We wanted to be traditional on our day and not see each other until I walked down the aisle. We decided that on the day of the wedding we really wanted to relax, hang out with our friends and family, and have no stress.
Mr. AC decided that he, his groomsmen, his sister and a few other friends would hike at one of our most favorite locations in the mountains of NC. The place is called the Hebron Rock Colony and it is absolutely the most beautiful place in the world. Mr. AC really wanted to Skype but I nixed that plan! From all accounts the hike was great and they had a wonderful time.
My bridesmaids, bridesman and I all decided to hang out before the wedding. We decided that we didn’t want to go ANYWHERE. Our wedding was held at the Banner Elk Winery and we stayed at the winery in the Blueberry Villa. The villa was so beautiful and it was huge!
We all had our own rooms and they were so beautiful. We were able to really treat the place like it was our own home! (I made signs for each of the doors!)
Our hair team (a family friend of one of my bridesmaids) came to us. They set up a mini salon in the villa and it was perfect. So… a little note about me… I didn’t decide what I would do to my hair until the day of the wedding. It was a little stressful, but honestly I just wanted to worry about other details and DIY projects so I sort of put my hair on the back burner. I am really lucky because I have super curly hair that I can keep either curly or straight. I decided on the wedding morning that I would go with straight hair, but add curls to it.
The guys were at their cabin getting ready. Sweet Mr. AC wrote me a note and I love that there was a picture taken of him writing. It sounds like they started their morning out with a drink and a cigar! I guess that is what guys do. 🙂
Once my hair and makeup was finished I was so excited to get my veil on and get the show started!
When it was time to put on the dress I knew it would be quite the task. One of the things about handmade, custom dresses is that they need work right until the moment you put the dress on. This was definitely the case. My sister (and team) had to sew me in. But it was really fun seeing these pictures of them getting me into the dress!
The girls got all dolled up and each put on their earrings and headbands!
(images, unless noted by the amazing Anna Naphtali Photography)
Once we were ready to go we decided to climb a mountain for pictures. That is next in the recaps!