I just love mountain weddings that incorporate Pantone's color of the year into the details. This year's color combination of serenity blue and rose quarts was practically made for mountain weddings. I've spend many nights watching the mountain sky light up with a vibrant rose quartz horizon and fades into a zenith of serenity blue. It's like nature's way of celebrating pretty ombre. For their wedding, designers Jessica and Shane naturally and skillfully infused this year's colors into their classically rustic springtime mountain wedding. I particularly love the invitation suite with that uses the National Park Service badge, the traditional blue ridge parkway mountain motif and a rose quartz setting sun. It's absolute perfection. I know you'll also be swooning over all the other splendidly homespun details, including birch bark details and a simple, rustic buttercream cake. Christy McKee Photography was on hand to capture every lovely detail.
Jessica + Shane
April 16, 2016
Shenandoah National Park
Wedding day weather: 68 and sunny with a beautiful mountain breeze
Number of guests: 60
Your budget: $10,000
Biggest splurge: The wedding dress
Biggest savings: The wedding invitations
Why did you choose the Mountains for your wedding?
Having both grown up in separate towns along the Blue Ridge Mountains, it felt a little bit like home to the both of us. With the beautiful overlooks and quaint cottages, we couldn't say no. The venue fit us and our guests perfectly.
Wedding day theme:
We're both designers so we wanted to pull the Pantone colors of the year into our wedding colors. Aside from that, we just wanted to keep things clean yet rustic.
Where did you find your inspiration?
In each other. After visiting the venue we immediately started to feed off of each other's excitement and generate new ideas to try. That combined with Pinterest, we couldn't go wrong!
How did you choose to personalize your wedding?
We worked with our officiant to write our own ceremony. We also did our wedding favors and some of the decorative touches at the reception.
What was your favorite part of the reception?
The s'mores pit! And dancing with my dad of course.
What are three things you're super glad you did?
- Kept the ceremony short and meaningful.
- Skipped the bridal party. All our guests were special.
- Had a fire for everyone to gather after the wedding so the party could continue.
What was the biggest challenge in planning your mountain wedding and how did you overcome it?
Finding vendors who were willing to make the hike! Thankfully word of mouth was strong and we were able to come through with some amazing vendors.
How did you find and choose your vendors?
Word of mouth from the planner at the venue mainly
What is your best piece of advice to other mountain brides who are planning their weddings?
Shenandoah National Park Wedding Vendors
Wedding Photography: Christy McKee Photography | Wedding Cake: Bijou's Sweet Treats | Music: Double J Entertainment |Videography: Lovell Productions | Ceremony: Sacred Celebrations | Wedding Flowers: Wedding Muse | Officiant: Sacred Celebrations | Event Venue: Skyland Resort | Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters Bridesmaids | Hair Stylist: Wendy Brown