Haden and Brian’s NC Mountain Wedding at The Camp at Eseeola in Linville

Haden and Brian hosted a glamorous and distinctly southern mountain wedding for their close friends and family in Linville, NC. The ceremony was held at All Saints Episcopal Church followed by a lively reception at The Camp at Eseeola. Everything about the wedding day was absolutely breathtaking. Janna Avery, owner of Callista designs truly outdid herself in creating one of the most fabulous events we have ever seen! She even incorporated mountain laurel from Haden’s Grandmother’s garden into the bridal bouquet. The picture perfect early summer weather was the icing on the cake! The photos by Paul Whorton Photography say it all!

The Camp at Eseeola in Linville NC

The Camp at Eseeola in Linville NC

Local Vendors

Coordination – The Whole Shebang, Ceremony Venue – All Saints Episcopal Church, Reception – The Camp at Eseeola, Rehearsal Dinner – The Artisanal, Photography – Paul Whorton Photography with Ryan Davis of Joy Davis Photography, Videography – Heartstone Films, Flowers – Callista Designs, Cake – Stick Boy, Hair – Clynda Dowd, Makeup – Sharla Bance, Music – Denny Slawn, Bagpiper – John Shell, Transportation – Air Haven Limo

Lauren and Corey’s Wedding Blowing Rock Wedding at The Inn at Crestwood

So so much fun working with Lauren and Corey. They created an intimate, stylish and fun atmosphere and celebrated their wedding with close friends and family at The Inn at Crestwood tucked away between Boone and Blowing Rock NC. The early fall flowers were so lush and beautiful and somehow matched the bridesmaids dresses to a T! The cake from Ugga Mugga bakery was one of my favorites of the season. Check out the stunning photos below by Adele Lee Photography.

Local Vendors

Planning and Coordination – The Whole Shebang, Venue – The Inn at Crestwood, Flowers – Fuschia Moss Floral Designs, Photography – Adele Lee Photography, Hair – Clynda Dowd, Makeup – Sharla Bance Music – Soul Benefactor, Videography – Dandy Sese, Cake – Ugga Mugga Bakery

The Inn at Crestwood - Blowing Rock NC

The Inn at Crestwood - Blowing Rock NC

Amy and John’s English Garden Party Wedding in Blowing Rock NC

This adventurous couple didn’t let rain on their wedding day dampen their spirits. They met the weather head on and suited up with galoshes and umbrellas for an amazing pre ceremony photo session. They moved their ceremony into the Evergreen Room at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock and then danced the night away under the big tent! Amy, a writer and anglophile wanted her wedding to have a simple and laid back, yet vintage feel with a little bit of British flair. Fuschia Moss and Snow in July Designs fed off of each other to create a cohesive theme that had look of antiquity while also incorporated the colors of the changing seasons.

Chetola Resort - Blowing Rock NC

Chetola Resort - Blowing Rock NC

Local Vendors

Planning and Coordination – The Whole Shebang, Photography – Paper Heart Photography, Venue – Chetola Resort Rehearsal Dinner – Westglow Resort and Spa, Paper Goods – Snow in July Designs, Flowers – Fuschia Moss Floral Designs, Cake – Stick Boy, Music – Matt Stratford Band, Transportation – The Trolley from Air Haven Limo, After Party – Six Pence Pub, Makeup – Beautiful Bride, Hair – Chris Knight, Photobooth – Boone Photo Booth

Dawn and Dave’s Blowing Rock Wedding at Chetola Resort

Dawn and Dave were such a kind hearted and laid back couple! We had a fantastic time dreaming up their perfect wedding day. They are both very into the outdoors and more specifically trout fishing. Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock was an obvious choice for their wedding venue. Fuschia Moss Floral Design did an absolutely incredible job making the outdoors come alive for their stunning tented reception. The early fall weather was on their side and they enjoyed a relaxed and memorable evening of dining and dancing with their family and friends.

Fuschia Moss Floral Design

Fuschia Moss Floral Design

Local Vendors

Planning – The Whole Shebang, Venue – Chetola Resort, Photography – Joy Davis Photography, Flowers – Fuschia Moss Floral Design, Cake – Ugga Mugga Bakery, Invitations and Papergoods - Snow in July Designs,  Makeup – Sharla Bance Makeup Artistry, Hair – R Salon/Clynda Dowd, Reception Music – Matt Stratford Band

Chetola Resort - Blowing Rock

Chetola Resort - Blowing Rock

Claire and Taylor’s Wedding in Blowing Rock NC

Claire and Taylor shared a magical early summer wedding day in Blowing Rock NC. It was filled with sunshine, laughter and lots and lots of peonies! They held a classic ceremony at the historic Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in downtown Blowing Rock and then hosted a laid back yet sophisticated wedding reception at The Inn at Crestwood Resortlocated between Boone and Blowing Rock, NC.

Rumple Presbyterian - Blowing Rock NC

Rumple Presbyterian - Blowing Rock NC

Local Vendors

Planning and Coordination – The Whole Shebang, Photography – Revival Photography, Flowers – Fuschia Moss Floral Design, Cake/Desert Bar – Ugga Mugga Bakery, Makeup – Sharla Bance Makeup Artistry, Hair – Haircut 101, Reception Music – The Plaids, Rehearsal Dinner – Chetola ResortTransportation – Air Haven Limo

Chris and Diana’s Misty Mountain Wedding at Banner Elk Winery

With the love of their friends and family and the gorgeous mid October leaves behind them, these two love birds wed on a  lovely misty day in the Banner Elk area of the NC High Country. 
Dark clouds threatened, but in lieu of moving the wedding ceremony to the barn, Diana and Chris decided that they wanted to get married outside on top of a mountain, “for better or for worse”. The guests shared in their adventurous spirit and joined them on the lawn of the Blueberry Villa at with raincoats and umbrellas. Diana walked down the aisle to a beautiful song that Chris' uncle Pablo had composed especially for their wedding.
The intimate reception following was truly memorable featuring dazzling food and deserts from Reid’s Catering, hilarious toasts and surprise multimedia productions, and a really serious dance party. We had so much fun with this crew.
All and all, a wonderful way to end out 2014 season. Congratulations Diana and Chris, all the best!!!
Local Vendors – Planning/Coordination – , Venue – , Catering – , Flowers – Desi’s Floral and Design Co., Shady Grove Gardens, Rentals – A&J, Cake – , Music – , Hair – Clynda Dowd, Makeup – , Photography – .

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Megan + Lance–A gorgeous early fall wedding at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock

Love love love this couple. They are truly some of the most loving and kind hearted people I have ever met. planned the rehearsal dinner at Megan’s parent’s home in Boone as well as the wedding so we were able to spend the whole weekend with Lance and Megan’s friends and family and let me tell you, we had a blast! Planning Megan’s dream wedding was such a fun collaborative process. She loved the color purple and  Philosophy Flowers did a magical job as always pulling together Megan’s concept and executing it to a T. The colors were complemented by the deep green of the late September foliage and the serene back drop of Chetola Lake. Check out the pictures from Andi Gelsthorpe below!
Local Vendors – Planning and Coordinating – The Whole Shebang, Photography – Andi Gelsthorpe, Venue/Catering – Chetola Resort, Floral Design – , Officiant – , Music – , Makeup – , Hair – Absolute Style, Cake –


Megan and Patrick’s Wedding at St. Bernadette’s in Linville With a Reception at Crestwood in Blowing Rock


Megan and Patrick were absolutely adorable and a dream to work with. Megan’s brother is the priest at St. Bernadette’s Catholic church in Linville. They said their vows there and then headed over to The Inn at Crestwood for a lively reception. captured some priceless moments. Check out his work below!

Megan was kind enough to say a few words about our services on Wedding Wire. Thanks so much Megan!!!

"Meris was the absolute best to work with! I can't imagine the day running as smoothly as it did without her. Meris hemped me plan my wedding while I lived out of state. Planning a wedding in general is stressful, not to mention the added stress of being hundreds of miles away. However, Meris was always a phone call or email away. She was on top of every detail and called to check in to make sure I had everything taken care of - including making sure I was just taking care of myself. On the day of the wedding she made sure everything was perfect. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone!!"


Local Vendors – Planning/Coordination – , Ceremony – St. Bernadette’s, Reception – , Photography - , Flowers – Bouquet Florist, Transportation – Air Haven Limo, DJ – Michael Branstrom, Hair and Makeup – , Cake –




How do you deal with Bridezillas?



Let me start by saying that we absolutely love our brides. People always say “Wow you’re a wedding planner, that must be really stressful. What do you do with those bridezillas???”
First I say: “Well my job before this was Real Estate and wedding planning is a walk in the park compared to that”. Then I explain that we’ve never had a bridezilla! I say that with all honesty. I have never had a nightmare bride. While there are varying degrees of niceness, literally every bride I have ever worked with has been a genuinely wonderful person.

I’ve come up with a few theories to explain this phenomenon.

1 - People who come to the NC Mountains to get married are generally more laid back, outdoorsy, fun loving people. I’m stereotyping here but it’s kind of true. I actually believe that if I lived in a big city or even at the beach I would not even want to be in this industry.

2. It's possible that I am oblivious to other people’s negativity…I’m not going to say that I’ve never had a mother of the bride, or aunt or maid of honor or even the bride herself get a little snippy with me but...here’s what I tell myself and my staff. “It is a big day for these people, there is a lot of drama and emotions and great expectations at play...and possibly a little alcohol. It’s possible that they may not be their best self right now but it is our job to stay smiling, neutral and most importantly to not get defensive if a negative word or tone is tossed our way. They hired us to stay calm and make sure the day goes smoothly no matter what… not to add to the drama. If a lemon is tossed our way, we had better make the best dang lemonade they have ever tasted! I’m rambling a little but the point is that maybe what other people see as a “bridezilla” I just see as a stressed out girl.

3. Marketing - I think that brides who look at our website, blog and facebook see that we’re a happy smiley company who loves happy smiley brides. Something subconscious must steer the bridezillas in another direction. I think we send a pretty strong “no bridezillas allowed” message through all of our online channels.

4. Making sure it’s a good fit - It sounds silly and presumptuous of me but I can tell 95% of the time if a bride is a good fit from her first email or phone call. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten off of the phone with a prospective client and thought to myself “Man, she’s very nice but it just doesn’t seem like we really jive together. I really hope she finds someone more suited to her”. 9 times out of 10 in this scenario, the bride is feeling the same way and when/if she tells me she has chosen someone else as her planner,  I am genuinely relieved and happy for her.
Look, a wedding planner is a really really big decision. It is so important that you have a great connection. I’m very close friends with 2 other wedding planners here in the High Country. We work together, compare notes, send referrals back and fourth, share staff and even work on each others weddings sometimes. People think it’s amazing that three different business owners who are technically “competitors” can work so closely together with no animosity but it’s really quite simple. We strongly feel that brides do - and should - pick a wedding planner based on personality/compatibility. End of story. Picking your wedding planner should be a gut decision not a haggle fest to see who you can get the most out of for less. We all 3 offer the same quality of service and finished product we just all go about it in a slightly different way. Now I’m sure that there are some truly awful people out there set out to make their wedding vendor’s lives miserable, but more often than not, it could just be a bad fit.
So there’s my thesis on the Bridezilla stereotype. If you think you may be one, please do not call us. We hope your big day goes great but life is short and we only allow happy, smiley fun loving brides here at The Whole Shebang!


Teresa and Brad's Wedding at Camp Sky Ranch in Blowing Rock, NC

Loved working with Teresa and Brad. They were such a fun, laid back outdoorsy couple. Camp Sky Ranch located between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina was a natural choice of venue for their September wedding ceremony and reception.
Teresa had a great eye for design and was a big “Do it yourselfer”. We had a great time helping her turn her vision into reality…with the help of some very talented local venders.
Decorating – The Whole Shebang, Catering – The Gamekeeper, Flowers – Shady Grove Gardens, Photography – Jean Moree Photography, Music – The High Country Boomers, Rentals – Boone Rent All and Miss Match Rentals