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Weekend in Big Canoe, GA

We spent this past weekend in Big Canoe, GA celebrating one of my dear friends and college roommates, Rachel, as she married her best friend. It was a beautiful weekend, and once again, I’m thankful that weddings bring so many of my college friends together for one big reunion and celebration.

Rachel is from Atlanta, and even though Big Canoe is only a little over an hour away from Atlanta, it really seemed like a destination wedding in a way. Big Canoe is a beautiful, private community tucked away in the mountains of Georgia. It was beautiful. Rachel’s parents were so sweet and rented houses for the bridal party and their spouses to stay in, so it was like a little mini-vacation with friends.

Rachel was one of my very first friends at Clemson. We lived on the same hall our freshman year, and then roomed together our junior and senior years. Rachel is one of my sweetest friends and has a lovely, gentle spirit, although she’s certainly not afraid to insert a quick comeback or sarcastic comment into a conversation, which is one of the many reasons I love her. I have so many memories with her from Clemson – everything from sing along dance parties to winning the cake decorating contest at the dining hall our freshman year (we may have gotten the girls on our hall to vote for us multiple times…), from  hiking (and getting lost) to Creeper Trail, to beach trips and football games, and everything else in between. Here’s a picture of us from the summer after our freshman year – back when we were just babies.

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The entire wedding weekend was beautiful and everyone kept saying it was “so Rachel,” which I think it a huge compliment. I love it when a wedding truly reflects who the bride and groom are.

We kicked off the weekend with the bridal luncheon at the lodge, which included lots of girly food and a stunning view.

Rachel Bridal Luncheon

Later that night, we came back to the lodge for the rehearsal dinner. Lots of kind words and laughs were exchanged about the happy couple. It was a fun rehearsal dinner that may have ended with my crazy friend Stephanie doing the Cupid Shuffle with a bunch of old ladies in the pub down the hall from the rehearsal dinner.

Rachel Rehearsal Saturday was full of getting ready and pictures, and it was time for the wedding before we knew it. The ceremony was very personal and sweet – my favorite kind of ceremony. The reception consisted of good food, lots of dancing (including teaching Rachel’s Southern grandmother how to “make it rain”), pretty decorations, and King of Pops stand. I’m not super familiar with King of Pops, but their Salted Chocolate Popsicle was delicious. I may have also tried their Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle. They were both good, but the chocolate was my favorite.

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Brett and Rachel, we’re so happy for you both as you begin this new phase of life. Hope St. Lucia is treating you well!

 

 

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Wedding Weekend in Banner Elk, NC: Part 2

We woke up to the sound of rain on Katie and Mitchell’s wedding day. They had a backup plan in case of rain, but they were really hoping to be able to get married in the gazebo. Apparently the Lord just wanted to send a few “showers of blessings” as Katie’s Nana would say, because everything cleared up by late morning.

The girls headed over to Nana’s house to get ready while the boys went out for breakfast. Katie put together a little breakfast for us to enjoy while we got ready. And yes, you read that right, the bride made breakfast for us. We’ve all embraced the fact that Katie can’t stay out of the kitchen, and we just go with it at this point. The girl loves to cook and serve people.

Part of our breakfast consisted of pastries from Stick Boy Bread Company in Boone, NC. Let me tell you, they were to die for. I’m not usually a big chocolate fan, especially for breakfast, but I could eat one of those chocolate croissants (pictured below) every morning.

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Everything was so relaxed as we ate and got ready together. We joked that if we did end up running a little bit late, it didn’t really matter since there were just 11 of us.

Katie wore her mom’s wedding dress.  Here’s a few pictures my mom snapped of the original dress when Katie went to get it altered.  They’re a little fuzzy, but you can see that the dress went through a huge transformation. Katie decided to cut off the dress,  get rid of the sleeves, and add spaghetti straps.

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I snapped a few photos on my iPhone that I’ve included below, but I didn’t take the nice camera since Katie worked with  Katie Langley Photography to capture her day. Katie (photographer) was so laid back and easy to work with. We were all using our iPhones to snap a few photos to send to friends and family who weren’t there, and she was so sweet about letting us take our non-professional iPhone photos while she snapped away. She kept saying “your photos are just as important as mine,” even though that’s not necessarily true and hers are going to be so much better than ours. We’re all so excited to see them!

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Her dress came out beautifully, and she looked stunning in it. These pictures don’t do justice to how great she looked in it – it couldn’t have fit her any better.

The ceremony was sweet and simple. We cut cake, toasted them, took pictures, and then they were on their way! They honeymooned in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and based on the few pictures they’ve posted, everything looks beautiful!

We spent the rest of the weekend exploring Banner Elk, Boone, and Blowing Rock with Katie’s family. Katie’s parents actually met in Banner Elk, so they showed us all these cute little places to eat and shop. Driving around up there was so pretty. I took a few photos, but they don’t come close to showing how breathtaking the views were.

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We were sad to come down the mountain and get back to reality, but I guess that has to happen at some point, doesn’t it? Everything went by too fast, but it was such a sweet time spent with family.

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Wedding Weekend in Banner Elk, NC: Part 1

We had such a great Memorial Day weekend. My brother got married on Friday, and it was a beautiful, simple, laid back wedding. Katie and Mitchell both wanted a small wedding, so they decided to do a intimate ceremony with immediate family in Banner Elk, NC. We’re celebrating with extended family back in Greenville in a few weeks once they get back from their honeymoon and have a few days to get settled.

Katie’s mom grew up in Banner Elk, and her grandparents still live there today. I’ve been to the area in the wintertime since there are a few ski resorts nearby, but I’ve never been during their off-season. It’s the cutest little mountain town. It was about 10 degrees cooler than Greenville without the stifling humidity. I don’t know if I could get used to all the windy roads up there, but I sure loved that mountain air.

Katie and Mitchell chose to get married at the gazebo where Katie’s parents had their wedding reception. We all met up Thursday for their “rehearsal.” The rehearsal didn’t take too long since there were only a few people involved, so we had plenty of time to scope out the area and take lots of pictures. Everything was so green and beautiful!

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After we finished all our rehearsing and picture taking, we had dinner at Jackalope’s View at Archer’s Mountain Inn. Dinner was delicious and the restaurant overlooked an amazing view of the mountains. I’m kicking myself for not taking any pictures.

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I  just love this picture of our new family!

Stay tuned for part 2…

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