Southern Highlands Reserve at Lake Toxaway, North Carolina…An invitation-only private garden. From the Bride: ”
Charles and I got married at my family’s garden in Lake Toxaway, North Carolina. I have spent every holiday and summer there since I can remember. It is a very special place and we look forward to bringing our children there for years to come.
“My Dress – Vera Wang. It was the dress I wore to make my debut. After a few alterations, it was the perfect way to rewear a dress that would have probably never been worn again otherwise.”
“David LaVoy Flowers – Enchanting. This is the one word I would use to describe the flowers that David did for our wedding. David is truly talented and I could not have asked for more beautiful flowers. One of the reasons I chose David was because of his eagerness to work with our budget. He had done the flowers for my sister’s wedding the previous year. My mother came out into her yard one day and saw David picking leaves from the magnolia tree. When she asked what he was doing, he responded by saying, “I wanted to use magnolia leaves, but they weren’t in the budget. So I came over here with the chance that you had a magnolia tree that I could gather leaves from.” Now how many florists would do that?
Epting Events – A couple of summers ago, I was at a farm party in Highlands, NC where Lee Epting had catered the most amazing southern supper. I remember approaching him saying, “If I can convince my boyfriend to marry may one day, I want you to do the wedding.” And that is exactly what I did. He seemed to exemplify the perfect balance between casual, but sophisticated. Rustic, yet elegant. And, I must add, he has the most amazing port-o-potties Music, Air Conditioning, you name it, they have it.
“If I were to have one bit of advice about choosing vendors, it is this. Choose vendors that you enjoy working with. The wedding is just one day, but the planning process lasts much longer. The people that I chose to help me with the wedding are what made it fun!”