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BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS 2014 ISSUE


The most breathtaking and exclusive destination resort in the High Country nestled at 4400 feet, offers a true private sanctuary. Just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, the estate has over 400 acres of park-like grounds and is surrounded by a beautifully manicured lawn with spectacular mountain views for a ceremony site or reception. The manor boasts more than 10,000 square feet of exquisitely finished living spaces designed for entertaining. Just steps away is a spacious guest cottage. Together, the estate can accommodate 40 overnight guests comfortably and offers the following amenities: a commercial kitchen; two additional kitchenettes; a spa with hot tub, steam room, sauna, and indoor endless pool; fitness facility; library with billiards; movie theater and more.   The traditional wedding last for five hours, and the bride and groom spend most of that time running from table to table.  At Twickenham, your event spans 4-7 days, which means you can actually spend quality time with your nearest and dearest all together.

www.twickenhamhouse.com www.vrbo.com/492302 828-783-TWIC (8942)


wine tastings | weddings | private events | live music

Located between Boone and Banner Elk www.grandfathervineyard.com PHOTO BY VISIO Photography


a letter from the

PUBLISHER High Country Wedding Guide began five years ago when I was a High Country bride excited to plan my own wedding, but grew frustrated by countless web searches to find the right vendors. I needed an all-inclusive resource, with real weddings to inspire me. I have learned so much over the years, and the greatest lesson I learned was that I needed help. A wedding can’t happen just by the efforts of the bride. She needs help. The guide also needed help in order to grow and become a better resource for brides. This year, the HCWG team expanded, and I am incredibly thankful for these special ladies who brought new inspiration. We welcomed an Art Director with a fresh, creative approach to the Guide. She expanded our print size and our online efforts with a new website and blog. This helped us define our brand and mission: to create an inspiring guide for brides that helps them feel confident in their vendor selections, ultimately planning a magnificent and memorable wedding set in the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you wish to be inspired and feel confident about your wedding day decisions, I truly hope you will choose the High Country to begin your marriage. All the talented vendors you need are right here. From big mountain views to rivers and beautiful pastoral settings, there really is no place like the High Country. These mountains have stolen my heart and I hope the same for you. I truly hope this issue will bless and inspire you, and serve as the resource I longed for when I was in your shoes.

Rachael Mills

Banner Elk Winery’s famous upper vineyard, where bride Taylor stands in tranquility, with the mountainscape setting the scene PHOTO BY Heather Payne

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High Country Wedding Guide - 2014

IN THIS ISSUE 13 GIFT GUIDE A treasury of local gifts sure to wow your bridal party and guests

16 BEAUTY Experts share their tips and tricks for wedding allure

20 VENUE GUIDE A glimpse into the top venues in the High Country

49 MAIDENS IN THE MORNING An inspiring peek into the sweet morning hour before your ceremony

54 A BRIDAL AFFAIR A stunning look at the southern tradition of bridal portraiture

57 DEFINING STYLE A developed look at styling and how it can assist your wedding planning

63 REAL WEDDINGS Collection of the year at a glance

100 FARM FRESH Proof that fresh can be found by going local

104 VENDOR DIRECTORY An easy go-to list to jumpstart your planning

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Summit Trail Solarium and

Parkway Ballroom APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

memories worth repeating... Open to ASU students, alumni, faculty/staff and their children. 828-262-3032 | www.weddings.appstate.edu


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ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: Heather Payne GOWN: Badgley Mischka


Save the Date

High Country Wedding Expo presented by the Association of Consultants and Event Services serving the North Carolina and Tennessee mountains

March 2, 2014

ASU SUMMIT TRAIL SOLARIUM Appalachian State University Campus

1 to 4 pm $8 or 5 dry/canned goods at the door. Proceeds to benefit the Hospitality House.

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gift

GUIDE

Beautiful handmade wooden spoons and many other unique, artisan-made goods make gift-giving easy and memorable. ARTWALK - BOONE - $20

Local gift-giving made easy for all your wedding weekend needs. WRITTEN BY Abany Bauer | PHOTOS BY Heather Payne Local non-profit organization, Wine to Water, helps provide water to underdeveloped countries. For every bottle of wine you purchase, a portion of the proceeds supports clean water projects. WINE TO WATER BOONE - $16 Mattie’s Pantry makes delicious yogurt-dipped pretzels perfect to place in welcome bags for your guests. SHOPPES AT FARMERS BOONE - $2

The iconic ice cream and fudge shop also stocks delicious chocolate truffles. KILWIN’S - BLOWING ROCK - $9

Local coffee shops not only provide quaint spots to steal away for a latte or Americano, but are known for some of the most delicious roasts in the High Country.

One stop shop, Blowing Rock Market carries wine, beer, snacks and locally-made goodies, including this scrumptious Apple Walnut Boone Barr. BLOWING ROCK MARKET - BLOWING ROCK - $3

- BALD GUY BREW - ESPRESSO NEWS - LOCAL LION

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Uber-moisturizing Bee Bar Lotion is perfect to throw in your clutch on the wedding day. ARTWALK - BOONE - $8

This posh makeup clutch from Scout will make a cute and practical bridesmaids’ gift to hold emergency lipgloss, mints and, of course, tissues.

Your creative genes will start flowing at local jewelry stop, Strand, where you can design unique custom jewelry pieces

SHOPPES AT FARMERS - BOONE - $15

STRAND - BOONE

You’ll smell like the peonies in your bouquet after using this Lollia lotion. TAKE HEART BLOWING ROCK - $10

Handmade fabric rose doubles as jacket or hair pin. TAKE HEART BLOWING ROCK - $15

for the GIRLS

Buy each of your maids a bottle of Butter nail polish in the color you want them to wear on the wedding day. GLADIOLA GIRLS BOONE - $15

Tokyo Milk fragrances are crushed & distilled, and make the most perfect gifts. GLADIOLA GIRLS - BOONE - $29

Plan a long day out on a lakefront with fishing rods in hand. Day-trips make great gifts for the boys.

for the GUYS

This session ale made by local beer and wine merchant,Peabody’s, is delicious and a great value. PEABODY’S BOONE - $3

“Lures of the Past” playing cards will catch the eye of your fishing buddies. CABIN FEVER -BLOWING ROCK - $5

The perk of the hidden beverage: These swank flasks make great groomsmen gifts. PEABODY’S - BOONE - $28

A wooden handled bottle opener is a practical way to bring the High Country flavor the party.

Red wine-soaked oak grilling chips will surely bring a smile to your buddies’ faces, and are a great way to say “thanks” for being a part of your day. RUSTIC -BLOWING ROCK - $5

SUNSET TEES & HATTERY BLOWING ROCK - $5

Now you can enjoy Maker’s Mark in the form of your favorite cigar. The wax-dipped packaging makes it a perfect way to present this treasure to your fellow groomsmen. PEABODY’S - BOONE - $13

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For all your wedding and event needs

N. Wilkesboro, NC 336-838-7368 Statesville, NC 704-873-4368

Custom Calligraphy. Fine Design.

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theB EAU T Y F ItLipsEanSd trieckpsros from th

Heather Rogers & Miah Zimmerman from Haircut 101 share some insights on the world of beauty to prepare you for your dream day and beyond. How far in advance should I wax my eyebrows for - CLAUDIA, BANNER ELK BRIDE my upcoming wedding? How far in advance should I get my hair cut and colored before the wedding? - STACEY, APP STATE BRIDE Your hair should be freshly cut and colored about three weeks before the wedding day. This will allow the cut to settle and your hair to be healthy. Your locks will hold style better and be more radiant for your day if your hair is healthy.The color will also have time to tone down and look more natural.

Should I wash my hair the day of my wedding?

- EMILY, BLOWING ROCK BRIDE

Do what is most comfortable for you, but, if you can go without shampooing for one day, do so. Your hair will style more easily if you are able to skip the wash on the day of the wedding. Most stylists will have a dry shampoo to control any oiliness.

I’m really nervous about having my hair styled for the first time the day of the wedding. Should I have a practice session with my hair stylist?

- CYNTHIA, DESTINATION BRIDE

Absolutely. Bring in lots of pictures and any head piece that you plan to be wear. The practice will allow you and your stylist to get on the same page and see which styles will look and feel the most comfortable. You will be able to see the style will last all day. This is also a great time to schedule your bridal portraits as well, since your hair and makeup will be done, and you can make sure you like the look in photos.

How do I shape my brows?

- KATIE, BOONE BRIDESMAID

A good rule of thumb is that the brows should come to the inner corner of your eye, and extend to the outer corner. The arch should be about two-thirds of the way back , curving over your brow bone. Everyone’s facial structure is different, so if you have any hesitations or questions, leave the tweezing and waxing to a stylist or esthetician who can help accentuate your natural shape.

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The week of your event. You want to avoid waxing the day of because skin irritation may occur. A waxing lasts about 3-5 weeks, so there is no reason to wait until the last minute.

I have no lashes! How do I make it look like I have lashes for a special event? - JOY, SISTER OF A BRIDE Fake lashes! For a more natural look, we recommend using individual lashes. The full strip lashes are faster, but don’t last as long or look as real. To apply, start by curling your lashes and apply a few thick coats of mascara. You don’t want clumpy lashes, but you want them to be evenly covered and thick. Grab the individual fake lashes with a pair of tweezers, dip the ends in eyelash glue, and apply where your lashes look sparse. They come in different lengths, so they are totally customizable and easy to apply as many as you like along your lash line.

I have really sensitive, acne-prone skin. What do I do if I start to break out on my wedding day?

- SAMANTHA, WILKESBORO BRIDE

Do not pick at or irritate it! The main thing to remember is to leave it alone. Wash your face and treat the breakout with a spot treatment until it’s time to put makeup on. Wash your face again, and this time exfoliate to be sure the skin around the breakout is extra smooth. Moisturize and put on primer, then apply a green toned concealer to eliminate any redness. Finally, apply your makeup as usual.

Should I apply makeup on my face if I plan to get my makeup done professionally? - MOLLY, BLOWING ROCK BRIDE Wash your face before your appointment and make sure all your makeup is completely removed. Apply a moisturizer you like and that works well for your skin type, and the makeup artist will take it from there. Heather and Miah, true Boone natives, specialize in formal hair and makeup styling through Haircut 101. Heather has been a licensed hair stylist for 10 years and is a master stylist. Miah has been a professional makeup artist for five years.


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HIGH COUNTRY wedding guide presents the

2014

Venue Guide The High Country’s essential resource for choosing the perfect venue for your wedding celebration written & created by

Rachael Mills and Abany Bauer

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Set among the Blue Ridge Mountains, the lakefront vista at grandfather golf and country club provides breathtaking High Country views, PHOTO BY Burton Photography

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PHOTO BY Heba Salama Photography

PHOTO BY Ellen Gwin Photographer


PHOTO BY Fletcher & Fletcher Photography

PHOTOS BY Katie Langley Photography


PHOTO BY JoAnna DeHart

PHOTO BY Fletcher & Fletcher Photography

PHOTO BY Pixels on Paper


PHOTOS BY Fletcher & Fletcher


PHOTOS BY Visio Photography


PHOTOS BY Fletcher & Fletcher Photography


PHOTOS BY Angela Scott Photography


PHOTO BY Pixels on Paper

PHOTOS BY Revival Photography


PHOTOS BY OC Wise Photography


PHOTO BY Katie Langley Photography

PHOTO BY Emily Angle

PHOTO BY Katie Langley Photography


PHOTOS BY Ozzy Garcia


PHOTO BY Katie Langley Photography


PHOTOS BY Dove Wedding Photography


PHOTO BY Christine Rucker Photography

PHOTO BY Burton Photography


PHOTO BY Fletcher & Fletcher


Venue Guide c o m p ar i s o n char t venue

venue capacity

facility rental fee

outside catering

guest rooms

other amenities

Banner Elk Winery & Villa 60 Deer Run Lane Banner Elk, NC

up to 150 outdoor venue

$1,800 (seasonal rates)

yes

8 guest rooms

winery

Camp Sky Ranch Events 634 Sky Ranch Road Blowing Rock, NC

up to 300 indoor/outdoor facility

pricing available upon request

no

n/a

n/a

Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock 500 North Main Street Blowing Rock, NC

up to 200 - 6 banquet rooms, outdoor venues, lakefront restaurant

$400-$7,950 (seasonal rates)

no, cake only

150 guest rooms and condominiums

restaurant, pub, spa, indoor pool, fitness center

Crestwood Resort & Spa 3236 Shulls Mill Road Boone, NC

up to 150 9 banquet rooms, outdoor venue

$350 - $6,250 (seasonal rates)

no, cake only

29 guest rooms 5 suites, 3 cottages

restaurant, spa, indoor pool

Grandfather Vineyard & Winery 225 Vineyard Lane Banner Elk, NC

up to 100

$2,000-$2,500

yes

onsite guest cottage

winery, live music events

Green Park Inn 9239 Valley Boulevard Blowing Rock, NC

up to 225 3 dining rooms, outdoor venue

$500 - $1,250

no, cake only

70 guest rooms, jacuzzi suite

restaurant, tavern, massage services, outdoor pool

Hugh Chapman Center 436 Hospital Drive Linville, NC

up to 500

n/a

yes

n/a

caterers’ kitchen, AV system with projector and 160� screen, wireless internet

Leatherwood Mountains 512 Meadow Road Ferguson, NC

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

$400 - $3,500

yes

45 guest homes

restaurant, riding facility, pool, fly fishing hiking, biking

Linville Falls Winery 9557 Linville Falls Highway Newland, NC

up to 150

$300 - $1,500

yes

offsite cottages available, seasonal

hiking trails, vineyard/winery, outdoor patio with fireplace, 100 year-old barn

Meadowbrook Inn 711 Main Street Blowing Rock, NC

up to 300, 6 banquet rooms, 3 outdoor venues up to 125

$350 - $2,000 (seasonal rates)

no, cake only

62 guest rooms and suites

restaurant, indoor pool, fitness center, hot tub, gazebo, stone terrace, duck pond & waterfall

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery 450 Groce Road Ronda, NC

up to 200 indoors unlimited outdoor space

starting at $1,000

yes

n/a

wine tastings and tours in vineyard, seasonal dinners, large group accessible

Red Tail Mountain 300 Clubhouse Lane Mountain City, TN

up to 175 - 3 banquet rooms, outdoor venues

$300 - $3,600

no, cake only

21 guest rooms

restaurant, pub, golf tennis, pool, hot tub

Roaring River Vineyard 493 Brewer Mill Road Traphill, NC

indoor up to 50, outdoor up to 150, all sites overlook river

$750 - $3,000

yes

3 guest rooms

river overlook, skeet shooting, archery, croquet, cornhole, bocce, horseshoes, private beach

Smithmore Castle 638 Castle Way Spruce Pine, NC

up to 150 outdoor venue

pricing available upon request

yes

6 BR castle, sleeps up to 13

2 hot tubs, bar & lounge billiard room, three 4-story towers

Sugar Mountain 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive Sugar Mountain, NC

24 to 660 outdoor venue

$500 - $4,000

no, cake only

arranged off-site upon request

scenic chair lift rides, hiking & biking, golf, tennis

Summit Trail Solarium

Solarium up to 250, Ballroom up to 200, 3 banquet rooms

$1,000-$1,200

no, cake only

n/a

n/a

221 College Street - Plemmons Student Union Boone, NC

Twickenham House 1329 Phoenix Colvard Road Jefferson, NC

up to 50 1.8 acre lawn for tent or ceremony

pricing available upon request

yes

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

steam room, dry sauna, hot tub, indoor pool, fitness center

Westglow Resort & Spa 224 Westglow Circle Blowing Rock, NC

up to 150 2 banquet rooms outdoor venue

$200-$3,000

no, cake only

10 guest rooms

restaurant, spa, fitness center, indoor pool, valet, salon

White Fence Farm 350 Paul McGlamery Lane Trade, TN

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

$800-$3,600

yes

3 BR farmhouse, 2 person bunk house, RV hookup

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


W W W . H E A T H E R PA Y N E PH O T O G R A P H Y . C O M

240 Shadowline Drive Suite A7 Boone, NC 28607

828.264.2000 www.thestonejewelers.com

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Monday- Friday 10:00 am - 6:00pm Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00pm Closed Sunday


PHOTO BY

Fletcher and Fletcher Photography


Wedding Resource The

Center

A one-stop gallery for all your event planning needs. Through a personalized consultation made for you, choose from a diverse selection of vendors to help create the wedding of your dreams.

703 West King Street Boone, North Carolina 28607 828-386-1444 www.weddingresourcenc.com


Bridal Mobile Spa .

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Relax Rejuvenate Restore Bringing luxury spa to you & Your Party

Massage & Spa G i ft B a s k e t s Body Oils Bath Salts ...And More

Vital Being Therapeutics Nia Dickens 828.964.5853 motherstrength@hotmail.com Vital Being Apothecary All Organic and Locally Grown


MAIDENS in the

MORNING The morning hours before the vows behold moments of sweet serendipity with your closest friends. STYLING BY Abany Bauer PHOTOGRAPHY BY Heather Payne

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CRESTWOOD and WESTGLOW offer fabulous spa services to pamper you from your fingers down to your toes and will make you feel like the beautiful bride that you are.

Plan a brunch outing at THE NEW PUBLIC HOUSE or BISTRO ROCA for a fabulous fare, or have STICK BOY BREAD CO. deliver the goodies right to your door!

The morning before the wedding festivites creates a perfect time to mark off some quiet moments with your favorite girlfriends. Whether relaxing at the spa or spending the morning in a beautiful hotel suite getting ready with special catered goodies will really make the moment one that is hard to forget and will help you ease into what the rest of the day’s will behold.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Heather Payne, CREATIVE DIRECTION & FLORAL DESIGN: Abany Bauer, Styling & Flowers VENUE: Ville Nove Vineyards at Watauga Lake Winery, HAIR: Heather Rogers | Haircut 101, MAKEUP: Miah Zimmerman | Haircut 101

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VEILED MOMENTS The hushed and quiet minutes that the rest of your guests don’t see will be just as important to you later on. Be sure to share your vision of the morning with your photographer so they don’t miss those intimate moments.

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Hire the experts to come to you! Hair & makeup consultants like, STUDIO M SALON, BRIDAL MOBILE SPA, SHARLA BANCE or BEAUTIFUL BRIDE ON LOCATION are set up to bring the party to you! Salons like HAIRCUT 101 can even

send their stylists right to your hotel room!

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AFFA IR A

Br IDA L

T H E S O U T H E R N T R A D I T I O N O F B R I D A L P O RT R A I T U R E O F F ERS T H E PERF E CT EN V I RO N M EN T T O C RE AT E M AG I C BEFORE T HE WEDDIN G DA Y EVEN BEGINS.

photography by Boonetown Stor y

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Beautiful gowns overflow at did someone say party? on King Street, and south’s specialty clothiers in the Boone Mall. For something more simple, with a blend of comfort and sweetness, check out new local bridal designer, whitney deal.

We love how the lace-like flowering trees seem to echo the beauty of Patrice’s bird-cage veil!

The High Country abounds with a vast array of beautiful, natural settings for bridal portraits. Visit the many stops along the Blue Ridge Parkway when shopping for a location. Known for their stunning views, moses cone manor, bass lake, and grandfather mountain are favorites among brides and photographers. In Boone, check out howard’s knob, daniel boone native gardens, or even the streets of downtown Boone. Valle Crucis also offers peaceful pastoral settings along the Watauga River bank.

Bridal portraits are a tradition that have been around since the invention of the camera - and from the looks of it, this time-honored rite of passage isn’t going anywhere. They can provide some incredible perks to the wedding planning. Bridal sessions are helpful because they allow you to see the result of your planning first hand prior to the big day. Maria of STUDIO M SALON shares, “I love when brides schedule a bridal session because I see first-hand the peace of mind it brings to them to know exactly what to expect on their wedding day. There is no price too high to ensure that you feel beautiful and confident going into that day.” Bridal sessions are also a wonderful time to connect with your florist and see your potential bouquet in a mockup alongside your dress. But most importantly, it bestows a calm, unhurried timeframe to really bask in the beauty of being a bride. Because let’s face it, this only happens once in a lifetime.

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Desi’s

Floral &

design studio Flowersbydesi.com


Defining

STYLE

Thoughts on styling and how it can help you in your wedding planning strategies.

WRITTEN & CREATED BY Abany Bauer PHOTOGRAPHY BY Ozzy Garcia

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There are many local wineries that can provide a stunning backdrop and add to your styling. Check out local wineries: banner elk winery,

grandfather vineyard & winery, linville falls winery, raffaldini vineyards & winery (pictured), and roaring river vineyards.

tip #1 Choose a venue that will work for you and not against you. Do you long for a garden-inspired wedding? Don’t choose a stuffy indoor location that will take you days to create an imitation garden , but instead find a real garden slathered with naturally growing heirloom roses and hydrangea so you can save your budget for other important things like your dress, or food and cocktails for your guests.

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Rental companies such as

a&j rental and boone rent-all provide linens in every color. For vintage and reclaimed furniture to enhance the setting, check out old vintage rentals and upper barn rentals. miss match rentals provide eclectic table settings that are unique and visually appealing.

tip # 2 Think about ways to engage all five of the senses throughout your event. Have you thought about what your guests will smell when they arrive? What about what they will see and feel? Be sure that these senses are connected. Serve hot apple cider as your guests arrive for a fall fete. Place sprigs of herbs at the place setting for a meal that is heavy with those same flavors.

tip # 3 Get inspired by the beauty of your venue. The High Country has a vast array of beautiful settings to choose from. Influence the creation of elements such as your paper goods, floral and table design that echo the surroundings of the wedding locale. Doing this will make your event feel decadently luxurious and ultimately a fete they will never forget!

There are certain buzz words floating about the industry these days organic, ethereal, rustic, chic. But there is one word in particular that is sometimes easy to miss and hard to define: “Styling.” What is it? And how does it help you, as a bride? The terminology given to wedding styling leaves most brides curious, but also disconnected to the purpose and therefore its legitimacy. Styling, in short, can be defined as “the way in which something is made, designed or performed.” This can cover many areas in the world of wedding planning to help you with your budget, your overall aesthetic, and the feel that you want guests to experience during the event. Still, the number one question remains: “Why do I need to hire a stylist when I can just design everything myself?” Though most brides have a clear idea of what they want for their wedding, having a professional walk you through the process and help with the design elements makes the planning more manageable and fun. Then upon the big day, you have expert hands by your side developing the look, while you get to enjoy the day being pampered, knowing that everything is being handled for you. Stylists are also great to work alongside your photographer. Often times the photographer is so consumed by all the candid, fast-moving m o ments that the details are hard to get placed just so and captured accordingly. Stylists will team with your photographer to help create smooth transitions during the busy day and even help set up shots to get that beautiful magazine quality image that you long for!

CREATIVE DIRECTION AND FLORAL DESIGN: Abany Bauer - Styling & Flowers VENUE : Raffaldini Vineyards GOWN: Jenny Packham for Tre Bella Bridal PAPER GOODS AND CALLIGRAPHY: Brown Linen - Calligraphy & Fine Design MAKEUP: Erin Ashley ASSISTANTS: Heather Payne, Sara Orazi MODEL: Annie for Evolution Talent PHOTOGRAPHER: Ozzy Garcia

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GARDEN BLOOMS An unruly bouquet filled with peonies, garden roses, viburnum, mock orange and golden rod fills the moment with echoes of European luxury. Stop by the shops of log house florist or shady grove gardens and nursery to browse locally grown flowers that will work well with your style. Or schedule consultations with local floral designers

desi’s floral design studio, fuschia moss, millefleurs, philosophy flowers, or shay brey to discuss your options.

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REAL WEDDINGS

august 31, 2013 - the inn at crestwood - boone, north carolina

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fter getting engaged on top of a mountain, overlooking Lake Zurich and the Swiss Alps, Tyler and Elisabeth knew they wanted a beautiful mountain view as the backdrop for their wedding day. Elisabeth grew up in the High Country, just a few curvy miles away from the Inn at Crestwood, the perfect spot for their romantic summer wedding. Many special touches made the day come to life. The happy couple “buried the bourbon” to ensure great weather on their wedding day, a tradition to honor Tyler’s home state of Kentucky. Elisabeth w o re her m o t h er ’ s lap e l pi n w i t h h e r l at e brot he r ’s i ni ti al s i n he r d re s s , o ve r he r he ar t as he r “ s o mething borrowed.” Guests enjoyed local craft beers from Tyler’s favorite breweries, and danced the night away to songs the couple collected from the guests’ reply cards. It was truly a perfect day to begin their happily ever after.

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REAL WEDDINGS

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GOLDEN HOUR The bridal party gathered together for a group portrait at dusk, often referred to by photographers as “Golden Hour.�

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VENUE: Crestwood Resort & Spa MONTH-OF COORDINATION: Day of Your Dreams PHOTOGRAPHER: MelissaJoy Photography CATERER: The Table at Crestwood CAKE: Hallmark Cakes FLOWERS: Philosophy Flowers HAIR & MAKEUP: Heather Rogers for Haircut 101 STATIONERY: Elisabeth Rose Custom Stationery RENTALS: Premier Event Specialists ROBES: Plum Pretty Sugar GOWN & JEWELRY: Poffie Girls GROOM’S ATTIRE: Jos A. Banks DJ: Scott Brown Media Group

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june 8, 2013 - private residence - linville, north carolina

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t f i r s t g l a n c e , y o u k n o w t h a t M e g a n d A n d r e w ’ s w e d d i n g d a y w a s m a g i c a l . Like most brides, Meg turned to the DIY track to create her special day; unlike most brides, her keen a r t ist i c eye a nd gra phi c d esi gn backg ro u nd s e r v e d a s t h e k e y t o p u l l i n g a l l t h e p i e c e s t o gether for a truly remarkable outcome. Meg and Andrew attended Appalachian State University and met through a campus ministry. When it came time to enter into wedded bliss, they knew that the High Country was the place to share their vows. They started with a vacant field off the Tanawha Parkway as a blank canvas for creating rich memories. A handmade entryway composed of old wooden doors and adorned with the proclamation “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad,” served as a backdrop and set the tone for the ceremony. Bright flowers and perfectly-paired, bold paper goods - created by the bride - were stunning reflections of the joy that God brought to Meg, Andrew, and the family and friends who shared in their celebratory day.

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VENUE: Private residence along Tanahwa Parkway PHOTOGRAPHER: Brittani Schultze CATERER: Casa Rustica CAKE: Brittany Fryer FLOWERS: Sumiah Allen HAIR & MAKEUP: Kathryn Trivette-Maya STATIONERY: Meg Gray, the Bride RENTALS: Boone Rental-All & Upper Barn Rentals GOWN: Victorian Rose Bridals GROOM’S ATTIRE: Belk BRIDE’S RING: Vintage 1920’s Heirloom

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june 21, 2013 - camp sky ranch - blowing rock, north carolina

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organ and Raun’s wedding celebration is one for the books - one filled with unique memories, quirky traditions and fun games - all taking place at Camp Sky Ranch in a ceremony-turned-1950’scamp. A few of the groom’s friends, dressed as Boy Scouts, kicked off the day’s festivities by acting as “camp leaders.” Guests were encouraged to participate in camp-style events such as a raising the flag ceremony, bugle playing and camp bell ringing - just to name a few. Guests held up wildflowers as the bride entered to Tom Petty’s Wildflowers playing on a record player. It was a fresh and fun way to have everyone be a part of the ceremony. “Even though it was about Raun and me, it felt like it was really a celebration for everyone,” Morgan, the bride explained. Both from the busy city of Chicago, Morgan and Raun wanted to get married in a place where they felt “calm and happy.” They found that in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and knew they wanted to celebrate with their family and friends as they shared their love and vows with one another. Locating their day at Camp Sky ranch filled their day with joy and laughter.

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VENUE: Camp Sky Ranch & Crestwood WEDDING PLANNER: Events by Elizabeth Ashley PHOTOGRAPHER: M&E Studio CATERER: The Gamekeeper CAKE: The Gamekeeper FLOWERS: Kristi Turbyfill of Events by Elizabeth Ashley HAIR & MAKEUP: Shannon O’Brien STATIONERY: Reuse First RENTALS: Premier Event Rental & Miss Match Rentals GOWN: Silver Moon Vintage GROOM’S ATTIRE: J. Crew RINGS: Designed combination of grandparents’ vintage wedding bands ENTERTAINMENT: The 96.5 House Band TRANSPORTATION: Azalea Carriage

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GILDED RIVERSTONE For their first look, Morgan & Raun stole away for a few moments in the glistening afternoon sun along the river bank.

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july 20, 2013 - hugh chapman center linville, north carolina

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athan and Brianna were both born and raised in the High Country, with both families making these mountains their own special version of home. They knew that if home is where the heart is, then their wedding would have to be here too.They stumbled upon the perfect venue, Hugh Chapman Center, through a casual mention by a friend. The expertise of local flower guru, Sheri Furman of Bless Your Heart, helped create a rich environment - a rustic take on the classic book and film, The Great Gatsby. Many special hand-fashioned touches were incorporated into the event such as the wisteria-scented soy candles made by the groom’s stepmother, a smell that made the couple nostalgic for childhood outdoor adventures. The food, by Gatabout’s Catering provided soulful and eclectic food, a combination of the southern cooking that Nathan and Brianna remembered growing up, with with a slightly modern take on food preparation that was reminiscent of the decadence mentioned in the infamous novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The couple spent many hours attending to every detail, but the nostalgia of marrying in their hometown surrounded by family and friends will live with them for a lifetime.

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VENUE: Hugh Chapman Center MONTH-OF COORDINATION: Day of Your Dreams PHOTOGRAPHER: Red, White & Green CATERER: Gadabouts Catering SPIRITS: Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants CAKE: Hallmark Cakes FLOWERS & DESIGN: Bless Your Heart GOWN: Lana Addison Bridal HAIR & MAKEUP: Christy and Co. Salon BRIDE’S SHOES: Jimmy Choo GROOM’S ATTIRE: Brooks Brothers RENTALS: A&J Rentals ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Trevor Owens CEREMONY MUSIC: Ear Candy Acapulco TRANSPORTATION: Air Haven Limousine RENTAL VANS: Enterprise

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h en w e re ce i v e d t h e s u bm i s s i o n of the be au ti fu l i mag e s that g r ace the fo l l o wi ng pa ges, we k n ew t h at t h e re w a s a s e n t i m e ntal i ty abo u t thi s we ddi ng that had a r are s e re ni ty and pa ssion far b e n e at h t h e s u r f a ce of t h e i mag e s the ms e l ve s . In the br i de ’s o wn wo rds : “I was fortunate enough to marry my best friend and the man I honestly believe is my God-given soul mate. Our w e d d ing w as n ot pe r fe c t , I d ou bt t h e y e ve r are . Bu t, i t was 100 pe rce nt D ave and Je s s . Every deta il w as cho sen b y t h e br i d e a n d groom , e v e r y d e co r ati o n handmade and s e t o u t by u s o r a cl o se friend. Wedding planning is typically a stressful time for couples, but for us it was something we built together, a fo u n d atio n for t e a m w or k a n d com pro mi s e . D avi d s pe nt S atu rd ays cu tti ng wi ne bo ttl e s for c a ndle h o ld er s b ecau s e i t w a s i m por t a n t t o m e , hi s fi ancé . I ag re e d to s e r ve po r k BBQ fo r d i nne r b ec a use it w as im p o r t an t t o Da v i d . I a l s o s pe n t cou ntl e s s ho u r s fabr i cati ng s tr i ng bal l s to hang ag ai nst the fa ll m o u n t ain b ackd rop t o d e l i gh t ou r gu e s t s . D avi d hand mad e the r i ng s that we e xchang e d d uring the ce rem o n y, w it h a s l a b of s i l v e r / w h i t e gol d and a hamme r. It was co u ntr y, r u s ti c and ro u g h around the edg es, b u t it w a s u s .”

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VENUE: Blowing Rock Conference Center & Trade Grist Mill COORDINATION: Ashley Lambert PHOTOGRAPHER: Matt Powell Productions CATERER: Bandana’s Catering CAKE: Stick Boy Bread Co. FLOWERS : Shady Grove Flowers & Nursery GOWN: Marisa from Did Someone Say Party? STATIONERY: Handmade by Bride HAIR & MAKEUP: Westglow Spa GROOM’S ATTIRE: United States Army regalia RENTALS: Boone Rent-All WEDDING BANDS: Hand-forged by the Groom TRANSPORTATION: The Trolley Co. VIDEOGRAPHY: Divine Treasures Wedding Videography

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he natural environment of the mountains in the High Country was the primary reason D a vid and Susan chose to get married here. “We both love fall in the mountains, and I a l ways knew I’d never be a summer bride, so it was the obvious choice,� says the bride, Susan. With the autumn leaves cascading down, and the rich fall tribute colors of orange and red adorning the ground, it was the perfect backdrop for these two. The quaint escape that the Inn at Little Pond Farm created, combined with sweet simplicity of this celebrated gathering created the perfect environment fo r this fam i l y- foc u s e d w e d d i n g. Si n ce mo s t of the g u e s ts tr ave l e d fro m Fl o r i da o r Te x as , it wa s im portant to the bride and groom that everyone got a fresh taste of the fresh, fall mountain air. Baskets filled with blankets and individually placed miniature pumpkins welcomed everyone to have a seat at the long, family-style dinner tables to gather around in a joyous fete for this beautiful couple.

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VENUE: Inn at Little Pond Farm DAY-OF COORDINATION: Gaye Luaces for Inn at Little Pond Farm PHOTOGRAPHER: Boonetown Story CATERER: Inn at Little Pond Farm CAKE: Oh La’ La’ Cupcakes FLOWERS: Sheri Furman of Bless Your Heart HAIR & MAKEUP: Beautiful Bride on Location STATIONERY: Wedding Paper Divas GOWN & VEIL: Mecklenburg Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE: Tom James

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september 14, 2013 - rumple memorial presbyterian and westglow resort & spa - blowing rock, north carolina

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h e n C l a i re be ga n d re a m i n g abo u t he r we d d i ng day, s he ke pt co mi ng back to three very d i s tinct words to describe how she wanted the day to feel: unique, intimate and meaningful. Unique started with finding the location, which they knew had to be in Blowing Rock, a town near and dear to their hearts. They started on the historic, 100-year old stone sanctuary of Rumple Memorial, and ended in the Jeffersonian-style mansion of Westglow for the reception. The intimacy of the day was captured through the joy of friends and family being nearby to jump in and help. The bride, her aunts and mother contributed colorful nomadic textiles, grass cloths from Africa, and dozens of collected treasures to create 13 unique and very personal tablescapes. Family heirlooms and accents were everywhere, but especially at the reception, and made the entire wedding more meaningful. The finishing touches of delicate dahlias, hydrangea and garden roses by the ever-talented Fuchsia Moss. The day was filled with vibrant blue skies and gloriously perfect weather - a true gift from the High Country. The dream wedding of Claire & Patrick was unique, intimate, and meaningful; and it all unfolded in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

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HISTORY UNFOLDS Claire & Patrick chose the 100-year-old stone chapel, with just the glowing flicker of a 30-branched candelabra lighting the path to their covenant promises.

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VENUE: Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church and Westglow Resort & Spa WEDDING PLANNING: Events by Elizabeth Ashley PHOTOGRAPHER: Photography by Jake Salyers CATERER: Rowland’s at Westglow Resort & Spa CAKE: Stick Boy Bread Co. FLOWERS: Fuschia Moss Floral Design HAIR & MAKEUP: Westglow Resort & Spa STATIONERY: The Mountain Cottage RENTALS: Party Reflections GOWN & VEIL: Alexia’s Bridal ENTERTAINMENT: East Coast Entertainment TRANSPORTATION: Air Haven Limousine

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july 13, 2013 - the mast farm inn - valle crucis, north carolina

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ict o r i a a n d Pe t e r ’ s w e d d i n g w as u ni qu e i n many ways - a day s u r ro u nde d by the n atura l b eau t y of t h e M a s t Fa r m I n n , a n d wr appe d i n the e l e g ance and re fi ne me nt of a tr aditiona l wedd i n g. T h e ce re m on y w a s h e l d o n the back po rch of a M as t Far m Inn l o g cabi n, with fr ien d s an d f a m i l y s u r rou n d i n g t h e br i d e and g ro o m to wi tne s s the i r s acre d vo ws . Fo l l o wi ng the cerem o ny, a s oc i a l h our w h e t t e d gue s ts ’ appe ti te s wi th de l i ci o u s ho r s d’o e u vre s and a s pec ia lty co ck t ail of f re s h l y-s q u e e ze d l e m on a de and bl u e be r r i e s s e r ve d at the M as t Far m Bar n. G u e s t s e n j o y e d v a r i ou s ya rd ga m e s i n c l ud i n g bo cce , cro qu e t, l ad d e r bal l and a cu s to m-mad e co r n hole g am e. A l o ve l y l un c h re ce pt i on un d e r a te nt o n Inn g ro u nds fo l l o we d the co ck tai l ho u r, wi th live m u s i c w a f t i n g t h r o u g h t h e t r e e s a d d e d t o t h e t o n e o f t h e s p e c i a l d a y. P u l l i n g o f f a r e l a x e d c o u n t r y - sty l e w e d d i n g, w h i l e of fe r i n g the fi ne s t i n e nte r tai nme nt, ambi e nce and d i ni ng wa s a su ccess that m a d e t h e d a y e s pe c i a l l y u ni qu e to the br i de and g ro o m.

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VENUE: The Mast Farm Inn WEDDING COORDINATOR: Danielle Deschamps Stabler PHOTOGRAPHER: Revival Photography CATERER: Simplicity at The Mast Farm Inn CAKE: Stick Boy Bread Co. FLOWERS: Pearl’s Garden HAIR: Charlotte Baxter of Shear Shakti MAKEUP: Beautiful Bride on Location GOWN: AmRhein Bride ENTERTAINMENT: Melonbelly Band

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june 8, 2013 - blowing rock country club blowing rock, north carolina

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a r y n c o m e s f r o m f o u r g e n e r a t i o n s o f s u m m e r v a c a t i o n s s p e n t i n t h e H i g h C o u n t r y, s p e c i f i c a l l y B l ow i n g Roc k . Whe n s he and M att s tar te d d ati ng , Tar yn was tr u l y e xcited to int rod u ce h i m t o t h e a m a z i n g pl ace s he cal l e d he r s e co nd ho me . S i nce that fi r s t g e t a wa y, they visited the High Country together during the lazy, hot summers to take a break from r e a l ity and e n j oy t h e n at u r a l be a ut y. S i x ye ar s l ate r, the y g o t e ng ag e d a n d p l a n n i n g w a s i n t h e air, b o th Tar yn a n d M at t k n e w t h at t h e Bl u e Ri d g e M o u ntains would serve as the perfect backdrop fo r their d ay. I n ke e pi n g t r u e t o t h e l ocal char m, the y mi xe d r u s ti c and s o u the r n e l e me nts into t h e cerem o n y a n d re ce pt i on . B u r l a p and l ace ad o r ne d e ve r y tabl e , as we l l as an abu ndan ce of cand l es an d l oc a l f l ow e r s s uc h a s h ydr ang e a, p e o n i e s , d u s t y m i l l e r - e v e n s p r i g s o f c o t t o n . To g e t h e r , Ta r y n a n d M a t t o r c h e s t r a t e d a tr u l y s pe ci al e ve nt i n o ne of the i r mo s t che rished l o cal es fo r a ce l e br at i on t h e y w i l l n e ve r fo rg e t.

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VENUE: Blowing Rock Country Club WEDDING COORDINATOR: Events by Elizabeth Ashley PHOTOGRAPHER: Burton Photography CATERER: Blowing Rock Country Club CAKE: Hallmark Cakes GOWN: La Mariee FLOWERS: Park Place Florist STATIONERY: The Mountain Cottage HAIR & MAKEUP: Beautiful Bride on Location RENTALS: A&J Rental and Boone Rent-All RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Goldrush CEREMONY MUSIC: Dean Duets VIDEOGRAPHY: Hart to Heart Media

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october 12, 2013 - chetola resort - blowing rock, north carolina

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llen and Clayton’s story is straight out of a fairy tale. Girl meets boy on a blind date, they find true love, and they live happily ever after. Too good to be true, you say? It o n ly gets b e t t e r. Ellen and Clayton’s wedding day reflected their Cinderella-style meeti n g w i t h the beauty of Chetola Resort as the setting, the wonderful weather as if sent by a fairy god-mother, and well-wishing friends and family helping to secure their wedded bliss. Ellen’s bouquet was comp o s e d of the same flowers and love knots that were carried by her own mother and mothe r - i n - l a w o n their wedding days many years prior. Bridesmaids and groomsmen w e re strateg i c a l l y w o v e n o n b o t h s i d e s d u r i n g t h e c e r e m o n y a s a s y m b o l of the way each person influenced the bride and groom. A t t h e s w e e t m o ment when wedding bands were exchanged, Ellen was enamored by the honor of havi ng the we d d i ng band of Cl ay ton’s g r a n d mother placed on her finger. This story is a tried and true blessing - a day that is sure to stand out on the beautiful path of the rest of their lives. “Because let’s face it, life is the real story and we are so thankful that the wedding is just the first chapter of forever,” said Ellen.

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VENUE: Chetola Resort WEDDING COORDINATOR: Events by Elizabeth Ashley PHOTOGRAPHER: Fletcher & Fletcher Photography CATERER: Chetola Resort CAKE: Stick Boy Bread Co. FLOWERS: Millefleurs Floral HAIR & MAKEUP: Beth and Company STATIONERY: Hen and Chicken Papers GOWN & VEIL: Jorge Manual from Nitsa’s in Charlotte SHOES: Kate Spade SUIT: Vera Wang ENTERTAINMENT: East Coast Entertainment RENTALS: Boone Rent-All and A&J Rental VIDEOGRAPHY: Hart to Heart Media TRANSPORTATION: Air Haven Limousine CEREMONY MUSIC: Nancy Bargerstock

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october 10, 2013 - banner elk winery banner elk, north carolina

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or Lisette, a Florida native and one mildly obsessed with fall foliage, pumpkins and pinecones, an autumn season wedding was a no-brainer. When she and Eddie were searching for venues and discovered Banner Elk Winery’s natural elegance, they both knew they had found the perfect location to tie the knot and celebrate. Lisette peppered the wedding with creative DIY elements such as jars filled with delicious jams as a thank you to their guests; lining the ceremony aisle with seasonal pumpkins; and even marking the reception tables with chalkboards listing assorted varietal grape names. The result was a festive fall wedding, full of meaning and enjoyed by all. Their talented photographer, Ellen Gwin notably commented, “Working a lot of weddings, I have seen it all, but this was one of those particularly great ones that you don’t even want to leave when it is over. You feel like you have made new friends for life!”

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VENUE: Banner Elk Winery WEDDING COORDINATOR: Bic Le PHOTOGRAPHER: Ellen Gwin Photographer CATERER: Gadabouts Catering CAKE: Stick Boy Bread Co. FLOWERS: Desi’s Floral Design VIDEOGRAPHY: Caravan Cinema

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hen we think about a High Country wedding, there are so many wonderful venues and lovely vendors to make all the pieces and elements of the day fall into place. But with so many couples making this little niche of the Blue Ridge Mountains a getaway or a destination wedding locale, often parts of the weddings are outsourced vendors from off the mountain. It’s truly a special feté when you find a bride and groom who literally use every vendor from within the High Country. Kristie and Trey are that couple. A native of Lewisville, NC, Kristie looked to Boone as her point of reference for all other wedding needs. Her gown came from Did Someone Say party? and Trey’s tux from South’s Clothiers. Stick Boy Bread Co. provided a decadent bird-embellished cake and Marie of Hair Craft provided fabulous hair and makeup. Even the entertainment boasted of Boone’s very own Digital DJs. The day floated by in confidence and without a hitch - except their own - thanks in part to the amazing local vendors who were entrusted with Trey and Kristie’s special day. For more information on these vendors and other highly acclaimed local vendors, turn to page 107.

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VENUE: Laurel Springs Baptist Church WEDDING PLANNER: Events Just For You PHOTOGRAPHER: Pixels on Paper CATERER: Gadabouts Catering CAKE: Stick Boy Bread Co. FLOWERS: Grandmother & Mother’s Gardens HAIR & MAKEUP: Marie Rominger of Hair Craft STATIONERY: Note Worthy RENTALS: A&J Rental GOWN & VEIL: Did Someone Say Party? GROOM’S ATTIRE: South’s Clothiers RINGS: Helzberg Diamonds ENTERTAINMENT: Digital DJs

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This portrait, from Catherine & Pat’s wedding, captured under the glistening tree tops at Crestwood Resort, almost looks like nature’s stained-glass window. PHOTO BY Wayfaring Wanderer

Every year we gather and collect the most beautiful and creative weddings of the year to share with our readers. If you or someone you know has been married in the High Country, consider working with your photographer to submit your images to our magazine! We eagerly accept submissions for the blog and the printed publication. Email your submissions to: SUBMISSIONS@HIGHCOUNTRYWEDDINGGUIDE.COM

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Look No Further Than

WILKES

To Celebrate Your Love

Apparel Bridal Traditions

DJs Ball & Ball Enterprises - DJ

Beauty Healing Waters Salon

Event Planning Cherished Moments Desi’s Floral & Design Studio

Cakes Cherished Moments Catering Gadabouts Catering Tipton’s BBQ Woodhaven Catering

Florists Cherished Moments Desi’s Floral & Design Studio Eden House

Photographers Fletcher & Fletcher Photography Michelle Hrin Photography Pixels on Paper Prints Charming Photo Booth Specialty Services Tastefully Simple by Linda Greene Stationary Wilkes Journal Patriot

Officiates High Country Ministers.com

Transportation Ball & Ball Enterprises - Limo

Party Rentals Miss Match Rentals

Venues Elkin Creek Vineyards Leatherwood Mountains MenaRick Vineyard Walker Center Hospitality

One resource for the area’s top wedding professionals. www.wilkesbridal.com


Farm Fresh The High Country is known for its fabulous cuisine. Whether from a local farmers’ market or a family-owned restaurant, it is easy to stumble upon farm-fresh and local fare. Many brides are opting for a farm-to-table menu to tempt tastebuds, and show off the High Country flavors to their guests.

Rachael Mills Fletcher & Fletcher Photography

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local libations

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There are more than 100 farms in an around the High Country. Several years ago, only a handful of people, most of them farmers, cared about that. Times have changed, and the concept of getting closer to our food has surpassed trend status and is gradually becoming the norm, even making its way into the wedding industry. Visit a local farmers’ market or step into a local grocery, and it’s clear that the move from mass-produced food to fare provided by local farmers has taken over.

Include local wines or brew in your menu from BANNER ELK WINERY, BLOWING ROCK ALE HOUSE, GRANDFATHER WINERY & VINEYARDS, LINVILLE FALLS WINERY, PRODUCE AND PROVISIONS, RAFFALDINI OR ROARING RIVER VINEYARDS.

Below is a list of our favorite local caterers who can create the perfect farm-to-plate event:

Eat Crow Frugal Gourmet Gadabouts Henry’s Good Food New Public House Reid’s Catering

What’s a North Carolina wedding without classic barbecue? LEATHERWOOD MOUNTAINS provides whole hog-pit cooked barbecue, or roasted salt & pepper chicken halves from locally grown hogs and chickens. High Country landmarks, BANDANA’S and WOODLAND’S, are also great options for barbecue catering.

See the Vendor Directory on page 107 for more information

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imple, rustic, and creative elegance..

White Fence Farm WEDDING VENUE & FARMHOUSE RENTALS

Located 14 miles outside of Boone at 350 Paul McGlamery Lane in Trade, TN www.whitefencefarmrentals.com | lovin@whitefencefarmrentals.com | 828-964-6767


PHOTOS BY Fletcher & Fletcher Photography


Soft rock, classic country and bluegrass with covers of familiar favorites. Crafting memories is our desire.

Cliff Elder: 828-260-0923 | highcountryboomers@gmail.com

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Restaurant & The Inn at Ragged Gardens

WEDDING VENUES REHEARSAL DINNERS BRIDESMAIDS LUNCHEON . .

Sunset Drive - Blowing Rock 828.295.9703

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www.raggedgardens.com bestcellar@ragged-gardens.com


EAT CROW

Gourmet Catering. British Tradition. Foscoe’s hidden gem serving delicious European-style dishes, fabulous cakes and pies. Our quaint cafe is perfect for small dinner gatherings, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners & intimate wedding receptions. 9872 HIGHWAY 105 SOUTH BANNER ELK, NC 28604

828-963-8228

www.eatcrownc.com Owners Dominic & Meryle Geraghty

www.pixelsonpaper.net p. 336.990.0080


HUGH CHAPMAN CENTER

at the WILLIAMS YMCA OF AVERY COUNTY

436 Hospital Drive Post Office Box 707 Linville, North Carolina 828-737-5500

www.ymcaavery.com PHOTO BY

Red, White and Green Photography

Reid’s Catering Co. Wedding Receptions, Rehearsals, Engagement Parties, Showers & Romantic Dinners for Two 16 YEARS IN THE HIGH COUNTRY

VALLE CRUCIS

reidscateringco.com

828.268.9600


VENDOR DIRECTORY Accommodations/Venues BANNER ELK WINERY & VILLA 135 Deer Run Lane Banner Elk, NC bannerelkwinery.com 828-260-1790 / 828-898-9090 BEST CELLAR AND INN AT RAGGED GARDENS 203 Sunset Drive Blowing Rock, NC ragged-gardens.com 828-295-9703 BEST WESTERN MTN. LODGE 1615 Tynecastle Highway Banner Elk, NC bestwesternbannerelk.com 828-898-4571 / 877-877-4553 BISTRO ROCA 143 Wonderland Trail Blowing Rock, NC bistroroca.com 828-295-3487 BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN CLUB EVENTS BY GROUSE MOOR 1 Reynolds Parkway Boone, NC grousemoor.com 828-265-2720 CAMP SKY RANCH EVENTS 634 Sky Ranch Road Blowing Rock, NC campskyranchevents.com 828-264-8600 CHETOLA RESORT 500 North Main Street Blowing Rock, NC chetola.com 828-295-5520 COMFORT SUITES 1184 NC Highway 105 Boone, NC comfortsuites.com/hotel/nc052 828-268-0099 COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT 1050 Highway 105 Boone, NC marriott.com 828-265-7676 CRESTWOOD RESORT & SPA 3236 Shulls Mill Road Boone, NC crestwoodnc.com 828-963-6646 / 877-836-5046 FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES 2060 Blowing Rock Road Boone, NC marriott.com/hkyfi 828-268-0677 FAIRWAY CAFÉ AT BOONE GOLF CLUB 433 Fairway Drive Boone, NC boonegolfclub.com 828-719-5785

FOSCOE RENTALS 133 Echota Parkway Boone, NC foscoerentals.com 800-723-7341

RIVER HOUSE INN & RESTAURANT 1896 Old Field Creek Road Grassy Creek, NC riverhousenc.com 336-982-2109

DID SOMEONE SAY PARTY? 685 West King Street Boone, NC didsomeonesayparty.com 828-264-7307

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

ROARING RIVER VINEYARDS 493 Brewer Mill Road Traphill, NC 28685 roaringrivervineyards.com facebook.com/igrograpes 336-790-8888 / 877-658-0370

SOUTH’S SPECIALTY CLOTHIERS BOONE MALL 1180 Blowing Rock Road Boone, NC southsclothiers.com 828-264-8977

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

WHITNEY DEAL BRIDAL 303 10th Street North Wilkesboro, NC whitneydeal.com 919-995-2884

SUGAR HOLLOW RETREAT 197 Elk Ridge Butler, NC sugarhollowretreat.com 800-957-1776

Beauty

SUGAR MOUNTAIN RESORT 1009 Sugar Mountain Drive Sugar Mountain, NC skisugar.com 828-898-4521 / 800-SUGARMT

BRIDAL MOBILE SPA moterstrength@hotmail.com 828-964-5853

GIDEON RIDGE 202 Gideon Ridge Road Blowing Rock, NC gideonridge.com 828-295-3644 GRANDFATHER VINEYARD & WINERY 225 Vineyard Lane Banner Elk, NC grandfathervineyard.com 828-963-2400 GREEN PARK INN 9239 Valley Boulevard, US 321 Blowing Rock, NC greenparkinn.com 828-414-9230 HUGH CHAPMAN CENTER 436 Hospital Drive Linville, NC ymcaavery.org 828-737-5500 LEATHERWOOD MOUNTAINS 512 Meadow Road Ferguson, NC leatherwoodmountains.com 336-973-5044 LINVILLE FALLS WINERY 9557 Linville Falls Highway Newland, NC linvillefallswinery.com 828-765-1400 MEADOWBROOK INN 711 Main Street Blowing Rock, NC meadowbrook-inn.com 828-295-4300 / 800-GoRomance PROSPECT HILL B&B INN & Wedding Gardens Mountain City, TN prospect-hill.com/weddings 800-339-5084 / 423-727-0139 RAFFALDINI VINEYARDS & WINERY 450 Groce Road Ronda, NC raffaldini.com 336-835-9463 RED TAIL MOUNTAIN 300 Clubhouse Lane Mountain City, TN redtailmountain.com 423-727-7931

SUMMIT TRAIL SOLARIUM Appalachian State University Boone, NC 28608 weddings.appstate.edu 828-262-3032 THE NEW PUBLIC HOUSE & HOTEL 239 Sunset Drive Blowing Rock, NC thenewpublichouse.com 828-295-3487 TWICKENHAM HOUSE Jefferson, NC twickenhamhouse.com www.vrbo.com/492302 828-783-TWIC (8942) WESTGLOW RESORT & SPA 224 Westglow Circle Blowing Rock, NC westglow.com 828-295-4463 / 800-562-0807 WHITE FENCE FARM 350 Paul McGlamery Lane Trade, TN whitefencefarmrentals.com 828-964-6767 YOSEFA ANTIQUITEA TEA SHOP 161 Howard Street, Suite C Boone, NC facebook.com/YosefaAntiquiTea 828-264-0068

Attire BRIDAL TRADITIONS 21 Sparta Road N. Wilkesboro, NC bridaltraditionsnc.com 336-667-5423

BEAUTIFUL BRIDE ON LOCATION beautifulbrideonlocation.com 828-262-5954

HAIRCUT 101 174 Depot Street Boone, NC haircut101.com 828-262-3324 SHARLA BANCE MAKEUP ARTISTRY sharlabance.com 512-983-9091 STUDIO M SALON 960-4 Main Street Blowing Rock, NC studiomsalon1.com 828-414-9333

Bridal Consultants and Coordination CECE HAMPTON WEDDING PLANNING & DESIGN cecehampton.com 828-475-2323 DAY OF YOUR DREAMS thedayofyourdreams.com 828-406-6911 EVENTS BY ELIZABETH ASHLEY & FLORAL 703 West King Street Boone, NC eventsbyelizabethashley.com 828-773-8431 - cell 828-386-1444 - shop EVENTS BY GROUSE MOOR grousemoor.com 828-265-2720 THE ELEGANT EVENT TheElegantEvent.net 828-773-0449 SHAY BREY shaybrey.com 423-727-2739

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WEDDING RESOURCE CENTER 703 West King Street Boone, NC 28607 weddingresourcenc.com 828-386-1444 THE WHOLE SHEBANG HighCountryWeddingPlanner.com 828-719-9171

Cakes HALLMARK CAKES hallmarkcakes.com joannhallmark@bellsouth.net 828-295-3738 STICK BOY BREAD CO. 345 Hardin Street Boone, NC stickboybread.com 828-268-9900 UGGA MUGGA BAKERY uggamuggabakery.com 724-799-1334

Food And Beverage BANDANA’S CATERING 1475 NC Highway 105 Bypass Boone, NC bandanascatering.com 828-964-3530 CASA RUSTICA RESTAURANT & CATERING 1348 Highway 105 South Boone, NC casarustica1981.com 828-262-5128 EAT CROW 9872 Highway 105 South Banner Elk, NC eatcrownc.com 828-963-8228 FRUGAL GOURMET 118 W. Main Street Mountain City, TN frugalgourmetcatering.com 423-727-4150 GADABOUTS CATERING gadabouts.com 828-297-7886 / 828-773-0988 GAMEKEEPER 3005 Schulls Mill Road Boone, NC gamekeeper-nc.com 828-963-7400 HENRY’S GOOD FOOD Linville, NC mmmenus@gmail.com 828-783-1HFG / 828-260-2469 PRODUCE AND PROVISIONS 8100 Valley Boulevard Blowing Rock, NC blowingrockproduce.com 828-295-3550 REID’S CATERING CO. reidscateringco.com 828-268-9600

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WOODLAND’S BARBECUE 8304 Valley Boulevard Blowing Rock, NC woodlandsbbq.com 828-295-3651

Floral Design/Decor ABANY BAUER - STYLING & FLOWERS abanybauer.com abany.bauer@gmail.com CITY FLORIST 719 Main Street North Wilkesboro, NC cityfloristofwilkes.com 336-838-5104 / 800-838-5104

Music / Dj ALLEGRO MUSIC EVENTS allegromusicevents.com 336-923-4332 / 828-254-5464 DJ GROOVES djgroovesentertainment.com 828-773-6960 HIGH COUNTRY BOOMERS highcountryboomers.com 828-260-0923 SOUND TECHNIQUE DJ/MC Music, Lights & Video soundtechnique.net 336-877-5395 / 800-370-3475

DESI’S FLORAL & DESIGN STUDIO flowersbydesi.com 336-262-4932

SUMMIT STRINGS summitstrings.com 336-957-1447

FUSCHIA MOSS fuschiamoss.com 828-260-2978

TATER HILL MUSIC taterhillmusic.com taterhillmusic@gmail.com 828-406-0897

LOG HOUSE FLORIST 249 Wilson Drive, Unit # 4 Boone, NC loghouseflowers.com 828-264-3896 MILLEFLEURS ncmountainflowers.com ncmountainflowers@gmail.com 828-963-1903 PHILOSOPHY FLOWERS Boone, NC philosophyflowers.com 434-515-1499 SHADY GROVE GARDENS & NURSERY shady-grove-gardens.com 828-297-4098 SHAY BREY shaybrey.com 423-943-9298

Gifts/Registry / Jewelry TAKE HEART 1009 Main Street Blowing Rock, NC takeheart-takecourage.com blessyourheartstore.com 828-295-4575 THE MOUNTAIN COTTAGE 999 Main Street Blowing Rock, NC themountaincottage.com 828-295-4622 THE STONE JEWELERS 240 Shadowline Drive Boone, NC 28607 thestonejewelers.com 828-264-2000

Honeymoon / Travel EXCLUSIVELY HONEYMOONS BY GATEWAY TO VACATIONS Preferred Sandals Agency exclusivelyhoneymoons.com 828-719-6955

REVIVAL PHOTOGRAPHY revivalphotography.com 828-896-7851 / 828-320-9795

Rentals A & J RENTAL 1610 West D Street North Wilkesboro, NC ajrentalinc.com 336-838-7368 BOONE RENT-ALL & PARTIES TOO 1818 Highway 105/421 Bypass Boone, NC boonerent-all.com 828-264-5000 MISS MATCH RENTALS missmatchrentals.com 828-262-9808 OLD SOUTH VINTAGE RENTALS oldsouthvingtagerentals.com 980-241-1887

HIGH COUNTRY MINISTERS highcountryministers.com 828-265-3493

UPPER BARN Reclaimed Rentals 110 Clyde Townsend Boone, NC facebook.com/upper.barn upperbarn.com 828-964-2492

Photography

Stationery / Invitations

BOONETOWN STORY boonetownstory.com 336-262-7945

BROWN LINEN - CALLIGRAPHY & FINE DESIGN brownlinendesign.com abany.bauer@gmail.com

Officiates

ELLEN GWIN PHOTOGRAPHER ellengwin.com 336-978-2613 ERICA WESTMORELAND PHOTOGRAPHY ericawestmorelandphotography.com 757-617-5595

THE MOUNTAIN COTTAGE 999 Main Street Blowing Rock, NC themountaincottage.com 828-295-4622

Transportation

FLETCHER & FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY AIR HAVEN LIMOUSINE imagesbyfletcher.com airhavenlimo.com 828-446-4444 828-265-2504 HEATHER PAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY heatherpaynephotography.com BURTON PHOTOGRAPHY settopop.com 828-266-9889 JOY DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY joydavisphotographyblog.com 828-729-3046 MATT POWELL PRODUCTIONS mattpowellproductions.com 828-773-1311 MICHELLE LYERLY PHOTOGRAPHY michellelyerly.com 828-260-0844 PIXELS ON PAPER 1198 Curtis Bridge Road Wilkesboro, NC pixelsonpaper.net 336-990-0080

BLOWING ROCK SHUTTLE SERVICE brshuttleinc@gmail.com 828-295-3140

Videography DIVINE TREASURES WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY divinetreasuresvideo.com 336-262-7302

Vendor Associations ASSOCIATION OF CONSULTANTS & EVENT SERVICES (ACES) acesnc.com 828-919-6750 WILKES BRIDAL ASSOCIATION wilkesbridal.com 336-902-3261



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