A Bear Lake Storybook Wedding. By : Laina Hamilton. Once upon a time…. … There was a Girl named Emma and a Boy named Abe Who met and fell in love. Their families had met years earlier and vacationed together every summer at Bear Lake Reserve.
By : Laina Hamilton
… There was a Girl named Emma and a Boy named AbeWho met and fell in love.Their families had met years earlier and vacationed together every summer atBear Lake Reserve.
Emma an elementary school teacher and Abe a Park Ranger in the Smokey Mountains National Park,Were engaged while on a canoe trip to the waterfalls at Bear Lake Reserve North Carolina.
Sawyer Family Farmstead
The Farmstead Pavilion is a covered 2,500 sq.ft. purpose-built barn with a wall of French doors opening to an 1,200 sq.ft. wrap-around deck which overlooks the fire pit and waterfall. Surrounded by mountain laurel and rhododendron, the Pavilion also features a bar area and band area for your special event.
Venue fee $4500.00to $10,000 for up to 100 guests.
Offering medieval ambiance partnered with today's elegance and luxury, this authentically recreated Scottish border castle has been chosen by The Knot magazine as one of their "10 historic venues we love". Once a private estate, Castle Ladyhawke is now offered for weddings, special events, and private or corporate retreats. Available for one day events for up to 200 guests, the castle sits high on a mountain ridge.
Venue Fee $8500.00-$23,000 for up to 100 guests
Bear Lake Reserve the Smokey Mountains National Park,
Nestled within the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Bear Lake Reserve, is the ideal location for your destination wedding. From beachside ceremonies in the heart of summer to celebrations set upon a Mountain Top. Bear Lake Reserve has many venues to choose from. The 2100 acre private resort community includes a 14,000 square foot Lake Club with 2 outdoor heated pools, a spa, fitness center, kids area, media room, and more. There is also a nine hole Nicklaus designed golf course, 2 stocked private trout ponds, over 15 miles of hiking trails a marina with water craft rentals.
Venue Fee $2500.00 to $10.000 for up to 100 guests
Our sweetheart couple met and fell in love at Bear Lake Reserve so it was only natural that they chose Bear Lake Reserve
for their wedding and reception.
With a $30,000.00 budget Emma and Abe enlist the help of Laina Hamilton, the Bear Lake Reserve Event Specialist to help create their Perfect Destination Wedding.
One of the Oaths of a Park Ranger is to Preserve and Protect so it is important to Abe and Emma to respect the foot print we make upon the earth
Emma and Abe chose their save the date announcements and invitations as well as their paper products from a Paper Company named “Love Grows”. This company respects the earth and uses only recycled paper with seeds infused into the paper for their products.
Emma and Abe wish to have a Rustic Mountain Get-a-way wedding theme with touches of vintage elegance and nature inspired whimsy.
They also plan to incorporate Abe’s Cherokee Heritage and Emma’s Mother’s Japanese Heritage into their pre-wedding celebrations, ceremony and reception.
To help make Abe feel special Emma has asked the Best Man to help surprise Abe with a bachelor
Mountain Man Weekend Get-A-Way
filled with white water rafting, trout fishing and zip-lining.
“The Mountains are calling I must go”John Muir
Upon arrival at help surprise Abe with a bachelor Bear Lake Reserve Emma and Abe’s wedding guests will be welcomed at the Greeters Cottage and given a gift bag filled with treats, a destination map and a weekend wedding timeline.
Bear Lake Reserve Destination Wedding Weekend
A leaf print [finger print/signature] photo will be
A “Green Print” Wedding to respect the earth is very important to our couple.
Abe and Emma plan to enlist family and friends to help with decorations, music and special touches from the heart.
The bridesmaid’s dresses and the flower girl’s dresses are being made by Emma’s Aunt. Emma’s favorite colors , shades of purple and green infused with white, will be used throughout the décor, attire and flowers.
In Honor of Abe’s Cherokee Heritage the couple has included a Cherokee Wedding Prayer and a Cherokee Wedding Blessing. The couple will also use a Cherokee Wedding vase.
The Cherokee wedding vase was used in the early wedding ceremonies of the Cherokee. The wedding vase is placed before the couple holding the nourishment of life prepared (ah-me-ge-i).
The wedding vase is used as a reminder of the essence of living. To embrace life, never veering from it.
Music for the wedding ceremony, cocktails, dinner hour and after dinner entertainment will be provided by a local Bluegrass Band “Mountain Faith”
To honor Emma’s Mother’s Japanese Heritage the couple has chosen a nature inspired cherry blossom wedding cake topped with live cherry blossoms.
The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In
Japan the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life.
A Children’s activity table, outdoor games and croquet, a whimsical photo booth and a popcorn bar all add fun to the dancing and after dinner celebration
Emma and Abe are giving their guests each a live baby tree sapling so the guests may plant their gift and “Watch our love grow”.[Even the thank you tags are biodegradable with wild flower seeds infused inside the paper]
Noon hair and makeup lite lunch for the girls
1pm guys sandwich lunch at the golf club
1pm venue is set for decorations (tables and chairs are set and ready for flowers etc.)
1pm cake arrives at Lake Club
1pm Florist arrives to decorate venue
1pm videographer sets up at wedding lawn
2pm guys shower and dress at Grooms Cottage
2pm girls dress in Bride cottage
3:00 pm officiate arrives and has wedding license
3:00 pm musicians arrive and set-up
3:15pm Groom and Groomsmen arrive Lake Club Lounge
3:30pm Bridesmaids arrive Lake Club Library along with Brides Mother and flower girls
3:50pm Groom and Groomsmen arrive at wedding lawn Reverend
4:00pm Bride and Father of the Bride arrive at the Lake Club
[All ceremony music with no vocals] Played by The Mountain Faith Band
4:00pm Music begin guests find their seats Marry Me by Train
4:15pm processional begins with Grooms Mother Imagine by The Beetles
4:20pm Brides Mother seated Looking through the eyes of Love
4:25 pm Brides maids Feather theme song Forest Gump
4:30 pm flower girl and ring boy You Make Me Smile
4:35pm Bride is escorted by Father A thousand Years
4:40pm Blessings and ceremony You are the Sunshine of My Life
5pm Processional Somewhere over the rainbow (Hawaiian)
5-6pm cocktail hour wedding party photos Bluegrass/country mix
6pm announcing the wedding party Celebrate
Bride and Groom first dance At Last By Etta James
Bride and Father dance Brown eyed girl By Van Morrison
Groom and Mother Dance My Wish for you By Rascal Flats
7pm Dinner announced
8pm Wedding cake cut
8:15 Champagne toasts
8:30pm dancing Live Music by Mountain Faith Band
9:30pm sparkler send off
10pm guests shuttle arrives
Emma and Abe chose refreshing signature cocktails and a selection of local and imported craft beer and their favorite white and red wine for their guests enjoyment.
Bottled soft drinks
Champagne for toasting
The Mountain Man Cocktail (In honor of Abe)
Teacher’s Pet (In honor of Emma)