A Black Tie Affair in Blowing Rock

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Last weekend, we headed to the beautiful mountain town of Blowing Rock, NC for our friends’ wedding. I was nervous leading up to that trip because it was the first time I’ve left her overnight (and the first time Craig and I have both been gone together)… but who better to leave her with than my mom? She’s truly the best caregiver for our little LL, and to be honest, I was most worried about Leighton wearing her out!

We rented a historic house called the Springhaven Inn, which was in the absolute best location (right downtown), and we all joked that it was probably haunted. Margaret Mitchell (writer of the book Gone with the Wind) wrote in this house, and there was even a bedroom with a little plaque with her name on the door.


The weekend kicked off with a welcome party, complete with these adorable golf ball cookies (the groom played golf at Ole Miss). We had such a fun night eating, drinking, and visiting with the bride’s family, whom Craig has known since high school.

I didn’t take many photos during the day because we were too busy enjoying Blowing Rock. 🙂 We got to sleep in a little bit (but it didn’t help much since we were up so much later than we’re used to these days…), and then us girls had a delicious brunch in the sweetest little secret garden while the boys went golfing.

We had dinner at The New Public House, which is a boutique hotel and restaurant downtown, and we liked it so much, we went back for brunch the next day! If we hadn’t been in a hurry to get to the rehearsal dinner after party later that night, I think we would have stayed there and tried all seven desserts the server told us they had…

Jaime and Graham got married at a family friends’ home near downtown Blowing Rock, and the setting couldn’t have been more beautiful. They said their vows on the stone steps of the home, and then we danced and dined under the trees and stars. Also, I got Friday and Saturday night’s outfits through Rent the Runway, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled with my choices! It was so nice to be able to rent a dress for this black tie wedding and know that I wouldn’t then leave it sitting in my closet, never to be worn again. (Click the link above to get $30 off your first order!) Also, doesn’t Craig look dapper in his new tux and bowtie?

Jaime has been going to Africa on mission trips the past few years and just brought Graham along with her this year. They had a table devoted to their travels and special friends in Africa, and they even brought back a little gift for all of their wedding guests!

Meet Mason, the bride and groom’s baby::

Speaking of babies… we can’t wait to meet Ellis in August!

Our haunted house group (plus one)::

The night ended with a Michael Jackson tribute, complete with our own sparkly silver gloves(!!), S’mores over a fire pit in the yard (with the biggest marshmallows I’ve ever seen), and BLT sandwiches wrapped up to-go. It was such a lovely night celebrating Jaime and Graham. Thanks for having us in Blowing Rock!

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