Willow & Paul
Lake Eden, Black Mountain, North Carolina
From our Q&A with the Bride:
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
My husband, Paul, and I wanted a venue that showed off the natural beauty of the area, so our guests, who were all traveling from out of town, would really be able to feel outside of their everyday. We also wanted a blank canvas that we could make our own and a venue with at least some lodging on site. My family and oldest friends are mostly from the Chicago area, Paul’s are largely from New Jersey, and we live in Brooklyn. It’s not very common for everyone we love to be in the same place at the same time, and we wanted to provide the stage for that kind of togetherness.
Which details from your wedding were your favorites?
Not sure this is a detail, but the number one best thing about my wedding were being with the people we love, and feeling their love and their support of us. Everyone who attended went out of their way to share our big day with us. Without them there none of the details would have mattered.
My absolute favorite detail was my dress. I loved my dress. It was a ballgown with a contemporary, artistic, and vintage edge. I’d already tried on a bunch of dresses, and when I tried this one it felt perfect.
My favorite décor element was the doors. I had originally envisioned an indoor wedding, so the theme of the décor was “outside in and inside out.” We had eight antique, off-white doors installed in an open field to create a somewhat structured aisle from the door of the tent to the actual aisle at the ceremony site. It ended up giving the space a fanciful, Alice in Wonderland, feel. The florist added a chandelier on a wood stump and terrariums for centerpieces which also played up the indoor/outdoor theme.
The place cards, which turned out perfect, were my obligatory, patience-testing DIY project. I rented a late-1960s vintage typewriter, typed out names and table number onto manila shipping tags, and tied ribbons on to them in colors that represented the attendees’ chosen entrées. It looked vintage, natural and elegant.
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
My grandmother told me that there’s enough out there in the world for Paul and I to find things we both like. Everything doesn’t have to be compromise. It’s not worth spending time and energy lobbying for things the other person doesn’t like. I heard her voice in my head while we picked out registry items, decided on our honeymoon, and worked out lots of the wedding details. Of course, there were times when we both gave in to each other’s preferences, but keeping this notion of abundance and agreement in mind was incredibly valuable.