Folksy Appalachian Mountain Elopement Styled Shoot

Fuschia Moss Floral Design

Fuschia Moss Floral Design

So so so so excited to share this styled shoot that was a true labor of love pieced together by an amazing group of local vendors. We planned and dreamed for over 6 months and when the big day finally came, the weather less than ideal but such is life right? In true wedding day fashion, everyone pulled together and made the best of things and we got all of the shots that we could in between raindrops and gale force winds. I am just so incredibly in love the finished product and over the moon that it's featured in Junebug Weddings!!!!

Those matching tattoos!!!

Those matching tattoos!!!

The biggest thanks to Michelle Lyerly Photography and The Laurel Collective for jumping on board at the get go and bringing the concept to life and for the support and enthusiasm from Reid's Cafe & Catering Co.Lucky PennyShear Shakti, Mountain Family LodgeFuschia Moss Floral Design and of course our lovely models. Other contributors - East Fork PotteryRue De Seine via Lovely BrideThe Rug Company of Blowing Rock

The Blue Ridge Parkway outside of Blowing Rock NC

The Blue Ridge Parkway outside of Blowing Rock NC

Emily and Chad's Overlook Barn Wedding on Beech Mountain

What can I say about this day? So many favorite things. I'm just going to post a trillion photos instead of trying to put it in words. Emily, you'll have to forgive me of posting so many pictures with you guys cracking up but they are seriously my favorite and I have literally never had so much fun during post ceremony photos.

Overlook Barn

Overlook Barn

Vendor Love

Planning and Coordination - Meris Gantt of The Whole Shebang, Venue - Overlook Barn, Photographer - Wayfaring Wanderer, Catering - Reids, Florals - Millefleurs, Deserts - Ugga Mugga Bakery, Transportation - Air Haven Limo and Bel Air Chauffeur,  Rentals - Chair and Equipment Rentals, Happy Trailers Refrigerator Rentals Beauty - Katie Warner, Ceremony Music - Bella Musica, Reception Music - Back Porch Orchestra from East Coast Entertainment

That View!!!!

That View!!!!

Kara and Zane's Wedding at Blue Ridge Mountain Club

Kara and Zane had the perfect weather to complement the perfect day. Storms threatened all afternoon but managed to hold off leaving behind a cool summer breeze. Blue Ridge Mountain Club has it's own special kind of charm and was the perfect fit for Kara's easy breezy beautiful style. Kara and Zane are locals so we got to spend a good bit of time getting to know them throughout past year. We had the best time assembling a rock star team of local vendors to carry out Kara's vision to a T! 

Loving this arbor from Edenhouse Florist!!!

Loving this arbor from Edenhouse Florist!!!

Vendor Love

Planning and Coordination - Meris Gantt - The Whole Shebang, Venue - Blue Ridge Mountain Club, Caterer - Reids, Cake - Hallmark Cakes, Hair and Makeup - Canvas Beauty Bar, Photography - Rob + Kristen Photography, Florals - Edenhouse Florist, Rentals - Chair and Equipment Rentals, Music - Carolina DJ, Rehearsal Dinner - Boone Golf Club

A perfect summer's day in the mountains!

A perfect summer's day in the mountains!

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The Whole Shebang Events behind the scenes - Sarah and Zach's NC mountain wedding

Sarah and Zach’s wedding at Overlook Barn was one of the most exciting weddings we’ve ever had the chance to be a part of. I’ll be following up with a full blog as well but Rob + Kristen Photography captured so many great detail and behind the scenes photos, I wanted to share those in a separate post!

Local Vendors

Planning and Coordinating – The Whole Shebang, Photography – Rob + Kristen Photography, Boone Photo Booth, Floral Design – Fuschia Moss Floral Design, Catering and Cake – The Gamekeeper, Venue – Overlook Barn, Rentals – Miss Match Rentals, Happy Trailers Refrigerator Rentals, Classic Event Rentals, Boone Rent All, Makeup – Sharla Bance Makeup ArtistryHair – Shear Shakti, Taylor Smith, Reception Music –  Ascention (East Coast Entertainment), Ceremony Music – Bella Musica, Officiant – High Country Ministers, Transportation – Air Haven Limo, Signage – Hello Margaux

The Whole Shebang Events and Friends Behind the Scenes

We always strive to stay out of the way of wedding photos but sometimes the photographers catch us in action. Here’s some fun random shots from the past couple of years. Disclaimer: Any photos where I’m double fisting drinks, I’m holding them for the bride and groom : )

Photographers – Christine Kennedy, Joy Davis Photography, Paul Whorton, The Wayfaring Wanderer,  Hartman Outdoor Photography, Boonetown Story, Revival Photography, Jennie Andrews

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Wedding Planning in the NC Mountains…Things I’ve learned along the way.

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It’s bittersweet every year. The wedding season has drawn to a close and now is the time for me to reflect on all of the amazing events from this past year. One of the things I like most about event planning is that you truly learn something new every day. We are always moving forward, improving and innovating. On top of that, it’s an ever evolving industry and being on the cutting edge of new trends is important. Here are some of my most recent candid, unedited musings in no particular order….

-A comfortable and well informed guest is a happy guest.

-Don’t skimp on food and alcohol.

-Give parents the courtesy of asking their opinion. Even if you decide not to take their advice, it’s nice to be asked…

-Champagne toasts are overrated…

-Even if you aren’t reserving seats for your guests, be sure to have a few reserved for family and the wedding party.

-Plan to be behind and pad your wedding day timeline so that it’s ok. Everything takes longer than you think and the last thing you want is to feel rushed.

-Have a rock solid bad weather plan.

-Anything you haven’t DIY’d 2 weeks prior to your wedding, scrap it.

-Be cautious when assigning friends and family jobs. If you do assign loved ones tasks, be specific about what is expected of them.

-Don’t drink too much the night before your wedding. You will most assuredly regret it.

-Leave your hair and makeup to professionals and be sure to do a trial run before your wedding day.

-Don’t “pre-game” with champagne while you’re getting ready. If you’re going to have a dressing drink, opt for liquor. It’s less likely to give you a headache.

-Don’t skimp on photography. It’s all you have once all is said and done.

-Pretend your budget is 20% lower than it actually is. It’s the only way to truly stay within your budget. The last minute expenses really creep up and you don’t want to be stressed about money on your wedding day.

-Invitations are the last thing you want to DIY.

-Don’t let your guest list creep up higher than your budget or venue size will allow.

-Everyone will be late to the rehearsal. Tell them to be there 30 minutes before they actually need to be there.

-Your guests will not RSVP by the due date. Expect to be making phone calls.

-No matter how much you plan, you will still have stress dreams the month of your wedding. It’s normal…breathe and remember what’s really important.

-Tell your venue/bartender “no shots” even if you’re having an open bar.

-Don’t save the top of your cake. Who has room in the freezer. Have your baker make a mock up of your wedding cake for you first anniversary…Unless you’re superstitions and then by all means, save the top of your cake.

-Wear comfortable shoes…or at least have a pair to change into after the first dances.

-Nix sparklers if your guests are out of control. It’s just dangerous. Singed hair on your wedding night is not a happy ending.

-Make sure your shuttle service is flexible and have a point person for them to come to at the end of the night so that no one gets left behind.

-Don’t micromanage your florist. They know what they are doing. Assuming you hired a good one.

-Don’t hire a crappy DJ. You will regret it.

-Don’t put your cake outside…bugs, weather etc…just don’t.

-Make sure someone knows how to bustle your dress. It’s a good idea to take a video of your seamstress doing a tutorial.

-Don’t be afraid to tell your stylist if you don’t like your hair or makeup trial run. Nothing is worse than feeling like you don’t look your best on your bid day.

-Roll with it, have a sense of humor, do what needs to be done in the moment and don’t look back. The little mess ups, mix ups and oopses are what make your wedding a real wedding and not a styled shoot. Believe me, you will look back and laugh at all of the little things once the weight of the “Big Day” is off of your shoulders because guess what…You just married the love of your life and that’s something to celebrate!!!

What Your Wedding Band or DJ Need From You!

Your band and DJ aren’t mind readers and everyone has different taste in music so it’s so so important to communicate your wants and needs to your Wedding Band or DJ way in advance in order for your day to run smoothly.

1 – Songs that you definitely want to hear as well as songs you definitely do not want to hear.

2 – Your 1st dances as well as a song for the announcement of the wedding party and or Bride and Groom. Choosing a last dance is always fun as well.

3 – Give a band ample time to learn any songs that you would like played that are not already in their repertoire.

4 – Venue approval – Be sure that your venue meets all of the electrical, space and load in requirements that the band may need. Also make note of any other special things in their rider such as food/water/beverages/changing room/accommodations etc.

5 – Whether you are opening up the floor for toasts at all. If you don’t want random groomsmen and aunts and uncles taking stage to “say a little something” let the band or DJ know and they will handle it so you don’t have to!

6 – Be sure to provide them with a detailed timeline of what the evening will look like, making note of cake cutting/1st dances/bouquet and garter etc. Be sure to work it out beforehand if you would like for them to act as a Master of Ceremonies and make announcements.

7 – Decide what music will be played during breaks. Will they just use their judgement and decide on a mix or will you give them one of your devices with a specific playlist to plug in? If so, make sure it is fully charged and it’s not a bad idea to have that playlist shared to an extra device just in case.

8 – Make sure that they have GOOD directions to the venue. That’s more important here in the NC mountains than it is in more populated areas where GPS actually works. If google maps or the GPS does not give them the right directions, let them know that so they don’t just mindlessly plug it in and roll… Also, if they aren’t from the Boone/Blowing Rock area, they may not know to allow ample travel time, especially during peak season. They also may think, “hey the venue is only 15 miles from Boone” and not realize that sometimes 15 miles translates into 45 minutes.

9 – If you are announcing the wedding party and bride and groom, provide them with the order that everyone is coming in and help them with any difficult pronunciations. Also tell them how you would like to be announced – Mr. and Mrs. John Smith….

10 – And for the love of God, if you don’t want them to do the thing where the person that catches the garter puts it back on the person who caught the bouquet, please tell them!!!

Steph and Savva's Boone Wedding at the ASU Solarium

Recent Appalachian State University Grads Stephanie and Savva decided to use the ASU Solarium in the Student Union of their alma mater to host their wedding reception after getting married at the 1st Baptist Church in Boone (a short block away).

I was thrilled to be on board with this wedding not only because Stephanie was possibly the sweetest bride I’ve ever worked with but also because I was able to work with the lovely Mrs Julia Wade again. You can check out some of her photography below.

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PS – This “Getaway Car” was the same one her parents used when they got married. How amazing is that???

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