Taylor and John's Wedding in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Taylor and John’s wedding was as gorgeous as it was easy breezy and fun. Taylor’s family owns the Historic Gideon Ridge Inn in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Her family has shared many special memories there over the years. St. Mary’s of the Hills Episcopal Church was the perfect complement to the Old School elegance of the Mountain Inn.

Guests were greeted at the door with French 75s and proceeded through the main house to cocktail hour on the back terrace. Hunter Womble, Head Chef at Gideon, created a masterful menu that was perfect for guests mingling about an exploring the property. My absolute favorite was the build your own Tomato Sandwich Station!!!

Once the Bride and Groom returned from the church they dug up the bourbon (buried a month before to ward off bad weather) and shared it with their friends. They then had a private dinner for two on the Sunrise Terrace before joining their guests under a beautiful tent in the back yard and dancing the night away to the sweet tunes by Emerald Empire Band. Overall one of the most enjoyable weddings we’ve ever been a part of. Literally the perfect blend of sophistication and playfulness!

Gideon Ridge Inn

Gideon Ridge Inn


Local Vendors

Rehearsal Dinner - Blowing Rock Country Club, Welcome Party - Bistro Roca, Ceremony - St. Mary’s of the Hills, Reception - Gideon Ridge Inn, Planning - The Whole Shebang, Photography - Revival Photography, Florals - Golden Thistle Design, Rentals - Chair and Equipment Rentals, Reception Music - Emerald Empire Band, Hair and Makeup - Canvas Beauty Bar, Cake - Hallmark Cakes, Transportation - Air Haven Limo, Rehearsal Dinner DJ - Mohr Fun Events

St. Mary’s of the Hills Episcopal Church

St. Mary’s of the Hills Episcopal Church

Don't forget these 9 important things on your Wedding Day!!!

Details, details, details. Even with a wedding planner, it’s hard to not get overwhelmed over the sheer volume of details the month before your wedding. This is a list of the top things we see couples forget time after time on their wedding day.

1 – Cake Flowers and Flower Girl Petals – If you didn’t tell your florist to leave some, they may not have accounted for it on their order.

2 – Reserved signs – Not only for the ceremony rows you want reserved but also for any tables you want reserved for family and wedding party if you aren’t assigning seats.

3 – Telling guests that are sitting in the above noted assigned seats to sit there. The seats will be vacant if you don’t inform people because no one wants to assume that the reserved seats are for them.

4 – Cake Cutting Set

5 – Invitation suite to be photographed – Have this and the rings, dress, shoes, something borrowed, something blue etc. ready and waiting when your photographers arrive so that they can knock these photos out first and you’re not having to run around looking for things while trying to get ready.

5 – A box for cards to put on your gift table (if you are having one). Yes, of course guest can just leave cards on the table but if there isn’t a box or somewhere obvious to put them, we constantly have guests coming up to us asking “where do we put the cards”. Typically there’s money in the cards so your guest just really want to ensure that they put it in they don’t get misplaced.

6 – Vases for your bouquets – Don’t just assume that your florist is delivering your bouquets to you in a decorative vase that you can later repurpose. If you don’t tell them that you plan on displaying your bouquets later on in the reception they may come in containers not fit for show.

7 – Checkbook and cash for tips. Be sure to verify with your vendors beforehand what types of payment are acceptable.

8 – Baskets for coozies etc.

9 – Pens for your guest book