This lovely fall wedding in Cashiers, NC is full of rustic and vintage details and the fall colors are delightful! This fete was captured by Love Shutter and planned by Shay Brown Events. Love Shutter is a preferred vendor in The Mountainside Guide. Don't forget to read Amanda's wedding planning advice, including her tip about reading your contracts carefully!
Amanda + Brandon
October 25, 2014
Why did you choose the Mountains for your wedding?
My parents have a cabin in Trillium. We love visiting there especially in the fall. We also thought it would be a nice location since I'm originally from Florida and Brandon from upstate NY. We felt like it was “in the middle” and it would be a nice getaway for our family and friends. We really appreciate the seasons and wanted to have a colorful fall wedding.
Wedding Day Weather
67 degrees, sunny
Number of guests that attended
What was your theme for your wedding?
Rustic., burlap, lace, vintage
Where did you find your inspiration?
I got a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest! There are so many wonderful ideas on there!
Alcohol and food were the biggest expense, but the photographer was most important to me. I ended up making some adjustments to the budget in order to get the photographer i wanted and I am so glad i did.
We saved a good amount of money by switching from beef wellington to a prime rib. ($500) the food was still amazing. Also I had my family do flowers and centerpiece for the luncheon the day before the wedding.
How did you choose to personalize your wedding?
My grandparents weren't able to make the wedding since my grandmother passed away many years ago and my grandfather is too fragile to travel so I ordered mason jars from the local Farmer's Market filled with apple-butter (a treat we always enjoyed as kids that grandma and grandpa Wiley would make). Each mason jar had a label with a picture of my grandparents when they first got married. There was also a tag on each with a special (I will send you a picture if I can find one). “Your life is a blessing, your memory a treasure. You're loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.” Wish you were here… In loving memoir of Grandma Wiley and in honor of Grandpa Wiley
What was your favorite part of the reception?
Having all of my favorite people, friends and family all together in one place. It meant the world to me that they made the trip and I could not have been any happier. As I looked around the room every single person was smiling and genuinely happy for Brandon and I. We proudly surround ourselves with supportive and positive people and this was a true testament to that.
What are three things you're super glad you did?
- I am happy I chose the photographer I chose. They were professional, fun, easy going, talented and super create.
- Hiring a wedding planner was a must have for me since I was planning a wedding from thousands of miles away. She was very helpful, organized, creative, and knowledgeable. I wouldn't have been able to do it without Shay Brown Events.
- I am also glad we kept the wedding small so we could spend time with those that are most important to us.
What was the biggest challenge in planning your mountain wedding and how did you overcome it?
The hardest thing was keeping everything organized and to stay in budget. We ended up going about $10,000 over what we wanted to spend, but we feel like it was worth every penny. The day couldn't have gone any better. I had spreadsheets that I kept track of expenses on and that helped me see how much was going where etc.
How did you find and choose your vendors?
My sister found the wedding planners. I found Love Shutter through the Knot.com most other vendors were contacted through the wedding planner.
What is your best piece of advice to other mountain brides who are planning their weddings?
I would tell the bride to try to breathe and try not to let the stress effect your relationship with your fiancé. Planning a wedding is stressful. It's a lot of work, time, money, but nothing is more important that keeping why you're marrying your fiancé in perspective. It's your wedding. Do what you want, don't worry about what others want or think. Ask for help lessen the load, you'll be glad you did. Keep records of expenses, copies of checks you send, and definitely have a copy of the contracts you sign. Read them, thoroughly so you know exactly what you're getting into and what you should expect. and Prioritize and move your funds around to what's most important to you. splurge on the photographer! Don't be afraid do ask questions, ask if vendors can do better with pricing, shop around, read reviews.
Western North Carolina Wedding Vendors
Wedding Photographer: Love Shutter | Wedding Planner: Shay Brown Events | Wedding Venue and Catering: Trillium Clubhouse | Wedding Rentals: Professional Party Rentals | Hair and Makeup: Cody's Wedding Creations & Pop of Color | Wedding Day Music: Sound Extreme | Wedding Cake: Magda's Cakes | Transportation: Trillium's Trolley