“Screaming Southern” at Black Mountain Sanctuary
One of our favorite couples, Nora and Will, married at Black Mountain Sanctuary last May. They were very careful to choose local Black Mountain vendors in support their community. Now, it is so much fun seeing them around town and at social events. We loved the venue they choose, it offered an uncommon natural setting that allowed their guests indoor and outdoor spaces to lounge in, sit by the fire, wander and explore, or dance.
Black Mountain Sanctuary includes a very unusual timber frame home constructed of natural materials, with many indoor and outdoor porches, creeks, and gardens. The Sanctuary is hidden in a mountain cove surrounded by deciduous trees not far from town. John Marcum did a great job bringing the natural beauty of WNC into the Sanctuary. His use of rhododendron and laurel echoes the Blue Ridge Mountain setting. Hidden doors, pathways, and the bamboo jungle remind me of childhood stories of lost gardens in the forest.
Not only is Black Mountain Sanctuary a hidden treasure, but the team is delightful to work with–organized, relaxed and professional. The skill displayed by John and his staff is a perfect complement to the style and management technique of any professional coordination team. They all go the extra mile to ensure a wonderful event for the guests. A staff like this makes the wedding business fun!
Will and Nora choose a “screaming southern menu”, which of course Black Eyed Susan catered. For the cocktail hour in the side yard and cabin area, a southern-fried appetizer station was set up outdoors where we cooked and served fried catfish, green tomatoes, okra, and corn fritters with an array of condiments. It was a big crowd-pleaser for the Boston, California, European, and North Carolina guests, who gobbled up everything in sight.
Dinner was served in the meadow which was outfitted with a tent, decorated tables, dance floor, and DJ. And of course our buffet, which looked so at home in the natural setting. There we served a delectable southern buffet with a grits bar, asparagus tarts, spinach strawberry salad, and mango pork sliders. We topped the evening off with individual peach cobblers served in small jars and topped with bourbon ice cream by the bonfire on the front lawn–a perfect ending to Will and Nora’s Southern Mountain Wedding.
We had a wonderful time introducing the guests from California and Boston to the glories of southern food, and it was so gratifying to see everyone absolutely loving what we prepared!