Surrounded by Forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Willow & Paul | May 19th | Black Mountain, North Carolina
From the bride, Willow:
We wanted a venue that showed off the natural beauty of the area, so our guests, who were all traveling from out of town, would really be able to feel outside of their everyday. We also wanted a blank canvas that we could make our own and a venue with at least some lodging on site. My family and oldest friends are mostly from the Chicago area, Paul’s are largely from New Jersey, and we live in Brooklyn. It’s not very common for everyone we love to be in the same place at the same time, and we wanted to provide the stage for that kind of togetherness.
My favorite décor element was the doors. I had originally envisioned an indoor wedding, so the theme of the décor was “outside in and inside out.” We had eight antique, off-white doors installed in an open field to create a somewhat structured aisle from the door of the tent to the actual aisle at the ceremony site. It ended up giving the space a fanciful, Alice in Wonderland, feel. The florist added a chandelier on a wood stump and terrariums for centerpieces which also played up the indoor/outdoor theme.
My absolute favorite detail was my dress. I loved my dress. It was a ballgown with a contemporary, artistic, and vintage edge. I’d already tried on a bunch of dresses, and when I tried this one it felt perfect.
The place cards, which turned out perfect, were my obligatory, patience-testing DIY project. I rented a late-1960s vintage typewriter, typed out names and table number onto manila shipping tags, and tied ribbons on to them in colors that represented the attendees’ chosen entrées. It looked vintage, natural and elegant.The best thing about our wedding was being with the people we love, and feeling their love and their support of us. Everyone who attended went out of their way to share our big day with us. Without them there none of the details would have mattered.
Photography: Whitmeyer Photography // Event Planner: Shay Brown Events // Venue: Lake Eden // Floral Design: Flora Event and Floral Design // Catering: Black Eyed Susan Catering // Music: Sound Extreme Entertainment // Bakery: Short Street Cakes // Hair Stylist: Cody’s Wedding Creations
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