The location was a part of the bride’s family’s summer memories, and it’s easy to see why it would be on a short list of venues for any couple. Astounding views, genuine hospitality and some of the best food we’ve ever eaten for starters. Canyon Kitchen, the restaurant on property open to the public is at once laid back, elegant and innovative in their approach to farm-to-table cuisine.
Having Beverly’s daughters involved in the day was very important to her. The bond between them and their new step-father was obvious and heart warming. The couple chose to let the natural surroundings make the ‘statement’ choosing subtle whites, off-whites, sand and taupe as the colors of the day. Beverly’s gown was a vision of pale pink, floating softly about her feet. Her bouquet was adorned with buttons from her Grandmother and one of her Grandmother’s hankies.
Her bridesmaids (her two precious daughters) wore a deep purple to honor Beverly’s mothers fight against cancer. The florist made them flower balls, in hues of lavender and deep purple, of a special carnation flown in from France. Raymond’s tie was covered in peacock feathers and the men’s boutonnieres were made of succulents.
There were also peacock feathers throughout the floral theme, some tied to little pieces of wood upon which were written love notes that hung from the end of wooden pews covered in burlap. Others were tucked into the floral centerpieces on the tables. And perched atop the massive outdoor fireplace was a faux white peacock, whose tail hung down along the rock face below the mantel (He was of course removed before a fire was started later that evening!)
The happy couple with their daughters led the procession of family and guests from the ceremony site to the reception along a gravel walkway adorned with handmade trail markers. They waved ribbon banners as they walked, laughing, to their party.
As the sun set behind the Blue Ridge Mountains, the trees and back terrace came alive with subtle lighting creating an inviting space for conversation, cocktails and a wonderful spread of appetizers.
When the time came for the couple to cut the cake, their ‘love’ sign behind them cast a soft glow, providing a sweet and simple statement of what the day was all about for them.
Guests were treated to homemade ice cream and after dinner coffee specials as people continued to dance. When the time came to leave, the couple walked through a tunnel of sparklers, stopping momentarily to kiss to the delight of all their guests.
The perfect end to a truly perfect day. That night, Lonesome Valley was anything but.