedding in the High Country. Our publication's companion website, blog, and social media presence are the best way to find up-to-date, year-round information on the local wedding industry. Here are a few things you can expect to find at HighSouthWeddings.com: Directory — A comprehensive list of local vendors and venues, including contact information and other important details. This valuable resource is your one-stop-shop for all things weddings in the High South. Digital Format — Flip through the pages of the digital copy of our beautiful print publication at no cost. The same content and artistry that fills the pages of our magazine is now right at your fingertips. HSW Blog — Read about the real mountain weddings that are featured in our magazine, as well as many others that happen throughout the area. Get to know the couples who chose to tie the knot in the High South, scroll through their wedding photography, and get inspiration for your own special day.

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welcome from the editor

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lot of little girls dream about the future — who they will marry, what their dress will look like, and what their special day will entail. As for me, I never really understood why people loved weddings so much, until it was time to plan my own. Knowing real, godly love in my heart is what made me so excited about weddings, but I quickly realized how interesting the industry truly is when I got started. It wasn’t long before I became the proud owner of every bridal magazine I could get my hands on, and I still pick them up from time to time just for fun. I’m a planner, a list-maker, an ardent “crosser offer,” and I love a good challenge. I love to brainstorm, research, organize, imagine, create, and then revel in the finished product.

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That might be why I’m drawn to writing, but I think it’s also why I’ve learned to love weddings. After all, what is a wedding if not one monumental, collaborative, orchestrated, and carefully executed work of art? Maybe you’re a bride-to-be that’s been swooning over your dream dress since kindergarten, or maybe you’re newly engaged and feeling a little intimidated by it all. Take it from me — either way, there’s something for everyone to love about the world of weddings when you really take time to explore it. Wherever you are in the planning process and whatever connection you have to the industry, we have worked hard to pack the following pages with helpful information, awe-inspiring photography, and feel-good stories that will have you falling in love with all things weddings.

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We love calling the High Country home, and we’re happy to share with you all of the details that make it a great place to say, “I do.” Thanks for reading! Jessica Isaacs, Editor Send me your questions at jessica@highcountrypress.com.

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Fall in Love with the High Country of Western North Carolina, Eastern Tennessee, and Southwestern Virginia

Why Get Married in the High South?

• The Venues — In addition to its breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the High Country is home to a vast array of venues that offer the services and amenities you need to host your perfect day. From mountain tops to beautiful valleys, the locations are amazing. • The Vendors — Local experts have the creativity and artistry to make your dream wedding a reality, as well as the knowledge and expertise to make it happen within your budget. • The Magic — Life is better when you’re high up in these hills. There’s something truly captivating about these beautiful mountains, and we’re excited to share their wonders with you.

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About This Magazine

igh South Weddings is a brand new publication dedicated to the endless possibilities for storybook weddings and the folks that make them happen in the mountains of western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and Southwestern Virginia. Here at High Country Press Publications, we believe the panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains make the perfect backdrop for any bride’s dream wedding. We have added this publication to our list of popular titles because we also believe wholeheartedly in the area’s topnotch local event professionals, who are knowledgeable, educated, talented, capable, and ready to work for you. For many years prior to the 1980s, our area was known as “the High South.” We think this moniker accurately reflects what today’s High Country has to offer brides, grooms, friends, and families, starting with fresh, cool mountain air and matchless southern hospitality. With that in mind, we have teamed up with local experts to bring you the story behind some of the area’s most beautiful ceremonies 6

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and receptions, and we’re delighted to be sharing it all with you today. As you turn from one page to the next, take time to enjoy the stunning photography and read up on the services that our vendors and venues can offer you as you prepare for your own wedding day. Don’t forget to turn to our website and companion blog — a complete online resource and one-stop-shop for all things weddings in the High South. Whether you’re planning your own big day, you’re part of the industry, or you’re just following the latest trends, we hope the inaugural edition of High South Weddings will inspire you to explore the beauty, marvel, and wonder of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The venues are breathtaking, the vendors are brilliant, and the possibilities are endless! Ken Ketchie, Publisher Jessica Isaacs, Editor Debbie Carter, Art Director & the High Country Press staff

High South Weddings Magazine Editor Jessica Isaacs Art Director Debbie Carter Copy Editors Katie Benfield Shannon Cuthrell Publisher Ken Ketchie

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On the Cover: The striking image on our cover comes from a styled shoot with Hickory-based portrait and lifestyle photographer Calah Stephens, whose artistry is inspired by the beautiful details found in everyday life.

High Country Weddings is published once a year in the fall by High Country Press Publications of Boone, North Carolina. All content © 2015. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher.

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contents Head Over Hills. ......................... 10

Talented vendors, bright blooms, incredible photography, and a perfect September sunset in the highest peaks of the Blue Ridge come together in this styled photo shoot, which showcases just how stunning an outdoor wedding can be in the High South.

Timeless Beauty............................ 24

What makes a wedding truly beautiful? The gorgeous details of your big day will work as one to create something truly fabulous, and this styled shoot shows off just how sweet it can be when everything turns out just right.

Engagements................................. 26

From the proposal to the honeymoon and everything in between, getting married is a process. Why not celebrate every step with engagement photography? Learn the benefits of working with photographers before the wedding and see some of our favorite shots.

The First Yes. ............................... 30

Before the honeymoon, the wedding, and even the engagement, there’s a moment in time where the groom looks at his bride and says, “she’s the one.” This styled photo shoot was inspired by every groom’s journey to find true love.

Consultants. ................................ 32

No one knows High Country weddings like these awesome folks, and they’re ready to make your dreams come true. Don’t let stress overwhelm you! This Q-and-A session with local event planners will help make your wedding the best day ever.

Photography................................. 38

Planning your wedding is all about details, but the memories you make will matter most at the end of the day. Follow our guide to hiring local photographers and they’ll document your day just how you want to remember it.

Country Glamour. ..................... 46

Want to get married in a rustic setting but still want the luxury of a black tie affair? This unique venue will give you the country atmosphere you’re looking for with space and flexibility to keep things chic and fabulous.

Venues............................................ 50

The High South is home to an array of gorgeous venues that showcase the beauty of the Blue Ridge. Check out our favorites and turn to the description chart to compare details and find the one that’s right for you. 8

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ere at High South Weddings, we believe that our local event professionals are real superheroes. We also believe that the Blue Ridge Mountains create the most incredible atmosphere for the most memorable moments in life. That’s why we’ve packed the pages of this new publication with loads of valuable information on why you should host your wedding here and how to make it all happen. Browsing the online world for creative ideas is a great way to start brainstorming your vision for a dream wedding, but our area’s talented experts have what it takes to bring it all to fruition. Take a look at the real weddings featured throughout this magazine to see their inspiration in action with tales of true love and storybook mountain weddings in the High South.

The Haiglers. ...................................................... 16 Accommodations. ........................ 72

Take care of your loved ones by recommending the best place for them to stay while they’re here to celebrate you. Learn about hotel room block reservations, providing transportation, and how to communicate important logistics information with your out-oftown guests.

Food and Beverage. ..................... 78

A lot of your budget will go toward feeding your guests, and our guide will help you find vendors for your price range and your tastes. We’ll help you choose the menu, caterer, and cake for the reception you envision.

Bride’s Best Friends. ................... 86

Your four-legged friends are not just pets — they’re family, right? Many outdoor venues in the High South are pet-friendly, allowing you to incorporate your dogs in your big day. Meet some super cute canines who were stars in local weddings.

The Beauty of Local Blooms..... 87

Why import fresh-cut flowers when local growers can offer you all you need and more right here in the mountains? Find out which blooms are available in the area throughout wedding season and learn the benefits of incorporating native flowers.

The Essentials. ............... 90 & 100

Find out what local vendors and event specialists are offering here in the High Country to make your wedding day happen. We’ve got you covered on jewelry, attire, beauty, flowers, stationery, rentals, transportation, music, photo booths, banquet halls, and more.

Grandfather Vineyard, Evergreen Studios

The Heningers....................................................20 Leatherwood Mountains, Deana Fleenor Photography

The Howe-Clapps............................................ 34 St. Mary of the Hills, Burton Photography

The Topodas......................................................... 74 Blue Ridge Mountain Club, Matt Powell Productions

The Polans........................................................... 84 Westglow Resort & Spa, Jennie Andrews Photography

The Sullivans..................................................... 88 Valle Crucis Community Park, Samantha Floyd Photography

The McGarveys................................................ 96 Green Park Inn, Michelle Hrin Photography

The Sorchers....................................................108 Art of Living Retreat Center, Matt Powell Productions

The Penningtons............................................ 110 Chetola Resort, Joy Davis Photography

The R ashes........................................................... 112 Bethany United Methodist Church, Pixels on Paper

The VanLandinghams................................. 114 Oak Grove Baptist Church, Fletcher & Fletcher Photography

The Hoggs........................................................... 118 Banner Elk Winery & Villa, Jean Moreé Photography 2016

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lose your eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine that you’re on top of the world. A sea of Mother Nature’s greatest treasures surrounds you, her favorite colors carefully painted on an endless, sweeping canvas that stretches for miles and miles. It might sound like a dream, but the grandeur of that panoramic view is just one of the marvels you’ll find when you venture to the peaks of North Carolina’s High Country. If you’ve been here before, you already know that life is just a little bit sweeter when you’re high atop these mountains. Far away from the stressors of your everyday routine and beyond the commotion of your busy life, the summits draw you into a world of flawless beauty and unparalleled peace of mind.

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Your wedding day is so much more than a ceremony — it’s the first step you’ll take on an incredible new journey. It’s the best day of your life, and it’s only the beginning. With such an important experience on the line, why not go for something spectacular and make it happen in the High Country? The rich colors, the crisp air, and the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains will bring all of the elements of your perfect day together to create memories that will last a lifetime. Nothing complements a beautiful bride and all of her favorite things like these breathtaking mountains, and we created this styled photo shoot to show you exactly what we mean. In western Watauga County, an aweinspiring piece of private property in the Bethel community played host to this collaboration of skillful High South vendors. With a restored 1860s farmhouse off in the distance, this verdant countryside offered the perfect setting for a dreamy sunset photo shoot. Hickory-based portrait and lifestyle photographer Calah Stephens was behind the camera, with Charlotte model Nicole Brantley and actor/filmmaker Justin Turner portraying the happy couple. Our bride showed off an ultimately chic Alencon lace gown with open back, beaded scalloped lace, and covered buttons. South’s Specialty Clothiers provided the dress from the Mori Lee Collection of internationally recognized designer Madeline Gardner. The beauty pros at Serendipity Hair Studio and Boutique completed her look with a delicately side-swept braid and makeup from its Bare Minerals collection. The groom sported a classic black and white Michael Kors tuxedo from Jim’s Formal Wear, also provided by South’s. At the foot of the property’s hill, a reclaimed barnwood table from Upper Barn furniture with four matching chairs set 2016

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Something magical happens when talented local experts team up to bring their ideas to fruition. Add to the mix a perfect fall afternoon and gorgeous mountain scenery, and the end result is breathtaking. This styled photo shoot shows off work done by an array of High South vendors and a variety of details that come together beautifully. 14

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the stage for a vibrant yet sophisticated tablescape. Andi Gelsthorpe of Miss Match Rentals contributed the gold chargers and flatware, crystal and amber goblets, and cream-colored dinner plates from her Cottage White collection that brought added luxury to the set. Glimmering amethyst and quartz from Doc’s Rocks Gem Mine shared the table with handmade apple butter favors and an antique candelabrum from A Bushel and a Peck Vintage Rentals, which also contributed a vintage Underwood typewriter and antique-white vanity with crystal hardware for other aspects of the shoot. A stunning display of artistry from Fuschia Moss Floral Design brought a whimsical elegance and deep, rich colors to a one-of-a-kind flower crown for our bride, a draping bridal bouquet, and flowing centerpieces for our tablescape. Fuschia brought together products from Mayesh Wholesale Florals, Miss Kitty’s Dahlias, and Shady Grove Gardens to show off this variety of eucalyptus, garden roses, antique hydrangeas, dahlias, thistles, pomegranate, succulents, crab apple, tulips, amaranth, and more. High up on the property’s steepest slope, a 360-degree view of the Blue Ridge made for some seriously jaw-dropping bridal portraits, featuring a vintage settee from Fuschia Moss, that show just how magnificent a High Country wedding can be. The glory of the Blue Ridge can breathe life into your most illustrious dreams, so why not start your greatest adventure right here amongst its boundless wonders?

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Calah Stephens Photography Moments by Pinewood Fuschia Moss Floral Design South’s Specialty Clothiers Miss Match Rentals

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A Wedding Story

Mountain Getaway

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hen the High Country of North Carolina is your favorite place to get away with loved ones, it naturally becomes the perfect place to say, “I do.” That was certainly the case for Katie Woodruff and Lupton Haigler, who hail from out of town but have always enjoyed spending time at the Haigler family’s mountain home in Banner Elk. With their hearts set on an outdoor wedding in the Blue Ridge, this happy couple turned to the experts and the beautiful grounds of Grandfather Vineyard and Winery for a down-to-earth, lighthearted affair that would reflect their personalities.

“We are best friends and have an easygoing relationship. Lupton always has a good sense of humor and makes me laugh,” Katie said. “We wanted a laid-back day where all of our guests had a ton of fun. I tried to keep the theme more rustic with simple flowers and comfort food.” Because friends and family are an important part of life for the Haiglers, they decided to do something a little unconventional and share more than just the ceremony and reception with their approximately 120 guests. “We had all of our guests come for the rehearsal dinner and the wedding,” Katie said. “It allowed for the whole weekend to feel like 2016

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a big party.” On her wedding day, Katie wore a dress from J Majors Bridal Boutique in Charlotte with a sweetheart neckline, lace overlay, and capped sleeves for a classic look. The ceremony took place along the riverside and was followed by a reception under the vineyard’s covered outdoor pavilion. The bride chose to feature baby’s breath in her floral arrangements and an assortment of ferns to keep things simple and focused on natural elements. For a relaxed environment that played up the mountain atmosphere, the couple chose to pass up the traditional wed18

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ding cake for select local pies from Eat Crow restaurant in Banner Elk and displayed them on apple barrels for their guests to enjoy. “Everyone at Grandfather Vineyard was amazing to work with. We loved the scenery and the backdrop of Grandfather Mountain. They also have a great covered pavilion that made for an awesome dance floor,” the bride said. “It was a perfect day, and everyone still comments about how much fun they had. We were relaxed and got to hang out with everyone and dance to our awesome wedding band, The Deluge.” Katie, from Charlotte, and Lupton, from

Morehead City, relied on the guidance and know-how of their vendors to make this destination wedding happen. Thanks to careful planning and the hard work of local experts, their perfect day was just that. If you’re in the middle of planning your own mountain wedding, here’s the advice that Katie has for you: “Don’t stress, and take advice from the vendors you work with — they have done a lot of weddings and always have great suggestions,” Katie said. “At the end of the day, you will be married and the little things that went wrong will not matter. Just have fun.”


Katie and Lupton Haigler's wedding at Grandfather Vineyard was all about sharing the experience with their favorite folks and celebrating with style in the heart of the Blue Ridge. Award-winning wines, expertly crafted dinner and desserts, lively music, and a whole lot of southern hospitality made this wedding weekend one for the books.

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Venue: Grandfather Vineyards

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A Wedding Story

Crystal & Garrett Heninger

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he true love story of high school sweethearts Crystal Thomas and Garrett Heninger began in grade school in Smyth County, Virginia. They’ve loved each other for their entire lives, so it was no surprise to their friends and family when they set their sights on forever. They’re adventurous, down-toearth, and they love to travel. Of all the places they like to visit, the most special to them has always been Leatherwood Mountains Resort in Ferguson, North Carolina — a secluded, equestrian-inclusive resort that allows them to bring their own horses on their getaways. After Garrett popped the question on a New Year’s ski lift ride in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, these two knew right away they wanted to get married at Leatherwood. “Not only was the setting gorgeous, but the people who worked there were so friendly and helpful that I felt comfortable and relaxed from just being there," Crystal said. "We really wanted to share that with our closest friends and family."

At Leatherwood, the couple was able to include their own horses, "Cool" and "Pepper," and their dogs, "Caine" the German shepherd and "Weenie" the dachshund, in their special day. Crystal knew exactly what she wanted for her late summer ceremony and reception and, rather than hiring a consultant, she was able to make it all happen with the help of the resort’s fullservice staff. She wanted to include elements of lace and antique charm, and she found just that in her wedding dress at the downtown Boone bridal shop, Did Someone Say Party? “I found a gown with sleeves, an open back, and lace overlay that I never dreamed I would like, but I fell in love with as soon as I tried it on,” she said. “They were able to order it for me and it fit like a dream.” From designer Maggie Sottero, Crystal’s hand-embellished sheath gown featured a dramatic illusion lace back, illusion sleeves, a delicate scalloped hemline, and pearl buttons over a zipper

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The gorgeous grounds of Leatherwood Mountains Resort gave this sweet couple the perfect atmosphere for their equestrian-inclusive, outdoor ceremony and reception. The Heningers opted out of some traditional wedding customs, like including a bridal party in the ceremony, in order to keep the day focused on them, their vows, and their future together. back closure. Glimmering with metallic lace appliqués and embroidered with Swarovski crystals that drift from the shoulder to the floor-skimming hem, the dress was the final touch to the storybook wedding she imagined. To keep the day focused on the exchanging of vows, the couple decided not to include a bridal party in their big day. In the hours leading up to the ceremony, their approximately 100 guests enjoyed horseback riding on the resort grounds, relaxing in the onsite cabins, and soaking up sunshine by the pool. Following the suggestion of their photographer, the bride and groom made time to sneak away from all of the pre-wedding excitement and meet on the deck of Leatherwood’s Cloud Nine Cabin to catch a glimpse of each other for the first time that day. “I cried the first time I saw Garrett,” Crystal said. “The Cloud Nine 22

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deck has some of the most beautiful views and it could not have provided a more romantic place for us to see one another for the first time.” Family and friends gathered on that sunny afternoon for the wedding just outside Leatherwood’s Hendricks Home Place, an original 1840s two-story log home. Escorted by her father, Crystal crossed the property and approached the ceremony on horseback. The day ended with an evening under the stars at the resort’s outdoor pavilion. The newlyweds are now embarking on their next great adventure — a new life together in Montana. “I look forward to seeing where life is going to take us and really finding ourselves as a married couple,” Crystal said. “I am so excited because we are embarking on this huge crosscountry road trip as a married couple and we’re doing it just for us, just because we want to do it.”


The Team

Venue: Leatherwood Mountains Resort Photographer: Deana Fleenor Event Coordinator: Leatherwood Staff Caterer: Leatherwood Mountains Resort Florist: Rural Retreat Florist Cake: Kelley Crewey Jewelry: Richard and Karen Stone Wedding Gown: Did Someone Say Party? Formalwear: Did Someone Say Party? Music/Entertainment: On Target DJ Rentals & Decor: A&J Rental Officiant: Ed Fisher 2016

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Styled by CeCe Hampton and Corina Fletcher FLETCHER & FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY

Timeless Beauty

A Photo Shoot Inspired by Vintage Golf and Classic Romance

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or the area’s hardworking event professionals, winter in the High South is often a much different experience than peak wedding season, which typically falls between April and November every year. The off-season gives them a chance to catch up on the responsibilities that come with managing a small business, but also provides an opportunity to collaborate with other vendors and let their imaginations run wild. In January 2015, local wedding consultant CeCe Hampton approached the duo behind 24

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Fletcher and Fletcher Photography with an idea to use the newly renovated space at Boone Golf Club’s Fairway Café for a styled photo shoot. “As soon as CeCe contacted me about doing a shoot at the golf club, I knew right away that I wanted to go for that old-school, vintage golf look. That’s what I had in mind,” Corina Fletcher said. “Because we were indoors, we really tried to focus on all of the details that went into the look.” The participating pros agreed to aim for a timeless and sophisticated beauty, and they


called on Kelly Williams of A Bushel and a Peck Vintage Rentals to help make it happen. “We decided to evoke that old-school feeling in the pictures with the fireplace, the vintage furniture, and all of the little elements that brought it all together,” Corina said. The vintage elements were paired with bold, dramatic colors and textures for a stunning look that can transcend trendy fashions and imagery that will keep catching eyes for years to come. “I loved the rich colors — they just really worked. I really like the pictures of the bride with her lipstick and the jewels,” Corina said. “I love the glitter on the tablecloths and the gold on the invitations. Everything was bold and it was beautiful.” Keeping up with the work of the High Country’s wedding experts is a great way to get inspired when you’re planning your own mountain wedding. “Winter and the off-season is often downtime for us, so you’re mostly doing mundane business tasks and you don’t really get to be creative. At weddings you don’t always have a lot of time,” Corina said. “So when you get to do these styled shoots, it’s so fun because you have more time to work. You can run with ideas for posing the bride and groom that you’ve never had time to try and you can really have fun with the vendors you work with.” Stay tuned for special projects like this styled photo shoot that show off what local vendors can do when they put their minds together.

The Team

Photographer: Fletcher & Fletcher Photography

Venue: Fairway Café at Boone Golf Club Planning and Flowers: CeCe Hampton Wedding Planning and Design Furniture and Décor: A Bushel and a Peck Vintage Rentals Paper goods: Caroline Hardin Studios Linens, Furniture, and Chargers: CE Rentals Dress: South’s Specialty Clothiers Cake and Truffles: Ugga Mugga Bakery Models: Brooke Wright and Nick Isenhour 2016

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he early stages of planning a wedding are filled with excitement and anticipation for the many milestones to come, like the day you’ll find your perfect dress and the day you’ll say, “I do.” There are countless reasons to look forward to your big day, but don’t forget — it’s not just a to-do list, it’s a journey and the experience of a lifetime. Making your dream wedding come true will entail a lot of decision making, but it’s all happening because of the decision you made to go through life with your soon-to-be spouse. On first thought, your engagement may seem like a simple precursor to your wedding day, but it’s so much more than that. It’s the first step toward a lifetime that you will spend with your best friend, and it’s a momentous occasion. Here in the mountains, we enjoy seasons of beautiful weather and gorgeous landscapes. In the journey toward marriage, you, too, will enjoy seasons — seasons of change, love, and growth. Chances are, you’re already thinking about how you can preserve all of these memorable experiences. So, why not document your engagement story with as much love and careful planning as you will your wedding day? The High Country is home to an impressive variety of talented photographers who will exceed your expectations at the wedding, and many of them would love to capture your whole story, beginning with your engagement. “A little rhyme comes to mind — ‘first comes love, then comes mar26

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riage, then comes baby in the baby carriage.’ Professionally created portraits often follow a natural sequence marking major life events,” said Bonnie Burton of Burton Photography. “Engagement portraits are just the beginning. Documenting the joining of two families on the wedding day and then creating family portraits for our wedding couples as they have their first babies brings us joy.” We believe the awe-inspiring mountain views you’ll find here in the High South are the perfect backdrop for a dream wedding, but they can also make for some truly fabulous engagement shots. “Engagement portraits are most often the first professionally created images that a couple will have to commemorate their new relationship. The love, friendship, excitement, and romance that a couple shares shines through with wonderful intensity,” Bonnie said. “The mountains provide an endless opportunity for a variety of breathtaking, beautiful locations — flower-filled meadows, fairytale forests, rocky streams, romantic cliffs. We love the layers of textures and colors that can be found in the High Country.” If you’re already planning to get married here, why not let your engagement portraits to show off that same,

picturesque mountain beauty? Spring and summer weather offers crisp, clear views of the Blue Ridge and sunny days that are perfect for your engagement photos. The rich colors of changing leaves and the transforming landscapes of autumn can create something more vibrant, and the white of winter can create whimsy in your photos.


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As you embark on this great new adventure in life, don’t forget to document where it all began. “No matter the season, engagement sessions are always an opportunity to create romantic, lively, thoughtful, and spontaneous portraits. Winter weather adds a magical, intimate mood to the images we create,” Bonnie said. “There is something snuggly about cold weather and warm coats, colorful hats and scarves, and furlined boots. The winter-world provides a quieter, less hurried, reflective backdrop for engagement portraits.” As you embark on this great new adventure with your best friend, don’t forget to document where it all began. Start getting to know the awesome photographers right here in the High South and find the right one to capture every season of your life. Taking the time to celebrate your engagement will keep you excited and motivated about the planning process. When it’s time to get the ball rolling, look over to our complete wedding prep checklist for advice on how to get started and what do to first, like hiring an officiant, selecting a wedding date, and choosing a venue.

Planning a wedding is a huge responsibility. The suggested to-do list on the following page will help you break each aspect down into easy-to-manage tasks so you can stay on top of all the decisions you’ll have to make. Start by choosing a few options for your wedding date and hire the right person to conduct your ceremony. The officiant will play a vital role in the process of your marriage, so take the time to work with them and choose a date that works for them, too. Ready to get started? 28

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planning your perfect day 12 Months Before:

❍❍Determine your budget and who’s paying for what. ❍❍Start a wedding planning binder to keep up with inspiration, information and important documents. ❍❍If you’re hiring a consultant, find the right one and let them help you get started. ❍❍Choose a date and time. ❍❍Choose and book a venue for the ceremony and reception. ❍❍Choose and book an officiant. ❍❍Start working on your guest list. ❍❍Choose your wedding party and invite them to help you plan.

2 Months Before:

❍❍Book your stylist and try on styles you for your big day. ❍❍Book your makeup artist and try out looks you like. ❍❍Finalize the ceremony with your officiant. ❍❍Write your vows. ❍❍Mail your invitations. ❍❍Update your registry. ❍❍Celebrate with a bridal shower.

1 Month Before:

❍❍Start shopping for your bridal gown. ❍❍Research vendors. ❍❍Attend a local bridal show or expo and jot down ideas as you’re inspired.

❍❍Apply for a marriage license. ❍❍Print programs, menus, etc. ❍❍Have your final dress fitting and make sure your maid of honor knows how to bustle your gown. ❍❍Have a final fitting for your bridesmaids’ dresses. ❍❍Celebrate with bachelor and bachelorette parties.

8 Months Before:

2 Weeks Before:

10 Months Before:

❍❍Order your gown and accessories. ❍❍Choose and book a photographer and videographer. ❍❍Choose and book a band or DJ for the reception. ❍❍Hire a caterer and plan the meals. ❍❍Hire a florist and plan your décor. ❍❍Hire musicians and plan the ceremony with your officiant. ❍❍Create a wedding website to share details with friends and family. ❍❍Hire a stationer if you want custom invitations and save-the-dates. ❍❍Register for gifts at your favorite department stores. ❍❍Block hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.

6 Months Before:

❍❍Order your bridesmaids’ dresses. ❍❍Book your honeymoon and update travel documents (passports, visas, etc.). ❍❍Send save-the-dates. ❍❍Order invitations. ❍❍Shop for wedding bands. ❍❍Secure transportation for guests if you’re providing it. ❍❍Purchase wedding favors.

4 Months Before:

❍❍Order your cake. ❍❍Plan your rehearsal dinner. ❍❍Choose attire for the groom and groomsmen. ❍❍Hire wedding-day transportation.

❍❍Pick up your marriage license. ❍❍Update your registry. ❍❍Review your RSVPs. ❍❍Submit a shot list to your photographer. ❍❍Submit a playlist to your band or DJ. ❍❍Get your last pre-wedding haircut and color.

1 Week Before:

❍❍Submit a final head count to your venue and caterer. ❍❍Finalize your seating chart if you have one.

1 Day Before:

❍❍Do last minute primping (manicure, pedicure, spa treatment, etc.) ❍❍Enjoy the rehearsal dinner. ❍❍Give gifts to the bridal party and parents. ❍❍Assign a family member to be the photographer’s contact so he or she will know who’s who.

Wedding Day:

❍❍Give rings to the best man and maid of honor. ❍❍Enjoy quality time with your wedding party as you get ready for the day. ❍❍Get married and celebrate! ❍❍After the big day: ❍❍Arrange for someone to return any rentals. ❍❍Write and send thank-you notes to guests and vendors.

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The First Yes A Collaboration Inspired by Every Groom’s Journey

Styled by The Whole Shebang and Philosophy Flowers JOY DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY

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ong before the bride and groom exchange their vows, and even before the proposal of marriage, there’s a pivotal moment in every couple’s story that’s often overlooked, but remarkable nonetheless. Meris Gantt, lead planner for The Whole Shebang event consultants, teamed up with local photographer Joy Davis in March 2015 to kick-start a creative collaboration that would pull in several other experts from the High South’s expansive wedding industry. With sights set on staging an unconventional styled photo shoot at The Blowing Rock, they brought in Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers, whose knack for storytelling and vision for dreamy artistry ushered in a romantic and poignant concept. “Saying ‘yes’ to a marriage proposal is really fun and exciting — this is the 'yes' that’s recognized and celebrated. But have you thought about the ‘yes’ that was said first?” Kelly said. “It probably wasn’t an audible ‘yes,’ but it was grand. It was the moment when the groom decided that she was it — she was the one he loved and wanted to call his bride. There is a ‘yes’ before the ‘yes,’ and it’s significant.” The team of talented artists shared a common goal: to tell the story of a groom’s perspective on finding his perfect match. In the photography, the groom explores through stones and other natural elements along one of the park's trails for a hidden gem. His search is symbolic of every groom’s journey to find love, and his discovery of the geode represents the moment he found his match and his decision to choose her forever. The shoot also aimed to highlight the grandeur and stunning views of The Blowing Rock. “It took place at such an iconic location that is one of the cornerstones of our area,” Meris said. “You can feel the history as you walk the trails and look out over the mountains.” Styled shoots and other projects like this one give local vendors a chance to work together in a purely creative environment and use their united vision to inspire their clients, their colleagues, and other professionals in the wedding industry. “The events we put on are for our clients, but styled shoots are a chance for all of us to really come together,” Meris said. “It’s a great way for us to showcase our work and produce something that is uniquely ours. There’s a great sense of community in pulling together a project just for fun.”


The Team

Venue: The Blowing Rock Photographer: Joy Davis Photography Planning & Coordination: The Whole Shebang Design: Philosophy Flowers Rentals: Miss Match Rentals/Upper Barn Paper goods: Snow in July Designs Dress and Formalwear: Did Someone Say Party? Cake: Ugga Mugga Bakery Ring: Handcrafted by Gaines Kiker Silversmith Hair and Makeup: Clynda Dowd, R Salon Models: Shannon Gunning and York Wetherill 2016

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consultants wedding consultants Ask the Experts

As you read through this guide, Elizabeth Hempfling weighs in with even more advice on the process of planning your wedding. Look for these helpful hints under “ask the experts.”

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f you’re in the early stages of planning your wedding, chances are you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the decisions you have to make over the next couple of months. Sure, you can do it on your own, but why not alleviate some of the stress by turning to a local expert? Not only are wedding planners in the High South knowledgeable and experienced in orchestrating special events, they’re connected to an expansive variety of local vendors in the area. If that’s the kind of expertise you’re looking for, call them up today and set up an appointment to get started on planning your perfect day.

MERIS GANTT The Whole Shebang

What does a consultant do?

Why should I get married in the High South?

Elizabeth: “The primary responsibility of a wedding consultant is to take care of the client and their overall needs and wishes. It is their role to create bonds and communicate on the back end so that everything results in happy clients, happy vendors and a successful event.” Meris: “Wedding consultants are here to make the planning process as enjoyable as the wedding itself. It’s all about knowing the client well enough to be able to read their mind, know what they want, and make decisions on their behalf without having to bother them with all of the tiny details.”

Elizabeth: “Visually, with the majestic beauty all around us, everything is so gorgeous. I’ve lived here my whole life, so I can also say that we have some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.” Meris: “Aside from the gorgeous weather, cool summers, and pastoral setting, the High Country is a warm and inviting community. The feedback I get from clients is about how impressed they are that all of the wedding vendors up here are team players — always willing to pull together to make every event a success,” Gantt said. “I think we have a really unique group of professionals up here that are hardworking, honest, and always put the client first.”

Why should I hire a consultant? Elizabeth: “As consultants, we are heavily involved in the wedding industry itself and we work hand-in-hand with our local vendors. We can handle the logistics of bringing all of the elements together. We can help you with things you might not even be thinking about, like which caterer would be the best for your venue and which photographers know the best overlooks and the best time of day for lighting. Planners give you valuable insight because this is what we do every day and we have the connections to do it. And, we’re awesome.” Meris: “Most of our clients live out of town and have no idea who to hire for a High Country wedding. Wedding consultants can help couples navigate the confusing world of local venues and vendors to ensure they get lined up with the right team that fits their style and budget.” 32

We got together with two of the area’s premier wedding planners for a Q-and-A session that will help you hash out your concerns and start the planning process on the right foot. Meet Elizabeth Hempfling, owner and principal planner at Events by Elizabeth Ashley, and Meris Gantt, lead planner for The Whole Shebang event services. They’re both board members for the local event services network, High South Event Professionals, and they’re both here to help you every step of the way. Here’s what they have to say about their roles in the local wedding industry:

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What’s the most important piece of advice you have for brides planning mountain weddings in our area? Elizabeth: “Really give a lot of consideration to the time of year that’s best for you and make sure that you hire professionals that will work as a team to take care of you. Also, make sure you have fun. Enjoy the process, because you’ll only get to do this once. It really needs to be special so you can walk away with good memories.” Meris: “Have a rock solid bad weather plan. I know we all want a perfect, sunshiny wedding day — believe me, that’s what we want, too. But, when that doesn’t happen, we want to have a plan B that still puts a smile on every face.”


Wedding CONSULTANTS The Whole Shebang ... Meris Gantt

Where Southern charm meets rustic elegance. The Whole Shebang continually strives to help you create a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable wedding in the High Country Mountains of North Carolina. We absolutely love what we do and there is a real joy in the process of creating a relaxed and fun atmosphere that allows you to create her own unique vision of your perfect wedding day. A wedding is a chance for you to share your love story with your friends and family. There's nothing more special than making your wedding day uniquely your own. Our job is to help pull together every aspect of your vision. Let us focus on the details so you can focus on enjoying the moment!  828-719-9171. www.highcountryweddingplanner.com. Ad on page 33

Gadabouts ... Eileen Gaddy

Gadabouts has been pleased to cater and plan weddings and special events for the North Carolina High South since 2004. As a professional and full service catering and event planning company, our specialties include weddings and rehearsal dinners as well as corporate galas and grand openings and other social events.  With certified wedding planners and consultants on staff as well as a professional catering team, Gadabouts is especially prepared to provide perfect memories for a lifetime!  Convenient to all North Carolina High South Venues in Valle Crucis, Linville, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk and Boone NC, Gadabouts is truly the caterer to call for that perfect wedding or special event! We would love the opportunity to discuss your upcoming wedding or special event with you.  828-773-0988. www.gadabouts.com. Ad on page 33

wedding resource center ... Elizabeth Hempfling

Operated by Elizabeth Hempfling of Events by Elizabeth Ashley, the Wedding Resource Center is your one-stop-shop for planning a dream wedding. Elizabeth and her team of professionals showcase a gallery of unique vendors and services from and throughout the High South, as well as the knowledge and experience necessary to bring your vision to life. Schedule an appointment to start planning with the experts or stop by to browse the gallery for inspiration.  828-386-1444. www.weddingresourcenc.com. Ad on page 33

Events by Gadabouts

Certified Wedding Planners and Consultants — From Rehearsal to Ceremony to Reception...and in Between

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A Wedding Story

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aroline Howe grew up right here in the High South, but she now calls the nation’s capital her home. Inspired by the glory of the mountains that she knows and loves, she brought her groom, Benjamin Clapp, back here for a chic and sophisticated autumn affair. The couple met while working together for a startup company in Washington D.C., but felt drawn to the hills of the High Country to exchange their vows. The bride described her vision for the big day as “southern, Blue Ridge Mountain glam.” “Fall is my favorite season,” Caroline said. “I love October and the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the fall.” They were married on a colorful day before 150 guests at the historic St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church, followed by a reception at the nearby Blowing Rock Country Club. The bride chose to fill the environment with as many of her favorite flowers as possible. “Hydrangeas were everywhere — on the chandeliers, on the tables, and carried by bridesmaids,” she said. Caroline wore the Preston dress by designer Amsale, which she found at L’elite Boutique in Boston. The silk magnolia slim fit-to-flare gown features a sheer neckline and a sheer back with bow detail, and she paired the dress with a lace jacket from designer Marchesa. The couple hired an all-star team of local experts to bring their wedding plans to reality, including the duo at Burton Photography. “Caroline and Ben are smart, sophisticated, and funloving,” said Bonnie Burton, who captured the day from behind the camera. “They really cared about their wedding photography and were willing to give us the time and opportunity to create beautiful images of them on their wedding day.” Knowing the community holds a special place in the bride’s heart, the Burtons were able to include many of her favorite spots in town in the couple’s romantic, after-ceremony portraits.

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The historical beauty of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church created a romantic environment for this couple's ceremony, which was followed by an oh-sosophisticated reception at the upscale Blowing Rock Country Club on this dreamy day.

“Caroline and Ben’s wedding was a gorgeous affair on a fantastic fall day. Every detail had been given thoughtful and artistic attention,” Bonnie said. “Incorporating places that have sentimental value just adds that much more to the images.” After the wedding, friends and family joined the couple in the tower at St. Mary’s to ring the church bells and let

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the town know they were married. For other brides who envision a chic High South wedding, Caroline recommends turning to local vendors who make beautiful events their business. “We hired the very best of the best in the area to make our day special,” Caroline said. “I loved my vendors. Hire them and they will make your day a dream.”


The Team

Venue: St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church & Blowing Rock Country Club Photographer: Burton Photography Coordinator: Events by Elizabeth Ashley Florist: Park Place Florist & Gifts Cake: Stick Boy Bakery Transportation: Air Haven Limousine

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photographers photographers

Making Your Memories Last Through Photography

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hen you look back years from now on the day you said, “I do,” nothing will breathe life back into your experience like an album of timeless photography. Making your big day last forever is a monumental responsibility, so make time to research your options and go with a photographer you can trust to keep your memories alive. North Carolina’s High Country and surrounding communities are home to an impressive variety of professional and fine art photographers, who are talented, educated, experienced, prepared, and ready to give you their best work. They understand how important your wedding day is to you, and they’re up for the challenge. Not only are these artists well versed in their craft, they offer you a level of expertise that off-the-mountain photographers just can’t match. They know the ins and outs of the community, have worked with the network of other local industry vendors for years, and have captured weddings at most, if not all, of the area’s breathtaking venues. Putting together a destination wedding can be a lot of work, but it’s made easy when you hire professionals who know their way around. Even if miles of highway separate you from them during the planning process, these photographers are only a call or a click away. They

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know the best outdoor locations for the images you want to achieve, the best time of day to capture the light in these beautiful spots, and how to show off the glory and the colors of the Blue Ridge in your portraits. The unique environment, economy, and weather patterns of the High South can quickly throw a wrench into wedding day and photography plans, but local experts have the experience and the insight it takes to get the perfect shot, no matter what. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but your wedding photos will be priceless. Why turn to other photographers when the best of the best are right here on the mountain? Making the decision to hire a local photographer is just part of the process. The next step is to choose one of the many talented folks. Here’s our advice for finding the right one and things to consider in doing so:

GO PRO

Asking a friend with a nice camera to shoot your wedding may sound like a way to save a few bucks, but capturing the most important day of your life is a responsibility you don’t want to dole out to just anyone. There are plenty of ways to make your budget work for you without sacrificing high quality photography, and it’s totally worth it to spend a little more on what you’ll get from these local experts.


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A picture may be worth a thousand words, but your wedding photos will be priceless.

DO YOUR RESEARCH

When it comes to making decisions about your wedding, sometimes advice from other brides is the most helpful way to figure out what’s what. Go online to read about the photographers in the area and check them out on social media. Look for feedback from other clients and ratings in online reviews.

STYLE CHOICE

Every photographer has their own style and, while many will offer a combination or agree to the one you ask them to achieve, their best work happens when they’re letting their creativities flow and shooting in the style that best suits their own personalities. There are many styles to choose from, so figure out what you like and get to know photographers who specialize in that look. Go for the fine art look if you’re looking for truly dreamy, dramatic, jaw-dropping artistry. If posed shots of your family and friends are more important to you, look for photographers who tend to lean toward portraiture. Opt for a pro with photojournalistic style if you’re looking for a variety of candid shots that tell the story of your wedding one detail at a time. If your heart is set on an album that touches on a mixture of styles, find a photographer that’s versatile and can give you what you want.

TAKE A LOOK

During your initial consultation with the photographers on your mind, ask to look through their portfolio, or a collection of other weddings they’ve done in the past. Browse through galleries that show the whole day from start to finish and think about what you’re seeing — does this style of photography catch your eye? Are they doing a good job of capturing all of the details? Is there a good balance of product shots, posed portraits, and candid shots?

THE WHOLE PACKAGE

High Country photographers offer you an array of services and packages that can meet your needs with items like engagement sessions, bridal portraits, ceremony and reception photography, a CD of finished images, wedding albums, fine art print40

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ing, online viewing, and so much more. Packages often begin somewhere within the $2,500-$4,500 range, although some photographers will allow you to personalize the package you choose to include the products that are right for your experience.

SHARING YOUR IMAGES

Before you hire someone, find out if the package you’re buying includes rights to the images or if you’ll need to pay extra to purchase them. This is an important question to ask if you’re planning to share your photos on social media, post them on the web, or print them on your own. Many contracts dictate that photographers have the right to publish your images or use them for promotional purposes, so make sure you discuss those details if you think that could be an issue for you.

WHAT TO EXPECT

It will take your photographer a lot more time to edit and prepare your images than it will for them to shoot your wedding, so be realistic and try to understand that it may take them awhile to get your proofs back to you. Talk to them about how many shots you’ll get from them, whether or not they’ll be retouched, and how long it will take for you to get them back.

MAKE A LIST

Give your photographer a list of shots you have to have and the people or details you want to include in your photos. Make sure the contract you sign with them gives them plenty of time to accomplish all of the shots on your list.

WORK TOGETHER

When you find the right photographer for you, meet with them in person and get to know them before the big day. Chances are, they’ll be by your side every step of the way, from the preparation to the exchange of vows and even the after party, so make sure you’re personalities work well together. Consider hiring the same photographer to do your engagement session, your bridal portraits, and your wedding day. The more they get to know you, the better they can capture your best moments the way you want to remember them.

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We have compiled the most frequently asked questions of our Photographers. We hope they can help you!

Question

Is it worth the money to hire a professional photographer?

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Don’t skimp on wedding photography. The images are all you have to walk away with once the event is over and complete. Make sure you choose a photographer that will truly capture it the way you want to remember it, and make sure the services in their contracts are adequate to match up with your needs.

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Why should I get to know my photographer? Make sure that you meet them and feel comfortable with them, because they are probably one of the vendors you’re going to spend the most time with, especially on the big day. They’re going to be right there with you all day, so make sure you feel comfortable working alongside them.

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Why should I work with my photographer before the wedding day? Consider hiring your wedding photographer for an engagement session or bridal portraits. It’s important for them to get to know you, too, so they can understand your personality, what you’re looking for in photography and how to capture your memories in the right way.

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Wedding PhotograPhers Burton photography Jonathan and Bonnie Burton, a husband/wife team of award-winning photographers, combine creative forces to skillfully capture the unique story of your wedding day. All of the details, romance, excitement, and fun are artistically documented in a mixture of color, vintage, and black and white images.  Wedding collections begin at $4,200 and include a gorgeous, custom designed Queensberry wedding album, complimentary engagement session, online image gallery, custom Album APP for mobile devices, digital files with permission to print, and two professional photographers - Jonathan and Bonnie.   Burton Photography.  828-266-9889. www.ncphotographer.com. Ad on page 39

CS Photography Calah Stephens is a lifestyle photographer who is passionate about preserving her clients’ most

memorable seasons of change. With genuine artistry and attention to detail, she captures moments that are real and true — moments that are life. She loves black coffee with a side of vanilla ice cream; the laughter of children; the wisdom of grandmothers. She captures the joke behind the laughs and the knee scrapes beneath the tears. She knows love, joy, and life.  828-455-8726. Ad on page 45

Ellen Gwin Photographer Ellen Gwin Burnette is based in Boone, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Appalachian State and specializes in wedding and portrait photography.  She strives to bring creative, natural, and comfortable coverage of your candid moments to capture, document, and preserve your memories for more than a lifetime.  Her favorite moments involve laughter when those captured are truly themselves!  Ev-

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ery event, no matter the size, age, or weather, is approached with great energy, insight, and professionalism. 336-978-2613. www.ellengwin. com. Ad on page 41

FLetcher & Fletcher Photography We’re a husband-and-wife team and we believe in giving our clients something truly special, something they can treasure forever and look back on and relive life’s best moments. We pride ourselves on being flexible, unobtrusive, and easy to work with. We've been featured in many wedding magazines and blogs, and our work is on display at the Wedding Resource Center in Boone.  We would love to talk with you about your wedding and to show you what we offer as photographers.  828.446.4444. www.imagesbyfletcher.com. Ad on page 44


Wedding PhotograPhers Jean MorÉE PHOTOGRAPHY I have had the pleasure of photographing well over 100 weddings since 2007 in numerous states and settings, but especially love weddings in the High Country of North Carolina because of the absolute beautiful surroundings unique to this area. I am a long-time member of the Professional Photographers of America. I strive to provide a pleasing photography experience, high quality images worthy of display, a diverse product line, and exceptional customer service.  828-278-8228. www.jeanmoree.com. Ad on page 45

Joy Davis PHOTOGRAPHY Joy and Ryan Davis make a remarkable “wedding day team." The pair are no strangers to true love, for they have their own remarkable, modern day fairy tale. They adore their jobs because they get the chance to share in the glorious celebrations of other people’s lives. The Davis' work hard to develop a close friendship with their clients, because they feel that is the best way to get those intimate shots. The Davis’ have a remarkable talent for getting right into the heart of the moment to capture a visually stunning image. An image that allows a person to relive an entire day through just a single photograph.  828-729-3046. www.joydavisphotography.com. Ad on page 43

Lonnie Webster PHOTOGRAPHY I have a passion for capturing life through photography. Each image must tell a story, whether photographing seniors families or wedding portraits, I wants to bring out the personality of the people in front of the camera. Each image should tell a story about the location, the person, their occupation, the season, the mood, or the mile stone in their life. I believe that passion should be coupled with education to produce the finest quality photograph for my clients. My work has been published in numerous publications both on the local and national level. I'm available for destination publications, weddings, senior photographs, and family portraits.  828-266-2111. www.lonniewebster.com. Ad on page 44

Matt Powell Productions Matt Powell Productions has 15 years experience in international documentary photography and video storytelling. Our wedding photography and films are a timeless collection of fine-art telling your story; highlighting what is most important to you. We focus on capturing the essence of your location and the character of you and your guests.  We approach photography with a sense of fun and adventure, utilizing natural light and documentary techniques to capture emotions and natural beauty.   828-773-1311. www.mattpowellproductions.com. Ad on page 41 2016

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Wedding PhotograPhers Michelle Hrin PHOTOGRAPHY Michelle Hrin is an award-winning photographer who would love the opportunity to capture your story. Her goal is to preserve your memories from the little details to the big moments and everything meaningful in between. Your smiles and your glances on your wedding day, your friends and your family surrounding you, the laughs, the tears of joy, and the fun! She loves giving her clients the best service through getting to know them on a personal level. She wants your photographs to  tell your story for generations to come.  828-302-7572. www.michellehrinphotography.com. Ad on page 41

Moments by Pinewood Filmmaker Justin Turner is a native of western North Carolina and a true creative mind. He and his team are dedicated to telling your story pro-

fessionally and with care through memorable and inspiring video. Moments by Pinewood offers the best in high quality artistry that will make your greatest memories last for years through timeless, expertly crafted video.  828-443-9388. www.momentsbypinewood.com. Ad on page 45

Pixels on Paper Pixels On Paper is Misty & Ryan Case, a married couple who’ve been photographing portraits and weddings for over 10 years. They compliment each other in style, temperament, vision, and creativity (read: they are talented and fun). The couple believes in using their talents not only to capture special events, but to create beautiful heirlooms that go beyond selfies and snapshots. They are also extremely focused on creating strong relationships and friendships with their clients and usually go on to take portraits of their wedding clients’ children and most

other milestones long after the wedding is a memory.  336-990-0080.www.pixelsonpaper.biz. Ad on page 42

ELIAS PHOTOGRAPHY Elias Photography believes that photographs should capture the story your soul tells. We are Felicia Yarboro and Kristin Espinosa, a sister team that was raised to follow that still, small voice rather than to take the path of least resistance. We were taught that dreams do come true and we want nothing more than to tell the story of your dream coming true. Whether it's your engagement, your wedding day, the stages of your children's lives, the business you've just gotten off the ground, or the one you've worked hard to perfect over the years, we want to immortalize those memoirs.  www.eliasphotography.com. Ad on page 45

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o you love the idea of getting married in the sweeping, open countryside, but don’t want to give up that classic wedding glam? Turn to this unique local venue and find a balance between the two in the quaint community of Trade, Tennessee. After all, who said a farm wedding can’t be ultra chic? A quick 15-minute drive from downtown Boone will lead you to the farmstead, which is situated just across the North Carolina/Tennessee state line. The farm sits on 105 picturesque acres and offers plenty of room and ample facilities for weddings and special events, including on-site lodging. “I think couples enjoy the rustic, natural beauty of this place, and a lot of people are looking for a venue that offers that. They like the simplicity of everything,” said Denise Loven, who owns and operates the farm with her husband, Fulton. “They essentially have the opportunity to do what they want with their event. They don’t have to use any specific vendors or any specific space — it’s a canvas for them to paint their own image.” The onsite 1940s farmhouse can sleep eight people and invites guests to step back in time to an age of simple, country lifestyles. Details like a white clad iron tub, a relaxing porch swing, and a Ver-

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mont wood stove add to the home’s cozy charm. For weddings, the home makes a great place for families or bridal parties to rest, enjoy the nostalgia, and prepare for the big day. The property also features space for tent sites and an RV hookup, as well as a bubbling spring, chirping frogs, a gold fish pond, cow fields, hiking trails, wildflowers, and so much more. Brides who live in larger metropolitan areas and want to go for something rustic can bring a little bit of the city to the country at venues like White Fence Farm. Choosing the stunning, natural setting of the property will create a whimsical and romantic backdrop for your wedding. Then, bring in everything you love about black tie affairs and step

up your personal touches with lavish textures, colors, and details. Photographer Ellen Gwin, who has recently captured weddings at the venue, said the farm lends itself to a unique blend of beauty and luxury in a secluded, pastoral atmosphere. “It can be really elegant for such a rustic location, which I love,” Ellen said. “Just because you want to get married in a field or a farm environment doesn’t mean you can’t have a classy event.” Do you have your heart set on the country glamour look? Turn to White Fence Farm or one of the High Country’s other rustic, outdoor venues and bring in your own chic elements of sophistication and elegance. 2016

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venues

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venues

Location, Location, Location!

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hen it comes to choosing and booking the best site for the ceremony and reception, every couple has their own unique set of wants, wishes, and must-haves. Maybe you already have your heart set on one of the area’s breathtaking venues. Maybe you’re keeping an open mind as you begin the planning process, or maybe you have no idea where to start. Whatever the case may be, we’re here to help! Finding the perfect venue is an essential part of planning your wedding, and choosing the right one is likely the first major decision you will make when it comes to organizing your event. Whether you’re looking for an elegant social club, an extravagant castle, a charming farm in the countryside, a sophisticated private residence, a quirky cottage, or a mountain resort, there’s a location in the High South that’s right for you. Each of the area’s venues boasts a stunning view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a unique perspective on what makes a wedding day special. The experts behind each one offer a variety

of services, as well as the knowledge, experience, and creativity to ensure the festivities go off without a hitch. As you envision the best day of your life, take time to get to know your options. Find the venue that meets the needs of your family and your guests and enjoy the experience as your fairytale unfolds.

Things to Consider When Choosing Your Venue: ✓✓BUDGET — First thing’s first. Of course, you want your big day to be perfect and you don’t want anything to get in the way of making it happen, but it’s important to be realistic about your budget. Know what you can afford to spend before you start shopping for venues and keep that in mind as you visit your favorites. ✓✓SIZE — Even if your guest list is still in the works, you probably already know whether you’re interested in an extravagant affair with hundreds of people or a smaller get-together with a select group of friends and family. If you don’t have a final count, use a ballpark number

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to make sure the venue can accommodate the crowd you want to host. ✓✓STYLE — Decide what style you’re going for and find a venue that fits with the wedding day you envision. Whether you’re looking for something rustic and natural, sophisticated and elegant, dramatic and extravagant, or laidback and low-key, take into consideration the existing elements of the locations you explore and choose one that lends to the look you want to achieve. ✓✓LIGHTING — Visit a potential venue during the time of day you plan to get married. Checking the place out first thing in the morning won’t give you a realistic view of the venue if you’re hoping for a sunset wedding. Sunlight plays an important part in any event, especially if you’re outside, so ask to see the venue at the right time of day and pay attention to the way the light brings the location to life. Also, ask about other lighting options that can be made available to set the right mood. ✓✓RAIN CHECK — There’s no place more perfect for an outdoor wedding than the mountains of the High Country. But what happens

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your ceremony and reception in the same location, keep an eye out for venues that have space for both aspects of your big day and can accommodate your guests in transition between the two. ✓✓RENTALS — Does your preferred venue have tables and chairs for you to use or will you need to rent them from someone else? Rentals can be a costly addition to your budget, so keep that in mind when you’re making this decision. Make sure the venue offers everything you need. If they don’t, make sure you have the time and the resources to get those things from a local rental company. ✓✓GETTING READY — Does the venue you like offer plenty of space for you and your wedding party to get dressed and dolled up for the big day? Make sure there’s a designated space on-site for all of your pre-wedding needs. If there’s not, make sure you can find a place close by and plan accordingly for transportation. ✓✓LOGISTICS — Make sure the venue you choose offers ample parking for the number of guests you want to accommodate. Parking doesn’t have to be a deal breaker when it comes to choosing your venue, but keep in mind that you may have to spend more on providing transportation for your guests if there’s nowhere for them to park. ✓✓ACCOMMODATIONS — Would you prefer to spend the weekend on-site and be right in the middle of the action? Some venues offer on-site accommodations that can keep you and your most important guests together throughout the weekend. If this is something you’re interested in, start by looking into facilities that can offer your VIPs a place to stay. ✓✓BEFORE YOU BOOK — Found the perfect spot? Don’t get the checkbook out just yet. Check with the important people in your life — family, wedding party, officiant, consultant — and make sure the date you’ve chosen works for them before you pay any deposits.

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when it rains on your big day? When choosing a venue for your outdoor affair, consider what options you have (if any) for bringing the whole thing inside if you’re faced with unfavorable weather. ✓✓LAYOUT — Pay attention to the size and layout of the grounds. If you plan to have a large crowd, make sure there will be enough room for everyone to be seated comfortably in the space you choose. If you’re opting for a more intimate affair, think about how you will utilize the space to bring everyone together. ✓✓PARTY ESSENTIALS — If you’re planning an after party that will keep your guests on their feet, make sure the reception site you choose has a dance floor large enough to accommodate your group. If you want to include an open bar in the festivities, consider choosing a reception venue that has everything you need on-site. ✓✓THE VIEW — Worried about the stress that comes from shopping or DIY-ing your way to an elaborate slew of wedding décor? Not sure what you’ll do with all of that stuff when the party’s over? If spending a fortune on décor isn’t on your to-do list, opt for a site that boasts breathtaking mountain views and can blow your guests away on its own. Lucky for you, the High Country offers a variety of venues that can pack a lot of wow factor with minimal décor. ✓✓THE 411 — If you have a specific venue in mind, get as much information about it as you can before making a commitment. Talk to vendors who have worked weddings there before, or even couples who were married there, and get the scoop on how it all played out. Ask what they liked or didn’t like about the place and decide whether or not you have reason to share in their concerns. ✓✓THE FOOD — Consider your catering needs. Some venues will require you to use in-house caterers and bakers or will ask you to choose from a list of preferred vendors. If your heart’s set on a particular menu, caterer or cake, make sure you find a venue with a flexible policy on bringing in food

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Leatherwood Mountains

Perfect. Peaceful. Pristine. Welcome, You've Found Paradise

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White Fence Farm

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Chetola Resort

Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock

From Gala Summer Celebrations to Intimate Winter Weddings... Chetola provides impeccable service and stunning backdrops, including the Lakefront Lawn and Gazebo. Timberlake’s Restaurant, the Evergreen Room and more. From the Bob Timberlake Inn to the Spa and Hair Boutique, you and your guests will enjoy the luxurious amenities.

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The Blowing Rock

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Sugar Mountain Resort

Have the perfect wedding ceremony at 5300 feet

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Green Park Inn

A Blend of Turn-of-the-Century Style & Genteel Hospitality

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 NC. This landmark offers one of the largest dining facilities in Blowing Rock, and indoor and outdoor event spaces.

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Beech Mountain Resort

The BeechMountain Difference

- Breathtaking Views - Unparalleled Service -Multiple Venue Locations - Scenic Lift Rides - Multiple Lodging Options within a mile of the resort

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Valle Crucis Vineyard

A Mountain Wedding Dream Come True!

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Meadowbrook Inn & Suites

Beautiful Spaces for 2 ... and 200 or so Guests!

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Party & Ceremony Spaces, Guest Rooms, Complete Food & Beverage Service

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Banner Elk Winery & Villa

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Stunning Views, Elegant Settings & Award Winning Wines

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Blue Ridge Mountain Club

Storybook Weddings in a Storybook Setting

At Blue Ridge Mountain Club, we’ll help you make your wedding one you’ll actually remember. With our expansive Great Lawn, gorgeous Pavilion and 50-mile views in virtually every direction, you can marry the man of your dreams in the place dreams are made of. Contact us at 828-295-8667 for more information.

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Appalachian Ski Mtn 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 staff will help create an event to remember.

The Perfect Setting for Your Destination Wedding

940 Ski Mountain Rd., Blowing Rock, NC 828-295-7828 | www.appskimtn.com SARAJANECASE.COM

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Venue Descriptions

Appalachian Ski Mtn – Appalachian Ski Mtn. provides a unique and scenic location in the Boone

/ Blowing Rock area for your High Country Wedding. Our professional staff will assist you in making your occasion one to remember. The Catering Department is always available to aid you in the planning of your event. We offer many complimentary services, such as assistance in locating florists, bakers, musicians, rental equipment, and more. Appalachian also offers chairlift service for Wedding ceremonies as well as convenient on-site mountainside lodging. We know that planning an event takes a lot of time and we want to facilitate your needs in every possible way. We look forward to the opportunity to offer you service that is second to none!  828-295-7828. www.appskimtn.com. Ad on page 67

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Beech Mountain Resort

– Beech Mountain Resort offers unique settings, both indoor and outdoor, for your extraordinary day. Take advantage of the ski lifts to the ceremony site, situated at 5,506 feet in elevation. Take a walk in the clouds with the one you love, and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of the Appalachian Mountains as you exchange your vows. We have multiple venues that can accommodate up to 400 people. A variety of wedding planning services, catering options, and choices are also available. Contact us to schedule a tour and start planning your dream wedding at Beech Mountain Resort.  800-438-2093. www.beechmountainresort.com. Ad on page 61

The Blowing Rock

– The majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony at The Blowing Rock Attraction. We offer an ideal location for your special day, with the splendor of Grandfather Mountain, Hawksbill and Table Rock being apart of your long-range mountain vista views. We can tailor your event to the size of your party. You may utilize our gardens, patio, footbridge or our observation deck with the feeling of being suspended a thousand feet over the Johns River Gorge. Our mountains in all their glory promises to make your wedding a breathtaking event.  828-295-7111. www.theblowingrock.com. Ad on page 56

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Capacity: 40 to 400 facility rental fee: upon request outside catering: no, cake only on-site lodging: yes

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Capacity: up to 400 facility rental fee: upon request outside catering: yes on-site lodging: close by

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randfather ineyard inery – Grandfather Vineyard and Winery is available for smaller weddings, parties and corporate events. Your guests will delight in the beautiful natural surroundings of the winery and vineyard. The terraced mountain vineyard and winery is nestled right on the Watauga River at the base of Grandfather Mountain. We have a tasting room, a covered outdoor patio and grass lawn for tent space and plenty of parking. Call us for more information about holding an event here.  828-963-2400. www.grandfathervineyard.com. Ad on page 53

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reen ark nn – Opened in 1891, the Green Park Hotel boasts a blend of turn of the century style and genteel hospitality. She is one of the last “Grand Manor Hotels” in western North Carolina. We are proud to host a variety of events including weddings, receptions and rehearsal dinners. We have exquisitely redecorated indoor facilities as well as charming outdoor locations. Our facilities can accommodate groups ranging in size from 20 to 200 guests. The beautiful interior of the hotel lends to captivating photo opportunities for the bridal party. Whether in our library, living room, tavern, or garden patio, guests can capture their special day to remember forever. Our executive chef will treat you to delicious original menus, served to your guests by our friendly and dedicated staff. We welcome the opportunity to give tours of the venue, guest rooms, and our history room.  828-414-9230. www.greenparkinn.com. Ad on page 59

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Leatherwood Mountains – Breathtaking views and pastoral valleys with grazing horses set the

stage for several hundred of your closest friends. You and your guests will enjoy luxurious accommodations at our very special mountain hideaway. We have a number of different locations to choose from for your perfect mountain wedding and reception.  336-973-5044. www.leatherwoodmountains.com. Ad on page 52

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Chetola Resort

Capacity: 2 to 250 facility rental fee: $1,250 - $3,950 outside catering: no on-site lodging: yes

Capacity: up to 150 facility rental fee: $4,500 outside catering: yes on-site lodging: no

Capacity: 20 to 200 facility rental fee: $100 - $1.500 outside catering: no on-site lodging: yes

Capacity: 40 to 200 facility rental fee: $1,000 - $1,500 outside catering: no on-site lodging: yes

Capacity: up to 400 facility rental fee: $400 - $3500 outside catering: cake only on-site lodging: yes

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mithmore astle – The Smithmore Castle is a 121 acre private mountain estate located at the top of English Knob in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. The 12,000 square foot mansion has 6 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms. It includes a 10 seat theater with an 80" screen, a 'starlight' bar, Tuscan themed lounge, commercial kitchen and a main dining room that accommodates seating for 20 with a fireplace and ceiling frescos. A 3,000 square foot out-parcel building known as Crown Hall is nestled in the woods below the main house. Crown Hall boasts a commercial kitchen, exercise room, banquet hall, bride's room, billiards room, separate mens and ladies restrooms and was specifically designed for hosting weddings and receptions.  904-509-5095. www.smithmore.com. Ad on page 60

Sugar Mountain Resort – Sugar Mountain Resort offers an exceptional and unique wedding

experience. Whisk to Sugar’s 5,300’ peak on the Summit Express high speed, six passenger chairlift for your once in a life-time event. Your mountaintop ceremony will be surrounded by blue skies, green slopes, an abundance of trees, comfortable temperatures, family, friends and nature the way it was intended. After the “I do’s” delight in a reception crafted to your personal preferences. Full-service reception options from pig-pick’in to white table cloth are available. After all, love is everything!  828-898-4521. www.skisugar. Ad on page 57

Valle Crucis Vineyard – Take a look at the area's newest and most affordable wedding event venue! Located just above the banks of the Watauga River, Valle Crucis Vineyard offers an updated barn with tent space on 75 acres of mountainside, featuring breathtaking views of the vineyard, river and mountains. Relax in the comfort of our luxury cabin, included in your reservation. Invite your guests to camp and hike here during their stay. We are dedicated to making your experience unique and unforgettable!  828-406-3135. www.vallecrucisvineyard.com. Ad on page 62

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hite ence arm – Simple, Rustic,  Creative Elegance … Down on the Farm. White Fence Farm offers a quaint wedding venue on 100 private acres just outside of Boone on the NC line. We offer a  Rustic Barn, Farmhouse, Stage,   Vintage Campers, Fully equipped Bathrooms / Kitchen. One of the prettiest Venues in the area. Come and have the stress free wedding you’ve always   dreamed about ... with us!  828-964-6767. www.whitefencefarmrentals.com. Ad on page 54

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Sky Retreat Capacity: up to 150 facility rental fee: upon request outside catering: yes on-site lodging: yes

Capacity: 660 facility rental fee: $800 - $4000 outside catering: no on-site lodging: yes

Capacity: 200 facility rental fee: $1200 - $2000 outside catering: yes on-site lodging: yes

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estination weddings in High South are the perfect opportunity for your guests to make a weekend out of the trip and enjoy a mini-mountain getaway. Whether you’re expecting just a few or a long list of out-of-towners, it’s always a good idea to be courteous to your guests and recommend a place for them to stay while they’re here to celebrate you. Many of the area’s wedding and special event venues feature on-site lodging that’s perfect for the couple, the bridal party, close friends, and immediate family members. Although it would be nice to keep all of your favorite people together in one place, there may not be enough room at your venue for everyone to spend the weekend, especially if you’re planning a larger event with a long list of guests. Reserving room blocks at local hotels can be a great way to make the trip convenient for your loved ones, and some of those places may offer group discounts for folks who book early to stay for your wedding. In addition to a wide variety of quality hotels for all budgets, the High Country is also home to a vast array of cabins, mountain homes, and lodges

that will really get your guests in the mood for a weekend in the hills and will have them feeling right at home in the Blue Ridge. When recommending lodging options, consider the proximity of each place to your venue, other amenities they can offer, and what price range would be most suitable for your guests. Search the web for accommodations that will meet the needs of your friends and family and narrow it down to two or three that seem like the best fit for everyone. To avoid the penalty of unused rooms, start by blocking a small number of rooms and add more later if it looks like you’ll need them. Don’t forget to communicate your recommendations to your guests in a timely fashion so they can book their rooms in advance. Mail a card explaining hotel block information with your invitations, including directions to and from the lodging site to your venue and details on any transportation you will provide for them. If you’re creating a wedding website, put all of those details under a tab of their own to make sure your guests can easily access the information.

The Best Western Mountain Lodge in beautiful Banner Elk, NC is a gorgeous mountain lodge nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains Offering 100 newly renovated quest rooms, which include brand new 37” flat screen TV’s, Feather Top Mattresses, microwaves, refrigerators, and DVD players, we are the perfect location to host your out of town wedding guests. Amenities include a new Fitness Center, a seasonal Outdoor Heated Pool, a complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet, and a laundry area on site. We offer beautiful banquet space large enough to accommodate up to 200 people with a delicious catering menu available. We are located within minutes of several of the area’s most popular wedding venues including Eseeola Lodge, The Banner Elk Winery, Grandfather Winery, The Apple Barn at Valle Crucis, and so many more.

Give us a call today! We can’t wait to have you stay with us!!!

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accommodations Best Western BEST WESTERN Mountain Lodge in Banner Elk offers comfort and convenience in a beautiful mountain setting. Nestled in the "Heart of the High Country", we are within minutes of the area's best attractions and destinations. Our mountain themed lodge offering pool view as well as mountain-view rooms. In addition, we are proud to be the area's only "Pet Friendly" hotel. We have a beautiful courtyard area, including a large, seasonal outdoor heated pool, picnic area with gas grills, swing, and deck area. The BEST WESTERN Mountain Lodge is a great resort getaway!  828-898-4571. www.bestwesternbannerelk.com. Ad on page 72

Green Park Inn Welcome to the Legendary Grand Dame of the High Country. The perfect hotel for accommodations for your wedding party. All rooms feature high speed wireless internet, flat screen HD TVs and reliable cable television service (including HBO), private baths, hairdryers, in room coffee service (with exceptionally great coffee!), bottled water for your comfort, extra plush towels, and supple down pillows. Rates include a full hot breakfast. Please call for information on how we can accommodate your wedding needs at the famous Green Park Inn of Blowing Rock, a member of the Historic Hotels of America.  828-414-9230. www.greenparkinn.com. Ad on page 73

courtyard Marriott The new state-of-the-art lobby at Courtyard provides greater flexibility and choices for our guests. At the center of it all is The Bistro, your destination for a great breakfast, or drinks and dinner during the evening. You'll also enjoy inviting, flexible spaces where you can work or relax, free Wi-Fi throughout. Plus, our well-equipped fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool will help you stay refreshed and energized. Need to reserve 10 or more guest rooms, meeting or event space, or a combination of both? Tell us a little about your event, then we’ll contact you and plan it together.  828-265-7676. www.marriott.com/HKYBN.com. Ad on page 73

• Beautiful outdoor courtyard with fire pit • In-house Bistro bar & restaurant serving Starbucks • Heated, indoor pool with spa & fitness center • Spacious guest rooms & suites with balcony • Meeting space to accommodate up to 79

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124 Years of HistorY Victorian Nostalgia Meets Modern Luxury

All Rooms Offer Free WiFi, Premium Bedding, and Flat-Screen TVs

9239 Valley Blvd, Blowing Rock, NC 28605 (828) 414-9230 • www.greenparkinn.com

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A Wedding Story

Beka & Dean Topodas

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he story behind the union of this Virginia couple is unique, but poignant and sweet in the most wonderful way. Fate brought educators Beka Larson and Dean Topodas together in the area of Washington, D.C. in early 2014, and the rest is history. “We were both working at the same school. He is an administrator and I’m an art teacher,” Beka said. “I started working there in February, we started dating in April, and then it just took off like a rocket.” Just 15 weeks later, they eloped by the Potomac River in front of a small group of friends and family in a private ceremony. “My son, Hayden, was in the wedding, as well as Dean’s daughter, Lydia. My first husband passed away from cancer, and I’m very close to his family — they took me in and adopted me,” Beka said. “They’re very good people and Dean wanted to have my late husband’s father perform the ceremony, so he did. He became certified to marry us and we got married on the bank of the Potomac.”

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To get more of their friends and family involved in the experience, they chose to have a second, more traditional ceremony a few months later at the home of Dean’s parents in the Blue Ridge Mountain Club of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. “Dean’s family has a tradition of people eloping and then having a second wedding to get married in front of everyone. His parents and his grandparents did the same thing,” Beka said. “He is very much a traditional kind of guy and wanted the big ceremony and walking down the aisle — it took everything I had to convince him not to wear a top hat. “I don’t like attention at all, so I just wanted to do the elopement. We compromised and decided to do something very intimate and warm, but still very elegant.” A week before the big day, perfect weather was in the forecast for their outdoor Nov. 1 wedding, which was scheduled to take place with the jaw-dropping mountain views in the background. However, they woke that day to freezing temperatures, potential snowfall, and winds of up to 45 mph that made it nearly impossible to get married beneath the tent that was already set up outside. With just hours to go before the main event, and with guidance from consultant 76

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Elizabeth Hempfling, the couple opted to move the wedding inside Dean’s parents’ home. “Hiring Elizabeth and Kristi and their team was the best decision we ever made,” Beka said. “With four hours left, they literally cleaned out the entire inside of his parents’ house, moved furniture around, and made room for a dance floor. What they did was awesome.” Despite the major last-minute change in plans, the wedding went off without a hitch once moved indoors and created an even more personal atmosphere that was shared with 60-65 guests. “I’d say it was really kind of perfect,” Beka said. “We’re both very casual people, so we were able to have something very classy, elegant, and high-end, but still have conversations with the staff as if we’d been friends with them forever.” It may have happened unconventionally, but Dean and Beka’s story is one of an extraordinary love made even more marvelous by the beauty of the Blue Ridge. “Everyone there is so down-to-earth, honest, and real, which is a big difference from D.C.,” Beka said. “We fell in love with Boone while we were there. Ideally, we’d like to retire there and live in the mountains forever.”


Unusually cold November weather and wild mountain winds forced Beka and Dean Topodas to move their outdoor wedding inside. As it turned out, the intimate setting within Dean's parents home at Blue Ridge Mountain Cluh in Blowing Rock made for an even more personal and memorable affair.

The Team

Venue: Blue Ridge Mountain Club Photography & Videography: Matt Powell Productions Event Coordinator: Events by Elizabeth Ashley Caterer: Reid's Catering Florist: Root & Vine Floral Design Invitatons/Programs: Snow in July Designs Wedding Gown: Love Couture Bridal Formalwear: 100 West Union Men's Wear Transportation: Air Haven Limousine Music/Entertainment: Black & Blue Experience Processional Music: Nancy Bargerstock 2016

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hoosing and hiring a caterer for your reception is a huge decision, so make the time to do your homework and research your options before you take that step. If you’ve opted for a full-service venue, you may have committed to using their preferred or in-house caterers. If not, you will need to research and select the right caterer for your event. Whatever the case, start brainstorming menu ideas and make a shortlist of potential vendors that you’re most interested in hiring. When you’re ready to talk details, make sure you have handy all of the information they’ll need from you — your budget, your venue, your

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wedding date, and the number of guests. Decide whether you’re shooting for something formal or more relaxed. Consider these popular options: CATERING OPTIONS Serve a plated meal: If your heart is set on an over-the-top formal affair, this traditional option will provide your guests with a fullservice dinner. It may be the more expensive choice, requiring more servers per guest than other options. Offer a buffet: Display your favorite foods in a more relaxed atmosphere. You may save a little money when hiring the wait staff, as

guests will be helping themselves to the dishes on the table. It will be harder to determine how much food you need, so you may wind up with leftovers. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres: If you’d rather skip dinner and go straight for the party, you may opt for food stations, smaller plates, and passing around hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Your caterer can help you decide how many and what drinks to serve and whether or not you need to hire a bartender. GET TO KNOW YOUR CATERER When you’re ready to call up potential caterers, make sure you ask the right questions


so you can make the right choice based on what you can afford and what best fits your vision. Here are a few questions for the caterer to get you started: • Do you have a license and carry liability insurance? • Do you recommend any food choices for the style of my wedding? • Can you offer a special menu for children? • Can you offer special diet options like vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or kosher? If so, will cost me anything extra? • Will you offer me a tasting before I make my final decisions on the menu? • How will you determine the cost? • Will you provide the necessary wait staff? • Will you provide a banquet manager or an on-site coordinator? • Do you offer any rentals? Hire the caterers that can best meet your needs and started bringing your reception plans to life. Make sure you have plenty of contact information for your caterers and plenty of time to help them choose the perfect menu. serving alcoholic beverages Want to serve drinks at your reception? Talk to your wedding consultant, venue manager, or caterer to decide how to stock the bar, who will serve the drinks, and what you can afford. Don’t forget to ask about incorporating products and vendors from the area to give your event a little local flare.

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very element of your wedding day is a chance to reflect your personality, and the cake you choose will be no exception. Whether you’re turning to your venue’s preferred bakery or you’re bringing in an outside vendor, choosing a dessert for your reception is a time to really get creative and share your favorite foods with your favorite folks. If you’ve been exploring cake designs and can’t seem to make a decision, here is our advice on how to narrow it down: ✓✓Keep it Classic — Nothing says sophistication quite like a traditional, elegant, white wedding cake. Go for a few simple layers or stack it sky high. ✓✓Fresh and Fruity — Weddings are all about celebrating the perfect match, right? Then it only makes sense to pair your cake with piles of fresh local fruit, which can add bold colors and something surprisingly sweet. ✓✓Fetching Flowers — You carry them, wear them, and display them on your wedding day, so why not add them to your cake? Incorporate

fresh cut flowers for a little extra romance. ✓✓Go Naked — Dial back the drama, bid adieu to the outer layer of frosting, and let the ingredients speak for themselves with the honest-to-goodness beauty of a “naked” cake. ✓✓Be Bold — White cake never goes out of style, but who said you had to follow the rules? Branch out and let your favorite colors do the talking with a vibrantly decorated cake. ✓✓Get Creative — Looking for variety? Ditch the cake concept and go for cupcakes, cookies, macaroons, doughnuts, truffles, marshmallows, cake pops, crêpes, or a variety of them all. ✓✓Candy Shop — Break out a collection of sweet little snacks and add a candy bar to your display. You’ll feel like a kid again and break up your reception with lots of color. ✓✓Grab a Slice — Looking for something a little more down-to-earth? Enjoy some downhome indulgence with an array of fresh-baked local pies.

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We have compiled the most frequently asked questions of our Consultants. We hope they can help you!

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Your caterer will help you determine what you need based on how many guests you’re inviting to the reception. Ask your guests to R.S.V.P. and keep track of them as they come in so that you can give your caterer an accurate head count, and so that you don’t buy too much or too little food.

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Gadabouts Catering

C.R. Catering Co. is Casa Rustica Restaurant’s sister company. We are pleased to offer the High Country’s finest gourmet catering for events on and off site. We provide fresh, distinctive food and quality service for each and every event. We are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions, and regularly prepare vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan meals. North Carolina’s freshest seafood and the finest locally grown vegetables appear regularly on our custom designed catering menus. Want a family favorite included in your menu? No problem! We can customize any item for your special event. Need the perfect space to accommodate your catering needs? We can serve 25 to 150 guests on-site with ease. Give us a call.  828-406-7721. www.crcateringco.com. Ad on page 82

Dominic Geraghty has been an executive chef for over 30 years serving delicacies in places as far away as New Mexico, Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Scotland, and his native home of England. His delicious creations are now available in the High Country for catering. His specialties of Beef Wellington, Boeuf Bourguignon, or Chicken Pot Pie would be a delight at any of your wedding functions. His pies and cakes are fabulous and are fit for a "Queen or King." With the help of his wife, Meryle Geraghty and their dedicated staff, your guests will enjoy some of the best food in the High Country. Please see our catering menus and photos on our website.  828-9638228. www.eatcrownc.com. Ad on page 83

Gadabouts has been pleased to cater and plan weddings and special events for the North Carolina High South since 2004. As a professional and full-service catering and event planning company, our specialties include weddings and rehearsal dinners, as well as corporate galas, grand openings and other social events.  With certified wedding planners and consultants on staff, as well as a professional catering team, Gadabouts is especially prepared to provide perfect memories for a lifetime! Convenient to all North Carolina High South Venues in Valle Crucis, Linville, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, and Boone NC, Gadabouts is truly the caterer to call for that perfect wedding or special event! We would love to discuss the opportunity with you.  828-297-7886. www.gadabouts.com. Ad on page 81

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food & beverage Gamekeeper 828-963-7400

Gamekeeper Catering is committed to making your event unforgettable. You can reserve the entire restaurant, the Vineyard Room, or the bar. GK also handles catered events at Camp Sky Ranch or the site of your choosing.  Our staff is experienced and attentive to all of your needs. Options include: On-site grilling,  Hors d’oeuvres, Buffets, Plated dinners, and Familystyle Stations  828-963-7400. www.gamekeeper-nc.com. Ad on page 83

Hallmark Cakes 828-295-3738

The Cake Lady — I am a self-taught cake artist and I work alone out of my professional home kitchen. I bake every cake, create every sauce, puree, buttercream ... that makes them delicious. I build and decorate every cake. I deliver and set up every cake (well - on really busy days, my husband sometimes helps!) I am proud to be a part of your special day, and I will do everything I can to make it live up to your dreams! I have worked with countless brides, grooms, and their families and it is a joyful business indeed!! It would be my honor to be a part of your magical day by making a wedding cake for your NC mountain wedding!  828-295-3738. www. hallmarkcakes.com. Ad on page 80

The Woodland’s Barbecue & Pickin’ Parlor

Looking for a caterer for your event, wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, party or celebration? Contact Woodland’s. We cater barbecue, chicken, ribs, and much more! Catering available for groups from 40 to 3000. We work with many venues in the High Country area. Feel free to call us for more information.

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Peabody's 828-264-9476

Peabody’s Wine & Beer was established in 1978 and has the region’s largest and finest selection of wine and beers. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can assist in all aspects of your rehearsal and wedding beverage needs while staying in your budget. Allow us to make planning your beverage needs fun and easy, as we have done for thousands of weddings for over 35 years. Please give us a call or visit our web site for consultation on making your celebration the toast of the town!  828-264-9476. www. peabodyswineandbeer.com. Ad on page 80

Reid's cafÉ & CATERING 828-268-9600

At Reid's Cafe & Catering we offer seasonal menus customized for every occasion, specializing in locally sourced and handcrafted foods. We believe in the importance of bringing  those you love together through food and conversation. We value the handmade and fashion from scratch details as small as the aioli and dressings we use, to house made focaccia and pastries, slow roasted meats and naturally fermented pickles. We avoid industrially grown and processed foods. This translates throughout our planning process to include varied menu possibilities ranging from traditional favorites to ethnic flavors from around the world.  We love the intentional, the specific, the well-cared-for.  828-268-9600. www.reidscateringco.com. Ad on page 79


food & beverage Ugga Mugga Bakery 724-799-1334

Ugga Mugga Bakery is a gourmet bakery serving North Carolina's High Country. We specialize in artistically crafted and gourmet wedding cakes, event cakes, dessert bars, and catering. We bake everything from scratch, fresh, and with the highest quality ingredients we can find. Designs can be anything from the simple and elegant to the crazy, colorful, and unique. Call today to schedule your cake tasting and design session.  724-799-1334. www.uggamuggabakery.com. Ad on page 79

Woodlands 828-295-3651

Looking for a caterer for your corporate event, wedding reception, wedding rehearsal or celebrations? Contact Woodlands. We cater barbeque, chicken, ribs, and much more. Most items from our menu are available for catering. Meals come with baked beans, cole slaw, rolls, and iced tea. Plates, plastic ware, napkin, and ice are included. Catering available for groups from 40 to 3000. Smaller orders can be picked up. Woodlands is famous for its catering services and has been serving the High Country for over 30 years.  828-295-3651. www.woodlandsbbq.com. Ad on page 82

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A Wedding Story

Meagan & William Polan

Westglow Resort & Spa

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hat happens when two world travelers fall head over heels and decide to get married in the High South? An epic love story, of course, and a jaw-dropping wedding to match. Meagan Gunning and William Polan each left the comforts of home — Pennsylvania for her and Texas for him — to pursue careers in service with the Peace Corps. They crossed paths while serving overseas and quickly realized they were meant to journey through life together. “We met in Azerbaijan while serving in the United States Peace Corps. We fell for each other immediately,” Meagan said. “We both loved the work we were doing and being able to share that kind of experience and challenge with your partner is rare and wonderful. He is my best friend.” These two jet-setting Good Samaritans knew their big day would double as a reunion for their loved ones and friends. So, when it came time to tie the knot, they chose the southern hospitality and the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where they’ve been spending holidays with family for several years. “We live abroad, but we wanted the wedding to be welcoming and relaxed for everyone, so we chose an outdoor venue. Since we love traveling and have spent our entire relationship doing so, we decided to have a travel-themed wedding,” Meagan said. “It was easy to fall in love with the area, so it was a swift decision when it came time for picking a venue.” Meagan already had a dress on hold when she found her perfect gown in New York, and she made a last minute switch when she knew the second one was made for her. “I already had a dress in Brooklyn that I thought was the one, but the minute I tried mine on I never wanted to take it off. It has capped sleeves and an open back,” she said. “It is a sheath style with really light, flowing fabric. It is very romantic and timeless.” The Polans’ day featured unique and creative elements that reflected their personalities, their experiences, and their world travels. The details included a variety of maps and

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globes on display, tables named after cities they’ve visited together, and a tapas and sangria cocktail hour in honor of their engagement in Spain. “The whole day was colorful and full of love. We don’t live a very traditional lifestyle, and I think our wedding reflected that,” Meagan said. “We rocked out at our ceremony to Florence + The Machine and Borns instead of using a string quartet. Our decorations were homemade and our families joined together to make all of our family recipes for the dessert table.” Hands down, Meagan said opting to hire local vendors and the team at The Whole Shebang was the best decision she made in the process of pulling her wedding together. “I was planning a wedding from abroad on a tight budget and it was such a relief to have someone I trusted helping me find local venues and take care of the ground work that I couldn’t do via Skype,” Meagan said. “Meris understood exactly what I wanted and helped me create a perfect day. If anything went wrong the day of, I wasn’t aware because Meris and her team were such rock stars. “The local vendors and wedding planners are fun and down to earth, know the area so well, and are all one big wedding planning family. They love to work with each other, and that makes things so much better.” After they exchanged vows, the new Mr. and Mrs. Polan turned to head toward their reception festivities when their friends and family surprised them by releasing butterflies into the air. “The butterflies were an amazing surprise from my mom. You can see my look of shock and joy in the pictures, and it’s pretty hilarious,” Meagan said. “Our favorite song, ‘Electric Love’ by Borns, was blasting, butterflies were everywhere, our friends and family were cheering, and I had just married my best friend. It was the happiest moment of my life.”

The Team

Venue: Westglow Resort & Spa Photographer: Jennie Andrews Event Coordinator: The Whole Shebang Flowers: Fuschia Moss Floral Design Invitations: Snow in July Designs Photo Booth: Boone Photo Booth Hair & Hair: Sheer Shakti Vintage Decor: Miss Match Rentals Music: The Emerald Empire Band Rentals: A&J Rental 2016

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Bride's Best Friend

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here’s no doubt about it — saying “I do” is a momentous occasion. It will be the first day of the rest of your life with the person who is just right for you. The day you exchange your vows will be a remarkable milestone on its own, but choosing to share it with the people who are near and dear to your heart will make it all the more meaningful. Your friends and family have been there for you through all of your ups and downs, through thick and thin, and through the good times and the bad. Those special people may be your parents, grandparents, siblings, childhood best friends, or others who have played important roles in your life. Sometimes, though, they’re not people at all. More and more couples are incorporating their furry family members into their wedding festivities, and the Blue Ridge Mountains are home to a countless variety of venues that will let you do just that. Matt Powell Productions Your dogs are so much more than pets — they’re your dearest friends, your favorite roommates, and your biggest fans. They delight in spending time with you and love you unconditionally, so why would you not want to include them in your big day? Whether they ease your stress while you’re getting ready, walk you down the aisle, sit in the front row during the ceremony, or join you at the after party, there’s no reason you can’t share your wedding day with your canine companion when you’re getting married in the High Country. Interested in adding your four-legged friend to your wedding party? Call up your preferred venues and check on their pet policies or ask your wedding consultant to recommend petfriendly mountain venues that meet all of Deana Fleenor Photography your needs. 86

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the flowers for them,” said Shady Grove’s Susan Wright. “It’s nice for them to know what’s in bloom, but they don’t have to learn about all of the types of flowers or figure out how many of each one to get.” If you’re going for the assorted wildflower look, ask the grower or your professional floral designer to help you choose a variety of natives that will bring your vision to life. If you’re opting for something more traditional and tailored, ask your designer to incorporate local flowers into an arrangement that aligns with something more upscale. “If they want something more elegant and formal, then the specific flower doesn’t matter as much as the shape of the arrangement,” Fuschia said. “You can use local flowers for other styles, too. It’s all about the design.” Whatever style you’re going for on your big day, locally grown flowers are a great way to create something stunning for your mountain wedding. “They create a sense of place within the context of a person’s wedding,” Susan said. “They’re not only using things that grow here locally, but things that add to the atmosphere that you can’t get anywhere else.”

APRIL: Early spring bulbs in the High South include Tulips, Lilacs, Daffodils, and Bridal Veil Spirea. MAY: Spring bulbs like Snapdragons, Tulips, Viburnum Opulus, Anemone, and Ranunculus are available this time of year. JUNE: With the onset of summer in the High Country come blooms like Peonies, Larkspur, Mock Orange, and Snapdragons. JULY: Summer perennials are available, including Cranberry Viburnum, Astilbe, Dianthus, and Cosmos. AUGUST: Peak wedding season in the area offers you blooms like Lisianthus, Garden Phlox, Dahlias, Zinnias, and Amaranthus. SEPTEMBER: With the cooler season setting in, you can go for Dahlias, Zinnias, Hydrangea Paniculata, and Globe Amaranth. OCTOBER: Fall in the High Country is a great time to feature Celosia, Chrysanthemums, Dahlias, and Winterberry Holly.

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hether you call these mountains home or you’re planning a destination wedding in the High Country, there are plenty of reasons to go local with your blooms and choose cut flowers from an area grower for your ceremony and reception details. Local growers like Shady Grove Gardens in Vilas, North Carolina, which offers organic and pesticide free products, can give you an impressive assortment of both classic and unconventional options for your floral arrangements. The logistical advantage of using local flowers may be the most obvious, but it’s still an important one to keep in mind. “You’re supporting a local grower, so you aren’t leaving the same environmental footprint you would be if you were shipping flowers in from places like South America,” said area floral designer Fuschia Moss. “I think that’s a huge trend — the perspective of a local, environmentally friendly, green wedding.” Opting for cut flowers grown in the High Country is a practical solution for any wedding, whether you’re a DIY bride or you’re turning to an expert designer. “Some people will come to us and ask us to choose

Here’s a list of gorgeous local blooms to consider and when they’ll be available throughout the upcoming wedding season.

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Lindsey & Seth Sullivan

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his local couple is all about sweet, simple, happy love, and the same was true for their wedding day. Lindsey Truesdale and Seth Sullivan exchanged vows in a ceremony surrounded by all of the things that make them smile — family, friends, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. These two describe their relationship as “one of constant growth and never-ending entertainment, love, and support.” They wanted to be sure their big day was a comfortable celebration that would reflect their personality as a couple. “We knew we wanted to get married in the High Country because it is home,” Lindsey said. 88

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“One of our first dates was a beautiful afternoon spent at Valle Crucis Park, making it a special place for us, so it was at the top of our list when we were deciding on a venue.” Loved ones pitched in right and left to bless to the soon-to-be Sullivans and took on several roles in making their perfect day happen. Friends and family members each made their own contributions, like creating the stationery, doing the bride’s hair and makeup, bringing table linens, making decorations by hand, and even preparing the barbecue and the cupcakes for the reception. “Our community and our loved ones mean the world to us, and incorporating their various talents in as many ways as possible made it a particularly

special day,” Lindsey said. “Seth’s grandmother was ordained a month before the wedding so that she could perform the ceremony. “My aunt provided her collection of antique bottles and Seth’s parents grew the flowers. To top it all off, our buddies at Galileo’s in Boone threw us an awesome after party. Everything felt so personal and sentimental, like a team effort.” Lindsey wore a minimalist style dress she found online, which fit this not-so-girly girl like a glove. “It is a floor length white dress with an open cowl back and long sleeves,” she said. “After trying it on with the sash, I knew it was perfect. I felt like myself — comfortable and casual enough, but

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The Team

Venue: Valle Crucis Community Park Photographer: Samantha Floyd Caterer: Proper Wedding Gown: Etsy Beverages: Appalachian Mtn. Brewery Beer Tap Trailer: Miss Match Rentals Ceremony Music: Possum Jenkins / Naked Gods Reception Music: DJ Travis Reyes, 641 RPM

also like I was the prettiest I’d ever been.” The wedding day also featured a special guest — “Coach,” the couple’s beloved Great Pyrenees who has literally been a lifesaver. “We were living in Valle Crucis when we got engaged, but, unfortunately, our house caught fire and we had to move. When the house fire happened in February, Seth was at work and I was asleep,” Lindsey said. “Coach woke me up in time to get out of the house safely. He’s our hero fur child, and we knew we wanted him to at least make an appearance so everyone could see him and so we could have some family photos.” After the ceremony, the couple and their guests enjoyed their favorite southern side dishes catered by Proper restaurant with their homemade barbecue, along with cider from Appalachian Mountain Brewery. Later that afternoon, the two took a romantic stroll around the park to reflect on their memorable day, which focused on the people and the mountains they love so much. “My favorite moment was walking down the aisle and around the park with my husband,” said the new Mrs. Sullivan. “There was a sense of relief that we had pulled it off, and also pure joy knowing that we were starting a new adventure together. We walked over to this incredible field of goldenrod with our photographer and neither of us could stop smiling.” 2016

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hether you’re shopping for your dream bridal gown, dresses for your bridesmaids, a suit for your groom, or something for family members and guests to wear on your big day, the High Country’s own group of specialty clothiers can offer you the latest in designer formalwear with the personal attention you need. While you’re shopping, be straightforward and upfront with your salon consultant about what you can afford. Give them a price range to work with so they can recommend styles that fit you, your vision, and your budget comfortably. The experts at these local shops will meet you with southern hospitality and an unwavering determination to find exactly what you’re looking for when it comes to looking your best at your special event. Although planning your wedding will entail a lot of decisions, none will more dramatically affect your confidence and your peace of mind on the big day like the gown you choose. 90

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he area's jewelry experts are educated, knowledgeable, and prepared to meet all of your needs. They’re the best in designing custom pieces and in buying, selling, appraising, and restoring vintage, antique, and storied jewelry. These local pros can help the groom find that perfect, sparkling stone for the day he pops the question and can later guide the couple through selecting stunning bands that will stand the test of time. Whether you’re searching for something modern, classic, or a vintage heirloom, you’ll find just the right fit here. Locally owned jewelry stores are unique in their quality of service and dedication to customers and budgets. Trust these folks with your wedding jewelry and enjoy that small town feeling with the quality and service you’d expect from a big-box store. Build relationships and find a friend you can turn to for all your jewelry needs in the future.


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STATIONERY

igh quality, custom paper products can take your big day to new levels of elegance, and no one can offer you stationery that lives up to the glory of these mountains like the area’s local designers. Calling on these talented, creative professionals will result in save the dates, invitations, RSVP cards, menus, programs, thank you cards, and more that are beautifully designed to best reflect you, your style, and your vision. Custom paper products designed just for you can add an element of whimsy, and something memorable to your wedding experience. Get creative with your table numbers and place cards by naming your tables after places, people, and things you love. Show off your personality and set the stage for your dream wedding with paper goods that will have your guests swooning before, on, and after your special day.

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loral designers in the High South are so much more than florists — they’re creative experts who produce truly jaw-dropping works of art using a variety of breathtaking natural elements. Flowing bridal bouquets, captivating centerpieces, ethereal flower crowns, one-of-a-kind boutonnieres, and so much more — they can do it all. The area’s unique climate gives you a vast array of options when it comes to fresh cut flowers. Go for something classic, choose something unconventional, or visit a local grower and pick out your favorites on-site. Either way, you can find the best blooms for your ideas right here in the mountains and let these talented professionals create something incredible for you. Have ideas for the flowers you want but don’t know the names? If you’re unfamiliar with the varieties that are available to you but want to convey your vision to the florist, search the web for photos that inspire you and share them with your local expert.

BEAUTY

Your wedding day will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life, so to say you want to look your best would be an understatement. You don’t just want to look good, you want to be stunning, and rightly so. Luckily, the High Country features an array of professional salons and beauty experts who are here to make sure you’re absolutely picture perfect. Opt out of those harmful rays and still glow on your big day with a natural-looking spray tan. Call on a local stylist to keep your locks expertly trimmed, colored, and cared for as you prepare for the experience. Enjoy a manicure and pedicure with your bridal party to kick off your wedding weekend. Turn to on-site pros who will come to you and get you all dolled up for the ceremony and reception. Remember, all eyes will be on you and only you, so it’s important to make sure you look and feel your best on the big day. When you’re happy with your dress, hair, and makeup, your confidence will show in your smile and in your photography.

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the essentials Did Someone Say Party? Did Someone Say Party? is celebrating 26 years of “happily ever after.” Our customers become part of the DSSP family and we are currently working with our second generation. Laughter and happy tears fill all three floors of our building, so bring your camera and your entourage to join us. Our entire team is here for you, ready to honor your love by caring for your wedding as if it were our own. We want you to feel confident and look fabulous on your special day!  828-264-7307. www.didsomeonesayparty.com. Ad on page 93

Specializing in Wedding Attire for the Bride and Wedding Party for over 26 years!

FusCHIA Moss FLORAL DESIGN Floral design trends change all the time, and I love the varieties of trends. However, classic and elegant styles always stand the test of time. Some of my favorite blooms are Hydrangea, Rose, Stock, Sweet Pea, Freesia, Ranunculus, Peony and Dahlia's ... I could keep going! Unique and unexpected flowers are also one of my specialties. I also enjoy experimenting with new techniques or displays ... I love to think outside the box! Living in the High Country, surrounded by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, I am inspired on a daily basis.  828-260-2978. www.fuschiamoss.com. Ad on page 92

HAIRCUT 101 For the past 22 years, Haircut 101 has helped brides and grooms make their

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the essentials special day more beautiful and enjoyable, by helping them look their very best. We can provide complete makeovers, from hair colour and styles to make-up. We’ve done countless wedding parties and have always prided ourselves on the quality of work we provide. A lot of time, effort and energy goes into planning a wedding, so let Haircut 101 help you look and feel your very best on your special day.  828-262-3324. www.haircut101.com. Ad on page 91

Millefleurs At Millefleurs, we look forward to sitting down with each client to hear about their dream day. We personalize each appointment and enjoy helping make your vision a reality. Whether your look is the simplicity of a bouquet of wildflowers or the formal beauty of silver candelabra, we will accommodate your desires. After each appointment and dream session, we will work up a detailed estimate and schematic of your floral design. We will always work within your budget

to make your event beautiful. Our meticulous attention to detail is what sets Millefleurs apart.  828-773-6012. www.ncmountainflowers.com. Ad on page 93

Mountain Mystic Here’s how to build the perfect tan for your wedding. Mountain Mystic opened in June of 2013 by Breanna Brown. After trying Mystic Tan at a salon in Charlotte, she decided to open the first salon to have a spray tanning machine in the High Country. Breanna fell in love with the mystic tan machine and knew this is exactly what the High Country community needed. It’s a safe and perfect way to look your best for your wedding day. Mountain Mystic already has over 500 clients and the number continues to grow through word of mouth and flawless results.  828-773-1162. www.mountainmysticspraytanning.com. Ad on page 94

Old World galleries Village Jewelers at OWG is your source for wed-

ding and engagement rings, custom jewelry design, repair services, and vintage and estate jewelry. Our focus is on building relationships based on integrity and trust by providing complete services to our valued clients. We can begin with a concept, a picture, a stone, or even a family heirloom to create fine jewelry designed to last a lifetime and fulfill your dreams. Old World Galleries invites you to experience our commitment to quality, value, and your satisfaction.  828-264-6559. www.oldworldgalleries.com. Ad on page 91

Precision Printing Wedding planning is stressful enough; don’t let invitations, programs, signs, favors, table settings, and mailing get you down. Here at Precision Printing, we are a one-stop shop for all your printed and sign needs. We provide walk-in service and receive orders over the phone and via email for all digital and offset printing, such as but not limited to invites, programs, announce-

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Start Your Wedding Off on the Right Foot! From Boots • To Suits • To Hats

Shady Grove Gardens Shady Grove Gardens has been supplying brides with locally grown flowers for 15 years. As the premier “specialty cut-flower grower” in the region, Shady Grove Gardens offers designs and DIY bucketfuls that express the beauty of our mountains with a unique sense of place. Generous arrangements combine organic wildflowers with rustic and traditional flowers. Susan Wright, flower grower and designer, is at the forefront of the move toward locally grown, farm-direct flowers. The ‘slow flowers’ movement is a resurgence of florists as growers, as well as designers of flowers. We are a proud member of the Chapel Design group.  828-297-4098. www.shadygrove-gardens.com. Ad on page 94

Snow In July DESIGNS Snow in July customizes your design to match your most cherished moments. Whether it’s your something new or that perfect shade of something blue, let us create your vision with our personalized wedding and event stationery.  From  save the dates  and monograms to  invitations and wedding favors – Snow in July Designs pushes the envelope for your next special event. Brand your moment and make it as unique as Snow in July.  828-773-7693. www.snowinjulydesigns.com. Ad on page 94

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the stone jewelers Established in 1965, The Stone Jewelers is the premier jewelry store in the High Country. We are a full service store that strives to offer the very best in service, quality, and value. We have been proudly serving our customers for fifty years. Our Customers are our number one priority. We strive to satisfy all jewelry needs, whether it is a simple repair or creating a complex masterpiece. We have helped thousands of couples find their perfect wedding rings. Please call us or visit us in person. We look forward to working with you and helping you with all your jewelry needs.  828-264-2000. www.thestonejewelers.com. Ad on page 95

Watsonatta Western World Watsonatta Western World is packed from floor to ceiling with every western product imaginable, from hats to jeans to framed photos of John Wayne. Watsonatta carries hand-painted shirts and vests, kids’ boots and dress-up items, a huge selection of jeans. Cowboy boots are the store’s best-selling items. We’re famous for outfitting weddings from head to toe since 1969. From matching cowboy boots to jackets and pants, our staff will work with you to find that perfect look for your wedding day.  828-264-4540. www.booneboots.com. Ad on page 95

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A Wedding Story

Karlee & Sean McGarvey

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any enduring love stories begin with solid friendships, and the same has been true for Karlee Dunn and Sean McGarvey, who were married at Blowing Rock’s Broyhill Park on a beautiful spring afternoon. These high school sweethearts from Lenoir, North Carolina went off to college together at N.C. State University in Raleigh, where they now live as Mr. and Mrs. McGarvey. “Our relationship is based on friendship, and I think that’s a very important part of our marriage,” Karlee said. “We are very open with each other and make all of our decisions together.” They love living in the state’s capital city, but

they looked back to western North Carolina when it was time to choose a wedding venue. “We wanted to get married in the High Country because we both enjoy the mountain scenery. We envisioned our wedding as elegant and romantic,” the bride said. “We wanted the atmosphere of our wedding to be fun for our family and friends who were celebrating the next chapter of our lives.” Karlee wore an A-line dress from Asheville’s Wildflower Bridal that features ruffled details and delicate lace. “I absolutely love my dress. It was very light and fit the elegant style I wanted to have,” the bride said. “My mother-in-law also made my veil and added small pearls to it so that it would

match perfectly.” Friends and family mean so much to this couple that they incorporated them into the big day in several ways, including each of their siblings and their Border collie, Gracie, in the ceremony. “I would say that our wedding complemented our personalities perfectly. We both love spending time with our family and friends, and they were a big part of the wedding,” Karlee said. “We also chose to have a memory table, which included pictures of our grandparents who are no longer with us.” The new Mrs. McGarvey said her favorite moment from the big day was exchanging the vows they wrote for each other with her groom.

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“We both decided not to share them with each other until that moment, so the only other person who knew what we were going to say was our preacher,” she said. “We had both put so much time and thought into what we were going to say to express how much we love each other and about the commitment we were making.” The couple opted to host their reception at the Green Park Inn, one of the High Country’s most celebrated historic treasures. The evening also featured a variety of personal touches, like monogrammed corn hole boards to keep the guests entertained during cocktail hour. “We both felt that the inn had a very elegant feel and would help set the atmosphere for our wedding,” Karlee said. “We chose a lighter color pallet to stay within the romantic feel and asked 98

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our florist, Desi Parker, to keep the centerpieces very simple by using only one type of flower.” Although they were open to the advice of local professionals, Karlee and Sean took the time to consider all of the options when planning their wedding and made sure they were making every decision together as one. So, what’s Karlee’s advice for planning a storybook wedding in the High South? “Choose a wonderful photographer and videographer. They captured moments that I did not remember at first, but now I can look back on each one,” she said. “Have as much fun as you can and don’t stress about every detail. At the end of the day, your wedding day is about the commitment that you and your husband are making and starting the next step in your lives together.”


This Blowing Rock wedding featured an outdoor ceremony in Broyhill Park, followed by a timelessly romantic and elegant reception at the nearby Green Park Inn. A light color palette and sweet special moments made for dreamy photography and the perfect day for the McGarveys.

The Team

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details the essentials

Rentals • Transportation • Music & DJs • Photo Booths • Banquet Halls

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nless you’re using a completely full-service venue, you’ll likely need to borrow some or all of your furniture and equipment from a local rental service. Rentals may seem like just another detail, but adequate seating and table space during the ceremony and reception comprise one of the most important aspects of keeping your guests comfortable throughout the course of the event. Tables, chairs, dance floors, linens, tableware, tents, plants, décor, columns, arbors, and other structures — local rental companies can provide you with all of these things and more. In the High South, there are several local rental pros that specialize in unique, vintage, antique, and collectable furniture and décor pieces that can add something surprising to your experience. High-end or vintage tableware, glassware, flatware, cutlery, and linens can take your recep100

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tion dinner from standard to extraordinary, and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces can elevate the atmosphere from average to elegant at your wedding, your reception, or even in your bridal portraits. Because the things you’re renting are the essential components of your ceremony and reception plans, it’s important to remember that you make these arrangements in plenty of time to reserve them for your big day.

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ocal consultants will always recommend that you provide shuttle services or other transportation to and from wedding events for outof-town friends and family. Driving highways or back roads in the mountains can often be intimidating or nerve-racking for visitors, especially after dark, so make your guests feel right at home by providing them with

safe, reliable transportation. Providing transportation is important, especially if you’re serving alcohol to your guests. You love them enough to include them in your big day, so take care of them and keep them safe on the roads. The area’s transportation experts can offer you shuttles, trolleys, limousines, carriage rides, and even high-end luxury vehicles to get you and your guests to and from your venue. Looking for an interesting way to leave the wedding with your spouse? Whether you’re looking for a classic car, a restored old truck, a horsedrawn carriage, or an extravagant limo, these are the same local pros who can send you off in style.

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he music you choose to feature during your ceremony and reception will really set the tone for the atmosphere at your wedding, so


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make sure you choose performers and tunes that best fit the environment you’re aiming to create. Live music from a band or individual performers can lend to a genuinely romantic and personal feel. DJ services can offer you prerecorded music, which means it’s playing nonstop, even when the DJ needs to take a break. Whether you choose to have one or the other, there are music pros here in the High Country that can help you set just the right mood on the day you say, “I do.” Check with your wedding planner, venue manager, sound technicians, and band or DJ when putting together a song list. They can help you choose appropriate music for your ceremony, as well as a mix of your favorite songs and crowdpleasers that will have your guests on their feet at the reception.

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lot of trends come and go over time, but the choice to feature a photo booth at the reception is a popular choice for weddings that will never go out of style. Not only is the photo booth

BANQUET HALLS

More and more couples are opting to invite their guests for a full weekend of events rather than just an afternoon or an evening, and that’s especially true for destination mountain weddings. Even for local brides, there are a variety of wedding-related events that you’ll host before the big day, like bridal showers, family get-togethers, and rehearsal dinners. Area banquet halls in the High South give you plenty of additional space for festivities besides the ceremony and reception in locations that are convenient to you and your guests.

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a good opportunity for you and your guests to let loose, get silly, and have some fun, it’s a great way to document the festivities that take place during your reception. Photo booth shots will give your guests a reminder of the good times they had at your wedding, and will keep you laughing at the memories for years to come.

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Bridal Party On Board!

High Country Transportation is ready to transport you, your wedding party and your guests to and from your ceremony in sophisticated style. Whether you need a party bus or a larger trolly to take guests from the church to the reception or hotel, we’ve got you covered. We work hard to ensure that your wedding group will arrive safely and on-time to the big event. Our Services: Bachelor & Bachelorette Corporate Events Weddings Birthday Celebrations Sporting Events

the essentials Rentals Boone Rent-All

Welcome, and thank you for considering Boone Rent-All & Parties Too. Since 1972 we have focused on providing the best equipment, the best service, and the best value to our customers. We carry a complete line of party and special event equipment and supplies. We are a full service party rental with a vast inventory of the perfect items for your event. We also offer you excellent customer service, delivery, helpful ideas, and planning expertise to make your event everything you want it to be. We are here to partner with you in the solving of your problems, in the meeting of your challenges, and the fulfilling your dreams.  828-264-5000. www.boonerent-all.com. Ad on page 101

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Business owner Kelly Williams offers a wide variety of antique, rustic, shabby chic, and vintage rentals for all of your event, photography, and wedding needs, as well as custom-designed, hand-made décor to add unique personal touches to your day. She’s passionate about unveiling the history behind each piece, and her one-of-a-kind finds add whimsy and romance to weddings and events in the High South and surrounding communities. Check out a gallery of available pieces online and call on Kelly with all of your vintage ideas.  828-773-0354. www.abushelandapeckrentals.com. Ad on page 102

Upper Barn

Looking to add the character of reclaimed barnwood to your special event but not sure where to start? Turn to the craftsmen at Upper Barn, a business founded on cultivating ideas and dreams that creates, rents, and sells refurbished barnwood furniture, including tables, benches, church pews, and more. Scroll through the company’s online gallery to check out their work or make an appointment to stop by and see it in person.  828-964-2492. www.upperbarn.com. Ad on page 102

Miss Match Rentals

Miss Match Rentals was created to provide an alternative to your common white place setting. We specialize in vintage wares, including table settings, glassware, silverware, and a variety of napkins and linens. Bring a little personality to the table!  828-262-9808. www.missmatchrentals.com. Ad on page 107

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Event resources NC was created by event rental professional Mark Miller. After 25 years of growing a successful rental business in the Raleigh area market, Mark decided to bring his expertise to the High Country in 2013. Partnering with chair and equipment rental, Event Resources NC has everything you need to create your wedding or corporate event. Unique tent rental concepts and much more await you as we bring a special service to the High Country.  919-924-5751. www.eventresourcesnc.com. Ad on page 107


SOUND TECHNIQUE

Mobile DJ Service We have the Music, DJs, Sound and Lighting for all events. For more information please call

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the essentials Music & Entertainment Sound Technique

The High Country is the perfect place to have your wedding, so why not have the perfect entertainment as well? You’ve already picked your venue, flowers, and dress, so allow me to entertain you! I will use my 25 years of experience in the music field to provide you with the ideal atmosphere for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception. Wedding Packages Include: 1.) Sound Systems, Music Library, & Disc Jockey 2.) Karaoke and DJ Music Combination 3.) Slide Show & Video Projection 4.) Video Dance Music 5.) 50,000+ songs 6.) LED Dance Lighting and Wireless Microphones  800-370-3475. www.soundtechnique.net. Ad on page 105

Dave BLanks MOBILE DJ

I’ve always held music in the highest regard and I love making others happy, especially when it involves playing music for them. I’ve worked on a variety of formats, from Classic, Alternative, and Indie Rock to Oldies, Easy Listening, and a whole lot of Country Music, I have played and listened to innumerable songs and spent thousands of hours talking into microphones. DJing is a natural fit for me and I really enjoy it. I want your wedding to be as much fun as you’ve always dreamed it would be and I will do everything I can to make that a reality.  828-406-1689. www.davebanksmobiledj.com. Ad on page 105

The Best Western Mountain Lodge and Gadabouts Catering would love to host your wedding or your next special event

With three beautiful banquet rooms that can be transformed into a spacious ballroom, we have the flexibility to accommodate up to 200 guests. Gadabouts offers all styles of menus available for catering on or off site and they carry a full ABC permit. We have 100 newly renovated guest rooms with special group rates available throughout the year for your group if you need overnight accommodations.

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the essentials DJ GROOVES ENTERTAINMENT

DJ Grooves Entertainment provides classy and professional DJ, lighting, and emcee services for wedding rehearsals, ceremonies, receptions, anniversaries, graduations, birthdays and corporate events for over 20 years. DJ Grooves Entertainment offers musical selections spanning many genres for your special occasion. References available upon request. Let's celebrate and make your memories last a lifetime!  828-773-6960. www.djgroovesentertainment.com. Ad on page 105

the lucky strikes

From dinner to dancing, The Lucky Strikes performs timeless music, appealing to all ages, including Jazz, Swing, Blues, Beach, Motown and Classic Rock-nRoll 50s-80s. The band is available in a variety of configurations to fit your needs (and budget) – from solo piano to the six-piece The Lucky Strikes “Orchestra”. Offering unequaled experience, versatility, and variety in The High Country, invite The Lucky Strikes be a part of your celebration.  828-719-6437. www.luckystrikesjazz.com. Ad on page 102

Boone Photo Booth

Booth Photo Booth was started in 2014, by photographers Anna and Devin Ulery, when they realized this service was much needed in the High Country of Western North Carolina. Both have completed degrees in Photography, realize the importance of event photography and have been in the industry for over 10 years. All of our services include the following: Set Up (We arrive 1-2 hours prior to booth start time) 8×8 enclosed Photo Booth with 20" Touchscreen monitor for your guests to enjoy. Unlimited Photos and Prints for your guests. Props. Background. Full time Attendant on site and more! Give us a call to find out more.  828-278-9436. www.boonephotobooth.com. Ad on page 105

Transportation Air Haven LimoUSINE

We do more than just drive you from point A to point B -- we go the extra mile to help your event go as smoothly as possible. We have a number of vehicles to fit your needs. The entire wedding party can ride together in our 32 seat classic trolley that has many photo opportunities both inside and outside. Or maybe choose our Excalibur convertible instead, because we have made the old classic affordable and it's also great for pho-

tos. We also have a 33 Passenger Luxury Bus, a 20 Passenger Theater Bus, and 8 Passenger Mercedes Executive Limousine, plus a 5 Passenger Custom Van - and to top it off, a Mercedes E-Class Sedan.  828-265.2504. www.airhavenlimo.com. Ad on page 103

Your Vintage Dinnerware Experts

High Country Transportation

High Country Limo is ready to transport you, your wedding party and your guests to and from your ceremony in sophisticated style. Whether you need a party bus or a larger trolly to take guests from the church to the reception or hotel, we've got you covered. We work hard to ensure that your wedding group will arrive safely and on-time to the big event.  828-898-9595. www.HighCountryLimo.com. Ad on page 104

Banquet Facilities Best Western BANNER ELK

BEST WESTERN Mountain Lodge at Banner Elk offers 3 spacious banquet rooms overlooking our lovely courtyard that can convert to one large ballroom with total square footage of 3,000. We can accommodate up to 200 people. Tables and chairs are included in rental. We also have TV/DVD Player, Lectern with Microphone, Projector Screens and Complimentary Wireless Internet. We have full ABC permits and there is also a separate lounge available and a tiki bar. On-Site catering provided by Gadabouts. Our staff is at your service for all your wedding party and celebration needs.  828-898-4571. www.bestwesternbannerelk.com. Ad on page 106

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FAIRVIEW CAFE

The newly renovated Fairway Café and Venue located in the Boone Golf Club is the newest undertaking of owners Rick and Elizabeth Pedroni. Fairway offers a unique flexibility to allow enjoying an event or celebration in our restaurant and on our patio. Add to that the breathtaking views of the sunset over the sixth hole and it’s truly a remarkable setting. Our lunch menu offers a variety of your everyday favorites with a gourmet twist. The Fairway Café and Venue combines the perfect backdrop, an experienced and professional staff, and an ability to create a menu to satisfy any imagination. Let us plan, serve, and clean up your next event from your wedding to your business luncheon.  828-264-0233. www.crcateringco.com. Ad on page 106

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HigH Country SaleS rep 919-924-5751

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A Wedding Story

Jennifer & Solomon Sorcher

Art of Living Retreat Center April 19, 2015

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ennifer Betesh and Solomon Sorcher left the bright lights and the big city for the serenity of the Blue Ridge and were married high in the hills on a misty mountain day. Sol proposed in early spring after this free-spirited couple traveled from Maine to Georgia along the Appalachian Trail. “In March, Sol proposed while we were visiting my parents in New Jersey,” Jennifer said. “We didn’t want to wait another day to get married, so we planned the whole wedding in two weeks!” Both coming from orthodox Jewish families, the bride and groom planned for a traditional Jewish ceremony in an intimate atmosphere. Still feeling inspired by their journey through Appalachia, they found the perfect venue at the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone. “I wanted our wedding to be very low-key and very natural, channeling the Garden of Eden,” Jennifer said. “Both Sol and I could not imagine getting married anywhere but in the Blue Ridge Mountains.” This go-with-the-flow bride found her ethereal gown in Manhattan just three days before they ventured south for the big day. “We gathered our closest friends and family, road-tripped 14 hours from

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New York to North Carolina, and spent the weekend hiking, meditating in the mountains, and just living freely and spontaneously,” Jennifer said. “We traveled with 15 friends and we all jumped into Trout Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway at 3 a.m. the night before our wedding.” Following Jewish tradition, they were married under a chuppah, or a canopy that symbolized God’s watchfulness over the couple on their wedding day, which was built for them from birch wood by local florist Fuschia Moss.

“It was a very spiritual day, especially being so high up in the mountains,” Jennifer said. “It was pouring rain, so we couldn’t see the mountains, but there was something so serene about looking out the window and just seeing white clouds, like we were elevated above the physical world.” The Sorchers are now back in New York City running Solifornia Fishing Company, a creative brand they established that was inspired by their travels through Appalachia.

Although they’re back in the big city, their wedding photography brings each of their favorite memories back to life. “The best decision I made was to have our wedding in Boone and to have my closest friends and family experience the Blue Ridge Mountains in such a spiritual way,” Jennifer said. “Standing under the chuppah with Sol as the Rabi blessed us was my favorite moment. You could hear the rain tapping against the windows in a beautiful, cleansing tune.”

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urrounded by friends, family, and fresh air, childhood friends Dawn Fouse and David Pennington tied the knot beneath a willow tree at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. These two nature lovers from Christiansburg, Virginia incorporated their favorite elements from the great outdoors and relied on the help of local experts to make their dream wedding a reality. “We met in the sixth grade at E.B. Stanley Middle School in Abingdon,” Dawn said. “We were instant best friends.” They grew up together and stood by one another until their high school graduation in 2004, after which they were separated and lost touch. The friendship they’d enjoyed as kids quickly blossomed into true love when fate reunited them several years later. “We were reacquainted after about six years of no communication, and it’s been perfect love ever since,” Dawn said. “Our relationship is easy. We just go with the flow, we balance each other out, and we have fun.” As children, the two shared memories of visiting the Boone and Blowing Rock areas with their families to visit Tweetsie Railroad, go skiing and ice skating at Beech Mountain, and go hiking in the summers. As bride and groom, the couple elected to return to the High South, which has been special to them ever since, to exchange their vows. Dawn found the perfect Lea Ann Belter bridal gown at a shop near her parents’ home in Knoxville, Tennessee. “I put the dress on and just knew it was meant for me. It has a beautiful sweetheart neckline, a fitted bodice that goes into a fluted A-line skirt, and lace overlay that cascades into an organza ruffle that falls to the ground to a chapel length train,” Dawn said. “The lace overlay matches the lace from my mom’s veil and gown from 1980, so I wore my mom’s veil in honor of her.” The resort’s outdoor space gave them endless opportunities to bring in reminders of the things they love most, like Dawn’s favorite wildflowers in her bouquet and boutonnieres for the guys made with fly-fishing lures. “My goal was for it to be a relaxed, fun party in a romantic atmosphere. That’s how we fell in love with Chetola — the willow tree as a simple but elegant backdrop was perfect,” Dawn said. “The antique creel fishing bas-

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kets, the earthy centerpieces, and the birch bark cake brought it all together. We used the names of our favorite outdoor places as table names instead of numbers.” Dawn said the best planning decision she made was to hire Meris Gantt at The Whole Shebang and many other local vendors. “Meris met with me to discuss my image and ideas. Afterward, she put me in touch with vendors she felt would help bring my ideas to life,” she said. “My wedding day came to life because I started with her help and direction. “I could not have imagined using vendors who were not local to the mountains. From photography to stationery, it was helpful for them to understand that I wanted to bring out the mountains and the fly-fishing streams in all of the details. They knew the area and were able to do all of that.” Walking away from the day as Mrs. Pennington was the bride’s favorite thing about her experience, but her most memorable moment was the first time she saw her groom before the ceremony. “When I saw all of the final touches and then saw Dave for the first time, I was speechless and tearful,” she said.

The Team

Venue: Chetola Resort and Spa Coordination: The Whole Shebang Photographer: Joy Davis Photography Florist: Fushia Moss Floral Design Cake: Ugga Mugga Bakery Invitations & Paper Goods: Snow in July Makeup: Sharla Bance Hair: R Salon/Clynda Down Music: Robbie Britton, DJ 2016

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lthough they never knew each other during childhood, just a few grade levels and a couple of miles separated this bride and groom for most of their lives. Micala Bare and Tyler Rash were raised right down the road from one another, but didn’t meet until their college years. They finally set eyes on each other when a mutual friend set them up on a blind date, and their love story quickly blossomed into one for the books. “It was right after my freshman year at East Tennessee State University, so I rushed home from Johnson City to meet Tyler in person for the very first time. We spent our first date getting to know each other with fishing poles in our hands,” Micala said. “After a few hours, we decided our fishing trip was embarrassingly unsuccessful, so we grabbed a bite to eat and then drove to an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There, he wowed me by popping his tailgate down and serenading me with his guitar. “When I got home that night, my mother asked me how it went and I simply replied, ‘I can’t think of a reason why we shouldn’t get married.’ Since that day, we have been inseparable — basically extensions of each other, always laughing, joking, or singing when we are together.” When the couple decided to tie the knot, there were no doubts about hosting the wedding in their hometown. “We couldn’t think of a better place, let alone a more beau-

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tiful place,” Micala said. “Our story began in Ashe County, and we decided that it would be perfect to openly share our hometown with our friends and family.” Even before they were engaged, Micala spotted an ivory ball gown with a sweetheart neckline, delicate lace, and a sweeping train in the window of South’s Specialty Clothiers in Boone. Tyler knew she loved the dress, so he bought it for her after his proposal. “In passing, I was astounded by the elegance of it and I kept it in my mind months later when it was actually time to begin the search,” the bride said. “The moment I tried it on I knew I would never find a dress more beautiful.” These two “old souls” chose to have a traditional ceremony at Bethany United Methodist Church, and turned to the historic Doughton Hall Bed and Breakfast in nearby Laurel Springs for their reception. “I love history, old farm houses, all things vintage, and a touch of country,” Micala said. “I never consolidated my style into a certain word or category, but I made sure the wedding was a perfect reflection of everything I loved — an air of elegance that was somewhat like a step into the past.” The couple decorated their outdoor reception on the lawn of Doughton Hall with family heirlooms — complete with teacups, family photos, and her mother’s wedding dress on display — that added to the oldfashioned charm of this vintage-inspired soirée. The bride’s favorite memory from the day was the quiet moment they shared right before the wedding. “Tyler and I were able to hold hands, exchange letters, and talk to each other before the chaos of the day unfolded,” she said. “It helped to calm our nerves and remind us of what the day was really all about.” The groom’s best memory is just as sweet. “My favorite part of our wedding day was watching Micala, escorted by her father, come through the doors of the sanctuary and make her walk to become the official Mrs. Rash,” he said.

The Team

Ceremony: Bethany United Methodist Church Reception: Doughton Hall B&B Photographer: Pixels on Paper Caterer: Smoky Mountain Barbecue Dress: South's Specialty Clothiers Hair/Makeup: Mark of Eden Salon Tuxedos: Pam's Unique Boutique Rentals: Jefferson Rent-All Music/Entertainment: Glen Sullivan, DJ Officiant: Ken Furches 2016

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hen this couple from Fairfax, Virginia was ready to tie the knot, they turned to bride Leah Thompson’s hometown of Boone for a chic and charming affair in the hills. “My vision was to have the romantic elegance of a hometown wedding with a sophisticated, modern touch,” Leah said. “I wanted the ceremony to be traditional and intimate, and the reception to be a fun atmosphere in which we’d be surrounded by friends and family, celebrating our love for one another.” Her groom, Will VanLandigham, a native of the Asheville area, also calls the moun-

tains of North Carolina home, so it made perfect sense for them to turn back to the High Country for this meaningful milestone. “I did look around at other venues outside of the High Country during my preliminary planning phase,” Leah said. “I came to the conclusion that you cannot beat getting married in the mountains — the beauty of the High Country, the fresh mountain air, and the friendly local vendors make it the ideal location for a wedding.” The VanLandighams were married by the bride’s childhood pastor at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Boone, surrounded by the faith community in which she was raised.

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“We are thrilled to be residents of North Carolina again and looking forward to planting our roots here. As Eric Church sings, ‘Oh, Carolina, you keep calling me home.’”

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“Our wedding was a reflection of who we are as people — simple, easy-going, fun, and familyoriented,” Leah said. They made it a priority to include their parents, who have shown them time and again the value of a strong Christian marriage, in the ceremony, “We received a blessing from our parents and also took a covenant of salt — an ancient covenant symbolizing our love, loyalty, and devotion to one another,” Leah said. Following their sweet and elegant traditional church wedding, they moved the party over to the Summit Trail Solarium on the campus of Appalachian State University, the bride’s alma mater. “The room embodies natural elements of trees, flora, and water features, as well as clean, modern lines and sophistication,” Leah said. “Family and friends spoke from their hearts during a champagne toast, bringing tears to a few eyes.” Guests signed their names to a rustic wooden cutout of the state of North Carolina in lieu of a traditional guest book and left with a sweet

treat from Boone’s own Appalachian Cookie Company. “We ended the night by exiting through a tunnel of swirling glow sticks and cheers,” Leah said. “It was truly a magical experience.” Now that they’re on this new adventure together, Leah says married life with Will is simply “the best.” For other brides looking for the perfect place to get married, she recommends turning to the network of talented event professionals right here in the High Country. “The mountains are the perfect venue to take the vow of a lifetime,” she said. So, what’s next for this pair of sweethearts? “Following our wedding, my husband and I moved from Fairfax, Virginia to Winston-Salem, North Carolina,” Leah said. “We are thrilled to be residents of North Carolina again and looking forward to planting our roots here. As Eric Church sings, ‘Oh, Carolina, you keep calling me home.’”


The Team

Venue: Oak Grove Baptist Church &ASU Photographer: Fletcher & Fetcher Photography Videography: Tori Sutton/Observatori Event Coordinator: Events by Elizabeth Ashley Cake: Wanda Smith Florist: Bouquet Florist Favors: Appalachia Cookie Company Hair: Shannon Melton/R ed Door Salon Wedding Dress: Rosalin's Bridal Groomsmen: Did Someone Say Party? R ental/Decor: Boone R ent-All Musicians: Ben & A maree Davis 2016

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hen these two were ready to exchange vows, Leah Owens and Tim Hogg decided to leave their busy lives behind for a few days and elope in the mountains of the High South. The bride and groom, a prosecutor and a police officer, grew up together in Jacksonville, Florida. They started dating in February 2015 and Tim popped the question seven months later. “He is someone that I have been praying for, and I feel like he felt the same way,” Leah said. “We really want to honor God through our relationship.” More than ready to tie the knot, the couple packed their bags and left the Sunshine State just days later, bound for a romantic getaway. “We were going to get married at the courthouse later that week, but we wanted to do something a little more special. We were already planning to visit Banner Elk because his dad has a cabin there,” Leah said. “The Sunday before we were going to leave we found out that Banner Elk Winery has an elopement package, and we learned that it was literally a mile away from the cabin.” Leah bought a dress from Nordstrom online and put a rush on the order so it would make it there on time. When they made it to the mountains, they drove to one of their favorite stores in Asheville to buy a tux for Tim. The elopement package included two nights in one of the winery’s villas, a tour of the winery, photography, flowers, a cake, the minister, and everything they needed for the ceremony. “We were married high on top of the mountain and we prayed before we exchanged vows. It was really cool that we had someone who we felt was a man of faith to preside over the wedding for us as the officiant,” Leah said. “Then, we went into the barn with the icicle lights

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for our first dance and took photos near the lake. “It included not just a photographer, but an amazing photographer. We had her for three or four hours and it was just us, so she was able to capture almost every minute of it. Then we were able to relax in the villa, and they even had someone making breakfast for us the next morning.” Not only were they happy with all of the services that were included in their elopement package, they appreciated the quiet time they got to spend together away from their busy jobs. “We were able to have more time to focus on God and what our vows were going to mean to each other and be in prayer and devotion to Him,” Leah said. “On the actual day, there were no distractions, so it was just the two of us sharing that moment together.” They’re now back in Florida as husband and

wife, and the couple highly recommends the winery’s elopement package for any bride and groom looking for that perfect, private getaway. “As soon as you get there, they cater to everything so you can just enjoy yourself,” Leah said. “For everything that you ultimately spend, it’s really incredible. “The views were amazing. Just being able to focus on him on top of the mountain and saying my vows to him — that was definitely the most special moment.” Banner Elk Winery's elopement package offered this sweet couple from the Sunshine State everything they were looking for in a romantic getaway, including an officiant for the ceremony, a stay in the on-site villas, a fantastic photographer, and so much more.

The Team

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Vendor Directory Accommodations Best Western Banner Elk...........................................72 828-898-4571 • www.bestwesternbannerelk.com Courtyard Marriott................................................... 73 828-265-7676 • www.marriott.com/HKYBN.com Green Park Inn.......................................................... 73 828-414-9230 • www.greenparkinn.com

ATTIRE Did Someone Say Party?........................................... 93 828-264-7307• www.didsomeonesayparty.com Watsonatta Western Wear....................................... 95 828-264-4540 • www.booneboots.com

BANQUET FACILITIES Best Western Banner Elk.........................................106 828-898-4571 • www.bestwesternbannerelk.com Courtyard Marriott................................................... 73 828-265-7676 • www.marriott.com/HKYBN.com Fairway Cafe at Boone Golf Club............................106 828-264-0233 • www.crcateringco.com

BEAUTY Haircut 101..................................................................91 828-262-3324 • www.haircut101.com Mountain Mystic Spray Tanning..............................94 828-773-1162 • www.mountainmysticspraytanning.com

Consultants Gadabouts................................................................. 33 828-773-0988 • www.gadabouts.com The Wedding Resource Center................................ 33 828-386-1444 • www.weddingresourcenc.com The Whole Shebang.................................................. 33 828-719-9171 • www.highcountryweddingplanner.com

ENTERTAINMENT Boone Photo Booth.................................................105 828-278-9436 • www.boonephotobooth.com Dave Blanks Mobile DJ............................................105 828-406-1689 • www.daveblanksmobiledj.com DJ Grooves...............................................................105 828-773-6960 • www.djgroovesentertainment.com The Lucky Strikes.....................................................102 828-719-6437 • www.luckystrikesjazz.com

Sound Technique Mobile DJ Service......................105 800-370-3475• www.soundtechnique.net

FOOD & BEVERAGE C.R. Catering.............................................................. 82 828-406-7721 • www.crcateringco.com Eat Crow.................................................................... 83 828-963-8228 • www.eatcrownc.com Gadabouts Catering...................................................81 828-297-7886 • www.gadabouts.com Gamekeeper.............................................................. 83 828-963-7400• www.gamekeeper-nc.com Hallmark Cakes.........................................................80 828-295-3738 • www.hallmarkcakes.com Peabody's Beer & Wine............................................80 828-264-9476 • www.peabodyswineandbeer.com Reid’s Café & Catering.............................................. 79 828-268-9600 • www.reidscateringco.com Ugga Mugga Bakery................................................. 79 724-799-1334 • www.uggamuggabakery.com Woodland’s Barbecue.............................................. 82 828-295-3651 • www.woodlandsbbq.com

FLORISTS Fuschia Moss Floral Design...................................... 92 828-260-2978 • www.fuschiamoss.com Millefleurs................................................................. 93 828-773-6012 • www.ncmountainflowers.com Shady Grove Gardens...............................................94 828-297-4098 • www.shady-grove-gardens.com

JEWELRY Old World Galleries....................................................91 828-264-6559 • www.oldworldgalleries.com The Stone Jewelers................................................... 32 828-264-2000 • www.thestonejewelers.com

officiants High Country Ministers.............................................. 7 828-265-3493 • www.highcountryministers.com

PHOTOGRAPHERS Burton Photography................................................ 39 828-266-9889 • www.ncphotographer.com

CS Photography........................................................ 45 828-455-8726

Elias Photography..................................................... 45 www.eliasphotography.com Ellen Gwin Photographer..........................................41 336-978-2613 • www.ellengwin.com Fletcher & Fletcher Photography............................ 44 828-446-4444 • www.imagesbyfletcher.com Jean Moreé Photography......................................... 45 828-278-8228 • www.jeanmoree.com Joy Davis Photography............................................. 43 828-729-3046 • www.joydavisphotography.com Lonnie Webster Photography.................................. 44 828-266-2111 • www.lonniewebster.com Matt Powell Productions..........................................41 828-773-1311 • www.mattpowellproductions.com Michelle Hrin Photography.......................................41 828-302-7572 • www.michellehrinphotography.com Moments by Pinewood............................................ 45 828-443-9388 • www.momentsbypinewood.com Pixels on Paper......................................................... 42 336-990-0080• www.pixelsonpaper.biz

RENTALS Boone Rent-All......................................................... 101 828-264-5000 • www.boonerent-all.com A Bushel & A Peck Vintage Rentals........................102 828-773-0354 • www.abushelandapeckrentals.com Event Resources NC.................................................107 919-924-5751 • www.eventresourcesnc.com Miss Match Rentals..................................................107 828-262-9808 • www.missmatchrentals.com Upper Barn...............................................................102 828-964-2492 • www.upperbarn.com

Stationery, Graphics & Printing Precision Printing......................................................91 828-265-0004 • www.precisionprintinggroup.com Snow in July Designs................................................94 828-773-7693 • www.snowinjulydesigns.com

TRANSPORTATION Air Haven Limousine................................................103 828-265-2504 • www.airhavenlimo.com High Country Transportation..................................104 828-898-9595 • www.HighCountryLimo.com

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n developing our first edition of High South Weddings, we have been fortunate to build and grow friendships with many local vendors, including some of the area’s talented photographers. These folks have played an important role in the creation of this new magazine, and they are just a few of the many who document and preserve storybook weddings throughout the High Country. Not only has their artwork captured every last detail of the weddings we share with you today, their consistent communication, helpful advice, and positive attitudes have played a crucial role in our process to create, inform, and inspire through High South Weddings. These photographers have shared our mission to highlight the area as the southeast’s premier special events destination. RYAN & JOY DAVIS They took a leap of faith to help us make this inaugural edition happen, and they have become an indispensable resource for us. Our established connections to the local wedding industry yielded these new relationships, and we look forward to getting to know even more of the area’s photography pros in the future. “The beautiful artwork in our publication was made possible by the great talent of photographers,” HCPP Publisher Ken Ketchie said. “As we continue to expand and grow our brand in the coming years, we hope to befriend and work closely with even more of matt powell & FAMILY Ellen Gwin these great artists.”

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Vendor Directory VENUES Appalachian Ski Mtn................................................. 67 828-295-7828 • www.appskimtn.com Banner Elk Winery & Villa........................................64 828-898-9090 • www.bannerelkwinery.com Beech Mountain Resort.............................................61 800-438-2093• www.beechmountainresort.com The Blowing Rock..................................................... 56 828-295-7111 • www.theblowingrock.com Blue Ridge Mountain Club....................................... 65 828-295-8667 • www.blueridgemountainclub.com

Camp Sky Ranch Events...........................................66 828-264-8600 • www.campskyranchevents.com Chetola Resort.......................................................... 55 828-295-5500 • www.chetola.com Grandfather Vineyard & Winery.............................. 53 828-963-2400 • www.grandfathervineyard.com Green Park Inn.......................................................... 59 828-414-9230 • www.greenparkinn.com Hound Ears Club.......................................... back cover 828-963-4321 • www.houndears.com Leatherwood Mountains.......................................... 52 336-973-5044• www.leatherwoodmountains.com

Meadowbrook Inn.................................................... 63 828-295-4300 • www.meadowbrook-inn.com Sky Retreat................................................................ 58 336-973-0444 • www.theskyretreat.com Smithmore Castle.....................................................60 904-509-5095• www.smithmore.com Sugar Mountain Resort............................................ 57 828-898-4521 • www.skisugar.com Valle Crucis Vineyard................................................ 62 828-406-3135 • www.vallecrucisvineyard.com White Fence Farm..................................................... 54 828-964-6767 • www.whitefencefarmrentals.com 2016

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he months and months of meticulous planning and careful attention to detail will soon come to an end, and the hard work you’ve done preparing for your big day will pay off in a big way. You may be tempted to feel a little anxious in the days and hours leading up to your wedding, but that’s really the perfect time to let go of the stress and say hello to a happy new life. Sure, all of those elements are important pieces of the puzzle — the music, the food, the cake, the flowers, the dress. Remember, though, when it’s all said and done, your wedding day is not about the colors you pick out, the food you serve, or the songs you play. It’s about celebrating you and the life you will share with the best friend you’ll ever have. 122

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So, as you start wrapping up the details and you get ready to tie the knot, make an effort to enjoy all of the little things as you go along. Whether you’re recently engaged and just getting started or your wedding day is right around the corner, every step of this exciting process is just one more reason to celebrate. Getting married is an incredible milestone and, wherever you are in the journey, everything else will fall into place when you keep your heart and your mind set on what’s really important — saying, “I do” to the one made for you.

Congratulations!


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Hound Ears Club

Established in 1964, Hound Ears Club sets the High Country standard for warm, rustic mountain charm within an atmosphere of fine cuisine and service excellence. Here at Hound Ears, wedding events are our specialty, ranging from intimate bridal luncheons to memorable rehearsal dinners and grand wedding receptions. With our experienced staff, Hound Ears Club takes all the guesswork out of that special day with coordination of multiple vendors providing a single step of planning. Your vision of a once-in-a-lifetime event becomes a reality in an organized and stress-free environment. Your complete satisfaction is our highest mission. Contact Julia Apoian, Assistant Food and Beverage Director (828) 963-2115 | julia@houndears.com

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