Kaylyn and Karl's Wedding at Blowing Rock Country Club

Kaylyn was an inspiring bride to work with; not only was she planning a wedding, but was also planning a move and a new job! She made it look easy and every time we met it felt like friends catching up;

I love when connections are made outside of the wedding bubble! She looked gorgeous on their day and you could feel the excitement throughout the wedding party and guests. Millefluer’s flowers were amazing and tied the lake house reception together perfectly. Details on the cake and buffet stood out and the whole team at Blowing Rock Country Club was great to work with! Wayfaring Wanderer’s shots are so breathtaking; Jessica does a great job of capturing candids with so many feelings! I think Kaylyn and Karl’s wedding party had some of the best dance moves and they brought the house down all night long!

Blowing Rock Country Club

Blowing Rock Country Club

Vendor Love

Planning and Coordination - Kelsey Fidis of The Whole Shebang, Venue - Blowing Rock Country Club, Hair/Makeup - Haircut 101, Flowers - Millefluers, Photographer - Wayfaring Wanderer, Cake - Blowing Rock Country Club, DJ/Band - Trevor Owens, Caterer - Blowing Rock Country Club, Officiant - Jeff McClain

Millefleurs Floral Design

Millefleurs Floral Design

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

Naked Cakes, love or hate???

Living in the High Country Mountains of North Carolina, I get to spend a lot of time snowed in doing research in the off season. Been seeing a lot of these lately on Pinterest

What do you think of wedding cakes with out the icing?

I think depending on your style of venue it ads a nice rustic flair.


Melissa and Adam's – Rustic Wedding at Camp Sky Ranch

Such an amazing time with this wedding. Camp Sky Ranch is definitely my favorite new venue in the Boone/Blowing Rock Area. Owners Jack and Lori sharp are amazing to work with.

Shout out to all of the High Country Vendors involved

Venue –

Camp Sky Ranch

Catering –

The Gamekeeper

Cake –

Wendy Sykes Gordon from The Gamekeeper

Officiate – Jason English from

The Heart Church

Flowers –

Shady Grove Gardens

Planning –

The Whole Shebang

Photography –

Carolina Portrait Designs

Hair –

Beautiful Bride

Tent/Tables/Chairs/Linens –

Boone Rent All

Musicians –

Tater Hill Music

DJ –

Gambill Entertainment

Transportation –

Air Haven Limousine


NC Mountain Wedding Tips


Thanks to the

Niche White Bridal Loft

for this steal worthy idea. Having an artist (or talented friend) sketch and then paint the scene of your wedding is such a unique and versatile idea and kills 3 birds with one stone.

1. Frame the original the finished product to forever remember your special day.

2. Make full size prints and have them framed for parents and other close family.

3. Have a print scanned into your computer and use the graphic to send out Thank You cards to all of your guests after the wedding.

Photo’s are wonderful as well and you can always have one your favorite pictures immortalized on canvas after the fact but I love the feeling of authenticity that having a live artist present on your wedding day brings to the overall style of your ceremony. Where on earth is a more picturesque back drop than the Boone area of the NC Mountains???

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2011 color trends for your NC Mountain Wedding.


The Boone Area of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina provide a picturesque backdrop for a beautiful wedding in any season. I find that most brides already have some colors in mind for their wedding without following the “latest trends” but it’s always fun to look and explore different avenues.

I love this palette from Michelle Mospens at My Personal Artist. Michelle does tons of research for her wedding sketchbook and this is only one of the palette’s that she has put together for this coming year.

There are so many ways to use color combinations to enhance the overall style and theme of your wedding but here are some of my favorites broken down by season:


: Color wise, spring comes late in the High Country. The trees don’t get completely lush and green until at least May here. My advice if you’re planning your wedding for April or May is to go with a soft palette and combine delicate touches with a lot of texture.

Favorite Spring Combos

: Oyster grey with pear and scallop shell.  Carrot orange with moccasin.  Persian green and antique white.


Summer is so so GREEN in the mountains. I love using vibrant colors and mixing in some additional greens to magnify the natural surroundings. Jewel tones are still “in” so don’t be scared to go bold for summer!

Favorite Summer Combos:

Tyrian purple and pear.  Jewel tones mixed with light or apple greens and neutrals make for a dreamy yet eclectic atmosphere. You have to be really specific with your blues this time of year or you’ll wind up competing with your background. Not to say that you should shy away from them. Teal or agate blue with apple green and some yellows or oranges can look fantastic!


Everyone knows that Fall is gorgeous in the NC mountains. Folks travel from all around just to gaze at the colors in the Boone area. You can use colors in two different ways in the fall. Either use a lot of greens and neutrals and one accent color to give the natural backdrop center stage or… piggyback on the leaves and use a few “fall colors” to give your event an autumn theme.

Favorite Fall Combos

: Dark chocolate and carrot orange.  Olivine green, moccasin and dark tangerine.  Pear and mocha taupe.


Texture and greenery. The mountains are sparse yet dramatic in the winter and early spring. If your wedding is during the holidays thinking about incorporating some rich reds and greens and don’t be scared of metallic golds and silvers. Also, winter is a good time to use those shades of blue since you’re not competing with the green all around you.

Favorite Winter Combos

: Sangria, oyster grey and grey taupe. Tyrian Purple and scallop shell with some green.  Persian green, asparagus and antique white.

The number one rule for color is to

have fun, use your imagination and “own it”.

That being said, it would be difficult NOT to have a beautiful wedding in the NC High Country.

Wedding Invitations


Wedding Locations in the mountains of the North Carolina High Country


Whether you live here or are planning a destination wedding in the Boone/Blowing Rock area, there are tons of creative options for places to hold your mountain dream wedding.

Here's a list of some of my favorite places in the High Country:

The Taylor House Inn

This beautiful B and B in Valle Crucis makes it easy for the wedding party and close family to all stay together and not have to go anywhere! Wedding and reception can both take place on site. Also, they have a wonderful kitchen with lots of room for your caterer to work.

Along those same lines, you can also rent out the

Inn at Crestwood

for your wedding. Located between Boone and Blowing Rock on Shulls Mill Road, they are larger than the Taylor House and have a great deal of options to accommodate you. It's also a place where you can have your wedding somewhere else and book them just for the reception. They have both indoor and outdoor options. Their caterer is "in house".

Chetola Resort

in Blowing Rock is another way to go. There are plenty of places for out of town guests and the wedding party to stay whether it's at the Lodge or renting out condo's near by. Typically brides like to get married down by the lake and then have a tent nearby or closer to the lodge but there are a lot of different choices and configurations that you can explore if you book early enough. They also provide "in house" catering.


Green Park Inn is completely renovated and booking for the 2011 Season. You can have wedding and reception there or just the reception. They have “in house” catering by Chef James Welch formerly of Crippens Country Inn and Restaurant and a couple of different options for banquet rooms. Needless to say it’s convenient since all of your guests can stay together on site.

The Meadowbrook Inn

has a banquet room that you can use as well as their sun room in conjunction with the bar for a smaller affair. They also have an upstairs room that can be held as a rain location if you choose to have your ceremony outside. They’re conveniently located right in the heart of downtown Blowing Rock

If you are planning to have the wedding and reception at two different locations, we have a couple of historic chapels in the area that are great for smaller weddings. There are also a handful of churches that will host your wedding even if you are not a member of the church. There are public parks and gardens that allow weddings in the Boone area. Check out Daniel Boone Native Gardens and Shady Grove nursery.

I'm not going to list all of the venues that are available to use right now but... there is certainly not a shortage of breathtaking locations in the High Country to plan your special day. If you have any specific questions about weddings in the area, please feel free to contact me directly at hello@wholeshebangevents.com