Wedding Weekend + Honeymoon

Even though I don’t have my official wedding photos back from the photographer, I thought I would still tell you a little about the wedding weekend and honeymoon. Both the wedding and honeymoon were wonderful and went by too fast. For my wedding, I couldn’t have asked for a better venue, vendors, weather or the family and friends that I was surrounded with.

So here’s a little re-cap. Warning: this is a long post with a lot of pictures.

We got married at a place called Yesterday Spaces located in Asheville, NC. When we first got engaged, I looked for places in Greenville, but didn’t really find anything I loved that was available. The minute I came across this venue though, I fell in love. The venue is essentially one giant farm with an outdoor ceremony site, indoor reception barn, and a dairy barn used as a back-up for the ceremony or rehearsal dinner location. They also have a big farmhouse on the property that they rent-out to brides and their families.

We ended up renting the farmhouse for the weekend. It was wonderful because all my bridesmaids and some family all got to stay together. Plus, it served as a place to store all the wedding decorations that I brought and it was conveniently located right down the hill from the reception and ceremony sites.

Here’s a picture from the farmhouse porch on Saturday morning.

Farmhouse

Friday and Saturday in Asheville were pretty cold. You can see the frost on the ground from the picture.

Saturday morning we had a little bridal brunch just us ladies. My mom, aunt, cousins, bridesmaids, flower girl, mother-in-law, sister-in-laws, and nephews {including the ring bearer} were in attendance.

I gave out gifts to all the kids as well as to my bridesmaids. All the girls got jewelry to wear for the wedding along with a pashmina scarf {just in case it was going to be cold} and a robe.

Bridal Brunch

Here’s a close up of the jewelry and the little burlap sack packaging I used to wrap it in.

Bridesmaid Jewelry

After brunch, we headed back to the venue for the rehearsal. The rehearsal took about 30 minutes and afterwards we all headed down to the farmhouse for some snacks and a light lunch. After lunch, it was time to get our nails done.

Nails Done

We enjoyed a little girly time getting manicures and pedicures and sipping on some wine and champagne.

After our nail appointment, we only had an hour or so to get ready and change clothes for the rehearsal dinner. The rehearsal dinner was at a restaurant in downtown Asheville called Isa’s. His mom rented the whole bottom floor for us. And she did an absolutely wonderful job in planning and decorating.

Rehearsal Dinner

Because she knew my love of burlap, she made little burlap napkin ring holders and burlap and lace to go around the centerpieces. And the lights that were strung were absolutely beautiful.

I think there was between 70-80 people at the rehearsal dinner in total. I got to meet a lot of his extended family I hadn’t met yet and we enjoyed a wonderful slideshow reliving our younger years.

Rehearsal Dinner

Sunday, the big day, we slept in a bit and ate some breakfast before the hair stylists and make up artist arrived. It was so nice that they were able to come to us and we didn’t have to drive all over town. And as you can see, we enjoyed some morning mimosas as well.

The weather that morning was perfect. It was already much warmer than the previous days and the sun was shining. During the outdoor ceremony it ended up being a warm 63 degrees, absolutely perfect!

Getting Ready

The florist arrived early that afternoon and dropped off all our bouquets. I knew nothing about flowers when I met with her, but knew the types of colors I wanted and she absolutely nailed it. Aren’t they so pretty? And the containers she had them in were super cute too.

Wedding Flowers

I didn’t personally take any pictures at the ceremony or reception, but I did manage to steal a few from social media that some friends had posted. Here’s a shot during the ceremony.

Wedding Ceremony

Here’s me and my new hubby at our reception. The guys looked so good in their suits. Especially this guy.

Wedding Reception

The wedding day was absolutely perfect. If anything went wrong, I had no idea, which was great. There is nothing that I would change about the day. I had so much fun and part of me wants to do it all over again!

We ended up staying in downtown Asheville Sunday night and left bright and early for our honeymoon in St. Lucia. St. Lucia was beautiful. We split up our trip, staying the first three nights at a Sandals resort and the next two nights at a resort called Jade Mountain. Had we known how amazing Jade Mountain would be, we would have totally stayed there the entire time. This is by far the coolest place we’ll ever stay.

Here’s proof. Here’s a shot from the top level of the resort looking down. Each bridge leads to a room. Doesn’t it look like something out of the Hunger Games?

Jade Mountain

And the coolest part is your room itself. Rooms only have 3 walls, so your fourth wall is exposed and you have an amazing view of the Piton mountains. This is originally what I was leery about when doing research. I was afraid all sorts of creatures and bugs would get in your room. But, there really weren’t bugs at all, only birds would fly in when you had room service food. And they promptly left when the food left. You also have your own infinity pool in your room.

Jade Mountain

At night you did hear frogs and crickets/bugs, but it was almost soothing. The only potential negative was if you didn’t wear your sleeping mask, the sun would wake you up bright and early. I wore my sleeping mask and earplugs both nights and slept like a baby.

The food here was also amazing. Coming from a picky eater, I could eat literally anything on the menu, no matter how weird it sounded, and it tasted amazing! Here’s what we got for room service one morning.

Room Service

My order was nutella french toast. It was divine.

If you ever want to take a trip of the lifetime, I would highly recommend staying at this place. We’ve already talked about going back at some point for an anniversary.

Now that the wedding and honeymoon are over, we’re getting settled into married life. I’m working on moving all my stuff from my old place down and also trying to decorate and organize our place. There’s still a lot to do, but I’m definitely loving the slower pace and routine we’re getting into. So far married life rocks!

If you are married, where did you go on your honeymoon?

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  1. Amy says

    Love all the pics! You looked gorgeous and your dress was so cute! What an amazing honeymoon! I would love to go to St Lucia.
    My husband and I got married when he was living in Australia. He came home for a two week trip and we got married. I moved to Australia the day after our wedding. Our honeymoon was a collection of smaller trips that we took while we lived there. We went to Sydney, Brisbane, and The Whitsunday Islands (great barrier reef) in Australia and visited New Zealand (go to queenstown if you ever get the chance). It was such a great time!

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