Jillian and Jonathan had their destination Modern Jewish Wedding at the Lonesome Valley Resort. Their chuppah over looked an incredible view of the mountains of North Carolina. We were struck by the natural decor the couple used in their reception, especially the old wooden window used as their Jewish Wedding Program. Wood played a prominent role in all of the decor. There was a wood table used as a unique guest book and even a wooden wagon made an appearance during the processional carrying the two cutest wedding party attendants.
Jillian shares the couples’ story.
Jonathan and I went to high school together in Tampa, Florida. Although we were friends throughout high school, we never dated. After graduation, we lost touch as we both went to different colleges. Five years later, I ran into Jonathan while I was in South Florida for law school. As it turned out, he was now living and working in South Florida for his father’s company. Jonathan and I picked up our friendship from where it left off. Eventually, our friendship developed into a committed relationship and he proposed while on a trip in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Although Jonathan and I are both originally from Florida, we couldn’t find any wedding venues that we loved. We didn’t want to get married on the beach and in Florida that left us with very few options. I spent my summers growing up in Cashiers, North Carolina and it has always been a very special place for me. Jonathan had never been to Cashiers and since we both had vacation time available, we decided to take a trip to Western Carolina to check out some wedding venues.
Thankfully, Jonathan instantly fell in love with Cashiers and the neighboring town of Highlands. We happened upon Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley while we were looking to make dinner reservations. Both of us are “foodies” and couldn’t help but notice their James Beard Nominated Chef, Chef Fleer. After checking out their website, I also realized that they did weddings. We made an appointment with their onsite coordinator, Sarah Jennings, and after walking around the property and taking in the
absolutely amazing view, we knew we had found our venue. Everyone at Canyon Kitchen was easy to work and their food is spectacular.
After securing our venue, we were lucky enough to find our wedding planner, Becca Knuth of Asheville Event Co. Becca helped reign in our vision and provided us with some of the most fabulous vendors and priceless advice. Our wedding didn’t necessarily have a theme to begin with, but we knew we wanted it to be rustic and elegant. We also wanted it to reflect our love of wine and food. The space at Canyon Kitchen was already warm and inviting, so we added elements of birch wood, mercury glass, and wine bottle lanterns as decor. Flora provided a gorgeous display of green, orange, and white flowers as wells as the chuppah for our outdoor Jewish ceremony. “We Got the Beat” Band rocked the whole evening and our wonderful photographer, Jeremy Russell, as well as our videographer, Timm Young, captured all of the greatest moments of the night. Although many of our guests thought we were crazy for having our wedding in a small mountain town, we continue to receive compliments months later thanks largely in part to Becca and our team of vendors. It was truly magical.”
Vendor Resources: Wedding Venue: Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley//Wedding Planner: Becca Knuth, Asheville Event Co//Rehearsal Dinner + Guest Accommodations: Old Edwards Inn//
Floral Design: Flora//Rentals: Classic Event Rental//Photographer: Jeremy Russell//Video: Timm Young Films//Ceremony & Reception Music: We Got the Beat, East Coast Entertainment//Cake Designer: Artista Cakes//Hair: Lalena Poff//Transportation: Young//Ketubah: Simply Two Rings – Lapis Blue Ketubah Artist: Michelle Rummel exclusively sold on Ketubah.com.