Cait and Adam's Wedding at Overlook Barn in Beech Mountain NC

Cait and Adam’s have a serious sense of style and subtle elegance. They brought their own special Manhattan sense of flair to the NC Mountains. Their guests stayed in Blowing Rock NC where they hosted their Welcome Party on the lawn of The Inn at Ragged Gardens followed by an intimate rehearsal dinner at The Best Cellar.

On the wedding day, guests were shuttled to The Overlook Barn on Beech Mountain where they hosted an intimate ceremony in the Cliffside Barn followed by a cozy cocktail hour in a tented lounge in Mary’s Meadow and then an upscale family style dinner by Reids Catering in the Big Barn.

This wedding had everything! A His and Hers pour over coffee station, dreamy signature cocktails, Doughnut Bar, Sweet serenade by the Maid of Honor, Icecream truck, VW Bus Photobooth, amazing music from Emerald Empire Band, cozy lounge areas around every corner. A seriously fun and thoughtful event perfectly executed by a crazy awesome team of local vendors.

Overlook Barn on Beech Mountain NC

Overlook Barn on Beech Mountain NC

Local Vendors

Planning and Coordination - The Whole Shebang, Photography, Amanda Sutton Photography, Ceremony and Reception Venue - Overlook Barn, Florals - Fuschia Moss Floral Design, Transportation- Air Haven Limo, Rentals - Old South Vintage Rentals/Chair and Equipment Rentals/The Laurel Collective, Catering - Reids Cafe and Catering, Deserts - Local Lion/Sunshine Sammies, Music - Emerald Empire Band, Photobooth - Tin Can Event Co

Fuschia Moss Floral Design

Fuschia Moss Floral Design

Alex and Meredith's Wedding at Overlook Barn in Linville NC

Alex and Meredith's wedding had so many dreamy boho details! We love the Macrame accents. Handmade table runners by the bride...yes please! (Check out Meredith's Etsy Store Fig and Fiber!).

The light airy mix of greens and whites in mismatched vases on the tables complemented the barn perfectly; as did the simple, crisp white place settings accented by a small jar of local honey for guests to take home. Meredith's easy breezy "Free People" dress was one of our favorites of the season.

Bouquet by Shady Grove Gardens

Bouquet by Shady Grove Gardens

We also loved the traditional Appalachian Apple Stack Cake Meredith chose. It was the first time that Beth from Ugga Mugga Bakery had ever created one but I bet it won't be the last. It was seriously amazing!!!

"Appalachian lore suggests that the stack cake originated as an Appalachian wedding cake. Guests would each bring a layer of cake and the bride’s family would receive them and stack them together with prepared apple butter or applesauce. Supposedly, the number of layers on the cake indicated the couple’s popularity." - Simply Appalachian

Appalachian Apple Stack Cake - Ugga Mugga Bakery

Appalachian Apple Stack Cake - Ugga Mugga Bakery

Vendor Love

Planning and Coordination - Meris Gantt of The Whole Shebang, Venue - Overlook Barn, Photography - Michelle Lyerly, Flowers - Shady Grove/DIY, Catering - Eat Crow and Boonetown BBQ, Cake - Ugga Mugga Bakery, Hair and Makeup - Shear Shakti, Transportation - Air Haven Limo, Rentals - Happy Trailers Refrigerated Rentals, Chair and Equipment Rentals, Reception Music - The Funk Brotherhood, Ceremony Musicians - Nancy Bargerstock, Minister - Mike Doyle, Rehearsal Dinner - Hound Ears Club

Overlook Barn

Overlook Barn

Emily and Jake's NC Mountain Wedding at Overlook Barn

Emily and Jake's wedding was simply stunning. As you can probably tell, we do a ton of weddings up at The Overlook Barn and I'm always amazed at how different each wedding is. The florals from Edenhouse were absolutely out of this world and the desert spread from Ugga Mugga Bakery...to die for! Oh and lets not forget all of the great fun details from A Bushel and a Peck and Miss Match Rentals. We had so much fun getting creative mapping out the miss matched goblets and place settings. And shout out to Mother of the Bride Sharon for the sweetest Mom of the year award!!!! We seriously have the best clients : ) Check out the gallery below from Bekah Morton Photography!

Love those Blue Ridge Mountains in the background...

Love those Blue Ridge Mountains in the background...

Vendor Love

Planning and Coordination - Meris Gantt of The Whole Shebang, Venue - Overlook Barn, Photographer - Bekah Morton, Floral Design - Edenhouse Florist, Cake and Desert Bar - Ugga Mugga Bakery, Rentals - A Bushel and a Peck and Miss Match Rentals, Happy Trailers Refrigerated Rentals, Boone Rent All, Hair and Makeup - Shear Shakti, Transportation - Air Haven Limo, Catering - The Pedalin Pig, Music - US Party Patrol

Overlook Barn - Beech Mountain NC

Overlook Barn - Beech Mountain NC

13 Tips for getting married in the NC Mountains

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1) Bring a sweater or shawl and advise your guests to do the same, it gets chilly in the High Country at night no matter what season it is.

2) In addition to summer, peak season in the High Country is also the

"leaf season"

in October. Appalachian State's University's Homecoming game, the

Woolly Worm Festival

and other various events and Fall Festivals happen around that time so make sure you block off rooms for your guests well in advance.

3) The ground can be rocky so keep that in mind for your outdoor ceremony/reception when you're putting a runner, shepherds hooks or anything else in the ground...bring a hammer and some nails. I've definitely put down a runner with bobby pins and a blunt object before.

4) The weather in general can be very unpredictable in the Boone/Blowing Rock/Banner Elk areas, make sure you have a indoor back up plan just in case. A good local site to check out is

Ray's Weather

5) We don't usually have too much trouble with mosquitoes or no-see-ems in general but wait until the last minute to bring the

cake

out if you're having an outdoor ceremony so no bugs get stuck to the cake. By the same token (and this might be obvious but I've seen it happen) don't put the cake in the sun, it will melt!

6) Yes it is possible to get married somewhere along the

Blue Ridge Parkway

in the North Carolina Mountains.  How it works is that you figure out where you want to get married and apply for a special use permit through the National Park Service.

"Activities such as sporting events, pageants, public spectator attractions, entertainment, wedding ceremonies, or large group gatherings require a permit. A $60 application fee is required and an additional $135 administrative fee is due upon issuance of the permit. A $60/hour monitoring permit is also charged during the event. Call park headquarters at (828) 271 4779 ext 246 for more information.

** Fees are subject to change.

If you want to get married on the Parkway and do not wish to have a large ceremony, then you may not need to have a permit. The permits are required for event gatherings of “many” people that would cause interference with the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway for other travelers."

-Information thanks to blueridgeparkwayblog.com

7)There are lots of

local farms

in the area. Ask your caterer if they can incorporate some local and or organic foods or flowers into your reception.

8)

Rhododendrons

mostly bloom in June but sometimes a little later in the higher elevations.

9) Not necessarily a regional thing but...wedges instead of spiky heels are best if you're going to be outside (especially if you're in the wedding party, you don't want to sink into the ground going down the aisle).

10) The High Country can be

windy!

Take that into consideration with table decorations and make sure to bring double sided tape. Taping the tablecloth to the table in a few strategic places will help to ensure that your table decorations stay down. My advice is to use a little bit of double sided tape in the middle of the table once you have the table cloth straight and then 4 small pieces on the edge of the table.

11) Duct Tape, pens, bobby pins, safety pins, floral wire and tape, bleach pen, twine/rope, mints, a sense of humor.

12) Use the natural scenery of the area and the current season and let it flow into your decorating theme.

13) Don't stress!!!! Little mishaps happen there and there but that's what makes everyone's special day memorable and different. Focus on the positive and just have fun with your friends and family. The rest will work itself out.

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