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The Old Edwards Inn was one of the first destinations I had the pleasure of traveling to after I moved to the South seven years ago, and it made a BIG impression on me. Now that I’ve added many, many dreamy venues in every corner of the South to my resume, I know that it wasn’t just naivety that made the OEI seem magical – it truly is! (Of course, the many weddings we’ve featured over the years at Old Edwards, like this stunner, helped, too.)

With its Old World, European charm; impeccable service; stunning surroundings; and friendly Southern hospitality, I can think of few better destinations to bring your guests to for a wedding. And whether you’re picturing an intimate celebration with just your closest family members or a blow-out bash, they’ve got a venue for you. Let’s take a tour of this North Carolina gem, shall we?

The Farm, Old Edwards’ largest venue, can accommodate 275 guests. Like all of OEI’s venues, it’s a rustic-inspired but fashionable setting!

The Old Edwards Club is next on the list, with a guest count clocking in at 150. Those views! Each venue takes advantage of its setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains in a different way, but all of them make for a flawless, joyful backdrop for celebrating.

The Piermont Cottage can also accommodate 150 guests. I LOVE that if you chose this venue, you’d get all of the coziness and gracious hospitality of an at-home wedding without the logistical challenges and parking snafus that typically come along with them!

A more petite venue, the Rockwood Lodge can host 100 guests. Like at the rest of the Old Edwards portfolio, your guests will be treated to menus made of farm-to-table cuisine highlighting seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients and crafted to complement your theme and vision. Again, those views!!

Finally, the Hutchinson House, which can accommodate up to 50 guests for an intimate party. In addition to smaller weddings, it would be perfect for rehearsal dinners and brunches! I can just imagine sitting around that outdoor fireplace the day after the wedding, rehashing all of the best moments and toasting s’mores :)

It also has to be noted that a trip to the Old Edwards Inn, in addition to being fantastic for a destination wedding, would be a superb option for a honeymoon (in any season!). For more about this Southern gem, head to their website!

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emily Written with love by Emily
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When Marilisa from Martel Event described this shoot to me, she noted that the peach and neutral tones used made it fitting for spring, summer, or fall — and I couldn’t agree more! From the picturesque farmhouse setting at Half-Mile Farm to the natural texture in the bride’s skirt, I was captivated by each thoughtful detail, and hope it provides lots of fall wedding inspiration for y’all this morning, too!

Big hugs to Davy Whitener for these photos!

From Martel Event:
With a stunning setting like Old Edwards Inn & Spa’s Half-Mile Farm, it’s not hard to dream up a lakeside elopement to celebrate the commitment and unity of two people. The color palette and overall feel of the aesthetic was inspired by the natural muslin fibers of Carol Hannah’s Kensington skirt. The casual linen texture made elegant with the fullness of the skirt embodied the carefree and timeless spirit of the couple we imagined would pursue this type of gathering.

Martha McIntosh used a mostly neutral color palette for the florals, allowing the beauty of the couple and the setting to enhance the floral story. By including subtle pops of peach in both the centerpiece and bouquet, the flowers were given a fresh and playful feel – similar to how relaxed the couple feels with one another. The neutral tones of the guest table details as well as the paper goods created by Lydia Whitener ensure that the details are not bound to a particular season, but could easily be assimilated into a spring, summer, or fall affair.

For a small fete consisting of only family or close friends, we envisioned the couple adorning their guest table with collected heirlooms of china and mix-and-match flatware. The wedding cake, designed with a delicate stitching pattern and adorned simply with silk ribbon and single peony sits atop a hand-made cake stand cut from a single piece of wood- another heirloom for the couple to remember their wedding day by for years to come.

Photography: Davy Whitener | Design and planning: Martel Event | Florals: Martha McIntosh | Venue: Half-Mile Farm | Paper Goods: Lydia Whitener | Makeup: Becca Whittinghill | Hair: Claudia Verduzco | Bride’s Gown: “Kensington” skirt by Carol Hannah with bodice and lace jacket by Rebecca Schoneveld via The Sentimentalist | Jewelry: Trumpet & Horn | Accessories: Twigs & Honey | Suit: Sid Mashburn | Linens: Party Tables | China: Epting Events | Chairs: Crush Event Design | Cake: Artista Cakes

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Marilisa Martel reply

    thank you for sharing this special shoot! my hope is brides-to-be or newly-marrieds can find inspiration in the colors and details for their upcoming wedding or fall get-together!

    xo

    Marilisa

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Um, that last photo?! SO dreamy!!

  3. avatar Sarah Chancey reply

    Seriously stunning! So proud of you Marilisa!!

  4. avatar Davy Whitener reply

    Thanks so much for sharing! Big hugs coming your way from Lydia and I! :)

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  6. avatar Gosia reply

    Beautiful wedding. I loved the cake and the cake stand, very original!

  7. avatar Summer reply

    Gorgeous! Such attention to detail. It screams “southern” in the most elegant way possible. I love the bridge and groom tags in the forks as funny as that sounds. Jealous!

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Since the Old Edwards Inn is my absolute favorite destination in North Carolina (see here for why!), this film from McKenzie Miller was a shoe-in from the start. If I needed extra convincing, though, Wesley’s mile-wide smile, her shocked face when she opened Matt’s gift, and all of the (Southern) winter details that filled their wedding did the trick. Please enjoy, friends!

From the bride:

On January 26, 1957, my grandmother married my grandfather in Moultrie, Georgia. 57 years later to the day, I became Mrs. Matthew Edmonds up in the beautiful mountains of Highlands, NC. We lost my grandfather in September of last year and couldn’t have imagined a better way to remember him on their anniversary. It was the most incredible feeling to be surrounded by our two families and our closest friends for an entire weekend of celebrating what God has blessed the two of us with.

We had only dated for a year when we got engaged but that saying “you know when you know”, well, I believe it! Highlands made the perfect setting for an Atlanta girl and a Birmingham boy to be joined in marriage before God and before our very favorite people. We are so blessed and thankful for such a perfect weekend, icy roads and all, and couldn’t have dreamed of a better start to forever.

Thank you so much for sharing, McKenzie!

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  1. avatar George reply

    A gorgeous bride. A handsome groom. And a very well shoot video that made them and their wedding look even more stunning. Thanks.

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