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

Janeli and Daniel's Wedding at The Taylor House in Valle Crucis NC

The Taylor House holds a special place in my heart because that's where my husband and I tied the knot 10 years ago. We don't get a chance to work out there that often so it's always really nostalgic when we get the pleasure of planning a wedding there. 

Loved everything about Janeli and Daniel's fun laid back wedding. From the Tapp Trailer, to the custom corn hole boards and yard games, to the massive desert bar, live bluegrass band and all of their wedding party getting to stay on site and hang together all weekend. Yes it was as amazing as it sounds!!!

We love a good front porch!!!

We love a good front porch!!!

Vendor Love

Month of Planning by Meris Gantt of The Whole Shebang, Ceremony Venue - St. Lukes Episcopal Church, Reception Venue - The Taylor House, Catering - Gadabouts, Photography - Nicole Huffman, Deserts - Ugga Mugga and Tweetsie Railroad, Florals - Shady Grove Gardens and Bouquet Florist, Rentals - Happy Trailers Refrigerator Rentals, Parties Too, Gadabouts, Transportation - River and Earth Adventures, Beauty - Shear Shakti, Reception Band - Drayton and the Dreamboats

The Taylor House in Valle Crucis NC

The Taylor House in Valle Crucis NC

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Whitney and Corey's NC Mountain Wedding

Whitney and Corey's wedding at The Inn at Crestwood located just outside of Blowing Rock, North Carolina was Picture Perfect! The weather was unpredictable that day but it held out just long enough for the soon to be bride and groom to have their "first look" on the lawn.

So many favorite things... The perfect one tier cake topped with a simple bouquet of rosemary, the larger than life seating chart complete with hand stamped wax seals, the timeless blend of green white and cream florals mixed with textured linens and white chivari chairs... and of course...that dress! Whitney has a strong sense of style and commissioned an A list team of vendors to carry out her vision. It was a memorable day for us all!!!



Photographer: Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography | Planner: Meris Gantt of The Whole Shebang | Venue: The Inn at Crestwood | Florist: Philosophy Flowers | Dessert Baker: Ugga Mugga Bakery | Band: Phase Band | Paper Products: Julie Patoolie’s | Bride’s Gown: Vera Wang | Bridal Salon: Alexia’s Bridal | Hair and Makeup: Julianna Knox | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Place Card Calligraphy: Leen Jean Studios

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Jane and Noah’s NC Mountain Wedding at The Inn at Crestwood in Boone NC

One last 2016 wedding post before we’re on to blogging the 2017 season. Jane and Noah shared an amazing day with their friends and family in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Noah gets our entrepreneur of the year award for his creative favors. His company “Sock Club” designed custom wedding socks for all of the guests. Too many lovely details to list. Check out all of the photos from the legendary Boonetown Story below.

Local Vendors –

Planning and Coordination – The Whole Shebang, Ceremony and Reception Venue – The Inn at Crestwood, Photographer – Boonetown Story, Flowers and Design – Root and Vine, Cake – Ugga Mugga Bakery, Favors – Sock Club, Reception Music – The Business – East Coast Entertainment, Ceremony Music – , Hair – Clynda Dowd, Makeup – Sharla Bance Makeup Artistry

Katelyn and Seth’s Whimsical Christmas Tree Farm Wedding

Katelyn and Seth’s wedding was without a doubt one of the most fun weddings we had all season. The majority of our clients come from out of town so it’s always refreshing to work with local couples. Katelyn and Seth tied the knot at Katelyn’s parents magical Christmas tree farm where she grew up near Boone, North Carolina.  The couple both work at one of the area’s historic restaurants, Bistro Roca in Blowing Rock. Seth is the chef there and contributed to the wedding by smoking a whole pig and a land given to them by a local farm. Tina from Reid’s catering rounded out the spread with a wide assortment of eclectic side dishes. Not only was the food to die for but the pastoral setting, fantastic people and perfect summer weather made for an unforgettable event.

Local Vendors  

Planning and Coordination – The Whole Shebang, Photography – The Wayfaring Wanderer, Catering – Reid’s Catering Co, Cake – Deb Caine, Flowers – Park Place Florist, DJ – Split Second Sound, Rentals – Miss Match RentalsHappy Trailers Refrigerator RentalsA&J Rent All, Hair – Sheer ShaktiBoone Photo Booth

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

Sarah and Ben’s Wedding at the Blowing Rock Country Club

Sarah and Ben enjoyed a truly picture perfect wedding day with their friends and family at the Blowing Rock Country Club. From the start, Sarah had a crystal clear vision of how she wanted her wedding to look and enlisted the always flawless Philosophy Flowers team to bring her vision to life. Such a warm and soulful couple. You can see that their love and commitment to each other really shines through in these breathtaking photos by Marcie Meredith photography.

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Blowing Rock Country Club

Blowing Rock Country Club

Local Vendors  

Planning and Coordination – The Whole Shebang, Venue – Blowing Rock Country Club, Photography – Marcie Meredith Photography, Floral Design – Philosophy Flowers, Videographer – Sara Mathis Productions, Cake – Blowing Rock Country Club, Transportation – Air Haven Limo, Ceremony Music – Bella Musica, Reception Music – DJ Bunn Company, Hair – Felicity Turner, Makeup – Kim BeBe, Rentals – Boone Rent All, A&J Rent All, La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

Anna and Tripp Wedding at The Inn at Crestwood in Blowing Rock NC

This was definitely our most anticipated weekend of the season. Anna and Tripp hosted a fun filled 3 day love fest in the late summer glow of the North Carolina mountains. Lots more fun photos of all of the little details to share but I just couldn’t wait to post a quick teaser from their ridiculously amazing wedding. Words cannot come close to describing how much I love this couple so I’ll just let the pictures do the talking : )

Local Vendors

Planning – The Whole Shebang, Venue – The Inn at Crestwood, Photographer – Love Shutter, Videographer – Confetti Pictures, Flowers – Root and Vine, Signage – Hello Margaux, Hair – R Salon and Sheer Shakti, Makeup – Sharla Bance Makeup Artistry, Guest Favors – Capacooz, Deserts – Ugga Mugga Bakery Rentals – Party Reflections, Transportation – Air Haven Limo, Reception Band – Sleeping Booty from East Coast Entertainment, Officiant – High Country Ministers, Ceremony Music – Allegro Strings, Rehearsal Dinner – The Meadowbrook Inn, Photo Booth – Mid Atlantic Photobooth

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!!!