Mallie and Gifford’s black tie wedding at the Chattooga Club was elegant and a touch rustic, and utterly timeless. And I love how their planner describes the venue: “A beautiful, traditional ambience that is a style so specific to the Highlands/Cashiers areas of the North Carolina mountains: historic and authentic to the natural surroundings, at once woodsy and reminiscent of classic English countryside, romantic, a polished Southern mountain style, both lush and luxurious.” Read on to see it for yourself!
Photography by Mandy Busby.
The ladies’ bouquets including white peonies, pale pink roses, and a mix of foliage.
Mallie wore an elegant sheath lace dress and paired it with a stunning heirloom veil. Gifford looked dapper in his tuxedo.
“We chose the church for our ceremony because it was beautiful, it was large enough to hold the large guest count of friends and family coming from Alabama, Virginia, California, and places in between, and they were willing to work with us in designing our own ceremony.”
Your ceremony in three words. Reverent, sacred, exultant.
Who officiated your ceremony? A very dear friend and mentor for both of us, Minister Stephen Phelan, came from San Diego, where he is the lead pastor at Bridge Church. I interned with Stephan’s church, and both of us attended while we lived in San Diego so it was so special to have him marry us.
What was your ceremony music? “Praise to the Lord Almighty”, “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” “Jesus I am Resting, Resting” “Be Thou My Vision” and “Before the Throne”.
What were your ceremony readings? Yes, Psalm 34 and several other scripture readings.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? That it was so filled with faith and spirit; we never wavered in focusing on the meaning of the day.
“The Chattooga Club is stunningly beautiful, unique, and located in the Cashiers/Highlands area of the mountains which is very important to my family (my grandmother and grandfather, Gammy and Lala, have had a mountain home in the area for many years), and it was a wonderful mix of rustic and elegant that perfectly suited our aesthetic.”
How would you describe your reception? Romantic, enchanting, beautiful, fun, and full of love and celebration.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Vintage touches, clean, elegant details, lots of candlelight, a rustic yet elegant feel that permeated throughout.
What was your wedding menu? It was a dynamic menu with lots of stations and passed hors d’oeuvres, to keep everyone moving and exploring the expansive space. We wanted to offer delicious crowd pleasers, and comfort food favorites. Some highlights included candied bacon on a stick, peel and eat shrimp, carving station with beef tenderloin and herbed biscuits, pimento burger sliders, chilled peach soup, and pecan crusted chicken tenders.
Did you have a signature cocktail? Yes, the bride and groom settled on a refreshing and summery cocktail they called the “Mint to Be” – their favorite Trader Joe’s pomegranate limeade + vodka cocktail, garnished with a slice of lime on the rim and a small sprig of mint dropped into the glass.
Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Two highlights: everyone crowding the dance floor to dance the night away to amazing Atlanta band, Mo Sol, including a dance and sing-off to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off.” Both grandparents, kids, and college students and 20-somethings alike were having such a blast. Also, at the very end of the night, after all the trolleys and the busses departed, and the newlyweds had gone off into the night in their vintage convertible, the rest of the family (both Mallie and Gifford’s parents, their aunts and uncles, and siblings – several generations) all pulled up adirondacks onto the grassy terrace lawn bordering the croquet field, and chatted and reminisced and laughed about the beautiful weekend and all their favorite memories, late into the night, under the stars and the twinkling cafe lights. There was so much love between the group of old friends and newly acquainted friends who had been instrumental in raising the bride and the groom and contributing to the big wedding weekend! It was a special way to reflect upon and end a wonderful weekend that I’m sure they’ll never forget!
Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? Mallie wore her mother Tricia’s blue garter and incorporated this with Gifford ending the evening with a garter toss. Mallie also tossed her bouquet.
First Dance: You Are the Best Thing, Ray LaMontagne
Father/daughter, Mother/Son: Isn’t She Lovely, Stevie Wonder
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? We had a beautiful wedding cake from Artista Cakes – it was a beautiful, simple design, 4 tiers, with vanilla bean cake and salted caramel buttercream and American buttercream fillings. We also had a mallard cake for the groom’s cake in a nod to Gifford’s hunting hobby, plus a selection of mini pies and other delicious pastries and desserts from Chattooga Club’s pastry chef.
From Mallie and Gifford’s planner, Asheville Event Co.: “Guests danced the night away to the Atlanta-based classic soul band, Mo’ Sol. They had everyone on their feet and the dance floor was absolutely packed all night long! We handed out glow glasses, necklaces, and light-up tambourines to help add to the festive air. What a party it was! The guests packed the dance floor and spilled out onto the lawn – people of all ages from 8 to 80 were boogying – it was such a joy-filled event!”