We did it! Tying the knot was one of the best experiences of my life. It was absolute chaos. Especially trying to put together a destination wedding in another country. It was wonderful, different, Lovely! We had the wedding in Cherokee, NC. It was an outdoor ceremony in a gorgeous spot by a waterfall that I wouldn’t have changed for anything. We chose America because we wanted to travel there, and were surprised with a honeymoon to the South after our engagement. Awesome! Cherokee is gorgeous! The mountains are so high and beautiful and it really was a dream come true!
It took forever to get the pictures we wanted in, but we got really lucky with the photography situation so I cannot complain at all. I quickly realized that American wedding photographers cost our monthly salary. So there was no-way we could possibly manage it. When our wedding planner there realized that we were considering asking our guests to take as many phone pics as possible, she jumped into action. (I will be writing a happy review of her at a later date) She managed to find someone who needed to practice event photography and was willing to help us out for the experience. YES!! So, while these aren’t million dollar photographs, they are ours. And they are priceless! I have included as many as I can. Unfortunately, most of the photographs are of the group, and you can imagine that many of our guests are not very comfortable with photos of themselves being posted on the worldwide web. I must respect that.
I’m trying to give you a glimpse of the whole process, starting from the emotional moment I found my perfect dress.
Here is when I found the dress. I knew it was ‘The One’ because it was so comfortable and I just started to cry a bit. Surprisingly, this exact emotional moment was captured, so I’m sharing it with you. Because really, who gets to witness this on the regular?
The dress looks strapless, but it isn’t. There’s an entire neckline which consists of flesh/pink colored netting/beading. I have never seen anything quite like it and loved the fact that I didn’t have to spend all day pulling it up. This dress was so comfortable and felt so good that I didn’t want to take it off!
Here’s the back view:
This is the reception venue. We had it set-up the day before because everyone had to travel in and we all stayed in a cabin area so we made a whole trip of it.
This really cool, somewhat scary love-swing faces the other direction so you can swing out over the rushing creek. It is quite romantic, but a bit tricky to maneuver in a wedding dress.
There was also an indoor venue, where we were able to decorate the tables identically to here, and this Moose that I just HAD to dress-up like a drunken University student. Hehehe 😉 Sadly, I have no usable photos of the space. Hubby’s phone kept dying in the heat & my memory is beyond full.
The night before, we were able to have a nice party with a great lay-out of home-cooking recipes. It was delicious! My bridal diet was a no-go that night.
This is the Ceremony Area. This location could not be beat! I have to put several pics of the waterfall because it was so long and tall that it can’t be completely captured in 1 photo.
What you see here are the wedding blankets and double-spouted wedding vase. The blue blanket covers us as singles, and the white covers us as a couple.
Having my hair done. This lady was incredible! She worked fast and it was beautiful! ‘I cannot do imperfect hair.’ she tells me. But even my messy up-do, was absolutely perfect! I highly recommend her to anyone in the area that needs some help with their hair. She’s professional, excellent at what she does and funny as hell! Viv Wildcatt, you rock my world 😉 (Again, review coming)
The Kiss that sealed the deal!
Let the birdseed rain down!
For the Wedding Reception, the event was catered incredibly by ‘An Affair to Remember’ (also an upcoming review). The menu consisted of Spring Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing, Asparagus, Macaroni and Cheese, Mixed Vegetables, Rice Pilaf, Baked Chicken Breast, Baked Salmon and Bread Rolls. Not to mention Lemonade, Water, Sweet Tea and some DIY drinks for the brave at heart. 😉
This is our wedding cake, made by Agape Catering and it was delicious! We actually had to order this one in from a baker several hours away. But it was worth it! It was a Sweet Potato Cake (1st one I’ve ever heard of in my life and the reason why we could justify ordering in because it was sooooo cool!) and the top layer was a Spice Cake. Now, I know that it sounds like something that would be in an autumn or winter wedding. But really, who cares? We really wanted it and it was delicious! I’m not kidding, the entire cake was eaten! Not a piece left for us to pig-out on during the honeymoon. That was fine by us, we were just so happy our guests enjoyed it as much as we did!
I had to have my favourite Champagne for toasting. Nicolas Feuillatte, you have my brand loyalty. As you know, we were on a very tight budget as most of it was eaten up by airfare & accommodation. I was so fortunate in that when my Most-Awesome Maid of Honor saw how excited I got when I saw it in the shop and how disappointed I was that couldn’t get it for all to share, she bought it just for the newlyweds and a ‘consider it a wedding gift’ gift. YAY!
I really wanted our guests to have fun. I did not want to allow for anyone sitting bored waiting for the festivities to end. So, we had a games area in back for the 2 days of wedding celebrations. We had hula-hoops and corn hole, plus a fire pit burning where there was a S’mores station. I had my first S’mores ever and it was SO GOOD!
We just HAD to expand the budget a bit more because with a lot of begging & an awesome local wedding planner, we were able to get this troupe of Indian Dancers to come for the reception. They were INCREDIBLE! Everyone loved it and there’s nothing like being able to surprise your guests with one hell of a local culture display. These gentleman were so kind and extremely talented. The photos do not do justice because they were in fast motion and it was difficult to capture. We did manage to get some video clips, but I am still trying to get all those in. (So, maybe I can post again at a later date when I have all of it)
All in all, despite the challenges, our wedding was amazing! We have fantastic memories that we will carry with us always, and we are so grateful to everyone who pulled together and worked so hard to make this a fantastic day for us!
Enjoying marital bliss
P.S.- Now please, to all the naysayers who notice the difference in my size: Before making any negative comments, please keep in mind that I had to have major abdominal surgery 2 months before the big day. I did everything in my power to keep the weight down while not being able to lift anything or even walk the dogs. Thank you.