For their wedding, Rachel and Kyle, they decided to have it in Asheville, North Carolina. Their mutual love of rustic folk vibes brought them together in the Memory Mountain at Wolf Laurel venue where the couple and their families stayed in the gorgeously crafted lodges on the property.
The morning of the wedding the fog rolled in and covered the mountains in a dreamy glow. Both the ceremony and the reception took place in the beautifully renovated barn which was aglow in market string lights.
The couple hand crafted their arch way for the ceremony and all of the flowers and centerpieces were created by the mother of the bride.
An intimate gathering of 75 guests filled the barn to watch Kyle and Rachel exchange emotional vows. The bride and groom filled a potted plant with dirt from each of their home states to symbolize their love coming together and blossoming as one. “Let Love Grow” was the overall theme of the evening with parting favors of miniature succulents and rosemary plants for their guests.
Rachel + Kyle
Memory Mountain at Wolf Laurel
January 9, 2016
Wedding day weather: Overcast and drizzly
Number of guests: 70
Your budget: 15,000
Biggest splurge: Catering
Biggest savings: The Venue!
Why did you choose the Mountains for your wedding?
We wanted to escape the distractions of city life. In the mountains, we had the freedom to focus on what is most important- each other.
Wedding day theme:
I've always loved the barn wedding aesthetic, so when we found one in the mountains we need it was our venue. Is there a term for rustic mountain barn weddings? If so, that was our theme.
Where did you find your inspiration?
Our relationship. The mountains have an innate intimacy to them, something warm and wise and eternal. We thought it was the most symbolic way to exchange our love.
Pinterest didn't hurt, either!
How did you choose to personalize your wedding?
For our guest book, we had our maid of honor draw a pine tree. Each branch was used for a guest's name!
What was your favorite part of the reception?
The food. Words cannot express how amazing our caterers were. They somehow made heavy hors d'oeurves and a macaroni station into a classy, beautiful display. Many brides have stories of being so busy during the reception that they don't have a chance to taste the food- not me! I can personally attest that all of it was incredible.
What are three things you're super glad you did?
First and foremost, I'm glad I let go of the reigns (a little). My mom was responsible for all of our decor and creating the flower arrangements. Type-A personality that I am, it was difficult to delegate tasks at first but, in the end, it made the wedding so much more enjoyable.
I'm also so glad that I purchased a pre-owned weding gown. It was exactly what I wanted and a fraction of the price!
Lastly, I'm glad that I chose to include fun, silly aspects to the day. For our exit song down the aisle, I surprised my husband with “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness. He was so surprised and absolutely loved it. It also was a brilliant way to transition from the romantic ceremony to the wild reception.
What was the biggest challenge in planning your mountain wedding and how did you overcome it?
The most challenging aspect of planning our wedding was the inability to visualize it! We lived four hours away from the venue, so choosing decor and catering layouts were difficult.
During our trips to the area, we made sure to take plenty of reference photos of the venue- that was key. We also planned all of our tastings during one weekend so as to spare ourselves multiple voyages.
How did you find and choose your vendors?
Asheville has such a wide variety of restaurants and bakeries that we knew finding our vendors would be a delicious challenge. We tasted samples at several top-rated bakeries, but it wasn't until the end of the day that we found Artista Cakes. She offers such an interesting selection of cakes, frostings, and ganaches. With our three-tiered cake, she offered to personalize each layer with different flavors. We ended up choosing a one layer with s'mores cake and chocolate frosting and two layers with chocolate stout cake and salted caramel frosting.
Choosing a caterer was muss less challenging. After speaking with Ashlet from Smash Events, I knew they were the ones. Ashley completely understood our woodsy aesthetic and offered decor of her own to accent the serving tables. At our tasting, we loved their flare on everything, especially the bite-sized chicken and waffles (grilled chicken with plantain and aioli). When they served us their gourmet mac-n-cheese in a martini glass, we were sold!
What is your best piece of advice to other mountain brides who are planning their weddings?
The mountains are a solace to the soul. Remember that your perfect day doesn't have to be “perfect,” so forget all of the tiny details and focus on the ones that you two will remember.
Asheville Wedding Vendors
Wedding Photographer: Krista Lajara | Venue: Memory Mountain at Wolf Laurel | Caterer: Smash Events | Wedding Cake: Artista Cakes | Officiant: Steve Powell | Brides Dress: Rosa Clara Ubeda | Shoes: Marc Fisher Teagin Suede Pumps at Macy's | Jewelry: earrings from Adornmonde, | Sash: from BHLDN | Bridesmaids Dresses: jjshouse.com | Grooms/Groomsmen Suit: theblacktux.com | Engagement ring: Brilliant Earth | Wedding ring: JewelryULoveByAby on Etsy | Grooms Ring: GrandJunctionGuy on Etsy | Save the Date: Nestingprojectwed on Etsy | Invitation: DIY by Bride | DJ: Robby Cusic from A Bride's DJ