An Earthy Elegance
I was ecstatic to meet Bethiny & James. I remember leaving our initial consult meeting and just feeling a sense of happiness - as I often do meeting couples, but their ideas and the concept behind their big day had me overly excited from the start. I knew it was going to be unique, I knew it was going to be beautiful, and I knew it was going to be fun.
They did a lot of things different! Bethiny wore a blue dress and stood on the right side with her maids during the ceremony.
Everything took place at the Skyland Resort off of Skyline Drive. Guests stayed at the resort and made a weekend out of it! When guests arrived they were greeted with exquisite welcome bags that hosted trail maps, resort information, a book about the different trees, timing of events, snacks, and even some bear poop (chocolate) ;)
The ceremony took place near the lodge which overlooked the valley and mountains - simply breathtaking views. They offered guests "Spar-Tea" and "his and her" favorite snacks upon arrival to the ceremony. Spartacus is the name of their sweet pup - since he couldn't be there they wanted to make sure they included him! Each seat had either a unique bell collected by the bride for guests to ring after the ceremony or a hand crafted box of milk wheat to blow into the wind.
After the ceremony, guests headed down to the reception hall which was a short walk down the mountain, for cocktail hour and the reception. Cornhole was set up in the field outside of the hall, the bonfire was lit, beautiful arrangements by Peggy at Long's floristcovered the mantle and center pieces, there was a family tree which held pictures of family members, a giving tree where guests could write a note and pick a charity for the couple to donate to, a handmade quilt hung on tree branches for guests to sign as their guest book, a whimsical wreath hung in the center of the hall - handmade by Emily of Allison Barnes Events, and a photo booth on the patio complete with props. The favors were saplings in mason jars labeled "love grows"! Each centerpiece was different & made of a collection of unique bottles, vases, and votive holders.
It was a beautiful evening and we couldn't have asked for more perfect weather! How amazing are these pictures? Shot by Keesha of Ruby Sky Photography.
Congratulations Bethiny & James - we were so honored to be a part of your big day!