From the bride, Beverly:
My mom had been vacationing in Cashiers for 20+ years. My mom passed away suddenly from cancer three years ago and I wanted to feel close to her spirit. There is nothing prettier than the vistas and backdrops of being in the mountains. Just being outside in the mountains with God’s creation puts me in a good mood.
In lieu of bridesmaids (other than my two daughters), I elected to have my seven closest friends “randomly” stand up from their seats and recite the LOVE verses from I Cor 13. It brought the audience into the ceremony and felt like my friends were speaking words of scripture directly to us.
Ray and I decided not only would I walk down, but we would leave as husband and wife, to “You Are My Sunshine” – a song my mom sang to my girls when they were babies and we discovered Ray’s mom had done the same with him.
I loved that Ray and I, with my girls, led the procession of our guests from the ceremony site along a streamer lined gravel path to the barn, where the reception was held.
My advice: ENJOY this time as an engaged couple and planning of the wedding together, as a couple. Then choose a well experienced and local wedding planning to coordinate your ideas.
Beverly & Raymond’s
Venue: Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley. The best natural setting around the area.
Event Planner/Designer: Elizabeth Fletcher, I DO Events Atlanta. She is so much more than your typical wedding coordinator…..she is a creative planner that can help you bring all your ideas into a singular event. Plus, having the been in so many aspects of wedding planning, she has a myriad of contacts for absolutely anything you may need.
Photographer: Marisu Wehrenberg and Shannah Montgomery of Zoomworks Photography. They were fantastic to work with…..loved having two there the entire day, as they got great angles.
Band: The Boomers. Vaughn and David rocked, literally, and even lent their Christian song writing and acoustic voices for our ceremony.
Lighting: Get Lit Special Event Lighting. Dave Watson was fabulous.
Florist: Rooms in Bloom Flowers. Paul was beyond wonderful to work with, and I just loved the finished product.
Wedding Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier…adored my dress…..best splurge ever!
Hair Stylist: Joel Jacovino, Salon Muse.
Honeymoon Location: Oia, Santorini, Greece…..BEST location for a honeymoon….so romantic.
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