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Appalachian Spring

By Genevieve Becker

Posted: Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014

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For many, the mountains are the ultimate escape away from the hustle and bustle of an urban lifestyle—and the breathtaking vistas and lush greenery don’t hurt, either! Spring in the mountains brings newly blooming flowers and a temperate climate, perfect for an airy springtime wedding. Think mountain rustic is not your style? Worry not, there are plenty of ways to posh-up a mountain wedding!

The Fabric Feel

In planning your mountain wedding, it’s important that your style matches the inspiration of the destination. Perhaps the foam of a small waterfall, or the delicacy of wild baby’s breath might provide natural inspiration for your gown. Form and functionality are also important. Lighter weight fabrics like georgette, tulle, crepe, or a light taffeta will move well in a mountainous terrain. Detachable trains or trains that can be bustled offer elegance at the ceremony, but comfort at the reception.

Wild Flowers

In spring in the Carolina mountains, there is nothing more beautiful than the wild flowers that abound. Your bouquet is a special pop of color next to your wedding gown. Amongst springtime flowers, peonies, lilies of the valley, and tulips would look particularly fresh in a bridal bouquet. For authentic table arrangements at your reception, try garden arrangements with fresh-cut flowers and local greenery. Baby’s breath, cream-colored hydrangeas, laurel, and sage make for nice accompanying greenery. Even if your favorite flowers are not grown on the mountainside, simply request that your florist find them for your big day!

Wine and Dine

A fresh wedding calls for fresh food and drink! The flowers aren’t the only things in bloom on the mountainside. Look to local farms and caterers for fresh produce and meats, many of which may be organically grown. Many mountains also boast local vineyards, so for a local touch, look to them for reception wine. If you are thinking about booking a local bed and breakfast or estates for your wedding location, inquire about their in-house catering services.

Music and Dance

The mountain wedding would not be complete without Appalachian folk music, or at least a banjo or two. For the ceremony, an elegant twist on the folksy mountain music is a classical guitarist or guitar ensemble. The clean picking and strumming of a well-tuned acoustic guitar can complement your mountain wedding well. If it’s a dressier ceremony you envision, a string quartet can accompany indoors and outdoors. For a festive reception, a live local bluegrass or folk band adds authenticity to your mountain wedding and is sure to energize the dance floor! Before booking live music for your reception, make sure the group can accommodate your choice for a first dance song.

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