Mountain & Lake Weddings - Spring Edition - 1.2

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Destination Weddings



Destination Weddings


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DREAMING OF A MOUNTAIN WEDDING? In the Mountains, it all starts with the beauty of nature and scenic views that abound our Appalachian area. Choose a backdrop for the perfect picture that includes pasture land surrounded by magnificent mountain views, rivers, lakes, or stunning waterfalls. Many of our destination venues offer all the conveniences of an indoor or outdoor affair. Many couples choose a place to fit their style including rustic, farm, intimate chapels, lodges or resorts that help to bring everything together. Wether you are looking for a large spacious gathering or a small elopement; you will find open arms of Appalachian Mountain hospitality for yourselves and your guests. Choose a community of wedding planners with care, concern for detail, and commitment for your special day! We invite you to explore our community to help you in planning your special day! n

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Mountain Elegance

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Custom mobile bar for your special day and other events.

We offer exceptional event planning and creative design for local and destination weddings + private affairs. Mountain Elegance provides attention to every last detail and dedication to bring each client’s vision to life with quality and style.

Rental Tents ~ Tables ~ Chairs ~ Linens ~ Place Settings ~ China & Silver ~ Mobile Bar ~ Center Pieces ~ Elegant Furniture & Props ~ Invitations ~ and so much more! Serving North Georgia & Western North Carolina

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Topton, NC

An Enchanting Location for an Authentic, Rustic Weekend Wedding Getaway

407-383-7689 • 50 Choga Lodge Road • Topton, NC

Located on the National Register of Historic Places, Glen Choga Lodge was built in 1935. The lodge is on 22 acres in the Nantahala National Forest, surrounded by mountain and lake views with access to Lake Nantahala and swift-moving creeks with cascades of waterfalls running through the property toward the lake.

Congratulations to the happy couple and welcome to the Spring Edition of Mountain & Lake

Weddings. This special magazine invites you to plan your special day in the beautiful communities of North Georgia, Western North Carolina, and surrounding areas. We will feature many articles to inspire and help you plan a spectacular and unique event. We invite you to explore our community of professionals in the pages of Mountain & Lake Weddings of planners, venues, photographers, florists, jewelers, and accessories in helping you plan your special day. Be sure to look throughout the magazine for articles and in the back of the book for checklists in preparing for your event. Visit our website or follow us on social media, for inspiring ideas, tips, and more about our wonderful area. Many thanks to the most talented group of advertisers, this would not have been possible without all of your gracious help and enthusiasm. You are all brilliant inspiration in helping couples fulfill their dreams of the perfect day!! Please be sure to inform each wedding professional you contact that you found them in the Mountain & Lake Weddings. Blessings & Best Wishes for a Happy Life!! Kathleen Painter Publisher

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Blue Ridge

Watkins Barn & Venue Celebrate Your Special Occasion in the Rustic Luxury of Blue Ridge, Georgia

on Sugar Creek by the Toccoa River

• Barn with Spacious Interior • Chandelier & Track Lighting • Bridal Suite & Grooms Room • Covered Wooden Deck w/Walnut Bar • Affordable Packages for Church Pews, Chairs, Linens, Decor, + More It’s finally time for couples to tie the knot and document the momentous occasion in the most trendy and “you” way. Discover some of the unique and trendy ways couples are keeping their wedding memories alive in photo and video. GET CREATIVE Candid and natural shots are a go-to for the 2022 couple. No more over-posed, over-edited, and over-boring photoshoots. Get creative, fun, and inspired by your photography to capture your love and your personalities. DOCUMENT EVERYTHING Wedding photography isn’t just for weddings anymore. Engagement photos have always been in, but what about bachelor and bachelorette parties? Rehearsal dinners. Brunches. Honeymoons. Relive every element of your wedding with professional photography along the way. STYLE STYLE STYLE Having a photographer on hand is great, but what about a stylist to help you look your absolute best on your big day and in your big

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(706) 455-1972 moments? In 2022 spend the money, take the time, and feel like a celebrity from the first step to the last dance. BOUDOIR FOR TWO Sensual photos shoots are usually for the bride only, but not today! Capturing love and connection has become a key piece of relationships that relish their sensuality. Share a photoshoot with some intimacy and a whole lot of rawr! OLD SCHOOL Film is trending in both photography and videography. Add vintage vibe and romantic feels to your wedding video and/or photos by ditching the digital and going old school with polaroids and film. STREAMERS No, we’re not talking about paper sheets blowing in the wind. COVID has forced everyone to become more accessible online and that goes for wedding events, too. Livestreaming your wedding events is a great way to include family and friends who can’t travel while keeping everyone safe. n


Centerpieces FOR ANY STYLE


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Flowers, Candles, & Pinecones… oh my!

Adventurous & Flower-Loving.

First comes the courting. Then the engagement. Then the ceremony. Then… the reception! The reception is your chance to mix, mingle, hug, and thank your friends and family in celebration of your recent nuptials. It’s also a chance to show off your style in a big, or small, way with stunning centerpieces that create a focal point that’s all about beauty, fun, and you! Oversized, under-pruned, and drab centerpieces are a thing of the past. Today’s centerpieces are as unique as the brides who plan for them. Whether placed on long family-style tables or conversational rounds centerpieces can range from glorious floral arrangements and greenery, to candles and photos, and anything in between. Here are some centerpiece inspirations for your upcoming reception: FLORAL GARLANDS Big blooms spell big romance. Create a full garland of hydrangeas (white or colorful) to drape the length of a table and cascade to the floor for a lush and gorgeous centerpiece. BLOOMS & LANTERNS Who says you have to choose between centerpiece elements? Combine a full garland of your favorite flora with minimalist, sleek lanterns to create a glowing, romantic feel between your tables and guests. OVERSIZED CANDELABRAS Candles are always a beautiful touch to any table, but you may want consider smaller candles in oversized candelabras with tea lights. Surround the bottoms with your pick of flowers or greenery for an old-world feel. PINE CONES Keep your wedding au naturale outside, or inside, with pinecones. These natural Spring 2022 |

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beauties are a perfect way to warm up a winter wedding reception with small votives and greenery. Scatter them loosely throughout, float them in large glass vases, or string them between larger table pieces like urns and candelabras. OUT TO SEA It could be easy to go overboard with a nautical wedding theme, but there’s no reason to drop anchor just yet. A simple knot is a great centerpiece idea that can function as a table card holder, too! Pair your knot with other knot styles, anchors, and plenty of soft green and blue flora for that added “dinner with the captain” feel. MINIMALIST Clean. Simple. Minimal. Sticking to the idea of a floral vase but don’t want anything too wild and distracting? That’s okay! Opt for smaller vases of unique shapes and add minimal blooms. A sprig of pampas grass, a couple of roses, some wheat all add texture and color without becoming too much. n MOUNTAIN & LAKE WEDDINGS | 11




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For Spring

DAFFODIL The quintessential spring flower; perfect for outdoor weddings and simple, natural floral arrangements. February-May. HYDRANGEA Add volume to any wedding arrangement with hydrangea. They come in a full range of colors and bloom from spring to fall!

Clarkesville Get that remote mountain feeling, long-range views, cool breeze, and comfort...

PEONY Available in a variety of colors, peonies offer a romantic and charming touch to your wedding florals. April-June. TULIP Another iconic spring flower. Not only do they come in a range of colors, but fringe tulips are on trend right now adding flair to the flower. WISTERIA Cascading flowers everywhere! Use wisteria to brighten a table edge, wedding arch, or flowing bouquet. May.


POPPY Stunning, fragile blooms that are best alongside hardy flowers like ranunculus. Spring-Summer. SNAPDRAGON Looking for long stems without the thorns? Snapdragons are dramatic and colorful ranging from red to orange and white to pink. Early spring.

For Summer

GARDENIAS Big in size and in scent. These flowers are perfect for boutonnières and stunning bouquets. ORCHIDS Available in a huge range of colors and varieties. Orchids are an elegant flower for the modern bride. DAHLIAS Gorgeous blooms with intricate textures and multiple sizes. Available in a range of colors. July-August. ROSES The classic wedding flower. Dressed up or down for your unique wedding theme. There’s no shortage of color options, either. CARNATIONS More than just a filler flower! Carnations are simple and perfect for any sophisticated wedding arrangement.

- 2 ,200 sq. ft. pavilion perched above the grapevines -L uxurious dressing suite and wine bar -S tone fireplace and outdoor fire ring on the lawn -F amily owned and operated 124 acre property nestled within the Chattahoochee National Forest -E xcellent views of Rabun Bald, Blood Mountain, & Standing Indian Mountain -C onveniently located above Lake Rabun equidistant from Atlanta, Asheville, & Greenville

SUNFLOWERS What flower screams summer more than a sunflower? Bright and happy, the perfect bloom for an outdoor, rustic wedding. GERBERA DAISIES Bright, bold colors and sturdy stalks make daisies perfect for a summer wedding. Classic and charming, full of summer vibes. n

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1821 Vandiver Mountain Rd • Clarkesville, GA

(828) 482-7382 MOUNTAIN & LAKE WEDDINGS | 13

Registry BRIDAL

DINNERWARE: o Butter Dish o Cake Plate o Dinner Plates o Salad Plates o Bread Plates o Soup Bowls o Cereal Bowls o Cup & Saucers o Coffee Mugs o Platters o Serving Bowls o Salt & Pepper o Cream & Sugar o Teapot GLASSWARE: o Water Goblets o Red Wine Goblets o White Wine Goblets o Champagne Flutes o HighBalls o Cordials o Ice Bucket/ Tongs o Punch Bowl FLATWARE: o Knives o Dinner Forks o Salad Forks o Soup Spoons o Spoons o Tea Spoons CRYSTAL: o Pitcher o Bowl o Candlesticks o Vase


COOKWARE: o Cookware Set o Casserole o Double Boiler o Dutch Oven o Fry/Omelet Pan o 10” Skillet o 12” Skillet o Roasting Pan o Saute Pan o Stock Pot o Tea Kettle BAKEWARE: o Angel Food Cake Pan o Bowl Set o Bundt Pan o Casserole Dish o Cookie Sheet o Loaf Pans o Open Roaster o Measuring Cups o Measuring Spoons o Muffin Pan o Pie Plate o Pizza Pan o Quiche Dish o Spring Form Pan o Tart Pan CUTLERY: o Boning Knife o Bread Knife o Butcher Knife o Cleaver Knife o Kitchen Shears o Paring Knife o Potato Peeler o Steak Knife Set

KITCHEN APPLIANCES: o Blender o Bread Machine o Can Opener o Coffee Maker o Coffee Mill o Deep Fryer o Food Processor o Fondue o Hand Mixer o Iced Tea o Microwave o Popcorn Popper o Rice Cooker o Stand Mixer o Toaster o Toaster Oven o Waffle Iron KITCHEN EXTRAS: o Bottle Opener o Canister Set o Can Opener o Coasters o Collander o Cutting Board o Flour Sifter o Grater o Meat Thermometer o Pastry Brush o Pizza Cutter o Rolling Pin o Spatulas o Tongs o Trivets o Whisks LAUNDRY: o Iron & roning Board o Laundry Basket o Steamer

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Setting the Stage for Lasting Memories on the Chestatee River

Memorable Events From the decorations to the performers, to the food we help you build your event from the ground up.



Versatile Service From weddings to rehearsal dinners and anniversary parties, we help you find the event schedule that works for you.

Satisfaction From email updates to managing the day of the event, we support you the whole way through.

3072 Hwy 52 E • Dahlonega, GA 30533 • (706) 864 9938

Lemon + Leaves

Don’t let rain ruin your day. Lemon yellow and green will brighten the mood.

Seafoam + Grey

Perfect for a beach wedding or to bring the beach to you.

Sage + Blush

Get ultra-femme with a blooming blush and sage.

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Au Naturale

A classic palette for a classic affair.

Lavender + Grey

Magical and fragrant. Lavender and grey lends an earthy feel.

Blue + Yellow

Dreamy and earthy. Your wedding is a dream come true under the clouds.


The only bridal guide in the Appalachian Mountain area with unique editorials, checklists, and tips to plan your special day.



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Wedding Chapel

Come Dressed & We Do The Rest

Get Married in the Beautiful North Georgia Mountains of Scenic Alpine Helen Specializing in Elopement up to 40 Guests Affordable Packages to Meet Your Budget! * Dressing Rooms for Bride & Groom * Minister and Exchange of Vows * Unity Candle * Music * Photos & DVD * Floral Decor * Reception with Food

Call to Book Your Wedding Now 706-Tru-Love (878-5683) or 1-800-873-9351 91 Munich Strasse Helen, GA 30545

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Blairsville Find Us On:

Blairsville Weddings & event center

We help preserve your memories

• Custom Archival Framing • • Family & Bridal Portraits • • Shadowbox • Canvas • 146 VETERAN’S MEMORIAL DR. BLAIRSVILLE, GA 30512

~ Variety of Room Styles ~ Complete Food & Beverage Service ~ State-of-the-Art Audio/Video ~ Wi-Fi



Honeymoon Checklist ROMANTIC EXTRAS o Tealight candles (if the hotel/resort permits them) o Massage oils/essential oils o Lingerie o A honeymoon playlist with special songs o Small gifts for each other o A journal to write down your memories CARRY-ON o Passport/driver’s license o Credit cards: Did you call your bank to say you’ll be traveling overseas? o Cash o Copies of all crucial travel documents o Travel insurance documents o Emergency contact information o Prescription medications and a copy of the prescription


o At least one change of clothes o Basic toiletries (face wash, toothbrush/ toothpaste, deodorant) o Cell phone and charger o E-reader and charger, or books and magazines o A quality camera o Wedding thank-you notes CLOTHING For him: o Button-down shirts o Tie o Blazer or sport coat o One pair of dressy pants o Dressy (but still comfortable) shoes For her: o At least one dressy outfit for dining with matching sweater/shawl o At least one nice top o Nice pants or capris o One pair of heels or dressy flats

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For you both: o T-shirts o Shorts o 1-2 bathing suits o Pajamas/sleepwear o Socks o Underwear o At least one sweatshirt or light jacket o Rain jacket o Cold-weather outerwear, if needed o One pair flip-flops or sandals o One pair walking shoes o Sunglasses o Prescription or reading glasses o Hat GEAR, SAFETY, TOILETRIES o Backpack or beach bag for excursions o Power outlet adapter, if you’re traveling abroad o Sunblock and sunburn treatment o SPF 15 lip balm o Insect repellent o Face and body lotion o Deodorant o Perfume Spring 2022 |

o Ear plugs o Comb and brush o Hair products o Shower cap o Toothbrush & toothpaste o Mouthwash o Contact lenses & solution o Makeup o Sanitary pads or tampons o Floss o Razor o Nail file and clippers o Tweezers o Small first aid kit with Band-Aids and antibiotic ointment o Baby wipes for quick cleanup o Travel packs of tissues o Pain reliever o Cold medication o Anti-diarrhea/nausea medication o Sleep aid o Hand sanitizer o Travel clothesline o Small flashlight o Pocketknife or multi-tool (stash this in your checked luggage) MOUNTAIN & LAKE WEDDINGS | 19

Honeymoon TRENDS 2022

Honeymoons are often a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so honeymoon planning is serious business. With COVID alive and well through most of the world, travel plans have been stunted for some; for others, it’s an opportunity to get creative.

TIME OF THE SEASON Researching to ensure you pick the best honeymoon season is a trend that’s more important to couples these days. If this is important to you, be sure to research your honeymoon location before picking your wedding date.

THE MINIMOON The nature of the minimoon is cost-effectiveness. It requires less time off from work or other commitments and can be as simple as a close getaway or as elaborate as a trip to Hawaii.

ECOTOURISM Trending spots for honeymooning in 2021 include Costa Rica, Hawaii, and even Iceland. You don’t have to give up your ideal photo op on a remote island, drink in hand, floppy hat on head to enjoy your honeymoon. Take in the scenery and enjoy!

SAVING/REGISTERING The option to save for a later date honeymoon is on the rise. So is registering for a honeymoon. Couples no longer have just a wedding registry and are willing to wait to go on their dream vacay to celebrate their union.

BUNGALOWS & VILLAS With the need to continue social distancing very much at the forefront of planning for outings, private bungalows and villas are more on trend than high-end resorts and exotic beaches. SHORTER FLIGHTS Couples are choosing to spend more time together enjoying their honeymoon than on a plane these days. Opting for something close and quickly accessible is the resounding trend for 2021 honeymoons. n


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No reception is complete without fun, friends, family, and FOOD! Feeling stuck in a rut of wedding food trends you’ve seen a thousand times? Don’t worry, you won’t find a donut wall here! Whether you’re planning to serve small plates, full course meals, or just desserts we’ve put together a short menu of some different palate pleasing items for you.


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CHEESE STATION Who doesn’t love cheese? Create a mouthwatering cheese buffet complete with crackers, fruit, bread, vegetables, nuts, and drinks to pair with all of their cheese desires. Your guests can grab a plate, grab a cheese, and get happy.

Young Harris Spectacular Wedding Destination Venue with astounding 360 degree mountain views

BARBECUE & BEER BBQ & beer isn’t just for the boys anymore. Pass out the fancy bibs and encourage your guests to imbibe in delicious barbecue burgers, hot wings, pulled pork, and ribs. Accompany these staples with a a variety of beers for a backyard feel that is refreshing and comfortable. PRETZEL BAR We’re giving a pass to the donut wall and welcoming in the pretzel rack! Guests can indulge in a self-serve system of different pretzel twists, knots, and bites. Complete the good vibes with a variety of sauces and toppings to accommodate anyone’s sweet, salty, or savory tooth. GRILLED KABOBS Elevate your BBQ options with grilled kabobs. Skewer together meats and veggies, just meats, just veggies. Serve hot off the grill with a side of slaw and a cool glass of whatever the kids are drinking these days. BREAKFAST FOR WEDDINGS Breakfast isn’t just for dinner… or breakfast… anymore. Skip the mini bites and serve up fullsized Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, fruit salad, and bacon. Pair your breakfast feast with espresso martinis, mimosas, and Bloody Marys. Want to impress the brunch crowd even more? Add a coffee bar to the mix and get to shakin’ your bodies on the dance floor! DESSERT TRUCKS Food trucks are great, but what about dessert trucks? Skip the tables and offer up freshly scooped gelato, freshly glazed doughnuts, cookies, s’mores, and more. Can’t find a truck? A dessert cart will work, too! The sky, with cotton candy clouds, is the limit! Before planning your menu too thoroughly, be sure to check with your venue about their catering options and policies, as well as verifying with your guests any dietary restrictions. Then, get creative and get chowing. n

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The place where dreams begin... 30 Acres with Barn & 36x48 Open Air Pavilion with String Lights & Commercial Patio Curtains Beautiful, Spacious Bride’s Dressing Room with Bathroom, Makeup Lights, & HVAC. + 2 Rental Houses Commercial Kitchen with Oven, Freezer, Refrigerator, & Stainless Steel Prep Tables

(678) 237-8184

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Wanting to get that sun-kissed glow for your wedding day, but not wanting to risk damage to your skin by spending time in the sun? Spray tanning may be your solution! First- STEP AWAY from the sunless tanner that you’ve picked up at your local drug store. Getting an artificial tan for your wedding day is not best not left in the hands of an amateur. BEFORE • If you’re planning on getting any additional spa treatments done plan them to be done BEFORE you get your spray tan; this includes getting your nails done, waxing, facials, etc.


• Exfoliate your body at least 4 hours before your spray tan; this will help remove any dead skin and will be less likely to create blotchy skin areas after the tanning. • Come to your appointment squeaky clean, meaning, no lotions or make-up. • Be sure to wear dark loose-fitting clothes to your appointment to avoid rubbing or strange lines. AFTER • STAY DRY! This means no sweating, showering, swimming, etc. for at least 5 hrs after your spray tan. When you do shower, try to take as cold of a shower as you can handle; warm water will strip the tanner from your body leaving you with streaks. Also, no harsh scrubbing, it’s best to use some gentle soap and your hands to gently wash your body. MAINTAIN • Moisturize your skin with oil-free lotion twice a day on the 4th day after your tanning appointment. It’s important to keep your skin moisturized, but without overdoing it. Use a lotion or moisturizer that’s gentle on your skin, but still makes your skin feel hydrated and cared for. n

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Vendor Directory Alpine Wedding Chapel 91 Munich Strasse Helen, GA 30545 706-TrueLove (878-5683) Nestled in the scenic mountains of Northeast Georgia Lies the small alpine village of Helen. In the heart of this picturesque and romantic setting is the Alpine Wedding Chapel making dreams come true every day for people in love. See pg 17

Blairsville Union County Community Center 129 Union Co. Recreation Rd. Blairsville, GA 30512 706-439-6092 Great moments call for a celebration! The Union County Community Center is available to the public for more than just business meetings and conferences. We are a fully licensed facility and can service all of your food and beverage requirements. Choose from a variety of room styles. Setup can be customized to fit your needs. See pg 19

Brittany McConnell Photography N. Georgia & W. North Carolina 706-897-3273 Over 15 years of professional experience with a degree in Commercial Photography & Resident Artist of Photography at the John C. Campbell Folk School. See pg 8

Cruise Planners – Judy Bruce & Associates Blairsville, GA 706-400-5572 Murphy, NC 828-837-8399 Cruise Planners travel advisors will help you discover exciting adventures around the world. From cruises to land tours and completely packaged vacations, we specialize in all types of travel and will create an unforgettable vacation just for you. See pg 6

Glen Choga Lodge 50 Choga Lodge Road Topton, North Carolina 28781 407-383-7689 Our venue is ready for you and your wedding planner to begin planning where you will have your rehearsal dinner, your ceremony, and your reception. All three can be accomplished on the property. There are several locations to choose from and any of them will be excellent. Your rehearsal dinner can be catered from the kitchen in the lodge for up to 30 people in the dining room. Your ceremony can be your choice of location on the 20-acre property. Boat rides are available on Lake Nantahala for photos. See pg 7

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Kingwood Winery & Resort

The Barn at Young Harris

At Kingwood, we focus on the soon-to-be-married couple! Each wedding and reception is planned with the bride, groom, and family members in mind. We aim to exceed your expectations and create lasting memories of a blissful wedding day at one of the finest wedding venues in north Georgia. See pg 32

The Barn at Young Harris is a premier North Georgia Barn Wedding Venue with spectacular mountain views and lush pasture giving you plenty of space making us one of the best barn weddings North Georgia THE PLACE WHERE DREAMS BEGIN!!! See pg 23

401 Country Club Dr Clayton, GA 30525 706-212-4100

KNewton Weddings

2835 Plottown Road Young Harris, GA 30582 678-237-8184

The Diamond Center

5701 Appalachian Hwy Blue Ridge, GA 706-632-2299 You can trust me to take care of all your event details. From day of coordinating to planning your 560 West U.S. Hwy 64 full wedding from ground zero. My services are Murphy, N.C. 28906 fully customized to fit your budget and specific needs, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. All 828-837-1999 Demorest, GA 678-822-7698

brides are welcome, from the DIY girl to the “Lord help me, because I can’t plan a single thing to save my life!” I am willing to help in any way I can! See pg 11

At Blue Ridge Diamond Center our mission has always been a tradition of trust, high ethical standards, knowledge of our jewelry products and services, fair pricing and value to our customers. See pg 6

Margret Alice’s Silk Florals & Custom Framing

The Oar House

146 Veterans Memorial Drive Blairsville, GA 30512 (706) 745-3728

3072 Hwy 52 E Dahlonega, GA 30533 706-864 9938

Silk flowers & custom framing. Quality custom framing to suit every style and budget. Serving the needs of Blairsville, Young Harris, Hiawassee, Union County, Towns County, north Georgia, and southern North Carolina! See pg 18

Setting the Stage for Lasting Memories at Dahlonega’s event venue. We’ll help you host the perfect event! See pg 15

Payne Meadows

15 Cabin Drive Hiawassee, GA 30546 706-896-7400

14859 HWY 64 West Murphy, NC 28906 828-361-6048 or 828-361-2236

Payne Meadows, located approximately 12 miles west of Murphy, NC, is your rustic barn wedding and event venue serving the western North Carolina communities of Murphy, Andrews, Hayesville and Robbinsville, NC as well as Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Hiawasse, GA to Cleveland, Copperhill and Tellico Plains, TN. Our close proximity to these towns make us a great fit to host your wedding day, elopment, destination wedding, birthday celebration, family reunion, anniversary, or any celebration hoping to be cherished forever. See pg 5

Stacie Hart Photography

Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee 678-314-0517

Are looking for an experience more than a one day service? This is not a cookie cutter service. I offer a one of a kind experience that is dedicated to celebrating you. I specialize in capturing people and the love they have for one another! See pg 19

Terra Incognita Vineyard

1821 Vandiver Mountain Road Clarkesville, GA 30523 (828) 482-7382

We provide a 1,800 sq. ft. pavilion with attached catering kitchen, fireplace, bar, and upstairs suite situated on our eastern hillside. Firewood is provided. For inclement weather, vinyl walls can be erected to enclose the event space. See pg 13

The Retreat at Hiawassee River

Whether you’re planning a wedding, church event, family weekend or other event, The Retreat has it all! Located at the gorgeous Hiwassee River and surrounded by the breathtaking Appalachian Mountains, this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy yourself. We offer a variety of rustic, mountain cabins as well as gathering locations and fun outdoor entertainment areas. See pg 21

The Shanty

Young Harris, GA 706-379-1272 The owners of Brother’s would like to introduce their new barn wedding and event venue! Their team has been working tirelessly to transform the quaint barn located at Willow Ranch into a beautiful venue space ideal for elopements/small weddings and other special events. See pg 24

Watkins Barn & Venue 1851 Galloway Road Blue Ridge, GA 30513 706-455-1972

Family-owned wedding and event venue located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains! On our 3-acre venue, choose between our charming creek side or our spacious 2,400 sq ft barn w/ 960 sq ft covered deck! Message us today for more info! See pg 9


Bride’s Checklist

6-12 MONTHS AHEAD o Announce your engagement o Set the wedding date and send “Save the Date” cards o Create a wedding budget o Determine your wedding style - formal or informal, big or small o Decide on the number of guests you will invite o Have your family and the groom’s family prepare their invitation lists o Hire a wedding consultant, if desired o Decide who will perform the ceremony o Choose a location for the ceremony and reception o Choose your attendants o Start shopping for your dress and accessories o Start looking for a caterer, florist, DJ or band, photographer and videographer o If you are getting married in a church or synagogue, meet with the officiant to discuss the ceremony and to arrange pre-marital counseling, if required. 4-6 MONTHS AHEAD o Order the invitations, announcements, programs, and thank-you cards o Book calligrapher for the invitations, if using one o Select and order Bridesmaids’ dresses and shoes o Urge your mother and future mother-in-law to shop for their dresses o Decide what the groom and his attendants will wear o Register for gifts o Plan your honeymoon and make reservations o Purchase wedding rings o Buy stockings and special lingerie that your dress requires o Choose reception favors o Choose gifts for attendants and your groom o Make a hotel reservation for your wedding night o Make hotel reservations for your out of town guests o Book hairstylist and makeup artist for your wedding o Take dance lessons 2-4 MONTHS AHEAD o Meet with caterer and decide menu o Attend cake tasting and decide on wedding cake and groom’s cake o Discuss service with the officiant o Choose readings and music for ceremony o Write your wedding vows, if you choose o Schedule your rehearsal time and dinner o Make arrangements for rehearsal dinner o Have your first dress fitting o Mail invitations 1-2 MONTHS AHEAD o Write thank you notes as gifts arrive o Make arrangements for transportation for the two of you from the wedding site to the reception o Buy a guest book and select someone to preside over it at the reception o Have programs printed o Obtain marriage license and request certified copies o If you intend to change your name, prepare the necessary documents o Have trial run with hairstylist and makeup artist, with veil and accessories o Set wedding day appointments with your stylist and manicurist o Send change of address information to the post office, if necessary


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o Have your final dress fitting with your alterations o Send wedding announcement to the local newspaper 2-3 WEEKS AHEAD o Have final dress fitting with accessories and lingerie o Draw up seating plan for the reception and make card for the head table if necessary o Notify caterer of guest count o Write toasts for rehearsal dinner and wedding reception o Address announcements o Break in wedding shoes at home o Confirm your honeymoon travel arrangements o Designate someone to look after your home and pets while on your honeymoon o Confirm accommodations for out of town guests. 1 WEEK AHEAD o Confirm transportation arrangements for ceremony and reception o Go over final details with the reception site coordinator, florist, cake baker, DJ or band, photographer and videographer o Be sure that the attendants have everything they need for the wedding such as jewelry, shoes, and stockings o Finalize reception seating plan, if necessary o Pick up wedding dress o Confirm details with caterer o Assign specific responsibilities, such as handing out corsages and boutonnieres, to members of your wedding party o Pack for honeymoon o Make sure that attendants know what time to be at the rehearsal and ceremony 1 DAY AHEAD o Write checks to all vendors, put in envelope, and give to your Maid of Honor or Best Man to pass out o Pack everything that you will need for the ceremony o Give announcements to an attendant for mailing after the wedding o Make arrangements with the Best Man to return all tuxedo rentals o Have manicure and pedicure o Rehearse ceremony o Hold rehearsal dinner and give gifts to attendants and parents to show your appreciation for their support, if you desire THE WEDDING DAY o Eat something for breakfast - this will be a long day ahead o Give your Maid of Honor and Best Man the wedding bands o See your hair stylist and makeup artist for final preparations o Gather your dress and accessories and head to the ceremony o GET MARRIED! NOTES __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Spring 2022 |


Grooms Checklist

6 MONTHS o Decide division of financial obligations o Set budget o Set appointment with clergyman o Prepare your guest list o Choose your Best Man and ushers (one per every 50 guests) o Plan your honeymoon o Check passports and visas, if necessary o Make reservations for rehearsal dinner o Take dance lessons 4 MONTHS o Select formal wear o Find a new place to live, if necessary o Make reservations for honeymoon o Shop for honeymoon clothing 2 MONTHS o Buy wedding bands and order engraving o Set date with your fiancé to obtain marriage license (state laws vary as to the length a license is valid) 1 MONTH o Select your bride’s gift and gifts for your groomsmen o Review legal, medical, and church or synagogue documents o Reserve limousine and/or arrange special transportation for bridal couple and wedding party o Confirm honeymoon details and reservations 2 WEEKS o Arrange to move your belongings into your new home, if necessary o Have bachelor party or dinner o Schedule hair appointment 1 WEEK o Confirm time and place of wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner with all attendants o Provide final guest count for rehearsal dinner to caterer or restaurant o Pick up wedding bands o Pick up formal wear o Give best man the clergyman’s fee in sealed envelope for delivery o Pack for honeymoon o Relax and get ready to enjoy the most amazing day of your life! NOTES __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________


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Budget Planner

Total budget of

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Wedding Cake



Ceremony Music



Invitations and Announcements



Hair and Make-up for bride, bridal party



Groom’s formalwear



Reception Music






Wedding Dress



Rehearsal dinner









Wedding rings



Wedding Coordinator & Insurance



Wedding Venue &/or Reception



These are simply estimations of the cost distribution of a wedding. Decide what elements of the wedding are most important to you and start planning, beginning with the biggest expense and what is of the most importance.

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Reception Planner Location _________________________________________________________________________ Contact Name __________________________________________________________________ Address _________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number _________________________ Cell Number _____________________________ Email Address ____________________________________________________________________

Check all that apply LOCATION: o Indoor o Outdoor o Same site as ceremony o Walking distance from ceremony SIZE: o Small (under 100) o Medium (100-250) o Large (250 or more) USED FOR: o Ceremony o Reception o Dressing o Overnight rooms SERVICES PROVIDED: o Rooms o Food o Beverage/Alcohol o Disabled Parking o Adequate Parking o Valet o Coat Check o On-Site Wedding Coordinator o Staff to cut the cake o More than one event at a time


RENTALS AVAILABLE: o Tables o Chairs and chair covers o China, glassware, silverware, and serving dishes o Linens COLOR SCHEME: o Pastels o Jewel Tones o Neutral Tones o Bold/Bright SITE FEATURES: o Grand Entrance o Chandeliers o Baby Grand Piano o Balcony o Grand Staircase o Fireplace o Harwood Floors or Marble o Great View o Stunning o Windows/Window Treatments o Bridal Changing Area o Restrooms o Dance Floor o Meets Size Requirements o Sound System (microphones, speakers)

DECORATIONS: o Head Table o Guest Tables o Cake Table o Guest Book Table o Gift Table RECEPTION STYLE: o Old-world, ornate o Modern o Formal o Rustic o Casual o Intimate BRINGING OWN DECORATIONS: What are decorating restrictions? _________________________ _________________________ WHEN CAN DECORATIONS BE ASSEMBLED? _________________________ _________________________ RATIO OF GUESTS TO SERVERS: _________________________

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Catering Planner Location _________________________________________________________________________ Contact Name __________________________________________________________________ Address _________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number _________________________ Cell Number _____________________________ Email Address ____________________________________________________________________

Check all that apply TYPE OF MEAL: o Breakfast/Brunch o Lunch o Cocktails o Dinner o Dessert

ALCOHOL: o Full Bar o Beer and Wine Only o Wine with Dinner o Champagne Toast o Specialty Cocktail

FLAVOR: o Regional o Seasonal o Exotic o Ethnic

SERVICE: o Cocktail Hour o Hors d’oeuvres o Seated Meal o Buffet

COURSES: o Hors d’oeuvres o Appetizer o Soup o Salad o Entrée o Dessert

DESSERT: o Regional o Seasonal o Exotic o Ethnic

ENTREES: o Beef o Chicken o Vegetarian o Pork o Seafood o Lamb o Pasta SPECIAL MEALS: o Gluten Free o Vegan o Vegetarian o Kosher o Other Spring 2022 |

RENTAL ITEMS: o Tables o Chairs and Chair Covers o China o Glassware o Silverware o Serving Dishes o Linens RATIO OF GUESTS TO SERVERS: _____________________________



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