Kelley and Tyler's Wedding in Taylorsville, NC

We just love weddings where the Bride chooses to tie the knot at her family home. It adds a touch of nostalgia to the whole day. Kelley and Tyler's wedding was nothing short of breathtaking. From the Ceremony overlooking the lake to the poolside cocktail hour and then dancing the night away under a beautiful white tent with crystal chandeliers and all white dance floor.

We were just swooning over the details all day. All of that and the fact that the camera is so love with Kelley I will have to cut myself off from posting a million photos of the wedding...and some of her bridal shoot at Cone Manor in Blowing Rock...because Revival Photography has outdone themselves again!!!

Love those colors!

Love those colors!

Vendor Love

Planning and Coordination - Meris Gantt of The Whole Shebang, Venue - Private Home, Photography - Revival Photography, Catering - Liazzo's, Floral Design - Wildflowers, Cake - Mom : ) - Music - Split Second Sound, Rentals - Chair and Equipment Rentals

How perfect is that swing!!!

How perfect is that swing!!!

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!!!!

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

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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Don't forget these 9 important things on your Wedding Day!!!

Details, details, details. Even with a wedding planner, it’s hard to not get overwhelmed over the sheer volume of details the month before your wedding. This is a list of the top things we see couples forget time after time on their wedding day.

1 – Cake Flowers and Flower Girl Petals – If you didn’t tell your florist to leave some, they may not have accounted for it on their order.

2 – Reserved signs – Not only for the ceremony rows you want reserved but also for any tables you want reserved for family and wedding party if you aren’t assigning seats.

3 – Telling guests that are sitting in the above noted assigned seats to sit there. The seats will be vacant if you don’t inform people because no one wants to assume that the reserved seats are for them.

4 – Cake Cutting Set

5 – Invitation suite to be photographed – Have this and the rings, dress, shoes, something borrowed, something blue etc. ready and waiting when your photographers arrive so that they can knock these photos out first and you’re not having to run around looking for things while trying to get ready.

5 – A box for cards to put on your gift table (if you are having one). Yes, of course guest can just leave cards on the table but if there isn’t a box or somewhere obvious to put them, we constantly have guests coming up to us asking “where do we put the cards”. Typically there’s money in the cards so your guest just really want to ensure that they put it in they don’t get misplaced.

6 – Vases for your bouquets – Don’t just assume that your florist is delivering your bouquets to you in a decorative vase that you can later repurpose. If you don’t tell them that you plan on displaying your bouquets later on in the reception they may come in containers not fit for show.

7 – Checkbook and cash for tips. Be sure to verify with your vendors beforehand what types of payment are acceptable.

8 – Baskets for coozies etc.

9 – Pens for your guest book

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!!!

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

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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