And so the wedding series continues…
Today, I’m sharing photos from our intimate wedding dinner overlooking Lake Toxaway at the Greystone Inn. In my mind, it was exactly what I had dreamed it would be. Since it had been raining all day, the trees were extra green, the skies were purple, and fog hovered over the mountains. It was the most romantic spot! This wasn’t where we were initially going to have our dinner, but it was our backup plan since the rain decided to show up. But for a backup plan, it was surely beautiful!
Photography by Amanda Castle
It was a blast designing this wedding table. Since I only had twelve guests, it was much easier to be hands-on. I kept a lot of the decor budget-friendly by shopping at Hobby Lobby, Amazon, Etsy, Homegoods, and a few antique stores.
When I first saw the dinner table with all the details together, I wanted to try. It was my dream!
The wedding cake was so elegant and simple. I found this beautiful blush pink cake holder at Homegoods, and it felt like I had hit the jackpot! Kyle and I had traveled up to our venue a few weeks before the wedding to drop off our wedding decor so the vendors could use them. This cake was one of the most delicious cakes I have ever eaten. I’m ordering a mini version of this exact cake for our anniversary this year! It’s from Blue Ridge Bakery in Brevard. It was my favorite flavor, almond!
Ivory Taper Candles / Pink Taper Candles / Crystal Candle Holders / Clear Crackled Candle Jars / Pink Mandala Glass Candle Jars/ Small Candles / Chargers (I hand-painted the dots with shimmery rose pink acrylic paint)/ Napkins / Name Placements/ Chiffon Ribbon / Chiffon Table Runners
If you’re interested, I can write up a blog post about how I went about designing these table settings. I have so many photos documented from the process! I couldn’t share them before.
When the glass chargers arrived in the mail, I loved them! The only problem is that the pink was more of a coral/reddish color! I decided to dedicate an entire Saturday hand-painting each dot on the chargers to match my wedding decor. It was worth the neck pain and hand cramps! I loved how they turned out.
As it got later into the evening, the glow from the candles set the most romantic mood.
As a coffee lover, I ordered adorable espresso cups and chargers to go on the dessert table. I figured ending the evening with cake, custom treats, and espresso was right up my alley.
I spent weeks searching for the perfect set that fit my budget. I couldn’t believe it when I found these on Amazon! I bought two sets, and I plan to use these in case we ever have guests over. They look adorable in my pantry on my dish shelf.
I loved the idea of having custom cookies and macaroons made for the dessert table. I had a local baker, Made By Megan Jayne, create these, and they were delicious and so beautiful sitting next to the cake. I loved having pops of blush everywhere.
We kicked off the dinner with champagne and appetizers. We did a farm-to-table style menu, and everything tasted amazing! If I could eat this meal all over again, I would. The chefs at Greystone Inn knocked it out of the park by designing this menu.
Farm to Table Wedding Menu
amuse bouche- foie gras mousse, pistachio
granola, caramelized citrus supreme, grilled brioche
house pappardelle- truffle egg yolk jam, shaved pecorino
salad- baby arugula, micro aromats, lemon cured figs,
thyme infused chèvre, roasted macadamia, elderberry vinaigrette
salmon- sugar snaps, caramelized baby carrots,
vegetable ash ravioletti, sweet pea purée
almond wedding cake, vanilla
buttercream frosting, espresso, & champagne
Floral Design / Party Rental
We had the best night. If you plan to do taper candles, make sure to purchase double if your dinner goes on longer than a few hours. The staff went above and beyond and would change the candles once they got low. I also highly recommend shopping Hobby Lobby candles when they are 50% off, which is often! They were under $1 when I purchased them all. They have so many colors, so you’ll be able to match them to your wedding. I also paired them with mini candles to tuck into the flower garland. Speeches are my favorite! My dad made these boxes for the wedding ceremony, and I purchased the beautiful large honeycomb vases at Ballard Designs. A few cell phone shots! The guests were at the cozy bar located inside the Greystone Inn, next to our ceremony spot, before heading to dinner! Kyle’s Tux / Leo’s Tux / Wedding GownMy mom looked absolutely stunning. (her gown)
The salmon entree was the star of the show and cooked to perfection.
Kyle and I did the first dance together after dinner.
We had spent almost a year creating the perfect wedding dinner playlist, so let me know if you’d like me to share it with you!
Even though we didn’t do a traditional reception with dancing, I think this moment was special, and I’m happy we didn’t leave it out.
Dancing with my dad was one of the most memorable moments. We danced to the song “The Way You Look Tonight” by Tony Bennett. It’s been one of my favorite songs since I was a little girl watching My Best Friend’s Wedding repeatedly.
I loved these photos our Photographer captured. After dancing, we cut into the most delicious wedding cake.
We had a no-smashing cake in the face agreement. After several servings of cake and the most delicious espresso, we headed back to the Inn for the night.
The forks said, “I do,” and the other fork said, “Me too.”Sparkler send-off! I took some time after dinner to take off my wedding dress, my makeup, and get my cozy pajamas back on! We headed down to the lobby to enjoy a glass of wine with family by the fireplace. June 9th was the best day of my life, and it was even more magical than I had ever imagined.
Questions for you!
- Let me know if you’d like me to add a few other wedding posts (welcome bags, wedding dresses I tried on but didn’t buy, decor planning, etc..)
- What was your favorite memory at your wedding?
- Did you freeze your wedding cake?