Only an old-fashioned mountain wedding would do for Rachel Miller and Tyler Wavra. The couple first met one summer in the groom’s hometown of Highlands, NC. Tyler worked on his family’s Christmas tree farm, Ty-Lyn Plantation, and Rachel waited tables at Old Edwards Inn. Years later, chef Rachel (formerly garde manger, or “keeper of the food,” at Atlanta’s Restaurant Eugene) and fine carpenter Tyler had taken jobs in South Florida, but they longed to climb back up the mountain to say their vows. The sweeping vistas of The Vineyard at 37 High Holly provided the perfect setting for the marriage of a food and wine enthusiast to a farmer-turned-artisan.
Friends and family came together to create homespun charm, “gifting” most of the wedding decorations and details to this much-loved duo, turning the blissful nuptials into a community affair. From the hundreds of flowers plucked from personal gardens to the handmade laurel and grapevine arch built for the ceremony to the dozens of assorted wedding cakes baked for the dessert table — everyone who knew these two clamored for a chance to offer assistance.
The bride selected dove grey, turquoise and bright red as her palette, and bridesmaids selected their dresses from an assortment of styles in those hues. Groomsmen coordinated their ties, and the entire wedding party donned cowboy boots, a welcome accessory for walking through vineyard fields and connecting pastures. The Vineyard venue furnished on-site accommodations to facilitate wedding day preparations — the ladies primped in an adorable two-bedroom shabby-chic cottage, and the gents hung out in a converted barn with loft space and bar area.
After the touching ceremony, guests headed up to The Vineyard’s pavillion for a true family-style reception. Placecards seated everyone at long tables decorated with candles, fresh herbs and wildflowers. Dotted about, printed notecards posed assorted questions requesting advice on various marriage and relationship topics — great for keepsakes and table conversation starters! New Mountain Events catered a menu created by the chef-bride, passing platters of fried chicken, braised short ribs, roasted Brussels sprouts, four-cheese macaroni and red potato lyonnaise down the table in Southern Sunday dinner fashion. The dessert “bakery” presented a table laden with homemade pies and cakes baked for the occasion by family and friends; kids gathered around a crackling firepit to roast their marshmallows for s’mores. Champagne toasts and dancing completed the party until the new Mr. and Mrs. Wavra departed with a sparkler send-off.
Congratulations, Rachel and Tyler! May your future be as magical as your wedding!
- Photography — Max Cooper Photography
- Venue — The Vineyard at 37 High Holly
- Catering — New Mountain Events
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