Blue Ridge Parkway Wedding

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Some weddings I have to remind myself that I’m actually working, and not just attending, they’re so fun. Mind you, I’m busy the entire time, striving hard to capture the most magical images I can, and every wedding I work on is a pleasure. Occasionally, though, the fun and frolicking and festivities are so infectiously wonderful, so deliciously delightful, that I find myself having an absolute blast the entire time. Those events, those weddings, are bliss. For the couple, the guests, and for me.

This recent wedding up at the historic Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway was one such wedding. The bride and groom choose a vintage mountain theme and customized numerous aspects, through either handmade touches they did themselves (the bride made the bunting flags, menus, programs, cork board seating chart, flower girl’s headband, place cards, signs, table runners, bridesmaid’s hair pieces, and burlap cone flower holders) or through crafts made by Etsy-sourced artisans (the custom birdie cake topper, earrings given to the bridesmaids as part of their gifts, tags used for names on the corkboard, and grey and white straws for drinking Cheerwine). Their French lavender and vanilla cake was made by Dough Bakery in Asheville and consisted of stacked layers of crepes, which is just genius. The lovely floral arrangements were made by the Flower Gallery of Asheville.

Other items were vintage, including the vases (all different shapes and sizes of vintage milk glass, mercury glass, and cracked ceramic pots) and the candle holders.  As part of their thank you gifts given to the bridesmaids and mothers, the couple gave each a vintage (but washed!) handkerchief collected from antique shops.  The bride also collected the vintage linen postcards that were used rather than a guest book.  Her ‘Old item’ was her maternal grandmother’s ring, worn on my right hand.  ‘New’ items included her shoes, dress, and headband, while her ‘Borrowed’ item was the pearl necklace, a family heirloom.  Lastly, the bride’s something ‘Blue’ came in the form of earrings, calcite and silver beauties made by Becky Kelso.

Every aspect of this wedding was so lovingly thought out and so cleverly executed. The day was gorgeous, the crowd was so much fun, and the air held a bit of magic in it. I have a feeling this was a perfect day for everyone involved, myself included.

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