Welcome to Wedding Wednesday!
We have the official photos back which means you’re in luck. A flood of wedding photos is coming your way!
Although I suppose if you don’t like weddings or care about mine then you’re out of luck. If you find yourself identifying with that last sentence then click over to this post about Cacti. If you don’t like weddings OR cacti then feel free to click away because you can’t sit with us.
j/k j/k I’m totally a bandwagon cactus fan. I don’t fully understand the obsession except that I too have that obsession.
I’ve already posted some phone snapshots from the day here.
I also want to thank our fabulous photographer Chelsea of Flightless Bird Photography for all these amazing shots. I’m having so much fun reliving the day over and over. Do me a favor and go give her Facebook page a like or follow her on Instagram.
I plan to recap our entire day, but this is a blog and I’m told you’re supposed to spread it out for an entire year. I’m also supposed to drop teasers and hints to big surprises so here’s a teaser. It’s even better because it’s in Black and white AND I’m looking away…I’m so sneaky.
Today is all about the venue though, the rest will have to wait.
We got married just outside of Asheville, NC on a beautiful property called Memory Mountain at Wolf Laurel. They’re not what you’d call a traditional wedding venue but they’ve done almost 100 weddings there! The owners Steve and his family are amazing and really truly have hearts of Gold.We rented out 3 cabins for everyone to stay at
We rented out 3 cabins on the property for everyone to stay at. The ceremony was down in a field and the reception was at one of the cabins. I’m calling them cabins but they sleep 15 people and are mansion size. These aren’t shacks in the woods.
Below is where we were going to hold our ceremony, but that weekend I changed my mind to the larger Arbor. Same field, just off to the side.
In case you’re considering having your own wedding there, we rented out Lakeside, Waterfall, & Hummingbird. Lakeside is the reception cabin so you have to rent that one, and then we chose the other two based on our guests and family needs. I can’t say enough good things about this place. It’s breathtaking. It’s a mountain oasis. If you’re thinking about having your wedding here, just do it. Call Steve and do it. Family reunion? Stay here. Getaway weekend? Yup.
You can thank me later.
I was a little preoccupied with other things so didn’t think to take many photos of the inside of the cabins. My bad, but I think my excuse was pretty good. And you can see all that from the links above so if you’re really interested in booking a stay here I suggest you go look there.
Back to me….
To begin, Steven (Steve’s son) put out these pallets are every turn leading up the cabins. It was totally unexpected and such a nice touch! Not to mention super helpful because the GPS wasn’t always the most helpful in the mountains. That’s just kinda the deal when you’re in the mountains, but it really wasn’t too difficult to find.
We did have a guest go all the way to the resort that’s further up the mountain and knock on doors asking for the Sheron/Barros wedding. Needless to say, they were met with blank stares….don’t be those people….look for the signs… (in all fairness they came in the dark so it wasn’t their fault but it’s still a funny story lol)
Also, be forewarned, the gravel road that takes you up to the cabins can be a bit of a no-go for certain vehicles. We were there during some major thunderstorms and torrential rains so perhaps it’s not usually so bad. Every car that attempted the climb made it, but I suggest leaving your luxury vehicles behind.
There were times when wheels were spinning and going nowhere.
Once you make it up the road you’re met with all the amazing cabins. Seriously each one is more magnificent than the last! If I could live there forever I so totally would. It was like a world away and everything we wanted for our weekend. Plus it’s only about 30min from Asheville so there’s plenty of exploring to do if you don’t want to hide away from civilization.
Another thing I should warn you about…..there’s a wolf that roams the grounds. His name is Lobo and he’s kinda awesome. Awesome in the fact that he’s perfectly pleasant to people (sheds like crazy though so don’t let him get near your dress on W-day) but if you’re a deer you might be dinner.
We didn’t end up getting a wedding photo with him like JB wanted, but Steve did bring him to the ceremony in a bow tie.
Pretty epic if ya ask me.
Again, just a reminder that if you want to see the inside of the cabins, so check out the VRBO listings I linked to at the top. As for the outside and reception area. I got you covered.
Here’s a good side view to show how big they are. This one happens to be the cabin we held out reception at. You can see more photos of the giant double porches below.
After being in each cabin I can’t say which is my favorite because they were all awesome. But I will say the best Master Bedroom was in Waterfall. But I’m also biased because I stayed in that room with my Mom and sisters and my emotions were pretty nostalgic heavy that day.
THE RECEPTION SITE
We held our reception at Lakeside, which if you have your wedding here is the cabin you’re required to hold it at. Trust me though it does not disappoint. The garage is FULL of wedding decor for you to use. After every wedding, Brides leave behind all sorts of things. Looking for a chalkboard? check
Looking for a chalkboard? check
Want vases with lace, twine, burlap, or ribbon? Got all those.
Shepard’s hooks, tea lights, barn doors, pallets, arrows, clothes pins, twinkle lights, the light goes on.
It was literally a treasure trove of wedding goodies. Of course, you have to sort through everything yourself, but for a DIY bride, this is heaven. I suggest a visit pre-wedding to take a peek at everything and then plan your purchases accordingly. I had to buy very little besides my yarn crafts.
Now the actual reception porch is below.
White Christmass lights are always up and there are plenty of extension cords to plug in speakers and anything else you need.
Steve will arrange the tables however you’d like and make sure you have enough chairs. We had 47 guests including ourselves and all fit on the top porch for dinner. We also set up the gift & dessert table upstairs with the bar & games set-up downstairs.
I will say it gets pretty dark on the lower porch as the night goes on so people drifted back upstairs & the kegs were lugged back upstairs, but by then a lot of guests had wandered back to their rooms and it was mostly the late crown playing card games and simply hanging out.
Here’s a look out from the upper porch.
The gazebo above was our “dance floor.” I put it in parenthesis because we didn’t really have any dancing beside our First Dance, the Daddy-Daughter, & Mother-Son dances. We had a giant Jenga game & other things going on so it was a more relaxed reception instead of your tradition low-light, loud music reception. That’s just who we are.
So there ya have it. A pretty good look at our venue (pre wedding decorations).
I also now realize how long this post is so thank you to anyone who actually scrolled all the way down. *waves hello* I don’t even expect you to have read it all, just the fact that you got to the bottom is a major feat in and of itself! You’re basically a Rockstar friend and I appreciate you.
If you’re a bride planning her wedding and considering Memory Mountain at Wolf Laurel, stick around to see more Wedding Posts in all their wedding glory!
Until next time!