Saturday, January 30, 2010

Private weddings in North Carolina

Well yesterday was a very memorable day for me and for a newly married couple who are now honeymooning at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

Sue and Steve were scheduled to have a private wedding at RiverMist on January 30th. When I heard the weather forecast on Thursday I contacted Steve. Since they were traveling from Charlotte I suggested they get married on the way to Asheville. Weather predictions can be wrong and he and Sue decided to stick with the original plans.

Yesterday morning around 11:00 I received a call from Steve. Heavy snowfall was predicted, particularly in the mountain areas. Because of this, Steve asked they could get married on Friay. Since I have witnesses nearby I told him that it wouldn’t be a problem at all. We had already built a roaring fire in anticipation of the snow… (I did have to hurry around and tidy up our house a little.)

It was great meeting Steve and Sue. We chatted a little before they changed into their wedding attire. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to give them their ‘surprise’.

After the ceremony I suggested they go outside for a few photos by the creek.As we were walking back to the house I noticed fog through the trees. Not unusual in the morning, thus the name RiverMist, but it was unusual in the afternoon. As soon as I mentioned it, we understood. The snow began pouring down on us as if someone had turned on a switch. It was wonderful and I clapped my hands like a small child. What a wedding memory!

After Sue went to ‘visit’ our goats (in the snow), we headed back inside the house. We talked a little more while the photos were downloaded onto a CD. After we watched the slide show it was time for the ‘surprise’. Ellen and Mike from Nashville, Tennessee had contacted me earlier in the week and asked if I would prepare a ‘goody’ basket for the newlyweds. Sue and Steve were completely surprised and couldn’t imagine how the arrangements were made. After hugs and ‘motherly words of caution concerning slippery roads, Sue and Steve drove away as the snow was starting to cover the ground.

And now…. the newlyweds are in Asheville celebrating the beginning of their new life together.