After seven wonderful years together we decided to tie the knot. We were married in our home state of North Carolina on July 3, 2014. It was a perfect day filled with laughter and good cheer all around. We were only in NC a limited number of days before the wedding so we had a creative in our crafting endeavors.
Bridesmaids dresses were handmade by Soho Mode in NYC. The dresses are one of a kind and each bridesmaid choose the pattern that fit their personalities best. I bought my dress at a Brides for a Cause roadshow in Seattle. I found the perfect second hand dress and it is for a great cause!
More about Brides for a Cause:
Brides for a Cause is more than a bridal store – it’s a bridal store to raise funds for charity! We are partnered with Wish Upon A Wedding, a non profit organization dedicated to granting weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering situations. Brides for a Cause collects and resells donated wedding dresses on behalf of Wish Upon A Wedding to help raise funds for the charity. We collect new and gently used wedding dress donations from individuals and bridal stores around the country and resell them at discounted prices. Help us make a difference. Reuse. Resell. Re-wear. http://bridesforacause.com/
Sherrill’s Inn also known as “The Big House” is well known locally as house and space for gathering of friends. The venue was complete with a square dancing floor, apple orchard, rope swings, gardens, historic house and a maze of hedges for endless pictures taking opportunities.
History of Sherrill’s Inn
Sherrill’s Inn was a way-station for stagecoach travelers and cattle drivers on the “Hickory Nut Turnpike,” which connected Rutherfordton and Asheville, throughout most of the 19th century. The inn was built sometime between 1839 and 1850 for Bedford Sherrill, who was appointed a Commissioner by the 1841 General Assembly for the purpose of building and keeping up the Turnpike. State roads such as the Hickory Nut Turnpike offered the only effective commercial access between Western North Carolina and the outside world. Sherrill’s Inn was opened to travelers at least as early as February of 1850. For more information and photos of the Inn click here.
We used Hendersonville Tents for our tent rental and couldn’t have been happier. They were super helpful and their rentals were top notch!
The flowers were a mix of homegrown flowers plotted out in the the spring and grown by the my dad and some from the local farm near the venue Flying Cloud Farm and the Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market. Getting married in July allowed for beauty bounty of color and crop.Working with Annie Louise Perkinson at Flying Cloud Farm was wonderful. She was easy to communicate with and worked with me to design the look I wanted. I found a vintage cameo at a local thrift store and had Annie include it in my bridal bouquet.
We had a lovely fiddle player for the pre-ceremony and ceremony and a local bluegrass band for the cocktail hour.
We truly truly loved our wedding photographers Jameykay and Arlie Photography. They were professional, approachable and fun to work with. Photography was an important part of our big day and something Tommy and I really cared about. Hiring Jameykay and Arlie left us stress free about the photos because we knew we were in good hands. Couldn’t have been more satisfied!
Decorations and Decor
1,000 Paper Cranes- My amazingly talented Aunt HR, handmade 1,000 paper cranes for our ceremony and reception.She used a mix of red, yellow, and newspaper to create stunning curtains of paper cranes. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. Some stories believe you are granted eternal good luck, instead of just one wish. A thousand paper cranes are traditionally given as a wedding gift by the father, who is wishing a thousand years of happiness and prosperity upon the couple. We are so grateful for HR’s hard work and love in making 1,000 paper cranes and to my bridesmaids who helped string them all.
Wedding Arch- We used the paper cranes as a backdrop for wedding arch. The arch was constructed of rhododendron branches but together by my little cousin, Sammy and brother-in-law Pasquale. We were down to the final hour on figuring out of wedding arch and these two pulled through and zip-tied up this fabulous arch.
Centerpieces- We used cut up lemons to lined water vases full of flowers. Special thanks to my cousin Jarrett for hauling a huge box of lemons up from Atlanta!
Papermoon Cake Topper- We spent one Saturday crafting up our wedding topper to match our papermoon photobooth.
Papermoon Photobooth- Long before Instagram, photo booths or even the common ownership of a camera, you could get your photograph taken sitting on the moon. Often a fixture at fairs, parties and carnivals, people sat in the crescent of a smiling “paper moon,” as if lifted to the stars. A photographic phenomena primarily of the early half of the 20th century, it captivated the imagination of a world pre-Photoshop and gave many a memorable image of great times.
We wanted to recreate this nostalgic idea for our wedding. Tommy spent several days creating our wedding papermoon photobooth. I am lucky to have such a crafty man!