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Destination Appalachian Mountains

Amy & Chris  |  August 17th  |  Valle Crucis, North Carolina

From the bride:  We wanted to get married in the mountains and specifically outdoors, so we had to have a destination wedding (because there are no mountains in Florida!). We wanted a rustic-chic type wedding because that matches our style and personalities. I wanted to make the wedding our own. I’m not the most conventional (my ring is a pink emerald, after all!) and I didn’t do anything just because I felt obligated or that it was tradition. Chris and I chose things that are reflections of us. That means we had some quirky aspects — bird cake toppers, a tree print for guests to sign instead of a traditional guest book and for keepsakes we had a Polaroid station and had guests leave us notes on their picture. We tried to make the night a true, personal reflection of ourselves.

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I made most of the decorations myself. I’m pretty creative and have eclectic tastes, so I’m always trying to come up with things that “go” but don’t look totally put together. I let each of the bridesmaids find their own dresses for that reason. Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina

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I loved the wands we made for the flower girls instead of the traditional flowers in a basket. Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina

I  wanted to take a spin on the photobooth trend and so instead we got a Polaroid camera to create a “snap station.” We hung up a decorative bird cage with mini clothespins and asked people to leave us a note on their Polaroid and then pin it. I made a “LOVE” banner that was used as a backdrop on the barn at the “snap station.” It makes for a perfect decoration at our house with lots of keepsakes!  Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina Destination Wedding Appalachian Mountains, Western North Carolina

My advice: Keep your wedding personal. Think about what you really want on your dream day — and not just because you feel obligated — and try to accomplish that.  Make the wedding a reflection of who you are and what you love, even when it comes down to the food choices! Don’t get so caught up with the hype and details that you lose focus that the day is really about a guy and a girl who are celebrating love, life and a new journey they are about to take together!

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Amy’s RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Venue & Lodgings: The Mast Farm Inn.  Mast Farm was the perfect venue. The gardens are gorgeous and the barn and Inn are amazing features of the property. Not only was it a great wedding venue but our guests loved staying there and I am so happy they enjoyed themselves too!
Photographer:  Revival Photography   //  Florist: Pearl’s Garden  //  DJ: Dail Holderness  //  Bird Cake Toppers: Blossom Hill on Etsy

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  • Heather with Revival Photography May 1, 2014 6:57 pm

    Thanks so much for the feature you guys!! Beautiful blog post!
  • Alize May 2, 2014 1:11 am

    What a nice wedding ceremony.
Rustic Comfort in Colorado

Amber & Jared | September 7th |  Larkspur, Colorado

From the bride,
We just wanted a laid back wedding that was “comfortable” for everyone to enjoy yet memorable!

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The ceremony was held on the lawn with the beautiful mountains in the background!  The location just couldn’t be beat in our opinions! The highlight was the wonderful weather we had that day.

Rustic Comfort Wedding in Colorado Rustic Comfort Wedding in ColoradoWe had the reception in the barn, which is absolutely gorgeous. Rustic Comfort Wedding in ColoradoThe table linens were purple with burlap on top and the centerpieces were square vases with purple ribbon around the top and green apples inside with a sunflower on the top.

Rustic Comfort Wedding in ColoradoJared wrote a little story on everyone’s personalized menu about the table that they were sitting at which was a different city/town in Germany that we were going to visit on our honeymoon!

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Rustic Comfort Wedding in ColoradoLooking back, I LOVED that feeling of it being “your” day!! I HATED how fast the day went!  Yikes it flew by!  I CRIED as I walked down the aisle!  Yep I was one of “those”!!!  And yes I LAUGHED AND GIGGLED when I knew I would spend the rest of my life with the man I love!!!  We had an awesome wedding!!! Rustic Comfort Wedding in Colorado

Amber & Jared’s
RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Venue:  Crooked Willow FarmsBeautiful, nothing can compare in my opinion!
Event Design & Planner: JA Special EventsJessica was wonderful to work with!!  Love her and everything she did for us.
Photographer: Brinton Studios. Very easy and laid back couple.  They were fun to work with and the results were amazing!!  We love our pictures and they will be cherished forever!
Musicians: DJ RIPM and Maestro Hughes. Couldn’t have asked for anyone better!  These two are remarkable together and really made that lasting touch for our wedding that everyone remembered!
Caterer & Dessert:  Catering By Design  //   Florist: Statice Floral  //    Guest Lodging: Inverness Hotel  //  Videographer: Lupher Arts  //   Hair & Makeup: Haute Hair and Makeup

Honeymoon Location:  Europe! England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Italy!!

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Inspired by Nature

Elizabeth & Parker | June 29th | Grand Lake, Colorado

From the bride:
We absolutely love the outdoors and that was a priority of ours- finding a venue that reflected that desire, as well as displayed the grandeur of Jesus. The town of Grand Lake is so quaint and there is so much at your fingertips for your guests to experience.

Durling Photography | Luxe Mountain WeddingsWe wanted our day to be unique to us as a couple and ultimately reflect our love for one another and the Lord. Durling Photography | Luxe Mountain Weddings Durling Photography | Luxe Mountain Weddings Durling Photography | Luxe Mountain Weddings Durling Photography | Luxe Mountain Weddings Durling Photography | Luxe Mountain Weddings

With the grandeur of Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Lake encompassing us, our wedding ceremony took place outdoors. There was such a lovely feeling of rustic elegance in our natural surroundings.

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The flowers were a spectacular assortment of ivory, coral and eucalyptus green combined with the contrast of birch bark and aspen branches.

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Elizabeth & Parker’s
RECOMMENDED VENDORS
Event Planner: Jessica Adler, JA Special Events.  Jessica’s experience, connections, insight, and flexibility made our nine-month engagement move so flawlessly into our special day.
Venue, Caterer, Lodging: Grand Lake Lodge  //  Photographer: Durling Photography  //   Cake: Mulberries Cake Shop  //   Florist: Statice Floral   //   Personalize Stationary, Wedding & Announcement Invitations and Personalized Thank You Gifts: The Perfect Paperie   //  Bride’s Gown: Lea Ann Belter from Felice Bridal Salon  //  Hair & Makeup: Kut Above Salon  //  DJ: Elite DJ Entertainment  //   Videographer: One Fine Day Productions – view the film

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  • Alize April 2, 2014 9:06 pm

    I love a pink wedding, it is so romantic.
  • Mark April 3, 2014 9:01 pm

    Gorgeous post! The location looks absolutely stunning.